Here are some Travel Tips to make the planning and completion of your vacation a pleasant experience. 1, When you contact a travel professional answer all questions openly and honestly. Tell us where you have vacationed in the past; what you like to do; any specific needs you may have. In addition if you have reviewed some destinations on line or in literature let us know what you have found and what you like or dislike. Discuss your budget us. At Dream Vacation Travels we are not here to spend all of your money, but to narrow down what vacation may be best for you. 2. Do not delay in making a decision once travel options are presented to you. Airlines, Cruise Lines and Tour Operators do not take kindly to an agent "holding space" and often require deposits in 24 to 72 hours. Prices and space are always subject to change. 3. Once a decision is made a deposit should be made and optional travel insurance considered. We confirm all arrangements under deposit in writing and advise when a final payment is due. 4. Once payments are made in full the travel documents are processed and often arrive at our office 14 days prior to travel. Sometimes all documents are electronic and are forwarded to you along with an invoice and receipt of any payments. It is important that when you receive this information that you review them thoroughly and report any discrepancies. 5. It is next recommended that you put together a list of items that you plan to pack and get everything packed 24 hours in advance. Many airlines, cruise lines and international destinations have a weight limit. Remember to allow for any gifts that you may want to purchase while on the trip. 6. Before leaving home BE SURE TO HAVE ALL THE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS YOU WILL NEED. 7. With all travel the U.S. Government, in conjunction with all common carriers continue to make travel safer and have strengthened security operations. Plan on checking in with the common carrier at least 2 hours prior to departure for domestic flights with three hours recommended for an international flight. Have your identification ready for review by the desk agents. If you have a carry-on piece of luggage be sure to check what is not permitted and what the latest security procedures are. 8. With your luggage we can only recommend to travel light. The waits in baggage claim and customs inspections is shorter the lighter you travel. Do not wrap any gifts and don't carry anything for any stranger. Be sure to remove any old claim checks to avoid confusion. Identify luggage on both the outside and the inside. 9. Keep all medications, travel documents and valuable on your person at all times or when at a hotel locked in a safety deposit box. 10. Above all relax, take a lot of pictures, and have a safe trip.
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