Travel Resources and Tips

 

Travel Resources and Tips

Travel doesn’t have to be stressful, but if you’re not a frequent traveler, making plans can cause a lot of headaches, especially in today’s climate where regulations are constantly changing.  Having a single resource where a traveler can find answers to their questions can make the difference between a sleepless night and an enjoyable rest.  To that end, we’ve put together some checklists for your different travel plans – what to bring, what not to bring, who to call for updates, and emergeny contacts.  We’ve also created a printable checklist for your convenience.  You can find it here.

International Travel

What to Bring

  • Passport:  This may seem obvious, but it’s often overlooked.  Make sure it stays with you.  Check its expiration date well before your travel date.  It can take up to 13 weeks to obtain a new passport, and many countries don’t accept passports within six months of expiration.  You can find information about obtaining a passport here.  
  • Visa(if needed):  Depending on where you travel, you may need a travel visa.  Check with your travel advisor before traveling.
  • Translation Book/App: If you’re traveling in a place where English is not the main language, you’ll want to have a way to communicate in their language.  It’s a good idea to learn some phrases and bring a translation app with you.
  • Extra Medications:  Since you’ll be in a foreign land, obtaining authorizations for prescription medications can be difficult.  Always be prepared for extended stays, should unexpected circumstances arise.  It’s a good idea to make arrangements with your primary care physician for additional medicine before you leave.
  • Travel Insurance:  It’s an inexpensive way to protect yourself from issues when they arise.  Your travel advisor can help you obtain travel insurance.
  • Phone Chargers and Converters: Different countries use different outlet configurations as well as different voltages.  You’ll need a converter for your device in order to charge your phone.  Fortunately, these are readily available in most electronics stores.
  • Emergency Contact Information: You’ll want to have a few phone numbers handy while traveling overseas.  Keep the phone number of your travel advisor available since they’ll be able to handle things stateside much more easily than you will.  In addition, you’ll want to have the phone number of the U.S. embassy in the country you’ll be visiting, your primary care physician, and an emergency contact back home.
  • A Knowledge of the Customs of the Area:  Understanding etiquite, protocol, and the customs of the place you’ll be visiting can go a long way in helping you get along with the locals.

Cruises

What to Bring

  • 2 Bottles of Wine:  If you want to enjoy a glass of wine on the deck of your cabin, most cruise lines will allow you to bring up to 2 bottles of wine for your cabin.  Hard liquors are excluded, so it’s best to leave them at home.
  • Extra Medications:  You don’t want to be on the high seas without necessary medication.  Deliveries become much more difficult in the middle of the ocean, so it’s good to plan ahead.   Always be prepared for extended stays, should unexpected circumstances arise.  It’s a good idea to make arrangements with your primary care physician for additional medicine before you leave.  This includes regular medication as well as “as needed” medication.
  • Motion Sickness Remedies:  If you’ve never traveled by ship, you may want to bring a motion sickness remedy with you.  This could include medicine, but there are also many other non-pharmaceutical options available today.
  • Travel Insurance:  This bears repeating.  If you’re going to travel, travel insurance is a cost effective way to protect yourself against the unexpected.  Your travel advisor can help you secure travel insurance for your trip.
  • Passport, if Traveling out of Country: If you’re leaving from the United States and returning to the same port, it’s what is considered a “closed loop” cruise.  Typically, passports are not required for closed loop cruises which include Central America and Caribbean Islands, but there are enough extenuating circumstances which would require a passport that we always recommend one.  Consider a trip to Alaska – while it’s part of the United States, if you decide to travel through British Columbia, you would need a passport.
  • Sunscreen: When you wake up in the middle of the tropics after having left from the Northeast, the weather will likely be very different.  Pack for for where you are going as well as where you’re returning.  
  • Camera:  Most of us use our smart devices these days, so make sure there is ample storage for all the photos and videos you’ll want to take.  In addition, make sure you pack a charger, and, ideally, a battery pack which you can plug in should you run low on battery.  These can be purchased virtually anywhere.  

The Starboard Way Advantage

Value

When you decide to book your travel plans through one of the travel advisors at Starboard Way Travel, there is no fee for what we do, and many times we can get special pricing not available to the public.

Experience

Our travel advisors have decades of experience in the travel industry, and as regulations change and travel becomes more complicated, you have an advocate working for you while you focus on enjoying the trip.

Service

When issues inevitably arise during your travel, you only need one phone number - ours.  Whether you're stuck in traffic on the way to the airport or having issues checking in, we're available 24/7 to take care of you.

Peace of Mind

We've already thought through all the items you'll need before your trip.  You can rest easy knowing that your travel advisor will ensure that you don't have to worry about a missing document or unexpected requirement.