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Here are more small articles all about traveling in general and cruising abord cruise ships!

Keeping Valuables Safe
 
 It is crucial that you keep all your essential travel documents safe and even to the extent that you take photocopies of them and keep them in an alternate location with your other travel items in the event that something goes missing.

It is a hassle when items like this are lost and it is more common that many people believe. Rather than wasting your holiday time arranging for the retrieval of the documents or the need for proof of your identity, you will be able to produce your photocopies as interim proof of your identity when required.

Make sure that your photocopies are also kept in a safe place too because you won't want to lose then with your personal information on them.

The photocopies can be hidden somewhere in your luggage where people are unlikely to find them and in the event of your luggage getting lost you will have less concerns for your identity falling in to the hands of the wrong people.

If any personal documents or information goes missing inform the authorities at your earliest convenience and get them to help you get the matter resolved fast especially if you need to get more information to continue on with your travels.

Every day all around the world travelers' luggage is lost in transit and people's travel plans are jeopardized as most people don't have any contingency plans in place when this happens.

Lost items can ruin a holiday for the average traveler and you certainly don't want that to happen to you.

You should always carry essential documents with you at all times and not leave them in your luggage.

Even in your place of accommodation where you might assume that all your possessions are safe you are still relying on the honesty of people you don't know unless you have your valuables locked in a safe.

Items such as clothing can still go missing and that can be an inconvenience so consider having lockable suitcases where you know that even those items will be safe from light-fingered staff attending to your room.
 
Cruise Ship Tip: If you have something very valuable you don't want to keep in your room, check with the purser's office. They usually have a safe service you can take advantage of. Also, lots of the newer ceuise ships have in cabin safes.
 

Know What's Going On
 
Make sure that your travel plans are made AFTER you have checked to see whether there are any special events on at the places you are intending to visit.

Unless you specifically want to attend such events, it might be a wise decision to change your plans accordingly.

Often when there are special events, prices for many things will increase substantially. The cost of accommodation will often rise or the availability of suitable places to stay will be limited.

Even the cost of dining can increase as local business take advantage of the influx of people to boost their business.

You will be paying a premium for things that you could get considerably cheaper if your visit is outside the times of such events.

The extra people that special events and attractions can bring to an area can also affect the enjoyment of your visit, particularly if you intend to have a quiet and relaxed holiday.

School holidays are a particularly busy and noisy time in many destinations and often getting air travel and rental cars becomes difficult.

Theme parks become over crowded and waiting in queues can waste valuable holiday time that will reduce your chances of maximizing your enjoyment.

Look at any local websites in the areas that you are visiting to see the events that they are advertising. This will give you a better idea of what you can expect when you get there.

If you are unsure, ask the owners of the websites if they can help you with more information and suggestions.

Once again, taking the time to investigate, research and plan your holiday will ensure the best possible outcome.

You might be surprised at the dramatic effect a change in the timing of your bookings can have on your budget.
 
The fewer funds you have at your disposal the more important the planning becomes.

Cruise Ship Tips: Almost every cruise ship has someone on board that knows all about the ports of call, and will have briefings about them prior to docking. I suggest you attend these to learn as much as possible. The "whens and wheres" are usually posted in your daily schedule.  Also, most cruise line web sites document the various ports of call and shore excursions. Always read the passenger reviews to see how well received they were.
 



Quote: No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
- Lin Yutang

Identity Theft Deterrent

Keeping Your Belongings Safe
 
Can you easily identify your luggage? There is nothing more frustrating than standing at the airport baggage control when every second item that goes by looks like yours.

It can be worrying too when the remaining luggage gets low and you still haven't retrieved yours.

You begin to wonder if someone else has walked off with your belongings!

And that is something that can quite easily happen as people are tired after long flights and they don't always look as carefully as you might at the luggage they are collecting.

The way to avoid problems like that happening is to make sure that your luggage looks unique and is clearly identifiable.

Don't rely on the small tags that the airline checkout places on your baggage. Add big colorful stickers that you can see from a distance. Put the stickers on all sides of your luggage so you can see them no matter what direction they are facing.

If you don't want to put stickers on your luggage then add some colorful tags or ribbons of your own that you, and other people, will be able to see clearly.

Make sure you place locks on your luggage to deter thieves, as it is quite common for luggage handlers to sift through other peoples' belongings to see what they can steal.

While the airlines don't like to admit it, there is a lot of stolen luggage every year and you don't want to make it any easier for them by not having locks on yours.

Thieves will always go for the easiest option because there is usually very little time for them to steal items, so bags with locks will be passed over for those that don't have them.

Make sure you have the keys to your luggage with you so they don't get lost.

Another benefit of having locks on your luggage is the ability to keep your clothes locked away while in your hotel room.

You would be surprised to know how many items of clothing go missing from hotel rooms that unsuspecting travelers don't notice until they get home or decide to wear them.

It is unfortunate, but you really need to assume that you can't trust too many people. It is the only way that you can keep your things safe.
 

Listen to Local Advice
 
Often the best information you will get when on holiday will be from the locals who work at the hotels, car rental services and businesses around your holiday destination.

They will usually know the best places to dine and the cheapest places to shop. They won't usually be the same places that you will find in the main tourist locations as they are the areas where you will often get charged a premium for anything you spend your money on.

Don't rely on the advice of one person though, as everyone has different opinions of what is good value and what it good quality food.

If you get the same recommendations from several people you can feel a lot happier that they are giving you the answers you need.

Often, talking to the local people can result in a change of holiday plan, where they will offer alternative suggestions on how to make the most of your holiday.

People are generally willing to help anyone who asks for advice and on occasions when you strike up a conversation with the right person they might even offer to show you around the area.

If you are traveling on your own you need to be a little bit cautious with any offers to take you to places, as you will have no idea of whether you can trust that person or not.

If you show your respect for the people who work at the hotels and other service providers that you come in contact with on holiday, they will usually be only too willing to help you have the best possible time and they can be of more use to you than all the travel brochures you have collected.

The more information you can get from the many different sources, the better your decisions will be when determining where to spend your time and money.
 
Cruise Ship Tip: Almost every cruise ship has someone on board that knows all about the ports of call, and will have briefings about them prior to docking. I suggest you attend these to learn as much as possible. The "whens and wheres" are usually posted in your daily schedule.