Vacations are always fun and
we look forward to them but we always seem to dread the travel involved
with getting us to our destination. Airports are crowded, flights
are delayed and security lines are extremely long. In addition,
the price of airfare is rising. But by planning ahead and using
our travel tips you will find that your journey can be as pleasant as
the vacation itself.
If You Are
Traveling by Air...
- Buy your tickets early!
The longer you wait the higher prices will climb. If you are
planning a trip for Easter break be sure to purchase your tickets
before Thanksgiving. You will also have better seating choices the
earlier you book.
- To lessen the chances of
delays and cancellations book an early morning flight.
Although it is sometimes difficult to get up for an early flight you
will be happy when you arrive at your destination early.
- Book a direct flight to avoid
layovers whenever possible. Your chances of getting stranded
in an airport are much greater when you have a connection. You
will however pay more money for a direct flight.
- If you are making a
connection attempt to get a seat in the front of the air craft in
case you have to rush to make the next flight.
- Always call to check the
status of the flight before you leave home, especially if it is an
- Check in online before you go
to the airport and print your boarding pass. Many hotels have
computers available in the lobby so that you can do this. You
can then use the skycap or the designated area for bag check-in at
the airport. This will allow you to proceed directly to the
- Always arrive early at the
- If you experience a delay or
cancellation, call the airlines reservation center instead of going
to the counter to rebook your flight. This will give you a
better pick of available flights and you will not have to wait in
- When going to a warm climate
always pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, beach shoes in a carry-on bag
so you can hit the pool if your room isn't ready when you arrive.
The front desk will store your suitcases for you until you can check
If You Are
Traveling by Car...
- Make sure your car is in good
running condition. You may want to have your mechanic give it
a quick overview if you are planning a real long trip. Be sure
your tires are inflated properly to get the best gas mileage and to
avoid poor handling or blowouts.
- Make a packing list that
includes only what you absolutely need. The last thing that you want
to do is pack the car to capacity. This reduces visibility and
- Pack a cooler with healthy
foods and drinks.
- Be sure to keep items that
you may need prior to your destination in a spot that can be easily
- You should be sure to take a
car emergency kit and a first aid kit with you.
- Take the scenic route
whenever possible to make the drive more enjoyable.
See All Star Activities
Vacation Packing Tips for additional travel information.
compliments of Connections magazine Summer 2008