Tips To Travel Well. As I prepare to disembark
Crystal Symphony, I find myself reflecting on my
For most of my life, I’ve prided myself on being able to leave
the country for a 3-week trip with only a carry-on. As the Q
Crew goes through the transition of placing my
jewelry collections on luxury cruise lines, this avenue of
simplicity has been snatched away, leaving me with a new
appreciation and understanding of the anxiety others experience
when trying to pull it all together (pictured above is Kyle's and
my mound of luggage at the port of Piraeus when our fall cruise
ended in Athens).
Tips to Travel Well
I’ve put together a list of things that will help reduce
stress and propel you towards your goal
– having fun and fully enjoying the experience of new places. I
promise you will catch on and this preparation will become second
nature, a creative and fun part of future travel. Be willing to
step out of your comfort zone and you will find an entire world
of adventure awaits you.
Before packing, or even before booking your flights, check
the luggage restrictions of your airline. They can vary
greatly. Did you know some airlines (Turkish Airlines) have
both size and WEIGHT restrictions for carry-on bags?
Do your research. Do you need a visa or any other
special requirements? Do this far in advance.
MAKE SURE YOU ALERT YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANIES WHERE AND WHEN
YOU WILL BE TRAVELING. (If not, that cute leather bag you
are trying to buy may have to stay in Italy!)
How much weight are you able to lug and carry yourself?
Many of us are now booking apartments and villas when traveling
abroad. Are you prepared to drag your luggage up three
flights for old world charm? “Old world charm” rarely
includes a bellman and often doesn’t have a lift. I learned this
the hard way – and I now travel to the ships with three bags
weighing in excess of 150lbs. Carefully check the details before
booking – the term elevator is only used in the United States.
(No lift = no elevator!!)
If you are booking your flight through a third party
Travelocity) be aware they do not always assign
seats. As soon as you have booked, call your airline and
reserve your seat. Otherwise, you may end up in the
dreaded center seat all the way to Rome or Rio.
Before leaving home make sure you have procured local
currency. It is embarrassing not to have small amounts for
tipping drivers and hotel employees.
Are you scheduling an airport pick up before you leave
home? Check to see if Uber is available in the city you are
Blacklane is a great car service I use all over
the world. You will pay a premium for it but they will
always be early and you are in a luxury sedan. And make
sure you have downloaded Whatsapp onto your
cell phone so your drivers can contact you. Often my
drivers do not speak English but know my destination as I have
booked in advance. If you are going to hop in a cab,
print several copies of your destination/address and just hand
them to your taxi drivers. Works every time.
Note the above advice to download Whatsapp on your cell
phone. It is the standard way to be contacted in countries
other than the USA.
Download copies of your passport and any travel insurance to
Google Drive. This will assure you have access should it be
I wanted to list 10 tips. It seems like a good round
number. Here is number 10:
ENJOY THE RIDE.
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