“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Tips — Take it from Laura

Over the past few weeks, we’ve shared many travel professionals’ travel hints compiled in Laura Manske‘s article Surprising, Smart Secrets Of Top Travel Pros. Finally, here are Laura’s own “tried-and-true” suggestions.

“Bring a lightweight electrical extension cord. I like to sleep with my iPhone on my nightstand (late-night emails, texts, twitter, music, photos, facebook, Huff Post news, and morning alarm), but hotels often don’t have an available outlet near the bed. Plug in that twelve-feet-of-energy across the room and — voilà! — the world is near my pillow. Traveling as much as I do away from family and friends, this connectedness is much appreciated.”

“Stash extra Zip-lock plastic bags in quart and gallon sizes. Perfect for carrying a delicious pain au chocolat and croissant that I didn’t finish at breakfast, double-wrapping potential leaky toiletries, collecting colorful autumn leaves or beach seashells, and more.”

“Snap a photo of your luggage (with your phone camera) when you have to check it. That way, if the bag gets lost, you’ll have a timely pic to show the airline rep instead of trying to describe it.”

“Carry your business cards everywhere. Never know who you’re going to meet. It’s then easy to have your contact info at the ready. Some of my cherished relationships started in unlikely far-flung places and were jumpstarted by my handing peeps my card.”

“Smile. Yep, it sounds corny, but I see too many people wearing frowns. A smile is good for you, especially when traveling away from home. It’s good for strangers who see you. It changes attitudes, turns a tricky situation around, and adds grace to the day. It opens hearts and doors. It doesn’t cost anything and yet is priceless. It’s the first thing I pack.”

 

From Laura Manske and TravelHaven “Safe and happy trails!”