Many of us pine for months over much needed vacations. Waiting to savor that freedom from stress and responsibility makes finally getting to those precious few moments of relaxing all the more sweeter. Although no vacation is perfect, I am sure we have all had at least one stinker where nothing seemed to go right.
Though taking your time has he benefits of possibly saving you money, making sure you have taken care of all details far in advance will ensure a much less stressful period the week or so before you scheduled departure date.
For those headed out of our country, acquiring or renewing one’s passport is of concern. This process can take a month or longer even if you are willing to pay the “rush” fee. Getting your passport sorted out early will ensure a significant decrease in nail-biting the last few weeks before your vacation. Some countries even require several months of remaining validity on a passport. This task is something best handled 3 months or more before departure.
The 3 month point is also the best time o start looking for deals on airfare, ground transportation and lodging.
At the one month point working out the details on how you will handle communication, especially out of the country, should be one’s concern. Check with you service provider on what kinds of fees to expect if you want to use your current cellphone out of the country. If this option seems too expensive, researching the use of inexpensive prepaid phones that can be purchased after arrival in your over-seas destination is another option.
Catch up with us next time for part two!
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~ Jody Victor
This week can be stressful for travelers with the upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving. Some areas are expecting some snow or ice on Wednesday night. This can mean delays, short tempers, hungry passengers, etc.
Some airlines have been taking measures to make airports and air travel less stressful. Here are a few of them according to HuffingtonPost.com
Zen Rooms: A place for some relaxation before your flight for yoga or meditation. The airports with these rooms are in San Francisco International Airport, California, Burlington International Airport in Vermont, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas, Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina
Security Checkpoint Lounge: Springhill Suites by Marriott teamed up with TSA to make relaxing lounges at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport through Dec. 31st in Terminal E, gate E18.
Puppies!: You can find therapy dogs in LAX, San Jose International, and Miami airport walking around to bring joy!
Healthier Food Options: 76% of airport restaurants have at least one cholesterol-free veggie entree. Denver, Detroit, and Chicago are the best 3 for healthy options.
Kid-free zones: There are only a few airlines offering this option: Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, and Scoot Airlines.
Inflight nannies: There is an inflight nanny service where trained nannies will help with screaming children.
Airport nap rooms: Not just for children. These are found mostly abroad.
Better naps on planes: Virgin Atlantic has a “snooze zone” on their overnight flights. A couple would pay for the 3rd seat and create a bed with the extra space.
On their travel site, Jody found that CNN lists 20 of the biggest travel mistakes and asks you to list yours in the comments section. Here is their list:
- Not buying something you like as soon as you see it
- Not checking your phone plan before traveling abroad
- Trusting “near city center” descriptions
- Taking the “super” shuttle
- Not tightening shampoo caps all the way
- Thinking you know the perfect time to book a ticket
- Trying too hard to chisel out a bargain
- Not changing money at the airport
- Underestimated the hell that is Heathrow
- Buying cheap flip-flops
- Fearing street food
- Buying a drum on the first day of a three-month trek across Asia
- Over-reliance on guidebooks
- Not buying the full insurance policy
- Obsessive photography
- Not checking visa requirements before departure
- Attempting Berlin in a weekend
- Using a credit card to get cash
- Not printing out reservation details
Of course this is just the main points – for more information and elaboration on these points, check out their webpage. Don’t forget to look at the comments section – there are some more good tips from readers.
~ Jody Victor