Packing Tips To Make Travel Easier

Airline travel can be a royal pain these days; here are some packing tips to make travel easier. These tips can also help you avoid checked bag fees by just taking a carry on bag if you are going on a trip of less than 5 days.Find the right suitcase. Purchase a carry-on that will fit the bill as your only piece of luggage. Make sure it is designated as a carry-on and meets airline standards to fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.

Have a packing plan. Think about the activities you will do each day and pack accordingly. Check on current weather conditions and what is recommended, or that you need to bring for the activities you have booked. Less is more. Most of us over pack (me included), so limit yourself. A good rule of thumb is to lay out all of the clothes you want to bring, and remove 2 items.

Roll your clothes. This takes up less space in your suitcase. Consider your footwear. Wear the bulkiest shoes when you travel to save precious space in your suitcase. Pack wrinkle-free clothes to save you precious time and the hassle of having to iron on your vacation. Who wants to iron on a trip? I certainly don’t. packing tips to make travel eaiser Don’t forget to pack your must have electronics and all the charging cords you will need. Know your airline luggage rules regarding checked bag fees and carry-on items. Many airlines are selling fares that do not allow access to the overhead bins; know upfront what you are paying for. I hope my packing tips to make travel easier will help you on your future adventures.

 

Planning Travel During Hurricane Season

Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30. The most active months historically are September and October. Planning for travel during hurricane season takes work, but it is possible if you know the islands that are most affected annually and are willing to compromise on the destination.

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Islands off the coast of South America are considered to be outside of the hurricane danger zone. These are the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago. I can’t predict the weather, but these are good options if you are planning to travel from mid-August through October.

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If you are planning a special getaway during hurricane season, the services of a travel advisor are priceless. How can a travel advisor help during a major storm event?

I receive updates from my travel suppliers and destination tourist boards that the general public does not receive. If you book online, you are taking a big risk which was pointed out in a post on the Elliott Forum.

Planning travel during hurricane season and the ability to help my client’s is what a professional travel specialist does. I will be your advocate, and someone you can turn to in case of an emergency.

Popular months for honeymoon trips are September, October and November; two of these months have the most potential for an active named hurricane. If you have your heart set on a specific destination, let’s chat.

Travel Deals – Too Good To Be True?

A recent article in the Washington Post shows how one traveler thought he was getting a great deal on flights to Puerto Rico; that turned out not to be the case. His flights actually cost him more with the additional fees charged and he soon realized that travel deals that seem too good to be true, aren’t.

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If you find a deal that interests you, do your homework before you book. Research to verify the company, location of the resort or hotel, and check online reviews. Read the fine print; here you will find hidden information such as daily resort fees, additional fees charged by rental car companies, cruise line gratuities and service charges for specialty services. All of the hidden fees can add up and make the travel deals you find too good to be true.

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This is why a travel advisor is your best advocate. We have done the research for you. Know the destinations, the resorts, and the cruise lines. Tell you upfront of any additional fees that are not included in your travel package. We only work with reputable suppliers that we know will deliver on the vacation experience that our clients want.

If you find a deal online, and it looks too good to be true, it probably is.