Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Top 8 Christmas Travel Tips

In the rush of the Christmas safari that you have been planning for,your mind must be tired of all that you have to do!Many at times we tend to forget important things and end up regretting why you forgot to do what you had to when you had the chance!We felt that a few "top" tips will definitely help you not to have a regrettable safari!

1. Be Digital - Try and avoid the long counter check - in queues at the airport by checking in online.There will still be a queue for bag drop-off but it tends to move fairly quickly. Online check-in also allows you to choose your seat.

2. Be Time Conscious - Time your drive from the house to the airport. Many people are travelling therefore the traffic is bound to be increased.

3. Prepare For Crowds - Christmas time means busy time at the airport.Crowds of people are always at the airport, each wanting to be attended to, as point three insinuates, get there early, get sorted early!

4. Pack Light, Smart and Safe - Ironically it is very had to pack light when travelling during the Christmas period, therefore carry what is necessary.Also, don't be among the many who cause delays at airport security checkpoints by packing sharp objects, aerosols and other prohibited items in hand luggage.Lastly,don't put presents in your checked-in luggage unless you absolutely have to. Christmas is the busiest time of year for air travel, meaning a greater chance of luggage going astray, so make the most of your seven-kilogram-a-person carry-on baggage allowance.

5. Cover Yourself - When purchasing your trip member to purchase travel insurance,if taking a safari, remember to buy an evacuation cover and most importantly check that you have all the right heath documents,say  you are traveling to East Africa;Yellow fever vaccination is a must.

6.Think Ahead - If you're going to need airport transfers, airport parking, hotel parking or other arrangements, book it now. Seeing the "car park full" sign when you have a flight to catch can make you feel wretched and you shouldn't assume hotels will have parking available when rooms are fully booked. If you're likely to be arriving late at your accommodation, you may need to call and make arrangements to collect a key or be given an access code.

7. Distract Yourself - You may wonder what do we mean by distract yourself ? Get yourself that book you've been wanting to read so you can turn waiting time into relaxation rather than frustration. Accept that things are going to take longer than normal and use the time enjoyably.If you're driving, downloading some podcasts or new music before you leave can make a big difference. If you're going on a long drive with children in the car, a cheap, portable DVD player may help bring peace and goodwill.

8. Do Not Forget The Christmas Spirit - This is the time to be jolly!If there's one guarantee about this period, it's that there will be spectacular tantrums in the airport and on the roads.In the airport, remember the staff are doing their best to get thousands of passengers on the right planes at the right times - it's not in an airline's interest to take off late.On the roads, it helps to remember that everyone else is trying to get to their holiday destination as well. Wear a Santa hat, listen to music, do whatever it takes to remember that Christmas is supposed to be fun, not survival of the fittest.

Courtesy of www.smh.com.au/travel and www.uniglobeletsgotravel.com

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