7 Reasons It Pays to Be a Type-A Traveler

If you’ve grown up with a type-A personality, chances are someone along the way has told you to “calm down” or “relax a little bit and you’ll enjoy yourself more.” While it’s true that traveling requires a willingness to go with the flow, there are a few reasons why it pays to be more type-A when it comes to traveling. Check them out below.

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You always know what to pack

If you’re a type-A traveler, you’ve probably worked out your packing list weeks in advance. You’ve combed every travel blog you can find to see who has the best tips, and even come up with some of your own. Although it may seem like a lot of work before you even set foot on new ground, it sets you up for a stress-free trip if you plan out what you pack. You’ll never find yourself without a bandage, or spare pair of underwear again!

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Figuring out how to upgrade is your specialty

If you’re a type-A traveler, chances are you’ve already looked up all the secret hacks to wheedling your way into first class, or into a better hotel room — maybe with a hot tub? A lot of times, the key to upgrading is knowing who to talk to, or joining a loyalty program before you leave. Many hotel loyalty programs are free to join, and come with amazing benefits like upgrades and access to exclusive lounges. It can never hurt to try!

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Booking early gives you the best deals

You never want to be the poor sucker who’s stuck beside the toilet on a 12 hour overnight flight. Make sure you get your first choice when it comes to transportation, attractions, and hotel rooms by booking early. Guaranteed entry times to top attractions like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Uffizi Gallery in Florence can be purchased online, and can save you hours of waiting in lines. Also, if you know that you’re vacationing in a certain place, check out hotels early. Often, smaller B&Bs and boutique hotels fill up months in advance.

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The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.