TOP 8 TRAVELING TIPS

From booking flights to packing light, our expert advice will make traveling a whole lot easier.
  1. Stay at Hotels in Business Districts for Lower Weekend Rates

    In many cities, business travel drives hotel prices on certain days of the week. In New York City's Financial District, hotel occupancy and rates are high from Monday through Thursday nights. But once the business travelers leave, hotels in the Financial District have increased availability, making a Friday through Sunday getaway much more affordable. This same trend applies to cities coast-to-coast, according to the experts at Travelzoo.
  2. Carry Dried Ginger-root

    "To combat seasickness on a cruise, try popping 1,000 milligrams of dried ginger-root [available in health food stores] before setting sail and, if necessary, again four hours later" - says Robert Stern, PHD, who has studied the physiological bases for motion sickness.
  3. Update Your Packing List

    Organizing expert Julie Morganstern suggest storing lists of essentials for each type of trip [e.g. business overnight, one-week island vacation] in your suitcase so they're easy to find. Edit each time you travel, deleting things you didn't need, and adding what you wished you had.
  4. Look for Midweek Flight Deals

    Tuesday afternoon is the best time to look for airfare sales, says Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, editor of Minitime.com. Often, an airline will put up a sale on Monday, and by Tuesday afternoon, most other airlines will bring their prices down to match that sale.
  5. Dress Smart

    When catching a flight, O's creative director Adam Glassman wears an easy-fitting sweater and pants, plus slip-on shoes, which save time at security checkpoints. And dodge scary airline blankets by wrapping yourself in a scarf.
  6. Eat Like a Local

    Avoid pricey tourist traps by eating at neighborhood restaurants where the locals eat, says Pauline Frommer of the Frommer's travel guides. Go up to someone on the street and ask where they would eat. If you're in a country that speaks another language, avoid places with menus in English. And never ask a hotel for recommendations: They're often paid to drive customers to certain restaurants.
  7. Get Cultured

    Eat plenty of yogurt while on vacation to ensure you have a healthy balance of intestinal flora to help fend off invading bacteria from the food or environment in a new place. Also, yogurt is a great source of protein and, with a little bit of fat, it will help you stave off hunger pangs as a midmorning or afternoon snack.
  8. Learn How to Avoid the Crowds

    No one is saying don't go to Disney World. Just don't go when everyone else is, says travel expert Peter Greenberg. Historically, the busiest days for the Magic Kingdom are Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Epcot peaks on Tuesday and Friday; Hollywood Studios on Sunday and Wednesday; and the Animal Kingdom on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Translation: Start your week on Tuesday at the Magic Kingdom, followed by Epcot, then Hollywood Studios and end your trip on Saturday at Animal Kingdom (while the rest of the crowd is still in line to see Mickey).