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Holiday Travel Tips for the Pandemic

This year holiday season travel is going to be very different. Some will stay home instead of visiting far flung relatives. But for those choosing to travel here are some tips.

Expect the unexpected. While this is probably good advice for travel in general it is more important than ever to be ready for changes in your plans. Pandemic updates come daily. Expect shifting quarantine rules. Expect canceled or delayed flights.

Choose an airline who have flexible booking policies. Many airlines have adjusted their policies to allow no-fee ticket changes, but double check! Free changes could be limited in number. Certain types of tickets may not have special privileges. You may also owe the difference if you change to a more expensive flight. Again, check before booking!

Also, “free change” doesn’t mean you’ll get a refund if you cancel. Some airlines are offering vouchers for canceled flights but many are not going to simply hand you back your cash.

Don’t choose a high-risk itinerary. While normal holiday travel is rife with delayed and canceled flights, this year could be much worse. Try to leave earlier in the day before delays get a chance to build up. Try to get longer connection times between flights. Choose small airports for connections and if you can those with a lesser chance of crazy weather.

Choose itineraries with longer connection times.

Select smaller (and less crowded) connection airports and, if possible, those with less risk of severe winter weather.

Know the quarantine rules for your destination. If you need to get tested before you leave, make sure to get that done in plenty of time.

Lastly, if you want to fly trouble-free it is highly suggested you follow all safety protocols required by airlines including wearing a mask.

 

Posted by Jody Victor's Crew on

Less stressful travel

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.

Happy Travels!
Jody Victor

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Ideas for holiday travel from TravelChannel.com

TravelChannel.com has some ideas for this coming Memorial Day without going to the beach. Here are some ways/destinations to avoid the clogged highways and beaches this year.

Washington DC – So what can be more patriotic than going to our nation’s capitol? All around town there will be military ceremonies, then there is the National Memorial Day Parade, the Rolling Thunder Run to the Wall motorcycle rally, the National Memorial Day Concert at the Capitol Building with guest appearances by Colin Powell and Gary Sinise.

Las Vegas, Nevada – This is a place to party hardy! There are many places with pools and pool parties if you still long for a soak.

Palm Springs, California – This resort is right in the middle of the desert. You will find golfing, art galleries, pools, and natural beauty. There is the Palm Springs Air Museum’s Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop with 3,000 red and white carnations dropped in dedication to area servicemen as well.

Austin, Texas – Austin draws many artists, there are scenic walking trails, lively nightlife, and boating in Lake Travis.

Denver – You can visit the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Denver Botanic Gardens. on Memorial Day they will have a Day of Rock at the 16th Street Mall. Downtown they will have the Denver Arts Festival.

For more holiday destinations visit TravelChannel.com.

~ Jody Victor

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Jody Visits Christmas

Yes, my friends, there is a town named Christmas! It is Christmas, Michigan, an unincorporated area having a couple of motels, resorts, lakeside cottages, a casino and restaurant. It is also home to the Christmas Mall and the world’s largest Santa.

The Christmas themed village was given its name by an enterprising man in 1938. He started a roadside factory to make holiday gift items. Unfortunately, the factory burned soon after opening, but the name and the giant roadside Santa that inspired it all, still survives to this day.

If you are into gambling, the newest attraction is the Kewadin Casino (owned by the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), located on the main drag – Highway M-28. Right next door is an all-new 40 room Paradise Inn Motel. Christmas Michigan is also home to the Christmas Michigan Paradise Cottage Rental – cozy vacation cottages located on the shoreline of Lake Superior.

Michigan is full of towns with interesting names – most of them just dots on the map. They are all great places that should not be over-looked during your travels in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in summer or winter.