I thought I would share my experience of learning tips and tricks for a safe and picture worthy travel experience. I gathered these tips and tricks this weekend at the Travel and Adventure Show that was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. One of the best quotes I heard all weekend: “Travel Should Be The Next Best Trip Of Your Life” by Angel Castellanos.
Such a bold statement, usually I only think about completing a must-see checklist that I have compiled to make sure I make the most out of every trip. So whether you’re planning a trip to South Korea, spring break or summer vacation here are the tips I learned to have a safe and hassle-free trip.
TripIt: A travel organization application
- Forward confirmation emails from your hotel, car, and flight to the TripIT mobile application. A master itinerary is automatically formed.
- Access to your flight plan availability on any device. Additionally, you can access your itinerary without internet availability.
- The mobile app is free to download and you can store your travel documents all in one convenient place.
App In The Air: Provides real-time flight status
- Explore airports all over the world. Discover where your connecting flight is located within the airport.
- Keep an all-in-one record for all of your previous flight information.
- Keep track of changing time zones and weather while you’re traveling.
Transportation Security App: TSA Gov App
- Check which items are allowed into the airport.
- Request live assistance through the AskTSA social media integration.
- Discover which airport and airlines support the TSA Precheck Clear.
The TSA precheck clear is a fairly new process that provides a personalized ticket agent that will meet you at a kiosk and scan your fingerprints. After your fingerprints have been scanned you’re personally escorted to your flight. For more information about this new process check out Angel’s blog post: Clear Membership: The New Way To Beat Airport Lines.
In a previous post, I discussed what it was like to travel to South Korea with two fifty pound bags, a backpack, purse, and a large winter coat. One tip I learned the hard way “less is more.” Some tips that were given at the Travel & Adventure Show:
- Be aware of carry-on weight restrictions. Check with your airline regarding their latest rules before you pack.
- Choose one clothing color scheme for your entire trip. Pack clothes accordingly to the specified color scheme to maximize the number of outfit combinations.
- Categorize shoes (Women): Choose one pair for an evening occasion, one pair for daytime walking and a pair of flats.
No one wants to experience being the victim of a crime whether at home or abroad. Here are some tips that will help prevent criminals from targeting you as their next victim.
- Research ground transportation before you arrive at the airport. Get up to date information on the appropriate taxi and bus applications from the countries tourism website.
- Be aware of the nearest U.S. embassy address and contact information. (United States Travelers Only)
- Share travel itinerary with a close family member or friend. Additionally, share your itinerary with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
- Wear an undercover security wallet or travel belt. Additionally, don’t keep all of your money in one location (i.e. hotel safe, travel belt, backpack).
- On the first full day of travel, hire a local guide to assist you with a personalized tour and transportation.
Travel Photos & Videos
With today’s technology, we can share photos and videos instantaneously anywhere in the world. Here are a few helpful tips for obtaining the best Instagram moments on your next vacation.
- Photo vs. Video. A picture tells a screenshot of a story while a video lets your family and friends experience the excitement and magic of the moment.
- Bring backup power supplies and phone chargers. Pack all electronics in a personal bag in case the bag gets screened at airport security.
- Never download your memory card directly onto your computer. Helpful tip: take the memory card out of your camera and download your pictures in two different locations (i.e. memory stick and computer).
- Getting around harsh lighting situations. Helpful tip: find the light and put the person or place into the light.
- Best time to take pictures are at sunset and sunrise.
I hope these mobile apps, packing and photo tips are helpful for your next vacation. Whether it’s a staycation or traveling abroad be safe, and stay healthy.
If you want to find more resources for a trip abroad check out my post on Life In Korea.
What are some things you research before you plan your next vacation? Would love to hear your comments.