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Stress-free Travel - Is that Possible?

Stress-free travel is what everyone wants. This is especially if you do not fly a lot, not used to flying, and only flies because you have to. Business frequent fliers are less prone to stress during traveling.

Here are some stress-free travel tips for you -

I used to work for someone who traveled at least 40 weeks a year as part of his job as Vice President of Global Operations. For him, traveling is a breeze. The reality, however, for most of us is, there is no such thing as stress-free travel. However, you can minimize travel stress by following the following guidelines.

From making reservations, to packing, to getting to the airport on time - those are just of the activities that can create stress for regular air travelers.

Travel 101: Have a Stress-Free Travel

  • Plan your travel early.

  • Research Check out the internet for travel deals. Saving hundreds of dollars on a trip can be a reason for less stress. More money to spend at your destination.

  • Be sure that you have the budget before embarking on a family trip. Unnecessary expenses can come up, especially when you are traveling with children. Check the balances in your accounts but do not overspend. Budget, budget, budget. Always be ready for extra money for buying souvenirs, items such as new pair of shoes, just in case.

  • Months before your travel, sign up for travel alerts from your favorite internet agencies.

  • Bookmark the internet sites and check regularly for advertised specials. Mark the travel date in your calendar. If you have an alert in your computer, set it so that you will be reminded often.

  • Plan your travel during off-peak travel times, i.e., after holidays, when fares are usually at the lowest.

  • Most importantly, decide whether you want to go miles away from home, or a short distance away from home. Your air fare may cost more if you are traveling, for example, from the East Coast to the West Coast, than from the East Coast down to Florida.

  • When you are ready to book, book your flight at least 21 days in advance. That is usually the time when you can get the lowest fare.

  • The most expensive airline fares are fares that you purchase the day of departure, or "walk up fares". They usually cost from from at least $600.00 one way. These fares are good for business travelers sent by their company or for people who have a real emergency. Some airlines though, have a zero "0" advance notice fares. What it means is, for example, an airfare for the "day off" is $600.00 one way, special zero advance fares can be purchased like the cost of a 21-day advance fare of $180.00 round trip, purchasing it on the day of departure. So, remember that when you have an emergency. Always check for this 'zero advance notice' fare.

  • Most airlines have a 24 hour guaranteed lowest fare on their menu. At some airlines, it is called "Customers First" guaranteed fares. What it means is within 24 hours after you made a reservation, your fare is guaranteed before you purchase your ticket. At that time when you come to the airport with your credit card ready to purchase, ask the airline representative to reprice your reservation. Sometimes, a lower fare exist after you made the reservation. The money you save in your airline ticket can be used for other travel purchases. If you find this out after you are already ticketed, you may still ask that your ticket be repriced. Depending on the airlines' fare rules, you may be able to request a refund of the difference in fare (for example, you purchased a $300.00 tickets and you found out that there is a lower fare, say $200.00, you may ask for a voucher for the difference. The refund vouchers are usually good for one year from the day of purchase so - there you have it - more money for your next vacation.

    Here are the other tips from one of our partners, Expedia, on Tips for responsible travel at how to be a responsible traveler

    Stress-free travel can be minimized, if not totally eliminated.

    Desiree L. Abetria

    How to Have a Safe Travel: Travel 101

    Here are some tips from the U.S. State Department for a safe trip:

  • Register your travel so you can be contacted in case of emergency. Why is this important?

    Travel registration makes it possible to contact a traveler if necessary, whether because of a family emergency in the United States or because of a crisis in the place the traveler is visiting. Registration is a free service provided by the State Department, and is easily done online at Register here (in accordance with the Privacy Act, the Department of State may not release information about those registered without their express written authorization. ). If your family needs you in case of emergency, a message can be sent through the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, which can be contacted from within the United States. Their phone number is 1-888-407-4747 (toll free). The overseas number is 202-501-4444. This office will then contact the U.S.Embassy or Consulate of the country where you are traveling so that the message can be relayed to you.

  • The State Department also advises that a copy of the passport and a detailed itinerary be left with a friend or family members in the United States before leaving for abroad.

    If you would like to contact an embassy or consulate, visit this website: Websites of Consulates, Embassies, and Diplomatic Missions

    Save Money on your next flight

    You can save lots of dollars on your travel money if you know how. Here are some tips for you -

  • Use the online (internet) travel agency. They do provide several discounts on hundreds of travel destinations.

  • Buy your tickets to your Summer destinations on Midweek. Hotels and flights usually have discounts on midweek. Hotel's charged are usually lower from Sunday to Thursday.

  • Do not try to go on vacation when the whole world is going. I know - I know. We all want to go to the same place. That is fine - just do not go on long weekends or holidays. For sure the tickets will be at the prime rates.

  • Always check with the airlines if they have travel deals before spending a dime. Airline usually have weekend or weekday specials. Northwest Airlines is famous for the "Joy" fares. These are fares that they offer during holidays.

  • Purchasing your tickets weeks in advance in not always a good idea. Some airline offer low fares on their zero (0) advance notice.

  • Red eye flights - those that are scheduled from 11pm to early morning are usually the least expensive. Although you will be encountering snoozers, you can save money for your family. The whole family can even sleep and be refreshed when they reach their destinations. These are the best flights to take to gambling destinations.

  • Do you live in San Francisco? You may take a flight from Oakland (usually higher taxes) but less delays due to air traffic, or from San Jose, CA. You may compare the fares to/from these cities to see what is the lowest offered.

  • When online, use the discount online agencies like Orbitz, Expedia, etc. so get the lowest price.

    If you take the time to plan for your vacation, the money you would have spent on airplane tickets can be used for more fun things that your family can enjoy.

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