Traveling can make the average persons head spin. There’s so much to do, even if you are aware of most of the things on this list, it would be wise to print it out. Most likely you will indeed find one or two ideas that never crossed your mind. Save yourself a headache and some money by doing some of the below.

Research your specific travel destination well by going to the book store or library and get books for your destination or join online forums for the destination. Find out what the local Language is, If you need a different Currency etc.

Be Informed One of your first stops once you arrive should be to the Tourism Office, they have maps, local information and usually sell Public Transportation Passes.

Extended Stay is when you need a hotel type room for a longer period (weekly, monthly etc). They are much cheaper than regular hotels the longer you stay. These types of rooms also have a small kitchenette with Fridge/Microwave that will save you money without eating at restaurants.

Hostels (Not Hotels) are a popular way for students, backpackers, solo travelers and more to save tons of money by staying in a dormitory type room. There are bunk beds and a shared multi shared bathrooms, and a kitchen in the main area. Rates range from $15 and up per night. An awesome value if you’re up for the experience.

Traveling Internationally usually means different electricity voltage. Basically your flat iron or cell phone charger needs a plug adapter in order to work. You can get Travel Adapter Plugs at Amazon or Ebay. They’re found easily in big cities or at International Airports, trust me it’s cheaper on Amazon.

Extra Discounts If you are an Auto Club Member, Senior Citizen, or Youth (usually under 25) you get better rates for hotels, airline travel etc. Also invest in a book such as the Entertainment Book which has saved me lots of money for my domestic travel trips. This is a good investment because it can save you money even when you’re not traveling. (Restaurants, Oil changes, Nails, Hotels, Car Rentals and much more).

Package Deals If you are going to need more than a hotel, airfare or car rental, seriously consider a package deal. You will most likely save lots of money.

Stock up at the Dollar Store Save loads of money by getting your toiletries, Pain relievers, batteries for cameras, water, and even groceries at some dollar stores.

If internet access is important, book your accommodation at a place with free Wifi or free internet cafe.

Don’t over pack! Go through your suitcase a couple of times and only pack what you absolutely must have on a daily basis or pertinent to your trip. Traveling with heavy luggage is not only a drag, but can cost you substantially at the airport check in counter.

Use a Backpack A backpack is extremely comfortable compared to purses hanging off your shoulder, it leaves your hands and arms free to carry maps, drinks etc. It also gives you room to put your souvenirs away snugly instead of carrying bags all day.

Travel during off season, you will get the best rates and less crowds. Different destinations have different off seasons. Basically the opposite of when you think is the best time to go. You can find out your specific destination for off season by contacting the local tourism office.

Make a list of all important Prescription Medicines along with the pharmacy number, you may need in case of an emergency.