This holiday season, we at The Cruise Center, Inc. and www.TastefulJourneys.com would like to express our appreciation to our loyal clients.
As we do throughout the rest of the year, we want to ensure that your travel experience is easy and hassle-free during this busy holiday travel season.
Thousands of travelers will fly in and out of airports over the next few weeks, and our team is fully prepared and committed to keeping our clients informed so they get to their destinations safely and efficiently.
To help simplify your journey, we’ve prepared a brief list of travel tips:
• Make sure that the passenger names on the reservations are an exact match to their passports (this must be done before the tickets are issued.)
• Reconfirm your flights with the airlines directly, at least 72 hours before departure (outbound and return).
• New baggage restrictions apply for domestic and international travel. Your e-ticket confirmation e-mail notification will have a link for the baggage policy details, that are specific to your client’s trip. In addition, you may also contact the airlines directly or visit www.travelbaggage.info for more information.
• Plan ahead: Airport security screening lines can be fast and efficient, but during peak periods, travelers should check-in with the airlines at least 3-4 hours prior to departure for international travel and at least 2 hours prior to departure for domestic USA travel. Late check-in may result in the cancellation of your reservations, and your tickets may not have any remaining value.
• Have ID ready: Please have identification and boarding passes out when approaching the security checkpoint.
• Follow the 3-1-1 rule: 3-ounce bottles or less for all liquids, gels and aerosols, placed in a 1-quart-size clear plastic zip-top bag to hold all small bottles, limited to 1 bag per passenger. Larger quantities of liquids may be packed in checked baggage.
• What to wear: Wear comfortable clothing and easy-to-slip-on shoes. Take everything out of pockets before screening. Don’t wear clothes with a high metal content, and put on heavy jewelry after you go through security.
• Wrapped presents: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also recommends that passengers do not travel with wrapped packages in their carry-on bags.
Travelers can find more security and travel tip information from the Transportation Security Administration (http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information).
Europe Express, a tour operator specializing in flexible independent travel, recently posted valuable safety tips worth passing along.
“Staying safe while traveling abroad is always top of mind. Most people aren’t dishonest, but those few bad apples or one unfortunate incident can blemish an amazing travel experience. We polled our travel specialists and created a list of tips for staying safe while traveling abroad.”
1. Dress like a local – Many people have a perceived idea of what the quintessential American looks like: white sneakers, big camera, or sweatshirts with university logos. Staying away from these stereotypes when dressing can help travelers avoid drawing attention to themselves. Also, be wary of public displays of wealth – leave flashy jewelry and unnecessary expensive gadgets at home. Respect the local culture dress and traditions. Women, leave those low-cut blouses and shirts at home and dress more conservatively than you would at home. Tip for men: wear dark colored slacks or jeans~khaki is more common in North America.
2. Separate money sources – Don’t leave all cash and credit/debit cards together as most do when they are at home. This is a safe guard against unfortunate events like theft – the phrase ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ is very true in this case. Use a “Port or Sightseeing Wallet”: A port wallet is separate from your real wallet. It only contains the items necessary to go out and about for the day and nothing else. If it is stolen, it becomes irrelevant simply because you already anticipate that it could go missing anyway. What’s in it?
* Enough cash for the day’s activity
* A debit or credit card with access to $1,000.00 immediately at an ATM
* A copy of your driver’s license
* A copy of your passport information page
* A copy of the ship’s shore-side port contact information or a business card from the hotel
* A copy of your travel insurance policy contact details.
* A copy of any health issues that you may have and medications you may be taking
* Complete emergency contact information
Leave your real wallet in the safe at your hotel or on the ship and only take your port wallet with you to tour. If your port wallet is stolen, you can easily cancel your debit / credit card and replace the documentation with a second port wallet for the rest of your trip.