Dealing with Travel Nightmares

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While you can easily plan a trip to an unknown getaway or create an ultimate “To-Do” list to avoid any stress or mishaps before your vacation, as the saying goes: expect the unexpected. Too many times we’ve heard of passengers losing baggage, feeling ill or even missing a flight! So how can you avoid travel nightmares? Well often times, you just can’t…but you can figure out your way around a disastrous situation. Take note below and hope that you’ll never have to be in these situations.

Missing Your Flight

This mishap will definitely delay your trip and cause distress, especially when you assume that the airline representatives will fix this situation pronto! If you are late for your flight, be prepared to pay extra for a new seat. Seats are reserved ahead of time, so you may have to be on stand-by for the next flight.

Losing Your Wallet

Without it, we feel hopeless. Our wallet has the most vital information of ourselves so the first thing you should do is contact your credit card and bank companies. You should found out where and how you can retrieve funds if needed.

Getting Lost

The point of traveling is to explore new areas but be aware of your surroundings. Research before your trip to find areas of interest nearby. You should also know the name of the hotel you are staying at and the address. If possible, travel in groups, but if you happen to stray on your own, make sure you have contact information of taxi companies, friends/family nearby or contact information of the hotel you are staying at.

What other travel nightmares can you think of and what are some ways to deal with them?

 

How To: Airport Security Tips

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We know how giddy one can be after booking a trip, but we also know how stressful it can be to actually get there. If organizing and packing isn’t enough, we still have to go through airport check-ins and airport security to finally, finally sit in the waiting room and day dream about our new vacation. However, there is no going around the airport hassle experience, but you can definitely prepare for a smoother process.

  • Before you even pack any out-of-the-ordinary objects or not sure if you can bring a specific item or product on board, check the TSA regulations to see which items you will have to pack in your regular luggage and which items you can bring in your carry-on. Review all baggage fees for your airline and make sure to always, always carry valuables with you.

 

  • In the U.S., you are allowed to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item, such as a laptop, a purse or a briefcase. You should place all liquid, gel and aerosol items into a one quart-sized, clear plastic bag with a zip-top closure. No single item in this bag may contain more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) of aerosol, gel or liquid. Keep in mind that TSA screeners may perform extra tests on any powder you carry aboard.

 

  • While you are waiting in line to be screened, take out necessary documents to be prepared. You must have government-issued photo ID and your boarding pass. Either place your documents in a location that is easy to reach or keep them in your hand.

 

  • Almost any large metal object will set off the detector so pack your belts with large buckles, glitzy bangle bracelets and extra change in your carry-on bag. If you have body piercings, consider removing your jewelry before going through the airport screening process.

 

  • Lastly, be ready to take your shoes off. Either wear slip-on shoes or sandals that you can easily remove before walking through the metal detector and carry an extra pair of socks if you don’t like the idea of walking barefoot.

What You Should Know About Passports

Frequent flyers may be well familiar with passport and traveling regulations, but if one of your New Year’s resolution is to start traveling the world, then you might want to bookmark this post. All U.S. citizens traveling outside of the country need a passport whether you travel by air, sea or land.

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mini kittour® quilted passport cover available in our Jet Setter Travel Train Case

Passport Fees

For people 16 and older, passport fees are $135 and they are $105 for people under 16-years-old. If you need expedited service, it will cost an additional $60 plus the express shipping charges you will have to also pay. Fees are payable by credit card, debit card, personal check or money order.

Applying for the Passport

New passport applications must be completed in person at a facility handling passport applications. You will also have to submit two color photos, 2 inches x 2 inches of your head looking directly at the camera with a plain background. While there are third-party passport services online, you will still have to appear in person at a passport acceptance agency to sign the forms. .

Process Time

Keep in mind that the application process may take about four to six weeks but can take as long three months. There are expedited services available but will require additional costs.

Additional Passport Tips

* As a low-cost alternative, a passport card is available and can be used to travel by land and sea; however, it can not be used for air travel into other countries.

* Apply for a passport during the months of August thru December, which tend to be a slower period for passport applications.

* You can fill out the passport application forms online and then print them out when you are ready to take them to the passport accepting agency.

* To ensure your passport photos are accepted, visit your local copy center to take and print passport photos.

Behind-the-Scenes: Our 1st YouTube Recording Attempt

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mini kittour® creator, Vonda Simon

mini kittour® will soon be on YouTube! But it wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be. The MK Team scheduled and RE-scheduled shooting dates and times. We also brainstormed on a variety of topics for fellow travelers in which they could learn a few travel tips, while at the same time, getting to know exactly what our mini kittour® travel sets were about.

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Setting Up Our mini kittour® Accessories

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The MK Team acting as Director/Producer for the Day!

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Vonda Simon showcasing the Overnight 2-in-1 Hanging Travel Kit

“Meeting with business clients all over the world is like second-nature to me, but making a video for mini kittour® was not! I was really nervous and the MK Team kept reminding me to just introduce the line and keep it short for our first video. Well, if you know me, I love to talk about mini kittour® and the beautiful packaging! So after a few recording attempts and breathing exercises, I just started talking and we recorded our intro video. I can’t wait until our next session and am super excited to introduce our luxurious travel kits in their own video segment. Stay tuned!” – Vonda Simon

 

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And that’s a wrap!

 

Vacationing…at HOME?

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So what do you do when you can’t necessarily hop on a plane and begin a travel adventure in some unknown location?

You take that vacation at home.

You might think you’ll easily get bored within the first hour but you’ll soon realize that your staycation was not long enough! We skeemed up a few perks of vacationing at home – from DIY spa treatments to catching up on life.

Before you go into home retreat mode, think about what will NOT be required: you will not have to figure out what to pack or what to leave behind, there will be no airport stress, no missed flights and no long flights. You’ll be in the comfort of your own home and space, lounging in your PJs all day if you chose to. So what to do on your days off?

Catch up. On your bills, on errands, on personal things and with friends. Plan a mid-week dinner or just a night out. You can finally mark off items on your to-do list.

Get healthy. If you haven’t thought about getting a check-up, now would be a great time to set an appointment. For the doctor, dentist, optometrist or whatever specialist you need to make sure everything is functioning properly.

Hide the alarm clock. That awesome feeling of not having to hit the snooze button or an annoying noise waking you from your much-needed rest.  You are in charge of your routine for once and can actually stay up late to mingle with friends, catch a late movie or show or just enjoy the rest of your day without feeling rushed to fall asleep.

Pamper yourself. If you have the house to yourself, why not stock up on a few essential oils and nurturing ingredients to create some at-home facials, masks or treatments and even indulge in an invigorating bath.

Be the entertainer. You know all those recipes you’ve been wanting to make but after-work chores leave you no time for recipe making? This would be the perfect time to make those. After enjoying a good meal, you can create your own film festival and cuddle up on the couch to watch your favorite movies or new releases.

Go outdoors. Whether you work full-time in an office or are constantly traveling for business, no matter what career you take, our life is always on non-stop mode. Stop and smell the roses is a phrase that is often just that – a phrase. Take some time from your day off to go for a walk, visit the park or ride your bike to fully take in the nature that sorrounds us.

After all these suggestions, a vacation at home doesn’t sound that bad after all!

Want a Smoother Check-In When Traveling?

As a frequent travel-nista we want to make sure you are up-to-date with all things fabulous and travel, which definitely includes any travel regulations or new guidelines. There is this new thing the TSA has implemented called TSA Pre✓™ – so what is it exaclty?

According to the website, select frequent flyers of participating airlines receive expedited screening benefits during domestic travel.  They will use a special screening lane and they will be allowed to keep their shoes on, as well as jackets and belts and will not have to remove laptops or any liquids from their carry-on bags. hey won’t have to remove laptops and liquids from their bags.

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*Image taken from Style Magazine*

Check out their web site for more information and to see if you are eligible to participate!