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“During the trip” tips, to get the most out of your vacation


Whether your vacation destination is international or local, you might want to keep in mind some of these tips during your trip. If you have done good trip research/planning and worked on your “Before trip to do list”, you are half way through. Next, by following these “During triptips you are all set to have a super fun and exciting vacation!

If you have an international connection, you may not be able to check-in your flight online.

So go early! 3 hours before international flights and 2 hours before domestic is recommended.

In places like New York City, the street food is pretty good and not expensive. I’d pick that over expensive restaurants.

In places like the Orcas Island and Vancouver, I booked a suite i.e. a place with a kitchen/kitchenette. It helped me save money on restaurant food and also I did not fall sick from eating out.

Buying fruits works out really well for me. Especially, in international locations, I get to enjoy a variety of native fruits!

Every place is different, so do the math.

You already know this by now but seriously rethink buying junk as souvenirs. If it’s not going to be useful to anyone, don’t buy it!

You still have pictures and memories. I upload all pictures I take on my Google drive as I go.

In case, I loose my phone, I’ll  still have most of my pictures. It actually happened to me in Brazil!

Author: Nazneen Malik


Nazneen is a software engineer based in the Greater Seattle area since 2010. She is originally from Mumbai. She did her B.E. in Computer Engineering and then worked as a Software Developer in Mumbai for 2 years.  After that she moved to Utah to do her Masters in Computer Science in 2008. She is  passionate about her career and serving the community. For fun she likes to read, hike, salsa dance and travel!

2 thoughts on ““During the trip” tips, to get the most out of your vacation

  1. All the tips seems to be right in place, except the one that say cooking your food when you are out vacationing. I agree Ocra might not have much of local delicacies to enjoy but still dining with the locals would / can be a good experience one wouldn’t want to miss on.

    1. Apart from Puerto Rico, I have not had the chance to mingle with the locals at a restaurant. In big cities or places like Orcas, it may not be an option. If you know of such places, please share!

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