– Your two major costs are getting there (and back!) and staying there. Our travel professionals will assist you in creating a vacation of your dreams which easily fits your budget.
- To save money and provide convenience, we suggest a package vacation. A typical package vacation might include round-trip airfare, accommodations, rental cars, sightseeing, taxes, tips and a variety of other features.
- The advantages of a package tour include simplicity, certainty, and cost savings…especially if a discount flight is included.
- If you are traveling Internationally. you will need a valid passport. You should apply for it several months before you plan to leave. Ask us for information about where and how to apply for a passport locally. Some countries also require a visa before you can enter. Check with us or the local embassy or consulate of the country to which you are traveling.
- A good idea is to get extra sets of your passport photos for visa applications and your international driver’s permit…and remember, never pack your passport in your luggage. Carry it in a place where it is accessible at all times!
- Purchase traveler’s checks…it is safer and when traveling overseas, you often receive a better exchange rate than cash. If you do carry cash, local banks at your destination usually give the best exchange rates, so avoid changing money at hotels or shops.
- Many banks now belong to worldwide ATM systems allowing you to obtain cash in the local currency of the destination you are visiting. You will be billed according to the rate of exchange on the day the charge clears, not the rate in effect on the day of the transaction.
- When you have finished packing, place a copy of your itinerary with dates and addresses inside each bag. Don’t carry valuables, medications or flammable materials inside your checked luggage. Check your suitcase through to your final destination if possible and never leave luggage unattended.
- Only a very small percentage of luggage is lost or misplaced by airlines, however, if this does happen to you, file a formal claim with the airline immediately, before leaving the airport. You will have to list the lost items, including date of purchase and cost. Keep the claim form, baggage check and ticket until you get reimbursed.
- Remember to pack a change of clothes and your basic toiletries in a carry-on bag just in case.
- Bring clothes that you can mix and match. To avoid wrinkles, choose wool or cotton and polyester blends. Pack clothes in plastic bags from the dry cleaners and when you get there, just hang your clothes in the bathroom when you take your shower. The wrinkles will fall out from the steam.
- Don’t take too much…pack larger items first, then stuff rolled-up underwear, socks, shoes and other items around them. And remember, don’t get upset if you forget something. You can buy just about anything you need at the destination.
- Even vacations can be stressful…you need to pack, get the children (and the pets) cared for at home, and take care of other home responsibilities before you take off to enjoy life. We suggest the following quick tips which will help you to savor your well-earned vacation:
- Diet ~ Don’t go overboard when traveling. You will have to pay for the effects of the scale when you get home.
- Exercise ~ Try to stick to your at-home routine. Get out in the fresh air with a walk through the streets of London or a moonlight stroll on Waikiki Beach!
- Moderate Your Time ~ Don’t try to cram all your travel into one day. Sometimes it’s worth the hotel expense to arrive the night before and get a good night’s sleep.
- Delays ~ In the current travel environment, you may experience airport delays. Come prepared with pleasant distractions like a book, a magazine, or a new CD for your Walkman…and plenty of coloring books and games for the kids!