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You’ve taken the week off from work, reserved a hotel room in your favorite vacation spot and maybe even booked a flight. Now all that’s left is to get there. Whether you’re road tripping or flying, follow these tips for a smooth journey.

By Land

  • Get a tune-up before you leave, that way you can avoid spending a chunk of your vacation on the side of the road.
  • Clean your car before, during and after your trip. After a full day on the road, a clean car may keep you sane.
  • Have a loose plan before you leave. Following a schedule is great, but account for traffic and closed roads.
  • Use your cruise control. Not only will this save your leg, it will save you money on gas.
  • Bring your own music. You’ll be thankful for some tunes when there’s only static on the radio.

If travelling with children, plan for extended rests and bathroom breaks. Consider bringing activities or a “goody bag” with small prizes you can reveal at different intervals during the trip.


By Air      

  • Select your seats ASAP. If you wait too long, you may end up spending eight hours between two strangers in row 65.
  • If possible, pack in a carry-on suitcase. Depending on climate and length of stay, you could save money by not checking a bag. But if you need to check some baggage…
  • Weigh your bags before you go to the airport. Overweight bags could cost you anywhere from $50 to $500 round trip.
  • Always dress in layers. It may be sweltering in the cabin before takeoff, but once you get in the air it will cool down quickly.

Be ready for security. Metal in your clothes, jewelry, keys, change and belt buckles will set off the metal detectors, so leave them in your carry-on.

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