Whether you’re traveling as a family this year, or your college student is beach bound on their own, we have some tips for you – and if you’re opting to avoid travel crowds during this peak season, pass this valuable information along to friends and family that might find it useful! Here are some ways to make this year’s spring break travel great. (Tell us on Facebook about your favorite spring break travels and any tips that you have!)
- Don’t procrastinate.
Since spring break is one of the most popular times to travel don’t delay booking your flights and hotel. Waiting until last minute could wind up costing you hundreds of dollars that you could have used on souvenirs and frosty drinks.
- Be prepared.
You can't always perfectly coordinate your flight arrival and hotel check-in. Many hotels have found a way to combat that downtime and will let you stash your luggage while you go enjoy the pool and hotel grounds until it’s time to check-in. To avoid rummaging through your entire suitcase in the lobby, pack your swimsuit in your carry-on so you are ready to go.
- Travel light.
Let’s face it: you’re probably going to be spending a large amount of your time at the beach or in the pool which means you’ll be in your bathing suit for most of the day. For the rest of your clothes stick to double duty pieces you can wear more than once and mix and match. You may even be able to get away with only bringing a carry-on and avoid the dreaded baggage claim and luggage costs.
- Safeguard your valuables.
Use the safe in your hotel room for your valuables like extra cash, passports, travel documents, and cell phones. Change the code to your safe daily and don’t write it down on paper in the hotel room. We all know that sometimes no amount of preparation can prevent catastrophe, so what happens if you forget your passport in the taxi or drop it on the beach? Travel Guard’s ‘round the clock assistance can help you replace your passport and travel documents 24-hours a day.
- Be aware of your liquids.
Did you know sunscreen falls into the “liquid” category according to Transportation Security Authority regulations? This means you can only carry 3oz or less in your carry-on, otherwise it needs to go in your checked luggage. If you aren’t checking luggage or need to buy sunscreen at your destination, it’s worth the trip to a local convenience store to buy instead of purchasing at your hotel. Hotel gift shops are already pricy and for items that are must-haves, like sunscreen, the price can more than double.
- Eat healthy.
While you’re on vacation it might be tempting to indulge in junk and fast food. Instead, snack on fruits like watermelon that will keep you hydrated and give you plenty of energy – just the thing for your lazy day on the beach. Another great snack option is oranges because the scent is said to be a mood lifter and energy enhancer, a little boost that may help you deal with that crabby airplane seatmate.
- Buy Travel Insurance.
Vacation is a time to relax both your body and mind. A travel insurance plan with 24/7 assistance may help to take some of that stress off your mind. Travel Guard’s ‘round the clock assistance can go to work on your behalf re-booking flights and hotels, finding lost luggage and more. Plus a travel insurance plan can cover you for things like travel delays due to inclement weather, trip cancellation/interruption and medical expenses so that you may book your vacation with confidence. To find out more simply ask your travel agent, call 800.826.1300 or click here.