Whether you are driving or flying, I have found some super helpful things to do either before or while traveling that have helped me out over the years… I just wanted to get them all in one place so I can reference them in the future.
I thought they might be helpful for you too! Read on!
Before you get on a long-haul flight
– If flying makes you uncomfortable, practice deep breathing exercises before boarding so that during take-off and landing, you will be able to control your breathing.
– Do a dozen or two squats every day for the week or two leading up to your trip. This will help you when you are hauling around that luggage. This will help prepare the body for all those hours of sitting in a cramped space. It will also help you enjoy your trip more while you are there.
– Bring food that is not messy but definitely bring some food with you! A protein-rich snack or meal will help sustain blood sugar levels on a flight, while carbohydrate-rich foods such as pasta can keep hunger at bay for up to three hours.
– Take your shoes off and get up at least once an hour – whether it’s to use the restroom, go for a walk, stretch your legs or just wander the plane looking for a place to nibble. This will alleviate the swelling in your feet and legs which often occurs during long flights.
– Pack some pain relief medication as well as an antihistamine to counteract nasal congestion in case of air travel allergies. Medications should be used before take-off, to reduce any drowsiness on landing. Bring a neck pillow, small blanket and eyeshades/earplugs if you need them.
– Preparation is key so print out travel documents such as hotel confirmation email or your electronic ticket receipt on the flight, with your name clearly displayed on it in case of lost luggage. Carry your passport at all times, because it will be checked at the airport before you can board, and again at check-in as well as immigration upon your arrival.
– Get a window seat if possible so you can stick your head out and enjoy the view. If you’re seated next to an open window, make sure that there are no loose objects around – especially in turbulence – to avoid any accidents when climbing over people in awkward seats!
– Wear layers of clothing for long flights so you will have options depending on how warm or cold you feel while airborne. Ticket pockets that allow carry-on baggage onboard are useful, but remember to keep your passport handy too! Carry just basic toiletries rather than large bottles of liquid. Powders are lighter and can be mixed later in the bathroom.
– Bring your own water bottle on board, as not all airlines provide them for free. You might even consider buying a canned drink to accompany you during take-off so that once airborne, you have something to sip on throughout the flight instead of paying exorbitant prices for tiny portions of water.
– For airplane ear pain, a cotton swab dabbed with rubbing alcohol will help relieve pressure on the eardrum. Also, try chewing gum if this helps adjust the pressure in your ears – pop one in at take-off time. Earplugs may also be useful for sleeping or if sitting next to someone who talks loudly or is snoring.
– Although aircrews shut the windows during take-off to reduce a cabin’s pressure, in some cases, passengers may still experience ears popping – it is not unusual for the first few minutes of flight. If pain persists or if you feel any dizziness while flying, immediately alert a flight attendant who will be able to provide you with an anti-nausea medication (available onboard) as well as oxygen if necessary.
– For nausea, suck on ginger candy or use special motion sickness bands. Also, ask your doctor for advice because he or she can give you a motion sickness prescription that works in advance instead of having to wait until feeling sick. A saline eyedropper is also useful if headaches result from being sick.
– If you plan to sleep, bring any medication that might aid in sleeping (such as Benadryl or melatonin) – although alcohol is prohibited on the flight, it may help you fall asleep faster than caffeine and other stimulants after a long day of traveling. Also, bring your own eye shades/earplugs if noise and lights bother you while trying to rest/sleep.
– To avoid jet-lag, try drinking water ahead of time even if not thirsty because dehydration can cause sleeplessness at odd hours. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor before leaving for your destination who will advise further treatment such as antihistamines or prescribed medications prior to departure. Eat small meals often during long flights and choose foods that are easily digestible.
– Use body lotion or moisturizer on your hands and feet if you will be doing a lot of walking while at the airport, which can dry out your skin. Consider packing hand sanitizer as well – especially for those who might not wash their hands regularly during an extended trip abroad.
– Bringing gifts, snacks, magazines or books for children onboard is a nice gesture so they’re occupied and quiet (especially if you’re seated close to them) throughout the flight instead of running up and down the cabin disturbing other passengers!
– Keep IDs handy in case of lost luggage because it will speed up your claim at the airport once you arrive. Also, keep medications organized in your bag so that you easily access them while onboard the aircraft.
– It is advisable to hire a good travel insurance policy, especially with pre-existing medical conditions, for personal liability coverage in case of theft or damage to baggage/personal items while traveling. If you’re planning to stay overseas for an extended period – ask about extending your travel insurance policy and consider taking out additional coverage depending on the length of stay (a few months may prove useful if plans change). Learn more about insurance cover here.
– To save luggage space, avoid packing unnecessarily heavy clothing/shoes although this will depend on how long you will be staying at your destination. For any valuables like jewelry, do not keep them in your checked baggage, instead pack them into your carry-on luggage.
– If you’re taking a long flight overseas, get a good night’s sleep the night before so that you arrive fresh and energized (or better yet – take an afternoon nap). Traveling on empty can make you tired and cranky especially if there are delays or issues at check-in or immigration. Also avoid eating heavy meals within 4 hours of travel time as this can lead to indigestion, heartburn and uncomfortable cramps during the flight.
– If possible, try to book seats near emergency exits (rows 1-4) because these are usually located right next to toilets thus having easy access when needed.
– If you’re worried about seat selection, consider booking online because this gives you a better idea of where to sit before your departure so that you can avoid being stuck between an aisle and window or near the bathroom.
– When flying during peak seasons (especially December to March) or long distance flights – book early! Traveling standby may be more convenient but it won’t save you any money and as seats become limited, fares become higher. Booking online is recommended because airlines usually provide discounted fares on their websites which means that travel agents will charge extra fees for brokering such deals. There are also promo codes available on social media if you regularly follow airline/travel pages on Facebook.
– If you’re just flying within Asia, consider using this site to search through the many airlines that fly and undercut each other on prices.
– Get a good sleep before your flight (aim for 7-9 hours) by staying away from bright lights (e.g. TV or phones) one hour before bedtime so that your body’s internal clock can adjust naturally.
– Consider packing tissues for use in the restrooms especially when you travel during flu season.
– If you’re flying a long distance and are prone to motion sickness, consider buying some over-the-counter medications like Imodium or anti-nausea patches (available at pharmacies) to help with the situation early on.
– Consider bringing your own meals and snacks for travel especially if you have dietary restrictions. Airline food can get boring and unhealthy when eaten over a span of several hours!
– Bring extra socks/slippers on board because they tend to be small in size as compared to other flight amenities so that you’ll always be comfortable during your journey home.
– Pack toiletries separately, making sure that items don’t leak inside your luggage
– Store liquid items in plastic bottles or vacuum sealed bags and pack these in your hand luggage to avoid unnecessary liquids delays. If you’re worried about bulky toiletries, consider buying travel-sized options so that you save space within your suitcase.
Packing luggage tips
– Roll all the clothing into small tight bundles – this will save space inside your bag as well as reduce wrinkling during transit (wider/looser rolls cause more creases). Make sure that nothing is sticking out of the top of the roll because this can get caught on other items or surfaces.
– To protect delicate clothes, place them strategically at the bottom layer of the suitcase (clothes packed on top tend to rub against anything underneath it). Be sure that wider straps are facing downwards (to prevent them from accidentally scratching your clothes) and don’t over-stuff bags with heavy items as this can cause damage to other fabrics. For delicate shoes, place a plastic bag or newspaper at the bottom of the suitcase so that they don’t get crushed under heavier clothing.
– If you’re going on a short trip (1 week), pack only 1 carry-on, 2 check-in luggage in case one is lost/damaged during transit, and make use of a separate ladies handbag for any essentials such as cards/passport/cash. This will also help you keep track of what’s inside your luggage. Keep valuables inside your jacket or pant pockets when you’re in transit.
– Label all important documents and luggage pieces with permanent markers. This includes your ticket, passport, credit cards, etc so that if they are lost during transit, authorities will be able to return them to you quickly.
– Never pack valuable items in checked-in luggage because the ground staff not only have access to baggage but can also sometimes open the cases and rummage through contents without permission (particularly on smaller airlines). Exchange currency before leaving for the airport so that this doesn’t get confiscated by immigration if found inadvertently within your bags. If you do bring valuables with you, ensure that these are placed within your handbag/briefcase inside a zip-locked plastic bag/secure travel pouch to avoid theft.
– If you’re worried about carrying too much luggage, consider getting a travel companion or cab driver at your destination point to pick up the rest of your items from airport storage. Local hotels (notably in Europe) have safe deposit facilities within their reception areas where they can store your cases for several days/weeks upon request. This is obviously a better alternative than lugging around extra bags with you during sightseeing activities!
– Never carry your passport in hand luggage or pockets because this is a potential risk if you’re also bringing cash and/or credit cards. You should also opt to leave important documents such as tickets, passports, etc at home when you’re on an extended vacation so that they are not lost (especially during transit). Prepare yourself with copies of these instead.
– While travel insurance may not be something that interests everyone, it’s highly recommended for long trips especially if you’re traveling on a budget. Countries can get pretty expensive once airfare, hotel rentals and transportation costs have been factored into the equation! Also, consider getting additional coverage options if you plan to do some extreme activities such as bungee jumping or skydiving while abroad.
– When packing small toiletries like suntan lotion, oil, etc, use mini bottles that can fit into drawers and smaller travel packs so that they don’t take up too much space within your luggage. Also remember to keep duplicates of all important documents such as passports etc in separate places so that if one is lost/damaged during transit, you still have others to fall back upon.
– For long-haul trips (especially when flying), consider investing in a portable travel pillow as this will help prevent neck pain and allow your head to properly rest against the plane’s seat headrests. Pack light clothing that won’t weigh you down or restrict your movements too much; bring clothes that can be dried easily if accidentally washed/damaged after use.
– If you’re traveling on business, don’t forget to carry a suit jacket, formal shoes and trousers for important work meetings. Bring only mini size toiletries (unless you plan to buy them once abroad) so that excess bottles don’t take up too much space within your luggage.
– Always pack a bar of hand soap or liquid body wash so that you can easily wash your hands when there are no accessible bathrooms around. Pack at least 1 pair of dark sunglasses and one pair of prescription/contact lens if you need them.
– Always opt for business class on long flights when you can because these seats offer greater legroom, larger entertainment screens, pillows, blankets, etc. Book seats with the most direct aisle access as these provide easier movement within and outside of your airline.
– When traveling to developing countries, make sure that you bring a first-aid kit (especially if you’re planning activities like cycling) so that you can treat minor cuts/wounds or insect bites, etc. Bring extra painkillers for treating sore muscles/migraine headaches too.
– If you’re bringing electronic gadgets such as laptops, cameras, watches, etc with you on trips abroad, make sure that these are packed into hardshell cases to protect against bumps/scratches during transit. Also, think about buying quality travel adapters that allow compatible electrical appliances to function when plugged into native sockets overseas.
– When traveling abroad on work, spend some time preparing your presentations beforehand so that you don’t have to waste valuable time in airplanes/rooms. Install mobile apps such as maps.me before leaving for a trip so that you can use offline navigation controls if there is no data connection available!
– If you’re traveling during the holidays (or anytime really), try to book hotels with access to amenities like gyms and pools. This will allow you the freedom to exercise during down-times without having to worry about finding public gyms or budgeting for membership fees. It’s also a good idea to pack multiple pairs of holiday clothes because this allows you greater flexibility when it comes to changing outfits every day.
– When going abroad, download the Google Translate app to your smartphone so that you can instantly translate new languages during interactions/transit. Bring a hardcover book/journal with you if you’re needing some downtime and want to reduce the amount of electronics on your person when traveling!
– If you plan to visit cities famous for their nightlife, try to pay for a hotel room in advance (either individually or as part of an event package) so that there aren’t any last-minute surprises about accommodation availability. Also make sure that you have the right type of travel insurance before leaving on a trip because this will help provide financial assistance in case anything happens during transit (e.g credit card theft, accidental injuries etc).
– When going abroad, bring a phone charger with multiple socket types (eg US/EU) so that you can plug in your devices without having to buy new chargers or carry multiple travel adapters! Pack at least one pair of headphones/earphones too because they’re useful if you need silence for sleeping or need private listening during flights/bus journeys.
– If you’re planning a road trip overseas, try to avoid driving at night as roads are less well-lit and safety precautions like seatbelts aren’t always followed by local drivers! Bring moisturizer or lip balm with SPF to protect skin from UV rays when traveling to sunny destinations.
– When preparing to travel on a long flight, buy inflatable pillows and blankets from Amazon because these are more compact than ones that come with plastic packaging. Before leaving for a trip abroad, take pictures of all your passport/IDs/credit cards, etc and store them digitally so that you have backups in case something happens!
– If you’re visiting a developing country where there is little to no available internet connection, try using the XE Currency app (available on both iOS and Android platforms) to check currency conversion rates. It’s also worth learning some basic phrases in local languages such as “please” and “thank you” before traveling overseas!
– When going abroad on work, it’s a good idea to bring along presentation notes or even business cards in other languages for interactions with foreign partners. Before leaving on a trip, take the time to go over the itinerary and ensure that there are no typos!
– If you’re traveling during peak holiday periods (e.g Christmas), try to plan your events/reservations as early as possible so that everything can be confirmed beforehand. Pack some snacks too if you’re traveling because this allows you to keep costs down when walking around unfamiliar cities.
– If you’re visiting a foreign country, bring pictures of the local language on your smartphone so that you can point at these during interactions with natives/public transport drivers.
– When going abroad, try to make use of public transit as much as possible because this is more environmentally friendly than renting/driving personal vehicles (plus car rental services are less affordable during peak travel periods). Pack medicines such as cold medicine or painkillers too because they might come in handy when traveling!
– When traveling overseas, it’s a good idea to have immediate funds available in case there are any unexpected expenses. This will allow you to pay for things like taxis without having to worry about accessing credit or debit cards. Before leaving on a trip, try to remember the last time you charged all your devices so that they are fully functional upon arrival!
– When going abroad, make use of travel forums such as TripAdvisor.com because this allows you to learn whether there are any safety issues with certain areas/districts in foreign countries (plus it’s useful for learning about hidden gems while also avoiding tourist traps). Pack some wet wipes too if you’re visiting humid destinations because these can be used to clean hands/tables etc without having to worry about access to soap and water.
– If you’re traveling overseas during peak travel periods, make sure that electronic devices have enough battery life so that you don’t have to worry about charging them during your trip.
– When going abroad, bring along some multi-vitamins because they can be used to supplement local diet especially in developing countries where people suffer from malnutrition. Pack reading material too if you’re traveling overseas (e.g magazines or books) because this will allow for maximum personal productivity on the plane!
– If you’re visiting a foreign country, try to learn some basic phrases in their native language beforehand so that you can properly communicate with locals/public transport drivers while traveling. Also, try not to compare your destination’s characteristics/infrastructure with your home country because this might end up ruining the experience!
– When traveling overseas, try to pack extra snacks for long trips because having a full stomach can help you sleep better while also relieving stress. It’s also worth remembering that people in other countries might not be used to seeing visitors from your country so always dress appropriately when visiting foreign nations!
– If you’re traveling abroad and need vaccinations for the local environment (e.g yellow fever), make sure that these are taken several months before departure so that reactions/side effects don’t interfere with personal plans. Pack a power bank too because this will allow for maximum smartphone battery life while traveling.
– When going abroad, it’s a good idea to bring along some water purification tablets because this will allow you to avoid contracting diarrhea/stomach issues. Similarly, be sure to pack a passport/identity cardholder so that personal belongings are kept safe while traveling!
– When visiting foreign lands, it’s a good idea to bring along some tissue paper too because this can be used for cleaning hands/toilet seats etc without having to worry about access to water or soap. Wherever possible, try not to schedule important meetings during peak travel periods because travel can ruin productivity levels!
– When going abroad, remember that public transport systems often get sold out during peak travel periods so buy tickets in advance if possible. Also, remember that people from different cultures might have different definitions of ‘personal space’ so be careful about personal boundaries if you’re traveling overseas!
– When going abroad, remember to bring along some earplugs because this can help you sleep better while also allowing for peaceful relaxation. In addition, make sure that your luggage is solid enough to deter theft especially when visiting foreign lands.
– When traveling overseas, always check the baggage allowance beforehand and don’t overpack – remember that overweight charges are almost certain during peak travel periods! Before visiting a foreign country/city, try to find out its local emergency number so that safety measures are put into place in case of emergencies (e.g getting lost or suffering from an allergic reaction).
– When visiting foreign lands, make sure that you take along an extra set of clothes because this will allow you to pack less while also giving yourself peace of mind. Also, remember that it’s a good idea to pack some insect repellent so that you don’t have to worry about mosquito bites etc when traveling overseas!
– When visiting foreign countries, be sure to check the local customs and culture beforehand so that behavior doesn’t ruin plans/experiences – being polite always goes a long way! Remember that common sense is key if traveling overseas (e.g checking weather forecasts before departure) because bad weather can delay/ruin travel plans!
– When traveling abroad, bring along a portable charger so that your smartphone/camera battery doesn’t run out while also giving you peace of mind. It’s also worth remembering to bring along a universal power adapter because these are more versatile than traditional ones!
– When visiting foreign lands, try to pack an umbrella so that rain doesn’t ruin plans – remember how awful it feels when returning home as a result of inclement weather conditions. When planning trips abroad, always check whether it will be sunny or rainy beforehand and try not to forget important prescription medicines too!
– When traveling abroad, make sure that there is cash in the emergency stash in case of emergencies (e.g paying for transport services, etc) – using credit cards overseas is often riskier during peak travel periods! Also, remember to bring along a drinking water bottle because having access to potable water is often not available when traveling overseas. Similarly, consider bringing along some old clothes/towels too so that you can use these strictly for dirty purposes while traveling – this is usually cheaper than buying such items overseas.
– When visiting foreign countries, be sure to check whether certain services are covered by insurance beforehand – otherwise, it might be better to avoid them. Always take precautions against crime (e.g checking into hotels during off-peak travel periods) and make sure that the luggage being carried is always properly locked (preferably with two locks) in case of theft!
– When planning trips abroad, check whether there are any country-specific restrictions before getting vaccinated – this will help prevent unnecessary complications. Before visiting foreign lands, remember to take along at least two credit cards with different numbers on them just in case one gets stolen or lost – sometimes having cash is better than relying solely on plastic for various reasons (e.g not being able to use the card when away from home).
– When visiting foreign cities, always check whether there are any currency exchange restrictions – this will help prevent complications. Keep in mind that carrying a notebook and pen can be useful when traveling overseas because it helps take notes of instructions/directions etc and makes travel much easier!
– When traveling abroad, keep important things like passport/visa/credit cards, etc on hand so that inclement weather doesn’t ruin plans – during times such as these, having extra cash is often necessary. It’s also worth remembering to bring along an assistive device with you (e.g mobile phone) for use in case of emergencies (e.g getting lost or suffering from an allergic reaction). Before visiting foreign countries, do try to find out about the local cuisine beforehand so that you have a rough idea of what to expect – that way, things like excess salt/spiciness will not be overpowering.
– When visiting foreign lands, make sure that any credit cards are kept within view at all times in case of loss or theft and it’s also worth remembering to always take along important things like wallet, passport/visa, etc when traveling abroad! It’s also worth noting that currency exchange rates can change rapidly (e.g due to inflation) and it might be better to buy bought items overseas with cash instead because some credit card companies charge more for foreign transactions. Remember to keep an eye on where luggage is being carried in public places (e.g bus/airport) and try to avoid getting lost while traveling!
– When visiting foreign countries, remember to keep the map on hand because it helps one get around much easier. Also, when traveling abroad, it’s always better if there is someone who can help out in case of emergency (e.g being able to communicate with locals) – this way, complications are reduced and things become much easier.
– It’s important that travelers check their travel insurance coverage before leaving for a holiday because some companies might exclude certain services from reimbursement like overseas medical claims etc. Similarly, when planning trips abroad, do try to find out what effects these vacations will have on things at home (e.g school work, pets, etc) and make sure that everything is taken care of before leaving.
– When planning trips abroad, remember to check visa requirements for the destination – this will help prevent complications. It’s also important that travelers check how much luggage they can carry in public places (e.g bus/airport) so that things do not get ruined or lost during travel. While visiting foreign countries, it’s best to put a sticker on passports with contact information in case one gets misplaced or stolen – this way, problems can be solved more easily if such an incident occurs!
– It’s important that travelers check in advance about any currency exchange restrictions because these might cause complications. Also, when traveling abroad, it’s usually a good idea to learn certain basics of the local language (e.g greetings) – this will help make travel much easier!
– It’s important that travelers take along at least two credit cards with different numbers on them whenever traveling overseas – this way, problems related to lost/stolen cards can be solved more easily and hassle free.
Road trip travel tips
– While planning road trips, it’s best to take along certain essentials (e.g maps/camera, etc) because they help make travel a whole lot easier. It’s also worth remembering to check road conditions and traffic rules for the destination before going on a road trip – this will ensure that things do not get complicated!
– When planning road trip vacations, remember to check gas availability at different places beforehand so that there are no surprises later on. Similarly, when traveling by car abroad, make sure that all documents needed by authorities (e.g registration card, etc) are kept in view so that complications can be avoided during border crossings!
– It’s important that travelers take along extra cash for use in case of emergencies while traveling by car abroad because some credit cards might not function in certain places!
– When going on road trips, make sure that the vehicle is in good condition – this will reduce the chances of accidents. Also, when planning road trips, it’s best to carry along a few gallons of water and snacks (e.g fruit/chips) since these items are needed when traveling long distances!
– It’s important that travelers keep an eye on the time while traveling by car abroad because some countries use their own times which may vary drastically from the host nation.
– While planning a road trip vacation, it’s best to take along certain essentials (e.g cell phone/camera) – they help make travel much easier and things become simpler! Also, remember to keep a map of the surrounding areas near you for easy reference!
– It’s important to keep in mind the local traffic laws of a destination while traveling by car abroad because these might be different from home and cause problems later on! Similarly, when going on road trips, remember to pack all the documents needed by authorities at the time of entering/leaving a country (e.g passport/driver’s license, etc.) – this will make things easier if anything goes wrong during border crossings.
– While planning road trips, remember to take along extra cash for use in case of emergencies – this will help if one is stranded on a deserted road! It’s also important that travelers research their destinations before traveling by car abroad because some countries have strict laws and penalties related to driving which may land the driver into trouble!
– It’s best to carry a cell phone when traveling by car abroad (or any vehicle) so that in case of an emergency or need for assistance, it can be called. Also, while planning road trips, remember to check gas availability at different places beforehand so that there are no surprises later on. Similarly, when traveling by car abroad, make sure that all documents needed by authorities (e.g registration card, etc) are kept in view so that complications can be avoided during border crossings!
– When planning road trips, take along the phone numbers of a few hospitals/police stations near you so that in case of an emergency, they can be called for help – this will save on trouble later on.
– It’s important to keep the drugs/medicine used by travelers up-to-date (especially those which need regular refills) because if there is any need for medical assistance while traveling by car abroad or any other vehicle, it’ll have to be shown at that time and might prove problematic if outdated! Also, when planning road trips, remember to check gas availability at different places beforehand so that there are no surprises later on. Similarly, when traveling by car abroad, make sure that all documents needed by authorities (e.g registration card, etc) are kept in view so that complications can be avoided during border crossings!
– It’s important that all travelers pack an emergency survival kit when planning road trips abroad because this helps in case of emergencies and will prove essential if something goes wrong on the way.
– While going on road trips, remember to keep essentials like water/snacks with you since these are required and might be difficult to find at times while traveling by car overseas or any vehicle! Also, make sure that passports/visas for the destination country are up-to-date – this will help things run smoothly during border crossings if there is a need for them. Similarly, travelers must carry along extra cash (and credit cards) for use in case of emergencies while traveling by car abroad because some credit cards might not be accepted in some countries/cities!
Tipping while you travel made simple
– While tipping is not mandatory anywhere in the world, it’s customary for travelers to show appreciation towards services rendered especially during foreign travels (when these are provided as an added service by default). Service personnel are generally underpaid as compared to their Western counterparts and rely on tips for part of their income.
– Ensure that you know the tipping etiquette for your destination country before embarking on a trip because rules for tipping differ in each location. Check with locals or do some research beforehand, so that travelers don’t end up offending others unknowingly.
– While leaving tips is not mandatory, it does go a long way in getting better service especially in these times of economic uncertainty (when employers can no longer afford to pay employees more). A good strategy is to turn down unnecessary services at hotels/restaurants so that staff can concentrate on providing better quality services to travelers who are tipping them.
– If you’re staying at a hotel, leave some loose change (or small bills) for housekeeping staff and room service attendants so that they can be rewarded for their services while leaving a large bill or tip in the form of $1-$5 to concierges who help travelers with planning excursions/local information, etc. For taxi/limousine drivers and tour guides, consider giving around 10% and local guides can get by on approximately 5%.
– When paying tips, place the cash inside an envelope and use this to pay farewell tips instead of handing out money directly to servers/drivers because this avoids confusion over how much you paid. It’s also very important to read confirmation receipts to ensure that you didn’t get overcharged for services rendered.
– It’s customary not to tip at all in the following scenarios: 1) Restaurants where service fees/tips are already included within your bill 2) Service is poor 3) People who don’t usually accept tips (like hotel porters etc). Some restaurants will even include a note on their checklists asking customers not to leave any tips for mediocre service! If you feel compelled or are open-minded enough to give a tip because of exceptional service, then do so but make sure this forms part of the overall bill and isn’t merely tossed in addition.
– If you’re visiting areas where tipping isn’t considered mandatory or common practice, then avoid doing so. In some countries like Japan and South Korea, for example, tipping is looked upon as insulting because it insinuates that the staff has provided poor services which would warrant a tip in the first place!
– While tipping isn’t generally expected during local travels within a country, do leave a small gratuity of between 5% to 10% when using taxis/auto-rickshaws, etc. since these are usually not inclusive of any service charges – especially if you want to ensure return services at your convenience. Note: If you’re traveling with friends/family members who don’t consider this `mandatory’, make sure they don’t object to your generosity towards the driver/staff while paying the bill.
– If you’re traveling with kids and need to access baby strollers, wheelchairs, etc., then tip 10% of their original cost. Always check beforehand to find out if tipping is mandatory in your destination country before paying any gratuities. In Japan, for example, service charges at restaurants are generally considered part of the bill but travelers can still leave tips by adding it on top if they feel compelled to do so!
– The survival kit that gets overlooked whenever a person travels abroad isn’t a suitcase or an extra pair of shoes but travel-sized toiletries like antiseptics, dental floss/scissors, handwash lotion/sanitizer, etc. If you’re staying in hotels, it’s best to always keep a small supply on hand because most places may not provide these items for free!
– While using public toilets can be a rather unpleasant experience especially if you’re traveling abroad, make the best of it by bringing along travel-sized toiletries from home. You’ll save the cost of having to tuck in a few quarters (for paying the services) every time you step into one!
– Before jetting off on your international holiday, think about storing your favorite toiletries at home for when you return back later. This will help ensure that nothing goes missing/mislaid during transit and you don’t have to worry about spaces getting filled up on your return trip.
– Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, make sure you travel with updated health and other important documents in hand. This will help ensure that nothing goes wrong at the last minute while abroad. Make duplicate copies of the same (in case something gets mislaid) and keep it safe from damaging elements like water etc.
– If your luggage is overweight or oversize, then use a luggage shipping company to get items delivered at your destination instead of paying extra charges during check-ins/check-outs or even worse; being refused entry due to excess baggage! You could also consider sending them by road if time permits since this is usually cheaper than the flight route.
Travel tips with pets
– Are you planning to travel abroad with a pet (bird, cat, dog, etc.)? Then make sure that the animal complies with all the country-specific vaccination/quarantine rules and regulations prior to departure. This will help ensure a smooth entry into the country without any hassles!
– If you’re traveling abroad with a pet who’s a picky eater, then consider packing canned/dried food along to keep them well-fed throughout your trip. This will ensure that you don’t have to worry much about their diet so as long as they get all the essential nutrients in their bodies.
– If you plan on going overseas with your pet, then make the most of getting travel insurance beforehand. This will help ensure that any unforeseen illnesses or accidents are taken care of – instead of having to shell out exorbitant amounts for expensive treatments at hospitals/clinics, etc.
– When traveling abroad with pets like dogs and cats, it’s best to book hotels that provide pet services like food/walk-time, etc. This will help ensure that you don’t have to worry much about going out and leaving your pet behind every time he gets hungry or tired!
– Pet carriers may not be the most attractive thing to lug around while traveling abroad but they are vital if you’re planning on taking along a pet with you. Make sure you buy one according to the size of your pet so as to provide enough air circulation, enough room for movement, etc. Also, check out their requirements for in-flight safety by contacting your airline beforehand.
– Keeping pets safe (especially dogs) during trips isn’t just about making sure that they don’t run away from home, but also to keep them from getting into trouble like picking up bad habits or even worse; falling in the hands of pet-nappers (many kidnapping cases have been reported during past years). To ensure their safety, it’s best to make sure that you walk them only when necessary – depending on your security/safety level – and for shorter times.
– If you plan on going overseas with your dog, then consider training him/her beforehand so as to acclimatize faster. This will help establish manners and discipline among pets, put less stress on you and even your fellow travelers while abroad!
– When traveling with a dog, it’s always better to book a hotel which allows pets. This way, you don’t have to leave your pet behind in the hotel room while you go sightseeing or working. Keep him/her company by booking a suite with an additional bedroom!
– Booking hotels with pets is one thing, insuring them during trips maybe another. Contact the pet service provider beforehand and check out their coverage rates before setting off on long journeys abroad so as to not come across any last-minute hassles.
– How well behaved (following commands etc.) is your dog? If he tends to ignore you at times of emergency then it’s best to get some obedience training done beforehand. This will ensure that your dog responds better when needed and that it’s a safer travel experience for both of you.
– If your dog tends to bark incessantly or is hyperactive, then consider getting them some behavioral training beforehand. This will make sure that they are more controlled while on the road, less disruptive and easier to handle during emergencies.
– It’s always best to have a pet sitter take care of your pets back home if you’re going abroad for extended periods. This will save the hassle of dealing with his/her requirements during travel and also ensure that they are in safe hands. However, if you can’t find a dependable pet sitter, then make sure to get one from a trusted source or board him at a local animal shelter instead!
Traveling with a camera?
– It’s always good to carry extra memory cards (especially the compact ones) while on a trip so as to save time, avoid last-minute hassles and ensure you don’t miss out on any memorable moments.
– When going from place to place, it’s always best to keep your camera bag safe by either putting it in a hard-shell backpack or keeping it close at hand. In case of theft, merely taking a few pictures won’t help – but your insurance company will definitely appreciate having the complete set of pictures!
– Beware that thieves are everywhere! Even if you’re just walking down the street or researching something nearby – try not to put your cameras (especially DSLRs ) off your reach. If you have them around, then make sure they’re wrapped tightly with the strap-around-the-neck method.
– Never carry expensive camera lenses while traveling! They are too big and can be easy targets for pickpockets. Instead of lugging such expensive items, bring a small lens that takes up less space in your bag!
– If you want to go extreme with your photography, then consider investing in a waterproof camera! This will help capture underwater pictures without breaking the bank!
– When going out with your DSLR, it’s always good to carry it around in a sturdy camera bag. This will not only protect the device but can also double up as another handbag if needed!
– If you want to be stealthy and are using a smartphone, like an iPhone or Android, while traveling, make sure to disable location sharing (under settings) so that your friends/fans cannot track you via GPS tracking on social networks. For Android phones users – there is no such thing as offhand but we suggest using Google Maps instead of the GPS tracking feature.
– If you’re visiting a beachside location, then it’s always best to protect your camera from direct exposure to water, especially saltwater. You can do so with waterproof bags or just use a plastic bag if needed! This will help keep things safe for longer and prevent untimely accidents as well.
– If you’re going to a beach location, then a GoPro (or similar action camera) can be extremely handy! You can easily mount them to your head or chest before getting in the water and take some amazing videos without worrying about anything else!
I recently went to Mexico with my wife and we wanted to travel light so we just took our phones. We got to some great cenotes and wished we had cameras that we could have taken with us underwater. We missed capturing some incredible moments.
Your standard point-and-shoot cameras are really not cut for underwater pictures. And even if it is, you need someone with extreme skills to pull that off. Instead of risking having a working camera but blur images – consider investing in an underwater camera instead! These cameras help capture clearer pics while being safe underwater.
– When you’re out hiking around… on mountains or trekking through forests or a beach – carry extra batteries and memory cards with you so as to capture all those memorable moments without any delays!
– Consider buying a solar-powered charger instead of regular ones when camping/hiking in remote locations where electricity is not easily available. A good example is this solar charger from Anker. ((link))
Traveling with friends?
– When you’re traveling with a friend (or multiple friends), it’s always good to split the cost of renting a cab. This will be cheaper than taking a regular taxi and also help out other people as well! The best places for such service are airports or train stations where cabs are scarce and usually expensive too.
-If you’re with a larger group consider renting an apartment/house in your travel destination rather than staying at a hotel. This is great if you want more privacy and also helps save money. Sites like Airbnb are good examples. ((link))
– When traveling with friends, always keep an eye on each other’s valuables when moving around the place or going to places unknown to you all. Be careful of pickpockets and such issues! Always hang on tight and be safe!
– If in doubt about where something is – ask someone else who appears local to you! Just walk up to them normally and you want to save some time, it’s better to go into the airport a few hours before your flight. You can either sleep in the airport lounge or just spend some time getting yourself acquainted with the area.
– When going out with friends (or family) on road trips, make sure everyone knows their budget beforehand. It’ll avoid conflicts later down the line when someone goes over budget!
This article is a work in progress. I will be editing and adding to it in the coming days. I hope it has been helpful!
Check the regulations below to make sure the airline you would like to fly on will allow your pet to come with you, and how they will or won’t let you. Two quick questions and then dig in!
The importance of making a reservation to bring your dog, cat or other pet on any airline:
It is important to make a reservation for your pet as soon as you know the dates you want to travel. There are a number of reasons for this.
1- Each flight has a limited number of pets they will be allowed to carry. You don’t want the plane to have already filled their pet slots and not allow your dog to fly with you.
2- Also, it can be cheaper to reserve a pet online than it is at the ticket counter.
3- You want to make sure your pet falls within the airline’s regulations of pet that they will allow you to fly with.
How do I make a reservation to fly with my pet?
Making reservations with the airline for your pet to fly with you is easy. All you have to do is find your airline below and go to their website and double-check their policies and then call them and make your reservation.
Make sure to review how much it will cost, when exactly you can fly, what regulations are currently in effect for carriers and other miscellaneous items.
Some of the most popular airlines in the US and North America
Small pets are welcome to travel with Southwest Airlines. Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until their capacity is reached. There are a maximum of six pet carriers allowed on any given flight, so make your reservations as soon as you know when and where you are traveling.
If you want to reserve a spot for your dog, you can contact their customer service at 1-800-435-9792.
Unaccompanied minors may not travel alone with a pet(s).
Dogs or other pets can be taken as cabin pets on American Airlines or shipped in their cargo area. American Airlines allows 7 kennels on flights.
If you plan on traveling with your pet, you should contact the Customer Service Team at 800-433-7300 as soon as you confirm your travel plans to guarantee your pup a spot. American Airlines can restrict pets flying if the weather conditions are above 85 degrees Fahrenheit and below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
One of the largest American airlines is United Airlines. Guests are welcome to bring their pets on board as well as check them in as luggage. The United Airlines Customer Service Team advises you to contact them as soon as you confirm your travel plans since they only accept two dogs in the cabin on some flights.
For travelers with pets or pets traveling alone, they accept reservations between 30 days and 5 days before your flight. Additional acceptance conditions must be met before a reservation is confirmed. Ask them about those and make reservations over the phone at 1-800-864-8331.
Based in St. George, Utah, SkyWest Airlines is a North American airline. Depending on the requirements of their partner airlines, you can carry pets in the cabin or as checked luggage. SkyWest also asks that you follow certain requirements in addition to those set forth by the SkyWest airline partner you are flying with.
During the entire boarding process and the duration of your flight, your pet must remain in its carrier underneath the seat in front of you. Seats may not be purchased for your pet.
JetBlue is one of the cheaper airlines in the United States. There are some flights on which small pets are welcomed in the cabin. Booking your pet’s ticket as early as possible is imperative because JetBlue only allows four pets per flight. If you desire to travel with your pet, you can call 1-800-JETBLUE and find out how to make a reservation.
You can book your ticket over the phone after confirming that pet transportation is available on the flights you are considering. Customers are only allowed to bring one pet, with exceptions being made on a case-by-case basis.
The largest airline in Canada is Air Canada. Most of their flights allow pet travel in the cabin and cargo area. The Customer Service Team at 888-247-2262 advises customers to book their pet’s reservation as soon as possible after confirming their travel plans. They allow up to four companion animals in the cabin.
You should tell them how big and how heavy your pet carrier is, as well as the breed and weight of your pet. Additionally, they advise you to check in to your flight 30 minutes earlier than you normally would to make sure you have ample time to get your pet all squared away in time for your flight.
Seattle is the home base of Alaska Airlines, an American airline. There are a number of flights that welcome pets in their cabins and in the cargo hold. For First Class cabins and main cabins on any given flight, Alaska Air can accommodate 1 pet each, and 5 each in the main cabin, so please contact them to make arrangements as soon as you know your flight plans.
The Customer Service Team’s number is 800-252-7522. Reservation agents need to be told if you intend to fly with a pet, so they can confirm they have availability and make sure you don’t have any surprises when you get there the day of your flight.
There is no other airline in Hawaii bigger than Hawaiian Airlines. Many of their flights allow pets to travel in the cabin and cargo hold. They may restrict the transportation of your pet in cargo during extreme temperatures.
Animals are limited to a few per flight on Hawaiian Airlines. As soon as possible after confirming your travel plans, you should reserve a ticket for yourself and your pet. To book a flight with your pet, you should call 1-800-367-5320 and inform the agent. The airline inspects and approves every animal kennel on each flight.
The Florida-based airline Spirit Airlines offers low-cost flights. Most of their flights allow small pets to travel in the cabin with you.
The cabin capacity for pets on Spirit Airlines’ domestic flights is limited to four, including routes to St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and San Juan. Therefore, book your pet carrier as soon as your plans are confirmed.
It is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure proper documentation is available throughout the trip, regardless of whether Spirit Airlines requires a health certificate for carry-on pets. If you would like to reserve a spot on board, you can contact Spirit Airlines Customer Service at 801-401-2222.
Denver-based Frontier Airlines operates low-cost flights across the U.S. Pet owners are welcome to bring their small pets on board. You can ensure your animal’s reservation by calling Frontier Airlines once your plans are confirmed. (801) 401-9000 will get you in touch with their Customer Service Team.
Please note that flight operators like Great Lakes Aviation may not accept pets on certain flights operated by Frontier and its partners.
The airline’s headquarters are in Nevada. Some of their routes allow small pets to travel inside their carriers in the cabin. In order to ensure pets and carriers comply with airport regulations, all pet carriers are inspected before being accepted on board.
If you buy your own seats online you can buy your puppy’s spot at the same time. It’s pretty handy. You can get a hold of them at the following number and speak with them about any restrictions or questions you may have. (702) 505-8888
The airline is owned by Qatar Airways, which is Qatar’s national carrier. In the economy section of one of their aircraft, there is room for up to six falcons, with a limit of one per passenger. Qatar Airways flights do not have a limit on how many animals can be transported in the cargo hold, but the restrictions vary from aircraft to aircraft.
They recommend contacting Qatar Airways as soon as you finalize your travel plans to guarantee your dog a spot on board. You can contact Qatar Airways at 877-777-2827 to inform the agent know that you are traveling with a pet.
Japanese airline ANA Wings flies regionally. Select flights allow pets to be checked in as baggage. There are only three spots available on each flight, so be sure to book your furry friend’s spot as soon as you’re able to. Call 813-6741-6683 for assistance from ANA Customer Service.
Changi Airport is home to Singapore Airlines, the nation’s flag carrier airline. On a number of different flights, pets are allowed as checked baggage or cargo.
Make sure your pet has a spot at least two weeks before your departure by getting in touch with your local Singapore Airlines office.
More information is available by calling (800) 742-3333. Customer Service Agents will require you to provide the type, breed, species, gender, name, age, color, weight, and dimensions of the animal when you contact them.
Dubai-based Emirates Airline is the largest airline in the Middle East. Falcons are accepted on flights between Dubai and some Pakistani destinations, and additional animals are accepted in the cargo hold, as checked luggage, or for flights to some countries via their base in Dubai, UAE.
Other pets are allowed as well.
There are no restrictions on the number of pets that can be placed in the cargo hold of Emirates flights, but some countries have restrictions on the number of pets that can be carried in and out.
Make sure Emirates knows you are traveling with animals before you book your tickets by calling (800)-777-3999. You should also check the pet policies of other airlines if your flight itinerary includes them.
The flag carrier of Hong Kong is Cathay Pacific. The airline offers pets the opportunity to travel as checked baggage on several of their flights. During the reservation process, please make sure you have the weight and dimension of your pet and pet carrier as well as the material and brand.
The country to which you are flying will also require you to provide a valid health and vaccination certificate, entry permits, and any other documentation required. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 233-2742 or if you have any questions you can contact them at that number.
The Eva Air airline is based near the Taiwanese capital Taipei. On several of their flights, pets are allowed as checked baggage. Before animals can fly with Eva Air, the airline requires you to fill out and submit a few specific forms that can be found on their website.
It is recommended that you call (800) 695-1188 as soon as possible after you have confirmed your travel plans since there are only a limited number of animal seats available.
Known for its large fleet, international flights, and thousands of destinations worldwide, Qantas Airways is the flag carrier for Australia. All pets traveling with Qantas are now handled through Qantas Freight.
There are a limited number of pet cargo seats available on Qantas flights, so the airline recommends that you reserve yourself a pet seat as soon as you get your travel arrangements in place.
China’s Hainan Airlines operates as an airline from its home base there. There are a number of flights that let pets travel as checked baggage. Check their pet policies page on their website for more information.
To do so, you can contact them at (800) 227-4500. I recommend contacting the Cargo Department in Australia at (+61) 13-12-13 if you need further information regarding more than 1 animal crate.
The flag carrier airline of the Netherlands is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. On most of their flights, pets are allowed in the cabin and the cargo hold. Bookings for pets must be made by phone.
They recommend making the reservation at least 48 hours before departure, as there can only be a limited number of pet spots on most flights. You can however call them as early as 24 hours after you book your flight. I certainly recommend doing that to make sure there is room for your dog on your flight.
When you are ready to make your travel arrangements, call the KLM Customer Service Team at 866-434-0320. The charge for pet care during a transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Airport is 150 EUR if your pet is checked in as baggage and the transfer lasts over two hours.
The flag-carrying airline of France is Air France. Many of their flights allow pets to travel in the cabin and hold. Make sure that Air France knows you will be traveling with your pet when you book your ticket. Animals may travel in varying numbers depending on the aircraft.
Any further questions or concerns can be directed to their Telephone Sales Team at 800-237-2747.
I hope you have found this page helpful. Check out some of the related articles below for more helpful flight info.
I have owned a number of dogs, and my pitbull Doug was one of my absolute favorites.
Are pitbulls good travel companions?
Pitbulls are great travel companions! They are naturally energetic, happy and want to please their owners. And they mellow out after some good exercise like a brisk walk or longboard session. This makes them ideal for road trips or traveling!
Traveling is a natural instinct for any dog, but pitbulls are built for it! They are well known for their loyalty and bravery. This makes them great companions traveling or on any adventure.
They have a reputation for being aggressive and scary, but the truth is that they are just as sweet, loving, and loyal as any other dog, and more than some! If they are raised by a competent owner, they are a dog that wins the hearts of all that know them.
10 reasons why pitbulls make excellent travel companions.
1 – They love adventures!
The more active the better: whether it’s backpacking through Europe or exploring new regions of the U.S., they are always happy to get out and go on a new adventure.
They love car rides and road trips too. They like to travel with their pack so if you are going by car or by boat, they are happy to be there and seem grateful even that you brought them along.
2 – They’re good with kids!
Did you know the pitbull is one of only two registered breeds in which a love of children is included in its breed standard? Also, Petey on the original Little Rascals series was a pitbull.
3 – They adapt and can go all day!
They have fantastic patience, endurance and stamina. Whether they are waiting in an endless line at an airport or putting in the last miles of an unexpectedly long hike, they adapt well and can make it through anything with more patience and grace than your fellow travelers at times.
Whether it is exploring a new city or an international bus ride, they really can walk, hike or explore all day without getting tired, and love every minute of it!
4 – Pitbulls don’t need much space.
They don’t need a lot of space in order to be comfortable, so they can stay in small hotels, hostels, planes and busses with the best of them. The trick is, if you can, make sure they get some active time in their day before they have to “sit, stay”. How much active time depends on the individual dog.
But they are super versatile they can walk, hike or explore all day without getting tired… or curl up at your feet or by your side and lounge while you read a book or enjoy a cup of tea.
5 – They are happy with new situations and new people.
They aren’t a dog that is shy and timid. Quite the opposite, which traveling requires. Not only do they love to meet new people, but they are some of the most social and friendliest dogs of any breed.
If you are familiar with the American Temperament Test (ATT), pitbulls consistently score in the same range as, retrievers, collies and boxers.
Due to their temperament and intelligence, they are often used as therapy dogs, assistance animals for the disabled, search and rescue animals.
6 – Pitbulls are just the right size
They’re big enough that they won’t get easily stepped on our lost easily, but not too big that they’ll break your back if you need to list them into anything during transport or sleeping. Some hotels do have weight limits, so double-check that when you book your room.
7 – They are loyal, loyal, loyal.
I know, I can hear you now, “But all dogs are loyal.” And you are right. This is why I am a dog person through and through.
One of the reasons pitbulls are good travel companions is because they are very loyal, intelligent, and hardworking.. Many are used for honorable practices such as therapy, assistance, search and rescue, and sports champions.
8 – Pitbulls get a little extra attention too.
Lots of people are afraid of pitbulls so you’ll get lots of attention when traveling – which is something I enjoyed! Especially when you have a great example of the breed.
It’s a fun way to meet new people as you travel too. You can get a little more practice with a foreign language a little as you interact or to see them enjoy an interaction with a dog they might have been scared of before.
9 – They love human affection and attention, but don’t need constant petting.
They like to be the center of your world but don’t have to be all the time. This makes them great for all the moments on your trip between your pics for Instagram, you know, when you need to get stuff done.
I am not a dog trainer or super skilled with them above or beyond the average person, but the following are some additional reasons why I love pitbulls and think they make a fantastic travel companion for solo travelers or a whole family.
10 – Pitbulls are intelligent and easily trainable
11 – Pitbulls are loyal and protective
12 – Pitbulls have a calming effect on people with anxiety or PTSD
13 – Pitbulls can be trained to be service dogs for the disabled, children, seniors, and more
14 – They’re not picky eaters, so you don’t need to worry about finding just the right food at your destination
15 – Pitbulls are very affectionate, love people and typically greet everyone with enthusiasm
16 – Pitbulls are great at entertaining themselves
17 – They are always ready to go
18 – They don’t shed much and their short hair is easy to manage and they require minimal grooming
19 – They are athletic by nature and connect easily with their humans.
Pitbulls are great travel companions! Their charming nature makes them great companions for travel or life in general. Pitbulls are playful as they age and will still like to play around even when they get older. Pitbulls are outgoing, friendly companions who bond strongly to their owners and love meeting new people. They are so easy to travel with.
One word of caution when traveling with a pitbull
Your perfect pup is still a pitbull. Generally speaking, pitbulls have been given a bit of a bad reputation. It’s unfortunate that so many people brush the pitbull aside when looking for a dog of their own, because of a few tragic news stories.
Unfortunately there are some horror stories out there of dogs that were raised poorly or provoked and then people or animals got hurt.
Because of their physical abilities, when an accident does happen it can be more severe than if your neighbor’s tiny poodle attacks you.
They are tough dogs, but that does not mean they are always mean. Because they are tough, they are a favorite of some irresponsible dog owners. Pitbulls are the most abused dog.
If they’re raised by attentive owners that take care of them they’re happy and fun-loving animals!
Some people will look at your dog and just see its breed
Just be extra careful that you train yours to obey you at all times and always make sure that you drain as much of your dog’s energy as possible before requiring it to stay in a confined space for long periods of time.
Doing this and making sure your pitbull is well socialized from the day you get it is super important. It is a breed that has some preconceived negative notions about it and if you work with your pitbull and make it a great ambassador of the breed, you will not only help it but help change people’s thoughts and ideas of pitbulls that meet it.
Because of their bad reputation some public places or hotels might not let you stay there. Just check with the places you book that you are ok to stay their first. Nothing worse than making plans and then finding out you can’t stay at the hotel you booked because you have a pit with you.
That never happened to me but is always a good thing to check.
Some questions about traveling with pitbulls I have gotten
Are pitbulls good travel dogs?
They are fantastic travel dogs. If you are flying, make sure to read up on the airline’s pet policies. and check with all hotels you plan to use as well. ((here)) is another article I wrote with a bunch of travel tips that you will want to follow when bringing a pitbull with you on your travel adventures.
Can I fly with my pitbull?
Feds Say Airlines Can’t Ban pitbulls or Other Dog Breeds From Flying. Just over a year after Delta Airlines announced that “pitbull type dogs” were not welcome on flights, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a statement that forbids airlines from banning dogs based on their breed. Aug 16, 2019
This article is all about flying with your pitbull. Check it out if you are wondering, can I bring a pitbull on a plane? or other details about flying with your pitbull. ((linkss))
Do pitbulls like to cuddle?
Pitbulls love to snuggle and cuddle! Even though most pitbulls wind up easily, they’ll wind down and chill easily and love being hugged and pet too. They will do this on their own. But one trick, if you get them out for some good exercise they will come home and cuddle instantly.
Do hotels allow pitbulls?
Pet-friendly hotels do allow pitbulls. However, always check with the place you want to stay about it before you book your stay.
There times when you might run into hotels, campgrounds, and vacation rentals that ban certain dog breeds. One tip, government campgrounds nearly always allow all breeds all the time.
Tip, get your dog certified as a service dog!
Can you make a pitbull a service dog?
The American pitbull can make excellent Service Dogs! This includes any of the bully breeds and of course, depends on the temperament of your specific dog.
One of the nice things about certifying your pet as a service dog is that they can go anywhere you’re allowed to go – like stores, office complexes and apartments that don’t allow dogs or pets.
Traveling with a pitbull or pitbull mix dog can be tricky. There are laws and situations that aren’t conducive to a fun travel experience that I want to help you avoid.
Check out these tips and have a fantastic time with your furry friend.
1. Be aware of breed laws and regulations
Prior to traveling or staying overnight in a new area, read up on the laws of that region. Do certain areas have requirements regarding muzzling or other conditions for pitbulls? Will you be able to easily stop for potty breaks and let your pitbull out of the car? More on this in the next section.
To make traveling with a pitbull as enjoyable as possible, you should take the following steps:
Call the local animal control office to get the most current information about any restrictions in the area if you’ll be visiting or passing through a jurisdiction that has a breed-specific law.
You may want to carry DNA results from your vet showing your dog’s lineage if your dog looks like one of the restricted breeds.
Plan for the unexpected, since laws are constantly changing and websites might not be up-to-date.
Make sure to comply with all muzzle, leash, and proof of insurance requirements if your pet is an affected breed, or it could be mistaken for one. To be prepared at all times, make sure to carry those with you when you are out and about… even on short potty breaks.
Do your best to comply with breed-specific laws even if it means leaving the jurisdiction. And be extra polite if you have accidentally broken one of the local laws.
And consider just bypassing any location that has any restrictions at all on your bully altogether. That makes it stress free and more enjoyable for sure.
In addition to areas that have restrictions, there are some that you should altogether avoid. We will discuss that more in the next section.
2. Use BSL resources to plan your trip
Legislation that restricts certain dog breeds from a particular location or activity is called breed-specific legislation (BSL). If the owner of a dog breaks any of these laws, then the owner may be fined and their dog may be taken away and/or executed. It’s super important to know where to avoid going with your pitbull.
But it’s not hard to make sure you and your dog have a great experience when you travel! Though traveling with pitbulls might take a little extra planning, it can be a fantastic experience!
It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with Breed Specific laws since they vary from one state or province to another. They even vary from country to country.
There are some great maps for the US, Canada and the world that show you:
Places where pitbulls are banned
Spots where the BSL was rejected
Areas with added restrictions
Check them out as you plan where you will be traveling to and where you will stay.
Click Here for a map from the Animal Farm Foundation with areas of the United States marked where BSL has been enacted.
Click Here to see a map from the Justice for Bullies Bullies indicating areas in which breed specific legislation has been enacted in Canada and across the world.
These a great maps and a good place to start.
There are a number of ways you can plan your trip, but you could pull out a good old fashion map and start plotting out where you want to go. Then check out those maps above and look for spots you need to avoid on the BSL websites, and mark them in red on your map so if you are offline as your travel, for any reason, you can make sure to avoid them. Just make sure you stay clear of those areas.
Be sure to take your atlas on your trip, so you can easily refresh your memory on places that discriminate against your dog as you travel along.
3. Find a pit-friendly hotel to spend the night
Knowing the city or state regulations means you’re safe with your dog out in public, but some businesses or hotels, even pet-friendly ones sometimes don’t allow pits.
I find it easiest to schedule hotels that are pitbull friendly before I leave home when I can. There are times when my wife and I decide to take a little different route than we had planned on and we need to call around to find a different place to stay. We just pull out our phones and Google Maps and start to call around. It isn’t too hard.
And if your dog is a mixed breed it can be helpful to carry its paperwork, confirming their DNA. Some places can be more lenient with mixed breed pits.
This also applies to boarding and daycare facilities. And they might not mind pits personally but their insurance might not cover them so they can’t take them. You never know till you ask.
It’s easy to avoid breed restrictions, because there aren’t any, in parks and forests owned by the US federal government, such as national parks, national forests, and Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds.
4. Simply avoid places where pitbulls are banned
If you are like me, as I mentioned earlier, avoid all the towns that have BSLs, when you can. Map your route so that you avoid areas that have banned the breed of dog. Understanding the restrictions is important. I will pass through towns that have restrictions, but I won’t stay the night there.
5. Keep your pitbull’s mind busy and engaged
Your dog can likely spend hours just looking out the window. They will do this whether you are flying or driving. Whether you are driving or flying with your pitbull, find a couple of ways to keep him entertained. You can carry his favorite toys, or a new toy or two, a bone, a food bowl, and of course bring their dog bed.
This way, he will feel comfortable and relaxed the whole drive. However, you should never leave him alone in a car, even if you have to run into a store for a snack.
If you do need to run in to grab something take them with you. This is where it pays to have done your prep work before your trip. You will know you aren’t going to have problems with restrictions if you have done your homework.
6. Keep his energy levels low
One of the keys to having any dog that is mild mannered and well behaved is getting them plenty of activity and exercise to lower their energy levels. This is especially true for pitbulls! They will listen better and be calmer and listen better if they have had a chance to get out and work hard first. It is like a magic pill! Those of you who have experienced this and nodding your head right now.
If you have ever seen an episode of The Dog Whisperer, you know that’s one of the first places that Cesar starts. And it’s a fantastic travel hack with your pitbull!
Before you get in the car or on a plane or any kind of public transportation or take him into your hotel room for the night, do all you can to get as much energy out as possible. Dogs need exercise and especially pitbulls!
How much exercise does he need? You know when they have gone on a walk or hike or bike ride and then they come in the house and drink and then crash in their bed for a couple hours? That’s how much. It leaves them feeling better physically and mentally.
If you can, for the two days prior to your trip get them good and exercised each day and your trip will be so easy. The inverse is true. If they haven’t gotten a lot of physical activity in the days leasing up to your trip they will be off the walls and everything will be a little bit harder for sure.
6. To be Super Safe, Don’t Let Him Stick His Head Out the Window
I crack the windows for my dogs and at times let them stick their heads out, but not typically on the freeway… But I did a little research and found the following, which makes sense.
If he has cropped ears, his ears can become infected when small particles fly into them.
Injuries might occur if road debris hits him in the face.
His ears can flip in the wind if he has natural pitbull ears which can cause them to swell and form scar tissue which can damage his ears permanently.
I haven’t ever seen those things happen, but it’s understandable that they could.
7. Check Your Airline’s Pet Policies
You should check the airline regulations and rules if you plan on flying to your destination. I’ve got an article on flying with your pitbull here that goes into more detail about the best way to fly with your pitbull. ((link)) Don’t plan a trip without checking to see if you can bring your pit on your airline of choice and seeing what type of crate they need you to bring to transport him in.
8. Get Him the Right Crate
There is a chance that the crate required by the airline you’re flying on is different than a crate you already own for your furry friend. It’s also possible that the requirements may have changed since the last time you flew with that airline as well, so your current crate still might not work. Again, it is a lot easier to make a call ahead of time than to discover you need to make some changes when you arrive at the airport.
9. Try a Pet or Dog Courier Service
Your next option, if there are no airlines that will take your pitbull, could be a service that will deliver your pet. Pitbulls can be transported by pet couriers, who specialize in transporting pets.
A company like this will take care of all the details including paperwork, crate, food and water for you, and even assign someone to check on your dog from time to time through its journey.
If you go this route, only one disadvantage could be that you and your pet might be on different flights.
10. Obtain a Health Certificate
Getting your pitbull checked and carrying that documentation with you is always a good idea, even in countries that do not require them. Maintaining your dog’s records up to date, and having that paperwork readily available in case of issues, will go a long way towards showing people you are a responsible dog owner.
If you don’t know how many checkups your destination requires, check with the destination requirements. It’s also good within ten days of your flight, to take your dog to the veterinarian and have them examined. Doublecheck what vaccinations are required by the destination and then make sure they have those as well.
11. Be a Good Ambassador for the Breed
Whether it is fair or not, pitbulls do have a bit of a bad rap. It is frustrating to have to do additional research to ensure you don’t have issues with restrictions and laws get in the way of you having fun on your vacation.
Their reputation will only change over time as people have good experiences with pitbulls and their owners. So it is up to us!
When I had my pitbull mix I enjoyed seeing people enjoy petting him and meeting him. I would smile when they would find out he was half pit. It made me feel good to try to change their preconceived notions of what a pitbull was.
They often would have a good experience and then ask a lot of questions. I really enjoyed it too. That’s a significant part of how we fix the pitbull’s reputation.
I think the extra effort is worth it!
Now for a couple questions that I have gotten.
Which country is the most dog friendly?
After a little research across the web I am very comfortable you would be in great shape looking into some of these destinations if you are looking into an international trip with your furry friend. I might write more on them later, but for now, here is my list.
France Switzerland Sweden Canada Slovenia Luxembourg Japan The Netherlands Brazil Austria Poland Germany Belgium The Bahamas Great Britain
How do you travel with a pitbull?
To have the best experience traveling with a pitbull check ahead and make sure they are allowed where you are going, and then do all you can to keep them and those around you safe so that it can be a good experience for your dog and others.
Here is a quick list of the bullet points we explained above. 1- Be aware of Breed Laws and Regulations 2- Use BSL Resources to Plan Your Trip 3- Find a Pit-Friendly Hotel to Spend the Night 4- Simply Avoid Places Where Pitbulls Are Banned 5- Keep your pitbull’s mind busy and engaged 6- Keep his energy levels low 7- Don’t Let Him Stick His Head Out the Window 8- Check Your Airline’s Pet Policies 9- Get Him the Right Crate 10- Try a Pet or Dog Courier Service 11- Obtain a Health Certificate 12- Be a Good Ambassador for the Breed
Visitor bureaus are organizations that serve as the primary contact for visitors to their city, town or region.
They create guides and maps about attractions in the area. They also offer suggestions on where to go and what to do. They typically have a website where they list all the attractions, museums and restaurants in their area.
If you’re looking for information on the best places to visit, or if attractions are closed because of weather or other events, find a local visitor’s bureau. They will have up-to-date information about what is happening in your area and they can be a great resource to find ideas of things to do or places to see.
Most of these bureaus do not provide lodging, sell tickets or lead tours, but some might. It’s worth asking about.
I wanted to create a list of all 50 states’ tourism and visitors bureaus’ websites and contact info, so I could have a quick reference guide on hand for myself and for you.
Using these resources along with some of the best travel tips will ensure your next trip is everything you want it to be.
First, did you know that the United States of America has a tourism site? Yep.
VisitTheUSA.com shares some highlights and guides you to the right sites for each of the 50 states and the US territories, including the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
There are also great write-ups and pictures and links to more than 340 U.S. cities and 60 national parks! It is a great site with a trip planner that gives you the ability to specify the amount of time you have, your interests, and your destinations.
These sites are the official tourism sites for the State of Alabama, working to increase visitor numbers to promote economic prosperity in all areas where visitors choose to spend their money. This department has it all: marketing programs including extensive advertising campaigns, public relations efforts, destination marketing, and the development of travel-related websites. These promote Alabama’s natural beauty, history, culture, shopping opportunities, and events.
The Department also operates a visitor center in Birmingham where visitors can learn more about what our great state has to offer.
Alabama Tourism Division provides incentives for tourism industry partners who market or expand business in Alabama that provide
The Arizona visitors guide is your complete source for everything to do in the Grand Canyon State.
You’ll find information on attractions and activities, lodging options, and visitor services. These include RV parks, campgrounds, and restaurants. The guide contains useful travel resources from info about sports teams to local weather forecasts so that you can plan ahead! You will also find a wealth of information on Arizona’s arts and culture scene.
Arizona is home to many state parks, monuments, and recreational areas that offer camping sites, hiking trails, fishing spots, and more.
Arizona is home to some of the most stunning vistas in America. From towering mountains, rugged deserts, or lush forests, you’ll find an adventure that will exceed your expectations! The state has a diverse population with visitors coming from all over the world. Arizona’s friendly communities offer cultural events year-round for all ages.
The Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism is the state agency responsible for promoting travel to Arkansas and overseeing its public parks.
Arkansas State Parks manages state parks and promotes the state of Arkansas as a destination, welcoming travelers from around the country. Tourism in Arkansas has led to economic growth and fosters an improvement in tourism’s image of the state by attracting visitors.
The Arkansas State Parks and Travel Association is a nonprofit statewide organization that promotes tourism in Arkansas by enhancing the state’s economy by providing a variety of recreation destinations. They provide an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the natural, historical, and cultural assets of the great state.
The California state tourism office provides a wealth of information for travelers. The office provides an Official State Visitor’s Guide that includes travel ideas, maps, and tips on where to stay, shop or dine while in the state.
California is a great place to visit and lots of things to do for travelers of all kinds.
In addition to hiking trails and scenic overlooks, visitors will find museums that explore natural history or geology as well as art galleries. There are loads of concerts, sports events, and other cultural happenings in California all year round.
There are four mild seasons (though it can get hot). The state is known for its world-famous beaches, deserts to the east of Los Angeles, and mountains to the north. San Francisco has a lot of interesting activities – from Golden Gate Bridge tours or Alcatraz.
We could create a huge list of things to do in Cali, but we will leave that to their site.
There are so many great things on their website ctvisit.com, so many!
Connecticut Bound is the state tourism office and their website provides information about attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shopping, events, and lots of ideas for things to do in Connecticut as well!
Connecticut has so much to offer visitors. It has beautiful scenery, great food, and entertainment.
If you are thinking about visiting the Nutmeg State this year, start your research by following CTVisit on Facebook or Twitter (@CT_Visit) today.
VisitDelaware.com has all the information you need about attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and shopping. It is an incredible resource for anyone wanting to find something to do in the state, whether they are from in-state or out.
VisitFlorida.com has all the information you need about attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and shopping from Florida’s Panhandle to South Florida! They have something for everyone on their website with links galore for a memorable getaway or family vacation in FL.
Florida is well known for its white sandy beaches, warm weather, and world-renowned amusement parks!
Visit Florida’s website for attraction information at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando or Universal Studios in Hollywood. You can easily explore what you can do at LEGOLAND Florida Resort and SeaWorld Orlando with kids of all ages! VisitFlorida.com also has
ExploreGeorgia.org is your one-stop shop for Georgia travel and tourism.
The state of Georgia is known for a lot of things. It’s known as the Peach State because they grow a lot of peaches down there!
Georgia can also be called the Empire of Cotton. That’s not all though. The state has beautiful beaches on both coasts and mountains in between.
It has something for everyone looking to plan a vacation in the Peach State.
They’ve got everything from the hottest events, attractions to historic happenings in this Southern state.
ExploreGeorgia.org has something for everyone when it comes to planning a vacation or getaway with their website content that can be tailored towards families or couples looking to explore all of Atlanta.
GoHawaii.com is the official visitor information site for Hawaii and has something for everyone looking to plan a vacation in this beautiful, tropical state!
They have great deals on hotels, resorts, or condos as well as tours of where you can explore volcanoes or hike through lush rainforests. They’ve got all the information you need to plan a trip for your next vacation in Hawaii!
The Hawaii Tourism Authority, a state agency that promotes tourism in the Aloha State by providing marketing and planning services for the visitor industry, provides travel tips as well as tons of photos throughout their website to show off all that these beautiful islands have to offer!
VisitID.org is the official state website for Idaho. It’s the one place to find all you need about travel and tourism in the great state!
Idaho is the 41st largest state in the US, but it’s home to some of America’s most spectacular scenery. From rocky mountains and rolling hills to deep canyons and lush forests. This ruggedly scenic western locale has a little bit of everything!
Visit Idaho provides visitors with all that they need to know for a great Idaho vacation. From travel and tourism information to camping and recreation opportunities, VisitIdaho’s goal is not only to promote the state as a destination but also to provide valuable resources for visitors before they arrive!
The state tourism site Enjoyillinois.com is a tremendous resource for all visitors to Illinois. The website features visitor guides and brochures that will help you plan your visit, as well as important information about the history of the state!
The site also has a travel planner and visitor information center to help you plan your trip. Visitors can find links for attractions, lodging, transportation, dining options in Illinois on this page as well.
The state tourism site offers a visitor guide that provides helpful tips like an easy-to-read map with all major attractions in Chicago
The state tourism site Visitindiana.com is a great site and has some great resources and travel publications available, as well as a program called “Explore Our State Nature Passport.”
Explore Our State Nature Passport – Indiana offers a rewards program for travelers that enjoy nature. A visitor can get their passport stamped at any of the 40+ state parks, forests, or reservoir districts in order to earn points and win prizes! Some popular sites are The Monon Trail (Indianapolis), Fort Harrison State Park (Indianapolis), and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Indiana).
It’s a pretty great idea. If you live there or will be there for a while, it is worth checking it out.
The Travel Iowa website is updated regularly with new information as it becomes available, including new attractions and events; local news stories of interest to travelers; upcoming travel articles in newspapers, magazines, or on websites such as USA Today Online.
The LouisianaTravel.com site has all kinds of cool things I want to try when I make it down there… For those that live there or are longer-term visitors they can become a part of the “Bayou Krewe!”
Members of the Bayou Krewe share their experiences and stories by taking pics of whatever they are doing in Louisiana and using the hashtag #OnlyLouisiana when they post them. Those photos earn benefits from Louisiana-based companies monthly. Pretty cool.
You can check those out on your favorite social media channels by checking out that hashtag.
The Maine Office of Tourism runs VisitMaine.com. It’s loaded with info about Maine and has plenty of free apps to download.
The Maine Travel Guide is a handy app with all the info you need for your visit, including maps, beaches, museums, and restaurants. The website also has plenty of great deals on hotels across the state.
One fun fact about Maine is that it is the only state in the Union without a city over 70,000 people as of 2019. And it only has one city over 40,000, Portland, Maine with 66,000. All the rest are smaller than 36,000 in population.
The Maine Office of Tourism can be reached Monday to Friday at 1-888-624-6345 or 1-877-624-6331.
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has a fantastic resource on its hands over at VisitMA.com. Loads to do and helpful ways to plan your visit.
Massachusetts is a great place to take the family on vacation with loads of kid-friendly attractions like amusement parks, zoos, and aquariums. If you’re looking for something more grown-up, there are some lovely wineries too!
If you’re planning your next trip don’t forget that Massachusetts has plenty to offer cyclists as well, with over 90 miles of car-free bike paths.
If you want to contact their office of travel & tourism, go here.
Whether you’re a city explorer, outdoor enthusiast, foodie, or thrill-seeker; traveling with your family or making memories with friends this site is a real treasure.
There are even webcams to help you whether you are planning an actual trip or just dreaming and poking around on the internet.
Michigan has so much to do though. From rural byways to cross-country trails, from forgotten sand roads to popular thoroughfares, all paths lead us outside and remind us that life is better in nature. And there is a lot of nature in Michigan.
Explore Minnesota Tourism has put together a great site. They have all the best spots to visit no matter your interest and tips on how to make the most of your time in a specific city there. They even have local experts who can answer your questions, offer advice, or plan the perfect Minnesota trip for you on the phone ready to talk to you, for free!
There is so much to do in Minnesota! From the Mall of America to The Boundry Waters Canoe Area, there is a diverse range of destinations to suit every interest.
The Mall of America has it all: amusement park rides and games in Nickelodeon Universe; Lego Land with more than 40 interactive attractions for the whole family; American Girl Place where little girls can have their very own makeover at the hair salon or tea party; and much, much more.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is the perfect place for a weekend getaway from city life as it offers serene lakeside views, untouched national forest land with hiking trails to explore, and endless canoeing opportunities on tranquil waterways that wind through dense forests and alongside breathtaking waterfalls.
And there is so much in between! These are just a couple of ideas to get you started!
VisitMississippi.org has a host of different resources where you can get ideas for hotels, B&Bs.
The website also provides information about various points of interest, including museums, civil rights and civil war sites, and blues and country music destinations.
Mississippi’s Division of Tourism is dedicated to ensuring that Mississippi remains the best place in America for people to visit, work and live. The division works with tourism partners across the state as well as local communities, businesses, and civic organizations all year long on a range of marketing initiatives designed to promote our fabulous destinations.
There are loads of outdoor activities, such as camping, cycling, fishing, hunting, and hiking; and shopping, gaming, and family-friendly attractions on the site as well.
Visit Mississippi offers travelers advice on what to see and do when visiting the state.
The Mississippi Tourism Division’s goal is to introduce visitors to the state and give them ideas for things they can enjoy during their vacation. They promote local attractions like events or accommodations with budgets that fit anyone’s taste.
VisitMO.com is run by the Missouri Division of Tourism and is full of information for Missouri visitors, including travel articles, reports on the state’s events calendar, day trips, attractions in each region of the state.
It also provides information about accommodations from remote camping to luxury hotels; restaurants ranging from barbecue joints to elegant dining rooms with a view; and points of interest such as museums or art galleries.
If you love the great outdoors, you have to spend some time in Montana. And before you get there, check out VisitMT.com
The site offers information on Montana including our national parks, waterfalls, fishing spots, and more!
They have all the tools you need to plan your next vacation in one of America’s best-kept secrets. Whether it’s a quick getaway or an extended stay with family, we can offer plenty of suggestions for an unforgettable visit.
Montana is the perfect place to enjoy yourself on a budget too, with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and sightseeing that are free of charge!
So if you’re looking for an affordable vacation destination where your family can get out and explore nature while still enjoying plenty of creature comforts, Montana’s got it all.
Did you know that in the spring, up to 600,000 sandhill cranes migrate through Nebraska on their way south? You can view nature’s spectacular migration during a sanctuary tour or viewing area. Just check out VisitNebraska.com to learn more about the best places to see them and so many other things!
The Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism has put the site together to be a guide, idea generator, and planning tool for your next trip.
They even have interactive maps and links to state-wide information that highlight the best of Nebraska.
Fun Fact: I’ll bet you didn’t know that Nevada is home to more than 600 ghost towns! True story.
Nevada Commission on Tourism:
The Nevada Commission on Tourism strives to promote and market tourism in order to increase economic development. They have brochures, travel guides, and a website that provide information for tourists interested in visiting or planning trips within their state. Contact them here.
In addition to managing state campaigns, the Division provides communities with resources and training that will help diversify regional economies. Here is their staff directory.
Nevada Commission on Tourism The Commission on Tourism’s purpose is to foster public awareness of the benefits tourism can offer to Nevada’s economy and provide a unified voice for promoting travel to the state.
Did you know New Hampshire has over 400 covered bridges?! Rather quaint, no? Don’t worry, we didn’t know that either till we started gathering info for this page.
VisitNH.gov is the official site of the State of NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development, a division within NH’s Department of Business & Economic Affairs (DBEA). The website provides visitors with information on all that our state offers from attractions to events to accommodations. You can also find all kinds of great ideas for your travel to the Granite State.
New Jersey is the most densely populated state in America, with more than 90% of its citizens living in urban neighborhoods.
Also, one of Thomas Edison’s labs was in the state as well.
VisitNJ.org is run by the tourism board of New Jersey. The site features all kinds of information about all that is to be found in NJ, as well as a guidebook for visitors and links to attractions like Six Flags Great Adventure or Liberty State Park. Visitors can find lots of great info information on their FAQ page here.
You can also reach out to nearly everyone imaginable that works for the state of New Jersey via this page as well.
NewMexico.org is amazing for visitors to the state. The site features many different guides for everything from family fun and kid-friendly attractions, great places to stay, and the best restaurants in NM. There is also a handy map of all the State Parks across NM with lots of useful information on each one (including directions).
It doesn’t take long watching the intro video when you hit the site to be really excited about planning your itinerary while you are there.
The state of New York’s office of tourism is called “Love New York” and it offers a number of different travel guides. There are four individual guidebooks tailored to various interests, including kids, foodies, history buffs, LGBTQ, and more.
North Carolina is a state full of history and charm. The state’s office of tourism is called “Visit North Carolina”. VisitNC.com offers a number of brochures for visitors to enjoy while they plan their trip.
The website also features an interactive map that lets you search by region, city, or attraction with all sorts of details about each one.
NDTourism.com is a great place to grab ideas and make plans for your trip to North Dakota. The website offers an interactive map, with all sorts of details about each destination. You can also find a list of attractions and accommodations in North Dakota on this site.
Ready to plan your trip? Planning a family getaway or work-related road trip in Ohio soon and want some advice on where you should stay, what to do while there, how long it will take to drive from one place of interest.
If you are planning a trip to Ohio, you need to visit Ohio.org.
The team over at TourismOhio is here to help you plan your next trip, answer any questions about the Buckeye State.
Oregon Tourism Commission has built a great site. There are some amazing resources on traveloregon.com. It is really useful if you are planning a trip with your family or significant other or just yourself. There are lots of suggestions and tools to help you find places to go, things to do, and plan your trip.
And they have additional contact info on the bottom of every page.
Fun fact about Oregon: It has both the deepest river gorge and the deepest lake in the United States.
Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge at its deepest point it is approximately 17,000 feet deep. Crater Lake National Park has the deepest lake in the United States. At its deepest point, it’s approximately 1949 feet deep.
Rhode Island is a unique state with so much to offer. People from all over the world have traveled to Rhode Island, and many of them found their way back.
With a tradition rich in European heritage, New England charm, and some iconic moments – like Newport’s Cliff Walk or Providence’s WaterFire on the River – you’ll be hard-pressed not to find something that speaks to your heart.
You can see all kinds of things to do following their chosen hashtag, #VisitRhodeIsland on your favorite social media platform. Here it is on Instagram.
You ever thought of taking a trip to South Dakota? There are some fantastic landscapes and rich cultural history there. TravelSouthDakota.com does a great job highlighting some pretty great travel ideas for South Dakota.
The website allows you to explore many different attractions, sample a variety of delicious food, and find your perfect hotel for the night. There are maps of South Dakota, travel tips, and even suggested trip itineraries.
You can build a custom itinerary right on their site. The State of Tennessee’s Department of Tourist Development has created a great site! Everything you could want is there to assist you in getting the most out of your time there.
Their Contact Us page has contact info for nearly everyone you could possibly want to get in touch with there as well. Here is a link to it.
Don’t visit TravelTexas.com if you’re hungry! They have BBQ front and center, and it is awesome! Now, it might be a campaign they are currently running, so it might not be there when you hit the site, but we’re confident they will have something ready to get you excited for your travel adventure there.
The Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism has done a great job with their site. If you need to contact them for any reason, here is that information.
If you have time to spend, and you love doing stuff outside, Utah is a fantastic vacation destination option! According to their site, “There are five national parks, 45 state parks, 5 national historic sites & trails, and a dozen national monuments & recreation areas.” So yeah, you could spend some time there if that is your thing.
From the homepage of the site, you can easily navigate to a huge variety of ideas for adventures and actually plan your trip right from there.
If you need to get ahold of someone, they are ready to help. Check out their Contact Us page.
They have vacation guides and things to do, maps, and suggested itineraries. It is a great way to plot out your trip and make sure you don’t forget to see or do something you wanted to when you visit Vermont.
Vermont! It’s a Destination State with loads to offer from skiing and snowmobiling in the winter to hiking through lush forests during the summer months. Vermont has been ranked as one of the happiest states in America and once you visit, you’ll know why!
Virginia.org highlights so many things to do from the mountains to the beaches. It’s all in there. there are loads of guides and details and ideas for your next excursion.
Did you know that Virginia is named after Queen Elizabeth I of England? She was also called the Virgin Queen. English colonized Jamestown in Virginia. Queen Elizabeth the first was called the Virgin Queen because she never married or gave birth to a child.
There is contact info at the bottom of every page for different organizations. The main Contact Us is directed here with instructions to reach out to the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
ExperienceWA.com is the official tourism and visitor’s bureau website for the state of Washington. They have all the typical resources you have come to expect from a state’s tourism website and they have a state passport that you can use to check in at different locations and earn prizes as you go…
WVTourism.com is the place to go for all things West Virginia for your trip. Imagine a state where the Appalachian Mountains, Allegheny Mountains, and Blue Ridge Mountain ranges come together in one beautiful corner of a country.
The natural splendor is matched by the historic legacy that includes Native American settlements, early European explorers and settlers from Virginia to Pennsylvania, Unionist strongholds during the Civil War era; coal mining booms twice in this century.
West Virginia is known as the Mountain State.
The state has over 120,000 miles of streams and rivers that provide an incomparable fishing experience for trout enthusiasts.
West Virginia has a variety of gamefish species including bass, walleye, muskie, and catfish. The state also offers many hunting opportunities on both public and private lands.
The state has miles of the Appalachian Trail, which is one of America’s most famous hiking trails.
West Virginia boasts small towns that are rich with tradition, culture, and picturesque views at every turn.
Wisconsin may be known for its farmlands and cheese production, but it is a country of many other scenic attractions. The state is home to a number of national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. They offer visitors unparalleled opportunities for exploring the outdoors or viewing some spectacular scenery.
Wisconsin also has deep roots in America’s industrial past as well and TravelWisconsin.com has so many of the state’s most historically important places and events already laid out for you so you don’t have to go looking very far for them.
Get a ride to the airport or pay to park your car there for the weekend
Arrive at least two hours early at the airport
You can skip all these responsibilities by going on a road trip. Also, even though the travel time will be faster by plane, it may take you more time to prepare for a flight. Not only that, but if you’re only going away for a weekend, that might not justify spending the extra money for plane tickets.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you. If you have the funds and you’re organized, air travel may be the way to go. But to save some money and possibly stress, a road trip is just as fun!
There’s something authentic and adventurous about road trips with the family! Not to mention it’s great to get out in nature!
Think about what type of vacation fits your personality the best.
Friend or family’s place
How do you like to enjoy your vacation time? Do you prefer pulling a trailer? Or maybe you like to be a little more old-fashioned and pull out the tents. Are you looking to explore some city life and stay at a hotel for a few days?
You have so many different options. Whatever you choose will really set the tone for your weekend getaway.
RVing would likely be the most work, but if you have been preparing for a few weeks, it’s totally possible. My family and I have been going on RV trips for years, and it usually takes us about a week to get everything ready. I wouldn’t recommend RVing for a weekend trip, but if you have a small trailer it can be a nice time.
If you love nature, you might really enjoy camping. It can be a nice change of pace from work life.
If you’re staying at a hotel, most of the work will be looking for one that is not too crowded and has good reviews. Research a few different ones in the area and compare their rates before you make a commitment.
Your last option is to join a friend at their cabin, beach house, or home. If you’re staying at a friend’s, just make sure you bring what you need. If they don’t have a guest room or extra couch, remember to grab your sleeping bag or air mattress!
Pick a close destination.
If you’re going on a weekend trip, it’s best to cut down on the travel time. Limit it to about four hours each way so you don’t take up a whole day.
If you’re looking for advice on how to find the perfect travel destination, check out this article. It’s packed with quick and easy ways you can do research at home, on your computer.
Seek out a long weekend.
To get the most out of your weekend getaway, plan it around a couple of holidays. You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish with just one or two extra days!
Check with your employer to see when you have days off and plan around those. Common holidays off include Memorial Day, MLK Day, the 4th of July, Christmas, and New Years’. Easter weekend is also a great time to arrange a quick trip!
When you’re just going away for a few days, you don’t want too much stuff. Packing light will make your life easier and the weekend trip more enjoyable.
Try to pack only the essentials. On a weekend trip, you’ll be out and about most of the time. So most of your belongings will stay at home anyway.
Decide if you want to go solo or with friends.
This may not seem too important, but vacationing with the right people is key! Before you decide to go with a group, consider a few things:
Do your schedules align?
Depending on who you want to vacation with, this can be difficult to arrange. Make sure you both have the weekend free in advance, so you don’t run into any issues scheduling the trip. No one likes to cancel plans!
Do your personalities align?
This is perhaps the most important question to answer. Let’s say you’re an extrovert and you love to get out in the city, go shopping, and meet new people. If you bring someone on the trip who doesn’t like a fast pace or doesn’t enjoy meeting people, you won’t have an enjoyable trip.
That’s not to say that introverts can’t vacation with extroverts and vice versa. But you’ll want to try and please everyone, which leads me to my next point.
What kind of trip does everyone want to go on?
Are you and your friends avid campers who love to go out in nature? Or perhaps you love to venture to a new city and check out all the fun attractions. No matter your preferences, make sure you all agree on what type of trip you’ll enjoy.
Maybe someone had a bad experience camping and they don’t find it very fun. Maybe one of your friends is on a tight budget and can’t afford plane tickets.
Try to accommodate everyone before you venture out on the weekend getaway. A trip should be fun for everyone, a nice break from daily life!
What would everyone like to do?
Beyond the type of trip (road trip, camping, air travel, etc.) everyone should get a chance to do what they’re excited about. Get all your friends together and go over an itinerary. We’ll talk a little more about that later.
How are you budgeting the trip?
When you’re on a trip with friends, you want to split the costs evenly. This mainly includes gas money and food, but pretty much everything else that you share.
If you’re sharing a hotel room, split the cost.
Have each friend buy their own airplane tickets.
Anything personal they want, they should buy with their own money.
Do you want to bring the kids?
If you have kids, this question will certainly cross your mind. Yes, it can be a lot of work to bring kids. But also they make trips enjoyable and worth it!
Whether it’s a weekend trip down to Disneyland or a couple of days at a waterpark, your kids may love tagging along!
Bring as few electronics as you can.
I’ll keep bringing this up, but remember: this is a weekend trip. You’re away for two to four days and then it’s back to work. So why not take this opportunity to do a digital detox? Take some time off from social media, YouTube, and other apps and enjoy exploring a new place.
I realize that at a minimum, you’ll need a phone. And probably a digital camera if you’d like to document your trip with some beautiful photos.
But leave the rest at home if possible. A weekend vacation should be exactly that: a vacation!
I’m guilty of working while on vacation, so I know it can be hard to embrace taking an actual break. But you won’t regret it!
Make an itinerary before you go.
Before you leave for your trip, do some research and make a schedule. This reduces downtime when you get to your destination. You want to save as much time as possible and pack the day with nonstop fun!
If you’re bringing friends, meet with them to discuss an itinerary. Ask them about their interests and incorporate them into your schedule.
Keep in mind that this is just a weekend trip, so you won’t have time to do everything!
But whether you’re solo or going with friends, accept that you don’t have to get to everything on your itinerary. The great thing about weekend trips is they’re relatively easy to plan, and you can take a lot of them! So anything you missed you might be able to incorporate into your next trip.
If making an itinerary just bores you to death, don’t worry about it. Your “plan” could be as simple as:
Day 1 – hit the beach
Day 2 – explore the city
And that’s it! But it can be nice to know about some of the fun things to do around your vacation spot.
For more tips on how to get the most out of your weekend trip, check out the video below.
Don’t forget to account for travel time.
On a weeklong or two-week+ vacation, travel time isn’t too much of a concern. But on a weekend, it can ruin your whole trip. Remember that you have to drive to and from your destination. So, five hours one way and five hours back is one full day of fun, sitting in your car! That’s not ideal. It might be if you love road trips. But just be cognizant of how much time spent traveling before you pull the trigger on your destination.
If you’re going on a trip with friends, take one car if possible. Once you reach your destination, you’ll want to do stuff together. Also, you can save a lot of money on gas by not taking so many vehicles.
Always plan to do more; then you’ll never get bored!
Pack your day with as much fun as possible. Then when you get to your destination you have so many options to choose from. On a weekend getaway, you want to do everything to reduce downtime: time sitting at home, playing electronics, or even doing things that you could do at home.
For example, a movie can be fun, but couldn’t you watch a movie at the theater near your house? Stuff your schedule with unique activities that you may have never done before, places you’ve never visited, restaurants you’ve never been to…you get the idea!
If you can’t do everything that you want, don’t stress! If you liked the trip enough, you can always visit again!
Have a backup plan.
Having a backup plan can save your weekend trip. Think about all the different ways your trip can go wrong.
Maybe you wanted to go to the beach but it started to rain. Perhaps one of the tours, concerts, or events you wanted to do got canceled. Or you might have no luck finding a hotel room.
Day to day, everything may not always go as planned either. So it’s good to stuff your to-do list with a bunch of fun activities!
Keep reading our tips to make sure you’re well prepared for your weekend trip!
Look at all your options for places to stay.
If you need to book a hotel or campground, be sure to do some research online before you commit. You should enjoy your time on vacation, and a poor resort, hotel, or campground can ruin your experience.
But don’t worry! This research is easy. Just google all the different places to stay in your area and check out the reviews!
Also, it doesn’t hurt to ask around. See where your friends and family have enjoyed their stay!
Book a hotel or campground in advance.
You might think: it’s just a weekend trip. I don’t have to worry about booking my hotel or campground in advance. But so many people are traveling today. It’s a great idea to plan ahead and get everything scheduled to save you some potential stress.
Another reason to book in advance is you’ll have more time to find the best place to stay.
There’s a lot to consider. If you don’t have a lot to spend, you’ll definitely need to look closely at your budget. Also, it’s really convenient to find a place close to the city, trails, parks, or other attractions.
If you’re going to a busy place, maybe choose a slow time of the year or book your trip in a less popular area.
Finally, make sure that your friends and family book their rooms if needed.
Bring a phone or camera to document your fun!
It’s easy for me to get distracted by my daily work routine. Just the other day, I realized it’s been a couple of years and I haven’t gone on a trip!
If you’re this way too, definitely bring a phone or DSLR camera so you can document your experience! You can shoot photos in the city, wilderness mountains…anywhere! Don’t be shy; you’ll want these memories to last a lifetime!
We reviewed some professional DSLR cameras under $600 right here; check them out!
Bring extra batteries and chargers.
Always remember extra batteries and chargers for all of your gadgets. The last thing you want is for your camera to die right before you capture a beautiful shot!
Dress to impress!
Ok, if you’re going on a two-day backpacking trip or hiking through the mountains, this won’t be your #1 priority.
But if you enjoy city life, why not bring a few new outfits to show them off?
Also, wherever you’re headed, check out the shops! You might find some fun new outfits to try out!
Set a budget and stick to it.
You’d be surprised how easy it is to blow through $1,000 or more, even on a weekend getaway. Between eating out, buying souvenirs, and paying travel expenses, there are many different costs to consider.
Make some rough estimates for expenses before you head out and be disciplined!
You might be wondering: what’s most important to prioritize with my budget? Check out the next tip!
Decide how often you want to eat out. It’s one of the biggest expenses when on a trip.
To keep a close eye on your food budget, you can do a couple of things.
1) Set a hard limit: $50 a day or $100 a day, for example (depending on how many people you’re with)
2) Choose how many times to eat out, typically once, twice, or three times (if you’re really splurging).
Pack the right clothes!
Whether you’re headed to the beach, going on a rafting trip, hiking in the mountains, or exploring a city, make sure you dress appropriately. Take a few outfits of the right clothing and don’t forget flip flops if necessary!
Check the weather before you leave.
Weather is reliable 10 days out, so you can check it pretty far in advance if you want. The day before, you’ll get the most accurate results. So just double check the weather before you leave.
In rare cases, it may force you to reschedule the trip. But most of the time, you can just bundle up in cold weather. Or, pack a few more tank tops and t-shirts to stay cool in the summer.
Check your destination for any upcoming festivals or events.
If there’s a local event going on, you might want to check it out! Or sometimes these events are so large, you may want to avoid them.
Major cities sometimes block off streets for large festivals, making it hard to get around. You’ll want to avoid this downtime if you’re just going away for a weekend.
Arrange daycare, pet care, or babysitting if needed. Or, bring the kids!
We touched on bringing kids in an earlier tip. If you decide that your trip isn’t for them (maybe you want some alone time or to have a few drinks), then arrange for a babysitter. Ask family and friends who aren’t traveling if they’d be able to take care of your kids for a few days. The same goes for pets.
You can take kids to a daycare or pets to pet boarding, but this can put a hole in your wallet. So always reach out to friends first.
Keep all your work at home.
Any trip, no matter how small, should be relaxing or enjoyable. That means, no work! Of course you can have a contact for emergencies. But if you truly want a break, don’t bring anything work-related.
7 Quick Tips for Flying
Bring something to do while flying.
This might be the one exception to our earlier rule about limiting the electronics you bring. If you need something to do on the flight, electronics are great to pass the time. You can also bring some books or your Kindle, but not if you struggle with air sickness.
Once you get to your destination, pack away those electronics until your flight back!
Remember your passport and other important travel documents.
You’ll need your passport, Real ID driver’s license, and plane tickets to fly. Your driver’s license or passport can be a standard form of identification. You don’t need a passport for domestic flights, but they are required for international travel. For your weekend trip, just make sure you’ve got your ID and tickets.
For easy access, keep your wallet with your ID on you. Also, have the tickets in your carry on so you can take them out at a moment’s notice. If you brought your passport, keep that in your carry-on as well.
Look for the cheapest seats to save money.
If you’ve flown before, you know that tickets can get expensive. And if you’re just trying to enjoy a long weekend away from home, you may want to save some money.
The plane ride will likely be an hour or two max, so just bite the bullet and use the money you save on something nice!
If you’d like, you can always ask the flight attendant if an upgrade is available. You can’t guarantee anything, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
Get to the airport 2 hours early.
When you’re flying out of town, you should arrive about two hours early for domestic flights and about three hours early for international flights. Here are a few things you have to account for when arriving at the airport:
Parking and shuttle transportation
This is the first thing you’ll need to worry about. Depending on the size of the airport, it can take 30 minutes or more to find a parking spot, haul your luggage to a shuttle stop, wait for the shuttle, and drive to the airport.
Once you arrive, go inside and orient yourself. Find the airline check in area. This will usually include choosing your seat, dropping off your luggage, and getting a boarding pass.
An agent will ask you to weigh your luggage before drop off, so make sure you’re within the requirements before you arrive at the airport.
Keep your boarding pass on you when you board the aircraft. It’s your ticket to fly!
TSA security screening
This area of the airport can have some pretty long lines. Don’t be surprised if it takes 45 minutes or more to get through TSA screening.
Research what you can carry on a plane to make the trip through airport security easy.
Before you go through security, it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t have any prohibited items on you.
Take a look at some prohibited items to carry on a plane in our guide here.
If you have doubts, just google “can I bring (item) on a plane?” You’ll find several of our articles that give you all the information you need before boarding.
Dramamine, Marezine, or other air sickness pills will help make you feel better in flight. It’s really important to bring these pills if you know your body doesn’t react well to flying. It can put a damper on your trip to start it off feeling sick and end it feeling sick.
When researching air sickness pills, do not confuse air sickness with altitude sickness. Air sickness pills fall into the category of motion sickness. They typically help you if you get sick in a car, bus, or on a boat or plane.
But altitude sickness pills offer comfort to people who have limited oxygen due to being at high altitudes. These are often taken before climbing or hiking a high mountain.
Invest in a pair of noise-canceling headphones.
If you’re just taking one weekend getaway, noise-canceling headphones might not be a worthwhile investment. But, even then, you can find a quality pair under $100. At that price, why not enjoy more relaxing flights for years to come?
We’ve got a couple of great resources on our blog about flying with headphones and finding the best ones for travel. Take a look at our article ‘Can you take headphones on a plane‘ to learn more about the carry-on and checked baggage rules for headphones.
If you fill the car with gas, you’ve got one less thing to worry about. Imagine spending a couple of days to get everything ready to go. Then you hop in your car and the fuel light turns on. Bummer!
So, the day before you leave, take a quick trip to the gas station.
Pack food to save drive time.
It’s just a weekend getaway, and you don’t want to break the bank. Eat breakfast before you go and pack a sandwich for lunch. This way you can save your precious weekend time.
Clean out your car before leaving.
Expect your car to be about twice as dirty by the end of your trip. It’s a lot more comfortable and pleasant to vacuum the interior and wipe the seats before you embark on your weekend adventure.
If you have kids, this is even more important! They are mess magnets, so be prepared for anything. Maybe bring a spray bottle and some paper towels in case any food or drinks get spilled.
Pack your car smart.
Since you’ll likely be driving for a few hours, it’s important to get comfortable. A huge part of being comfortable is packing your car smart. Pack the trunk first. Stack your luggage if possible or place the suitcases right next to each other to save space.
Avoid cramming the back seats if you are bringing friends. Legroom is important, especially if you’re tall. At 6’4″, I’m always asking my friends and family to move the seat up so I can stretch a little!
One final thing: don’t place anything in the front that may distract the driver’s vision or make them feel cramped. At the end of the day, a safe trip is the most important.
Plan out your route to avoid delays or crashes.
Google Maps is amazing for navigation. You might be thinking: I know exactly where I’m going. So, no navigation needed!
Well, the truth is, even if you know where you’re going, use Google Maps. It has data on real-time construction, accidents, road closures, and other delays. Most of them aren’t significant. But every now and then, Google will reroute you entirely. This can shave several minutes or even hours of your time!
Pack a car charger.
For a reliable ride, be sure to pack a car charger. Navigation can use a lot of juice and you don’t want your phone to die en route to your destination. A car charger can also be useful once you arrive. You’ll pretty much have unlimited access to your phone camera.
And our final tip: Just go!
Planning a trip can seem daunting. In fact, the biggest thing holding you back might be yourself. But, you don’t need to stress. We went over all these tips to make your trip easier. Yes, there are a lot of different things to consider, but it’s not hard to prepare. Good luck and most importantly, have fun!
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