Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Art of Travel: Part 6 - Departing on Your Travel

This is where the vacation begins! I only have a few tidbits for this portion, as it's pretty much the easiest part, but is also the most important:
  • Place all of your luggage out by your front door the night before, with your passport and airline tickets/etickets right on top of  your luggage. This way, you know you have them, as they will be the last things you shovel into your purse/backpack/briefcase/coat pocket.
  • Get a good nights sleep.
  • Arrive early to the airport. I know it's a pain, but you will save yourself aggravation if you arrive early to the airport, because you never know how the queues will be for security, etc.
  •  Make sure you have some cash in the currency where you are traveling too, because ATM's at foreign airports sometimes run out of cash! Check with AAA or your financial institution before you travel, as they typically will have all currencies available, or can order the money for you. I recommend having about $100 in the currency where you are traveling. Most times, that is plenty, unless you are going to a small, remote part of the world, then I may recommend taking a bit more. And while you are at it, let your bank and/or credit card company know you are traveling (especially if you are going abroad), so you will ensure smooth transactions while you are away, with no holds or seizure of your card(s).
  • Drink plenty of water, but not too much where you are running to the rest room.
  • If you are on a diet, or not wanting to eat the airport food, make sure to pack some light snacks: fruit/dried fruit, nuts, and snack bars are great and very transportable. I always have some of these items while I'm traveling.
  • Bring reading materials, ipod, and anything else that will make the flight more comfortable for you. I know many individuals who take their gel eye covers, travel pillow, blanket and slippers in a small pouch, so they can decompress and rest; especially on longer/overnight flights. And a good face  moisturizer never hurts since it's so dry on airplanes.
Once you land - the FUN begins!

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