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Easy Travel Tips

 

 

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 afternoon flight.
  • 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 security check.
  • Always arrive early at the airport.
  • 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 line.
  • 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 in.

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 gas mileage.
  • 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 accessed.
  • 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.

Portions compliments of Connections magazine Summer 2008