Christmas

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5 tips for hassle-free air travel this Christmas

The Christmas getaway can often be manic. There are just so many people taking advantage of the extended break to visit family and friends, or just go off in search of some winter sunshine, that the airports can get very busy.
Traditionally, the busiest days are just before Christmas and immediately afterwards, usually 27 and 28 December. To make travelling through the airport easier to deal with this Christmas, travellers need to accept that it is going to be busy, expect crowds and plan accordingly.
To help you be as organised as possible this Christmas check out the following tips, which should assist your preparation, save you time and reduce airport hassle:
1.Use online check-in
This is such a great invention, so if your airline permits it, check-in online and print off your own boarding passes. This saves you the hassle of queuing at the airport – you’ll just need to drop off your baggage when you arrive at the airport and go straight to security.
2.Arrive early
Accept that there is going to be a significant increase in passenger numbers and possibly long queues, so plan to arrive well in advance of your departure time allowing plenty of time to pass through security.
3.Getting to the airport
The number of people on the roads increases at this time of year, not all of them going to the airport, but it is going to be busy on the roads, so allow plenty of extra time for your journey.
If you are travelling by public transport check the Christmas and New Year timetables for your chosen method of transport. Most services operate a limited service over the seasonal period so check and book your tickets in advance to ensure your seat.
If you are driving, plan your route in advance – there are several online journey planners to choose from. Check for advanced notification of planned road works, which may affect your journey. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport allowing extra time for heavy traffic and possibly poor weather conditions.
4.Book your airport parking in advance
If you are driving to the airport, make sure you book your airport parking in advance. This not only saves you time and stress, it guarantees your space and can save you up to 60% on the gate fees.
5.Christmas presents
Make sure you are up-to-date on the hand and checked-in baggage rules so that you don’t waste time, or have expensive items confiscated, when you pass through security.
Don’t wrap any Christmas presents that you plan to carry in your hand luggage as these need to be available for security checks and may need to be unwrapped.
Remember liquids in hand luggage restrictions apply to presents carried in your hand luggage too, so pack any liquids of more than 100ml in your checked-in luggage.
If you are planning to carry Christmas crackers, check with your airline and airport first as many airports will not permit the carriage of crackers, and where permitted will only allow factory-produced crackers in sealed boxes to be carried in the hold only.
Don’t carry party poppers – these are explosive items and are banned from aircraft.
To avoid hassles at security, it is advisable to pack as much as possible in your checked-in baggage, and if you have any doubts over what you can and cannot carry check with your airline.

Newark Airport Parking: How To Save On Your Airport Parking Fees

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Newark Airport Parking: How To Save On Your Airport Parking Fees

Newark Airport parking can be a problem to the ill-prepared passenger due to the sheer volume of travelers using the airport. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), along with JFK International Airport (New York Kennedy), and LaGuardia International Airport (LGA), comprises the busiest airport system in the United States. The EWR-JFK-LGA network, which serves the metropolitan New York-New Jersey area, is 2nd only to the London airport network in terms of total passengers handled each year. In 2009, over 35 million passengers traveled through Newark Liberty airport.
There are over 17,000 Newark Airport parking spaces available to airport workers, passengers, and the general public. This number includes hourly, short-term, and long-term parking, both within the airport complex and off-airport locations. Parking at Newark Airport shouldn’t be a problem, once you know your options.
Short-term or hourly EWR parking is available at Newark Airport parking lots A, B, and C and costs $3 for 30 minutes or $6 per hour, with a daily cap of $33. This is actually the best and most convenient option since the lots are located right to the central terminal, if you’re just sending off or picking up someone and will be at the airport for no more than 1 or 2 hours.
Three nearby Newark Airport parking facilities provide daily parking rates, which are significantly lower than the short-term rates above. Daily parking at lots P1 and P3 is $24. Daily parking at the airport garage designated as P4 is slightly more expensive at $27. This is still a good option because of the convenient locations, if you’ll be gone for no more than a day or two.
Newark Airport long-term parking should be your choice for longer trips, like a 7-day Florida vacation, for example. The airport offers a long-term economy parking lot (P6), located at the northern side of the airport along Port St. Parking here costs around $18 per day, which is still expensive, especially if you’re looking at a 2-3 weeks travel itinerary.
Your next option, if you’re trying to save as much off your airport parking expense, would be the off-airport private lots and garages. There are several nearby premium parking facilities that you might want to check out like Avistar and AirPark facilities along McClellan St and the Avistar and FastTrack locations along Carnegie Ave. These are high-standard parking lots and garages serviced by shuttle in 10-15 minutes interval, are well-staffed and equipped to assist handicapped passengers, and provide 24 hour service and security. FastTrack’s Sky Park facility offers the most competitive rates, but you should check the individual garages for discounts, coupons, and free parking promotions which are available to frequent flyers on a daily basis.
In any case, check and confirm the rates before you place your reservation. You can ask questions about security, valet service, shuttle intervals, rate differences within the garage, rate promotions on weekdays, etc. Once you’ve picked your Newark Airport parking location, don’t forget to book it, before your actual flight. Air travel to a business or pleasure destination is always something that most people, even the most jaded of travelers,  enjoy. Don’t let worries about airport parking ruin the experience for you.

See The World With Online Travel Agents

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See The World With Online Travel Agents

Do you remember the days when the Internet was in its infancy and when many people were afraid to shop online? It certainly seems strange to look back, given the way that Internet shopping has taken off in recent years.
We now think of it as being a perfectly normal thing to do a vast amount of shopping in this way. So what’s changed in the past few years?
There are a number of factors at play here. Security was clearly a key concern in those early days. Many of us worried about handing over our credit card details via the Internet. We wondered whether we might leave ourselves exposed to fraud and identity theft.
Although such concerns have not completely disappeared, there’s no doubt that many of us have grown in confidence. We shopped online regularly and realised that the process is just as secure as handing over our credit card in a traditional shop.
What sort of things are we buying online? The answer seems to be that we are prepared to purchase just about anything. In the early days, people tended to by items that had a relatively low value. The likes of Amazon were able to benefit from this trend.
Such businesses realise that we were happy to buy books and CDs online. But it soon became clear that we were happy to spend even more money online. Before long, we are buying everything from furniture to holidays.
Maybe you’ve booked a holiday in this way yourself? If not, you may well have missed out on some great deals. What many people like about making travel arrangements via the Internet is that they have the ability to do an enormous amount of research from their own homes.
This means that you can find out a lot about a particular resort, hotel or tourist destination. In a sense, what the Internet allows you to do is to try and avoid some of the worst horrors that were once associated with making travel bookings.
If you think about how you used to make your travel arrangements, you can see how much things have really improved. You may once have relied on traditional travel agents. In which case, you were probably heavily reliant on holiday brochures.
Now that you look back, you can see just how little information was contained in such brochures. These days, you have access to far more information, allowing you to make more informed holiday booking decisions and hence get better deals.
That’s why an increasing number of people choose to make their travel arrangements via Internet travel agents.

Buying Israel flight Tickets

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Buying Israel flight Tickets

If cost is an issue and your dates are flexible, the first step should be setting a reasonable price range for yourself. Unfortunately, ticket prices have increased in 2009 due to fuel prices and security taxes. When you search for prices online, make sure that all tax and fuel charges are included in the price offered.

There are essentially three different ways you can purchase cheap tickets to Israel and fortunately none of them requires a lot of planning ahead. First, you can use a respectable travel agent. If you decide to utilise their services, make sure to note their commissions, as you don’t want to pay more money than you would by booking the tickets yourself.

The second way of acquiring cheap flights to Israel also involves a travel agent, but requires you to do a bit of work, too. No more than a week before your desired departure date, search for last-minute wholesale Israel flight tickets. The best way to find these tickets is by using an Internet search engine, or looking through the travel section of most newspapers for small ads about wholesale tickets. If you find one that mentions last-minute travel, call them to see what they’ve got for you. Other than some extra restrictions that may apply to these tickets, this cheap option is usually a problem- and hassle-free.

The final options for getting a cheap flight to Israel is by using an Internet auction service. Specific sites that offer tickets to Israel will allow you to bid on a ticket close to the departure date if the flight is not already full. This system doesn’t always allow you to choose your preferred airline, so it might help to be informed about each airline’s route to Israel. This way you won’t find yourself bidding on a flight that may have you flying from London to Israel by way of Russia. Also, keep in mind that some restrictions may apply to the ticket if you use this option.

No matter what method you are considering when buying a ticket to Israel, try to not wait until the very last day to do so. It is not necessary to plan months in advance, but try to do it within at least ten days of the departure date. This will help you to avoid unnecessary stress, and allow you to focus on the beautiful destination ahead – Israel.

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Hand Luggage Bags

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Hand Luggage Bags

Hand luggage refers to the bag that you take onto the plane with you. Due to airport security and airline restrictions, however, it is no longer possible to just take the largest bag that you can find.
You now need to check and double check not just what you carry in your bag, but its exact dimensions and weight too.
I’m sure that you will agree that air travel has become a potentially stressful experience. Regardless of whether you are afraid of flying or not, just getting on the plane now requires extra time and patience.
This is why it is so important that your hand luggage meets the requirements of your airline. You can be sure that if your bag is too big, you will not be able to take it with you. You will be pulled to one side, delayed and frustrated!

The Department for Transport has set the maximum size for an item of hand baggage as 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, including wheels, handles and external pockets. This is just a guideline, however, and you are strongly advised to check with your individual airline, as most of them have their own rules which must be adhered to.

If you are buying  new hand luggage bags, you may want to give some thought to the type of hand luggage that best suits your needs. A simple holdall may be right for you, but if you intend to fill your bag to the maximum weight that you are allowed, you may prefer a cabin trolley bag, for example.

Whatever you choose, make sure that you are able to lift it into the overhead locker. Quite often, people choose not to pay to take a suitcase on holiday with them, as checking in a case to go in the hold can cost up to ?30. They make the mistake of taking hand luggage which is innapropriate and too heavy. This means delays for everyone, stress and frustration airline staff and passengers alike, which is not the best way to start your holiday.
A little research and sensible packing can avoid these problems.

A Brief Guide to Packing for a Trip

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A Brief Guide to Packing for a Trip

Before you carry that overloaded suitcase to the car, imagine how much heavier it is going to feel when you have to lug it through the airport terminal. Straining your back just so you can have three or four extra dress shirts to choose from is not worth the pain. Odds are that the majority of travelers who have difficulty with their luggage have over packed.

The lines to get through security and to the baggage claim are long enough. The effort to move your luggage across the airport as well as the additional stress of worrying if the oversized, over packed bag will make the flight and meet you at your destination can not be justified.

Be sure to inspect your bags on order to make sure that you are not bringing anything along that you do not need. If you find an item that you could live without for this trip, take it out. That extra pair of shoes will be in your closet waiting for you when you return. You will most likely still have to check your baggage when you arrive at the airport, but at least it will not be as heavy as it was and you can rest easier knowing that everything in your bags is essential.

Going with as small and as light a bag as possible, is the best place to start when packing for a trip. The ease of carrying a small, lightweight bag through the airport, up and down hotel stairs, or to and from your rental car is a great example of the benefits of being thrifty with your luggage.

On an airplane you can put a small bag under your seat in some cases (each airline has its own policies on whether bags can be stored underneath your seta or not). However, even if you cannot store your bag under your seat, it can be stored in the overhead compartment above your seat or aisle. Having the assurance of knowing your bag is onboard with you eliminates worries over baggage being lost by baggage handlers. This is another reason to use a smaller bag, if possible, to store your belongings.

Still, the question remains: How do you travel lighter in order to take advantage of these benefits and not arrive at your destination without needed items? The simplest answer is to plan your packing with as much attention to detail as when you plan the rest of your trip.

Begin by packing the most important items, such as prescription medication. However, it’s a good idea to buy a small pill dispenser and place your medication in them for the days you will be on your trip, plus an extra day just in case you are delayed by a day in returning home. This takes up much less room in a bag than full bottles of medication or vitamins. If you are unexpectedly delayed at your destination for a longer than anticipated period of time, you can always call your doctor and request that he or she call in a prescription to a pharmacy close to where you are staying.

Par down how much clothing you are taking with you as these are bulky, heavy items. 3 pairs of jeans, or pants, one skirt or shorts, 3 shirts, 1 set of pajamas, 3 pairs of socks and 4 pairs of underwear will last you 7 days and you can wash your clothes if you will be staying away longer. Wear a pair of jeans that day and air them out that night and wear them again the next day. Rotating your shirts will give you a new look every day. Socks and underwear can be worn inside and out for two days of wear. Shorts could be worn for outdoor recreation to save your jeans for dining and attending indoor events. A skirt could work in the same way or be worn home the last day of your trip.

Hygiene products such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, denture brush, denture cleaner, hairbrush, and soap bars. And items like curling irons and hair dryers can take up a lot of room in your bag when you take them in their full-sized versions. You can scale hygiene products down in size by putting them in travel size containers. Many hotels provide free shampoo, conditioner, and soap for their guests, so you may not need to take much of these products with you. Consider too that many mid-priced, and higher priced hotels provide hair dryers in-room for guests to use. Ask about this when you make your reservations and you might find that you can leave your bulky hair dryer at home. If you must take items such a these because the hotel doesn’t provide them, buy them the travel size versions of them to keep them from overloading your bag.

Taking excess money and valuable jewelry with you is never recommended. Hop online and find other tips for traveling lighter.