As part of our job as your travel agent, we enjoy providing you with tips and tricks that will make your traveling experience more enjoyable and hassle-free. We have shared these tips via social media throughout the years, and here we have compiled a list of our top ten. Please read on to see our go-to tips we follow and encourage our clients to do the same!
- Partnering with a travel advisor to plan your trip is the way to go. You’ll enjoy a trip customized just for you, save time, receive better value, enjoy VIP treatment, and have a safety net if issues arise.
- As soon as you enter your hotel room, immediately put your luggage in the tub and do a bedbug inspection. Start your inspection with the mattress, as this is the most common area for bed bugs. Gently remove the sheet and mattress pad inspecting the four corners of the mattress and box spring. Also, if there are pictures or a removable headboard on the wall check behind them in the corners of the frame. Another important place to inspect that is often overlooked is the luggage rack or valet.
- Download Uber, Lyft, or alternative transportation apps available in your destination before arriving so you can easily get to your hotel once you’re on the ground.
- Before you leave home, download your airline’s app. Most will give you real-time info on gate assignments, arrivals and delays. They can also display your boarding pass, so you don’t have to keep up with a paper one.
- Know the TSA Liquids Rule. You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. And yes, alcohol does qualify as a liquid.
- Read historical books about the destination you’re visiting. Understanding a location’s past will help you appreciate what you’re seeing in the present.
- When you’re on a cruise, at least one night get up during the middle of the night to see the stars. You will be blown away!
- When parking at any huge lot (i.e. airport or Disney World) take a picture of the nearest sign so you’ll remember where your car is.
- For domestic travel, sign up for TSA Pre-check. With a 5 year, $85 membership, you can speed through security and don’t need to remove your shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. To sign up click here.
- When travelling abroad enroll in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This will enroll your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Once you’ve filled in your information, you’ll receive warnings, alerts, notifications, and news about where you’re traveling, or may even be contacted by family members having difficulty getting in touch with you while abroad.
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