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Cancel Reservations at No Charge
If you missed the cancellation window for your hotel, restaurant, or car booking it is not all over. You still do not need to concede to the hefty cancellation fees. Instead, if you are still within the date range to change the reservation date free of charge, call or login into your account and move your reservation back by several weeks or months. Then call back after some time to cancel the reservation with, hopefully, a different representative.

Airline Boarding Groups: The Master List
The boarding procedure and details for each airline

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Best of Travel Tips:
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  • Remove airline baggage tags right after your trip.
    These tags that get stuck to one of your bag handles or straps at check-in, contain information on the trip you just completed. Within the bar code on the tag, there is your destination airport code, any connecting city codes, as well as flight numbers, and real-time tracking as your bags get scanned from one place to the next. To make sure that your bags are routed to the correct location next time you travel, make sure to take off the old tags.
  • At the airport or other areas with checkpoints, pick a line where there is only one security person looking at the monitor. If there are two, or more, they are most likely training one of them or looking into something. In either case, the line will slow down.
  •  311 rule while observed oversees does not exactly equal the US 311. Where in the US the liquid needs to be in a container 3 oz or less, this rule overseas is 100 milligrams, which is actually 3.4 oz. So do not purchase travel containers in other countries, stock up and pack up while in the US.
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  • TripIt to keep all your itineraries, registrations, and email confirmations in one place. With this app, you can automatically create itineraries by forwarding confirmation emails to Share itineraries with family, friends, and co-workers to keep them in the know and connect with them on the road.
  • Don’t go in the peak season to popular destinations. Usually, the most popular time to travel is summer as the kids are home from school. Research your desired location and find out what the typical tourist season is as well as the weather.
  • Don’t expect things to be like they are at home.
  • Travel with your eyes wide open.
  • Be open to learning new things.
  • Don’t judge, instead of say, “Isn’t that interesting? Tell me more.”
  • Learn the basics of the local language. Use them often. It is the best way to show respect, break down barriers and start conversations.
  • Manners are universal, use them.
  • Do not shout at others, they are not deaf, they just can’t understand you.
  • NEVER complain that the people of the country you are visiting do not speak English. Remember where you are.

43 travel tips for first time travellers

To-Do Before You Head Out:

- Check that your passport and other identification docs are current
- Pay any upcoming bills
- Put holds on mail, newspaper
- Arrange for plant watering if needed
- Arrange for pet seating if needed
- Arrange for house seating if needed
- Buy any necessary medications, sunscreen
- Buy TSA-approved toiletries
- Choose and launder travel clothes
- Get rid of any perishables
- Share contact and itinerary with family
- Arrange for trash cans to be taken to or from the curb, or move them from public view entirely
- Check time zone differences
- Put reservation numbers and confirmations on a smartphone
- Send everything to TripIt
- Back up the laptop, smartphone, and devices
- Download movies or books to devices
- Tell everyone who is traveling what time departure for the airport will be
- Get gas for the car
- Get cash from ATM
- Check gate assignment
- Check terminal map
- Check airplane seats
- Check-in online
- Map route to the airport
- Remove valuables from the car
- Charge devices
- Take snacks for the flight
- Set light timers if needed
- Check all door locks, including basement, garage and shed
- Set thermostats to vacation temps

Where to Find Free Wi-Fi at U.S. and International Airports

Traveling Abroad Tips

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While in a different country, the smartphone can also be very useful. You can have access to GPS/Maps while abroad and also translation apps and services when you need them. To get the best out of a phone, get an unlocked GSM phone. You can also buy a pre-paid SIM card when you get to your destination or get SIM Cards That Don't Tie You Down

The high concentration of tourists usually comes paired with high concentrations of spending money, cameras, phones, and other gadgets. While it is always good to hang out where there are more people, it is also important to keep your guard up especially in the "tourist traps."

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Travel Packing Tips

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Healthy Travel Tips

7 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling:
1. Pack a meal before heading out
2. Make it a healthy one.
- Bring water instead of soda or juice that are high in sugar and low in nutrients
3. Eat breakfast
4. Moderation
5. Drink plenty of water
- It is best to stay hydrated as you travel. Especially when you are on trails, tours, or other expeditions.
6. Eat like locals (unless you are in Texas)
 - try a little of everything, but not over-indulge, in the new place as you never know what kind of tasty and healthy treats you might come across.
7. 80/20 Rule
- works here too
- trying to eat healthy 100% of the time can be stressful while traveling. As long as you are eating well most of the time, you’ll still be getting the benefits. A few chocolates, wine, or beer could make the trip more enjoyable by experiencing things instead of getting down on yourself.

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Traveling With Kids Tips

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Eco-friendly travel tips

Eco-friendly travel tips

Traveling Safety Tips

How to Keep Your Money Safe While Traveling

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Saving Money for Travel Tips

Saving Money for Travel and Gadgets

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Travel Insurance

- good idea to pack along anywhere you go

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World Emergency Numbers

  • Australia uses 000
  • New Zealand uses 111
  • Canada and Mexico use the North American standard of 911, as do all American territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands) and much of the Caribbean including Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Bonaire, Belize, the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Turks and Caicos.
  • The European Union has a universal number of 112. 
  • Non-E.U. countries in Europe, including Russia and Switzerland, have also adopted the 112. Outside of the E.U., India also uses 112
  • South Korea also uses 112. However, use 1339 for medical emergencies; this number is specifically for foreigners in Seoul.
  • Jamaica uses 110 and 119.
  • The Philippines uses 166 and 177.
  • Japan uses two numbers: 119 (ambulance and fire) and 110 (police).
  • South Africa seems to be the only English-speaking country to use more than three digits: 10177 and 10111.
  • The United Kingdom uses both 999 and the 112 E.U. standard.
  • In Hong Kong, the emergency number is 999.
  • Brazil uses 190 for police, 192 for the ambulance, and 193 for fire.
  • China uses 110 for police, 120 for the ambulance, and 119 for fire.

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