2017 has officially arrived, which means most of us have been thinking about our resolutions and the changes we would like to make in the new year. Our suggestion is to make a goal of traveling smarter. Here are a few tips to get yourself started in 2017!

Use a travel agent.

Using a travel agent for booking your vacations offers an endless amount of perks. They can often provide advantages such as upgrades and special packages, finding the best possible prices, booking securely and safely, and most importantly saving you the time and stress of trying to coordinate it all alone.

Invest in travel protection.

Make purchasing a travel protection plan a priority on your travel to-do list for each and every planned trip. Factor in the cost of travel protection with every trip so it’s always in your budget. Also, it’s important to consider the cost of a plan compared to the cost of an accident or cancellation losses.

Think outside the box.

While it is easy to get swept up in wanting to visit the world’s most popular tourist locations each and every year, sometimes it’s best to opt for a destination that isn’t at the top of everyone’s list. BY thinking outside of the box, you may be able to score cheaper prices and possibly keep yourself from waiting in long lines and crowded areas by avoiding popular tourist areas.

Start a vacation fund.

Whether it’s a money jar on the kitchen counter, or a separate savings account at your bank, having a special place for putting money towards traveling is a crucial step for starting a vacation fund and most importantly sticking with it. Find small ways to cut back on spending and create a weekly or monthly goal to reach the amount you are aiming for. Remember, every penny counts – you would have over $1,000 saved in a year if you saved just $20 a week!

Learn to unplug.

Put your laptops, tablets, and smartphones down! The whole point of taking a vacation is to unwind, relax, and get away. Let coworkers know you will be heading on vacation, and set your out of office notifications letting individuals know you may not receive their message right away, but will get back to them shortly. If you really can’t unplug during your entire trip, set time limits each day to check emails, voicemails, and social media.

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