“Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!”
Chief Si'ahl, 1786 – 1866
Do I need a Passport?
Before you travel, I would advise you to check the entry requirements of the foreign country you are traveling to. More information can be found by visiting the U.S. Passports & International Travel website.
I don’t need Travel Insurance…Or do I?
Years ago I would have said “No”. But after training to be a Travel Agent, I have discovered the real value that’s included with Travel Insurance. Yes with the correct policy, it covers missed flights, lost luggage, stolen camera/computer, trip cancellation for covered emergencies and even cancellation for “any reason” with optional coverage. But to me the big value is the medical coverage. If you are leaving the US and even if your medical insurance will pay in a different country, (some don’t) you will find that many medical facilities will not accept your insurance card. If you have a bad injury or medical problem and need to have a Medivac you better have $25,000 available. If you prefer to return to the US to have your surgery or to have broken bones set, you are going to need 1st class evacuation with a medic or nurse traveling with you. With Travel Insurance this can all be taken care of. For more details give me a call and I can put you in contact with a Travel Insurance Agent.
When should I buy my airline ticket?
According to Airline Recording Corp. you should start looking about 6 months out. Shop early, but don’t always buy early. Sometimes Airlines start discounting tickets about 4 months before departure (5 months for International).
One exception to this rule is Holiday travel. Normally buying these tickets as soon as possible is best.
The best days to buy tickets are Tuesday & Wednesday, but remember the price may change 3 times a day. The best days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday. Sunday is normally the most expensive day to fly. And as to where to buy your ticket, I think some of the best deals are right from the Airline that you are flying with.
Backup, Backup, Backup: If, like me, you travel with your Laptop or IPad you probably have most of your important documents and photos saved on one or both of them. If possible back them up to the cloud in case your device is lost or stolen. Be sure to keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers and important phone numbers ready to go in case of an emergency.
Stay in Touch: Call home or text when you can. This will let your friends and family know you are safe and where you are.
Be Patient: Don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control. Life is much too short to be angry & annoyed all the time. I have found that things usually work out. Don’t let a great vacation be ruined by an insignificant problem.
Below you will find some useful links and resources.
Currency Converter: www.xe.com/ucc
Questions about airport security and the Do's and Don'ts for air travel? www.tsa.gov
Need the current time... in Venice? Check out hundreds of locations at: www.timeanddate.com
National Parks: www.nps.gov
Airport Identifications for the US and around the world: www.world-airport-codes.com
See what ships will be in a given port on a given day: www.ports.cruisett.com
Seat advice for 700+ air plane seat maps for best seats: www.seatguru.com