These 5 travel tips will make your next trip a bit easier.
1. Get the best seat for your money
Ever pick a seat on one plane and find its pretty comfortable and then find the same seat on another leg of your trip is totally different? Different planes have different seat configurations. When you choose your seat use http://www.seatguru.com/ to help you.
2. Carry on
I almost never check a bag. Like most people I don’t like worrying if my bag will get lost and don’t want to wait at baggage claim to retrieve it either. My standard carry on of 21 x 14 x 9 fits in most but not all planes wheels in first. But recently, some airlines and TSA agents have been making people check bags over 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5. So check your bag size before your next flight so you wont have to check your bag at the airport.
3. Hate lines?
If you travel internationally ever, consider getting a Global Entry card. Then, you too, can bypass the long lines at passport control, use the kiosks and be on your way. https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry . Another great benefit is you will then qualify for TSA PreCheck in the USA. Worth every penny!
4. Phone tips
Don’t want to be without the use of cell phone when you are out of the US? Cant figure out if your phone can be used in other countries? Shocked at the cost?? Consider getting a prepaid phone in the country you are traveling to. I bought a cell phone in the Dominican Republic for $20 with 100 minutes. They are often much cheaper than your cell phone and more reliable than Skype in places with low band width. Or consider Skyroam, a global wifi hot spot.
5. Money, money, money
Going where they don’t take US dollars? Get at least some local currency before you go. Go to your local bank and order it a couple of weeks before you travel. My bank doesn’t charge me any fees for this. In Cuba, the exchange rate for US to Cuban pesos was much higher than for Canadian dollars. So I went to my local bank, converted my US dollars to Canadian and converted the Canadian dollars to Cuban pesos and saved money. Before using your US credit card abroad, call customer service and ask if they charge foreign exchange fees. If they do, use another credit card and save.