Luxury Travel Doesn’t Have to be Hard! Read these tips!

Traveling can be such a rewarding experience. Whether business or pleasure, there are some essentials that all savvy travels know. Ahead is a great list of ideas and tips to help you travel smarter and smoother.

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It is important to document certain information if you are traveling abroad. Keep copies of your travel documents with you, and make sure that you always have all the contact info for the US embassy that is located in the areas you will be traveling. If you run into any issues during your travels, these are the people you will need to immediately contact. The staff and personnel there can assist you with potential trouble.

Jennifer Atkinson, the chief executive of luxury travel firm ITC, has completed a management buy-out of the firm backed by Paul Pindar, the former boss of Capita with banking provided by Santander.

Pindar, the former CEO of Capita who spent 26 years building it into a £7.5bn FTSE 100 company, has been appointed chairman of the new parent company.

ITC Luxury Travel organises tailor-made luxury beach holidays around the world with revenue of over £47m.

As well as a dedicated team of travel specialists, it also has a concierge team to ensure every aspect of a client’s holiday is exclusively commissioned for them.

ITC said the strategy moving forward will be to create organic growth through significant investment in people and systems together with the targeted acquisition of travel businesses both within the luxury sector and also in other specialist sectors.

When traveling by air it is important you have a plan. Just reaching the airport can be difficult to do quickly, especially if you are traveling through a major city during rush hour. Pack your suitcase the night before. Be prepared long before you have to be at the airport. Missing your flight is something you do not want to experience.

Booking all travel arrangements well in advance is a great way to save money. Despite the many, many different things you can spend money on when you travel, virtually all of them have a common characteristic: they are cheaper the earlier you purchase them. Minimizing your travel expenses will give you more to spend while you’re actually on the trip.

Check out your hotels alarms when you arrive. You never know what the person who was staying there last might have had it set to. To get your vacation off on the right foot, be sure that the alarm is either turned off or set to the proper time.

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Make sure that the packing list for your next trip include clothespins. While they may not be something you would normally pack, clothespins can come in very handy.

It is customary to tip any hotel staff that makes your stay easier. A good rule of thumb is $1 per bag/luggage and about $2-5 a day for housekeeping. Doing so will ensure that you have a nice relationship with both during your hotel stay.

Tapping six years of market research data, “The Luxury Travel Report: The Ultimate Guide to Winning the Hearts and Dollars of Today’s Affluent Traveler” tracks luxury travel trends since 2008. It finds that at the end of 2013, the market was heading toward its lowest point recorded during the recession in 2009.

The report studies the spending habits and preferences of high-net-worth (HNW), ultra-affluents (2%) and high-earners-not-rich-yet (HENRY) individuals.

“Travel and hospitality marketers are facing many marketing challenges — global unrest, a rapidly expanding range of competitive luxury travel offerings and new internet-powered disruptive competitors — not the least of which is a new values-oriented consumer mindset,” says Pam Danziger, president of Unity Marketing and lead researcher in the new study.

Marketers can use the research-based insights in this study to get a clearer understanding of the competitive landscape and emotional makeup of today’s moneyed traveler, she adds.

While the affluent travelers have recovered financially from the recession, they learned new ways of cost-effective shopping. As a result, affluents have entered a new “season of austerity,” characterized by frugality, economy and thrift.

When traveling by air, be sure to wear lightweight and comfortable shoes. You want the shoes to be easily removable as well. Most of the time, airport security will ask you to briefly remove them. Also, being comfortable is key during travel, to keep you from getting too tired and stressed. Because you will do more sitting than standing good support shoes are not necessary. The best shoes for flying might well be sandals or flip-flops.