Archive for the ‘Traveler Toolbox’ Category

Visa-Passport Services

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Visa and passport are important traveling documents because they determine whether or not you are allowed entry into a foreign country. The visa will also state entry conditions for foreigners and is usually authorized by stamping it in your passport.

Passport services you are likely to require include new passport acquisition, renewals, extra blank pages or additional issuances. There are different kinds of visas as well depending on purpose of visit and the country you are visiting. You may need to get a new visa, update or change the one you already have.

Passports services are normally provided by the immigration department of your country, embassies or consulates if you are in a foreign country. Visas, on the other hand, are provided by the consulate or embassy of the country you intend to visit or you could get one upon your arrival in the visiting country. Authorized international travel agencies also offer passport-visa services though their processing charges are often higher.

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Useful Flights Tools & Tips

Monday, March 5th, 2012

As a traveler, you want your flight to be stress free. This can be achieved if you have some flight tools and tips at your fingure tips.

Below are important flight tools & tips:

  • Make sure your flight details are correct and up to date. If in doubt, contact your travel agent before the flight date.
  • Read the flight regulations carefully to avoid fines or being barred from traveling
  • Be aware of items that are forbidden on flight
  • Label all your luggage clearly
  • You should have all the required traveling documents with you like your passport, Identification, plane ticket, immunization card and boarding pass.
  • Keep any valuables in your hand luggage.
  • Make sure you follow the reporting guidelines to save on time and for you not to miss your flight
  • Follow all the safety guidelines provided by the cabin crew
  • Dress light and comfortable.

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Travel Safety Tips

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Each time you travel, you expose yourself to many risks. You are particularly vulnerable if you are traveling to unfamiliar territory. Potential risks include robbery, rape, illness, hijacks and murder. However, you can minimise these risks by taking certain precautions.

Useful tips to ensure travel safety include:

  • Always use safe traveling arrangements.
  • Label all your Luggage pieces
  • Stay in secure hotels
  • Use authorized agents for financial transactions
  • Be aware of your surroundings and travel in well lit areas
  • Have an adequate stock of your prescription medicine
  • Keep your valuables in a safe place
  • Don’t get distracted when in a public place
  • Dress conservatively to avoid unnecessary attention
  • Don’t share your personal information in public or with strangers
  • You should have contact details of close family members and emergency services
  • Never accept food from a stranger

Observing these tips will allow you to stay safe as you enjoy your travel.

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Travel & Flight Insurance

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Travel and flight insurance serves to protect you as you make your trips. It is a useful cover to have given that each time we travel, we expose ourselves to potential risks. Travel risks differ and they can never be the same for everyone. This means that you have to get a travel or flight insurance that best matches your needs or situation.

Examples of potential travel risks include air or road accidents, illness, canceled, interrupted or missed flights or tours, lost property, death, emergency evacuation or terrorist attack. There are different travel and flight insurance plans offered by insurance providers to suit different needs and budgets.

The kind of travel plan you get for yourself will depend on your financial capability and the potential travel risks you think you will be exposed to. Choose an insurance company that is genuine and one that will provide timely quality services.

You can buy your insurance online or by visiting any reputable insurance company closest to you.

Online Flights Check In

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Modern air travel has been made more convenient by online check in. Online check in is a quick and very simple procedure that can be done anywhere where there is internet access and a printer. It saves time, costs and is more efficient. You are only required to log into the airline’s website to confirm your flight details.

You need to have your e-ticket for online check in so that you enter your name and reservation number. You will get a valid boarding pass which you have to print out. You should get a message that confirms you have been checked in. Some online check in services allow you to weigh your bags, printout your label tags and change your seat.

Once you have your boarding pass, you can skip the airport terminal once you get to the airport and instead head straight to the security checkpoint.

Most airlines will set a deadline for online check- in before flight.

Flights Taxes & Fees

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Flight taxes and fees are additional flight charges that are added to your air ticket fare. They vary across airports and countries and may consist of airport taxes, government taxes, passenger service fees, flight delay charges, online check-in charges, aviation insurance charges, special assistance fees, or passenger security fees. Any change in these charges will affect the amount of money you have to pay for your flight.

Government taxes are levied air travel taxes. Airport authorities charge for the use their airport services and facilities through airport fees and passenger service charges. Flight taxes and fees charges are not always included in airfare advertisements by airlines; this is something you should be aware of so you do not get surprised when you are asked to top up your air ticket cost.

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Baggage Fees and Policies

Monday, March 5th, 2012

As a traveler, you should be aware of your airline’s baggage fees and policies. This is because different airlines will have different baggage fees and policies.

Airlines have maximum baggage size and any excess is charged or not allowed at all. This information should be sought before you do your packing. Baggage fees are usually charged when you check in.

Baggage policies are mostly about what you should or should not do with your baggage. For example:

  1. Your baggage should be clearly labeled with your name and contact information
  2. Certain items are allowed on board but cannot be used like your cell phone while others can be carried on board but they cannot be used during plane take-off or landing, like your computer.
  3. Certain items are completely forbidden on flight like explosives, inflammables, magnetic, gaseous or radioactive materials and some chemical substances.

It is generally advised that you travel light or within baggage limits. Further  information can be viewed on US Airways