You should take any opportunity to avoid dealing with customer service at the airlines that you can. Airlines are beginning to charge fees for almost anything. Fees for checking your bag at the airport instead of online, handling fees and some are even considering charging for using the bathroom on the plane. You can't avoid the latter if it happens, but anything else you can take care of, without a human to help you, should be done.
Pillow cases can serve many functions during your trip, so bring one or two. If you need a bag for laundry, grab the pillow case. If you need a towel for a quick clean up and none are available, grab your pillow case. If you need a clean or more comfortable pillow case, you just happen to have one available.
During the trip, post to the social media networks all about where you are and the sites you are seeing. These posts not only let friends and family know you are safe, they also can be used to come up with great destination recommendations! You may be surprised how many of your friends have inside information on places to go and important sites to see.
Check the local news for the area you are planning to visit. Whether it is finding out about fun, local events, holidays which may impact local attractions, or serious political matters that may affect foreigners, it is always a good idea to be informed on what is currently going on in your destination city, area, and even country.
Because security does not allow you to lock your luggage, you run the risk of the zippers coming undone and your belongings leaving a trail across the country and around the baggage claim. To help prevent this, use zip ties, which hold the zipper together, but can easily be cut off (with little cost to you) by security, if necessary.
Avoid wearing loud or particularly noticeable clothing when traveling. Try your best to blend in with your surroundings. Avoid wearing unusual clothing or acting in a way that marks you as a tourist. Pickpockets and con artists are often on the lookout for tourists. Looking too much like one could make you a victim.
When you travel to visit friends or family, be a courteous guest and do not assume they will make all your sightseeing plans for you. Many people assume they are there to be entertained, which is of course an incorrect assumption and generates bad feeling. Instead, do your homework ahead of time, let your hosts know what you're planning to do, invite but don't oblige them to accompany you, and spend your time together in good will, knowing you are being a gracious guest.
See, that wasn't that bad. After reading this article, you ought to be a bit excited to start experimenting with your travel plan. Hopefully, these new additions to your plan yield results that work for you. If not, try something else until you are pleased with the results. That's the best part about traveling; it's fully customizable.