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Ways You Could Reduce Travel Stress This Holiday Season

I have always been so excited for the holidays, especially Christmas. The holidays are the best time to spend with your family and loved ones. So are you making plans to travel this holiday season?

If you are, then here’s something you need to know: travelling during the holidays is stressful. Just like you millions of people are planning to travel this holiday to spend it with their loved ones. This is a sign that traveling this season will be extremely hectic.

Encountering the crowd travelling at the same time will be overwhelming. That is not as bad if you’re an experienced traveller. But as a first time traveller, it can be a lot to handle.

 

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It’s normal to get stressed out in such a situation. You may find some of these nifty tips that will help reduce travel stress this holiday season.

 

Plan what you will do when you are faced with delay

When you’re travelling, delays are inevitable. Flights could be delayed due to bad weather, which could make you miss your hotel reservation. The long queues at the airport could also slow you down.

Planning is key before you set out to travel. Of all the things that you need to plan for, one of the things that will keep stress at bay is to plan what to do when you’re faced with delays.

Some credit card providers provide reimbursements for meals and lodging when you’re delayed. This will help you make sure that you don’t suffer a loss when you’re delayed.

 

Have a checklist

Checklists are very helpful especially when you’re preparing to travel. Create a checklist of all the travel arrangements you need to make or of the things you need to pack for your journey.  I always have my checklist with me when I want to make sure that I have packed everything I need. It also helps me know if I have done all the necessary travel arrangements. It saves you from all the hassles and keeps you focused on the tasks that you need to pay attention to first.

 

Maintain calm as much as possible

It can get pretty hectic when you want to travel. It can be so overwhelming that you end up snapping at people especially at the airport.

Try and maintain calm as much as possible. When someone does something to tick you off, take a few minutes to breathe deeply. This will help you calm down and deal with situations with a clear mind and composure.

 

Make sure your carry-on has everything you need

When you’re traveling , your carry-on bag is the one you’re always with. So, its important to make sure that you have the essentials with you in your carry-on bag.

You can never know what could happen during your travels. That’s why your carry-on bag has what you need to help you through contingencies like inordinate delays or even accidents. A good rule of thumb while packing your carry-on bag is to pack the things you’ll need over the span of 12 hours. Never underestimate the possibility of needing a snack or some toiletries.

 

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A Few Useful Tips To Move Into Chelsea

Considering that the city is at the financial center of the world, finding an apartment in NYC is an extremely competitive process. This includes the neighborhood of Chelsea, as it is Manhattan’s artistic center and is near famous attractions. This article will provide some useful tips on how to score a decent apartment in this area.

 

Consider Your Transportation Needs

Since New York City is one of the few places in the country where it is a good idea to rely on public transportation, it’s a good idea to strategically place yourself near your route. Check out the official bus route map if you are not familiar with transportation in the area.

If you plan on driving, you will definitely need the availability of a parking space. If the property has no place to park your car, the expenses of storing your car in a parking garage are not negligible.

 

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Finding the Right Price

Chelsea is somewhat unique due to the extreme wealth gaps that affect rent prices. It is not uncommon to find a luxury apartment complex or gated community within walking distance of low-income housing.

Because of this, you may find absurdly low-priced apartments near blips of expensive places. Renting too cheap may bring you into an undesirable housing project. At the same time, luxury developments may be built too close for comfort.

 

Be Nice To Your Previous Landlords

Since some owners will want to see letters of recommendation from previous landlords, you may want to retain a decent relationship before moving out. In particular, the letter should claim that you pay on time, kept the apartment clean, and did not violate terms of the contract. Even if it is not a requirement, having a letter will be the icing on top when standing out from other tenant applications.

 

Use Loftey as a Broker

Loftey is a useful service as it cuts a lot of the due diligence when it comes to searching for Chelsea apartments. In exchange for the referral fee that is involved with the broker, you will quickly get moved into the neighborhood that you desire. You may also split the upfront moving fees into multiple payments when you pay through Loftey.

 

Shopping and Surviving

You will definitely need to be near grocery stores and other shops to live comfortably. If the shopping in the apartment’s area is bare, the struggle to commute to buy groceries in Manhattan can be quite time-consuming. If you’ve never lived in a densely populated location, you will soon learn why this is important.

After you’ve found your ideal living situation in Chelsea, you can finally enjoy the cultural attractions in the area. With the high density of artists, there are hundreds of galleries to look at. The area is also rich with ethnic diversity, meaning cool cultural events and a variety of restaurants. It is also is a very tolerant part of town as it’s home to a large concentration of LGBT residents.

 

Do you like the sound of living in Chelsea?

 

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6 Ways to Make Your Flight Smoother

Traveling is fun. There’s nothing as awesome as walking on exotic beaches, going sightseeing with members of the family and enjoying the ambiance of rich culture and history. But before you get enough of the thrill of travel you have to face the hassles of getting to your destination by plane.

The long queues, the non-stop security checks and the tense atmosphere at the airport can rob you off the joy and excitement of traveling. However there’s a way around it all. What if I told you that you could have a smooth stress-free flight?

 

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Here are 6 ways you can make that happen.

 

  1. Scout for credit cards that give better seats at affordable rates (or even for free)

There are a lot of credit cards that provide exclusive freebies for their customers. If you’re the type who travels often, getting the right credit card will help open you to a lot of opportunities. One of such opportunities is better seats on the airplane.

Based on your spending on the credit card, you’re given points at every purchase. These points could help secure for you amazing discounts and even offer you a seat for free. Make sure you check what travel benefits your credit card can offer you.

 

  1. Bypass the long queue at security checks

The wait at security checks can be a nightmare where you’re asked to take off your shoes and belts and remove your laptop and liquids from your carry-on bag.  The process is long, slow and cumbersome.

However there’s a security programme that allows for quick checks. When you apply for Global Entry, you’re receive PreCheck which will help speed up the whole process of security checks at the airport. So instead of taking off your shoes and waiting in a queue, you’ll have your fingerprints and passport scanned. And you’re done!

 

  1. Keep the kids occupied

Unlike adults who can patiently bear delays, kids may not be as tolerant. Running after your kids while you take care of your travel arrangements can be quite a handful. The best way to deal with such a situation is to get your kids occupied.

Arm yourself with a tablet with videos, books and games your child can occupy themselves with. You don’t have to invest in an expensive tablet like the iPad, but you can opt for Leapfrog which is a cheaper alternative. It is also more educational. You should also have picture books, colouring books and crayons at the ready.

 

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  1. Order airport meals in advance

If you’re feeling a little peckish and you dread waiting for your order, then there’s a simple solution to the problem. Some airlines have apps that allow you to order your meal in advance so that you don’t have to stand in the queue to get your order. Once your order is ready, all you have to do is pick it up.

 

  1. Make sure that you’ve got trip delay coverage

Delays are inevitable when traveling. And you can never predict when you may be delayed. Thanks to some really nifty credit cards that provide trip delay coverage, you’re compensated for the delays. The credit card reimburses you for hotel rooms, missing luggage and even meals.

 

  1. Enjoy lounge access

There are a lot of places to lounge while you’re waiting for your flight. But oftentimes those spots are crowed and the customer service is not all that great. Some credit cards provide you with access to lounges that are more comfortable with better customer service and you won’t have to pay the annual membership fee to enjoy what the lounge has to offer.

 

How do you make sure your flight goes smoothly?

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