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It can be overwhelming considering all the to-dos before hitting the road, especially if you aren’t a seasoned traveler. Travel plans, when disorganized, can quickly turn disastrous.
Look at the cult classic film, National Lampoon’s Vacation. Clark Griswold’s dream of a bonding family vacation unravels as his pre-ordered “Antarctic Blue Super Sports Wagon” doesn’t arrive on time, forcing him to pack his family into an oversized 1979 “Wagon Queen,” soon on its last legs. This is just the start of a lengthy list of mishaps.
As funny as their make-believe misfortune is, real-life travel disasters are all too common.
Here are our top tips for safe and seamless travel:
Ensure your Documents are in Order.
Security standards have changed, and we can no longer travel on a smile and a handshake.
Whether traveling within the United States or internationally, you should have at least two pieces of photo ID on you; preferably a Drivers’ License and Passport. Depending on your location and the activities you plan to partake in, you may also need health cards, citizenship cards, employee identification, status cards, firearms cards, or your NEXUS pass.
Mind the 6-Month Validity Passport Rule.
Many countries will not allow entry unless you have a passport valid at least six months past your travel date. Six months is standard validity for most countries; however, regulations do change often. If you’re unsure, check in with your destinations’ consulate.
Use Helpful Travel Apps.
Packing Pro: If you have ever arrived at your destination with suit coats and no dress shoes or fifteen bikinis’ and no toothbrush, this app is for you. Create sharable packing lists based on your destination’s temperature and more. You can create lists for singles, couples, family, and business travel.
Guides by Lonely Planet: Available for 177 cities, you can access offline maps, must-see lists, neighborhood guides and audio phrasebooks so you can better communicate with the locals. Take advantage of their quick currency converter and ‘near me’ functionality.
Flight Stats: For iPhone or Apple Watch, this app offers real-time flight status updates. You can access your flight by flight number, airport, or route. The app also gives the ability to check exact departure and arrival times, delay indexes, gates, and weather issues.
AsterRIDE: Our award-winning booking app will allow you to book quality limousine car service and airport transportation with a professional chauffeur who is properly licensed, fully background checked, and commercially insured in a plethora of cities.
You can book your car service in advance, and we will connect you with a luxury sedan, SUV, limo, sprinter, airport shuttle or bus (or coach) – whichever is your preference. Our app allows you to book car service at a time convenient to you, and even among your preferred drivers.
If you are traveling solo, our InstaALERT® feature acts as your guardian angel keeping your family and friends aware of your ride status and location.
With AsterRIDE, you can book:
- Airport Transportation to/from the airport.
- Hotel transfers from the airport or to select locations.
- Car service for touring or getting to meetings.
- Your post-vacation journey home.
Safe transportation and a prepared schedule will set the tone for your trip; because, in the famous words of Clark Griswold, ‘Getting there is half the fun.’