Things To Do Before Traveling

When it comes to travel, there is a long list of tasks and chores that must be done before you even leave home. Use the travel checklist below and leave home with the peace of mind that you didn’t forget to take care of something important.

Confirm Your Identification is Current

Check the expiration date on your driver’s license or passport. At the ticket counter at the airport or when trying to rent a car is not the time to find out that your license has expired. If you’ll be traveling internationally, check your passport’s expiration date well in advance. The normal turn-around time for passport renewals is 60 days. If you need it sooner, be prepared to pay to expedite the renewal.

Cell Phone Plan

Make sure your cell phone plan will adequately cover you while you’re away so you don’t return from vacation to a cell phone bill that is significantly higher than normal. Call your carrier’s customer service department and alert them of your travel plans. The agent will be able to explain your options and make you aware of any potential additional charges. Many plans offer short-term upgrades to your agreement for a reasonable fee that cover international usage, mALING and internet access while traveling.

Prescription Refills

Determine whether your current prescription medications will last for the duration of your trip plus a few days (you don’t want to have to make a midnight run to the pharmacy on the day you return from vacation). If not, make arrangements to get them refilled in advance. Consider taking a copy of your actual prescription with you along with your physician’s contact information in the event something happens and you find it necessary to fill one of your prescriptions while out of town.

DRY CLEANING

Make a trip to the dry cleaners with any items that need to be cleaned. Add picking up the dry cleaning to your list of tasks for the day before your trip to avoid the frustration of realizing while packing that you forgot to pick up your favorite outfit.

Pet Arrangements

Are you planning to board your pets while gone or perhaps hire a pet sitter? Make arrangements or reservations at least two weeks in advance of your trip. Most boarders require proof of up-to-date vaccinations and shots. Ask what documentation they require when making your reservations. As soon as you hang up the phone, go ahead and track down the documents and put them with your other travel papers. There’s nothing more stressful than trying to find critical paperwork on the day of your trip when you are under travel time constraints.

Out-of-Town Medical Insurance Requirements

Check with your medical insurance carrier or read your insurance policy prior to your trip to determine what your medical options are in the event of an out-of-town emergency. Many insurance companies require that you notify them within 24 hours of using an out-of-town emergency room or urgent care center in order to cover the claim.

Alert Your Bank and Credit Card Companies

Call your bank and credit card company customer service departments. Alert them to the fact that you will be traveling in the coming weeks and give them a list of all of your travel dates and locations. Many banks and credit card companies deny charges in foreign countries or popular vacation locations if you have not alerted them to your travel plans in advance.

Stop Mail and Newspaper Delivery

Contact your local newspaper delivery person and either stop your paper delivery for the duration of your trip or ask that your papers be held for delivery until your return.

Consider Hiring a House-sitter

Thieves like to target homes where it appears no one has been home for several days. Consider asking a friend, relative or neighborhood teenager to houses it. If you can’t find someone who is able to actually spend the night at your house while you are away, at least ask someone to drop by your house to check on things at different times each day you’ll be gone.

Garbage

Will you be out of town on garbage day? Ask a neighbor to put your trash bins and recycle bins out on your curb for regular pick-up and then return them to your storage location at the end of the day.

Empty Your Refrigerator

Either give away or throw away any perishable items from your refrigerator. There’s nothing worse than coming home to rotten lettuce and moldy leftovers. Consider ordering pizza for dinner the night before you leave for a trip. Not only will it make getting dinner on the table in the midst of everything else you must do much easier, you won’t have to worry about what to do with the leftovers. It’s also a nice way to transition from your normal routine to vacation mode.

Travel Documents

Make sure you have all necessary travel documents including:

  • Copies of your credit cards and a listing of 800 numbers to call in the event of loss or theft
  • Medical insurance cards
  • Passport and driver’s license
  • Travel itinerary
  • Reservations and confirmations
  • Tickets

Just Before You Leave

Turn your air up or your heat down. There is no sense paying to cool or heat an empty house. Shut down all computers. Unplug televisions and other electronic devices. Make sure the coffee pot and toaster oven are turned off and unplugged. Take the garbage out. Make sure all doors and windows are locked.

Relax and enjoy your trip knowing that you have used this travel checklist to make sure all pre-travel tasks have been accomplished.

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5 Tips to save money while booking a flight

Booking travel is so easy to do, yet all too often we
wind up spending more than we wanted.
Thank fee-happy airlines for that— there’s no limit to
what they’ll charge for, from meals to checked bags and
flimsy pillows.

1) The best time to book.

While booking as early as possible is the general rule of thumb to
getting great flight deals, this also depends on how far away your
travel dates are. In general, if your trip is more than three months
away, wait.
Airline sales tend to target travel dates that are
two to three months out, most of the time, so flights beyond that
window generally are priced at a higher level until the sales target
those dates.
There are a few myths related to booking flights. “One is
that the further in advance you book, the better”. “The other is if you
wait until the last minute, there will be unsold seats that the airlines
will practically give away”. Both of these are untrue in almost all
cases.
The truth is, there is no hard and fast rule; however, there are some
general trends to be aware of. Most airlines will open their flights for
booking about 11 months in advance. Usually when a flight first
opens for sale, fares are on the high side. The airline will keep them
that way for a while to get a sense of the overall demand. As it gets
closer to the flight date, you’ll begin to see sporadic sales. Then,
depending on how heavily booked a flight is, you might start to see
more frequent and aggressive discounting.”On average, six weeks
in advance is the least expensive time to buy a domestic flight – but
that does fluctuate quite a bit, “With popular markets on
popular travel dates, it’s best to book even earlier. And always try to
book at least 21 days in advance.”
This dynamic changes a bit during holidays, making it much more
important to book early. The basic factor affecting a flight’s price is
how full it is. In fact, airlines typically offer five to 15 different
prices for the same flight, just at different times. Usually, airlines
will sell the first 20 seats at their lowest fare and the next 20 at the
next lowest fare, with the pattern continuing until the flight is sold
out. In short, the fuller a plane is getting, the more expensive the
seats will be.

2) The best days to book and travel

Although there are always exceptions, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
rank as the least popular days and are usually the least expensive
to fly. Additionally, because it’s common for travelers to fly on
Fridays and Sundays, they are the most expensive.Wednesday afternoons specifically are the best time to book.
Tuesday and Wednesday are the days of the week when airlines
release their sales, Once all the sales are released,
other airlines may match some of the discounted fares, so waiting
until Wednesday afternoon allows for these matching airlines to file
their fares as well.
Keep in mind, around the holidays the rules change. For example,
during Thanksgiving week, Wednesday and Sunday are two of the
busiest and most expensive travel days of the year. Additionally, the
Tuesday before and the Monday after are also more expensive than
usual .The best days to travel out are generally the Saturday or Monday before Thanksgiving and the best days to travel back are the Friday,
Saturday or Tuesday after. Of course, if you can fly on Thanksgiving
Day itself you can usually get a great deal, too.
For Christmas and New Years, the day after is usually very
expensive, as are the Fridays and Saturdays before and the Sundays
after.

3) Become a frequent flier

It pays to cozy up to your airline of choice.
Become an elite member of the airline’s frequent-flier
program or use a credit card that’s tied to the airline to
get a leg up on other travelers.
Likewise, if you’re using a credit card that offers
rewards, check to see if those rewards can be redeemed
for miles or travel gift cards.

4) Be flexible (In date & time)

The main tactic to saving money on flights is to be as flexible with
your dates as possible. If you are locked into exact travel dates, it
will be more of a challenge to get a great deal. However, if you are
willing to fly on multiple sets of dates, the odds of finding a good
deal
get better. Moreover, being flexible with the times you travel is a big
help.
Flying late morning through afternoon is often a lot
more expensive than catching a red eye or hopping on the first flight
of the day.
Alternate airports can help, too. If there is more than one airport
near your origin or destination city, check them both.
“The more options you have in terms of airports and travel dates,
the more likely you will find what may be one of the last discount
seats to where you are going.”

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5) Online Tools

When trying to find a deal, make use of the online tools available to
you. CheapAir.com offers a “Price Drop Payback,” where they refund
passengers the difference if a ticket they purchased drops in price.
Furthermore, Bing Travel features a price predictor to help you
decide if you should wait or buy now by showing if fares are rising
or dropping. Kayak is also helpful, as it shows fare history charts to
give you some foresight. If you have Twitter, Fly.com has an award-
winning feed for flight deals, being nominated as one of the best by
Time Magazine. Additionally, using aggregator sites like the ones
mentioned above, as well as Skyscanner, Orbitz, cheapOair and
Hotwire can help you compare airline prices.

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5) Some exceptional ideas

Clear Your Web Browsing History
It happens all of the time. You find a cheap flight online, search for
it again later that day … and the price has skyrocketed. Why? All
booking sites record your web browsing data and some (e.g.
Travelocity) use this information to raise prices when you’re
interested in a flight. If you clear your web browsing data (known as
a cache), there’s a chance that you’ll find the original price.

So just by following the above tips you can save some good bucks which you can send me in my account for such good tips  :p

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Do and don’t while traveling to India

Do and Don’t

While travelling to India, it is recommended that the following do’s and don’ts be strictly followed..

Do’s:
1) It is advisable to avail pre paid taxis/autorikshaws (three wheeler taxis) wherever available at the airports and railways stations. For metered taxis insist on paying by meter or ask for a fare chart
2) Shop at Government emporia/fixed price shops as far as possible. This ensures good quality products at reasonable prices. Insist on proper receipts/bills of purchase.
Keep your valuables in hotel lockers/safe deposit vaults.
3) India tourism has a system of approving travel agents/tour operators who conform to prescribed standards of service and quality. Always book your tours through such agencies. A list of approved travel agents/tour operators is available at the local India Tourism office/State Government Tourist Office..
For guiding services, hire a Government approved tourist guide who always carries an identity card issued by India tourism and Archaeological Survey of India..
4) Change money only at authorized foreign exchange outlets/banks/hotels and insist on proper receipt.
5) Contact the nearest India tourism office/State Government Tourist Office for authentic information. All these offices supply guide maps/brochures free of cost/at a nominal cost.
Confirm/re-confirm hotel booking yourself.
6) Buy train tickets from Railway Booking Counters or through authorized Travel Agents.
7) Always keep a Xerox copy of your passport and visa for any emergency

Don’t:

1) Don’t fall for tempting exchange rates offered by unauthorized people.
2) Don’t allow any unauthorized person to act on your behalf. Stay away from touts.
3) Don’t purchase air/bus/train tickets through strangers, touts and unauthorized travel agencies.
4) Don’t accept lavish hospitality extended by strangers/unknown persons especially while shopping for jewellery and expensive items.
5) Don’t travel in a Taxi carrying any person other than the driver.

Emergency Telephone Numbers: Police-100/Ambulance-101

India is the country of colours,country of love ,country of friendship. Here even stones are worshipped as god.
Great country great culture a must visit place on this planet.

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How to travel with your pet

Mostly we are always confused about how to travel with our pets or is it really a good idea to travel with your pet so don’t worry here are few tips that will help you in seeking your answer for this question
As hotels and airlines begin to cater more to our four-legged friends, many people are starting to enjoy the benefits of traveling with a pet. Some hotels go as far as pampering our animals with personalized beds, gourmet treats, and turndown service. And several airlines even offer frequent flyer miles for the dog or cat who’s always on the go. However, before you start planning a vacation, it’s important to prepare yourself and your pet for the road ahead.

Know before you go
The first step in planning a trip with your animal is considering what’s in it for him or her. Oftentimes, it’s more practical to hire a sitter or board your pet, so you want to be certain that he or she is going to get just as much enjoyment out of the journey as you will Once you’ve decided to bring your pet along, you need to think about safety. While packing extra food, water (ice cubes work wonders), and favorite toys, it’s wise to take a minute to locate the closest veterinarian to where you’ll be staying. Healthy pet is an excellent resource, and is part of the American Animal Hospital Association. In just a few clicks, you can print a list of doctors and directions to have handy in case of an emergency. It’s also a good idea to pack a basic first-aid kit for any journey.

Make sure you have a current ID tag with your pet at all times. Microchips are also a safe and secure way of keeping track of your pet, especially for those traveling to a foreign country. Pack a few extra color photos in the event that you get separated.

Before any big trip, by flight or car, it’s important to familiarize your pet with its kennel, carrying case, or car seat. Start by introducing the animal to it for short periods, and then slowly increase the amount of time for each session. If flying, make sure your pet’s kennel is up to standard, is accepted by the airline, and fits your pet comfortably.

Most pets rely on routine, so it’s important to keep things as normal as possible. Robert D. “Jake” Tedaldi, D.V.M., winner of Boston Magazine’s 2006 “Best of Boston” award for veterinarian, suggests that you, “Try to make the arrangements and transitions as stress-free as possible by attempting to reproduce the living experience your animal is already accustomed to.” For instance, keeping a regular feeding and walking schedule wherever you go will help your pet feel more secure. It’s also comforting for the animal to have familiar items such as a favorite toy or blanket.

Doctor’s Visit
A doctor’s visit is imperative before any big trip. Make sure your pet is up-to-date with vaccinations, especially rabies, as they are legally required everywhere you go. Let your doctor know your destination, duration, and means of transportation to help them know the best way to keep your pet healthy.

A veterinarian may recommend sedation for a longer trip, especially for an animal that’s anxious or aggressive. If you decide to sedate your pet, Dr. Tedaldi recommends taking “any sedatives you’re planning to use on your pet for a ‘test drive.'” That is, try the sedative well in advance when you have the time to observe your pet’s full response to the medication. He adds, “This way you’ll know what to expect when the day arrives. Everyone, including your pet will be less stressed as a result.” In addition to a veterinarian’s recommendations, it’s wise to do your own research before making any final decisions.

For domestic flights, some airlines require a health certificate acquired within the previous 10 days. For international flights, it’s wise to make an appointment with a doctor six months in advance, as different countries have different restrictions and requirements. Keep copies of your pet’s records and an extra photo of your pet with you in a safe place while traveling.

Airplane Travel
The first step toward ensuring a comfortable flight is in the booking process, especially since many airlines have special requirements, and some don’t even accept pets. Several airlines have also implemented a pet embargo that restricts animals from flying in cargo during extreme temperatures (over 85 degrees or under 35 degrees). For instance, Delta Airlines will not allow animals to fly as checked baggage from May 15 through September 15. Before booking any flights, be certain the airline has no special restrictions that will prevent your pet from flying. Also, consider booking a nonstop flight versus one with several layovers. This may be more expensive, but it’s safer and less stressful for you and your pet.

Reservations are required for both cargo and carry-on passengers. Smaller pets (weight varies by airline) are allowed as carry-on, and are required to remain in their airline-approved cases under the seat in front of you for the duration of the flight. Many airlines only allow a certain number of animals in the cabin, so be certain your pet has a guaranteed place with you before you fly. Larger pets are required to fly in the cargo hold. If you’re traveling with an animal in cargo, alert flight attendants, so they’ll know who to grab first in case of an emergency. Be prepared to pay extra when flying with your pet, as many airlines charge a fee for each way, which can be as much as $250. Check with your airline for its specific rates and procedures.

Depending on the duration of the flight, many vets recommend withholding food six hours before departure and water two hours prior to take-off. It’s also wise to exercise pets before putting them in their crates. Place a visible tag with your pet’s name and emergency contact information on the side of its carrying case.

Border Crossing
When taking a trip to Canada or Mexico, it’s always important to familiarize yourself with the most current requirements for pet transport. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures, contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency before hitting the road.

A valid rabies certificate is mandatory for crossing both borders, but Mexico also requires a health certificate issued within the last 72 hours. The pet may be inspected at either border for illness, but it’s merely a formality and patience goes a long way. To return to the United States, pets over three months old must have a valid rabies certificate issued at least 30 days prior to travel. Pets are allowed on most ferries, but many require animals remain on vehicle decks or in a carrier at all times.

It’s a good idea to bring extra unopened cans or bags of food. It’s not uncommon for opened food to be discarded upon entrance, and it may not be so easy to replace immediately. On a recent trip to Victoria, British Columbia, my mother, Victoria Hamman, had her pet food confiscated by U.S. Customs. She said, “I’m sorry we didn’t bring two smaller containers instead of one large one, because we had to search for a place to buy dog food once we arrived in Port Angeles later that night.”

Hotels and camping
Finding pet-friendly accommodations is becoming easier, but it still requires a little prior planning. Make sure your chosen hotel accepts the size and type of pet you’re bringing. Be aware that some hotels may charge an additional fee for your pet, so be sure to speak to the hotel directly to avoid any extra charges. Find pet-positive lodging through one of these helpful websites: Pets Welcome, Pet Friendly Travel, and Trips with Pets. On each site, you can search by exact location, and many offer lodging discounts.

For a place to stay on short notice, stop at one of these hotels known for welcoming pets: Red Roof Inn, Motel 6, or Days Inn. For a more luxurious experience, stay at one of the many Kimpton Hotels located across the country. Each hotel welcomes your pet as if he or she is a VIP guest, and many have special programs tailored for the two of you.

Another option for lodging along the road is staying at a KOA Campground. For a little less than a hotel, the campgrounds offer a fun retreat for you and your pet. If you decide to camp, be sure to talk to your vet about fleas, ticks, and other creepy crawlies you might want to vaccinate against. Also, be considerate of other campers by keeping your pet with you at all times.

Traveling with your pet should be an enriching experience, not a stressful one. By following these tips and preparing yourself for the unexpected, you will learn to enjoy taking him or her with you wherever you go.