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6 Travel Organizing Tips-part II

Ok, so you're prepared to get where you're going, and you know all salient details. Next, what will happen on your trip? Will you be picked up, rent a car, take public transit, walk?

  1. Confirm/discuss ETA with your ride. If anyone is picking you up, remind them WELL IN ADVANCE of your arrival. People often think diffently than you-your flight gets in at Time X, so you expect the person there at Time X, but your kind friend might be there at Time X + Y. A verbal confirmations such as, "So, I arrive at 7.30, what time works for you to pick me up?" might be less redundant than you think. You can agree on a time that works for both of you.
  2. Bring your supplies. What will you be doing on your trip? Have you prepared anything that you need to bring with you for it? Bring it!
  3. Get a gift. If it's not too outrageous to carry, get a gift for the person picking you up, wherever you're going, or take h/h out to a meal when you arrive. This is one of my most favorite traditions that is often dismissed in this country, but a gift rarely makes people less happy to see you!
  4. Plan extra time to get to your transportation. How much? I recommend 3x the amount of time it takes to get to the airport, train etc when you've already checked in online or have your ticket. Add in 15 mins or more of extra time to buy/confirm if you need to. It takes 15 minutes to get there? Plan 45. 1 hour? Plan 3. If it takes one day to get there, leave yourself an extra day if you have an event when you get there. As my mother says, S**T Happens.
  5. Travel light but fully stocked. I once took a trip which began with an hour and a half train ride with no pen. I had carefully emptied my purse before leaving and repacked it with nothing extra...not even a pen. Make sure you have everything you need!
  6. Make the most of your time away. What would it take for you to have a fulfilling time where you're going, no matter the occasion? Think through that. It might give you an extra thing to carry OR remove from your bag.

What are your travel tips? Please share!!

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"As my mother says, S**T Happens." I feel like my family does not accept that and is always surprised by the s**t that always happens.

February 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I like surprises while traveling but do not like surprises when organizing to my travel.
Thanks for useful tips.
I have just back from Vietnam tours.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

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