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Taking a break or a vacation with your parents and siblings every once in a while is a great way to de-stress from our daily hectic work schedule and of course, catch up with each other. Traveling as a group will be exciting as long as everyone is prepared for the upcoming trip. Don’t let the small things overwhelm and stress you out simply follow these tips and we will make sure that you are on the right track.
Tip number one: Always plan way in advance- We all want to travel with less hassle or trouble so it’s best to formulate a plan in advance. If you have pets at home, you should be able to secure your property and hire reputable happyhousesitters to take care of your fur babies for a few days or weeks. It is our responsibility to do these things as responsible pet and homeowners.
Tip number two: Budget your finances accordingly- We all know traveling as a group can be quite expensive especially if we don’t plan in advance. Majority of the budget would go to airfare or plane tickets, hotel or apartment accommodations and of course your daily food consumption. Talk things over with the rest of the members of the family regarding how much would be your allowance to cover all these expenses. You can book airfares and hotels as early as 6 months before the actual trip in order to avail of discounts from various airlines and hotels abroad. Also make sure that you have enough pocket money to cover for food, souvenirs, and recreation. The last thing that we want to happen is to experience budget issues while abroad.
Tip number three: Back up all important numbers- In case of emergency we should know who and what number to call. Write down those numbers on a piece of paper and make multiple copies and have it laminated so it can easily be found. We should also leave our contact numbers to our happyhousesitters and caretaker in our home country so they can do the same thing in case something goes wrong or simply give us updates from time to time.
Tip number four: Pack lightly and wisely- A lot of travelers make a mistake of bringing too much stuff during vacation. Doing this may cause you to pay extra for excess baggage which can hurt your budget. Plus it can also make traveling a little bit tiring and stressful because you would need to keep an eye on your belongings all the time at the airport. Make a list of the things that you need such as clothes, underwear, towels, footwear, and toiletries and pack them ahead of time. Avoid bringing expensive gadgets such as laptops because it is bulky and it can easily get stolen.
Tip number five: Do not bring too much cash- Thieves and bad elements often pry on tourists because they know that their potential victims have a lot of money or cash on hand. Just withdraw the amount that you would be needing for the day and this is the best time to use credit cards while dining out with the whole family.