Planning Your Trip – Tips

Planning Your Trip – Tips

1. Before You Travel, Do Research

Before you leave for your destination know what your can and can’t do. You don’t want to be stuck at customs explaining why you didn’t bring the right identification or why you decided to bring a piece of salami back. Follow these tips before leaving.

  • Learn as much as you can about your destination.
  • Type of weather the area has so you can plan accordingly.
  • Some research about the costs of local items so you can set your budget.
  • Check the dates of local major holidays or festivals, since services may be limited on those dates.
  • Don’t forget to budget for taxes and tipping.  Many governments charge high taxes for travel related services.
  • If you plan on driving, get your car ready and investigate the local road conditions, laws and other driving requirements.
  • Do not exchange much currency before you enter your destination country. Exchange rates in hotels are typically not very good.
  • Check your destination country’s holidays. Usually public transportation, gas stations, and grocery stores are not open on holidays.
  • When you visit non-English speaking countries, keep a list in your wallet of common phrases, such as Hi, Bye, Thank you, do you speak English etc, as people seem to be a lot friendlier to you when you attempt to speak their language.

2. Carry On

  • Airlines are constantly tinkering with the carry-on restrictions, so check with your carrier prior to take-off.
  • Overstuffed bags, or those bulging at the seams, will often not make the cut, and are likely to be checked-in by airline personnel.
  • Airlines do not usually count purses or briefcases towards your carry-on baggage. Carry large ones and use them to pack extra items. I usually have a large purse that can carry toiletries, makeup etc, leaving my real carry-on bag for clothing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.Pet Travel By Air

Traveling for pets is as important as making travel arrangements for yourself or family, however you should know the risks. These tips will inform you with the risks involved as well as suggest other traveling tips.

  • Be aware of the risks.
  • Assess your pet’s readiness for air travel.
  • Do not transport any pet under 12 weeks of age.
  • Contact the airlines; each airline has their own rules and regulations.
  • Do not transport your pet if ill, very nervous, pregnant, and older pets should not be transported by air.
  • You must be on the same flight as your pet and the crate and pet combined must weigh no more than one hundred pounds.
  • Avoid weekend or holiday flight periods as the high numbers of travelers during these periods may prevent your pet from receiving as much attention as it should.
  • If your pet is traveling in the cabin you must be on the same flight as your pet and the carrier in which the pet is to travel must fit entirely under the seat in front of you and the size limitation does vary by aircraft and airline. Weight restrictions may also apply.
  • Certain breeds including Boston Terrier, Bulldog, Boxer, Chow Chow, Lhasa Apso, Pekinese, Pug, and ShihTzu dogs, as well as Himalayan and Persian cats should not be transported by air as these breeds are more susceptible to breathing difficulties caused by the thin air at altitude.
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