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Holiday Travel & Safety Tips

ASK TRAVEL TIPS
by: Jacquie Lingad-Ricci, CTC
The holiday season is usually the busiest time of the year for travel.  Bad weather will cause delays in airports or bad road conditions.  Whatever mode of travel you choose, avoid the stress and be prepared before you go on your trip, have a checklist for your travel.   If you plan to travel by air, plan on leaving early for the airport to avoid missing your flight due to long lines at security.  Use only the TSA approved locks for your luggage.  Don’t wrap gifts because they will open your package anyway during an inspection.  Always bring something to snack on in case of a delayed flight, especially when traveling with children.

Some may prefer a road trip as an affordable way to travel during the peak season. This is very possible and easy to achieve with careful planning.

Before leaving home, pack some snacks or meals to save on food cost.  When traveling with children, take advantage of restaurants that offer discounted or free meals for the kids.
Plan your itinerary and routing before you get on the road.  Be familiar with the distance between the rest stops and gas stations.  Make a list of bed & breakfast or hotels for accommodations.  During the holidays, it would be wise to make a reservation.  Bring chains for your tires when traveling during the winter season.  Bring emergency supplies, first aid kit and plenty of water for your vehicle.  And DON’T forget to bring your battery charger for your cellular phone.  Drive with care and arrive safely!
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

TRAVEL FORUM

Airport Pat Down

Dear Jacquie,
Every time I travel, it never fails that the alarm goes off at the security checkpoint. What can I do to prevent an alarm at the security checkpoint?

ASKTRAVELTIPS:

You can avoid these occurrences by removing everything from your pockets before walking through the metal detectors.  Wear your jewelries after going through the security and avoid clothes that contain metal.  Pat-downs usually happens when the machines detects any type of metal on the passenger.  So, if you have a medical device, immediately inform the screening officer.

OPTION TO THE  AIT (Airport Imaging Technology)

Dear Ms. Jacquie,

How do I avoid going through the airport-imaging machine at the airport?  I am claustrophobic and looking at that machine at the airport, I know this can be a traumatic experience and will cause me to have a panic attack.  Is there a way I can avoid it?
ASKTRAVELTIPS:  Passengers may request a “Pat Down” as an option to going through the AIT (Airport Imaging Technology) machine.  There are others like you, even if they do not have claustrophobia, are more concern of the side effects of these machines.  Although the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) claims they are safe, other passengers prefer not to be subjected to this type of screening.  The passenger has the right to ask for a “Pat-Down” instead of walking through the AIT. You may request to have the pat-down conducted in a private room and witnessed by a person of your choice.  The officer should explain the pat-down process before and during the pat-down.  The procedures are conducted ONLY with the same gender.

TRUST KNOWLEDGE ……….. TRUST EXPERIENCE

TRUST A CERTIFIED TRAVEL COUNSELOR
You can trust a Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) to listen to your needs and meet them when planning your next leisure or business trip. CTCs have the experience and expertise to save you valuable time and effort. With all of the information available today, do you really have time to research what the best value is for you and your family? Can you trust the important details of your next trip to the Internet? You can trust a CTC with those details. CTCs possess at least five years of travel industry work experience and have completed a rigorous two-level certification program that also requires the fulfillment of annual continuing education credits. Trust knowledge. Trust experience. Trust a CTC to plan your next trip.

The Certified Travel Counselor designation is conferred by The Travel Institute upon travel professionals who complete an advanced certification program, demonstrate extensive industry knowledge and experience, and exemplify the highest standards of professionalism confers the Certified Travel Counselor designation.

Our comments and travel report are based on our personal experiences and own expenses.  There are no free travels or accommodations that would influence our writing a fair and unbiased opinion.     Email us your questions or comments at AskTravelTips@gmail.com

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