Planning Your Winter Travel!
You have heard numerous times what to do when planning your winter travel. Be it business or vacation, the same rules apply :
1. Check your documents for validity.
2. Make the names on your passports match your tickets
3. Be sure nothing is expired or expiring, ask if you have not been told how long past your return travel your passport needs to be valid.
4. Be sure you do not need a visa for entrance to the country you are visiting.
5. Pad your trip by a day if at all possible, or go down the night before to the connecting point in your trip. If you are going to the Caribbean, fly to a warm destination and then leave for the island the next day.
6. With cruises it is crucial that you pad the trip by a day even in good weather so you make the check in on board the ship.
7. Check your seats, if you book 6 months out, often the airlines have unnotified schedule changes and change aircraft, even if you purchase seats they can be lost. Travel agents will notify you but you should always check ahead of time.
8. Be sure you have your travel agent or tour operators emergency information, if you cannot get your agent due to off hours, most agencies have services that will help, but email your travel company first because most organizations will be on call during emergencies with extra staffing to assist you.
We are here to make your life easier, but sometimes things are out of our control, we cannot always be responsible for TSa pre check that doesn't work due to Airline checks, it is not guaranteed 100 percent of the time.
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In the mean time if you are looking for a great vacation, try the Galapagos but plan well ahead, especially if you are trying to travel over a school vacation or a holiday.
Have a great winter everyone, looking forward to working with you!
Recharge with a Stress-Free Escape
Have you ever considered going on an escape? Whether you visit relatives, explore a new locale, or seek to escape from everything familiar, traveling doesn’t have to be stressful. If the thought of getting away from it all appeals to you, here are some tips to make it happen.
Pick a Destination
The first step is deciding what works for you (and your family, if you’re not traveling solo). For sun-seekers, you might want a beach destination to get a beautiful tan. If immersing yourself in our national parksand scenic mountain towns beckons, be inspired by Today’s list of best vacation spots.
A great travel hack is to check out hotels that are in the financialdistrict of your destination, like in NYC. Because these are mainly used for business travelers, you can often find amazing deals seasonally.
Choose the Best Time
There is always a good placeto visit any day of the year. The cheapest flights are generally on the days no one wants, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. The cheapest times are early morning or late evening, 4 a.m. and 10 p.m. You might want to check out other airports within driving distance too. Compare all of your options for pricing and flight times.
If stress-free is what you’re going for, booking a direct flight is the way to go. Yes, they’re more expensive, but they could save you hours in delays, layovers, or even cancellations due to weather.
Working with a skilled and experienced travel agent from Dream Come True Travel can also help you find the best deals and time them to stretch your dollars, so you can enjoy an incredible vacation and build lasting travel memories.
Don’t Leave Anything for the Last Minute
If flying, check-in online up to 24 hours before your flight. Sign up to be notified of any delays. Make it a practice to add at least 30 minutes to everything you do during the holidays. If you would typically arrive at your local airport at noon for a 2 p.m. flight, arrive at 11:30 a.m.
To get the scoop on how long the TSA wait time is at your airport, download the TSA mobile appor check out My TSA. Speaking of airport security, familiarize yourself ahead of time withTSA regulations. You’ll breeze through security if you know how to avoid pat-downs (sparkly tops are not the best choice for the body scanner!) and having your bag pulled because you forgot to take out your water bottle. Also, if you’re traveling with gifts, leave them unwrapped in case they need to be inspected. Better yet, send them ahead of time!
Bring what you need to make your flight comfortable. Bring your water, snacks, pillow and blanket, eye mask, compression socks, sanitizer, and wipes. Since you will be traveling for some time, you should prepare your entertainment too. Download some podcasts, music, and movies on your phone.
Leave Your Worries Behind
You can’t truly enjoy your vacationif you’re worried about work, so before leaving, make sure your co-workers, staff, or employees know what to do in your absence. The last thing you want is to be bombarded with emails and calls while you’re trying to relax.
Also, take steps to secure your home while away. Of course, having a home protection service is invaluable, but if you don’t have one, there are other ways toprotect your home:
? Before leaving, make sure every window and door is locked.
? Schedule a hold on your mail so it doesn’t pile up in your mailbox.
? Let a close neighbor or friend know you’ll be away, and ask them to keep an eye on your home for any packages left on your doorstep or anything else that looks out of the ordinary.
? You may want to hire someone to maintain your yard, if necessary.
? Install timers on your lamps and TV, or you can use an app on your smartphone to control these electronics yourself.
? Even if your Facebook account is set to private, you may not want to announce that you’re not there for 10 days unless someone is staying in your home while you’re away.
Hopefully, you’ll head home at the end of your getaway feeling refreshed, renewed, and full of great memories. Maybe you’ll have started a new tradition. Happy travels!
~ Author : Leslie Campos