Do You Know How to Stay Safe on Vacation?

The world isn’t dangerous or unsafe. Quite the opposite. There are some desperate places and people, even in your home town, but these are a minority. In fact, you’re more likely to get into trouble at home than travelling if you follow these common sense tips on your trips.

1. Remember to look behind you

Get in the habit of looking back when you get up to leave somewhere. Travel is very distracting, and you’re probably carrying more stuff than when you’re at home, so you’re more likely to leave a jacket or journal at that Parisian cafe table where you were people watching.

Walking the Streets

2. Separate your sources of money

You know how you keep all your bank cards in your wallet/purse when you’re at home? Well, don’t do this while you’re travelling. Keep at least one in a different place, preferably not on your person. If you lose all your cards on the road it is very difficult to get replacements, and being without money outside of the country would not be fun.

3. Don’t keep your wallet/purse in your jeans’ back pocket

To avoid being pickpocketed, keep your wallet in your front pocket, especially a pocket that can be buttoned up. Best of all, use the inside pocket of your jacket. There are also a lot of money ‘money belts’ that either hang inside your shirt or wrap around your waist (under your shirt), etc. Make sure it’s waterproof because travelling can often be sweaty/perspiring work. I’d advise against the bum bag/fanny pack type. There is no better way to advertise the fact that you have a load of valuables on you…and, of course, they were never ever cool.

Wallet in Pocket

4. Scan all your major documents

Scan your travel documents and email them to yourself. It was traditional to photocopy your passport and visas, travel insurance, etc, and keep them in a separate part of your luggage or you can leave a copy at home. But these days, digital is best – that way your documents won’t go missing even if your bags do.

Stamps on Passport

5. Don’t trust strangers

It is hard to get to know the locals at a destination if you don’t trust them, but there are limits to how much you should trust them when it comes to your personal safety (going with them into a risky area of town, store), money, and consuming their food or drink (if they are not consuming it themselves). You can do a search for the latest scams that travelers have reported for where you are going. You can also ask your hotel concierge for safety tips.

Meeting Strangers on Vacation

6. Get travel insurance

This is mainly for health costs if you get ill or injured while abroad. Hospital costs can quickly get into the tens of thousands of dollars, even for a minor injury. Insurance is worth it. I use Alliance and Travel Guard.

7. Get vaccinated

Visit your doctor before you leave to get all the relevant vaccinations/immunizations for the destinations you’re visiting, and to learn what health precautions you should follow.

8. Avoid Public Displays of Affluence

If you’re travelling abroad then you’re more than likely to be richer than most of the locals, but advertising this fact by wearing gold jewelry or carrying an expensive camera around your neck is not advisable. It makes you a target for thieves. Leave your jewelry at home and keep your camera in a bag when you’re not using it.

9. Some things are best perfected at home

It may seem like a breeze, but be advised that teaching yourself to ride a motorbike or jet ski in a foreign country is probably unwise. In Thailand, for instance, 38 people a day die in scooter accidents.  Be aware that some travel insurance policies won’t cover scooter-related injuries.

Motorcycles on Vacation

10. Check the fine print and certificates of instructors

If you’re doing a specialist course (scuba diving) or something risky (bungee jumping) then check the operators have legitimate qualifications and a good safety record. There’s usually a reason a course is cheaper than the others. PADI has a list of qualified diving operators – check that list.

Scuba Diving on Vacation

11. Don’t leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

This is so obvious that I am embarrassed to mention it, but people do it all the time. Most notably, travelers leave their bags at their feet or hanging from the back of chairs when they’re at cafes or restaurants. Either keep them on your lap or wrap its strap around your leg.

12. Give it up

There is a simple rule that people find hard to follow: if you are mugged, give over your wallet, watch etc. This shouldn’t be a problem if you have insurance and you’ve left all your irreplaceable items at home. Just do it, and walk away uninjured.

13. Don’t give to beggars

There are exceptions to this rule, but, in general, don’t give away money to people on the street. Apart from the fact that you may have to get your wallet/purse out, encouraging begging is not the most efficient use of your money (and goodwill). If you want to help out then do some volunteer work in the destination or donate some money to a local charity for the homeless.

Beggars on Vacation

14. Be wary of using your credit card at an internet cafe

Internet cafes’ computers may have keylogger software or hardware that records your key strokes, so unscrupulous characters (not necessarily the owners of the cafe) can see the username and password to your online accounts (banking, email, etc) or grab your credit card details. A good trick to make this more challenging is to open a couple of other browser windows (for the website you are using) and half way through entering your passwords or credit card information type incorrect information into these windows.

15. Don’t pat stray dogs and cats

You may be missing your pets at home, but stray animals may be carrying rabies and other infections or they may bite you.  You should also not feed monkeys, for the same reason.

16. Your worst enemy may be your travel companion

Often your travel companions will take risks that compromise your safety. They’ll ask for help from people that you wouldn’t go near, they’ll aggravate a situation with arrogance, or they’ll break any number of the no-nos mentioned above. Don’t submit to their peer pressure. Stand your ground. And if they continue to be unsafe then consider parting ways.

If you are interested in hearing more about how to stay safe on vacation, or need help planning your next dream vacation, contact us at 301-989-1654 or email us at info@colesvilletravel.com. Our staff is ready to assist. Website:  www.ColesvilleTravel.com.

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The Importance Of Travel Insurance

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Travel Guard Insurance

During travel, travelers face lot of risks like, trip cancellation, loss of baggage, loss of money or valuables, accidents, terrorist attacks, natural calamities and occasionally death. You cannot stop travel because of the risks involved, but you can reduce the amount of risk involved by buying a travel insurance policy.

The concept of travel insurance is very simple. The insured pays a premium (this is the amount you pay to the travel insurance company), the company in turn pays any costs involved in case of accidents or other types of eventualities. In case there is no eventuality the travel insurance company keeps the premium.

Travel insurance covers lots of risks like:

Trip cancellation: There are lots of reasons, due to unforeseen circumstances that you may need to cancel your air ticket or vacation. If you cancel your ticket at the last moment, you will not get any refund from the airline or you may get a very small airline credit.  Travel insurance provides coverage against this kind of loss. The travel insurance company has to provide the cost of cancellation of ticket. However, the cancellation has to be done under circumstances which are covered by the travel insurance policy.

Travel Insurance Peace Mind

Baggage loss: if your baggage is lost, then the cost of the baggage is paid by the insurance company, but it is governed by the rules of the insurance contract.

Medical cost: if you get sick during your travels and you incur medical costs you will be paid by the travel insurance policy. However, if you have health insurance which covers overseas travel, then there is no need to separately buy a travel health insurance.

Others: Other things that are generally covered by travel insurance are medical evacuation, accidental death, repatriation of remains etc.

Travel Insurance

Protect Your Investment

I highly recommend that you read the fine print when you buy any travel insurance policy. If you are in an emergency situation, you will not have the time.  Colesville Travel offers Travel Guard travel insurance and they offer brochures explaining their policies.

Travel Guard offers several plans to suit your needs.  They also have a Price Comparison Tool that can you help you find the right travel insurance plan for your budget.

Travel Insurance Policy

Travel Insurance Policy

In conclusion, protect your investment. You worked hard for your vacation and it may have taken you a year to save the money to go away.  Unfortunately, it only takes a second to ruin your plans.  While you can’t do anything to prevent an unexpected storm from closing the airport, the airline losing your bags, sudden illness, or death of a loved one, you can help cover your investment and minimize your loss by buying travel insurance.

Cynthia Amin-Hall
Colesville Travel
Phone: 301-989-1654
Email cindy@colesvilletravel.com
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My Fantastic Trip to New York City

There are many places in the world to visit, but one of the most exciting places to visit is New York City. Last weekend I visited New York City to attend the Jacob Javits Travel Show. That evening, I also went to Red Rooster Harlem in Harlem. What a wonderful evening I had! Red Rooster Harlem restaurant was named after the legendary Harlem speakeasy that was located at 138th Street and 7th Avenue. This is  where neighborhood folk, jazz greats, authors, politicians and some of the most noteworthy figures of the 20th Century – such as Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Nat King Cole and James Baldwin – would converge to enjoy drinks and music in an inviting atmosphere. It joins Harlem’s vibrant community alongside local legends like The Apollo Theater, Sylvia’s and Lenox Lounge.

New York City Buildings

People who have traveled the world have reason to love and visit New York City. This amazing city shows up time and time again on lists of most popular world travel destinations. New York City has something to offer everyone. Start with the sights. You could spend weeks seeing all the interesting buildings, museums and monuments. There are wonderful sight-seeing packages that make seeing the sights easy to do.
New York City has many areas to explore. There are many diverse cultures and interesting and unique shops. Most areas of the city are easily reached with public transportation.

New York City Street

The shopping in New York City is quite extraordinary. You can gaze at some of the most expensive jewelry and clothing in the world and you can also find reasonably priced items in many of the shops and boutiques. If you enjoy food, you will love New York City. There are stores that offer every kind of food imaginable. Look for spices, coffee, tea, meats, cheeses and chocolate. Many of the stores will ship your items home.
In New York City you will find unbelievable dining possibilities. Any kind of food you wish to eat can be found in New York City. From the hotdog carts on the sidewalks to the first class restaurants, dining in New York City is a treat.   Last but not least are the musical and dramatic experiences. You can enjoy plays both on and off Broadway and there are also countless musical venues in New York City to enjoy.

New York City Sunset

Have you been to New York City lately? Would you like to go? I have a trip to Broadway on March 16 to see Motown the Music.  Contact our offices if you would like to go, or if you would like us to customize your own package.
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Cynthia Amin-Hall
 Colesville Travel
Phone: 301-989-1654
 Email cindy@colesvilletravel.com
Website: http://www.ColesvilleTravel.com
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The Advantages of Booking Airport Transfers

Getting to the Airport

The world is getting smaller and smaller. More and more people are travelling greater distances than ever before for both business and pleasure. With so many people in the world travelling airport shuttle companies and airport transportation companies are becoming very popular. These companies insure that you get to the airport on time and arrive at your destination safely. If you have a trip planned, you do not need to be late getting to the airport, or get lost on the way to your destination. Book your airport transfers in advance to avoid the following inconveniences.

If you arrive at the airport late for your flight, you typically wind up spending much more. Airlines might re-book you for free if you’re late by means of no-fault of your own, however, if you’re late because of your own behavior, you will probably pay a hefty re-booking fee to get to your location. This may change the whole dynamic of your trip.
If you have to buy a new ticket, an airline may give you a partial refund, but this really is after huge deductions that may leave you with merely a portion of what you paid for your ticket. If you are travelling with a non-refundable ticket, which is usually the case with promotional flights and sales, you will not be offered any refund.

One more consequence of being late for your flight is being late for whatever you have planned at your destination. Business travelers might miss meetings or important parts of a conference. Missed possibilities normally mean lost money. If you are travelling as a tourist you take the risk of being late for tours, as well as losing the money paid to book them, or perhaps missing your reservation at a resort or restaurant.

By arranging airport transfers this ensures that this would not take place. You should always book your airport transfers in advance. This is something your travel agent should always suggest and can do for you. Airport transfers as well as airport transportation companies typically ensure they shall be on time – which, as a result, you’ll be on time also.

Booking airport transfers as well as paying for airport transportation in advance may seem like an extravagance, but it is really very practical. Some other advantages of booking roundtrip transfers in advance is the fact that you do not have to haggle with taxi drivers who may not speak your language. You may not have the local currency to pay for the cab upon your arrival. You may not know where you are going and you may end up spending more money trying to get to your destination. Having airport transfers will also ensure you arrive safely to your destination.

By booking transfers in advance you will not arrive late to the airport and end up missing your flight. So in order to relax and get more out of your business trip or vacation, remember to always book your airport transfers in advance.

I hope you have enjoyed these travel suggestions. Feel free to contact our offices for more travel advice.

Cynthia Amin-Hall
Colesville Travel
Phone: 301-989-1654
Email cindy@colesvilletravel.com.
Website: http://www.ColesvilleTravel.com
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5 Tips to Relieve Stress While Travelling During the Holidays

Holiday traveling is known for being a stressful time. With crowded airports, bad weather, flight delays, and angry people it can seem like the worst way to spend your holiday. But holiday travel doesn’t have to be so bad. Follow these five holiday travel tips and get rid of your travel anxiety.

Book in Advance

Waiting till the last-minute to plan your holiday trip could be a lesson in disaster. Book your flights, hotel, rental cars, and everything else you need in advance to make sure there are no problems. Make sure to plan accordingly and check several different travel sites to find the best deals. If you’re flying alone and are a little more flexible, you can try to take advantage of last-minute travel deals. Be careful though because waiting too long could mean a holiday home alone.

It can also be beneficial to look into several airports for better deals and less holiday hassle. Many smaller airports will have fewer travelers, less delays, and better service during the holidays and can also offer better deals on airfare and hotel depending on their location. Make sure to avoid peak travel days if possible to save yourself as much grief as you can. Use the search features of many popular travel sites to save even more money by finding the best day to travel. Make sure to plan for layovers and give yourself plenty of time. Weather can wreak havoc on your travel plans and a missed connection could mean holidays at the airport.

Pack Light

Packing light can also make holiday travel much easier. Avoid checking bags if possible and ship your luggage through a local carrier to save on holiday hassle. Most airlines charge fees for checked bags and during the holidays the process is a lesson in frustration. Ship your luggage and give yourself plenty of time for it to arrive before you do. Most local carriers will even insure your luggage which airlines won’t do. Freight companies offer better tracking as well which avoids the problem of lost luggage.

Make sure to know security regulations before packing carry-on luggage. They are very strict on things like liquids and anything sharp. To avoid frustration, know the rules and pack appropriately. Make sure to include snacks for your trip and something to drink. To avoid a headache, pack ear plugs or noise-canceling headphones and bring plenty of movies loaded on to your laptop or tablet.

Make a List

Make a list of everything you need to do the day before and the day of departure. Add everything you need to do beforehand to make sure all last-minute errands are ran and everything gets packed. This list may include items like arranging boarding for pets, paying last-minute bills, double checking all arrangements are made, and any other tasks that need done in advance. Make another list of everything that needs done on the day of departure. Include things such as grab boarding passes, check for flight delays, items to pack for carry-on luggage, etc.

Secure the House

Make sure when you leave your home for the holidays to make sure to lock everything up tight. The holiday season is a peak time for burglary so make sure to lock all your windows and doors. Use timers to turn your lights on and off and appliance modules to turn on a tv or radio occasionally to make your home feel lived in. Have someone pick up your mail and check your home from time to time. Better yet get a house sitter. Avoid posting your travel information on social networking sites and your voicemail to alert people that your not home.

Arrive at the Airport Early

Make sure to get to the airport a couple of hours early during the holiday season. This is especially important if you have bags to check or need to find parking. Have a friend drop you off at the airport to save on parking as well as avoid the hassle. Give yourself time to get through security which will be crowded and if you have planned well the process should go smoothly. Once you’re in the terminal, take some time to find your gate and then relax. Grab something to eat and drink and prepare for the fun ahead.

I hope you have enjoyed these five tips for stressful holiday travelling. If you are still looking for a place to travel during the holiday season, it’s not too late, please contact our office today.

Cynthia Amin-Hall
Colesville Travel
Phone: 301-989-1654
Email cindy@colesvilletravel.com.
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Are Your Ready For a Spa Vacation?


A Caribbean spa vacation may be right up your alley if you are looking for some place warm and inviting to take your next vacation.

Spa Day – Facial, Massage and Fragrances

Picture yourself relaxing in a tropical paradise sipping lemongrass tea while the ocean waves lap at the shore! Can you imagine anything more beautiful than sunrises or sunsets over alabaster sand beaches? There are several spas available in the Caribbean for your vacationing pleasure and here are a few of the top choices.

Sandals Resorts and Spa

One of the most well-known spa resorts on the planet is Sandals; they have locations in Jamaica, Bahamas, Antigua and St. Lucia. This chain of spas has often been voted the most luxurious couples oriented retreats, they specialize in wedding and honeymoon accommodations. Their Nassau location boasts beautiful tropical gardens, crystalline beaches and lavish suites, some as large as a typical villa! You can even have your very own butler if you so desire. The Red Lane Spa offers massages, facials, body treatments and salon service, all with a Caribbean flair.

Spa Couple

One and Only Ocean Club – Bahamas

Are you looking for a seaside escape in the beautiful Caribbean? Perhaps the One and Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas will meet your needs. This secluded oasis will provide everything you need for a warm relaxing vacation. Warm turquoise waters and white sand beaches are only the beginning; you will also enjoy luxury accommodations, spa treatments, delicious cuisine prepared by renowned chefs. Take advantage of their round the clock butler service while relaxing away the hours.

Zoetry – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Los Cabos, Mexico and Riviera Maya, Mexico
When you visit Zoetry this will be your time to escape, energize and enrich. The idea of wellness will be brought to an entirely new level. True wellness includes a balance of mental and bodily health, excellent nutrition, and rejuvenating spa therapies — as well as ultra-luxury accommodations, creative activities and cultural enrichment. You will leave Zoetry as a new person.  Amenities at this spa resort are truly endless; enjoy water sports, floating lounge, sailing or snorkeling lessons and so much more! This is definitely an all in one spa and resort location.

Spa Hot Rocks, Massage, Male Massage

Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts – Aruba

Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body & Spirit.  Feel the day-to-day stress slip away by pampering yourself at our day spa, the Intermezzo Spa. The spa offers aromatherapy, massage, facials, wraps, and a wide assortment of spa packages. This resort is situated on 14 acres of powder white sand, and published as one of the few “Dream Beaches of the World”. Enjoy breathtaking views of the sparkling-clear blue-green sea, feel the warm trade winds and marvel over the stunning tropical sunsets – it’s all here, waiting for you. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts is Aruba’s most romantic Adults Only oasis and island paradise.

There are many different spas and vacation locations located throughout the Caribbean. Those listed above are but a few of the accommodations you will have to choose from, and they are at the top of the list when it comes to luxury and amenities.  You will enjoy a warm tropical vacation at any one of the many Caribbean spas.

If you are interested in hearing more about the resorts above or need information on any other spa vacations, please contact Colesville Travel at 301-989-1654 or email us at info@colesvilletravel.com. Website:  http://www.ColesvilleTravel.com.

Would You Like To Visit the Beautiful Islands of Hawaii?

I have just returned from ten beautiful days in Hawaii. First, I visited the Big Island of Hawaii where I stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Then I stayed at the Embassy Suites on Beachwalk in Waikiki.  Waikiki is located in Oahu where the Aloha Spirit reigns supreme.   After a couple of days in Waikiki, I travelled to the Windward area of Oahu to an area called Kailua.  Kailua has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, which I enjoyed during my stay.

Hawaii is the most unusual 50th American state.  Timeless radiance, modern luxuries, rich history and natural wonders are just a few of  Hawaii’s many attributes.  Residents of Hawaii know how comfortable it is to live in a place where city life mingles with open-air adventure and beautiful beaches. Can you imagine green mountains emerging from the ocean, hundreds of waterfalls, refreshing forests and lava flowing from ragged rocks directly into the Pacific Ocean?

There are myriads of interesting and attractive places and things to do and see in Hawaii. Waikiki Beach in Oahu, for example, fascinates tourists with its pristine beaches surrounded by glorious mountains. You can go to Germaine’s Luau and partake in a real Hawaiian tradition.  Hear the drums, learn how to hula, carry a tiki torch, and taste the suckling pig.  Waikiki is also the ideal place for a night-time stroll. Na Pali Coast in Kauai is famous for the canyon walls that seem to drop from thousands of miles directly into the ocean.

Surfing is amazing in the winter on the Northern coast of Oahu. On the north shore you can visit the Polynesian Cultural Center or just go to the beach and watch the surfers. Did you know, Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park has the highest number of active volcanoes in the world?

Visiting the beautiful islands of Hawaii is on the bucket list of just about everyone.  Visiting the Hawaii islands is a dream of any tourist who loves the sun, loves beautiful beaches, and adventure.

Once you arrive in Hawaii you will receive a warm welcome and feel the genuine kindness of the local people.  The comfortable temperatures, blue skys, and the friendly and hospitable local people ensure that you will have the perfect vacation.

The six islands of Hawaii – Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island, Molokai and Lanai all have their own unique characteristics.  Each of the Hawaii’s beautiful islands is a little different, that is why I always recommend “island hopping.”

Would you like to get information on a fascinating trip to the islands of Hawaii? Our consultants can help you discover the unique beauty of Hawaii. You can view the odd-shaped mountains, stroll through the tropical rainforests, or just relax in the sun on the never-ending beautiful beaches while you admire the active volcanoes and beautiful mountains.

Contact Colesville Travel today at 301-989-1654 or email cindy@colesvilletravel.com.  We are ready to help you plan your Hawaiian adventure.  Colesville Travel is organizing a group trip to Hawaii next year.  Stay tuned for details.

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Travel Tips and Reminders

Vacations are meant to inspire relaxation and peacefulness. While you and your family may be excited to hop on the plane and travel to a tropical destination for your next summer vacation, read up on these few travel tips that will help to ensure you have a fun vacation, not a stressful one.

Tip 1- Always book flights and reservations under your legal name. This is especially important if you have just gotten married but have yet to change over your passport and ID. You may receive a hard time from TSA if the name on your ticket doesn’t match the name on your ID and passport. So remember, no nicknames or post-married names if that’s not what’s on your ID.

Tip 2- You usually receive a discount for combining hotels, flights, rental cars, and more. Check with Colesville Travel when you are ready to book your next getaway. We not only offer you great rates, but can arrange great travel packages.  We can also make deposits on most of your reservations.

Tip 3- Watch what you pack. With baggage fees and weight limit charges, you will want to be aware of what you are packing so you can avoid getting hit with more-than-a-couple-dollar-charge when it comes to your luggage. Only take necessities and consider bringing as much as you can on your carry-on bag. It will help to weigh your luggage at home before you head to the airport so you know what you are getting yourself into and can plan appropriately if you know you can’t get under the weight limit. If your luggage is too large to simply place on the scale, jump on first and weigh yourself. Grab your bag then hop on the scale a second time and see what the new weight is. Take this weight and subtract your weight alone and that’s how heavy your bag is.

Tip 4- Don’t carry cash. Instead, opt for prepaid credit cards. Travelling with cash is dangerous and can lead to theft or the loss of money. Sign up for a prepaid credit card and get all of the conveniences of playing with “plastic” without the worry of amassing debt or ruining your credit by choosing to buy that diamond ring you saw in St. Thomas on your caribbean cruise. You’ll only be able to purchase as much as you preload the card with, plus many companies offer theft and fraud protection which is much safer than carrying cash.

I hope your enjoyed these travel tips.  Please call our office to hear more about our services.  We are waiting to plan your next getaway.

Colesville Travel
Office:  301-989-1654
Email: cindy@colesvilletravel.com

Do You Need Some Packing Tips?

Do You Need Some Packing Tips?

Are you a packing procrastinator? Is your goal to fit everything in the carry-on, but you always wind up checking your bag? We’ve compiled some handy tips that may help you save some time, space, and frustration during your travels.

Split up your Valuables

Don’t put everything you’re bringing of great value in one spot. Make sure to divvy up your prized possessions in the event that a bag gets lost or stolen. That way, you won’t be completely wiped out of all identification and money at the same time. Another great thing to do BEFORE you leave, is to make copies of your credit cards and passport. Leave it with a family member or friend back home for reference in case you lose them.

 

DON’T put all of your valuables in one spot!

Check the Weather

Are you traveling internationally? Are you visiting a destination with opposite seasons? Don’t always assume that the climate you’re about to enter will be similar to the one you left. This may sound like a no-brainer, but a lot of times we’re rushed. And if you wait to pull up that weather app when you’re already en route to the airport…well, you’re too late!

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags can be handy for several reasons – so make sure to stuff a few in the corners of your suitcase (you’ll thank us later). These guys are great for packing liquids in case of spills, they are the perfect solution for separating your dirty and clean laundry, and have you ever had to leave a hotel with a wet bathing suit? Throw damp items in a plastic bag before you put it in the suitcase and you’re all set with no mess.

Travel Size Toiletries

Pharmacies and convenience stores have dedicated sections for travel size items. You can get most anything you’ll need in a smaller and compact package. And if you don’t like repurchasing products you already have plenty of at home, you can always get reusable bottles to fill with your favorite shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.

 

Travel size, small containers, & plastic bags!

Wear your Heaviest Items

This tip is very helpful when you’re visiting a colder climate. Our suitcases become a lot heavier when it’s chilly simply because we need warmer clothes, shoes, and jackets. On the day you’re set to travel, wear that big sweater and coat with your boots. And make sure you layer up so you can easily remove or add on as needed while traveling.

Rolling your Clothes

Backpackers swear by this method. Rolling works well with pants, skirts, t-shirts, and tanks. Lay the item face down, fold back the sleeves and then roll from the bottom up. It’s also a great way to add cushion to fragile items. You can roll it up within your clothes to keep them safe and save space. So, go ahead and roll away!

Rolling method saves space!

Leave Room for Souvenirs

Well, you don’t have to, but it’d be nice 😉 Did you promise someone back home that you’d bring them back a souvenir from you trip? Many times, people pack their suitcases to the brim before departing. Unfortunately, this leaves little to absolutely no room for purchases while you’re traveling. We recommend packing a small empty backpack or duffle bag within your main suitcase before you leave. Then you’ll have a separate bag and plenty of room to fill on the way home.

Did you have some more handy tips to share with our travel community? Let’s hear them! Add a comment and tell us how you pack.

Contact Colesville Travel for your next vacation!

 

Cynthia Amin Hall

P.O. Box 4844

Silver Spring, MD 20914

Office:  301-989-1654

Fax:  301-989-8473

Email:  Cindy@ColesvilleTravel.com

Website: www.ColesvilleTravel.com

 

How to Stay Chic While Packing Light

When you pack light, there is a constant battle between what to take and what not to take. Usually, a backpack or small suitcase will only have enough room to accommodate the essentials when it comes to clothes. When you’re travelling, the essentials are comfortable clothes that are easy to wash, can be worn wrinkled and are versatile. This doesn’t leave a lot of room for nicer clothes . . . or does it?

Unless you’re a hiker, chances are that there will come a time during your travels when you’ll need to wear something a little nicer or fancier than usual. While on vacation, you may want to indulge in a nice dinner or visit a lounge and you certainly do not want to go out looking like a bum or dressed inappropriately.  So, I have put together a few fashion tips, for the ladies only, for the weary light-packing traveller.

Wear Boots
A comfortable pair of boots, preferably black without heels, can be worn out for a day of sightseeing, and transfer effortlessly into nighttime attire. With boots you get two functions for the price of one. They will eliminate the need for you to carry around an extra pair of “nice shoes” and can replace sneakers or tennis shoes so long as you’re not doing any major hiking. I have a couple pairs of Bass and Aerosoles shoes that I travel with.  They have proven to be comfortable and very durable.  They come in lots of different styles and price points.

2. Scarves/Wraps
The perfect way to dress up a top or a dress is by adding a scarf or a wrap. Not only are they fun, fashionable and inexpensive, but they are very easy to carry and pack.  Especially in cooler weather, a scarf or wrap can be worn on you all day, giving you the look of an especially fashionable traveller. Kohl’s, Target and lots of other stores like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx sell lots of great wraps and scarves in a variety of fun colors and styles. If you pick simpler patterns or solid colors they are more likely to coordinate with any outfit.

3. Cotton or Cotton/Poly Blend Blazer
Don’t even think about bringing a sweatshirt.  Leave them at home. There’s a more fashionable alternative that’s relatively cheap and just as comfortable. Try a cotton blazer. I discovered cotton blazers a few months ago and have been in love with them ever since. They are perfect for travel as they’re so comfortable and the cotton/poly blends don’t really wrinkle. These jackets are a perfect way to dress up an outfit.  They are comfortable and functional and can be worn all day.  They can be purchased the same time and at the same place you buy your scarf.

I hope you enjoyed these travel tips.  If you would like additional travel tips, please contact Colesville Travel at info@ColesvilleTravel.com or call 301-989-1654.