1.) Travel with carry on only luggage.
This removes the opportunity for the airlines to lose your luggage, damage your suitcase and makes you manage
what you take with you. If you do not force yourself to go carry on only. Normally you will take much more
than you really need. At first I now this seems impossible to go on a 10-14 day trip with just carry on luggage.
But you can do it. Kristi and I haven't checked a bag for the last 10-12 years. You can do it! Give it a try you
will be gald you did.
2.) Take an empty water bottle with you.
You are not allowed to take a full water bottle with you. But security will not say anything about a empty water
bottle. Then just fill it up for free, once you are past security. This will save you from paying $2-$3 for a bottle
of water in the airport. (This only works in the US or foreign countries where it is safe to drink the water. I
wouldn't recommend this in Mexico, Asia or someplace the water is questionable)
3.) Book flights on Monday or Tuesday.
I have found that airfare is cheapest on Monday or Tuesday. The airlines seem to load up the lower priced
seats on either Sunday or Monday night. Once these are gone the tickets continue to get more expensive
until they reload the cheaper seats again.
4.) Book airfare 60-120 days in advance of travel for the best deal.
If you are scheduled for a big tour, this may not be possible because you need to be sure that you can travel
to the destination on the exact days needed. If you have a little flexibility in your schedule you can get
the best deals on flights that still have space 60-120 prior to travel. Once you are closer than 60 days, the
price normally continues to go up until day of departure.
5.) Bring a Jacket on International flights. Even if it is nice and warm when you are departing. Some long
international flights, get really chilli. You will grateful to have a jacket near by to grab if needed.
6.) Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities. You do not want to ruin a vacation by getting sick.
When traveling in a 3rd world country, I recommend not eating anything that isn't cooked or peeled. Yes lady's this
means no salad until you return home to our wonderful USA.
7.) More tips coming soon.