Create a list for your trip! This way you will not get to your destination and find you do not have some of your essentials. Also create a list of what you want to see on your trip so you won't forget any sightseeing, or other things you want to visit during your trip. If there are any special restaurants, or shops you want to visit during your trip jot these down also.
Be flexible when considering your destination. While you may have already chosen particular places to visit, being flexible opens you up to new experiences. You can even save additional money by picking an alternate destination. Visiting a popular vacation destination out of season can also be a very nice treat, because you can immerse yourself in the local culture which is often not present during peak season.
Cash traveler's checks before shopping or dining. This way you only have to pull out the amount of cash that you need, instead of people seeing you have received cash back which can make you an easy mark when traveling.
The vacation is always the fun part, however, people tend to remember the ending and beginning of an event. Knowing this valuable information can help you take extra measures to make the beginning and ending of your trip stress free by allowing extra time for airport and other transportation arrangements.
Do not over pack, this is a very common mistake. People typically purchase new clothing when on vacation, and this will be the perfect time to wear them. Under packing will also provide you with the extra room you will need in your luggage for those souvenirs.
Becoming a member of a travel club can save thousands of dollars on every vacation, and allow you to stay in accommodations that are much nicer than a hotel room. Spending your vacation in a condo with bedrooms, and a kitchen can drastically improve any vacation.