These next few tips are from Tips for the Savvy Traveler
By Deborah Burns & Sarah May Clarkson.

ISBN - 0-88266-464-6
  • Start making plans early. Decide early on about tranportation arrangements to your destination.
  • Read as much as possible about the place you're visiting.
  • Travel Light when at all possible.
  • Ask for a discount or you won't get a discount.
  • Stay alert - read the fine print, listen to announcements and hang on to your possessions.
  • Don't try to do everything. Slow down. Build into your schedule some time to relax, to play, to be spontaneous (especially if you're traveling with kids).
  • Focus on just a few places instead of many. Remember travel time its your precious vacation. Try to stay in one area and discover its many dimensions.
  • Be discreet - don't flaunt your money and keep your valuables on you or in the hotel safe.
  • Get a map of your destination and become familiar with it - both for safety and for information.
  • Get up and out early to see how the day begins
  • Beware of deals that are too good to be true - they probably are.
  • Before leaving home, make a list of the numbers of all your traveler's checks, and add the city and date purchased. Give a copy of this list to a friend or relative at home and take along a copy with you in a sealed envelope in your suitcase.
  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor about for to six weeks before your departure date. You will need a basic physical exam. A schedule of immunizations. Updating of any prescriptions you require, enough to last the trip.
  • make sure you have copies of your prescriptions for contact lenses and glasses as well.
  • If you have a medical condition that should be known about in an emergency (diabetes, epilepsy, heart condition, pregnancy), obtain a medical alert bracelet.
  • Sunburn: restrict your first day's sunbathing to ten minutes, increase by a few minutes every day after that. In case you do get burned, use calamine lotion, vinegar or the gel of the aloe vera plant to soothe the skin.
  • While snow skiing keep in mind that snow can cause a severe sunburn as well.
  • Give yourself time to recover from jet lag.
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