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Common Sense Travel Tips

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There are several things travelers can do when anticipating taking a business trip or a vacation that seem fairly easy but often overlooked in the planning. Most of the time we just get too busy to remember!!

One of those things is remembering to make your reservations early. Airfares are always less expensive when purchased several months in advance. For example, for an Alaska trip this year we made reservations for a couple last September for a trip in July of this year. Their air cost was only a little over $700 at that time. That same reservation made in January increased to over $900.

Another action that produces a lot of stress is leaving too late for the airport. In this day and time, especially if one is leaving from a major airport, checking luggage, going through security, and getting to the gate can take considerable time. I always suggest getting to the airport at least two hours before the scheduled departure. It's always comforting to be waiting for them at the gate to call my boarding number than breathlessly arriving at the gate a minute or two before they close the boarding.

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Traveling Abroad

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Several folks are planning to travel outside the United States this coming summer or fall, and so they need to be aware of the electrical arrangements in those countries. Here in the United States, no problem, everyone uses 110V. But overseas in Europe, South America, or just about any other place except U. S. they have a different voltage. So, what do you do?

You go down to Best Buy or one of those tech stores and ask them for a converter. It converts the voltage they use to the US standard. You would also need an adapter. That is a device that has different plugs than those found in the U. S. One side of the device has the U. S. receptor that will accept your plug, the other side plugs into the electrical socket used in the other country.

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Airplane Luggage Etiquette

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Christopher Elliott, the Dallas Morning News Travel Troubleshooter had a very good column several months ago, so good that I'm going to take the liberty to pay him a compliment by referring to some of his “stuff”.

If you've taken a flight lately, the rush to get aboard as quickly as possible is not only to get to your seat, but primarily it is to get to an empty overhead bin to place your carry-on. Of course in this day and time, the airlines have to shoulder the blame by putting on the checked luggage fees that have caused travelers to pack the carry-ons to the gills. They can barely zip them up, and then they try to stuff them in the overhead bin that is too small for their overstuffed carry-ons. So what do they do? Well, they turn them sideways instead of rollers first, and in doing so keep someone else from being able to slide theirs in properly.

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Buffet Of Travel Tips

Travel Tips from The Travel Factory

Since the title of this 3-5 minute interlude of travel talk with you each Thursday at 8:30AM is Thursday Morning Travel Tips From Russell Berry At The Travel Factory, I thought I’d give you a buckshot of tips today.

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Do You Have Any Free Trips Today??

Travel Tips with The Travel Factory

If I have that question once a day, I would be willing to say it averages 3-4 a day.  Everybody wants a free trip!!!  That’s what makes the traveling public so gullible to some shady travel deals.  The information I’ll talk about today comes directly from the Aviation Consumer Protection Page.

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