Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Corliss Group Voyage Online tips for women travelers

If there were a Girl Scout badge for travel, you’d surely earn it after using these tips.

Name: “101 Tips for Women Travelers E-book,” oattravel.com/101tips

Available: Interactive flipbook; .pdf for laptop or personal computers;. epub for iPad (with iBooks), Sony Reader and all other non-Kindle e-book readers;. mobi for Amazon Kindle devices.

What it does: This free, downloadable e-book by Overseas Adventure Travel, a company geared toward travelers 50 and older, is chockablock with practical tips to help you become a smarter, better-prepared traveler. The e-book is written for women by experienced female travelers, but any traveler, no matter the gender or age, will be savvier for reading it.

What’s hot: Many of the tips were new to me. Becki from Tennessee said, “Leave your money belt out until you get past security. New scanning machines at airport security can pick up on a money belt as something hidden beneath your clothing, resulting in your being pulled out for a pat-down and additional questioning.”

I especially appreciated the appendix with digital resources, clothing sizes around the world and the Bandanarama section: 25 uses for a scarf.

What’s not: I tested both the interactive flipbook and the epub on my iPad 3, and the flipbook was a smoother experience. A case in point: On the flipbook, I could look at the table of contents and touch the chapter I wanted to view, and it would jump to that page. In the epub on iBooks, I had to scroll through the pages to skip to, say, Chapter 9.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Corliss Group Voyage Summer Travel Tips

1. Start out with a checklist. Even a person with a great memory has multiple things to remember when planning for a trip.

2. Identify your suitcase. Purchase travel size toiletries and pack a bag with items designated for travel use only.

3. Create separate travel bags. Purchase travel size toiletries and pack a bag with items designated for travel use only.

4. Designate a travel packing area a week prior to your flight. Choose a location in your home where you can collect travel items that you plan to take on the upcoming trip.

5. Purchase magazines at the airport. While it's easy to grab a few magazines in the checkout line at the grocery store, chances are you will end up reading them before your trip.

6. Bring an extra set of reading glasses, cell charger, and ear buds. Regardless of how careful I am, I always lose at least one of these per trip.

7. Don't get caught without important phone numbers. I was recently delayed at an airport due to a fire in the control tower.

8. The name on the reservation and identification should match exactly. Your name may be Charles but you go by your middle name, David, and it can be both confusing and detrimental should you be questioned or challenged to get out of line to reconcile the discrepancy in names.

9. For special requests, alert the airline in advance. If you need a wheelchair, have a child with a severe allergy or require a certain seat, it's best to let the airline know when you make the reservation in order for proper arrangements to be made.

10. Fly nonstop whenever possible. A direct flight can land at other airports along the way, allowing some passengers to exit while others board the flight en route to a final destination.