Stress Free Summer Travel Tips
The first official day of summer is tomorrow, June 21st. If you haven’t already planned your summer trip, now is the time to do it, don’t delay! We came up with a list of summer travel tips to make your vacation stress free. Read on and get planning!
Work with a travel agent
Working with a travel agent can save you time and money. Travel agents are committed to making their clients’ trip the best travel experience possible. So while the summer travel season is always busy, if you work with a travel consultant to plan your summer vacations, it doesn’t have to be a frustrating one.
Book your ticket ASAP and be a little flexible
The key to securing the best deal is flexibility in travel dates–ask your travel team agent to check for special fares or even consider flying into an alternate airport and renting a car. For overseas travel, make sure you have a valid passport, and check to see if you need additional documents, such as a visa.
Difficult airport parking, long lines at security checkpoints and the possibility of the airline overselling the flight and bumping passengers, should all be considered when deciding what time to arrive at the airport. Give yourself plenty of extra time. Need some incentive? Keep in mind that those who arrive earliest for an overbooked flight stand the greatest chance of staying onboard.
Keep a close eye on all your belongings
Just as flights are becoming extremely crowded, airports can also be fraught with thieves. Be aware of your surroundings and maintain a close watch over tickets, wallets, purses, and other belongings at all times.
Avoid getting bumped
1) Get an advance seat assignment. Passengers with seat assignments are typically only bumped if they arrive late and their seat assignment is released. 2) Check-in online. Most airlines allow you to do so within 24 hours of departure. Seat assignments that were not available at the time of ticketing may be available when checking in online. 3) Don’t be late. If all else fails, get to the airport early. Some airlines reserve a portion of their seat assignment inventory for airport check-in. If you are denied a seat assignment at check-in, put your name on the “standby” seat assignment list.
Plan itineraries and arrange accommodations well in advance
Reservations for hotels, restaurants and rental cars get booked quickly during peak travel times. Your travel agent can help you get the lowest rate and make sure your rental car has room for your family, luggage and whatever souvenirs you bring home.
Ready to plan your dream vacation?