Travel Advice from the Travel Ambassador
Travel, even to our favorite areas, can be a nightmare. Long airport lines, lost luggage, pick pockets and extra fees can turn a dream vacation into the worst experience ever. However, thanks to world travel expert, Angel Castellanos, who I got a chance to meet at Sport Chalet in downtown Los Angeles, the risk involved in travel, long distance or local, can be reduced or avoided all together. Angels vast experience has gained him the knowledge he shares teach travelers about how to travel smart, having traveled to over 4 continents and 40 countries.
This information will enable you and your loved one(s) to avoid the problems associated with travel and enjoy your next vacation.
Travel Tips Include:
Important travel skills and information
If your passport is lost or stolen, you’ll need to make an appointment to meet with someone at the US Embassy or Consulate. Before jumping in the car to head to the airport, take a picture of your passport, credit card and prescription medication information in case they are lost or stolen. This way you will have all the pertinent information you need right in you phone or camera to have them replaced.
Traveling through some airports offer better than others. Before heading to the airport, be sure to check in with the most current TSA rules and facts for your airline to avoid things like unexpected baggage fees.
Weigh your luggage to ensure it fits within the requirements of your airline.
Measure your bags to make sure it will fit in the carry on overhead compartment. Avoid peak travel times by planning your travels around them (6:30-9:30 AM and 3:30-7:30 PM). Your will reduce long lines and get through security faster. Remember that traveling will always be more difficult during holidays and certain seasons. So prepare for delays.
Remember to dress for travel. Wearing slip-on shoes if it’s an option, will save time during check-points along with avoiding items with metal buckles and buttons. Don't wear a lot of layers when trying to save time at check-points. Be sure to empty your pockets before you get to the x-ray machine. Keys, phones and change in pockets at check-points can cause delay.
In certain locations, it is imperative to travel with a copy of your immunization records in case of becoming ill. This way the attending physician will have access to medical records.
In order to travel with confidence, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. In other words, try to appear as much like a local as possible by dressing in similar attire. This way, you and fellow travelers, won’t appear to be as vulnerable in a crowd.
Other great advice includes leaving cash and credit cards in the hotel safe. Only taking an allowance to cover you for one day will help protect you in case a wallet is lost or stolen.
Digital age travel
Since we have reached the digital age, we are afforded capabilities that make travel more comfortable. Directions, maps, currency converters, language translators and Skype apps allow us to have access to information at our finger tips we didn’t have 10 years ago. However, living in the digital age, also makes us more vulnerable to identity theft and stolen information as well. It’s important that travelers protect themselves from thieves who can steal information without leaving the comfort of home. Purchasing a RFID blocking wallet or organizer will block digital signals that can steal your credit card information is the best place to start.
Start packing by creating a checklist to ensure you remember to pack everything.
Make sure your luggage has some type of identifies that will allow you to recognize your luggage from the many bags in an airport. Be sure your identifier has your name and phone number on it. Purchase a lock to ensure nothing is stolen from your bag while in an airport.
Being organized is the key when packing luggage for both short and long distance travel. Knowing where everything is before hand can save you a lot of hassle.
Pack a medication kit with doctor information, on his or her professional letter head, diagnosis, over the counter and prescription medication, immunization records as a carry on when traveling by plane.
Pack an electronic kit also as a carry on will keep work matters or entertainment handy.
Remember the 3-1-1 rule when traveling through an airport. This rule refers to the TSA's rule for how much liquid travelers can take on an airplane in their carry-on bags. It does not prohibit you from putting larger sizes of liquids in your checked baggage. “3”- Each carry on liquid must be in 3.4 ounce (or less) container. “1”- Containers must be in 1 clear quart-sized plastic bag. “1”- Passenger are only allowed 1 bag.
And don’t over pack.
While traveling to a foreign country, in order to avoid a foreign transaction fee from your bank, do not use a foreign ATM. Instead find out if your bank has a sister bank in or around your location in order to minimize fees.
Also, roaming and data charges on a smart phone can sky rocket when traveling over seas. Research to find a plan that will cover your needs. Some data plans offer free roaming. Take advantage of restaurants that offer free Wi-Fi to avoid roaming and data charges. If you have an iPhone, make sure it Airplane mode is turned ON. This will stop your phone from automatically searching for an internet connection.
In order to enjoy your next vacation or travel experience and to avoid the hassles that sometimes come with travel, remember these helpful tips.