tugo’s Top 10 Travel Tips

3199807082_6293e3675fHere at tugo we read a lot of travel information, and boy, is there is a lot of travel information out there! “Travel tips” is a common topic, so we combed through them and picked out what we found to be the most useful:

  • Tip Pick for Packing- Find out what amenities the hotel already has, i.e., robes, hairdryers, shampoo, and don’t pack those items. This information is usually listed on the hotel’s website, and can potentially save you a lot of space in your luggage. The Ultimate Guide to Packing Light: 45 Tips to Lighten Your Load from Go Green Travel Green is pretty long, but has some good ideas and a valuable list of resources if you are prepping for a major trip and want to do it right.
  • Tip Pick for Travel with Pal- Evelyn Hannon, blogging and tweeting as Journeywoman, suggests: Travelling with a pal? Carry 50% of her things in UR bag + vice versa. If 1 bag is lost, UR both still OK.
  • Tip Pick for Business Travel- Share Contact Info: There’s nothing worse than flying into a city only to find your host has had to leave town unexpectedly. Minimize your chances of disappointment by sharing your phone numbers (definitely your mobile) with your host, clients and any assistants who may keep their schedule. From Business Trips: Make the Most of Every Minute on Forbes.com.
  • Tip Pick to Get an Upgrade- If a flight is oversold and you are traveling alone, then dress in business / casual business attire and sit off on your own, but in the sight line of the airline agent at the gate. Sometimes we need to upgrade a passenger or two at the very last minute, and a well-dressed, solo traveler is easier to upgrade than one wearing sweatpants and sneakers. From Top 10 Ways to Get Upgraded on a Flight on About.com: Air Travel.
  • Another Tip Pick to Get an Upgrade- The following has worked for me in the past: A smile goes a long way. If you are nice as possible to the check-in and gate agents then sometimes if a flight is oversold and you just happen to be one of the nicest passengers that a check-in agent meets that day, they may put a comment on your passenger record such as “nice passenger if you need to upgrade.” From Top 10 Ways to Get Upgraded on a Flight on About.com: Air Travel.
  • Tip Pick for Your Hotel- From Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman: Carry a biz card from ur hotel when exploring a new destination.a taxi can get you home. Also: Carry UR hotel’s business card with U. In an emergency U can call their front desk 4 help/advice.
  • Tip Pick for Travel with Kids- A fun idea from JourneywomanAllow kids 2 buy+write 1 postcard per day. Save. Makes gr8 show+tell travel album for family records.
  • Tip Pick for Safety- This piece on Safe Travel Tips reminded me of a story I had heard previously from Rand McNally on the Road about what was dubbed the “Twitter Burglar.” Someone tweeted about going on vacation, and his home was then burglarized during the trip. While it is unconfirmed that there really was a connection between these events, it is a good reminder not to get too comfortable with the illusion of privacy these types of sites can give. Let everyone know what a great trip you just had, not are having, so you don’t unknowingly share that your home is unoccupied with someone that may take advantage of the fact. There is more information on the Twitter Burglar in the article from CNET News.
  • Tip Pick for Foreign Travel- More from Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman: Looking for a bathroom? Use the word ‘toilet’. That’s the term likely 2 B understood by most people in most places.
  • Tip Pick for Remembering Your Trip- Another from Journeywoman: Always cc: yourself when emailing on the road. These notes become your journal at trip’s end.

And finally, not a tip but a quote: Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. – Greg Anderson. From Twenty Great Travel Quotes on Taking off Travel Blog.

We hope that with these tips and resources you can enjoy your journey to its fullest.

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