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7 Dos and 2 Do Nots of Travel From Travel Agents

Travel agents make their livings on planning memorable vacations for families and individuals. Even simple business trips can be made better by utilizing a travel agent, who may know some tricks about how to fly to your destination that you’re not be aware of.

Check in Early

Always do a pre-flight check-in online when the option is available to you. It saves you time when you get to the airport. Include contact information when you check-in, so that the airline has someone to call in the event of an emergency. Travel expert Jeff Bartel also recommends that you print your boarding pass out ahead of time, which will save you lots of time and headaches when travelling with young children.

Arrange Transportation

One of the fastest ways to take the hassle out of travel is to arrange for someone to pick you up and take you to the airport. When you land, you should know where to rent a car and call ahead if possible. If the destination has an accessible public transportation system, you can review maps online where you can plan routes to and from your hotel room.

Dress for Detectors

Save time before boarding by dressing for inspection. Wear flip flops and leave the metal items at home, or in your carry-on. Before stepping in line, hold your laptop and other electronic devices in your hands, and be ready to go through detection.

Safeguard Personal Belongings

Wherever possible, utilize a room safe or a locked vehicle to safeguard some of your personal belongings. Bring copies of your identification with you instead of the real documents, and keep the real ones in your hotel safe. This copy can also help in a pinch if you need ID and can’t locate your passport. It’s not ideal, but you may be able to recover your documents if you have something on you that identifies you.

Pack a Carry On if Possible

Carry-ons are increasingly becoming the subject of airline fee increases, but you should still pack one. The fact is that accidents happen and your luggage could be stranded back home or at your destination. Avoid the hassle and pack some personal belongings to take with you onto the plane.

Learn Culture

The culture and customs of your destination may be very different from your own. Small gestures can be misinterpreted, so take the weeks leading up to your trip to read about your destination. News articles about the political system or current events are great places to start.

Check Safety Conditions

Before you go, check what the US Department of State says about the destination. Most Americans don’t actively seek travel to dangerous places, but the department frequently issues travel warnings that citizens should heed for safety’s sake.

Don’t Assume Your Credit Card Will Work

Be prepared with a backup plan. In most cases, you won’t have an issue, but you can easily fix the problem before it starts by calling your bank ahead of time. Tell them you’re travelling, give them your destination and see if they have any advice on how to make sure you’re not stranded without funds.

Don’t Assume English is Native

English is widely spoken, but is not the standard worldwide. Learn a few phrases before you leave, especially, “do you speak English?” In situations like these, try to lead with the native language, even if your pronunciation is bad.

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