Let’s face it; as much as we love it, traveling can be a complete nightmare sometimes – especially when it comes to unforeseen events or improper planning. However, the fears of travel should not restrain you from planning the cruise or trip of your dreams. From booking flights to the best hotel deals, these helpful hints will have you spending more time enjoying your trip and might even save you a bit of money, too!
The best advice we can give is to book a hotel in the business district for lower rates if your trip lands on a weekend. Most hotels in the financial district increase their rates from Monday through Thursday due to high traffic but when the business travelers leave, the rates are more affordable since there is open availability!
If your trip involves a charter or a cruise, try packing some dried gingerroot in your purse or bag. The root is known to combat seasickness which is extremely common for new cruisers and one that can make or break the trip.
For cheaper flight fares, try browsing sites on a Tuesday afternoon. The editor of Minitime.com, Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, says that more often than not, an airline will release a sale on Monday and by Tuesday afternoon; most other airlines will lower their prices to match. This is a great tip to take advantage of!
Memorizing the rules of airlines is the best way to avoid added delays at the airport. Keep in mind the 3-1-1 rule: 3-ounce bottle of liquid in 1-quart plastic bag; one bag per person is the allowance at the checkpoint. If your bottle is for medical reasons, be prepared to declare it and have it inspected at security.
The biggest horror of travel is lost luggage. If you are checking your bags, consider bringing them to the gate where attendants can check them there and you are able to ensure their proper placement.
These convenient tips for travel prep will leave you with a stress-free, money-saving vacation you’ll wonder how you ever planned a trip without them!
(Posted by Diane Gelaude of Blue Horizon Travel & Yacht Charter)