Best Travel Advise

 

David Rentsch

President, Cruise Holidays

As much as we all love a great vacation, the possibility of frustrations pop up during the initial planning, at the airport, and after you’ve arrived. Maybe you have to endure a two-hour line to get through security or maybe your neighbor on the plane snores loud enough to wake the dead. Even minor hiccups have a way of souring the experience, so picking up some advise can make things a lot more enjoyable. Here are things I have learned that has made the biggest impact on how to get from point A to point B and beyond.

Travel While You Can

One of the greatest pieces of travel advice I ever heard received was while I was traveling on a boat while traveling with my family. A well traveled passenger, whom had stuck up a conversation with me, had traveled to over 100 countries, and was pushing 80 years old. She told me something I will never forget. She said, ‘Travel around the world while you are young. The United States is wheelchair accessible, but the world is not.’

You always hear people say, ‘I will travel the world when I retire.’ She pointed out that age and mobility can greatly impact what travel experiences you can have as you get older. Everything from uneven cobblestones to steep staircases can present an issue as you get older, which is why it is so important to start traveling at a young age. That advice always reminds me to prioritize travel, no matter the cost or the age.

The Best Travel Advise I have Ever Heard

Consider Time and Place

Go off peak, even slightly off peak. Rather than traveling to Europe in early June, for example, try traveling a few weeks earlier in mid-May. It’s a slight schedule shift, but it can make a huge difference. Also, look outside the mainstream destinations, even slightly outside the mainstream. Rather than paying the premium to go to Italy, try looking across the Adriatic to Croatia, which boasts many of the same wonderful qualities at a meaningfully lower price.


Get Tons of Advise

Relying on hotel guest reviews isn’t a new concept, but always look for verified reviews from like-minded travelers to make sure that the experiences you’re reading about are relevant to the upcoming trip. If you’re traveling alone on business, you would look for different feedback from travelers than if you were traveling with family, and put more weight behind comments from fellow business travelers. And, of course, utilizing a travel consultant is always advised because many times, they have been to the area you are considering traveling to.

There are amazing things out there to experience so you should never stop learning through travel!


Capitalize Time With Your Kids

A travel writer friend told me that you only have 10 good vacations together as a family before your kids are too old to want to travel with you, so you’d better make them count. Now that my kids are able to appreciate where we are and make enjoy the culture in different countries, we want to make the most of our family travel options and we plan accordingly.


Go Old School

Go to the library and take out the proper guidebooks before each trip. That doesn’t mean you should leave your smartphone at home, definitely not. But when it comes to getting to know a new place, whether that’s finding out about its culture, its people, or its history, there’s still nothing that beats a proper guidebook.

Get Some Peace and Quiet

A piece of sound advise is to purchase a good pair of noise-canceling headphones (OK, corny but it’s true!). They cut out background noise, which is especially good for flights, and they let you read or listen to in-flight video and music without annoying your neighbors with high volumes. Even when you aren’t listening to anything, keep them on. They cut out engine and rail noise and let you sleep easier!


Take the Fats Lane

My final travel secret is regarding Global Entry. Not only does it allow you to use the express lane or kiosk when returning from foreign land versus standing in the long customs line, you will also get TSA PreCheck every single time you fly domestically as long as you have Global Entry. The program has a one-time fee of $100 and is good for five years. It is the best money you could ever spent on traveling because sometimes the line is even shorter than the airline employee line when going through security!