Be informed and show local interest, read and do research

Hidden treasures are found this way! Enjoy travel previews and other multi-media sources that can be a good way to “rehearse” and prepare for your trip. Talk to others who have been there and ask them about places to stay and things to see.

 

Remember to budget some additional funds for taking care of those dear ones who cannot do so for themselves. We are referring to our animal friends and pets. Special arrangements for pets should be made prior to any trip and well in advance. This applies, whether pets are being cared for at home by a neighbor or friend, placed in a kennel (taking a minivacation of their own!), or accompanying you on your trip.

Save money by checking your options at your destination. Some renta lvacation homes, apartments, hotels and resorts are pet-friendly and encourage owners to bring them along.

Avoid unnecessary costs of boarding. Make it a rule of thumb however, to verify any details pertaining to animals, prior to departure. Be smart and get all vet visits, guidelines, travel documents and other paperwork that applies, done way in advance. If you donot have any pets, looking after your domicile and belongings should be left to a trusted and responsible party you trust and value.

Being practical goes a long way to save you money and unnecessary, self-inflicted ‘pain’ away from home! Be sure to pack some common sense too. Save money by not giving in to impulse shopping repeatedly, especially on ‘must-have’ shoes! Avoid wearing or trying out the newly bought pair of semi-uncomfortable shoes on your travels. Your feet and pocketbook will thank you.

In preparation for making your travel dream come true, assembling a personal travel file is also not a bad idea. Include the exotic and faraway lands you are considering, as well as your local visitor’s attractions and destinations in and around where you live, for those shorter trips. This will assist you in realizing your travel goals and dreams you worked so hard on putting together and getting ready to execute!