Travel is a pleasure, but certain aspects of travel can be hectic. These tips will help you minimize the headaches and get the most out of your next weekend getaway.
1. Restaurant Week
Many cities host a restaurant showcase week where the best restaurants in town offer delicious prix-fixe menus. Foodies, this is your chance to take a mini culinary tour of the most delish eats in town.
The Songkick app scans your Spotify playlists and personal music library, then lets you know what festivals, concerts or shows are playing in your respective city and helps you buy tickets.
3. City Tourist Cards
Most cities sell a tourist card for discounted admission to museums, historical sites, public gardens and other destinations. The NYC Card offers cards at a flat rate that will get you into top attractions, tours and sightseeing cruises. For other cities, including Boston, Dallas and Chicago, try CityPass.com.
Don’t spend a single minute of bedtime tossing and turning. This beautifully designed app offers soundscapes like “sunny day,” “sea waves,” and “Paris café” to lull you off to Dreamsville.
5. Story Cubes
Traveling with kids? Grab a couple packages of Story Cubes, little dice with images on each side that inspire children to create their own stories while eliminating the need to cart around a bunch of bulky books.
6. Flashcards with Wardrobe Choices
Cut down on ensemble-deliberation time after arrival by making a set of “Wardrobe Itinerary” cards. On the card write down the items necessary for the outfit plus accessories and use it as a packing list.
7. Double Reservations
Book two restaurant reservations per day -- one early, one later. If plans change, you can 86 one and still dine at the spot you want. Just don’t forget to cancel your extra reservation!
8. Lean on Your Concierge
One of the best aspects of booking a room at a Starwood hotel is the concierge service. Starwood concierges can leverage insider connections to get you into exclusive events, hot restaurants and other special experiences.
9. Permission to Lounge
You never know what your airport stay is going to entail, so spring for a day pass to an airport lounge and enjoy the wait with comfortable seats, drinks, food and ample device-charging stations.
10. Loyalty Credit Cards
Why not use this weekend trip to help finance the next one? Rewards credit cards like the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express allow you to earn free nights in luxury hotels and put the Starpoints you earn with every purchase towards future air travel.