Saturday, September 27, 2014

Travelers: Quick Tips

Many publications and online travel sites offer tips to make your next trip more fun, easier, safer...and on and on.

Periodically I offer quick tips that have worked for me or ones that others send to me.

Here are just a few:

When renting a car, check for any damage to bumpers or doors. Look at the windshield for damage as well. If you see any dings or issues, take photos immediately. Even if you rent from a brand name company, issues can occur. Last summer in Boston we rented from Hertz. When we went to the rental car, there were several issues with it from dings, to a bumper dent, to an odd smell inside. We took photos and then decided to talk to the on site supervisor about the car. They apologized and gave us an upgrade. Hertz employees showed exemplary customer service and made sure we were happy with the new rental. It pays to talk to them and not just accept a car with obvious problems.

Wear loose fitting shoes on flights, especially long ones. The pressure change in the cabin can cause your feet to swell, making your shoes tight. Plus, it's easier going through security if your shoes come off easily.

Noise cancelling headphones can make all the difference on flights. They reduce fatigue and shut out noises, allowing you to sleep.

Bring a small toothbrush and toothpaste in your carry on, especially on long flights.

Bring a small flashlight in your carry on as well. You never know when you may need it in flight, at night in the hotel, or at a dark restaurant.

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