Helpful International Travel Planning Tips- By Jen Campbell
Here are some helpful tips and general guidelines that will make your international airline travel more enjoyable.
Planning Advice for Your International Vacation:
* Always use a Travel Professional! Your travel consultant can assist you with any problems such as a delayed/cancelled flights, the overbooked hotel, and last minute medical emergencies or other situations that could happen while traveling. Our goal is to get you back on track and enjoying your vacation as quickly as possible.
* Plan on arriving in your destination at least a day before you need to be there. Such as cruising, arriving the day of your cruise embarkation could be a disaster if a flight is delayed or cancelled. Sometimes, your luggage may not arrive when you do- and what a disaster that could be. A 24-hour window allows your luggage ample time to catch up with you.
* Your travel consultant will reconfirm all of your extensive trip details long before you depart on your vacation. If you traveling internationally, your consultant will confirm the correct dates that you will be arriving at your destination and pay close attention to any overnight flight schedules in reference to connections and arrival.
* Booking your trip across several airlines can be confusing, stressful before and while traveling, and potentially can be more expensive. It’s important to hire a travel professional to review your itinerary and advise you as to whether it's viable with connection time constraints, baggage handling, and other issues that can crop up. The agent can also serve as your one-call contact should something go wrong.
Packing For Your International Vacation:
* Be sure to carry your passport, medication, emergency contact information (especially your travel professional’s contact info) and other critical information that you deem necessary with you at all times. Never, ever pack your important documents and medication in your checked suitcase!
* When packing your suitcases, opt for two smaller suitcases over one large suitcase. Many airports abroad are not equipped to easily handle a full cargo of luggage, and may be in a constant state of “catch-up”. Your luggage may not arrive with your flight, but be on a later flight instead. This frequently occurs when you have several connections. When a flight is overweight, the first things to be off loaded are the heaviest bags. Your overweight 70-lb super stuffed mega bag will be one of them. Instead, your best bet is to use two smaller bags.
* Consider purchasing cubes to pack all your clothes in. They’ll help you stay more organized, help to conserve space, as well make packing and un-packing in your hotel room a breeze.
* Pack your itinerary, your travel professional’s contact information and your pertinent contact information while traveling (in each piece of luggage). This will help the airlines catch up with you and coordinate the delivery of your luggage during your vacation.
* Pack everything that’s absolutely necessary into your carry-on. Include a change of clothes, basic toiletries, and medication should your checked luggage not make it to your destination. Pack those things that are not readily available in stores and that you immediately need.
Helpful Packing Tip- Don’t forget to pack some snacks like granola bars, candy, nuts, protein drink powder, etc. to tide you over during long layovers/delays and late arrivals when cafes and restaurants may be closed.
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