Simple Steps For Creating A Memorable Vacation Author: Travel can mean the exhilaration of seeing new places or the nightmare of not having the comforts and security of home. Like anything, travel goes much more smoothly with a little bit of knowledge and preparation. Keep reading for some sound advice from seasoned travelers on making your journeys pleasant memories. For car trips, try to keep gas in your car before it hits empty. It's not wise to drive until you run out. If you fill up as you can when it is convenient, you won't have to worry about too many stops and stalls along your trip. This also helps you to avoid getting stranded somewhere far from a gas station. If you are traveling for a wedding or special event, do not book your hotel room under the block of rooms reserved for the party. Hotels usually give these events the corporate rate, which is higher than other discounts that they offer. Try making reservations with your AAA membership or hotel rewards program. Check up on local norms before setting out for your destination. What is okay in America such as chewing gum in public or shaking hands in certain situations may not be okay in other cultures, so better to be safe than sorry when venturing into the unknown. Many times, locals will be impressed by your knowledge of their culture. When planning a trip to a foreign country with children, try immersing them in the culture with a lot of information about the destination prior. You can easily accomplish this by buying books about it, movies that feature the places, etc. This can help them get excited about the trip. It is beneficial to check travel warnings and advisories before traveling to another country. This information can be easily found on the United States government's website. Being aware in advance of any foreign political unrest or contagious diseases in the country will help you plan your trip accordingly, keeping yourself safe. Try to travel in the off season if it is possible. Some areas this is just not realistic, but others the only difference between the season and off season is the weather. It might be a little hotter, wetter, or even colder during the off season at many travel destinations, but the savings can be over 50 percent less than during season travel. When going on a cruise you should do your research. Many people settle on the first cruise that is going to their dream destination. By doing research, you can find the perfect cruise for the is going to their dream destination. By doing research, you can find the perfect cruise for the activities or atmosphere you are interested in, such as the ambiance, type of passengers, and swimming pools. Many travel companies advertise a hefty discount if you book an airline together with a hotel. While such packages can save you money, make sure you do some research before committing. Those package deals might seem like a steal at first, but you may wind up staying at a hotel you won't like, or taking an airline you wouldn't ordinarily want to use. If you become lost while traveling, ask a local to draw a map for you. Not only will it help you get to where you are going, but the directions can be a great souvenir of your trip. This tactic also allows you to engage in conversations with some of the people who are native to the area and you will often learn quite a few things that you didn't know. Make sure that you bring an actual map on your car trip. Don't just rely on a talking GPS navigational system. Sometimes these make mistakes and a mistake could cost you a lot of time that could be used for enjoying your trip. Always bring a physical map to double-check your navigational system. When traveling by air, always seat your child away from the aisle if possible. Put yourself or another responsible adult between your child and the aisle. Children are naturally curious and could harm themselves if they reach out while a cart is coming through. They will also be less likely to try to run if you are in the way of the aisle. Tell your friends and family where you're going. While kidnapping Americans seems like an idea out of a movie plot, it may also be possible that you run into accidents or medical situations that require you stay in a country longer than expected. Rather than have your family fret about your well-being and possible death, tell them where you are and keep in contact while traveling. If you are staying at a popular hotel, inquire about their loyalty or rewards program and join it. Many of these programs are free to join and provide excellent benefits right from the start such as discounts, room upgrades, free amenities and free meals. These programs are also very simple to use. Hopefully, these tips have given you something of value - or at the very least - something useful to mull over. 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