Before you book a hotel ask when it was built or renovated. Be cautious of low-priced motels and even midrange chains that haven’t been renovated in more than five years.
More and more cruise ships leave from “drive-up ports,” which save you money on airfare but can cost you in parking. Arrive a day early and stay at a hotel that will let you park your car for free for the duration of your trip.
Online flight prices are not always the cheapest. Travelink, American Express Travel has wholesale suppliers who can offer a deep inventory of unpublished, discounted fares in coach, business or first class cabins.
Most cabins are made of metal. Bring some magnets and keep all your cocktail party invites, dining reservation notices and daily planners hung up on the walls and doors.
When traveling throughout Europe by train, it’s important to know that you will have to handle your own luggage and to be very careful of the steep and narrow steps when getting on and off the trains.
Six Month Passport Rule Are you aware of the six month passport rule? Just because your passport hasn’t expired yet doesn’t mean it’s valid to travel internationally. Many countries have become increasingly more strict when enforcing passport expiration validity. The U.S. Department of State recommends that your passport has at least six months of validity beyond…
The best way to prepare for a destination is to read up on its past. It will give your adventure more depth and maybe give you some ideas of possible locations to visit while there.
Passports expiring within 6 months are not valid for some international travel. Be sure to visit the US Department of State’s website for country specific information.
Bringing cash along when you travel is always a good idea. Make sure you split it up in case you happen to misplace your wallet! Put some of it in your shoes, your socks, your carry-on or even your toiletry bag.
The Department of Homeland Security has several Trusted Traveler Programs, which provide an improved passenger experience while enhancing security and increasing system-wide efficiencies. How Do You Travel? I primarily fly within the U.S = TSA Pre✓® I fly both within the U.S. and internationally = Global Entry I primarily travel between the U.S. and Canada =…