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Become A Travel Expert With These 40 Must-See Tips

Become A Travel Expert With These 40 Must-See Tips

Exploring the world can take a lot of work, but thankfully for us, there are many ways to make things easier and even lower costs. Here are a few dozen of my favorite travel tips, I would love to see your top tips in the comments below!

Planning:

1. Scan Your Documents To A Device Before You Travel In Case Something Happens To Them

Passport

    2. Get Rewards Cards To Rack Up Points For Free Stays And Flights

      3. Learn What Fees Your Airline Will Charge You

        4. Follow Travel Bloggers To See What Advice They Give

          5. Set A Cap For What You’re Willing To Spend Each Day

            6. Find An Awesome Travel Card Through CreditKarma.com Or Creditcards.com

              7. Don’t Overthink Your Trip, Pick A Place And Just Go

                8. Research The Countries Customs And Basic Phrases

                  9. Read Motivational Travel Articles To Keep Yourself Focused And Excited

                    10. Tell Your Card Companies You’re Traveling

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                      Booking:

                      11. Check Out Momondo.com Before You Book Your Flight

                        They are one of the best airline search engines and consistently come up with some of the best prices.

                        12. Use HostelWorld.com Or Hostels.com To Find Hostels With Reviews

                          13. Get Free Night Stays By Using Couchsurfing.com

                            14. Look For Last Minute Deals

                              15. Get Your Plan Ticket At The Right Time

                                Generally traveling in the morning or evenings of a Tuesday or Wednesday get you the best deals!

                                16. Don’t Book Too Far In Advance

                                  You’ll want to leave some wiggle room in case your plans change.

                                  17. Use Your Reward Points For Cheaper Or Free Flights And Stays

                                    18. Join Travel Forums To See What Other Deals Travelers Are Getting

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                                      19. E-Track Your Fares To See If They Change

                                        20. Follow Travel Reviews

                                          They can be the difference between a nightmare and the best vacation of your life.

                                          Packing:

                                          21. Use A Dryer Sheet At The Bottom Of Your Suitcase To Keep Things Fresh

                                            22. Roll Your Shirts Army Style To Save Tons Of Space

                                              23. Use A Pill Organizer To Easily Store Your Jewelry

                                                24. Separate Your Cords With Little Bags For Easy Access

                                                  It also helps to put them in a small pocket on the side of your travel pack.

                                                  25. Bring A Water Bottle To Save On Cash Overseas

                                                    Make sure to empty it before you go through TSA and then fill it up again before you board.

                                                    26. Don’t Over Pack

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                                                      If you aren’t positive if you’ll need something leave it at the house. You can always buy one overseas if you do need it.

                                                      27. Take A Nook Or Kindle

                                                        They are small and can store thousands of books for whenever you hit a layover or a long train ride.

                                                        28. Bring A Small Bag With You For Day Trips

                                                          29. Hotels Will Have Extra Toiletries For Free

                                                            So don’t feel like you should bring three different toothbrushes and soaps.

                                                            30. Start A List Of What You Need A Week Before You Leave

                                                              Traveling:

                                                              31. Use VirtualTourist As A Guide For Whever You Are

                                                                32. Get An App Like Yelp To Find Out Where The Best Eats Are

                                                                  33. Shop At The Local Grocery Stores To Save Cash

                                                                    You’ll also gain a more intimate cultural experience.

                                                                    34. Keep Small Locks In Your Bag To Stop Pickpockets

                                                                      35. Don’t Dress Fancy Or You Will Make Yourself Stand Out

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                                                                        In some countries pickpockets are a common thing so the more that you look like an everyday local, the safer your gear will be.

                                                                        36.  Ask Hotel Or Hostel Staff About Local Deals

                                                                          37. Take The Road Less Taken And Avoid Touristy Areas

                                                                            38. Take Night Trains

                                                                              If you’re getting around Europe take a night train to avoid having to pay for accommodation.

                                                                              39. Go For Runs

                                                                                Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean that you should stop exercising, it’s important to keep up the good habits so you’re ready for whatever life throws at you.

                                                                                40.  Talk To Locals

                                                                                  What better way to learn about the culture than communicating with the people? They’ll probably be more than happy to answer all of your questions too!

                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Thomas Huang via flickr.com

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                                                                                  Last Updated on July 18, 2019

                                                                                  10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                                                                                  10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

                                                                                  Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

                                                                                  Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

                                                                                  1. Make the Windows Your Own

                                                                                  When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

                                                                                  One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

                                                                                  2. Put up Some Art

                                                                                  If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.

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                                                                                  Hanging art on the walls will instantly give it personality and make it feel like home.

                                                                                  3. Improve the Aroma

                                                                                  A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. There are tons of air fresheners on the market you can use.

                                                                                  Incense and scented candles are a nice option as well. Don’t forget that baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

                                                                                  4. Put out Lots of Pillows and Throws

                                                                                  A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

                                                                                  There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.

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                                                                                  5. Instantly Class up Your Closet

                                                                                  If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

                                                                                  Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

                                                                                  6. Improve Your Air Quality

                                                                                  One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

                                                                                  The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

                                                                                  7. Fill it with Plants

                                                                                  Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.

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                                                                                  They help to improve the air quality and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help to boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

                                                                                  8. Change the Doorknobs

                                                                                  Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

                                                                                  Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

                                                                                  9. Upgrade Your Tub or Shower

                                                                                  There is nothing like luxuriating in a whirlpool bath or steam shower to make the cares of the day melt away. Your family deserves a bit of luxury when they are in their bathroom.

                                                                                  Install a new shower or tub today to make your bathroom worthy of a place in your home.

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                                                                                  10. Fresh Cut Flowers

                                                                                  You can make any room in your house feel homier by placing a vase full of beautiful flowers in it. The gorgeous look and intoxicating aroma of fresh cut flowers will immediately brighten your day when you encounter them.

                                                                                  You don’t have to make all these changes at once. Try one or two a day though, and your house will feel like a home before you know it. The trick is to constantly keep adding these homey touches to make your home a place worthy of its name.

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