These tips were taken from Freeways by Alamo Rent A Car. Visit
their WWW site at www.freeways.com.
- Before you set out on an international trip, be sure to investigate
the visa requirements of the host country. Do not assume you can take
care of these things as you travel. Write to the Consumer Information
Center, Dept. 371B, Pueblo, CO 81009 to request Foreign Entry
Requirements, a State Department document that outlines visa and entry
requirements for every country and includes foreign embassy phone
numbers. Enclose 50 cents with your request to covercopying.
Traveling With Children
- Keep a color picture of your child's face in your purse or wallet in
case he or she gets lost in a crowded airport or shopping area.
The air in a fully-pressurized airliner is about the same as the
atmosphere at 8,000 feet. That's why your ears pop when you fly. Kids
may not know how to equalize the pressure in their ears. Yawning,
swallowing and chewing gum can help avoid potentially severe pain.
Blocking the nostrils and blowing very gently can also help. If your
baby starts crying shortly after take off, this may be the problem. A
teething ring or pacifier might help. Avoid air travel with very young
children who have head colds.
Different airlines have slightly varying regulations about children
flying alone but the following apply almost universally:
- Children must be at least five years old to fly alone.
- The airline must be informed at the time reservations are made
that there will be a child flying alone.
- An "unaccompanied minor" form must be completed at check in.
- The airline will insure that the child is watched over by adults,
even if there are plane changes.
- The party picking up the child must have identification verifying
that he or she is the pick-up person listed with the airline.
- Children flying alone pay full adult fares.
Misc. Travel Tips
- Black leather sneakers do double duty. They're comfy for
walking, and, if you and the maitre d' aren't too fussy, you can fake it
when you need to be more formal. (This trick is easier for men than for
women, but black sneakers may blend in with a pants suit.)
Dress in layers. The combination of a windbreaker over a
sweater over a shirt or blouse over a T-shirt offers you many more
options than one light layer and one heavy coat.
Remember your electrolytes. Especially in warm climates, make
sure you're also getting enough salt and potassium whether in a
vitamin/mineral capsule or by bringing along packets of powdered sports
If you travel in places where violent theft is a possibility,
carry two wallets: one for you, and one for them.
Take along a few zip-closure bags in several sizes. They're
bound to come in handy for holding loose stuff that you accumulate, or
wet items that haven't had a chance to dry before packing.
Even if you have no talent or inclination for languages, learn the
words for "please" and "thanks" wherever you go-and smile when you
say them. People do their best to help when they see you're courteous.
Pack a bathing suit even if swimming isn't on the itinerary.
Often you'll find that your hotel or condo has a pool.
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