Those who travel often need to update suitcase often, as it’s not long before they are falling apart at the seams. Plus, with airlines becoming stricter with regulations on them it pays to be compliant and avoid a headache. Doing a little research will help when it comes to making a final decision.

The new suitcases should be practical, durable and a great deal for the amount they cost. They should travel well, be lightweight and a trusted brand name that will deliver style and functionality. Everyone has their own travel style so there’s not a general, perfect suitcase for all.

How to choose

It’s important to research in order to find the best suitcases for one’s travel needs. Though it is typically a bit time-consuming, even shopping online can be a breeze when one makes a list of qualities that they prefer. Plus, online situations allow one to compare suitcase side by side to see the different brands, features and prices.

Here’s a quick list of things to consider:

Type of travel: If the needed suitcase is for flying, it goes without saying that the buyer should know the weight limits for the chosen airlines. Thankfully, they are all quite similar. Be sure also that the size and weight will be easy to deal with as far as transporting it from a personal vehicle to the airport, and then back home again.

For road trips, one should be sure the suitcase will fit easily into the trunk or storage area of the car; and for cruising there may also be some limitations but most choose something rigid or flat because it gets stacked before being delivered to the cabin.

Further, if the traveler goes to all different types of places, then they should try and find one that is practical for each. There’s no sense in buying several different styles. Not only is it a waste of space but it’s a waste of hard-earned money.

No Big Bags!

Due mostly to ever-changing airport restrictions, a big suitcase is not a good idea for anyone that wants to avoid extra fees. There’s a fine line between getting one that will hold everything needed and be just far too big. If it’s too big, the traveler will feel the need to fill the extra space at times. Then again, they may want to have the space to bring things home which is a bonus.

One thing some families do is purchase two large suitcases to divide between members. Mom and daughter can share, and father and son for example. This means less overall luggage. Still kids sometimes like to carry their own so it will depend on the desires of the travel party.

How to Narrow Down the Size

The right size of suitcase really comes down to a few points, they include:

Type of trips being taken by the traveler – plane, car, cruise
Length of the majority of the trips
Packing habits – how much stuff does the traveler have to bring?
Destinations and seasons – will bulkier clothing be necessary at times?
The budget

Once all these things are taken into account, one can and will have an easier time choosing the perfect suitcases for their trip. Saving time and money is the best, just be sure that when shopping online all things are taken into account including shipping cost. Also, beware of designer imposters.

As long as the site is well known and has great reviews then the product purchased should deliver on all it promises. A bit of careful research will ensure that the purchase made will last through many years and many trips.

Majority of today’s population loves to travel, but lack of time and money forms as an important factor for traveling at any authentic destination. But as far as senior citizens are considered, it is the time of their retirement that enhances the opportunity to freely do everything they always desire to do and travel all around the beautiful places and view magnificent sights. Generally, most of the discounts offer or ticket concessions starts from the age of 50 and get even better at 60, 62, and 65. Therefore a senior citizen is always advised to look upon the discounts offers, gift vouchers or special concessions and save a lot of money when traveling. Best way to travel is by airplane and one must not forget to take the plane tickets for senior citizen before traveling. Plane tickets are nothing but a document made by either an airline authority or by a travel agent. While going in a particular flight, a senior citizen needs to carry some kind of document in a form of plane tickets in order to ensure the airplane authority that the concern person has purchased a place to seat on in their respective airplane.

Chances for getting plane tickets for senior citizen are to start with online. Internet is the best place to get plane tickets; a senior citizen can come across with great deals, discount offers, and cheap rates on various airplanes. No doubt looking for information about plane tickets from various sources requires a matter of good research and Internet is one of the best sources of research to find information about discount offers or last minute deals for senior citizen. Internet has several types of websites ranging from various travel search engines, tourist guides, to trip planners and tourist boards. Combination of all such several types of websites can conveniently help a senior citizen in getting the right kind of plane tickets possible for flying in their desired dream destinations. Various online travel sites features large amount of information and tips on plane tickets for senior citizen. You need to explore or browse on various travel sites so that you can track on right kind of plane ticket deals. However, online travel websites offers various discounts and special packages for senior citizens, so that you can make your trip memorable.

Getting flight tickets for aged citizen with a short-term notice period from various sources is quite impossible. There are very few elderly travelers who can be lucky enough to track the flight tickets on last minute search. However, search for right kind of plane tickets for senior citizen is time consuming but it is worth for tracking the right kind of airfare you are looking for. A senior citizen should keep themselves update with the last minutes super cheap airline tickets or special offers given by the airline authorities. One should call the airline help line number to collect such update information about the plane tickets.

Prior bookings or advance bookings on plane tickets for senior citizen enhances many advantages. First and foremost, one can get flights and seats of their choice. Secondly one can get the flight tickets in very cheap airfare and lastly they can get seats and flights of their preference. In fact, there are ways in which a senior citizen can save money on their last minute plane tickets also. Whatever the reason, it is wise enough to book their plane tickets well in advance and save a lot of cash with early bookings. Plane tickets are easily available if you are happy with flexible flying dates and time. Getting air flight tickets will be easier if you look out for flexible flying times for departures and arrivals or alternate airports. Sometimes plane tickets for senior citizens are offered with less airfare during weekdays. Elderly travelers are therefore advised to book their flight tickets for weekdays especially on Tuesday or Wednesday, as they are perfect for purchasing their tickets. Despite of having special concession on senior citizenship never plan your trip during peak hours or during peak seasons as the airline authorities tend to increase their plane tickets rates.

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, frequent traveler or first timer, here are a few travel tips to ease your travel worries. Everyone needs a grab-n-go bag, a bag that is always ready when you need it. Toiletries, cosmetics, first aid, personal items, medicines or journal are some of the necessaries. Purchase miniature items that can easily be stored in your grab-n-go bag. Items can be purchase from a local drug store. Here is a brief list of some of the items you may want to store in your grab-n-go bag; toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, deodorant, cotton swabs, extra contacts or glasses, cleaner, carrying case, travel pillow. You get the idea right.

Keep a checklist ready to ensure you have everything you need. Your checklist should be kept with your grab-n-go bag. Once you have stocked your bag your biggest worry is what clothes to pack and what activities will you be engaging in. Remember to pack comfortable shoes, lightweight trousers that can be worn in any weather or season, iron free blouse or shirt, jacket for business meetings or formal meals. Your goal is to pack light and worry free so you can enjoy your trip.

-Make a list of all the things you need. This eliminates packing extra items.

-Make an agenda of all the activities you plan to do. How long will you stay? Will you need formal or casual clothes? How many shoes do you need to pack? Will you do a lot of walking, standing or sitting? Is this a business trip? Vacation?

-Make a list for all family members who are traveling with you. This may be a good idea to do a checklist for those love ones staying behind (i.e. a honey to do list)

-Do you have pets? Who will care for them while you are away?

-How will you travel? Plane, car, or train. Size matters if you are flying, make sure you double check with the airlines for luggage requirements.

-Pack all essential items in a carry on bag (passport, medicines, ID)

Finally, sort and organize all items before you pack them away, double check and re-check your list to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything or added any unnecessary items. Remember to enjoy your trip rather its business or pleasure.

Travel Insurance is often overlooked.People spend a lot of time sorting their holidays and travel.Plane tickets are bought, accommodation is booked, vaccinations suffered, and hours have been spent deciding on what clothes to take. They think they are organised.

But are they? There is something really important that seems to be missing from this list! Yes, Travel Insurance.

Often people think it is too expensive. But is it? When you think of all the things that could go wrong it is a relatively inexpensive safeguard to problems that could potentially cost thousands of dollars. A small premium spent now, should give peace of mind for these possible scenarios.

Plane tickets are lost
You, or a family member have an unexpected illness before you leave .Your flights are delayed, or cancelled.
Luggage is lost
Luggage, tickets, money is stolen
Personal items are damaged
You fall ill or have an accident while you are away
This MAY entail emergency repatriation to your home country.
Your adventure activity has caused you an injury
You have an accident in a rental car or campervan
Bad weather, or other unforeseen circumstances could mean having to reschedule flights

All these things can and do happen to many travellers. Without the appropriate Travel Insurance Cover for your situation, it is going to be a costly problem.

Choosing the Right Travel Insurance

Not only should you have Travel Insurance, but you need to choose the one that is right for you. If you are going to be doing adventure activities such as bungy jumping, be sure you choose the cover that will pay out if you have an injury. Going skiing or snowboarding? There is a special Snowboarding Travel Insurance. It also covers other snow activities.

Are you staying away long term? The insurance cover for expatriates, would be the one for you.

Ticket Cancellation

You are often given an option to cover cancellation of tickets when you purchase. Think carefully before you say “no “to the very few dollars this usually costs!

When you book hotels, hostels or other accommodation you may well be offered a very cheap insurance cover in case of cancellation. It is worth the few dollars! A cancelled booking could be a costly mistake.

Renting a vehicle usually includes insurance cover, but there is also a large excess, often $2,000 or more. You can take out extra insurance to cover this, or your comprehensive travel insurance may include it. Check, so you don’t pay twice!

Weather can play havoc with travel plans. Knowing you have insurance to cover the resulting cancellations , lost bookings, and changed plans makes a huge difference to the impact on your holiday AND your pocket.

I am a New Zealander who has travelled extensively internationally and lived in several countries. Despite all the places I have been, I still think New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries, and for a holiday, it is not only scenically truly spectacular, but also has a huge variety of exciting activities. Having had so much experience planning international travel, I appreciate the difficulties in getting all the relevant information for visas.


Not long ago, when swine flu was spreading across the world at lightening speed, all the media was quite passionately involved in informing the general public on the Do’s and Don’ts. One of such warnings included and was made closely related to plane travel. Plane is a closed air conditioned compartment and obviously, due to internal air circulation, disease like swine flu or even a normal cold can spread like anything. Now, there has not been many scientific evidences proving this but its always better to take enough precautions when it comes to health. However, scientifically speaking, this stands more close to true than false. But not many people know the fact, that this is something which is avoidable to a larger extent when it comes to plane travel and hence can be proved false as well. Do you know how?

All the modern technological advanced aircraft are designed in such a way that they can bring in air from outside even at high altitude. Air which is 40-60 degree C below zero, is then heated by the aircraft’s internal system and then circulated into the cabin pushing the old air. Now, the hard fact is that this all leads to higher fuel consumption which in turn leads to higher cost. So to keep their operational costs as much low as possible, these airlines simply recirculate the air which is present in the cabin and bringing in a very less amount of fresh air from outside. In this era of “low cost airlines” or so called “economy airlines” when airfare are getting increasingly competitive and in certain circumstances are even less than that of train travel, this is bound to happen. Its always better if you take a good precaution yourself rather than relying a bit too much on airlines to do that for you.

Most Alaskans are going to go with a plane or a helicopter and in the South; they’re going to go with the ferry. Since the beginning of modern aviation, Alaskans have utilized air travel. Planes and helicopters are commonly used when they need to get around the state and from city to city. This is because Alaska’s road system is not as developed as other parts of the country, especially when compared to some of the superhighways you see in the lower 48. In fact, having a car in parts of Alaska is more of a hindrance than a help in many situations because there just aren’t roads to some of your destinations and a ferry or plane is not only more convenient, but the only mode of transportation. This is something that you definitely need to keep in mind when it comes to traveling to and around Alaska.

Alaska by Plane

Anchorage is the main entry point for most people flying into Alaska. There are several major domestic airlines and even International airlines that fly into Alaska. You can also fly to Fairbanks or Southeast Alaska as well. Most passengers will come to Alaska via Seattle. However, for a little bit more you can often fly direct into Anchorage from several major U.S. cities and, at certain times of the year, this may be the more affordable route to go depending on where you live. Summer is the peak travel season for Alaska (May 15th to September 15th, due to weather reasons obviously, so you’re going to have many more flight options during this time of the year.
In the summer, Alaska Airlines offers more flights than any of the other airlines. Up to 20 flights a day come and go from Seattle to Alaska. Alaska Airlines is available from most major cities in including:

– Chicago

– Dallas/Ft. Worth

– Los Angeles

– Minneapolis/St. Paul

– Portland

– Vancouver

– Denver

Direct flights are available from many of these cities and are much cheaper. If you can get a direct flight, as of March 2008, flights in the summer are around $500 to $700 a person depending on the location.

When it comes to flying within the state, you can take jets to various communities, but because Alaska Airlines is the only carrier to many of these communities, rates are often high. You’ll have a hard time saving on flights to small towns and even to large cities in many cases. For example, a flight from Anchorage to Juneau is often the same or higher than a flight from Seattle to Anchorage.

Ferry to Alaska

If you’re heading to Alaska to see the Southeast portion of the state, then you might want to consider the Alaska Marine Highway ferry for part of the way. You can embark in Bellingham, Washington or Prince Rupert, British Columbia. You’re better off not bringing your car because a lot of these stops are small cities that are best traveled by foot or bike, or you can rent a car.
Ferries are also available for travel between Juneau, Valdez and Seward. This is a 40- hour trip across the Gulf of Alaska and only runs about twice a month, but a unique experience all the way.
Ferries are also popular modes of transportation in Alaska. Throughout this guide we’ll let you know when you should consider the ferry for getting around.

Driving to Alaska

Driving to Alaska is always a possibility if you have the time to do it. The distance from Seattle to Anchorage is 2,250 miles. That’s quite a drive considering the majority of the trip is on two-lane highways. However, if you own an RV or have the time for this long of a road trip it may be something you want to consider.

If you drive, you will have to cross into Canada, but this requires little preparation. As of now, you do not need a passport to travel to Canada by land or water until the summer of 2009. These same rules do not apply to air travel. However, you do need proper identification when you enter Canada by land or water. Americans crossing the border will need an ID that shows your citizenship and your picture. Your driver’s license is not sufficient by itself. The following will serve as sufficient pieces of identification as proof of citizenship. If you bring photocopies of these documents, they must be notarized.

– US Passport

– Birth Certificate

– Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization

U.S. Citizens entering Canada from a third country must have a valid passport. Alien permanent residents of the U.S. must present their Alien Registration Card or “green card.”

If your vacation this year calls for destinations afar, you will undoubtedly be finding yourself traveling the friendly skies. Airline travel is the safest form of transportation and allows you and your family to relax and enjoy your vacation instead of dreading the long drive to get there. Thanks to much higher gas prices, many families will be turning to air travel. Plane travel not only reduces the amount time it takes to get to their vacation destination, it also helps keep more money in their pockets rather than pumping it into their gas tanks. Whether this is your family’s first time traveling by air or you are a frequent flier we’ll show you some of the tricks and tips to making travel by airline enjoyable and relaxing.

The most important aspect of airline travel is to arrive at the airport early. Don’t get your vacation off to a bad start by arriving late and missing your flight or having to rush the entire family through the airport trying to catch your flight. To get things started out right, the night before you leave home, place your luggage at the door and make sure everyone is ready to go. You should plan to arrive at least 2 hours early to give yourself enough time to get through ticketing, security and get your baggage taken care of.

At the airport, make sure that the kids have something to do. Fellow airport patrons and airport security do not take kindly to unsupervised children. The airport is a wonderful place to teach children of all ages about the many cultures from around the world as they see planes arrive and leave. To pass the time, make up a game of identifying where passengers might be from as they get off a plane or where they might be going.

When checking in at the airport you may find out that either your plane has been delayed or that it is overbooked. The most important thing to remember here is that the airline personnel have no control over the plane. Before you get angry over a delayed flight, think of this – would you rather have the plane delayed an hour while they check out a potentially dangerous condition or would you rather risk it? I think we all know the answer to that one. You will find that kindness and understanding will get you farther with airline personnel than getting angry. Often, if the plane is overbooked or you are delayed, passengers who are willing to work with the airline will get travel vouchers for discounts on future travel or first-class upgrades on later flights. By accepting the fact that some delays are a part of airline travel you could end up getting your entire cost of the trip covered by the airline! A smile goes a long way!

On the airplane, make sure you bring bottled water for yourself and your kids since the air on a plane is usually quite dry. Teach your children (and yourself!) about safety features of the plane. Make sure they know that they have to remain seated during the flight with their seat belt fastened. Again, use the time on the airline to plan for the fun you will have at your destination. Bring along brochures and maps of the area you are visiting, and make it a family activity to plan out things you want to see and do. You’ll be surprised how fast the time goes by as you are engaged in your vacation planning.

Finally, remember to relax and enjoy the flight. If you or any member of your family has a fear of flying, there are a few tricks you can use to overcome that fear. First, remember that flying is the safest form of travel. Airline accidents are rare, and even when they do occur, the odds are you will survive such an incident if you don’t panic. Consider bringing a sleeping mask to put on during takeoff and landing to help orient you by blocking out the images of the ground rapidly rising or falling away. Noise-canceling headphones also work wonders allowing you to listen to your favorite music while it cancels out the noise of the airplane.

Airline travel is fun, convenient and allows you to save your energy for your vacation without worrying about the driving. So relax, sit back and enjoy the flight! “It’s time to move around the country.”

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