How to survive holiday travel

imagesThere’s not much good news for fliers this Thanksgiving. Airports will be packed, planes will have few — if any — empty seats and you might sit apart from a loved one, unless you pay extra.

During the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period, 25.1 million people are projected to fly, an increase of 1.5 percent from last year, according to Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group.

That would make this the busiest year since 2007, when an estimated 26 million people flew over the holiday period.

The busiest travel day will be Sunday, Dec. 1, with an estimated 2.56 million passengers, followed by Wednesday, Nov. 27, with 2.42 million passengers. In case you were wondering, the slowest travel day is Thanksgiving itself, with just 1.44 million people expected to fly.

But don’t fret, there are some things you can do — in some cases paying a little extra — to make your trip more pleasant, or to at least buffer the damage if something goes wrong.

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Common Mistakes When Packing for a Trip

OK, you’ve planned for a year for this trip.  You have the reservations, the tickets, the cash, and now only one thing left to do.  PACK!  If you are now careful, you will add misery to your trip by not packing properly.  I have several tips on packing on this website, but I ran across this article on what NOT to pack and I thought you might learn something from it, I did.

 

Common Mistakes When Packing for a Trip

Stress-free ways to slim down your suitcase

Frommers: What Not to Pack for a Vacation, less is more

Use these tips to avoid over packing and streamline your luggage bulk. — Photo by Mark Weiss/Getty Images

1. Items Prohibited by the TSA
If you’re flying, check with the Transportation Security Administration to see whether anything you plan to pack is prohibited. The TSA website has clear guidance about what’s allowed and what’s not: in carry-ons, checked luggage or both. When in doubt about an item, leave it at home.

2. Regular-Sized Toiletries

Full-sized bottles of shampoo and lotion are heavy, take up precious space and, because of TSA 3-1-1 guidelines, make carry-on flying impossible. Create a toiletries kit with trial-sized drugstore sundries (toothpaste, deodorant and the like) and plastic bottles or jars filled with favorite products. A trip is also a great opportunity to finish off those almost-empty tubes of toothpaste and cosmetic samples. If you frequently visit a friend or relative, ask to keep a stash of your favorite products at his or her house.

Click here for the rest of the article on AARP.

 

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How to Fit Two Weeks Worth of Luggage Under the Airplane Seat in Front of You

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OK, OK, I get it!  It seems impossible to pack for a trip in just one bag.  I found this article that has several ideas to help you “consolidate” and, perhaps, help you have at least one less bag to lug around.

Back in the day, checking your bag on a trip only cost you 20 minutes of your time after a flight. Now you’re lucky if it only costs you $20. With rampant theft, high bag check costs, and overhead bins filled to the brim, learning how to pack efficiently matters more than ever. With the right strategy, you can fit everything you actually need into the seat in front of you.

I hate checking bags. I really hate checking bags. I’ve had luggage lost, items stolen, property destroyed, and a myriad of other issues. After an incredibly degrading experience with checked luggage, I decided to approach every future flight as a challenge. I tested new ways to ensure I get my bags on the plane and, more recently, that they can fit underneath the seat in front of me if necessary. After four years of practice, I can pack for a two week week trip and fit everything into a tiny space. In this post, we’ll look at how.

Try it, and don’t forget to comment on the article.

 

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What does the TSA do with my dangerous nail clippers?

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The TSA doesn’t just throw out the items confiscated at security checkpoints. Some are donated to non-profit organizations, most metal is recycled as scrap, and alcohol used to be binned. Well, until the cleaners started turning up drunk at the job, when they had to start disposing of the liquid gold more properly…

However, much of the loot confiscated items are actually sold online by the individual states via TSA auctions.

Buying the confiscated goods either from the TSA or individual states is done in auctions 90% of the time. Some confiscated items are put up directly for sale though, and you can find it on the websites for direct purchase. The state surplus auctions are held regularly, and if you’re planning to show up for it, it’s definitely best to check if you have to register beforehand. Several states require this.

Find your state information here:

 

 

 

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Taking a Winter Vacation?

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Are you planning a vacation this winter, or just going to Grandma’s for the holidays?  Don’t forget to PLAN first!  Winter brings a whole different set of challenges when traveling.  Whether you are traveling by air or car there will be many “inconveniences” along the way.  Among them are flight delays, missed connections and cancellations, full flights and overstuffed overhead compartments.

Road travelers face road closures, traffic accidents, road hazards like ice and snow.  That’s where a little planning will smooth out some of the bumps of winter travel.  If you are flying, book early.  I can’t say that loud enough or often enough, book early!  Try to avoid the “crunch” days before the holiday, if possible.  By doing this you are less stressed if you do get “bumped”, “cancelled”, or “delayed” (you also fight smaller crowds)  Carry a minimum number of bags which will save time in security lines and baggage charges.  Ship your gifts ahead of your trip and your baggage also, if you can’t “travel light”.

If your trip involves driving, leave early enough to avoid delays due to weather or other traffic problems.  The Winter season is considered to be the most dangerous season to travel by car.  Make sure to have your car checked, “bumper-to-bumper” and it is in “peak” condition for a trip.  Plan a couple of different routes in case your trip is interrupted by weather.  Check the weather at your destination also, to help you pack the right gear. 

You should always carry a safety kit in your car which would include items like first aid kit, car charger, tow rope, ice scraper, jumper cables, blankets, matches, flashlight, candles, sand (to help with traction) and FOOD!  When I was growing up a local TV weather man used to say “always put a jar of peanut butter in your trunk in November and leave it there until April” 

Here is a video that contains a great idea.  Build a “Winter Box” for your car.

 

 

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Travel Secrets!

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This book could save you hundreds of dollars on your next trip.  Here is what author James Steubing has to say about his book: ” I get so mad when I try to book a flight or plan a vacation. I don’t know about you, but the cost of a decent vacation is a lot more than I can usually afford, but I know we need vacations to recharge our batteries and enjoy one on one time with our family.

In addition to the outrageous hotel, airfare and cruise prices, you still have to wade through a sea of bogus claims, confusing package deals and tons of travel sites just to find a price you can live with. It’s enough to make you pull your hair out!
Well, after three years of exhaustive research, I have compiled a “tell all” guide that will show you, in great detail, how to travel for much less than normal (up to 50% to 90% off, sometimes even for free) and get more bang for your hard-earned buck.”

 Click on this link to find out more.

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