Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Get the Most Out of Your Next Trip!

Travel never stops being exciting.

No matter where your next adventure takes you, you’re always looking to explore new landscapes, foods, levels of relaxation and moments of wonder with the people you love, or new people you meet.

The best part about travel is the unexpected: what amazing surprises does this trip have in store for you?

In order to be the most open to these happy surprises, you want to make sure there are no surprises on the business-end of your vacation: are there mistakes you can avoid? Tricks to make that plane ride easier? Ways to protect your things abroad? We’ll cover all that and more to help you focus less on the not-so-fun and way more on the excitement that awaits you.

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Common Passport Mistakes

If you’re traveling abroad, there are tons of passport mistakes that might hold you up at security. Some of these mistakes are easily avoidable, while others might just surprise you!

  1. Not checking the expiration date
    While this seems obvious, it’s also easily overlooked. Ensure your expiration date is far enough in the future, because some countries won’t accept passports that will expire in six months!
  2. Waiting too long to apply
    While expedited shipping is available, it still takes $60 more and three weeks.
  3. Not correctly filling out the form
    Luckily the correction process is free for typo’s made to your passport.
  4. Not updating your name after a change
    Passports don’t automatically update, so when a name change occurs you’ll have to go through the renewal process.
  5. Having too many stamps
    Who would of thunk it? Some countries have a requirement for the amount of blank pages that travelers have in their books.

Eating Healthy While Traveling

To those that want to keep their healthy lifestyle or diets under control while on vacation, being prepared will be the best way to do this.

1. Pack Smart
Just like when meal prepping for a regular week, thinking about your meals and before your trip and packing what you can will make all the difference.
2. Know Where You’re Going
Checking out the surrounding area can help you to determine various restaurants or grocery stores that can help you stay on track.
3. Get Veggies with Green Superfoods
You can get in your veggies quickly with green superfood powder.

4. Give Your Coffee a Power Boost
How we set ourselves up in the morning can determine how the rest of the day will go. To help ensure that you’ll have a healthy day, add some vanilla whey protein powder to your coffee in the morning. Not only is it super delicious, but it will help tame your hunger.
5. Eat Small Portions Frequently
Eat small, healthy snacks throughout the day to help avoid getting super hungry and binging on something greasy later on.
6. Drink Lots of Water
Being thirsty can feel a lot like hunger, so staying hydrated can help combat those hunger pains.

How to Make Your Hotel Room More Comfy

Especially if you’re on a long business trip, or even if you just get homesick easily, you can make your hotel room feel a bit more comfy with just a few easy moves:

  1. Unpack
    Try to avoid living out of your suitcase. Unpacking your bags will help you feel like your hotel room is more than just a place to crash.
  2. Light a Candle
    There’s nothing like scents to transport you to your more comfortable place. Get out that just-cleaned hotel smell with your favorite candle (after checking with the front desk).
  3. Bring Your Own Coffee
    The most important “meal” of the day: your morning coffee. Bring your own and you’ll instantly feel a little bit better.
  4. Bring Your Own Pillow & Blanket
    Nothing will help you feel more comfortable quite like your own blanket and pillows.
  5. Pack Some Family Photos
    A trick for those who travel a lot for business, bring your family with you.
  6. Stream Your Own Shows
    So long as the hotel’s tv has an HDMI cable you can stream whatever show you were binging.

Protect What You’ve Brought

Here are a few things you can do to protect the valuables you brought with you.

  • Make sure your hotel has positive reviews and possibly an in-room safe
  • Keep all valuables on your person when traveling via plane, train or bus
  • Keep your cash in stashes rather than all in one place
  • Consider travel insurance

Where Should You Go Next?

When you’ve got the travel itch but don’t know exactly where you want to go next, ask yourself these questions:

  • How long do I want to travel for?
    If you’ve only got a week, and it takes an entire day to get to that dream country, you might want to save the vacation for another time. But no worries, there are plenty of closer places you can jet to.
  • What’s my budget?
    What you want to get out of this trip will help dictate where to go.
  • Am I looking for a cultural experience?
    The most important “meal” of the day: your morning coffee. Bring your own and you’ll instantly feel a little bit better.
  • What kind of activities do I want to do?
    Looking for adventure travel? Want to bask in the sun? Your desired extracurricular vacation activities will help guide where to go.
  • What kind of environment do I want to be in?
    Dreaming of being in the cold? Want to be in the mountains or a big city? Think about the environment you want to spend your vacation in, or ask a travel agent to help you.
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