No matter what your destination, you must bring
an official photo ID to the ticket counter. If you are leaving
the the country, you must have proof of U.S. citizenship. Non
U.S. citizens, persons traveling with their own children, or
children other than your own, may need special documentation.
Depending on the destination, passports and visas may be mandatory.
Never pack important medication or anything valuable
in your check-in luggage. Stolen or lost luggage can put a major
damper on your vacation.
Some Visa and Master card credit cards have begun
to tack on surcharges of 2% or more for purchases made on foreign
Problems with your flight? Please notify your travel
agent, in writing, if you experience any flight delays during
your trip. In some cases you may be due compensation. Please
note date of delay, airline, destination and flight number(s).
Also, let the agent know if you were informed of the delay and
reason for the delay in a timely manner. If any flight crew
member was abusive or surly, or acted in an unprofessional manner,
please notify your travel agent, in writing. Be sure to note
the name of the employee you are dealing with.
If you are using a cab from the airport in Las Vegas
be careful of cabs that take you through "the tunnel"
to your hotel. They could be increasing your bill by going the
Anywhere you may travel in a non-metered cab and
are returning to your hotel, remember, do not surmise the cab
fare is the same coming back as it was going. Ask how much before
you get into the cab! Be wary of going anywhere a cab driver
suggests, their main interest is the "kick back" they
get or the fare they charge.
Especially in a foreign country, be extremely careful
when ordering off a menu with no prices listed. There have been
cases where customers have been surprised with a bill of several
hundred dollars for ordinary meals which, when the bill is presented,
are called "gourmet." Never take food or drink offered
to you by a stranger; it may be drugged. Make copies of your
passport and travelers checks and keep in a separate area from
the originals in case your passport is lost. Also, a note in
your passport listing your hotels and arrival dates may help
return your lost passport quicker.
Be careful of any peddler who shoves his wares in
your face or at your chest, these moves are prime "set
up actions" by pick pockets (to mask their moves or the
moves of their aides into your pockets!). Use caution if someone
drops change, merchandise, etc., in front of you. Don't help
to pick it up! Stay Alert!
There are all kinds of travel insurance policies
available at varied prices. Many customers have had to cancel
or interrupt their vacation because they, a travel companion
or a loved one at home became sick, injured, or passed away.
Travelers are injured swimming, diving, snorkeling, boating,
sailing, driving a car, bike or moped, falling down, insect
or reptile bites, ingesting contaminated food or drink. Medical
air lifts (helicopters, etc.) can be very expensive: so can
last minute flights from any city or port. Foreign Doctors/Hospitals
demand cash for care. Pre-existing illness can turn severe.
A supplier, or airline can go bankrupt. Can nothing happen to
Budget Rent-a-Car is the first car rental company
to institute a bidding auction for car rentals. They may or
may not accept lowest bid. Try www.drivebudget.com.
Travel Health: for personalized health advice for
international travelers on medications, immunizations and precautions,
(some Immunizations are mandatory for foreign travel), see your
Doctor or call The Travel Medicine Source, Donna Rathunde C.M.A.
member of the International Assoc. of Medical Assistance to Travelers
847-663-1566 (Morton Grove, Il.) or visit their website www.travelmedicinesource.com.