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Check In Early

Most airlines recommend arriving 90 minutes prior to your flight for domestic travel, 2 hours for international. But peak times may leave you begging your fellow passengers to let you cut in line.

Peak travel times are Monday through Friday, 7 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 8pm. Arrive an extra half hour early during those times and on holidays and weekends. You might have extra time to kill while you wait for your flight, but at least you won't be standing at security when they make the last call.

~ GG Staff

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Economical Currency Exchanging

If you're traveling outside the U.S. this holiday season, think about where you'll exchange your currency. Airports, banks and most hotels offer exchange services, but doing it online ahead of time can save you time and service charges.

~ GG Staff

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Packing essentials

My mom used to always tell us we only need 4 things with us at all times when traveling - A passport, money, airline ticket and a sense of humor.

~ Christa, Toronto

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Tipping tips

Tipping etiquette can vary from city to city in some places of the world. Do your research ahead of time so you don't come off looking cheap or an easy mark.

Check the bill before you tip. In some countries the tip is automatically included. In poorer places of the world, it's okay to go overboard - the extra money will go to people who need it.

~ GG Staff

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SimpliFLY with TSA

It may seem like Security has it out for you after you've submitted to an under-the-breasts-pat-down and belt-opening, emptied your carry-on for the third time and stood in line for hours waiting to do it all over again.

But the TSA does want you to arrive safely, and compliance with regulations gets you where you want to go faster. Being nice helps too.

Not sure if your carry-on is TSA approved. Can you bring your lighter? What about the breast-milk you've just pumped?

Get yourself over to their brand-spanking new site, SimpliFLY for a complete rundown of all the rules and regulations. Security will have no reason to flag you and you'll be able to keep your cool.

Transportation Security Administration SimpliFLY

~ GG Staff 

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Shoulder Season Travel

Travel during shoulder season, and you'll avoid the crowds of peak season. That means less kids, more parking and a greater chance you'll have your sanity for the trip home. Often B&B's hotels and resorts will have reduced rates that are between peak and non-peak rates.

Clearing a Path for TravelClearing a Path for TravelI like autumn, wherever in the world that may be, because the snow hasn't started falling (in huge quantities at least) and the weather can still be pretty nice.

Spring is ok but when I went to Banff in May, the lakes that were still snowed over and one was in accessible (Lake Moraine). When we went back the next year in late Sept, we saw the beautiful aqua colored lakes.

Maybe late May is the best shoulder time when it's right before peak season starts. We'll find that sweet spot for Banff eventually!

Optimum timing of when to go during shoulder season will vary by location and personal preference. Check out: Travel & Leisure's Around the World List.

~ Jenny, Ontario

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Get Your Passport, Nix the Hassle

Leave your passport update to the last minute? Instead of standing in line for hours, get online and get the support you really need.

~ GG Staff

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