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How To Get Through Any Airport Faster

Be ready.

That really is the secret to getting through any airport faster. On my travels it has become clear to me the more prepared I am the easier the flight goes. Since everyone loves lists here is mine on how to fly through the airport.

1.) Have your passport easily accessible.

Fumbling around looking for anything in the airport stresses you out. You have a line of people staring at you, an attendant that is waiting and you don’t want to lose anything while you’re digging through your packed bags. Eliminate the stress and use a fairly accessible pocket for your flight information, drivers licenses, and passport.
I use either the front pocket or an top inside pocket depending on the bag that I plan to travel with facing in front of me. At each checkpoint which is almost always where a line is forming, it is a snap for me to produce any requested identification.

2.) Keep Immigration information in you passport.

You don’t want to lose any of those papers that they give you when you get your passport stamped. You’ll need them to get out of whatever country you are in. If you are even a bit of an explorer keep all your documents in a gallon plastic bag to prevent an accident.

3.) Be Ready For Security.

You’ve been standing in line for 20 minutes and now you are at the steel tables just before you get in the scanner and you are just NOW checking your pockets? You have a water bottle after all the signs said “No Liquids over 3oz”? My advise is put EVERYTHING in your bag when you are shuffling through the security line, far before the metal table. Have you iPad or laptop ready to come out of your bag and into a separate bin. Take off your belt put it in your bag and untie your shoes if you need to. Some airport security still wants to see your toiletries so have those at the top of your bag in a gallon sized plastic bag. I’ve learned you can’t control other people but you can be prepared with your pockets empty

4.) Find your gate.

Before you go around shopping at the boutiques or duty free find your gate and check the screen for you boarding time and destination. Then go shopping or use the washroom etc.. Knowing exactly where your gate is will prevent you from having to run with your coffee to try and catch a flight on the other side of the terminal. Know your boarding time, show up 5 minutes before and stand in line. You’ll be one of the first people on the plane. This is especially true if your seat is at the back of the plane

5.) Say Please and Thank You.

This will get you a long way. Treat all the security personnel with respect and they will always point you in the best direction they can. This is more true outside of the United States than in. Nothing is worse than standing in the wrong line because you didn’t smile when you asked and say Thank You when you receive the information you asked for.

So that’s it, a few of my personal favorites for getting through any airport faster. What are some of your favorite ways to get through the airport quickly? Let me know!!

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5 Ways To Have Money On Vacation

While traveling I have learned that you can’t run out of money. Moreover you can’t get cut off from your money. Losing a bank card or having a credit card shut off while far away from home always sinks a trip fast. Many time you will attempt to call and not be able to reach your bank because of time difference. So I came up with these five ways to make sure you have a string of money sources while you travel.

1.) Have A Debit Card
Every bank account has one these days. Be sure yours isn’t too worn out and that the numbers on the back are clearly visible. Don’t leave for vacation with a credit or debit card that barely scans. You will find that the card readers internationally are not always as good as the ones in the states.

2.) Have A Second Bank Account
Go to another bank or credit union and get a separate bank account, with a Debit Card. That’s right, find a second, completely separate bank. Open an account and attach a debit card to it. Put some money in it before you leave, I keep $1000 on it just in case something happens and I need it to get me through. Be sure to use it once or twice while you are gone just to be sure it will work when you need it most.

3.) Order A Back Up Debit Card
A month before you leave on your vacation call the main bank or credit union that you will be spending money from and order another Debit Card. Ask for a different card number and DO NOT ACTIVATE IT. Put it in your bag, unactivated and take it with you. Now when you are half way across the world and you loose your main debit card you can call, cancel the lost card and immediately activate the newly issued card with the new number. I don’t do this for my secondary account. Just my primary.

4.) Stash Some Cash
There are all kinds of nifty places to stash a few extra 20’s in your bag and your clothes. I generally keep an extra 50-60 dollars US in small bills tucked away in small pockets. Jeans are great for this as they generally have the small pocket that can easily and securely hold a bill or two. In your shoe soles is another great place. What stash spots can you come up with?

5.) Write Down Card and Bank Contact Information
Before you leave copy down all the important contact numbers for your bank and credit card companies on a piece of paper small enough to easily fit in your passport. Make sure you update it before every trip. Also bring a voided check just in case you need your actual bank account number.

These are the top 5 things I do to eliminate the worry of being cut off from a money supply before and during my travels. All 5 of them are experiences that I have had while traveling and by using the above listed methods I have always been able to keep moving financially while traveling.

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