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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Keep Your Flight Boarding Pass and Get Discounts on Your Vacation

After boarding a flight, most people just stuff their boarding pass into their carry-on and forget about it. By doing this, you’re missing out on potential savings. Many airlines offer discounts and freebies for those who keep their boarding pass. Depending on where you land, you could score savings on tourist attractions, restaurants, wine, or even airport transfers.

The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.