The Modern Millennial Traveler: Tips for Making the Most of Your Vacation Days

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With the Euro now at a nearly 12 year low, and technology enabling us to work from anywhere with an internet connection, there has never been a better time for Millennials to take advantage of vacation days by venturing abroad. Here’s how savvy Millennials use technology and other life hacks to plan for travels, make the most of their money, and create memories to last a lifetime.

*Use Exchange Rates for Determining Your Destination
If you’re torn between a trip to Europe or a trip to Asia, consider the current exchange rates. Since the Euro/US Dollar exchange rate is the most favorable it has been in more than a decade, you’ll probably get more bang for your buck if you opt to head to Europe.

*Be Smart With Seasons
Traveling during the off-season can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Summer travel to Europe is notoriously expensive, with July being the busiest and most expensive month of the year. Why not try an early autumn trip instead? Not only will hotel rates be lower, but you won’t have to fight through throngs of tourists at every site you visit.

*Charge Carefully, and Make the Most of Air Miles
If you have a credit card that doesn’t award you with points or miles, get a new one. There is no reason to be using a credit card that doesn’t offer at least some perks. If you plan to travel even more as years go by, it’s worth signing up for a card that offers air miles. Here is a list of many credit cards that reward you with air miles.

*Take Advantage of Trains
Europe is way ahead of the U.S. when it comes to public transit. Their train system is highly developed, inexpensive, and allows you the opportunity to get some work done as you travel. In addition, you’ll spend far fewer vacation hours waiting in lines at airports.

*Pack Purposefully and Practically
If you’re not careful with your packing you’ll wind up paying an arm and a leg for your luggage. It’s far smarter to design a “fashion itinerary” ahead of time. Bring key pieces that can easily be mixed and matched to create different looks, while also leaving room in your suitcase to bring home souvenirs, artwork, or new clothing.

*Get Immersed in the Culture of the Country
There’s nothing more fun than immersing yourself in the culture of the country you’re visiting. If you’re heading to Paris, plan a cooking class to learn a bit about preparing French cuisine. Heading to Portugal? Take a kite surfing lesson, and hit the water like a local. Get in touch with the whole experience of a foreign country by trying something new!

*Document the Details
You might consider setting up a blog before you even leave, so it will be ready for you to upload photos, videos, and your thoughts on various travel, as you’re experiencing it. The link can easily be emailed to family and friends back home, to say nothing of the ability to share it via social media.

Wishing you fair winds in all of your travel!

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