Travel like a pro - Part I - Before the trip
I've been averaging some 150 days of travel and 100 flights per year for quite a few years now. People have been asking for travel tips from time to time, so I'm sharing some of my personal best practises in a series of five short blog posts.
The most important tip I can share about traveling is to make sure everything is always fine back at home. If you are in a relationship and intend to stay in one, do take extra good care of your better half when not traveling. Being away from home a lot puts extra stress on your relationship, remember to compensate for that. If you get this part right, the rest of it is pretty easy.
Having the right flights and lodging makes a big difference. If you only travel every now and then it's ok to just go with the cheapest option. However if you travel for 100+ days per year we are really talking about your second home.
If you want to get a good deal you should plan about 2-3 months out for the flights, that's when they are the cheapest. Make a full price hotel booking at the same time with free cancelation to secure a room. Check a few days before the trip for last minute discounts on hotel rooms. If you find a radically reduced last minute rate just cancel your original booking.
Before you book anything, make sure you have a great travel insurance. Insurances are relatively inexpensive given how much they cover. The coverage of different insurances varies a lot, so you need to read the small print. Are you covered if you want to book a hotel room when your flight is delayed by 6 hours or more? Having 2 or 3 different cheap insurances can be a good deal, they usually cover different things and if you max out one with a claim another one should cover for the remainder of the claim.
The next part of the series is going to be published in a week, it will be all about airlines and hotels.