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The Ten Commandments of Travel (+1)

As business travelers we all need a break, however we travel so much for work that the thought of another trip (even if it IS a vacation) makes many of us us want to sit down and just say NO! My advice? Take an organized tour or cruise. From the minute you step on the plane to the minute your journey ends, everything is taken care of for you. But first and foremost you must obey the Ten Commandments of Travel. They might not have come from God, but if you follow them, you very well could be treated like one. Enjoy!

The Ten Commandments of Travel (+1)

  1. Thou shalt not expect to find things precisely as they are at home, for thou hast left home to find things different.
  2. Thou shalt not take anything too seriously, for a carefree mind is the basis for a great vacation.
  3. Thou shalt not let other tour members get on thy nerves, for thou art paying good money to enjoy thyself.
  4. Thou shalt not worry. The person who worrieth hath little joy and few things are fatal.
  5. Thou shalt not judge all the people of a country by one person with whom thou had a problem.
  6. Thou shalt in Rome, do somewhat as the Romans do.
  7. Thou shalt be on time, for if thou art late thou shalt make thy own way to the next hotel.
  8. Thou shalt carry thy passport at all times, for a traveler without a passport is one without a country.
  9. Thou shalt learn to say “Thank You” in any language. Verily, it is worth more than gold.
  10. Thou shalt acquaint thyself with the currency of the land in which  you traverse, and thus thou shalt not be cheated.
  11. Thou art welcome in every land. Treat thy hosts with respect and thou shalt be an honored guest.

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Reminders for the holiday travelers

Christmas will be upon us soon and along with it comes the stress and strains of holiday travel.    There are many articles out there talking about this. It makes some very good points about how not to lose your baggage during this busy travel time. I think that it behooves us to discuss some of the more basic issues that end up causing us stress while traveling during the holidays. Some of this stress is a result of other people’s actions, especially those who don’t travel much and therefore don’t know what the TSA rules and expectations are or that they should have removed their shoes, their jewelry, etc. before trying to clear security at the airport.
Then there is the self inflicted stress. You know, the stress that we inflict upon ourselves and our traveling companions. Some of the ones that I have inflicted upon others included leaving the itinerary home so I didn’t have the confirmation number and rate handy when the car rental company told me that they didn’t have a reservation for me. Or forgetting that my profile specified a sports car and I was traveling with 5 people. Or realizing that I don’t have any cash so I can’t tip the Sky Cap (and I wonder why my bag went missing). Yes, it’s very easy for experienced travelers to forget what it is like to travel with others.
In light of that, I have worked up a checklist that I like to use whenever I’m traveling with family members.

  1. Everyone has his or her ID before we leave the house.
  2. We have chargers for our PDAs, as our entire itinerary is available for us to view via Christopherson Andavo Business Travel’s AirPortal, which we can access via our PDAs.
  3. We have some cash, just in case.
  4. iPods are charged.
  5. Reading material is in the carry on, along with a change of clothes and anything that we can’t live without, including but not limited to, prescription drugs, toiletries and snacks.
  6. Gifts, unwrapped.
  7. Phone numbers for those that we are visiting, for our travel agent and for the after hours service, in case something goes awry.
  8. My wallet, suitably cleaned out of everything that I don’t need on this particular trip.
  9. And of course, our sense of humor, patiences and a smile.

I hope that someone remembers to put the luggage in the car before we leave the house.
Happy holiday traveling!

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10 Helpful Tips for Holiday Travel

Holiday travel is upon us…. These tips should help alleviate some stress during this hectic time of year.  Follow these tips and you will only need to stress about your waistline!

  1. Pack light. If possible, use a carry-on only. Be sure to check your airlines’ website for updates on what items are permissible on board.
  2. 24 hours prior to departure, print boarding passes and check your bags in online.  This should expedite your wait times at the counter.
  3. If you are traveling with gifts, consider sending them to your destination ahead of time. Most airlines require gifts to be unwrapped and their bulk is likely to slow you down.
  4. Select your travel dates wisely. The days before and after the holidays, are usually the most expensive days to travel. Often, the holiday itself is the best day to travel.
  5. Consider using public transportation and shuttle services as your mode of transportation to the airport. Airport parking lots fill quickly during the holidays and no one wants to come and have to dig a car out of the snow.
  6. Consider flying into a smaller or regional airport. Often, these airports are less crowded and you may be able to save money.
  7. Try to take a morning flight. Flights earlier in the day are less likely to be delayed. Non-stop flights are less likely to be delayed due to bad weather or air traffic congestion.
  8. Check in early.  Airports are the busiest during the holidays.
  9. Buy travelers insurance. How many flights have you seen canceled during a season’s rush? If you don’t wish to be one of those people who find themselves stuck in an airport for three days waiting for a blizzard to blow over, then purchase insurance.
  10. Familiarize yourself with TSA rules and procedures (
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Holiday Travel

Tis the season to start making plans for the holidays. Planning ahead can ease  stress and allow you time to enjoy the festivities of the holidays.
Here are a few tips to make your holiday travel go smoothly:

  • If you are flying, review the Transportation Safety Authority’s list of permitted and prohibited items for air travel.
  • Make a  list of items you will be taking including gifts.  Collect all gift receipts and put them in an envelope.
  • Review your itinerary and reconfirm all flights 24 hrs in advance.
  • Make a list of all the hotels and places that you will be staying at including phone numbers and give to family.
  • Make arrangements with neighbors, friends or family members to watch over your house.
  • Check the average temperature for your destination and plan your wardrobe accordingly.  May want to get clothes dry cleaned.

Next are Ideas and specials for Holiday travel:

  • Disneyland and Disneyworld have special parades, fireworks,  and celebrate with the Disney Characters in a holiday theme.
  • Royal Caribbean is offering Holiday sailings on their “decked”out flyer below.
  • Celebrity Cruises is offering “Christmas in August” specials in the below flyer.
  • Trafalgar has a special brochure for their magic of fall, winter, spring rates. See brochure below. There are many more tours  than listed.
  • Also travel gift certificates can be purchase for any amount good toward future travel.

“Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.” –- Hodding Carter