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Travelers watching a sunrise or sunset

Heading out on a vacation soon? Here are some tricks and tips to keep in mind to make your travels smooth sailing.

Get off the beaten path. Ditch the map and follow your nose. You'll be surprised at what you can find when you don't stick to a list of sights to see.

Pack zip ties. These are great to close a stuffed suitcase or fix a broken zipper.

Bring magazines. Read these on the plane and free up space in your suitcase after you've read them.

Pack an extra bag. You'll want it in case you find that one souvenir you can't live without.