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Tip 62: Join Rental Car Loyalty Programs

Rental car companies give preferential treatment to their loyal members.  They may provide car upgrades or let you select your own car.  But one of the biggest perks is the ability to be automatically assigned a car such that you never need to stop at the rental car desk.  You can move from baggage claim directly to your car’s parking space.  No need to wait in lines!

 

 

 

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Tip 51: Traveling with Pets

Taking your favorite pet with you on your next trip? You will want to do your research on pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, flight guidelines and more.

Here’s some advice to get you started:

http://petfriendlytravel.com/

https://www.bringfido.com/destination/

https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/dog-friendly-travel-tips

If you travel regularly with your pets, what tips would you recommend for someone less familiar?

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Tip 40: How to pack light

We have previously shared advice on packing mix-and-match outfits to save room and reduce the amount of clothes you pack, but it is still tempting to cram our bags full. Recently one of us took a 10 day trip and packed 4 outfits that were never worn. We’ll protect the guilty, but it’s a good reminder that even seasoned travelers struggle to keep with the minimum and not pack for every worse case scenario.

Rolling clothes is definitely our favorite way to keep items visible (like packing vertically versus layering clothes on top of one another). This helps you remember what you have added to your bag to increase the chances you pick more items to mix and match. It also helps the clothes arrive at your destination less wrinkled.

We found some more good advice on packing light here:

https://www.wikihow.com/Pack-Light

https://blog.tortugabackpacks.com/packing-light-tips/

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Tip 29: Maximizing frequent flyer miles

Did you know you can give a rental car company your airline frequent flier number to earn extra points?  The same works for hotels! It’s called “double dipping” or “crossover rewards”.  Next time you travel, ask if there is a benefit to giving the hotel, airline, or rental car company an additional rewards number to record in their system. Chances are you can earn more points!

Here’s some more info on the current programs that allow you to “double dip”: https://thepointsguy.com/2016/05/maximizing-crossover-rewards/

 

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Tip 21: Driving on the other side of the road takes some getting used to

Driving on the left side of the road in Ireland was a difficult mindshift. We recommend you visualize yourself turning out from gas stations and entering and exiting roundabouts before you hit the road. It is also helpful to find an empty parking lot to practice shifting with your left hand, if you end up with a manual transmission car in Ireland…like we once did.

Here is some more advice:

https://www.changesinlongitude.com/tips-to-drive-on-the-left-side-of-the-road/

http://www.anylatitude.com/2012/11/25/learning-to-drive-on-the-left-side-of-the-road-ten-tips-to-make-it-easier/

https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/read/articles/driving-in-great-britain-and-ireland