Long driving trips can be fun and economical, but the cost of stopping for meals every few hours will add up, especially for a family. If you are planning a longish car trip, make sure you have plenty of car food available in advance. You may be able to get away with skipping the hourlong lunch stop, which will not only save you money, but will get you to your destination sooner. If you have a second adult in the car, that person can serve as "lunchmaker," handing around sandwiches, cutting fruit, and making sure everybody gets their midday meal on the road.
Look for package deals on local attractions that can save you large amounts of money. Many hotels will offer admission to these destinations in special visitor packages. The hotels typically get the tickets at no cost and can then pass them on to their guests with package deals that make choosing the hotel worthwhile.
Travel light. If you only take a couple of carry-on bags instead of luggage, you will save yourself a lot of time and money. Also not to mention the frustrations of getting your bags claimed and checked, and trying to find it at the luggage carousel. They might even get lost or stolen.
While travelling with friends and family is a great way to make memories, try travelling alone sometimes. You will find that all the activities you experience will seem just as vivid and memorable when you travel solo, and the freedom to do whatever YOU want do will seem incredibly liberating!
Use your GPS for things you did not know it could do. Many GPS units actually have calculators, currency exchange rates, and bilingual dictionaries built in. You can use these to Girl with a Pearl Earring your advantage without having to buy them separately. Check your GPS before you attempt it though, as some less expensive models don't carry these features.
To bring everything you need on your trip, you need to have reliable luggage. If your luggage is old or cannot contain everything you need, you should go buy new luggage. Do not hesitate to buy expensive luggage. The quality guarantees that your belongings will be protected and good luggage should last you for years.
If you do not know the language of the area you will be traveling to, try to learn a few basic phrases before you go. If you can ask if someone speaks English, in their language, they may be more likely to help you out or help you find someone else who can help you. Also, a smile goes a long way. Don't be an obnoxious, English speaker.
If you have never even traveled within your own country then you may want to hold off on going to a foreign country which speaks another language. There are some real skills associated with travel in general and you will want to develop the basic ones before you jump in head first.
If you're traveling to a foreign country and have any allergies or medical conditions, plan ahead. While most modernized countries can provide anything you might need, some specialty items that are available in the United States aren't available elsewhere. Planning ahead will make you're trip much less stressful and will allow you to enjoy yourself more.
Be very careful of sending text messages while traveling. While roaming charges within your home country are becoming less common, do not make the mistake of assuming your 'unlimited texting' plan is valid abroad and check with your phone company. Many travelers have come home from vacation to find an unexpectedly large phone bill waiting for them due to overseas usage fees.
If you are traveling with children, it is best is they can have a suitcase with wheels. This way, they can really help with the luggage and it's super easy to pull. They will also feel a sense of independence and will be happy to help out with the luggage.
When you are planning your vacation and trying to save money do it in the off season. You can save so much money by just going to places when the crowd isn't interested in going there! Off season vacations are also much more private and you often get better service at hotels and restaurants.