<![CDATA[Island Life Travel - Home]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:06:14 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Top 13 Ways to Make Your Life Easier at the Airport]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:39:04 GMThttp://goseethesun.com/home/top-13-ways-to-make-your-life-easier-at-the-airport

1. Whether you are leaving the country or not, get a passport.  With new travel ID requirements rolling out Jan 22, 2018 and 10 states that do not meet the REAL ID requirements, this is more important than ever. It is the most secure form of Identification you can have, and everyone should have one. Odds are pretty good that at least one time in the next ten years you will need it. If you can't think of a reason on your own, call me and I will be happy to help you find one.  I would suggest applying soon current turn around times are very fast and that is bound to change the closer we get to Jan 22, 2018.

2. When traveling outside of the US, make certain that your passport has the required amount of blank pages for all of the countries you wish to visit and that it doesn't expire within 6 months of the last day of your trip. 

3. Pay close attention to your airlines hand bag, carry-on bag, and checked bag restrictions in regards to weight & height. Include the handles & wheels in your measurements. This is extremely important when traveling outside of the US as the carry on size requirements are smaller, and they can be very particular about weight  Pre pay for bags, and avoid unnecessary and overinflated gate check fees when possible. Even if you think your carry-on meets the requirements be prepared to gate check it. Put all valuables, medicines, important documents, and electronics in a separate little bag. If you are forced to check your carry-on grab the smaller bag out and take it with you. 

4. Check with your airline for the most up to date info on the ever-changing electronics regulations. Batteries must be in your carry on. Laptops, kindles, iPads, phones, anything with an on switch If allowed should be fully charged before travel & capable of holding a charge for the length of your travel. Just incase they need to be inspected. If you think a microwave or a treadmill minute is long, just imagine how long a "detained in a foreign country charging my electronics for inspection minute" will feel. To avoid this, bring a fully charged power bank. I never travel without one. 

5. Don't forget to check every little corner of your bag for unexpected items from your last trip, and remove all airline tags or stickers.  In my case there are usually one or two stragglers. Most likely spa samples or the last bit of a cocktail from the flight that I stashed in a seldom used pocket during my rush to have to deplane.

6. If you pack like Mary Poppins, use packing cubes and be prepared for inspection. Those fancy machines can't see through all of your necessary items. Packing cubes will keep you from wasting precious time trying to figure out how you fit everything in there the first time..

7. If you are traveling with a controlled substance, make certain it is in its original unexpired prescription container in your hand luggage. If you use an organizer, fill it when you get there. At the very least take a picture of your bottle/prescription. I personally would not tempt fate with this while traveling. Phones can be lost or stolen, or die on us just when we need them the most.

8. Check the regulations of the country you are traveling to as to what types of medicines you are allowed to bring. Some countries do have prescription medicine bans and even over the counter medicine bans. 

9. Don't pack items in a way that makes them appear unnecessarily sinister. It may seem self explanatory, but even seasoned travelers jockeying for space or weight can get caught doing things that will ultimately result in unnecessary delays, inspections, or confiscations. I know that syringe is filled with makeup remover, the tablets are toothpaste and the powder is harmless body powder, but TSA does not. They will have to test everything individually which will frustrate everyone involved and delay your travels.. It is truly not worth the little space saved to put yourself in that situation, especially when traveling abroad. Most popular items can always be found in travel size containers. If you have to take an ounce more of something than you wish to travel with, or perhaps buy something once you reach your destination- it isn't the end of the world. Consider it part of the adventure! Over the years I have fallen in love with so many wonderful products from my travels and have incorporated them into my daily routine. Be smart about what you are taking and it's availability where you will be going. For example- don't worry about packing sunscreen or Aloe when you are heading to Aruba. Buy it there. Aruba Aloe is the oldest aloe company in the world and they make the best stuff on earth. 

10. Be mindful of how & where you pack your toiletries. Liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, or pastes in carry ons need to conform to the 3-1-1 rule. Each can be no larger than 3.4 ounces, and they must all fit inside a one quart clear bag, you are allowed one bag per passenger. Yes, even peanut butter is considered a liquid. One thing I like to do to avoid spills is place a piece of saran wrap between the cap and the bottle. Keep this bag in an easy to access place.

11. Be mindful of how & where you pack your charging-cords. You never want to accidentally make anything look like a bomb at the airport. One time I was flying home from a race with what I had thought was a rather efficiently packaged box inside my carryon containing RunDisney medals, electronics, cords and empty metal water bottle.  TSA was kind enough to show me what it looked like on the X-ray and I am now much more mindful of my item placement. 

12. Get to the airport even earlier. With the ID requirements changing, you will need to be prepared for all of the people who will be unprepared and expect longer delays at security. Go early, bring a book

13. Don't wear clothing covered in metal on travel days. Those jeans & tops with all the metal studs may be in fashion, but please put them in your bag and wear them when you get there. You will save yourself time and your fellow travelers will thank you!

<![CDATA[Top 10 Benefits of Using a Travel Concierge]]>Sat, 17 Jun 2017 03:03:11 GMThttp://goseethesun.com/home/top-10-benefits-of-using-a-travel-concierge
  1. We take the stress, hassle, and fear out of Vacation planning. Planning a vacation can be very stressful. The amount of information available is overwhelming, and let's be honest, in most cases it is completely misleading. All of those flashy websites with catchy jingles, and discount stores where you buy your toilet paper promising the "best deal" attached to fine print that reads like a horror novel. They do not have your best interest at heart. It is simply not part of their business model. To them you are just a number. Should something go wrong, that is all they will be to you a toll free number with a never ending parade of unskilled employees more invested in their next break than they are in your vacation. An experienced Travel Planner has the tools and resources necessary to make your Travel Planning experience seamless and enjoyable. We have access to the unbiased reviews and the Industry connections necessary to ensure that the vacation you want is in fact the one you are getting- leaving you free to focus on actually enjoying your vacation! 
  2. We save you time. Planning a vacation is a full time job. How many free hours do you have to spend pouring over reviews that may or may not be biased, reading guide books, blogs and forums filled with what very well may be inaccurate or outdated information? A well seasoned, traveled, and trained Travel Planner has ready access to the most up to date and informative resources.
  3. We save you money. Not only do we have access to all of the same packages and pricing you can find on the internet, we also have access to pricing and packages that you do not. One of the biggest misconceptions I have found is the belief that you pay more when you book with a Travel Planner, this is simply not true. In fact most of the time we can and will save you money. Best of all, when you book your vacation with us, our services are completely free!
  4. We add value to your vacation. In addition to saving you time and money, most well seasoned Travel Planners can provide you with opportunities and perks that you didn't even know existed and wouldn't have access to on your own. 
  5. We safeguard your best interests. We work for you. Not the Cruise Line, or the Resort, or the airline. A good Travel Planner will help you navigate a sea of misleading advertising, nightmare connections, and hidden fees. We advocate on your behalf to ensure that you are getting the most value for your hard earned money.
  6. We are there when you need us to be. While our goal is always for you to have a perfect, stress free vacation- we are well aware of the unpredictable nature of travel. Should something not go as planned we are there to help. Our clients have our personal contact information, and when they are traveling we are always available. 
  7. We know things. Travel Planners are creatures of accumulative knowledge. Knowledge that comes not only from continued education and training, but from the real world experiences of ourselves, our clients, and colleagues as well. This industry is constantly changing, and we must change, learn and grow with it. You may be internet savvy, and a fantastic researcher capable of finding just about anything online. However, Travel is not your average consumer good. It is an ever-changing, multifaceted investment. When it comes to Travel, much like financial planning or medical advice,sometimes it truly is in your best interest to contact a professional.
  8. We have been places. One of my favorite quotes is "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list" Most Travel Planners know the irreplaceable value of first hand experience. We travel as often as we can, not only because it enriches our lives, but also because it enables us to enrich the lives of our clients by being the most valuable resource we can be. There are many things you can only learn through personal experience. Each trip we take rekindles our passion for the industry and keeps the knowledge and skills we have worked so hard to acquire fresh. It has allowed us time and again to provide our clients with valuable tips, and unique off the beaten path experiences.
  9. We are well connected. Most Travel Planners spend their entire careers cultivating relationships with suppliers. This not only provides us with the most up to date knowledge and training opportunities, it also provides our clients with access to some very nice perks as well. Such as Upgrade Eligibility, Onboard Credit, Reduced Deposits, Special Pricing, Amenities or Unique Experiences, just to name a few. We also have direct access to many suppliers through dedicated phone lines, which comes in handy should any problems arise. In addition to extensive industry connections, most Travel Planners have access in some form or another to a vast network of fellow agents. We share experience, knowledge, and resources in order to enrich the travel experiences of our clients.
  10. We offer customized experiences. While this is not necessarily a service offered by every Travel Planner, Concierge Travel Planners will design customized itineraries based on your parties individual needs. We work closely with our clients to determine their likes and dislikes, the more we know about the things that matter most to them- the better equipped we are able to craft unique and wonderful travel experiences that will leave them with a lifetime full of memories.