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Top 10 Lessons I Learned on Vacation

{ Posted on May 22 2010 by Marcus Alston }


On the airline flight home from Puerto Rico, I decided to compile a few lessons learned from my most recent trips that helped me save time and money:

Lessons Learned:

  1. Rent a car.  Renting a car is a great way to explore an area if you don’t drive your own car to the vacation spot.  You should be able to get a mid-sized car between $30 to $40 per day with unlimited miles.  You shouldn’t need to buy car insurance through the rental car company if you have your own car insurance.  Additionally, many credit cards provide additional rental car insurance coverage if you charge the car rental on your card.  Check your car insurance and credit card coverage for details.  You can save about $14 per day or more by not buying the car insurance through the car rental agency.
  2. Bring a GPS.  I left our GPS at home by mistake when we went to Puerto Rico.  Rental car companies charge about $14 per day.  Bring your own GPS if you have one and save.  Even renting one or buying a new one for about  $130 may also payoff with the time and gas saved by getting around your vacation destination fairly easily.  I tried to use the GPS function on my blackberry phone, but it didn’t work too well in Puerto Rico, so I ended up buying a new GPS.  It made our trip so much more enjoyable since we had several sites that we wanted to visit.  Additionally, when we had to go the airport, we were not stressed out since we knew we would be able to find it.
  3. Bring your own car seats for free on the plane.  Most airlines do not charge to check car seats (or wheel chairs), so bring your car seats and save $7 to $10 per day on car seat rentals per car seat.  We saved about $80 on our trip this way.
  4. Read your restaurant receipts.  Some restaurants include a tip automatically.  Check your bill carefully for correct charges, extra charges, and for the tip.  If you have any concerns, ask questions.  We went to a restaurant in Puerto Rico and the tip was already included.  The waitress did not mention this to us and most waitresses usually don’t in my experience.  Luckily, my wife spotted that the tip was already included.
  5. Read your in-room service receipts.  Some hotels include a service charge and a tip already in the bill.  The delivery person will not mention this to you, so check your receipt and when ordering ask about charges, including whether a tip is automatically included.
  6. Look out for discounts.   We found a 10% discount to a restaurant in the vacation literature of another hotel we wandered into.
  7. Talk with others to get info; do some research.  In addition to the concierge or hotel staff, guests are often willing to share their experiences with you.  Also, talk to friends and family about  where the best places are to go.  And of course, do research via the web about the hotel, ratings, and things to do in the area.
  8. Prepare a budget.  So that you are not watching every penny and so you can relax and enjoy yourself, prepare a reasonable and realistic budget for the vacation, including expenses for travel, hotel, meals, car rental, activities and entertainment, gifts, clothes, and miscellaneous.  How does the vacation budget fit into your overall budget?  Can you afford this vacation?
  9. Relax and have fun.  Enough said.
  10. Plan a “transition day”.  If you can, plan a vacation from your vacation.   Depending on your activities, you may often be tired coming back from vacation instead of being relaxed and rested.  No one will have sympathy for you at work after coming back from vacation, so consider planning an extra day where you come back from vacation and relax at home and don’t have to go to work on that day.
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