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Pack light

Back when most leisure travelers took the presence of a bellhop for granted, "when you traveled, you'd dress up, put your heels on," says travel agent Annie Schroeder. But, travel has changed. If you don't want to lug five suitcases on an eco-safari, don't expect someone else to do it for you. "Now I say, "If you can't carry it, you can't take it,'" says Schroeder

Bring a corkscrew

You never know when you might want to have a picnic or open a bottle of wine back at the hotel room. "Sometimes we like to go to open air markets, buy the cheeses and fruits, a bottle of wine and have parties in our rooms," says Ann Baird.

Ask for discounts

Many hotels offer discounts for AAA members, and some airlines and cruise lines offer discounts to specific professions when they book through travel agents. The rule of thumb is: it can't hurt to ask. "Holland America offers discounts [for] firemen, police or teachers," says Steve Cosgrove of Dynamic Travel & Cruises in Dallas. Other vendors also offer military or veteran discounts. "Those discounts aren't going to show up on Travelocity."


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