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Flight Check-In

Pack and Travel in StylePack and Travel in StyleIf you're checking in with bags, proceed to your airline's check-in counter. Make sure you have your ID open and that your bag is unlocked or has a TSA approved lock. Once the attendant has weighed your bags and confirmed your ID, you'll get a boarding pass and baggage tag receipt. Next step: security.

If you're carrying your luggage onboard and not checking it, avoid the line ups and head to a self check-in ticket kiosk machine. Most airlines have them at major airports.

Insert your ID (which can be a credit card, license or passport, depending on where you're traveling). If you haven't already selected a seat assignment, you can do so here before printing your boarding pass.

Note: Some airlines position these kiosks right in front of the counter and allow passengers with checked luggage to use them. The attendant can assist multiple passengers with luggage, but lines move faster since everyone is looking after seating assignments electronically.

~ GG Staff

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Say goodbye to jetlag

  • Make believe you're leaving a day early so you're not run ragged at the end.
  • Drink up: skip the coffee, alcohol and soda pre-flight
  • Set your watch: start living the new time zone as soon as you get on the plane
  • Stay awake: Painful as it is, try and put in a full day before hitting the sack
  • Shower: The heat will relax your muscles and the cold air afterwards will make you sleepy

~ Carole, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Safety at Sea

Safety First?Safety First?It may sound a little grade school when you're asked to attend a mandatory lifeboat drill, but this is one event you don't want to miss - especially if you're a first time cruiser.

Safety begins with you, so follow these tips to ensure a safe and fun cruise:

  • When you get to your cabin, make sure your life vest is in good condition and you know how to secure it.
  • If you're traveling with children, ensure that their life vests are sized for them.
  • If you have a disability, tell the ship's purser immediately.
  • Never use an iron in your cabin.
  • If you smoke, never throw a lit cigarette overboard. It could blow back into an opening and start a fire.

~ GG Staff

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Seasickness Cures

Cruise Past SeasicknessCruise Past SeasicknessIf you're prone to nausea while at sea, you don't have to spend your cruise drugged up and groggy. Explore some homeopathic and natural cures so you can get on with your vacation.

 

  • Ask the bartender to mix a couple tablespoons of Angostura Bitters with some club soda. Do this first and you can probably stop reading.
  • Always keep something in your stomach. It may seem counterintuitive, but any woman who's lived through morning sickness can attest to the beauty of saltine crackers and dry toast.
  • Get on deck and keep your eyes on the horizon instead of the churning water below. The non-moving focal point will help restore your sense of balance, and the fresh air will lighten your mood.
  • Drink ginger ale, chew ginger gum or suck on ginger candies.
  • Get some ice and hold it against your throat just beneath the chin.
  • Get yourself some Sea-Bands at the shipboard store or at a health store before you leave home. They're elastic bands that work on an acupressure principle. When you apply pressure to the inside of your wrist, seasickness disappears.

~ GG Staff

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Spa Tips for Cruisers

Spa TreatmentsSpa TreatmentsIf you're visiting a spa on your next cruise, you'll have a different experience than you have at your favorite land-based spa. Keep these tips in mind:

 

  • Book your appointments as soon as you board. There may be thousands of people on your ship, but there's only one spa and prime times book quickly.
  • Watch for daily specials and discounted spa packages on port days.
  • Consider attending the spa orientation. You may be picked for a demonstration (a mini facial) or win a door prize.
  • Hit the showers first and get rid of sunscreens and oils.
  • Don't feel pressured to purchase products after your treatment.
  • Check your charge slip. Most spas automatically factor in the tip, but you may want to adjust the amount or remove it if you weren't satisfied with the experience.

~ GG Staff

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Planning to Lose a Suitcase?

Okay, no one pre-books a trip to Kenya for their luggage when they're headed off to New Orleans - but it happens.

If you're traveling with a partner, spread your clothes between 2 suitcases so if 1 gets lost, you'll still have enough to get through to your first shopping trip.

If you're traveling alone, always pack 1 outfit and your essentials (make-up, medication, etc.) in your carry-on.

~ Julie, Knoxville

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