From En Route To In Bed: 9 Tips For Better Travel

Traveling isn't always a walk in the park. Between planning, packing, going, flying, seeing, doing, packing, leaving... phewf, it isn't always easy! Making sure you feel good, have a good time and get enough sleep are all important factors in happy travels.

So, you made it to the plane. Here's some tips to stay feeling beautiful and fresh through the flight:

1. Drink lots of water. A no-brainer that many of us aren't doing enough of, in the air or on the ground. Drinking lots of water ensures that you are adequately hydrated for more energy and more radiant skin.

2. Keep your fashion sleek and simple. Don't wear anything too tight or constrictive. Wear comfortable shoes. And don't wear too much clothes, either. Juggling your scarf, hat, oversized earrings, sunglasses, jacket, iPod--in addition to your purse and carry-on luggage--will not make you look hot, just confused.

3. Go easy on the eye make-up. Or better yet, don't wear any at all before you board the plane. Save the application of your favorite dark, smoldering eye make-up for just when you're about to land-unless you want to get it all over your travel pillow.

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You made it through the flight looking and feeling fabulous and you're there! Finally! Save some money on your trip with these helpful tips:

1. Always carry a reusable thermos and bring your own drink as much as possible. The two dollars cup of coffee or one dollar bottle of iced tea add up fast over a week. Whether you are using the water boiler in your hotel room to steep your own tea bag or using some fountain water in a clean bottle, bringing your own hot tea, coffee, water or juice will save you a lot of money.

2. Bring your own snacks. Tourist vendors love to spike the snack prices at popular locations. Stock up on the munchies you know you will be craving on the long flight or drive before you leave the house. That way, your cravings won't fool you into paying five dollars for a small bag of pretzels or three dollars for a bottle of water.

3. Find things off the beaten path. Rather than heading straight for the busiest area where all the tourists congregate, try asking locals for recommendations for entertainment, dining and other fun activities. Chances are you will find a more interesting and much cheaper alternative.

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One of the biggest problems people have on trips is getting a good night sleep. But don't worry, we've got you covered there too:

1. Location, Location, Location: The location of your room is one of the most important aspects to getting a good night sleep. Why? Because certain locations will most definitely be noisier than others, easily disturbing you from a deep sleep slumber.
  • Which Floor: When possible, choose the highest floor. If you can't get the highest, then try to get on a floor that is a 'concierge' or 'suite' level. Higher floor levels often have more suites, so the ceiling heights may be taller. This is good for 'air-cushioning' the noise that may come through the ceiling from an above room. I've had my fair share of nights when I was woken up at 2am from loud people getting in from a late night of partying. Also, avoid the first floor, as it will be the loudest and if you are a female, the least safe. You always want to be sure that you are at least on the second floor for safety.
  • Where on the Floor: The middle of a guest floor is often the best location, away from the elevators, ice and vending machines, exit stairs and service closets (linens, housekeeping and janitor). In particular, guest and service elevator machinery is loud and can be heard through the walls of your room. Further, the 'Ding' that lets you know the elevator is arriving on your floor is enough to drive you batty.

2. Renovations: Hotels go through periodic renovations. When they do, however, they do their renovations in stages. They usually renovate one floor at a time, which means that the hotel may have newly renovated rooms, as well as old, stinky, worn-out rooms. Always ask for the most newly renovated, as they will be cleaner, less smelly, and have newer linens, all helping you to feel more comfortable during your stay.

3. No-Smoking Rooms and Hotels: If you are sensitive to smoke, look for hotels that are smoke-free. Although some hotels have non-smoking floors, there are many smokers who do not abide by these policies, leaving 'non-smoking' rooms and floors smokey. Further, housekeeping staff will do their best to cover up the smell, by over-air-freshening the room, which can often make the smell worse. Smoke-free hotels, however, see less of this and are often sought after by non-smokers who share your preference.

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