Steps to Banking the Best Travel Experience

Travel is transformative; the more people travel, the more they understand different cultures. This statement is one of Aladdin Travel’s five core beliefs. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, it changes the traveler and creates memories that last.

Before you go:

*Use a professional travel advisor. Bankers help clients navigate the financial world. Travel advisors ease the task of planning memorable life experiences. Developing an itinerary can be a daunting task and consume enormous amounts of precious time. Find a trusted and established travel advisor who will help design the experience.
*Research and create a list of destinations you’d like to experience. Read known travel publications. Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast and Virtuoso Life provide valuable travel tips, reviews, and destination knowledge. The internet is a wonderful research tool and having a good idea of the desired destination can foster a fabulous “collaborative planning experience” with your advisor.
*Embrace the process. One of the most enjoyable parts of the travel experience is months of anticipation. The sooner you begin planning, the sooner the excitement begins.
*Plan early. Reduce stress and anxiety and increase the chance of securing the best values.
*Check your passport expiration date. Make sure it is valid at least 6 months after your return. If not, renew it now, 2017 is expected to be a slow year for renewals.
*Consider obtaining Global Entry. This includes TSA PreCheck which removes several headaches associated with air travel.
*Purchase travel insurance. Life is unpredictable and travel insurance helps in a crisis.
*Alert your bank and your credit card company of your travel plans.
*Practice realistic expectations. Do not expect a 5-star experience on a 3-star budget. Many dream of the over-the-water bungalow in Tahiti, but become alarmed when they see the cost. It’s important to know your budget and always remember, you get what you pay for.
*Pack lightly.

While traveling:

*Don’t be a tourist, be a traveler.
*Hire a private guide or driver for a day or two.
*Embrace new foods.
*Take early morning walks before the locals and other travelers wake for the day. Experiencing a normally crowded city without the crowds is a treat.
*Expect the unexpected. Travel is affected by several factors. Weather, flight schedules, sickness, etc. are beyond a traveler’s control. Relax and enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

Upon returning:

*Print your photos. Photo books are an excellent way to remember and share your experience.
*Meet with your travel advisor. What did you like? What would you change? What destination do you want to experience next?
*Start planning your next adventure!

October 2017 Compass

 

About Sally Shore

I joined the Aladdin Team in 2009 and I write and edit Aladdin’s Travel Diary and the Aladdin Compass. I also manage our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and LinkedIn accounts. Ricky and I have three adult children and two daughters in-law and traveling with them makes for wonderful memories! We have visited Great Britain, Spain, Holland, Italy, Austria, the Loire Valley in France and Hong Kong. A 188 mile rafting trip in the Grand Canyon is our most recent family memory and I recommend it to all! 2016 was an exciting year for us… a grandchild joined our family… It’s a girl!

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