Key travel tips you need to know — whether you're a beginner or expert traveler – The Points Guy

At The Points Guy, our staff of writers and industry experts travels the world in pursuit of news and trends, plus a bit of rest and relaxation while on vacation. Over the years, we've accumulated and shared many essential travel tips on how best to book and enjoy a trip, be it a cruise, flight, hotel stay or road trip.
Some of our tips are helpful for those who may be new to the world of cruising or international, business-class flights. Others are geared toward seasoned travelers.
To help you stay safe, and travel smart during the holidays and beyond, we compiled this comprehensive list of top travel tips. Whether you're a first-timer or an experienced traveler who's been at it for years, these TPG-backed tips can help you avoid any unnecessary headaches as you spend time away from home.
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At TPG, we strive to provide expert advice on how to maximize miles and leverage hidden tips to get the best out of your travel planning. We also aim to help new travelers get a sense of what to expect so they can be prepared no matter what may come up during their travels.
Here are some key learnings for less-experienced travelers:
Do you have a mastery of the basics and want to vacation smarter as an expert traveler? Check out these expert-approved travel hacks from TPG:
Safety is a key concern for many travelers. From potentially getting robbed while on the road to experiencing bad weather or natural disasters while traveling, there are many scenarios that could arise when you're away from home. How should you avoid or mitigate these risks?
Here are a few suggestions:
Traveling during the holidays can be one of the most challenging times for travelers. Travel costs are high, hotel and tour availability is low, weather events are more common and everyone is seemingly on edge as they're racing to get home to see loved ones.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make holiday travel more affordable and less stressful. Here are a few of them:
Whether you're fresh to the world of traveling or a seasoned expert, there are always new tips you can learn to maximize your time away from home. TPG's staff of frequent flyers, cruisers and road trippers always has some suggestions on how you can better book and enjoy your travels.
The more research and preparation you do before your trip, the better your experience will be — especially if things go wrong, as they often do.
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