Getting to your destination is great; however, travel is rarely the highlight of the trip. If you’re not careful, traveling can turn into a bigger burden than it needs to be. Even if you’re a frequent traveler, it’s worth your time to refine your travel habits and find ways to make your trip easier. This blog post looks at five different things you can do before your trip and at your destination to make travel easier!
1. Find A Credit Card Specifically For Travel
Investing in a travel credit card is well worth your time. When you’re traveling, credit cards can be an excellent tool that allows you to spend and withdraw money with minimal hassle. However, if you bring the wrong credit card, you’ll end up paying foreign transaction fees which is a pointless expense. The Platinum American Express and Chase Sapphire Preferred card are examples of cards that don’t charge you any additional usage fees. Using the right credit card makes it easy to use the local currency without being bombarded with fees. Don’t forget to look for cards that reward you with points that you can cash-in.
2. Consider A Furnished Apartment
Furnished apartments provide another level of luxury that hotels just can’t compete with. Hotels are expensive, and you’re required to conform to their rules. Furnished apartments are similarly priced without any restrictions on when you can eat, how many guests you can have over and when you can go for a swim. Furnished apartments are especially great for extended trips. Staying in a hotel for weeks at a time really makes you miss home, no matter how nice the hotel is. Taking advantage of furnished apartments makes it easier to feel comfortable on your trip which is important if you’re on business and need to be productive.
3. Arrive Ahead Early And Take Your Time
Traveling in a rush is never a good idea. Once you fight traffic and arrive at the airport, you still need to check your luggage and hope there isn’t a line at security. If you cut it too close, you’ll be stuck somewhere in the airport while you’re flight is boarding. Traveling is so much smoother when you can take your time. Leisurely making your way through luggage check and security is the best way to relieve the burden of travel. Invest in some extra batteries for your devices, bring some reading material and take your time.
4. Invest In Quality Luggage
Investing in quality luggage is especially important if you’re a frequent traveler. Even if you travel first class, your luggage puts up with a lot of abuse as it moves from country to country. Luggage with low-quality zippers, cheap latches, and poorly designed wheels are bound to break down eventually. Not only should your luggage be durable, but it also needs to be easy to move and made of quality materials. A few quality pieces of luggage will cost you a little bit more, but it will last significantly longer when compared with bargain-priced luggage.
5. Bring Some Over The Counter Medication With You
Getting sick on vacation is never fun, but it particularly sucks when you’re in an unfamiliar country. When you’re sick, the last thing you want to do is experiment with which unfamiliar drugs in a foreign country. Going to the drugstore and trying to translate labels just isn’t realistic and is an unnecessary risk. Make sure you bring cold medicine, heartburn remedies and diarrhea medication in your carry-on luggage. Preparing ahead of time saves you the hassle of having to hunt for medication in unfamiliar territory.