Universal is a huge park with so many amazing attractions to take part in. One of the smartest things to do is to purchase your ticket in advance. This will save you lots of time and money.
One thing that is super helpful in making your way around the park is the Universal Studios Hollywood App. This app shows wait times, show times, ride updates and closings, and even restroom locations. The app also points you towards food locations and what to get there.
When you go to park, be sure to take a picture of where you park so you can easily find your spot. General parking is a 10-15 minute walk from the park so make sure you schedule that in.
Harry Potter World
If possible, head to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as early in the day as possible. It is the busiest around lunchtime.
The most popular ride in the Wizarding World is located inside the castle but know that you are not allowed to bring anything on the ride with you. There are lockers outside the line for your belongings but it gets full fast so try to knock out this ride first.
Make sure to schedule time for a studio tour. It is an hour long and gives you a nice break to sit back and let the entertainment come to you. You are allowed to bring food and drinks on the tour.
Stroller & Locker Rental
Both rentals are located just inside of the gates of the park.
Strollers are $15 for a single stroller and $25 for a double stroller for all day use.
There are also lockers to rent to hold your belongings. There are no additional lockers throughout the park so be sure to lock everything up here that you do not want to have to carry around.
Going for a Birthday?
Be sure to stop by the Guest Relations Office to pick up your birthday pin!
Try your best to dine outside of peak meal times. There are no table reservations for any restaurants inside the park. Eating outside of peak times will leave you with shorter lines on the rides and a quicker time to eat.
Universal also allows you to leave and come back with a hand stamp. There are a lot of great food options in City Walk if you want better quality food than what the park has to offer.
Often times, young adults and those new to traveling have many questions regarding travel. This includes where to go, what to see, and overall how to get to these places in an affordable way.
Where do I go?
The biggest questions that most young adults have who have a strong desire to travel is “what places can I go to while on a tight budget?” And in short, the answer is that there are so many places! With just a little bit of research, there are so many places in the world that are extremely beautiful and don’t cost a whole lot to get to.
One of the most important parts of travel is transportation; and this can add up quickly. Be sure to take time in finding what flights are the cheapest and be willing to take a couple stops along the way. Once you are in the new country, be sure to learn the public transportation systems! Uber/Lyft costs add up extremely quickly and are an expense that can be avoided.
How do I Exchange Money?
When traveling to a foreign country, the money is different. One tip when first arriving at your destination country is that it's always wise to cash a small amount of money at the airport so you will have cash for a taxi or bus into the city. But don’t cash a lot. If you walk up to an exchange window at the airport, you will get less for your dollar because the moneychanger has little competition at the airport.
It’s helpful to bring a calculator when you travel abroad. After you change money for the first time, figure out exactly how much of the foreign currency it takes to equal $1, $5, $10, etc. Jot these down so you will quickly be able to estimate how much something costs before you buy it. This will help you avoid paying too much for something while you’re still getting used to the currency in your destination country.
Thailand: Instead of going to the great city of Bangkok, there are beautiful islands with white sands and crystal clear water that you can go to for a fraction of the cost.
Costa Rica: Known for its low cost of living, Costa Rica is perfect for a cheap vacation. There are so many opportunities to see wildlife, take a walk along the coast, or learn to surf in the clean waves.
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It is certainly true many want to travel, but individuals cannot always afford the luxury to do so. Here are a few simple ways to save money and places to visit that will keep you focused on your trip and not how much you are spending.
Start off with traveling in the off-seasons, this means to choose times of the year that airlines and hotels charge less for bookings. The most popular months for off-peak travel is September and October. Think about it, September is right after the summer season, kids are getting back into school, and not many people are looking to travel. Hotel prices lower if you book a hotel stay on weekdays, it is much less expensive than booking on weekends. Depending on the days of the week airline tickets will run cheaper on per say Tuesdays or Thursdays. If you are booking a vacation give yourself enough time to play around with your options to get the best prices.
When you arrive at your destination if possible steer away from rental cars. Busses and trains, even walking will be much less costly in the long run. Depending on certain cities busses will be more affordable than trains. If cars are a must travel in a group to save money, buying four bus tickets will probably be more expensive in the long run. Be aware of where you park, if in an area with parking garages, it may be worth the extra mile walk to save some cash. Plus, walking is great exercise.
Worried about food? This, in my opinion, is the time to indulge, however there are ways to do it right to save you an extra buck. Avoid hotel breakfast; try to find a local café or restaurant that serves better food for a better price. Not too hungry? Split an entrée or just go for an appetizer. Stick to water, in most cases it is free and you will need to keep hydrated with all the walking you are going to be doing.
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1. In crowded terminals or flights, try to find a buddy in line or in the seat next to you if traveling alone, so that you are watching his or her bags at the counter or on board and he or she is watching yours.2. When putting your carry on baggage through the x-ray belt, put your laptop last so that it comes out behind your other luggage, and with luck, about the same time you are cleared to pick it up-or, better yet, have a buddy that has cleared security keep an eye on your laptop until you have cleared security.
3. Put your luggage in the overhead bin across the aisle from you so that you can see that no one is opening your luggage during the flight. Overhead storage bins may not be able to hold very heavy objects during turbulence, so if you or another passenger is having trouble lifting an article into the bin, have it stored elsewhere.
4. Dress for comfort and safety-best protection from heat and fire is natural fiber (cotton, denim, leather, wool) so avoid synthetics and bear in mind that the safety slide is pretty rough material and the end has strips of Velcro, so a skirt and panties will not survive the trip down-women should use natural fiber slacks.
5. The safest seating is on the exit aisle in the back of the airplane-usually farthest from impact and farthest from explosive fuel.
6. The time for greatest concern is during take-off and landing so nonstop flights reduce exposure to these most accident-prone phases of flight. You should have an evacuation plan in mind-memorize how many rows to each exit point. Choose larger aircraft whenever possible, as they provide a better opportunity for passenger survival. Planes with more than 30 passenger seats are designed and certified under the strictest regulations.
7. Always carry a penlight flashlight for use in an emergency when no other source of light may be available. Follow directions from the flight crew and exit the aircraft as quickly as possible.
8. If you are traveling over water, make sure you know how to locate and don your life jacket or floatation device. The primary reason flight attendants are on an aircraft is for safety, so if one of them asks you to do something like fasten your seat belts, do it-ask questions later.
9. Carry your passport even on domestic flights. During a crisis, U.S. flights may be diverted to Mexican or Canadian airports and having a passport will facilitate the border crossing.
10. Don’t drink too much alcohol! The atmosphere in an airliner cabin is pressurized to about the same altitude as Denver, so any alcohol you consume will affect you more than at sea level. Moderation is a good policy at any altitude. Drinking non-caffeinated products is a good practice as well.