When it comes to heading out of town for a getaway, the fun typically starts once you arrive at your destination. On the other hand, parts like the careful planning of flights and hotels and the strategic packing can cause a lot of travelers stress. If you’re someone who struggles with those aspects when you’re just trying to enjoy your damn vacation, let us offer some advice. Actually, the tips we’re giving you come straight from jet setters, who have traveling down to a science. Whether its negotiating a luxurious upgrade (without paying an arm and a leg) or packing your carry-on like a pro, let this list by your guide as you plot your next excursion.
Fly more, spend less by paying for any flights with a credit card that clocks your miles and lets you earn more. Do your research and find a card that best suits your needs and then dedicate it to purchasing plane tickets — and plane tickets only. Only spend what you’re able to totally pay off each month, so you can keep your credit line open (in case any impromptu excursions pop up) while boosting your credit score. Win win!
We all love a little upgrade once and a while, and you don’t always have to be rich or famous to get yourself a little boost. If you’re celebrating something, like a birthday or anniversary, don’t hesitate to tell the receptionist when you book your hotel or make your dinner reservation. Not every place offers special treatment, but it never hurts to ask — even if it’s just getting a complimentary glass of bubbly (we’ll take it)! And don’t hesitate to be vocal if things aren’t up to par, most hotels and restaurants are so eager for you to enjoy your experience that they’ll be happy to compensate with freebies if your expectations haven’t been met.
As anyone who’s had their baggage lost or delayed knows, it’s super important to stock your carry-on with essentials. Think about what you’d absolutely need if — god forbid — that’s the only bag that makes it to your destination. Plus, keeping things like toiletries and versatile accessories close at hand will also help you stay looking chic after a long day of traveling. Toss items like a big scarf, a hydrating face oil, and a few key pieces of makeup to take you from day to night into a lightweight tote and you’ll be good to go.