DIKSIA.COM - Traveling is one of the best ways to broaden your horizons, learn new things, and have fun. But traveling can also be stressful, expensive, and time-consuming. How do you make the most of your trips, whether for work or pleasure?
One way to find out is to learn from the experts: the journalists who travel the world for a living. The Wall Street Journal is one of the most respected and influential newspapers in the world, covering business, politics, culture, and more. Its reporters and editors have to travel frequently, often on short notice, to cover breaking news and stories from different regions and perspectives.
So how do they do it? How do they find the best deals, avoid the crowds, discover the hidden gems, and stay safe and healthy on the road? Here are some tips and tricks from the Wall Street Journal travel team, based on their own experiences and insights.
Tip #1: Plan ahead, but be flexible
The first step to a successful trip is to plan ahead. Research your destination, book your flights and hotels, pack your essentials, and get your documents and vaccinations in order. Planning ahead can save you money, time, and hassle, and help you avoid unpleasant surprises.
But planning ahead doesn't mean sticking to a rigid itinerary. Sometimes, the best travel experiences are the ones that are unplanned, spontaneous, and serendipitous. Be open to changing your plans, exploring new places, meeting new people, and trying new things. You never know what you might find or learn along the way.
For example, WSJ travel columnist Dawn Gilbertson1 advises travelers to be flexible about their dates and destinations, especially during peak seasons. She says that by using tools like Google Flights and Skyscanner, you can find cheaper and less crowded alternatives to popular places and times. She also suggests checking out the WSJ's Travel section, which features news, articles, and reviews on various destinations, from Sydney to Montreal, and from [Hollywood] to [Florida].
Tip #2: Travel light, but smart
The second step to a successful trip is to travel light, but smart. Traveling light means packing only what you need, and leaving behind what you don't. Traveling smart means packing what you need in a way that is convenient, organized, and secure.