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As the number of COVID-19 cases falls and about 80% of the US population is at least partially vaccinated, it seems like everyone is ready to return to normal life – as it was before the pandemic. And that also means traveling again. So as you prepare to take off this summer, here are some helpful travel tips to make things a little easier.

1. Get travel insurance

Travel insurance is a must when you travel, especially if you plan to go abroad this summer. Travel insurance is great for compensating you for canceled or delayed flights, lost luggage or even lost and stolen items. It also covers hotels if you need to cancel your stay or change hotels at the last minute. Agents are always available to call if you find yourself in an emergency and it’s a great thing to have them just in case something goes wrong.







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2. Book flights at the right time

When booking a flight, the earlier the better. Last minute flights cost a fortune. Want to fly to Hawaii in a week or two? You’re looking at a one-way flight of at least $700. Book a few months in advance, ideally 3 to 4 months in advance, and you’re looking at a $400 round-trip ticket. Also, prices are higher on Mondays due to the start of the business week and people flying into work. Thursdays and Fridays are expensive for weekend getaways as most families travel on the weekends. The best days to buy tickets are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and early morning and late evening flights are cheaper.

3. Vacuum pack

If you’re trying to stuff your suitcase because you don’t want to pay to check in another bag, you could literally be sitting on top of your suitcase trying to close it, and even then the zippers could pop. Invest in vacuum bags. Put your clothes in, seal and use a regular vacuum to compress and you’ll find that you can fit a lot more in your suitcase.

4. Invest in anti-theft bags

If you’re traveling to a big city like Las Vegas or Chicago, you might want to invest in an anti-theft bag. For purses, shoulder bags are much harder to snag than a crossbody bag. And for backpacks, an anti-theft pocket doesn’t have front zippers but has rear access, making it much easier to keep your valuables safe.

When traveling abroad, invest in a passport cover as well. You’ll need to keep your passport with you for identification purposes, but something that obviously looks like a passport could easily be a target. So consider a passport cover to disguise the look of a passport and you can also carry your vaccination card in this cover.

5. Go to grocery stores

To avoid constantly eating out and running up a large bill, consider finding a local grocery store and stocking your hotel fridge with bottled drinks. Carry a backpack if you do a lot of walking and take bottled drinks with you as you will get thirsty. It’s getting hot outside and big cities like New York, New Orleans and Nashville are concrete jungles that absorb the summer sun and make it difficult to stay hydrated.

Also, in tourist towns, it will be difficult to find places to get a quick drink for less than $5, even for a bottle of water. The same applies to food. Stop by Walmart and stock up on supplies to make sandwiches or something light. They’re great for stopping at local parks for a quick bite, or maybe even on a boat out at sea or on the lake where you can keep them in a cooler.

6. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes

Good clothing is not the most important thing on vacation. Yes, you look great for that one picture. But you will be miserable walking in strappy heels or brand new sandals. Tennis shoes are ideal. For example, Skechers makes many comfortable shoes with memory foam in the sole for when you’re on your feet all day.

They’re especially good if you’re planning to go to an amusement park this summer. Sure, bring some nice outfits to go out to a nice dinner or a concert and the like. But if you’re hiking, visiting museums and amusement parks, or just general sightseeing, a shirt and shorts are perfectly fine. But watch out for those brown lines in the summer sun.







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7. Take breaks at amusement parks

If you go to an amusement park or water park, check if re-entry is allowed there. In most cases, travelers lose energy as the day progresses, and much of the day is spent waiting in long lines under the sun for a 30-second exhilarating ride. Go to your car in the middle of the day and pack a lunch to eat in the car. That keeps you from paying $8 for a coke.

Then just nap in the car for about an hour. This way you can recharge, rehydrate and recover all day at the parks. Then come back rested and with a full stomach. While everyone who comes in the morning is tired and families with small children leave around 2 p.m., you and your family or friends are still ready for a few hours or maybe even until the end of the day.

8. Understand your destination country

If you are planning to travel abroad this summer, depending on where you intend to travel to, it might be a good idea to get fully vaccinated before you travel. The pandemic may be getting better in the US, but that’s no guarantee of what you might encounter abroad and take home with you. There are also different water qualities abroad that you may not be used to. Travel can mess up your internal clock, which is going to be weird. Europe has up to 7 hours of time zone changes but can also cause headaches, stomach upset and loss of appetite.

You should also bring general medicines with you. Things you can normally get such as Ibuprofen, Advil and Tylenol cannot be found abroad. So take a pack of medication with you when you go. Don’t worry, just pack it in your suitcase and it’ll make it onto the plane. Finally, be aware of the different laws in different places. For example, in Germany you can be fined for leaning on a sign with Braille, which is just one of many different laws around the world.

9. Keep tracking devices with you

Air Tags, Apple’s wearable tracking devices, are ridiculously expensive, and for folks with Android, Air Tags aren’t exactly compatible. So invest in a physical tracker, like a Tile or a GEGO. Keep it with you or in a backpack in case you lose your phone so you can be tracked.

But also pack one in your luggage. In case your luggage gets lost on connecting flights you can search and find exactly where your luggage landed instead of waiting in really long lines and waiting for people to call to find out which airport your luggage accidentally went to has gone.

10. Don’t travel alone

Anyone can become a victim of crime, especially if you don’t know where you are and can’t find out. WiFi doesn’t always work. Statistically, people are less likely to be attacked or robbed when they travel in groups. Even if you’re walking down the street to pick up groceries near your hotel or rented apartment, it’s always better to be safe.

If you absolutely must travel alone, write or call someone you know will answer and let them know where you are going and keep in touch throughout the trip. Make sure you get to your destination and back so that person can contact the police as soon as possible if something goes wrong. Safety is the most important thing when it comes to traveling to new places.

Stay healthy this summer, have fun planning your vacation and enjoy the summer sun.

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