Five Travel Tips for a Smooth Trip

Summer may be over but we all know that fall is a great time to travel, especially throughout the Northeast! Plan ahead and read this five easy tips to help you have a great trip!

1) Don’t pay for guide books!

Just borrow them from the library before you leave! I just returned from a trip to Brussels, Belgium, and Paris, France. I got great walking tour guides (with maps) for both cities from the library. I also checked out a great beach read of a mystery novel set in Nice, France.

2) Check Yelp before you go

It’s a great way to get recommendations on tourist attractions & dinning. Bonus: If you’re a part of Yelp’s Elite program, you can attend Elite events in any city. Check the Yelp Elite calendar of the cities you’re visiting & RSVP if there’s an event you’d like to join. I’m a Boston Yelp Elite but I attended a wicked fun Elite event in Dallas, TX when I visited this year.

3)    Don’t over-schedule yourself

It’s OK if you’d like to just sit and read a book on your vacation. You don’t need to be sight-seeing 24/7! This is your time to relax too!

4) Bring a power strip

A power strip is great for US trips since you’re less likely to leave a charger behind if everything is plugged into the power strip. This is especially helpful if you have a lot of devices you need to plug in, as not every hotel has easily accessible plug outlets! If you’re traveling overseas, don’t forget the power adapters too. (Note: Ask the front desk about it first though if traveling overseas. I found out the hard way that power adapters and power strips may overload a circuit though when I blew a fuse at a hotel when I plugged the power strip into the adapter. Oops!)

5) Check local blogs

Before you travel check out some of the local blogs to see if they have suggestions on the best places to eat and what to see. Locals know their cities best after all! If you’re traveling to Boston, I recommend the Boston on Budget blog. 
I hope you all have a lot of fun on your trips this season!
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