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Travel Tips

Flying
Within the US the cheapest fares are generally for flights any time on a Tuesday or a Wednesday and after 2pm on a Saturday (true July, 2016).

Cheapest flights anywhere in the world - any time (this example from PHX).

Your kite gear can be a challenge. However, there are things you can do to make things go smoother when you fly.

Know the rules for checked and carry-on luggage for your particular flight and weigh your bags. Do not go by your last flight, as things can change.

If you have problems, treat the airline people with respect and courtesy. The people at the podium can be your best friend in a difficult situation. You want to keep them as your friend, realizing that they did not cause your situation.
- If you're stuck in a long line at the airport, phone the airline to resolve the problem. If they put you on indefinite hold, phone one of their out-of U.S. offices, as it will not be so busy.

If your luggage does not arrive with you, NEVER leave the airport without it or filing a claim.

PACKING: Sun Realty has an excellent packing list for the drive and eight other categories.

We have been pretty lucky, having never lost our luggage. We have only had to pay an overage fee one time for our kite bag, and it was not even one of those imitation golf bags. We will see if our luck holds out with our future flights.

Go to your airline's website for the final word on baggage.

Phone guy Cell phone information about SIMs etc. for just about anywhere in the world, including a list by country.

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Plug type M How will you power your electronics on your trip abroad?
Here is a list of countries, plugs, voltages, frequencies, history, maps, diagrams, pictures and other good information.

Dollar Sign ATMs: NEVER use one in a store or on the street. Only go to one INSIDE a bank, and then always check for a SKIMMER by looking for glue around the card reader and tugging on the card reader to see if it is loose. Always cover your hand when putting in your PIN.

Deposits for car rentals, lodging, etc.: Make advanced payments by credit card only, for protection, in case the offer is a scam or the provider is unable to provide the promised services. This comes into play more when you are looking for a steal of a deal.

Etiquette for tipping, gestures, dining and do's & don'ts in 29 of the world's 193 countries. A friendly gesture in one country can be obscene in another. What may be perfectly normal in one country can sometimes be a grave insult in another.  Swiss Otel

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