travel 101 week 5

28 Nov

“So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that youll wait for me
Hold me like youll never let me go.
Im leavin on a jet plane
I dont know when Ill be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go.”

Oh-kay, this week is a short and sweet holiday edition of travel 101! Sure you’ve been walking up and down the boulevard like you own the place; and yeah, you’ve even ridden your bike across the state for the thrill of it – but there are times when you need to jet. Literally.

Take for instance, the holidays, when you’re compelled to sit down and spend quality time with family. And for some, family may be out of walking distance.

It’s best to get your tickets at least a month or two in advance for the best deals; however, if you’re lucky, you might be able to snag a last minute miracle flight. I’ve also found that tabbed browsing has really opened up the online cheap ticketing world. Searching for your flights on a number of travel sites at the same time is a great technique as you can compare prices in real time. You know the sites like: cheaptickets, travelocity, lowestfare, orbitz, studentuniverse (for students), ryanair (Europe), and airline sites as well, like jetblue.

Once you’ve chosen your flight, make sure that you check-in online by visiting the airline site the day before your scheduled departure. This way you can bypass those silly check-in lines at the airport. You’ll be required to print your boarding pass so make sure you have a printer handy, or email yourself the link and go to a kinkos office center where you can print out your information. Put your boarding pass in your carry-on, somewhere easily accessible.

Pack lightly and bring only what you really need. I can’t emphasize how crucial this is for a smooth travel experience. A small rolling suitcase/duffel bag and a laptop messenger bag are all you need. Easy. Dress like a cartoon character. Wear the same thing, switch shirts, whatever. You don’t need your entire wardrobe. It’s okay. Really. However, if you’re bringing back presents and all that jazz, definitely check a bag so that you don’t have to lug around a lot of weight.

Get to the airport early, say at least an hour and a half before your scheduled departure. Bring a book or have some work with you as you may have some spare time to burn.

Wear slip on shoes or something that isn’t to laborious to take off, as you’ll most likely be required to take them off at security check. Also, if you like to wear a lot of jewelry or have a belt, pack those accessories in your carry on so that you can put them on after security (and not have to deal with taking everything off in a hurry while everyone glares at you for holding up the line).

Once you are through security… you’re free to roam about the terminal!

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