I have learned a few things, some the hard way, throughout the years about preparing to travel. Save yourself over $100 on your next trip with the 5 following tips.
Take a look at the airport‚Äôs website before flying
I was 19 when my sister and I decided to take a 2 day layover to explore Iceland before returning home from Europe. As the cab drove us away from the airport, panic began to set in as we watched the cityscape fade into the horizon. Where was this guy taking us?! Airport websites provide you all the vital local information you may need to know, such as the available transportation services and the fact that Reykjavik airport is 45 km from the actual city.
Read through the airline‚Äôs baggage restriction information
A couple years ago I took a trip to Florida with my boyfriend. We got hit with an oversized baggage fee of almost $100; the suitcase was a ¬Ω in over the size limit. View your airline‚Äôs baggage regulations online to learn about prohibited items, acceptable luggage dimensions, carry-on bag restrictions and much more.
Read this before switching on a smart phone in another country
A friend of mine returned home from our recent trip to Canada to discover $100 in cell phone charges on her next bill. International Data Roaming Charges began racking up the moment the smart phone was turned on, and she did not make a single call while in Canada. Before you leave the country, call your cell phone company to see if you can purchase a short term international cell phone plan, or rent an international cell phone.
Plan for traffic
When I was in my early 20s, I took a week-long vacation to visit a good friend in Richmond, VA. I did not think to consider the morning rush hour traffic I would encounter on I 95 heading towards Washington DC. I missed my flight, an error that almost cost me my job at the time. Check the traffic report before you leave the driveway.
Book travel plans in advance
I spent a semester abroad in Spain while studying in college, and I made the very costly mistake purchasing my plane ticket at the last minute. I later found out from my classmates that I paid 2 times more than they did. My last advice to you is to book your flight reservations a few months in advance. Whether you are looking to book flights to Berlin, Germany or book flights to Barcelona, Spain, 1 800 Fly Europe will offer you the lowest rates on international flights.¬†Save your money to purchase the really important things in life, like a pair of shoes from Italy.