Skip to main content

Tips for Happy Travels

Mar 19, 2012 10:40PM, Published by Anonymous, Categories: Trends



Preparing:

  • Do your research. It is your responsibility to be sure that you have the required traveling documents (i.e. visa or passport) necessary to visit your honeymoon destination—before you attempt to reach it! Requirements change often, so the consulate or embassy of the country you are visiting is the best source of current information.
  • You most likely won’t be able to have your name legally changed before departure, so be sure that any required entry documents are issued in your maiden name. In order to avoid travel snafus, your travel documents (airline tickets, cruise tickets, etc.) must match your ID.
  • If a passport is necessary for your travel, make several photocopies of it. Leave one copy with a family member or friend whom you trust completely. Also bring a copy with you, and keep it in a secure place away from your original passport. This will help expedite an emergency replacement in case your passport is lost or stolen.
  • Before visiting some destinations, you might need certain vaccinations or medications. To view health-related information about your destination, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at wwwn.cdc.gov/travel. Another great resource is Passport Health (www.passporthealthusa.com), which specializes in travel medical services including destination-specific travel information, immunizations, specialty travel products, and international travel health insurance. TheirMaryland locations includeAnnapolis, Millersville,Baltimore,Easton, andSalisbury.
  • Despite the fact that fewer people are using travelers’ checks these days (most folks are using debit cards, credit cards, or ATM machines), you might still want to consider getting some if you plan to carry extra money with you—especially if you are visiting heavily populated urban areas.
  • If you’re honeymooning abroad, exchange about $50 into small bills in the currency of the country you’ll be visiting so that you’ll have some money on hand for transportation, food, tipping, etc., upon your arrival. If you are going to visit a remote area in which you will not be able to access ATM machines or use your credit cards, exchange a larger amount.

Packing:

  • While packing, keep in mind that weight allowances are stricter than they used to be. Most airlines will charge you to bring along a bag that weighs more than 50 pounds and many now charge for a second piece of checked luggage (check your airline’s website for specifics). Choose outfits with pieces that will also work with others you are bringing. By picking mix and match clothes with two or three colors, you can also pack fewer pairs of shoes.
  • Star Tip: If you fear you are near the weight limit, pack a small, collapsible bag in the outer pocket of your suitcase. If necessary, you can transfer a few items into it and carry on the smaller bag to avoid the fee. (And if you don’t need it for clothes or shoes, the collapsible bag also comes in handy for carrying souvenirs on the way home.)
  • Don’t forget that any liquids, gels, or aerosols that you are carrying-on with you must be placed in a plastic bag that is quart-sized or smaller. The items themselves must be in containers three ounces or smaller. Lithium batteries (such as those used in cameras and other electronic equipment) have been recently placed on the no-no list for checked luggage—but you can carry them on with you if in plastic bags or their original packaging.

 

Flying:

  • If possible, print your boarding pass online, ahead of time (many are available up to 24 hours in advance of flight time). This will save you valuable time at the airport, and if the airline doesn’t have assigned seating, you can reserve a spot as one of the first groups to board—and get a seat next to your new spouse!
  • Keep your driver’s license, passport, or ID and your boarding pass in a place that is easily accessible (for you, not pickpockets)—on your person is preferable. Keep some cash in your pocket if you are going to use the skycap service—often the better choice for passengers in a hurry.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, check your luggage, go through security, and get to your gate. Oftentimes, if you are late (and still able to check-in) your luggage will not be on the same flight as you are. Besides, what newlywed couple wants to start the honeymoon by rushing, waiting for luggage to arrive when they reach their destination, or worse, missing their flight? (Not to mention the arguments that could erupt if any of these happen.)
  • To avoid holding up the line when you get to the security gate, remove your belt, overcoat, any jewelry, and anything else in your pockets while you are waiting. Try not to wear footwear with too many buckles or laces when going to the airport, as it will be necessary to remove your shoes as well. Put smaller items in your shoes or jacket pockets before pacing them in the bins that will go through the TSA’s x-ray machine—there have been instances of belongings being snagged by other passengers while the bins are on the belt.
  • To avoid losing your luggage, try to fly direct whenever possible. If you have to switch planes, allow at least an hour layover between flights to allow time for your belongings to transfer to the plane with you. Also, put a tag with your contact info (including your cell phone number) inside of the luggage as well as out—and include a copy of your travel itinerary inside, too. Finally, you might want to snap a picture of your luggage before you leave. If your bags are lost, you can show the photo to the agent at the lost luggage office.
  • Always bring a pair of earplugs with you in case the airline doesn’t provide them. This will allow you to drown out unexpected (and unwanted) noise interruptions, and to be relaxed and well rested for the honeymoon’s start.
  • To easily spot your luggage at the baggage claim carousel, tie a unique or brightly colored ribbon, scarf, or tag to it.

 

Once there:

  • If possible, have a reputable taxi service (with licensed taxi operators) or an airport or hotel shuttle van or bus take you from the airport to your hotel. Independent car or taxi drivers may not be reliable (and could even be scam artists) and often charge more than professional services.
  • Pickpockets and con artists often target tourists as their victims. As much as you’ll want to endlessly gaze into each other’s eyes, be aware of the people around you and the places you’re wandering into. Avoid carrying large amounts of money, and leave your expensive jewelry at home. Whenever possible, the straps of bags/pocketbooks should be worn across the front of your body, and men should carry wallets in their front pockets. Better yet, purchase a traveler’s money belt or pouch that can be worn discreetly beneath your clothes.

Finally, a few golden rules to remember when traveling: get everything in writing (verbal agreements don’t count in court), do not entrust responsibility of treasured possessions to anyone you don’t know (they don’t care as much as you do, if at all), and use your charge card whenever possible (for consumer protection and record of purchases).

 

 

 



  • Raspberry and Strawberry seasons have begun! Come pick your own at Linvilla Orchards!  General H...


  • Exploring Science Camp

    08/01/2017
    08:30AM — 12:30PM

    Campers will explore several of the 4-H National Youth Science Day projects which will include wi...


  • David Rogers' Big Bugs at Tyler Arboretum

    08/01/2017
    09:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit opening day: June 3, 9 am - 6 pm Exhibit continues until August 29 They’re BIG, they’...


  • The U.S. Naval Academy museum welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually from all over the work...


  • 2017 SUMMER KIDS HALF-DAY CAMP IN CHESTER SPRINGS, CHESTER COUNTY: Archaeology Dig for Kids: ...


  • Emily's Produce Farmer's Market

    08/01/2017
    09:00AM — 06:00PM

    Enjoy local farm fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, eggs & more! Enjoy a homemade lunch or b...


  • ‘En Blanc et Noir’

    08/01/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    As beautiful as a color-laden photo can be, there is something to be said about removing the dist...


  • Log Canoe Racing: Photographs by Morris Ellison

    08/01/2017
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    Opening in conjunction with the 30th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, Log Canoe Racing: Ph...


  • Toddler Time

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Children ages 18 to 36 months (with caring adult) enjoy a variety of developmentally-appropriate ...


  • Toddler Time

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Children ages 18 to 36 months (with caring adult) enjoy a variety of developmentally-appropriate ...


  • Toddler Time

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Children ages 18 to 36 months (with caring adult) enjoy a variety of developmentally-appropriate ...


  • Mini-Makers: TOYS!

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Let your little one explore their creative side while making functional works of art. Students wi...


  • The Great Enviro-Wall

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 01:30PM

    This class is for beginning to intermediate level students. We start with an image of anything fr...


  • Principles of Design Workshop

    08/01/2017
    09:30AM — 12:30PM

    Develop an understanding of how the principles help you plan and organize the elements of design ...


  • Game on! Learn how to create a video game. This interactive exhibition allows visitors to immerse...


  • Preschool Storytime

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Children ages three to five (with caring adult) build the early literacy skills needed for school...


  • Preschool Storytime

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Children ages three to five (with caring adult) build the early literacy skills needed for school...


  • Babies in Bloom

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Babies from birth to 18 month (with caring adult) enjoy songs, action rhymes and playtime while b...


  • Robert E. Locher: A Modern Classic

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Robert E. Locher: A Modern Classic July 15 – September 8, 2017 This exhibition features work by...


  • Backyard Birds & Birdhouses

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM

    Opening reception May 20 in conjunction with the Delmarvalous Festival The beauty of nature is j...


  • Revival

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    In celebration of NMWA’s 30th anniversary in 2017, Revival presents contemporary sculptors and ph...


  • Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces tells the remarkable history of th...


  • Reinvention: The Work of Chris Bathgate

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Featuring 28 works of art, Reinvention: The Work of Chris Bathgate explores how modern and tradit...


  • River Arts Photo Club Show

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Recent works of the local photographers.


  • The Banneker-Douglass Museum’s new temporary exhibition, will feature the works of art created by...


  • When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in the United States in 1815, he brough...


  • In the Tower: Theaster Gates

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Over the past decade, American artist Theaster Gates (b. 1973) has explored the built environment...


  • June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    June Schwarcz (1918–2015) is considered one of the most innovative enamelists working in the late...


  • Plein Air Judges, Unite Exhibit

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    Troika Gallery will exhibit the paintings of two Plein Air Judges, West Fraser and Kenn Backhaus,...


  • President John F. Kennedy’s administration coincided with a golden age of photojournalism in Amer...


  • Under One Sky

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    In this joint exhibit, Carol Donahue and Gail Higginbotham, reveal their artistic similarities an...


  • Matthais Mansen: Configurations

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Matthias Mansen is a contemporary Berlin-based artist (b. 1958) whose work advances the long trad...


  • Nicolas Party: Sunrise, Sunset

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    Sunrises and sunsets are among the only moments in the day when we are reminded, as the sun appea...


  • Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    In the 1980s, Donald Sultan (born 1951) began his industrial landscape series the Disaster Painti...


  • Story Time and Craft Time

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join us every Tuesday at 10am as Miss Marcia reads an entertaining story featuring gardens, farmi...


  • The Academy Art Museum is pleased to present its Annual Members’ Exhibition. This exceptional tra...


  • Representational Ambiguity

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Ken Karlic's watercolors can best be described as sophisticated chaos, as an accurate drawing giv...


  • Equilibrium: Fanny Sanin

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    This exhibition explores her methodical process through a selection of some the artist’s earliest...


  • Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    One of China’s most provocative living artists, Ai Weiwei has spent nearly four decades exploring...


  • Parallax Gap

    08/01/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    Parallax Gap transforms the Renwick Gallery’s Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon into a visual puzzle....


  • Preschool Storytime

    08/01/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Children ages three to five (with caring adult) build the early literacy skills needed for school...


  • Preschool Storytime

    08/01/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Children ages three to five (with caring adult) build the early literacy skills needed for school...


  • Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years

    08/01/2017
    10:30AM — 05:30PM

    Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years, is the first exhibition to focus on the early career of Peter ...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    08/01/2017
    10:30AM — 12:45PM

    A period dressed guide in colonial attire will lead you through Annapolis’ historic district and ...


  • Half Pint Kids Club: Fox Pancakes

    08/01/2017
    11:00AM — 11:45AM

    Half Pint Kids Club: Fox Pancakes Tuesday August 1st, 11:00AM-11:45AM Ages 3-5 We welcome you...


  • Harbor Queen Cruises

    08/01/2017
    11:00AM — 04:00PM

    Watermark immerses people in the history, culture and fun of the Chesapeake Bay region and Harbor...


  • Marvin Ross: Monuments Man

    08/01/2017
    12:00PM — 05:00PM

    This special exhibition explores the life of Marvin Ross, a member of the ''Monuments Men''-- the...


  • Riverboat Cruise - Choptank River Queen

    08/01/2017
    12:00PM — 02:00PM

    Enjoy a cruise on an authentic riverboat through the Choptank Riverboat Company based at Suicide ...


  • Quilt Quest

    08/01/2017
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    Join us as we journey on a Quilt Quest. Participants will learn basic machine patchwork quilting ...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    08/01/2017
    01:30PM — 03:45PM

    A period dressed guide in colonial attire will lead you through Annapolis’ historic district and ...


  • Landscape Painting in Chester Springs, Chester County Level: All levels Limit 10 students In...


  • Spa Creek Tour on Miss Anne

    08/01/2017
    03:30PM — 08:30PM

    This 40 minute Annapolis boat tour is for those who want to get close to the water on a smaller, ...


  • Food Truck Tuesdays

    08/01/2017
    04:00PM — 08:00PM

    A weekly food truck event with 15+ food trucks on Tuesdays 4–8PM at Kinder Farm Park from May 2nd...


  • Phillips Early Bird Special

    08/01/2017
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Catch the early bird each day at Phillips for special savings on our buffet and menu dining at Ph...


  • The Chesapeake Fine Art Studio, under the direction of renowned artist Hai-Ou Hou, is offering on...


  • Knitting for Good

    08/01/2017
    07:00PM — 08:30PM

    Learn to knit infant caps for a local hospital. Experienced knitters willing to help beginners ar...


  • Family Storytime

    08/01/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Families with young children enjoy a variety of stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities wh...


  • Come out to Camden Yards to cheer on your favorite Baltimore Orioles as they play the Kansas City...


  • Trivia Tuesday

    08/01/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    Trivia Tuesday with Charm City Trivia starting at 8pm! No pre-registration required! Grab your te...


  • Federal House Bar & Grille Acoustic Shows!

    08/01/2017
    08:00PM — 12:00AM

    Tuesday, August 1st - Jordan Sokel - Acoustic Solo Wednesday, August 2nd - Kajun Kelley - Acoust...


  • Riverboat Cruise - Dorothy Megan

    08/01/2017
    11:30PM — 02:30PM

    Enjoy a cruise on an authentic riverboat through the Choptank Riverboat Company based at Suicide ...