Tips on How to Avoid Vacation and Travel Mistakes

You’ve been looking forward to your vacation all year long, you’ve planned everything that you will be doing, and everyone is excited, then you mess up something and the whole vacation’s ruined. Sounds familiar? That’s because a lot of people make vacation mistakes all the time.

So it is important that you make sure that you stay clear from all those vacation mistakes. That’s not just for the sake of your family’s happiness but for the sake of your wallet as well. Mistakes can make your vacation more expensive, and when I say more expensive, I really mean that.

So for your benefit, here are ways that you can avoid travel mistakes:

• You should be flexible with your traveling plans right from the start. If you set things where you can only travel during weekends then that might put you at the mercy of the airlines and hotels. They will be charging you more when you travel at the same time that other people do.

• Flexibility means that you can leave when you want to and decide to stay if it suits you. This can be hard to achieve though, but the rewards for it are substantial.

• Try to go for package deals because you will get so much more out of your money from them. Booking separately for hotels and car rentals might give you more privacy and comfort but it is not the most cost efficient way of doing things. You have a choice in this matter.

• Discounts are offered to different groups to which you might belong. Government employees are also entitled to some discounts, so you should ask all the time. That’s not something to be embarrassed about.

• Use your frequent flyer miles in a wise way. Don’t just use it up the first chance that you get. It would be better to use them up for the more expensive flights going to other countries.

• Simple things like a free breakfast or free Wi-Fi service in your hotel accommodations might sound simple, but when you add up the cost of those things when you have to pay for them, they can be quite an amount. So pick a hotel that offers a lot of freebies.

• Overweight luggage can cost quite a bit and if everybody in the family is guilty of it, then there goes a huge portion of your vacation money down the drain. “Pack light and be ready,” should be your motto during your vacation.

• Pick larger airports that would have lower fares for travelers. Sometimes going the extra mile could go a long way in getting the kind of service that you want.

• The good thing is that there are so many destinations to choose from, but in order to make the most out of a limited vacation time, pick a place that offers most of everything. A place like the Oregon Coast for example would be a wise choice because it offers something for everyone.

These are just some of the things that you should know in order to avoid vacation mistakes.

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum – A Great Vacation and Travel Destination

Everyone heading to Massachusetts should make some room in their schedule to visit the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Here, you will find plenty of information surrounding trolley car No.10 by Shelburne Falls and Coltrain Street Railway. The trolley car is preserved in the museum and it was built in 1896 in Springfield. Although more than 100 years have passed since the No.10 was first functional it still carries on today. Visitors to the museum may take a ride on the trolley car in the same freight yard where it worked years ago. The No. 10 was once used to carry milk, mail, passengers, and other types of freight. A ride on this trolley car is not only educational, it’s a lot of fun because it really takes you back in time.

The museum is also home to many artifacts, pictures and the like dealing with the trolley and railroad. There are other rolling stock in addition to a caboose and even a steam locomotive. There are toy trains and electric model trains in the Kids Corner where the youngsters can have fun and enjoy playing with the trains.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley museum is open from May through November on holidays and weekends. There is great shopping around the museum, too, if you are interested in making a day of it. You can call 413-625-6628 to make ticket arrangements.

This is a great experience for the entire family and everyone will really enjoy learning more about trolleys, railroads, and the history surrounding them. Both young and old will appreciate this museum and it’s a great way to spend a whole day or even just an afternoon. So, the next time you are in Massachusetts be sure to make time for the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum.

There is a website that has great information on USA Vacations and Unique Travel Spots Listed State By State and Season, the website is called: Seasonal Vacation Spots, and can be found at this url: http://www.seasonalvacationspots.com

By Robert W. Benjamin

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Milwaukee Museum of Art in Wisconsin – A Great Vacation and Travel Destination

An educational place to visit on your next Wisconsin vacation is the Milwaukee Museum of Art. Even if the sound of this doesn’t sound that great to you because you aren’t into museums or art you should still visit because it really is an experience of a lifetime. First of all you will see the Quadracci Pavilion, designed by Santiago Calatrava, which is some amazing architecture that is worth the visit alone. In fact, this piece of architecture has received a great deal of attention worldwide for its beauty and architectural design. You really should visit the Milwaukee Museum of Art to see this beautiful Pavilion and for all the rest it has to offer as well!

The Art museum is located on Lake Michigan, which is beautiful in itself. It actually looks like a gigantic sailboat the way it is designed and the way the “wings” come up from the water, or the way it appears to come up from the water. This is a beautiful place to take some photos if you are into photography or if you simply like to remember the places you visited on vacation. The landscaping around the museum is also beautiful and practically a work of art in itself as well. By the time you have seen the exterior, landscaping, and the Pavilion you will already be overwhelmed with the beauty of the museum and sufficiently immersed in art to walk in the doors and see all that is on display. The exhibits change periodically although there are some permanent collections on display as well. You will be amazed at all that is on display and really enjoy the art inside even if you aren’t an art lover to begin with.

There is a parking garage underground just off Michigan Street however there is also metered parking on the street outside. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students are just $4 dollars. When accompanied by an adult children under 12 are free.

There is a website that has great information on USA Vacations and Unique Travel Spots Listed State By State and Season, the website is called: Seasonal Vacation Spots, and can be found at this url:

http://www.seasonalvacationspots.com

By Robert W. Benjamin

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