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ready to go - with passport, luggage, ticketsAs the wise man once said, "No unplanned trip goes well!".

As seasoned travelers will tell you, planning your vacation ahead often reduces stress later.

Learning key phrases in a foreign language, deciding which streets to include in your walking tour, or which route to take if you're planning a road trip — are all exciting preludes to the real adventure.

Before you go, also remember to scope out the major attractions, or where the main tourist information offices are located so when you get there you can take advantage of free maps, directions, and local highlights from trained guides.

Another good reason to plan ahead? Saving big on travel costs!

Take time to find out when's the best time to take advantage of cheap airfares, or to check out deals at cheaper hotels located just outside major tourist areas.

Don't forget the paperwork. Find out if you'll need a passport, entry permits or Visas for your destinations. Will you need a rental car, health or auto insurance for your destination? Make sure to take care of these details with plenty of time to spare in order to keep the fun alive and avoid the stress of last minute problems.

"Also remember to scope out where the main tourist offices are located for free maps, directions, and local highlights from trained guides
once you get there."

Having said all that, for some travelers the planning stages simply center around what to put in the suitcase... and that's fine. If you find yourself in that group, just try to remember that there are very few places in the world where you can't pick up toothpaste or shampoo if you leave your supply home.

Medications are important, but a phone call can usually take care of getting a new prescription even if you do forget to bring yours. And, if the weather takes an unexpected turn you can also always pick up a few items in a local store that match the climate.

Around the Web, find out what else you should know before you take off -- with tips and advice on everything from passports, visas and exchange rates to proper travel etiquette .... and how to pack like a seasoned traveler....

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More travel planning tips & advice around the Web:;

Travelite FAQ - Expert advice on what to pack from clothes and toiletries to appliances and adapters, plus luggage tips and recommendations, plus related links and resources.

Top Ten Tips for Streamlining Vacation Planning - More great lessons from with advice on everything from packing to making your laptop travel ready.

Ten Tips for Planning a Great Family Vacation - If you're traveling with kids and family things get a little more complicated! Check out expert advice on keeping everybody happy and involved in the planning stages.

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