travel week: tip review

I think I’d like to add traveling to my hobbies.  Wouldn’t it be great to just get up and go anytime, anywhere?  Since many of you will be traveling this summer, I’d like to sum up the list of travel tips that I’ve shared with you this week.

(Each link will take you to the original post on that topic.)

1. Stretch your dollars by comparison shopping on many of the well known travel websites like expedia, travelocity and tripadvisor.

*Many times, you can get the best price on airfare on Tuesdays.  Be willing to fly into alternate airports and/or have connecting flights.  Also be prepared to fly at non peak hours.

2.  Find the local hangouts to get an authentic experience.

* My sister and niece were in London, England recently.  They were privileged to have someone in their group who had once lived in the area.  He was able to steer them away from the tourist traps on the itenarary and guide them to some of the local hot spots.

3. Be sure to take pictures of sights and scenery unique to your destination.

*There were several times on our trip that I hesitated to be such an obvious tourist by taking pictures of the attractions. Now that we’re home and have had a chance to look at our vacation pictures, I’m so glad I didn’t let my inhibitions stop me.

4.  Pack smart

5.  Plan ahead

*Book flights approximately two months in advance.

*Make reservations for hotels, rental cars, popular attractions, and parking well in advance.

*Make an intenary so that you can take advantage of all the town has to offer.  If you have a large party with varying interests, be willing to go your separate ways for sightseeing.

6. Be Proactive in Protecting Your Home

*Make arrangements for someone to take care of your home, plants and pets.

*You can call the post office to stop mail while you’re away.  A pile of mail, or newspapers in the lawn, is a tell-tell sign that no one is home.

*Take advantage of vacation watch services through neighborhood watches or local law enforcement.

*Install a timer on lamps to turn on and off during usual times.

*And lastly, wait until your home to share your trip on social media.  According to my brother-in-law, who is a police officer, many home invasions occur after people announce that they are on vacation via facebook and other social media.

Do you have any travel tips to share?

Until next time,

Sharon

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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Blogging allows Mrs. Hines to hone her natural skills as a writer and has led to the launch of The Write Touch, an online editorial service. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

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Comments

  1. We used to stalk the stars home when I was a teen. I’ve peered over Sonny & Cher’s gate, followed Lucile Ball out of her driveway, watched some singer from the 60′s play piano in his living room and braved the long drive up to Sharon Tates. Yeah, it was a long time ago but there is still no place to vacation like Los Angeles!

    Thank you for linking to the Hot Fun in the Summertime party.

    ~Bliss~

  2. Sounds like an exciting time! Thanks for hosting.

  3. Great tips! Having just returned from our vacation (of which no one on facebook, blog, etc. etc. knew we were gone until we got back!), it’s fun to read through the tips and be happy with myself for having already followed most of them. :-) Glad that you are wanting to make add traveling to your list of hobbies! We love it!

  4. I’d love to come to Austin!!
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  5. It is a wonderful town! And depending on where you are in Texas, it is only 2-8 hours or so! lol! Seriously though, I very much recommend it!

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