We asked some of our favorite travels and travel bloggers for their best travel tips and here is what we got!


1. Pack empty plastic bags on road trips, in carry on – from Ziplocs to grocery bags. For wet swimsuits,runaway crayons. Garbage bag=rain poncho. @travelingmamas

2. If you are traveling with kids, particularly young kids, minimize logistics and stress with fewer accommodation changes. Ideally, check into a a single hotel, resort, or rental that can be your home-base for a week or more. @CiaoBambinoInc

3. If you are traveling to Europe from the United States, minimize driving time the day you land, i.e. your first stop should be within an hour or two of the airport, even if your flight gets in before noon. It’s easy to feel disoriented after getting off a transatlantic flight and driving in a foreign country can be stressful and confusing, even for those that are well-rested. @CiaoBambinoInc

4. The concierge at large, city-based hotels may not be a reliable source of insider information on restaurants and shopping (it is not unusual for them to get “referral” kick-backs from those they recommend). Do, however, use the concierge for reservations—they may have special access to tables or tickets that you wouldn’t have on your own. @CiaoBambinoInc

5. When traveling overseas, I always pack a few washclothes. Many hotels don’t offer. Also, extra plastic bags for toiletries/wet clothes. @ladivaloca

6. Leave copies of your itinerary, passport and visa with family/friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency. @VacationInfo

7. When choosing a hotel, spend money on location close to mass transit. You’ll save money on cab fares and rental cars , and you will be greener, too. @AKNickerson

8. When on the road, use Twitter to capture thoughts & impressions. You’ll thank yourself later (& you can always delete them!). @MissExpatria

9. My tip is to stay in an apartment. Often ends up being cheaper and more
comfortable & lets you live like a local. @romephotoblog

10. Green Travel Tip: On Vacation? Rent a Bike, Have Fun & Save the Earth @WilcoxTravel

11. Reduce Travel Stress, Take 2 days leave on key Holiday Periods, and use either side for traveling to destination. @littlenomads

12. Always bring a hair tie and bandaids! @TravelingAnna

13. Wear your heaviest/bulkiest shoes and jacket on the plane. Helps with space & weight in your luggage. @MyMelange

14. Bring binoculars on every trip. From a concert, to a hike or a whale watching trip they always seem to come in handy. @52perfectdays.

15. Forgot your knife? Dig into your cosmetic bag. Dental floss can be used to cut cheese, soft rolls, hard boiled eggs and muffins. @journeywoman

16. A well-written travel diary can capture more memories than photography alone, but when keeping a travel journal, write fast and do not try to create your best writing ever. In the middle of an exciting trip, your time to write is limited. If you dwell too long on flowery phrasing, perfect punctuation, or writing down “everything” that happens, you risk overwhelming yourself and giving up on your journaling completely. If you want to write well-crafted travel essays, great, but wait until you’re home to fine-tune your journals. During your journey, splash as much detail onto your pages as quickly as you can, and then get back to the adventures around you. @globejotter

17. When flying carry Neosporin. Rub a bit around your nose at take off so you don’t pick up any germs circulating around the plane. @52perfectdays

18. I always carry dental floss and duct tape. Together they can repair just about everything on any trip, from luggage mishaps to problems with hiking boots. @jcreaturetravel

19. Consider traveling to popular destinations off season. Sign up for cvb enewsletters – many of them contain coupons and other discounts.@travelinggal

20.Bring bubble wrap and packing tape when you travel in case you find treasures that cannot be resisted. @TravelSavvyMom

21. I can confirm that over-packing is the number one cause for regret when you travel. Buy a smaller bag than you think you need and think twice before buying any new toys, because those small, expensive items are seldom used and eat into your daily budget. When you go to make a purchase ask yourself, “How many days of travel is this worth?” and you’ll quickly find out how valuable it is! @craig_martin

22. Shoes are the enemy. Take only shoes that can be used for a range of uses and even then, take as few pairs as possible to free up weight and space in your bags. @julianoshea

23. Check and double check your flight time and dates, when leaving late at night or early in the morning. This is particularly critical when making the most of cheap fares on discount airlines. @julianoshea

24. This tip is mainly for an extended, once-in-a-lifetime trip with another person. When packing split your items into two piles (one pair of pants in each, for example) and then each of you pack one pile in each bag. That way if a bag goes missing, both will be able to get through until it is returned! @goodtugo

25. When heading to an all-inclusive. Pack a large plactic cup or thermos. Instead of those three-gulp plastic cup drinks that are highly wasteful and perform poorly for inebriation purposes, you’ll be saving Mother Earth AND enjoying your time that much more. @lindsayford

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