I just returned from a conference and Familiarization tour of the Riviera Maya aka Cancun. You can see some of the great photos at facebook.com/plumeriabreezestravel or instagram.com/plumeriabreezestravel. I go on these, so I know the best hotels to send you to, and so I know what the rooms look like, but better yet I know what they smell like…. the First-hand experience of a destination makes my job easier. We visited several hotels as a group, and I checked out a few on my own because I turned it into a BLeisure trip where I mixed business with leisure.
There were a few things that stuck out with me as I was herded through the lines without my TSA Precheck as it is still random selection, even if you pay for it.
It doesn’t have to be that difficult to get through the lines, organize your belongings, so things like tablets, laptops, and liquids are within reach.
Complaining about the process will not speed it up, it just makes those around you annoyed. Security officers have a job to do, read up on the rules before you go, so you know what to expect.
The rules do change, I just came through Atlanta on my way home, and we had to not only have our laptops out, but we had to take tablets and Kindles out as well, anything bigger than a cell phone. And any snacks we had with us had to come out as well.
These folks do not have an easy job, I get the TSA weekly blog, and you would be amazed at what people try to bring on an airplane. Next time you fly visit TSA.gov and brush up on security procedures. You can even find helpful Youtube videos, so you know before you go. They don’t live for digging through your unmentionables. And I am sure they don’t appreciate the pat-down process either.
Don’t wear the sparkly jeans or the difficult to remove shoes, Do wear socks (gross) Do smile and try not to sigh so loud everyone in the airport can hear you and, do arrive at least 3 hours early for an international flight and at least 2 hours early for a domestic flight.
When traveling anywhere a few safety tips can go a long way. Use common sense just as you would at home, violence and bad things can happen anywhere it is the world we live in, but you can help protect yourself with some easy safety tips.
If you order a drink, whether it is soda or alcohol keep in your hands or very close at all times. And don’t get so drunk you are an easy mark. (The same people that take advantage of others travel too).
Use the buddy system, don’t jog at night in an area you are unfamiliar with.
Ask the Concierge the best places to visit, the best tour operators to use and book your excursions through your travel agent, so you know what companies are the best of the best. I was just with Lomas Travel, and they have GPS tracking on their vans as well as speed controlled vehicles.
Use the in-room safe for your belongings-Passport, laptop, prescriptions, jewelry, etc.
Research your destination, not just on social media but actual research and download the US Embassy App.
Pay attention at the airport and keep your immigration papers with your passport, you need them to get home.
I have so many other tips maybe I should make this a weekly blog. What do you think? Follow me on social media for more tips and tricks.