Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency: Avoiding Scams and Thieves

My wife and I had just left the Musee D'Orsay when a young woman came running up to us clutching a ring.

The pretty brunette spoke in halting English, saying she saw it drop to the ground as we walked by. After a quick scan of our fingers, we told her we weren't missing any rings, but she placed the ring in my hand and insisted we take it for friendship. Before my heart could swell with the joy of international love and brotherhood, she then asked for money for a cup of coffee. At that point, I realized it was a scam and handed her back the ring, which she no doubt tried to foist onto another hapless tourist couple.

While our stay in Paris was overall a wonderful experience, criminals threatened to put a damper on our trip. Before our flight out of Charles de Gaulle Airport, we would be accosted by other scam artists several more times, and my wife was pick-pocketed on the Paris Metro. Luckily the hipster shorts I bought in a Parisian boutique were so tight, I could barely get my fingers into my pockets, let alone a common thief do the same.

Unfortunately, theft and scams are all too prevalent in most major metropolitan areas. Staff members at the Louvre actually went on strike for a day earlier this year, protesting the unsafe working conditions caused by thieves and scam artists. Bob Arno, co-author of Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Crime While Traveling, estimates about 70 percent of Barcelona tourists will be approached by a street criminal; of those incidents, about 33 percent result in the loss of valuables.

According to the US government, Paris, Barcelona, London, Rome, Amsterdam and Naples have the highest number of scam artists looking to take advantage of naïve or distracted tourists.

Travel expert Rick Steves recently noted some of the most common international travel scams and ways tourists can avoid them. Other advice to consider:
·         Forgo purses or strapped bags in favor of body wallets or buttoned pockets.
·         Leave fancy jewelry or expensive watches at home. Don't flash expensive electronic equipment –- particularly iPhones, thieves love them –- around. Have the number for the local police department saved in your phone.
·         Keep your passport and other important documents in the hotel safe, after you've scanned or photographed them and saved them in a file-sharing app or program like Evernote or Dropbox.
·         Stay alert. While you might be tempted to buy that second bottle of wine after dinner, realize drunk tourists are easy targets.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Going on Vacation? Use Our Credit Card CheckList!

Going on vacation? Congrats! You’ve earned it. To maximize your enjoyment during your time away, you’ll want to make a few essential preparations. The last thing you need is the credit card company freezing your account while shop-hopping in Soho or guzzling Hefeweizen in Munich. Here’s a quick checklist of easy steps you can take to ready your accounts for a trip abroad.

1. Call the credit card company
2. Make a list of essential info
3. Get up to speed with your rewards program
4. Get a better travel card
5. Know your holds and limits
6. Pay your bills in advance

Call the credit card company

Creditors take active measures to detect theft and prevent fraud–for both your and their own sake. When they notice an aberration in spending patterns, they often freeze the suspect account to stop potential criminal activity. If your credit card hasn’t left Ohio in two years and it suddenly starts making extravagant purchases in Seoul, the issuer will likely deactivate the account until you verify your identity and location. This can result in major inconveniences abroad, especially if you don’t have easy access to a phone line. Call your credit card companies a week or so in advance to tell them your travel plans.

Make a list of essential info

When traveling, you put yourself at greater risk for losing a card due to theft, negligence or silly mistakes. When this happens, you need to act fast to close your accounts. Before you travel, make a list of your account numbers and the phone numbers for the corresponding credit card companies. Give one copy to a trusted friend or relative, and stash the other deep in your suitcase. You can put this information on a mobile device as well, but it will be compromised if you lose your phone. The ability to connect quickly with customer service will minimize the damages of theft or displacement.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Planning a trip? Ask the crowd

It's a familiar ritual among backpackers: ripping a chapter out of a thick Lonely Planet travel book as they move to a new destination, leaving the tattered pages at a hostel to lighten their load.

But as more travelers turn to friends, Facebook and other online communities to plan their trips, the Lonely Planet paper trail has begun to shrink. In its place is a new crop of high-tech startup sites that use online crowdsourcing to offer real-time travel information and personalized recommendations.

"There's no way I'm going to carry around a big thick book (about) China or Europe," said Shanti Christensen, a world traveler who calls San Francisco home. She wants to know what her friends are doing in those places, "because we all have similar traveling habits."

Startups from Silicon Valley to India are building online portals where travelers can find ideas for their next destination, tips on the best places to eat and sleep, build itineraries and share their adventures. Crowdsourcing -- soliciting contributions from a large group of people -- has turned the average traveler into a travel adviser.

"We look at what our friends say and we change our plans accordingly," said Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst at Hudson Crossing, a financial advisory firm in New York. "It boils down to two words: trust and credibility. If you know the person, if their perspective on how to travel is similar to yours, you'll give their insights more weight."

Until recently, there were few options to quickly find timely recommendations from trustworthy and like-minded travelers, say travel experts. Many tourism bureaus don't have the technology resources, and a Google (GOOG) search of "best restaurants in Bangkok" will dredge up about 16 million results. Recommendations in Lonely Planet and Rough Guides are often at least a year old by the time they land in the bookstores.

Travelers also have complained about the number of anonymous, outdated and fake reviews on leading travel site TripAdvisor. The company says it screens all reviews and removes any that are fake or offensive, and recently started a crackdown on fraudulent reviews after discovering thousands of bogus hotel reviews.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency: Hvordan unngå reise svindel

How to Avoid Travel Scams

Hvis du har blitt tilbudt en stor avtale på cruise eller resort feriepakker, men du kan ikke synes å få alle detaljene med mindre du betaler selskapet første, du gjerne være behandling med en reise svindel.

Vanligvis vil ikke svindel operatører gi deg fullstendig informasjon skriftlig til etter at du har gitt dem en kredittkortnummer, sertifisert sjekk eller postanvisning. Når du får ytterligere informasjon, vil det være restriksjoner og betingelser som kan gjøre det dyrere eller umulig, å ta turen.

Selv får refusjon er noen ganger mulig, er det bedre å unngå å betale noe i første omgang. Mens det er eksterne muligheten at du går glipp av mye legitime, er sjansene du vil spare tid og penger i det lange løp.

For å unngå er et offer for svindel reise, gir ASTA (American Society for Travel Agents) følgende forslag når evaluere travel tilbyr:

Beholde en sunn dose skepsis. Svært skeptisk om uønsket e-post, postkort og telefon oppfordringer si du har valgt å motta en fantastisk ferie eller noe gratis. Vær spesielt forsiktig med firmaer krever du vente minst 60 dager til å ta turen.

Gjør hjemmeleksen din. Noen tilbud kan høres flott ut på overflaten, men Les den fine-print. Tilbudspriser innføre så mange krav og begrensninger, som svart ut datoer og følgesvenn avgifter, vil du aldri ha sjansen til å ta turen eller du vil ende opp med å betale mer enn hadde du gjort arrangementene på egen hånd eller brukt en ASTA reisebyrå.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency: Vältä luottokorttipetoksen

kesällä matkustaa kauden on pian täällä, ja Among Thieves ovat sitä kiinnostuneena yhtä paljon kuin tekin. Tiedä loma mennä pilalle tai varastettu luottokortti. Kun olet aiheuttamaan vastuussa petollinen perittävien maksujen korttiin, on vaivaton tekijä on huomattavan suuri, erityisesti silloin, kun heikentynyt kortti on ensisijainen debet- tai luottokortilla.

Hyvä uutinen on se, että kortin liikkeeseenlaskijat ovat järjestelmät luvattomasta käytöstä kiinni ennen kuin se tapahtuu, sanoo Marina Hoffmann Norville luottamukseni eu, American Express. "Olemme kehittyneet seuranta petosten havaitsemiseksi toimintana, joten näemme paljon tämä takaosasta", hän sanoo. "Voimme nähdä jauhemaiseen muotoon. yksityiskohdat, jotta voimme poimia kortteja epätavallista liiketoiminnasta."

Mutta sitä ei kannata luottaa kortti yritykset kerää väärennettyihin tapahtumiin. Lisäksi mukana on muutama yksinkertainen toimet, jotka voit suorittaa itse ennen käyttöönottoa, sen aikana ja sen jälkeen teidän The Getaway joilla voit suojata tietosi.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency på Planerar en semester

Planning a vacation? Avoid travel scams

som temperaturer värms upp konsumenternas tankar allt oftare till att semester planer. Tyvärr bedragare kommer att vara igång lookouten såväl … för ouppmärksamma offer.

Resor har alltid varit ett område där konsumenter bör ha sina anti-bedrägeri antenner tack vare. Här är några av de typer av resor bedrägerier NCL är bedrägeri personal har hört om nyligen:

semesterboende nätfiskebedrägerier - Dessa bedrägerier vanligtvis dyker upp online-hemliga tomter gillar Offret kommer att söka efter en lägenhet eller hem för hyra i ett önskvärt mål och finner en attraktiv hyra till ett mycket lågt pris. Offret kontakter "renter" (som är i verkligheten en bedragare) som sedan begär en "deposition" på hyra. Vanligtvis är anmodade att depositionen skickas via banköverföring. Offret sedan anländer till hotellet för att finna att det antingen inte finns, att villkoret har framställts oriktigt, eller att det var aldrig att hyra. Insatser för att få tillbaka den pant misslyckas. Bedragare använder vanligtvis bilder från en fast egendom (ofta tas från real estate tomter) att göra sina bedrägerier förefaller legitima.

Tidsdelat boende köpa nätfiskebedrägerier - offren luras till ett högt tryck sales pitch (ibland på tidsdelningsbasis resort) med löften om ett högt värde "gratis" gåva, t.ex. en bil, HUSBIL, eller cruise paket. Att få gåvan annonseras, offret måste betala en "avgift" för leverans eller behandling. När gåvan kommer (om det någonsin går), det är vanligtvis mycket mindre värde än fram till de drabbade.

Bedrägligt andelslägenheter - offret får ett paket med posten eller via e-post med ett tidsdelat boende för försäljning. Om offret invest, de senare finner att tidsdelat boende inte finns och om tidsdelat boende företaget har "gått ut", eller på annat sätt kan inte returnera utbetalas.

Bedrägligt semesterpaket - offer se en reklam för ett kraftigt rabatterade paket semester på en lyxig resort eller cruise. Efter deponering betalas, offret finner att kvaliteten på förpackningen har varit grovt missvisande och/eller det finns betydande ytterligare avgifter som måste betalas vid målet för att utnyttja "mycket." Insatser för att återställa inlåning är i allmänhet inte gav önskat resultat.

Billiga flygbiljetter nätfiskebedrägerier - offren luras av löften om kraftigt rabatterade flygbiljetter. En gång köpet finnas görat, offret får ingen bekräftelse eller en falsk bekräftelse via e-post eller papper biljett. En variant av detta bedrägeri uppstår när offret köp biljett och sedan berättade att deras kreditkortsköp har avböjts. Banköverföring är begärt vilket resulterar i ingen biljett och på inget sätt återvinna de medel.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency: Senaste bedrägerier

Har du någonsin kommit på ett hotell för att upptäcka att "havsutsikt" rummet du föll head over heels för online egentligen inte existerar? Eller undersöka en restaurang bill bara för att finna den innehåller poster som du aldrig beställt?

Det är lätt att bli paranoid när du reser och stäng alla du möter i en misstänkt. Men lite vetskap kan hålla dig steget före scammers. Här är en genomgång av vanliga fallgropar längs med tips på hur du kan undvika dem.

Extra poster på räkningen

efter kvardröjande över en måltid, det är lätt att glömma bort att kontrollera att din faktura överensstämmer med vad du har beställt - något sneda anläggningar räknar på. Ett annat knep är upping menyalternativ" priser på notan: se till att de enskilda poster matchar de priser som anges på menyn väljer du från (inte en trerättersmiddag kan kosta version de kan du senare).  Kontrollera också extra poster har inte lagts till (att mineralvatten på flaska på bordet som du inte gjort eller öppna, till exempel).

Bo inte på en fiktiv lägenhet

kort vistelse apartments är ett fantastiskt sätt att spara pengar och leva som en lokal. Men om du bokar via en seriös byrå, din lägenhet kanske egentligen inte finns (eller upphämtning på flygplatsen du utlovade).

Bedragare ofta sammanställa falska annonser lägenhet vid för-bra-att-vara-sant priser från foton och beskrivningar på legitima webbplatser. Sök online för att se om lägenheten är registrerade med en godkänd lägenhet att hyra företag och, om så är fallet, kontakta dem för att kontrollera tillgängligheten. Du kan också verifiera lägenheter" giltighet genom att begära en kopia av ett hjälpmedel bill i ägarens namn (och se till att den inte har ändrats).

Framför allt under inga omständigheter skicka betalning till en untraceable konto via en överföring av pengar.

Förvarar ett nära öga på dina plast - eller betala kontant

plast är lätta byten för bedragare. Låt aldrig en servitör, handelsmän, personalen eller någon annan ta ditt kort ur din syn - även under räknare - där de kan kopiera din information. I områden med hög förekomst av kortbedrägeri (loppmarknader, exempelvis), stick till kassa.

Att locker verkligen säker?

Säkerställa bagage förvaringsskåp - även i enklare vandrarhem - verkligen är låst. Vissa verkar låst men om du drar enheten bort från väggen (eller lyfta från golvet), de är oh-film som saknar bakgrundsark (eller fallskärm) och helt tillgänglig.

Få priset och detaljer i ditt hotellrum skriftligen

skrupelfria hotell vanligen krav du 'misstolkning" ett offererat pris per telefon eller vid ankomsten, eller att de inte har någon urkund av din havsutsikt, balkong och så vidare. Få priser och alla premium rum har skriftligen, och insistera på en kvittens omgående för att undvika senare skall betala två gånger. Och låt aldrig hotell håller på att ditt pass att ta dina uppgifter fastställs senare - vänta tills den i receptionen.

Låt inte någon få tag på ditt bagage

oavsett hur lost eller överbelastad kanske du, låt inte någon bära ditt bagage på tåget eller buss station, även om de bär en officiell märket. I bästa fall kommer alltid förvänta sig betalningen, i värsta fall de skar försvinner, eller använda dig som en intet ont anande courier.

Stick med välrenommerade helvild stötfångarfest där

oseriösa taxichaufförer världen över blåsas upp priser, ersätta sedlar du överlämnade för anteckningar av mindre värde de krav du gav dem istället och ta omvägar. Forskning biljetter i förväg så att du vet exakt hur mycket en resa ska kosta i den lokala valutan - turistbyråer eller ditt boende kan ge dig en indikation på priser och ansedda cab företag. Idealiskt, har en egen karta, så att du vet att du får direkt till din destination.

Låt inte drivrutiner ladda ditt bagage tills du har kommit överens om ett pris, och ägna särskild uppmärksamhet åt valörer på betalning.

Se upp för de kreativa ficktjuv

ficktjuvar kommit upp med oändliga kreativa pyssel att distrahera dig så länge som det tar för dem att filch din plånbok (ett ämne av sekunder för erfarna proffs): binda vänskap armband på handleden, köpslåendet prydnadssaker, poserar som tiggare och lämnar du en "hjälp mig" kort till lytt, eller som turister som vill du ta ett foto ...

En aktuell taktik innebär bedragare låtsas att 'hitta' en gyllene ring på grund av att de har ett bekvämt läge där (variationer inbegriper erbjuder att sälja du ringen för ett orimligt pris, eller med ring är 'ägare' anländer och kräva ersättning).  Ignorera dem.

Ficktjuvar är också koll på meddelanden från ordföranden informerar turister för att se upp för ficktjuvar, vid vilken tidpunkt personer instinktivt att kontrollera sina tillhörigheter, och därmed flagging just där till mål.

Är din biljett till real?

Med banbrytande teknik på bedragaren är inom räckhåll, förfalskade biljetter till allt från London Tube till Disneyland kan se otroligt realistiskt, och det finns en armé av främlingar, bedragare och scalpers redo, villig och i stånd att sälja en citron. Köp bara från officiella leverantörer för att säkerställa att du inte kommer att nekas inträde, böter eller arresterades.

Saknade mobiltelefon kredit

en favorit bedrägeri av skumma elektronik affärer säljer du mobiltelefon kredit och säga att ni kommer få ett sms som bekräftar din topp-upp snart, bara för budskapet - och kredit - att aldrig bli verklighet. Tillbaka med ett kvitto är inte så bra (de krav du har tog bort texten och använt kreditkort).  Bäst är att använda endast seriösa leverantörer.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency: Inclusive pré-circuit croisière

C'est un endroit merveilleux à visiter, de photographie, et de rencontrer les gentils
cambodgiens. Angkor est au Cambodge, dans la province du nord de Siem Reap et c'est l'un des plus importants sites archéologiques de l'Asie du Sud-est.

La meilleure partie, tout est inclus, c'est-à-dire , les hôtels, le transport, la nourriture et les pourboires. Votre voyage commence 7 mars et vous joindre à la navire 10 mars. Appelez dès aujourd'hui pour de plus amples informations.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency: Oppdagelsen av Amerika

Det første segmentet gir deg mulighet for cruising Panama-kanalen og mange nye porter med samtaler underveis. På denne spennende segment vil du ha mulighet for å fly til Galapagos øyene, som er hjemmet til den fantastiske fugler, skilpadder og Sea Life finner du bare i dette området av verden.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency: Souther Fjord Exploration

De nombreux nouveaux voyageurs en visite chez nous, vous pouvez vous demander qui est le groupe Corliss, et qu'est-ce qu'ils font pour le monde des voyages?

Segment deux, de Lima à Buenos Aires est une magnifique croisière en voilier sud, votre option ici est d'aller à Machu Picchu. Ici, dans les Andes vous visiterez les ruines d'Inca et d'explorer la plus belle et site inhabituel. Comme vous croisière encore plus au sud votre Crystal Serenity cruise sera la fascinante fjords chiliens. Chaque jour est un jour spécial à vous croisière cette partie de l'Amérique du Sud.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency: Gems of South America

Buenos Aires offers you so much excitement. It is a colorful city with lots of interesting sites to see, night clubs, and the local venue is yours to enjoy! The beaches at Rio are wonderful and the harbor at Rio is surely one of the world’s most beautiful!

From either ports cities of Buenos Aires or Rio you may fly to the amazing Iguazu Falls which borders the countries of Argentina and Brazil.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency: Tangos & Tapas

Täällä voitte käyttää mahdollisuus mennä maailman kauneimmista laskee maailmassa, Iguaçu raukeaa. Saavuimme putouksille välisen rajan muodossa Brasiliasta ja Argentiinasta lisääntyy. Viimeisin vierailu kaupungin tämä segmentti on Buenos Airesissa, joka on kaupunki, joka on täynnä jännitystä, loistoa, yöelämä ja historialliset kahvilat. Tämä kaupunki on upea valikoima, sekä päivällä että yöllä.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Corliss Luxury Travel Agency on Antarctic Holiday

Christmas, New Year’s and Antarctica... all in one cruise! If you haven’t had the privilege of cruising Antarctica, this could be just the cruise for you. In 16 days you will enjoy it all.

Cruisers, however, after having been to this special part of the ocean, tend to return because of the very nature of the quiet beauty of ice bergs, cute antics of the penguins and other sea creatures. How can you top this itinerary? Hardly ever!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency on Russian Waterways

Explore Russia’s famed waterway, the Volga-Baltic with Phyllis as your escort! Explore bustling and excitement-packed Moscow, then cruise north and visit the enchanting Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl. Enjoy a spectacular voyage through the heart of Russia along its colorful and historic waterways!
Cruise Russia’s famed Volga-Baltic Waterway between St. Petersburg and Moscow on the 212-passenger AmaKatarinrina. Staterooms include a bathroom and shower, a refrigerator, hairdryer, and personal safe. The ship also features a fitness room on the Sun Deck, elevator that reaches all decks; a hair dresser and a masseuse plus a infirmary staffed by an onboard physician. Fares are per person and includes port taxes of $253.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency on America's First Cities

Chris and Dana Corliss will escort this lovely itinerary and it will be their 18th anniversary as well! This is a fantastic cruise as guests will visit the historical cities and sites along the eastern seaboard from New York City, into the beautiful Caribbean, ending in Miami.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency: 41 Years Strong

With so many new travelers visiting us, you may wonder who is The Corliss Group, and what do they do for the travel world?

When my late husband, Dick, and I started in the travel business we operated deluxe domestic tour travel. This company was called Corliss Tours. It was very successful and grew quite large. We sold it. Our next company was called World Adventures In Travel. We did just that, went International. That company grew and we sold it! We then, under the umbrella of our last company, started an alumni group, called The Corliss Group. After a time, we bought back our client list and started a third company, The Corliss Group. And, it remains that to today.

We are still considered a tour operator, and we do in fact operate domestic and International tours. However, in the late 80's cruising came into play and The Corliss Group became a seller of Crystal Cruises, even before the first ship, Crystal Harmony, was completed. Since that time, The Corliss Group has remained in the top five for sales annually for Crystal Cruises. The Corliss Group offers you, the traveller, Experience, Excellence, Expertise, and most of all, Superior Service.

We look forward to hearing from you. Call soon to inquire about your next travel tour or cruise adventure.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency: Health and Beauty travel tips

Quick Tips

·         Periodically wash your hands with soap and warm water, a cleansing wipe, or disinfecting gel.
·         Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible.
·         Drink bottled water and check the seal if water quality is in doubt.
·         If water quality is in doubt, use bottled when brushing your teeth.
·         Don't forget your sunscreen, lotion and lip balm.


Visit your doctor a month before your trip. Any vaccinations should have time to work their magic and become effective enough to protect you when arriving at your destination. Also, any side effects from a vaccine is best handled way in advance of departure.
Common medications can be difficult to find in another country. Pack disinfectants and over-the-counter medications. (Check if your store has a "travel section" where everything comes in small packages.) We recommend bringing the basics: something for pain, headache, motion sickness, and diarrhea. Don't forget anything for the kids if they're tagging along.

Be sure to bring enough prescription medication for the length of your travels.

Carry a list of all names and dosages of any medications. If an emergency occurs, rescuers will have some knowledge of your medical history. Have the list in an obvious place where someone may look, i.e. your wallet or medical alert tag.

If you have any allergies or medical problems, be sure to wear a medical alert tag (bracelet, anklet, or necklace), or have an identification card that prominently displays your condition. Have the name and phone number of your doctor on the tag or card, if possible.

Driving or Flying

If you're flying (or on a long drive), be sure to stretch your legs and walk a bit. Blood clots can occur in anyone, regardless of health status. You may want to wear compression stockings if you have irregular circulation, are pregnant, or are completely healthy and just want the extra help.

If you're pregnant and planning to fly, check with your doctor and the airline to be sure you can do so at this time. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that the safest time to fly while pregnant is between weeks 18 and 24, and not to fly after the 36th week. Airlines have their own flight restrictions for pregnancies, which can vary according to whether you are flying domestically or internationally, and which airline you will be flying. (Some airlines won.t allow you to travel for 30 days before your due date.)

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Corliss Group Luxury Travel Agency on Air travel tips

These tips are mostly for those of us who don't (or can't) travel Business or First Class. But even so, there are many general tips that will help anyone have smoother travels by air.

Quick Tips

·         Don't wear a belt when at the airport
·         Empty your pockets into your carry-on before security
·         Dress comfortably
·         Stay hydrated, drink water
·         Bring snacks and entertainment if you are picky


Check-in at the airline's website before your flight, and use the electronic kiosks at the airport whenever possible. These kiosks print your boarding pass, saving you time, especially when some airlines have separate queues for those passengers that have already checked in. (You can also proceed directly to security after printing your pass if you have no bags to check in.)

Security check can go smoother and faster if you:

·         Do not wear a belt. Yes, you have to take it off for security, so just skip the hassle.
·         Wear shoes that don't require a lot of work. You have to remove them and put them back on for security, so keep them easy. No knee-high boots, no complicated lacings, etc.
·         Take everything out of your pockets beforehand. Everything! Put items from your pocket into your carry-on outside pocket so you don't have to fill your pockets while others are trying to get through security as well.
·         Take your jackets and sweaters off. These will go through x-ray, so be ready.
·         Be ready! Usually it's the person in line who's not ready beforehand that causes the line to slow down. Multiply that buy everyone who wants to get on a plane, and you've got a traffic jam. Don't be one of those people.

If you lock your luggage, unlock them BEFORE security asks you to do so. Use TSA approved locks so security doesn't have to cut your locks off. The lock's packaging will state whether they're TSA approved and can be purchased at the airport or travel stores.

Remove previous flight tags and stickers from your luggage to prevent confusion.


Make your luggage distinguishable. Feel artsy? Paint it! Have kids? Sticker it! Or, sew some patches on. (You can also buy luggage that isn't black.)
All claims about missing or damaged luggage should be made at the airport, before you leave.

While Flying

Get up and stretch, walk the aisle, and hover around any spacey spots on the plane to stand for a bit before sitting back down. Commit to some seated exercises, especially if you're stuck in the middle and can't get up as often as you should. NWA has illustrated examples

Take off your shoes. This can relax your body during flight and help the swelling that may occur at such altitudes. Walk around in those warm socks we talked about, or just pack a pair of small slippers in your carry-on.

Thankfully, no one on the flight cares what you look like, so dress comfortably! Wear looser garments like sweatpants or a comfortable pair of jeans. Use button or zip-up jackets or sweaters. Wear a warm pair of socks as temperatures can drop while in flight. Don't wear a top that causes you to constantly fidget. Depending on the climate of your destination, you can layer, or keep that outfit on the very top of your luggage so you can change in the airport's restrooms. If you MUST wear a suit on the flight, choose your most comfortable, pack the jacket and shoes in your garment bag, and tie the tie later.

Bring some food in your carry-on incase the airline runs out, which happens (trust us), or if you need an extra snack. Choose food that is compact, easy to eat, and won't make a huge mess. Health bars usually fill you up, but snacks such as cookies and chips are always a treat. Water is the best bet for quenching thirst; sodas and juices keep you wanting more. (Check with airport security about bringing liquids through - sometimes you can't, and must purchase them afterwards.)

Fight jet lag by setting your watch to your destination's time as soon as you're on the plane. If you'll be sleeping, eat before the flight and inform the attendant you won't be having a meal. (Don't cover your seat belt so that they don't bother you to check if it's fastened.)

Carry tissues! Even some handy wet wipes.

Many people swear by such things as Airborne - in any case, take extra care of your health and hygiene to prevent jet lag and illness. Wash your hands and keep them away from your face as much as possible. Protect your fellow travelers too; cough and sneeze into your handkerchief or arm, not your hand - or worse yet, into the air! On shorter flights, you can wear a protective mask if you're really worried about the passenger behind you that may sound like he's coughing up a lung.

If there's a more comfortable seat open, ask the flight attendant if you can sit there.

Recirculating air not only increases your chances of getting sick, but it dries out your nose and skin. Carry a small bottle of hand lotion and some lip balm. Also, try breathing your nose into a hot towelette that the airline may give you - this can help relieve your airway.

For long flights, we would highly recommend investing in a neck rest. Carry a soft one, or pack an inflatable version in your bag. The soft ones are more comfortable, but aren't space-friendly. Eye masks are handy too if the airline doesn't give you a pair.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Corliss Travel tips while abroad

Quick Tips
  • Leave valuables at home! Not in your purse or car. In some areas, don't even leave it in the hotel room.
  • Use a money belt. These are small, zippered pouches that either attach around your waist or onto your pants' belt loop. It sits inside your pants and is not to be pulled out for every purchase. Place into it important documents - passports, cash, plane tickets, ID, etc. Prevent body moisture from messing up your papers by putting them in a little plastic baggy.
  • Carry only a daily amount of spending cash in your front pockets.
  • If you're carrying a purse, use one that zips completely closed and straps diagonally across your chest. If you don't have one for across your chest, have a very short strap where the purse will rest under your arm as you carry it.
  • Europe is renowned for the petty thievery which can quickly destroy your trip. Read and learn from some popular tourist scams (from fellow travellers) on the internet. Or, ask us at the Corliss Group for some stories.
Tips from the Government
  • Register so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency:
    Register your travel plans
     with the State Department through a free online service. This will help us contact you if there is a family emergency in the US, or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts will not be released to others without your express authorization.
  • Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information:
    Make sure you have a signed, valid passport (and a visa if required). Fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
  • Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page:
    Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page, and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
  • Check your overseas medical insurance coverage:
    Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.
  • Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws:
    While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. The State Department
     website has useful safety and other information about the countries you will visit.
  • Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime:
    To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money. Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.
  • To contact the State Department in an emergency:
    Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies, and Consulates abroad and in the US, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emergency assistance to US citizens. Contact information for US Embassies and Consulates appears at the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Also, the Office of Overseas Citizen Services in the State Department's
     Bureau of Consular Affairs may be reached for assistance with emergencies at 1-888-407-4747, if calling from the US or Canada, or 202-501-4444, if calling from overseas.

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