Getting ready for that much-deserved vacation? Seasoned travelers know that the secret to a great trip is to make sure the preparations are done the smart and savvy way. Below, tips on how to travel like a pro on your next adventure.
1. Prepare your itinerary.
We’re all for spontaneity, but it’s always good to have some idea of what you can see, eat, and do at your travel destination. Checking local tourism websites can also give you information on more specific and immersive experiences in the area.
Pro tip: Make technology work for you by downloading the most relevant local apps given your itinerary. Klook is a great way to discover what’s worth experiencing in the area, and even offers great deals for your trip. For instance, you can enjoy five percent off on tours and sightseeing activities, and 15 percent off on pocket Wi-Fi rental when you use your Debit Mastercard to pay. (Promo valid until June 30, 2019.)
2. Book your activities and accommodations online.
From airline tickets, hotel accommodations, to bookings for attractions, events, or activities, it’s always less stressful to secure these online. It’s easy to find good options—and lots of them—on the Internet, so you don’t have to worry about your ideal hotel being fully booked.
Pro tip: Use your Debit Mastercard to book your accommodations on Hotels.com at eight percent off with the promo code MASTERCARD—simply book between now and December 31, 2018 for lodging until March 31, 2019.
If you’re a Mastercard cardholder, you can also enjoy offers at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts until February 28, 2019. Download the Shangri-La mobile app for 100 GC points, 10 percent off the best available rate when you book a stay via the app, and the chance to win a VIP trip to London or Paris.
3. Check the weather for appropriate OOTDs.
Knowing the kind of weather you’ll be up against will help you figure out what to pack. Hopefully, you’ll still have room in your luggage for shopping.
Pro tip: If you don’t have cute pieces for building your travel OOTDs, shop online at Zalora and get 20 percent off when you use your Debit Mastercard for a minimum spending of P2,500 until December. You can also enjoy 12 percent off on Lazada once a month until October with your Debit Mastercard
4. Let your bank know where you’re going and keep your debit card handy.
A trustworthy bank will do what they can to make sure you’re protected from identity theft, and they do that by disabling your card when they spot abnormal spending transactions in an unfamiliar location. It helps to give them a heads-up on where you’re going so they don’t block your transactions accidentally.
Pro tip: Use your Debit Mastercard so you don’t have to carry cash around or go through the inconvenience of exchanging currencies, and so you can have peace of mind knowing your transactions are safe and secure.
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