The sun is out here in New England and the beach days of summer have arrived, but beaches aren’t the only place to visit this season. 85% of Americans plan to travel this summer according to the Vacationer, with 44% saying they’ll travel more than once.
Planning trips can be overwhelming, especially if you’re traveling with a group, so here are the Aerogami Team's ten recommendations for ensuring a safe and fun trip.
Research your destination: Gather information about your chosen destination, including its climate, attractions, local customs, and any specific requirements or restrictions. This will help you plan your activities and pack accordingly.
Plan your itinerary: Create a rough outline of the places you want to visit, activities you'd like to engage in, and the duration of your stay. Consider the proximity of attractions and allocate enough time for each, while also allowing for flexibility.
Make reservations in advance: Book your accommodation, transportation, and any necessary tickets well in advance to secure the best options and prices. This is particularly important for popular destinations during the summer season.
Pack appropriately: Check the weather forecast for your destination and pack clothes suitable for the climate. Don't forget essentials like sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and insect repellent. Also, consider any specific gear or equipment needed for your planned activities.
Prepare necessary documents: Ensure you have all the required travel documents, such as passports, visas, identification, and health insurance cards. Make copies of these documents and store them separately in case of loss or theft.
Arrange transportation: If you're traveling by air, confirm your flights and arrive at the airport well in advance. If you're driving, ensure your vehicle is in good condition and plan the route in advance. For public transportation, research schedules and ticket options.
Notify your bank and credit card company: Inform your bank and credit card company about your travel plans to avoid any issues with your cards. Also, consider carrying some local currency or a travel-friendly debit/credit card for convenience.
Pack essential items: Aside from clothing, consider packing essential items such as medications, toiletries, chargers, adapters, and entertainment options like books or portable devices.
Check health and safety guidelines: Stay updated on any health or safety advisories for your destination, including COVID-19 protocols. Follow the recommended guidelines, get vaccinated if necessary, and pack necessary health supplies like masks and sanitizers.
Inform someone about your plans: Share your travel itinerary and contact details with a trusted friend or family member. Stay in touch during your trip and let them know if there are any changes to your plans.
You may have noticed we highlighted a few of the tips above and it's for a good reason! One of the biggest challenges on any trip is keeping all your documents, itineraries, and tickets accessible on the go. Keep the folders at home and ask about using DigiDoc to save all those documents right onto your phone with an easy to share link to pass along to your fellow travelers.
If your travel provider doesn't use DigiDoc, reach out to our team at email@example.com and we'll create your very own, free of charge. Happy Vacationing everyone!