Welcome to the "The Smart Traveler". Your September 2006 newsletter with tips and information to help make your traveling smoother.
VARIETY AND SATISFACTION...
Consider A Cruise
day, more and more people are discovering the all-inclusive
pleasures of a cruise vacation. More singles, families, couples,
honeymooners, second honeymooners and groups of friends are sailing
away on the vacation of their lives. Last year alone approximately
seven million people enjoyed a cruise vacation. When you add it all
up, it's easy to see why.
price of your ticket includes all of your meals and in-between
snacks on-board; your stateroom, activities, parties and
entertainment; plus, an exciting voyage to some of the most
enchanting and culturally-enriching places in the world.
find that a cruise ship is a floating resort, with all the things a
fine resort has to offer and more! You'll meet new friends who share
the same tastes and interests as you.
hassles of an ordinary vacation are completely eliminated. A cruise
is one convenient package. You don't have to worry about making
dinner or nightclub reservations, running to make flight connections
as you travel from one destination to another, or packing and
can lie back and be completely pampered. Or, go non-stop. Dine like
never before. Enjoy one great show after another. Let your cares
no wonder that more people are taking cruise vacations than ever
before. And once they get a taste of cruising, they come back for
more, again and again.
Haven't Lived Until You've Cruised!
Tuesday, September 26, TSA Is Adjusting The Ban On Liquids, Aerosols
There are two major changes:
Travelers may now carry
through security checkpoints
travel-size toiletries (3
ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE,
clear plastic, zip-top bag.
After clearing security,
travelers can now bring beverages and other items purchased
in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft.
At the checkpoint travelers will
be asked to remove the zip-top bag of liquids and place it in
a bin or on the conveyor belt. X-raying separately will allow
TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared
In addition, larger amounts of
prescription liquid medications, baby formula and diabetic
glucose treatments must be declared at the checkpoint for
It is unlikely that additional
changes in the liquid, aerosol and gel policy will be made in
the near future.
This security regimen applies to
all domestic and international flights departing U.S. airports.
Travelers should, however, check with transportation security
authorities in their country-of-origin for flights originating
at non-U.S. airports.
Travel Tips To Make
Your Screening a No Hassle Experience
The secret to getting through
security smoothly is to de-clutter your carry-on bag. This
lets our Transportation Security Officers get a clear,
uncomplicated X-ray image of your carry-on.
When possible, keep packing
liquids in checked baggage. You will get through security
Limit quantities to what is
needed for the duration of the flight.
Items purchased in the secure
boarding are for use on the immediate flight. If you must leave
the secure boarding area and re-enter through the screening
checkpoint, items exceeding 3 ounces that are not in the zip-top
bag will again be prohibited.
The ban on liquids, aerosols and
gels was implemented on August 10 after a terrorist plot was
foiled. Since then, experts from around the government,
including the FBI and our national labs have analyzed the
information we now have and have conducted extensive explosives
testing to get a better understanding of this specific threat.
These changes are intended to enhance security and balance human
needs because we have a better understanding of the threat and
security risks associated with liquids, aerosols and gels.
In addition, TSA will be enhancing
security measures throughout the airport environment – more
random screening of employees, additional canine patrols,
stronger air cargo security measures, more rigorous identity
verification, deploying more trained security officers in bomb
appraisal, and screening by observation technique.
Know What To Expect
Make your screening experience as
smooth as possible. Select a video to help you understand the
Step-By-Step Screening (WMV 3 MB)
Female business traveler (WMV 3 MB)
Male business traveler (WMV 3 MB)
Traveling with a baby or small child (WMV 3 MB)
Beating Jet Lag
Follow these tried-and-true tips to prevent jet lag from ruining
Even if your watch indicates that it’s midmorning when you arrive,
your body clock will still think it’s the middle of the night.
Here are a few tips to help you cope with what is perhaps the
worst aspect of international travel:
1. Try to exercise the day of your flight. Good circulation and
fatigued muscles will make it easier to fall asleep during the
2. Opt for water or juice instead of caffeinated soda or alcohol.
Dehydration exacerbates the grogginess that accompanies jet lag.
3. Take melatonin. Many travellers swear by this herbal sleep aid.
Of course, consult your physician before using this product.
4. Avoid taking a nap when you arrive at your destination.
Instead, take a stroll or do some lazy sight-seeing. Chances are,
once you’re out and about and stretching your legs, you will
likely forget just how tired you are. If you must take a nap, make
it a short one.
5. Turn in early on your first night, but not too early. A long
night’s sleep at the beginning of your trip should get you on
track for the rest of your vacation.
Directly To Your Hotel Room
offering options to traditional front desk check-in
Most hotel stays begin
late in the day after a long journey. But before a traveler can head
to the sanctuary of the room, they must go through the tedious task
of checking in — a process that usually involves waiting in line,
signing paperwork and making small talk with a hotel employee when
all they really wants to do is get into bed.
In an effort to reduce
lines and get travelers to their rooms faster and more happily, the
hotel industry is trying to streamline that process. Taking a page
from the airlines, several chains are installing self-service
check-in kiosks in the lobby. For several months Hilton and Hyatt
have been allowing the highest-level members of their loyalty
programs to check in remotely via the Internet. Marriott recently
announced that it was testing Web check-in from hand-held devices at
one location in Redmond, Wash.
Other hotels are
emphasizing human touch over high-tech by serving fruity welcome
drinks upon guest arrivals or trading the traditional tall check-in
desk, which has long dominated hotel lobbies, for pods
that allow employees to mingle with the guests.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Co. started offering chilled towels, beverages and food samples at
check-in last year, and some of its properties now allow guests
staying on the club level to bypass the entire registration process
in the hotel lobby and check-in on the club-level floor instead. The
idea is to turn what was once a purely transactional procedure into
a more casual, even pleasurable experience.
The changes in check-in
come as hotels are trying to one up one another on everything from
the number of spa treatments offered to bed-sheet thread counts.
With competition so fierce, check-in — often a guest’s first
impression of the hotel — has become increasingly important.
Remember: Without a travel agent you're on