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Travel in 2022

The US Government just announced recently that they will no longer require a negative COVID test in order to return to the US. It’s been almost 2 ½ years since the beginning of the pandemic and travel is coming back fierce.

If you’re new to travel or just haven’t traveled in a while it’s always a good thing to prepare yourself for your upcoming vacation. This list is to help you become an expert in travel.

• Make sure you check your passport. Most countries require you have at least 6 months validity from your return date.

• 24 hours prior to departure make sure you have the airline app downloaded on your phone and you’re checked into your flight. You can either print the boarding passes or have it on your phone. Make sure you have boarding passes for each member of your party.

• Knowing the personal item and carry on size allowances is necessary. Each airline is different. You don’t want to get to the airport and have to check in your luggage.

• And speaking of luggage - Pack light. I love traveling with just a carry on luggage and personal item. I’ve done it for a week long vacation and could have done it for our last 2 week Greek Isles cruise but I wanted to make sure I have enough room for souvenirs so I opted for checked luggage. There’s a lot of articles out there teaching you how to pack. My favorite method is packing cubes or gallon size ziplock bags. It keeps you organized as well as reducing the airspace in your luggage.

• Make sure you get to the airport at least 2 hours prior to your flight or 3 if flying international. You never know what the security line is going to look like.

• Bring a personal water bottle. You still can’t bring liquids more than 3.4 oz through security so make sure it’s empty. Buying water can be expensive. There’s plenty of water stations around.

• Uber is readily available in most cities in the United States, even some parts of Europe. Just check before you depart for your trip.

• If going international tell your phone carrier that where you’re going. Depending on your carrier you can get an international plan for $10 each day you use it. Check out WhatsApp. You use it with wifi and can call or text other what’s app users.

• Tell your credit card company that you’re traveling.

• Make a copy of your passport and leave it with a trusted person. Take a photo on your phone as well.

• Purchasing water in the airport is extremely expensive. Save some money and the planet bring an empty water bottle.

Have fun this summer! Enjoy traveling to new places. Let’s play show and tell – where are you going?

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