Being in the midst of the summer travel season provides the perfect time to cull our collective experiences and collect your tried and true travel tips to share. If something works for you, please share it with us. We need all the help we can get. To get your mind in gear, consider these categories:
Planning and Research
Do you have a favorite website or app that is your go-to for destinations, hotels or air travel? Do you use a trusted travel advisor? If so, who?
Clothes and Packing
The travel cubes shown above are the ones I introduced in Organized for Travel.
What works for you? Do you take only carry-on luggage? What do you consider when selecting your clothes and shoes? Of course packing depends on your destination, but I know a few clever travelers out there who seem to pack in one small suitcase and always look put together, no matter the locale.
Airline Carry-on’s ~ What’s in Your Bag?
What precious few things accompany you on board a flight? Can you recommend any gadgets or food you couldn’t do without?
Fitness While Away
Do you try to work in any fitness routines while you are traveling? If so, please share what you do and if you bring any special equipment along to help. I shared these ideas from Zinger Fit for my Italian choir trip a few years ago but am always on the lookout for fresh ideas.
Do you depend on any apps on your phone to help while you are away? Think about apps for navigation, communication, record-keeping and document organization.
I bought this yummy blanket made from Icelandic wool in Reykjavik, a trip I shared here.
Have you found and/or purchased site-specific souvenirs that can’t be found elsewhere? It’s fun to bring home a found only in ______ , like my Icelandic wool blanket. I would love to know about unique goods to look for at my next destination.
Do you document your trip? If so, how? Think journals, photos, scrapbook or photo book.
Large Group Travel
Have you planned travel for a group, say a destination wedding or family reunion? If so, do you have any words of wisdom to help make the experience fun for all, especially YOU?
This category list is not exhaustive, so if you have a tip that doesn’t fit a category, send it anyway! With all the travel many of you do (I’m thinking of you dNz), we are bound to have the best tried and true tips. You can send your tips via email to me:
by responding in the Comment Box at the bottom of this post.
And speaking of traveling, I wanted to follow up with you the tray makeover that was inspired by my trip to Paris which I wrote about here.
A bit of sanding and two coats of primer removed the rust and prepped the surface for the acrylic paint. I took an Hermes scarf box with me to the craft store to match the orange color (Folk Art Acrylic #741 Glazed Carrots) and picked Neutral Grey by Americana for the gray trim. I just love the feeling of a completed project: DONE.
Please respond to this request for travel tips quickly. We’d like to publish our collective tips by the end of July.
July 6, 2017