7 Travel Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money During Holiday Season

For all you, frequent flyers. You know that sometimes the most tiring thing about traveling during holiday’s can be the airport itself, the money and the time spent. Prices rising because of the season is not cool… Am right?

Today, we’ll teach you how to avoid airport headaches during the upcoming holidays, such as traffic, baggage fees, and delayed flights. We’ll also teach you how to get access to lounges even if you don’t have the necessary status with the airline. Take note: these are our favorite hacks for saving time and money.

1. Park cheap: Parking nearby the airport can be expensive in any date, except if you park at San Diego’s Park Shuttle & Fly. You can save money by parking at our fully fenced parking facility use our free airport shuttles to and from the airport for rates as low as $14.99, we aren’t exaggerating when we say we are the best option out there. Conveniently located just across the street from the SAN Airport.

2. Avoid hotels: Definitely expensive. What a rag huh? Also, they have a way of isolating you from fully experiencing the city. If you’re visiting family or friends, see if you can crash on a couch, rent a hostel or something cheaper from couchsurfing.com or airbnb.com.

 

3. Pack only the indispensable: If you want to save money for Christmas gifts you might want to consider traveling light. Come on! You’ll even save money.Take some time to ask yourself if all the items in your suitcase are truly necessary.

 

4. Wear your luggage: If the last tip isn’t an option and you truly want to avoid baggage fees, consider wearing your luggage. Stuff your jackets! Huge ones with a lot of pockets are the best. There are even some companies that have created wearable luggage. For example, Jaktogo sells a jacket that converts to a bag, so you can wear it through security and save money.

 

5. Forget about wrapping your gifts: If you’re going home for the holidays or have a souvenir to bring someone, think twice about wrapping your gifts ahead of time. There is the possibility that airport security might decide to unwrap your items to get a look inside. Save yourself the drag by putting your family’s gifts in reusable gift bags

 

6. Check your flight status online: You want to be early to that Christmas party? Before heading to the airport, you better check your flight status online. Delays happen, and instead of waiting at the terminal for hours, you can get real-time updates before leaving the house. THIS IS A MUST IN ANY CASE!

 

7. Easier access to airport lounges: You haven’t got lounge access through a credit card for travel and you want to get comfy after spending a long trip full of setbacks due to Christmas? You should consider buying a priority pass membership. At https://www.prioritypass.com/en/join/step2 you can get one. They would give you access to over 1,200 airport lounges. Standard membership for the first year is $99. This might be a good option if you’re thinking on international traveling or a long flight.

Three Reasons Why You Should Consider Getting a Passport

Passports are a lot more useful than most people realize and in a country like the USA, where less than half of the population have one, it can open many, many doors.

It’s estimated that less than half of Americans have an active passport and even less have ever been outside the USA.

It makes sense, of course. With a country as vast and varied as America, there’s plenty of traveling you can do around the country without going through the legal process needed to get a passport.

However, we’re of the idea that having one is always a good thing, and today we’ll tell you exactly why.

Passports Make Great Identifications

There’s plenty of debate around what constitutes a valid ID and what doesn’t, but passports tend to fall on the positive side of the discussion more often than not.

Sure, a bartender might not know what to do if presented with one for the first time,but as a federally recognized form of identification, there’s an excellent chance it will be accepted nonetheless.

Think about it, your driver’s license may or may not be valid outside of your state, but a passport? A passport can work worldwide!

Passports are Empowering

No, really. Think of it this way, you may not be planning to travel abroad anytime soon, but having a valid passport turns this into a “want” situation as opposed to a “can” one. Now, you can say you don’t want to travel to Europe, instead of saying you can’t travel, because having a passport gives you the gift of choice.

Speaking of gifts…

Passports Can Help You In Good and Bad Situations

Wouldn’t it suck if you won an all-expenses-paid trip to Bali that you have to skip be-cause you don’t have a passport?

Traveling Abroad With Your Dog

More and more people are choosing to travel abroad with their dog in search of new adventures, but while this can be a fantastic bonding experience, it can be pretty
tricky if you’re not prepared.

Dogs have gone from being man’s best friend to being part of the family and, which means traveling without them is falling out of style. While taking your dog along when running errands or even letting them join you at  work is commonplace, taking them abroad is a whole other ballpark.

Luckily, things are getting more manageable in this respect, but there’s still a lot  you need to consider. If you’re thinking about traveling abroad with your dog, you should consider these  things:

DO YOUR RESEARCH
Let’s cut right to the chase. Not all countries are as pet-friendly as the United  States.

While pet culture is spreading around the globe, a lot of countries still consider them “just animals,” which means your dog might not receive a warm welcome.

A quick research on how dogs are treated in your destination is a must, as you want  to know how easy (or hard) it will be to find dog-friendly places.

If the country, you plan to visit doesn’t have a dog culture you might even have to consider leaving your dog behind. After all, traveling all the way to a new country only to stay in a strange room all day long can be scary for any dog.

GET A PET PASSPORT
Yes, dogs need passports too.

Dog passports are issued by specialized veterinarians and contain proof that your  dog is healthy, vaccinated and meets all requirements to travel abroad.

Ask your vet about getting a passport. If they can’t issue one, chances are they know someone who can.

While you’re at it, get your dog a checkup and, if he isn’t, make sure to microchip them, as that’s another requirement your dog needs to meet.  Plan Accordingly

PLAN ACCORDINGLY

We’re not talking just pet-friendly accommodations here. We’re talking the whole vacation.

Your dog is traveling with you, so make sure they have fun too!

Make a list of nearby parks, pet-friendly restaurants and cafés, pet shops, dog parks and anywhere else your four-legged friend would like to visit.

Sure, your dog will be happy to be by your side no matter where you go, but who doesn’t like being treated to fun activities now and then?

PLAN FOR THE WORST

Yes, that seems a little dramatic, but it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Yes, a new country means adventure, it also means unique flora and fauna, some of which can be dangerous for your dog.

The stress of the trip and the new environment can also lead to some problems you  weren’t expecting and if that wasn’t enough, well, let’s face it: Accidents happen.

While a positive mentality and a can-do attitude can take you very far, it pays to have some contingencies in place just in case things don’t go as planned, so we suggest you find a vet well in advance of taking your dog abroad.

Knowing a vet in the country you’re visiting is also a fantastic way of ensuring your  dog has fun during your vacations, as no one is more familiar with the best hang-out spots for dogs than those who work with them.