8 Tips to Simplify Your Travel Planning this year

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Did you know that the first week of August is simplify your life week? Do you ever get overwhelmed with all the things to do when planning travel for your whole family?

This week I want to send you a few tips and tricks to simplify your travel planning. Life has been crazy enough lately. When you’re ready to travel again, put these simple tips into action.

Book with one brand of hotel

I’m all for staying in unique and hidden gems, but if you’re looking to save time and get your rewards, pick one hotel and stick with it to simplify your travels. Check out the Best Hotel Rewards Here.

Right now we’re choosing Hilton as our go-to hotel brand. I selected them because of previous stays and accumulated points. But also because I can check in from their app, and have a digital key card. No need for me to even visit the front desk, especially when I’m road tripping and only staying one night.

Buy an activity pass.

Don’t want to do the research on what the best attractions are? Or maybe you don’t want to track down all the deals? I don’t blame you. An activity pass is a bundle pass that offers the top attractions in a destination at a discount. You can check out my list of attraction passes here.

Don’t plan anything

The opposite of buying an activity pass would be to not plan anything. Seriously just go with the flow when you’re on vacation. I mean, you are on vacation after all! If you really want to simplify your travel planning, not planning could be an option.

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    Do Buy Travel Insurance

    It may sound tedious to buy travel insurance, but trust me, should something go wrong, it will not be simple. Just plug in a couple of numbers at this Axa Travel Insurance site and you’re good to go. Then you can lay back and not worry if your luggage gets lost. Not flying, yes, you need insurance for road trips too.

    Use packing lists.

    Does there seem to always be something you forget? It’s inevitable when you’re packing for the whole family. Find a packing list that you like and modify it for your family. You can search Pinterest and get hundreds, or make it easy on yourself and buy this one on Etsy for $5.

    Use Packing Cubes

    While you’re at it, separate your family’s items by person into packing cubes. Or pack into cubes by day. This will make it easier to unpack when you arrive at your destination. You want a quality set, so it’s worth spending a little more on packing cubes. I like this pro set from Amazon. It comes in a variety of sizes, but enough of the larger sizes that you don’t always get with smaller packs. Plus, it has separate colors for family members.

    Label it

    Keep it simple and sort your items by person with these cute labels from Mabel’s Labels.

    You can use labels to label your packing cubes, toothbrushes, toiletries, you name it. The link above takes you to the travel section. My personal favorite is the Safety Bracelets. If you have young kids, simplify your life with these safety bracelets for worse case scenarios. This way if your child does get separated from you, your contact information is there.

    Don’t Do it Yourself

    Another way to simplify your travel planning is to just let someone else do it for you. Did you know that travel agents don’t charge you? They get paid by the hotels, airlines, and activities they book on your behalf. If you’ve never worked with a travel agent before, search for travel agents that specialize in your destination. For example, if you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, look for certified Disney experts. A travel agent will also know if there are any travel restrictions, which is important when many countries are banning US travelers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Will you travel this year? Do you want to keep it simple? Keep these tips in mind when you’re looking to travel to get away from the stress of daily life.

    If you want to go more in-depth with travel planning, check out all my travel planning articles here.

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