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Mar. 30th, 2007

11:31 pm - A KT Tip For Travelers

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When planning a trip, get a sheet of paper and write all pertinent info about the trip on it. Flight arrival and departure dates, times, places, flight numbers, ticket numbers, seat numbers if you have them. Whether you're renting a car, and if so with what company. Hotel address, phone number, check-in and check-out dates, confirmation number. Whether you've registered for the con, and how much you paid, and by what method (check? PayPal?). The more info, the better. Figure out a way to organize it all on the page that works best for you.

Think of a name for the trip (the city you're visiting, and/or the convention you're going to) and write it in big letters with a marker at the top of the page. Put the page somewhere it won't get lost. If you come up with more info about the trip later on, add it to the page. A checklist of things to bring is a very good idea, as is a timetable of where to be and what to do on which dates.

When you go on the trip, take the info sheet with you. It will come in handy. I've been doing this for several years and I've got it down to a science. :}

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From:frostyw
Date:March 31st, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
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I'll give a ringing endorsement for that. I just did that for a trip I took today, and all that info came in handy to have at one's fingertips. Okay, the directions f'ing SUCKED, and I had to drive 4.5 hours in the goddamned dark, but I got here.
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From:jmaynard
Date:March 31st, 2007 10:21 am (UTC)
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Before I depart for a trip, I always print off a travel package: airline itinerary, hotel reservation, directions page from the airport to the hotel, rental car reservation. All of these are available from the web sites of the companies involved. The package goes in my briefcase. It only takes a couple of moments, and has saved my butt a few times.
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From:klepsydra
Date:March 31st, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
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I always do just this whenever I'm travelling abroad (i.e. to the US for a con, which is pretty much my only reason for travel these days).

Print-outs from Trip Advisor and/or Google Maps are also very handy if you're going to be driving at the other end. I astounded crocosaur last MFF by producing a wodge of paper that contained detailed directions from Neptune Beach, FL to Schaumberg, IL. (And no, we didn't get lost!)
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From:wbwolf
Date:March 31st, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)

What?

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Okay, I've puzzled over this post for a while now, and I have no idea what purpose this sheet is suppose to serve. I usually have tickets, basic itinerary and where the hotel is located. Ticket numbers? Huh? To what purpose?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 31st, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)

Re: What?

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Well, I use e-tickets a lot these days. And what happens if I get to the airport and the machine can't find my info just from my name? My guiding principle is, you never know what info you'll need, so it's best to have as much relevant and related info as possible, in one convenient place.
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From:woyro
Date:April 1st, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
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i do pretty much the same thing. when travelling, having TOO much info may not be a bad thing! printouts of emails and confirmation numbers give you plenty of ammunition if you have to go to war with the people at the front desk!

when i started my little podcast, i did several episodes on this sort of planning. sometime this month i'll be doing shows on booking air travel.

woyroswarren.podshow.com
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From:zorro456
Date:April 1st, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
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I have gotten in the habit of using Orbitz for everything now. If I forget something I can just access my trip details from any computer. Prices are maybe $10 more than going to the different places but the convenience and flexibility is worth it.

The OTHER reason I use Orbitz is the travel alerts they send to your cell phone as you travel, like if the plane is going to be late.
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