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Did You Know?(Travel Tips)

When planning your trip, there are some things you should do in order to keep it as hassle free as possible.

Make sure that you find out about the wet and dry seasons, or other possible weather conditions that may affect your holiday. If you are using a travel agent then make sure that you ask about this, even though they should tell you.

Make a list of all the reservations you’ll need in advance including plane tickets, car rental, hotel and restaurants.

If you are travelling to an area that may be considered a 'hot zone' (possibly dangerous) then check with your insurance company to verify whether you will be covered in case something goes wrong. If they do not, and you still want to travel, then find one that will.

If your itinerary may change, ensure that there are absolutely no charges if you do change the dates or times of flights. Ask your agent to fully explain the restrictions that may appear, on your ticket, to ensure that they meet with your needs.

Do a little research. Find out which airlines provide the lowest fares. Keep your eyes open for deals advertised in the travel section of major newspapers. Sign up for alerts from the airlines so you’ll know when tickets go on sale.

Don’t wait until the last minute to book. Not only are you almost guaranteed a better price if you book early (regardless of whether it’s a car rental or a plane ticket) but there will be more available options and less stress if you can get organized and confirmed in advance.

If you are flying with one of the alliances, such as Star or One World. Just verify with your agent what plane is going to be used. They should tell you, but it is surprising how often you will see people complaining that they expected to be on a particular plane, not the one that they find themselves on. This is the result of the code share agreements that the airlines are using.

If money is valuable and if you are buying a plane ticket on a certain airline and have been told that due to these code sharing agreements you will actually be flying on another airline. Then call around or check if you can buy any cheaper tickets on the actual airline that you will be flying. Believe it or not code share does not mean price share and you may be able to find much cheaper.

Make arrangements to have a taxi, shuttle or private driver pick you up from the airport, train station, etc. You won’t have to haggle with local touts clamoring for your business.

If possible ,pay for large expenses on a credit card that gives you mileage.

At least a week prior to your departure, let the packing begin. Start putting items aside that will end up in your luggage. Pack light and use compression bags to save space or organizers to keep like-items packed together.

During the days leading up to your trip, start gathering together and printing out your reservation confirmations and directions to all of your destinations. If you’re traveling where English is not the first language, write down a few phrases that will help your taxi or bus driver help you locate your first night’s accommodation.

It is recommended to buy your holiday using a credit card. This gives you the comfort of official records, and also additional insurance that comes with the card.


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