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Going for a trip? Driving or flying – whatever you choose, plan properly to make it the best ever holiday experience of your life. Consumer VOICE brings important tips for both road and air travelers.

Holiday travel hints - tackle road trip setbacks 
Embarking on lengthy road trips to spend holidays with loved ones has become a coveted pastime for many families. For those whose holiday tradition includes hours traveling the unpredictable open highway, the excitement surrounding the holiday season is tinged with the inevitable strain of road travel - is the vehicle going to make it without problems? Though not all of lifes travel inconveniences are avoidable, you can take precautions to reduce the chance that your familys holiday travels will involve some of the most dreaded road travel setbacks. In the scurry to pack, get children ready, wrap gifts and arrange for pet and plant care. Planning and packing in advance can help alleviate the last minute rush that leads too many drivers to miss out on valuable sleep prior to a long trip. One important step that cannot be overemphasised is preparing your vehicle for the trip-ahead of time. Traffic jams evoke frustration and disrupt travel plans for many holiday travelers. Sometimes, encountering heavy traffic during the holiday travel season cannot be avoided. Research whether there are travel information websites or phone numbers in your travel area, useful resources which provide information about routes that have traffic delays.

Top safety tips for long distance driving 
The goal of long distance driving is to get to your destination safely. We all know someone who says, "The time to get there is usually six hours; I did it in four and a half!" Speed should not be your primary focus. If you focus on getting there in the fastest amount of time, mistakes and errors in judgment can be made. Here are five tips to reach your destination in one piece. 

1. Have a Current AAA Plus Membership Card with you. This annual membership provides 24-hour roadside service. The regular card will only transport your car to the nearest repair shop, give a battery charge, or change a tire for a fee. The AAA Plus card provides additional services. The AAA plus also allows free fuel service. 
2. Dont Eat Heavy Food during the trip. You are going to be sitting and stationary for several hours at a time. Fast food in your stomach will give you a bloated and heavy feeling. Heavy and greasy food like pizza, fried chicken and biscuits will contribute to the desire to take a nap. Better to eat light food like salads, soup, fruit cups and juice during the trip to keep your head clear. Coffee or hot chocolate is always a 
safe bet for long distance driving. 

3. Stop and Get Rest in a Safe Place. Contrary to popular belief, long distance driving demands frequent rest stops. Fatigue can overtake you quickly, especially if you only watch the road in front of you instead of taking in the scenery while you drive. Be aware of overall discomfort, muscle aches in the neck, arms and shoulders. This is your body telling you it needs a break. Stop in the refreshment area, walk around, clear your head, get some food, and then take a nap. Never park in the outskirts of a rest stop; park near another car or truck. Parking next to a van with a traveling family is always a safe bet. 

Tips to help travellers sleep better 
While travlling, we often push ourselves to our physical limits, almost to the point of exhaustion and deprive ourselves of sleep, especially during business trips. Because of this, we may experience symptoms of sleep deprivation including headaches, indigestion, decreased concentration and ability to focus, and irritability. 
Here are a few easy tips to keep in mind to break the pattern of sleep deprivation experienced by so many frequent fliers who are forced to travel weekly for business: 

  •  Try to get mid-morning flights so you’re not exhausted from not getting enough sleep the night before or because you had to wake up at 3:00 am to catch a 5:00 am flight. 
  •  When reserving seats, be sure to choose those that will give you the most legroom, such as an emergency row, or aisle seat. 
  •  Plan to wear loose clothing on the flight and dress in layers for warmth and comfort. 
  •  When the captain turns off the seatbelt sign take a few strolls up and down the aisles aid in blood circulation. 
  •  Do a few stretches to replace and refresh the air in your lungs. 
  •  Eat lightly before and during the flight. 
  •  Stay away from caffeinated drinks 4-6 hours before your bedtime. 


Flight and travel tips
Plan in advance: If you have a plan to visit out of your country, start your plan at least three to six months prior to your visit. Know the country and destination where you are planning to visit. Know more about the climatic condition of that country and find out the travel advices for the country. Select best time of travel for that particular country 
or city. 

Book air tickets in advance: If you have finalised your tour programme, book air tickets in advance as many airlines offer a discount for tickets booked in advance. Now get your passport, visa and other travel documents ready. 

Learn the local expenses: You might not know whether you are paying the right amount for taxi, hotel and other commodities in a particular city, therefore it is better to search for the basic information about the city and you will get plenty of information on Internet. You should also have the fair knowledge of exchange rate, as this will help you in converting your currency. 

Visit local shops: We all do shopping whenever we are on tour and you should try to do shopping from the local shops instead of big malls. In local store, you will find things cheaper and affordable. 

Keep essential medicine: You should have a fair idea of the medicines that may be required to you while you are on tour. In addition to your daily medicine, you should also carry away with you some common medicines such as medicines for cough, cold and fever. 

Keep travellers checks: Instead of taking a lot of money with you, it is better to take travellers check or credit card with you. In case if you miss these, you should immediately report to the banks or credit card providers. You should also avoid bringing valuables with you. 

Dress casually: Your dress sometimes indicates about yourself to thieves and that is a risk for you, so you should dress casually. It is better to stay alert while you are in another city or country. If you see something wrong in your neighbourhood, keep yourself in safe position. 

Travel Insurance: Many insurance providers are also offering travel insurance and you should ensure a suitable insurance policy for you and your family. 

Stay in medium to large hotels: Never stay in very small hotels, as the security arrangement in these hotels is insufficient. In most of such hotels adequate arrangement of security are made. Do not go out alone or with your family out of the hotel especially during nighttime and if you have to go, ask hotel staff to provide taxi. 

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