Airport Parking Horror Stories – The Importance Of Choosing Reliable Garages

We have been sharing various tales of woe involving airport parking in our series “Airport Parking Horror Stories” for some time now. Today, we bring the spotlight to another such tale of misery endured by a family in Crawley, England. According to the news items, a family faced a potential parking bill of £400 when the parking company they hired to pick their car and store it in a secure location left it at the short-stay parking area in the Gatwick airport. (http://bit.ly/1OgWWYZ)

The company, Air Fly Limited, were supposed the pick their vehicle from the Airport Parking Lot. However, the family had to wait for more than an hour for the company representative to show up at the parking lot although the family had called 20 minutes prior to their arrival as instructed by the company. As it turned out, there were 5 other families waiting for them to show up, one family had been there for 8 hours. Eventually the driver showed up and collected the keys from all the customers waiting for him.

However, this was just the beginning of the ordeal for the family. When they arrived back at the Gatwick airport after a week-long holiday, nobody was there to pick them up. The family made near to 50 calls to the company but couldn’t get anyone. After one hour, one of the family members spotted the car which was still in the short-stay parking area. However, they couldn’t take their car since they had left the keys with the company and ended up taking a taxi costing them £65 to get to their destination.

Their predicament finally had a happy ending when the airport authorities agreed to waive off the £400 for one week’s stay at the short term parking after the family explained their situation in detail. This is just one example of the problems faced by countless travelers when they pick the wrong parking garage and such incidents are reported on daily basis in every corner of the globe.

You can avoid being one of these horror stories by selecting your airport parking garage carefully. It is always best to find a service provider with proven track record, national presence, and plenty of good reviews.

Book2Park provides reliable, secure, and cheap DCA parking along with parking spaces for a wide range of airports and seaports through the U.S. For more information, please visit www.Book2Park.Com.

Pre-Booking Airport Parking and Other Airport Hacks

A majority of travelers that are flying out of DFW airport often hope to embark upon their journeys in a stress-free manner. However, this can end quite the opposite way what with the overcrowded airports, heightened security, not pre-booking DFW airport parking and a number of other issues.

While there are factors that can’t be controlled or avoided, travelers can take a few steps to ensure a relatively stress-free trip and an enjoyable journey. Here are a few hacks that can help you achieve that.

Pick Security Lines To The Left

Dread the long lines at security checkpoints? There is a way to get through the lines early. A majority of your fellow travelers are right handed and will often pick the security lane on the right side. By going left, you can get through the security in less time since the left lines are relatively shorter.

Download And Screenshot Your Boarding Pass

It has been known to happen when you download your boarding pass to your smartphone but are unable to find it after arriving at the boarding gate. In addition, the airline apps can freeze out at the wrong moment and you can avoid this situation by simply taking a screenshot of the boarding pass.

Familiarize Yourself With The Airport Layout

If you are not familiar with the airport layout and where the various gates are situated, you might end up going to and fro in the case of your flight changing gates. There are a number of Apps that provide alerts in such a situation in addition to providing other useful in such as travel tips, places to find good but cheap meals, and other pertinent info.

Book In Advance Your Dallas Fort Worth Airport Parking

Not getting a pre-booking for your vehicle’s parking can turn out to be an expensive gamble. If, upon arriving at off-airport parking garages you are unable to find a parking spot, you may not have a choice but to park at more expensive on-airport parking which can rack up a heft bill by the time you return.

Book2Park offers multiple choices for cheap, long term Dallas Fort Worth Airport parking. The lots are located within a few miles of the airport with round the clock free shuttle service to the airport. For more info about the lots in Dallas and other locations, please visit www.Book2Park.Com.

Planning Your Stay, Parking and Other Travel Tips For Family Vacations Overseas

It is always nice to be heading off to exotic, foreign locations for your family vacations. However, ill-planned vacations can be a nightmare instead of being the enjoyable experience you were hoping for. This is especially applicable to families who are traveling with young kids and haven’t really given much thought to their travel arrangements. Below, we have shared some tips for making your vacations a truly memorable experience.

Airport Parking & Transfers

If you are traveling overseas, the trip is bound to be a long one and you must be gone for at least a week. In such a situation, it is advisable to use an off-airport facility to park your vehicle since it is a much cheaper option. For travelers flying out of Washington Metropolitan Area, there are multiple options for long term parking at DCA, IAD, and BWI that will cost you half of what you may pay at the on-airport parking. Similarly, it would be better to have your airport transfer arranged in advance for your destinations.

Be Prepared For Long Flights

There is nothing worse than a screaming child in a long flight. This not only gets on your nerves but annoys the heck out of your fellow passengers. It is advisable to have a few items with you that the child has interest in – like his or her favorite toys – and can be soothed with if irritated, which, by the way is bound to happen in long flight.

If you have a toddler accompanying you, it would be better to have a sling handy. This way, you would be more at ease to handle luggage and take care of stuff having both hands free.

Choose Child-Friendly Hotels and Destinations

It is one of the first things to consider while planning your vacations. If hotels and resorts at your destination are not child-friendly, maybe you should consider other alternatives. There can be hotels that do not provide meals appropriate for small children and you don’t want to find that out at the worst possible moment i.e. when you have arrived at your hotel.

Book2Park provides a wide range of choices for BWI long term parking along with other airports in Washington Metropolitan Area as well as airport parking across the United States. For more information, please visit Book2Park.Com.

Spring break 2015 Travel Tips

If you’re are a person who is aware on how to save money, you can have a great spring Break trip and not come back home without any money left. Take some time to plan your trip, budget your finances, and cut back on unnecessary expenditures. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll have saved by the time you leave. Here are a few tips that will help you during your vacation.
• Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut. If you feel uncomfortable or something doesn’t feel right, leave and get to a safe place immediately.
• Protect your location on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc: If someone you don’t know or trust asks you to go somewhere alone, let him or her know that you would rather stay with the group. Use any excuse you can think of to get out of a difficult situation.
• Don’t let your guard down: A spring break destination can create a false sense of security. Don’t assume that fellow spring breakers will look out for your best interests, remember they are essentially strangers.

We hope these tips are useful to you!Enjoy your Spring Break! Cheers!

Getting Ready for Christmas.

Christmas is the perfect time, not just to open presents but to open our hearts, to celebrate the joy of this wonderful time and have fun with family, friends and loved ones.

Because it is one of the happiest times of the year, we want to share with you some ideas that might be helpful in order for you to get ready for Christmas:

- Organize a Christmas gift list.

– Clean your house and set up the Christmas tree with you kids.

- Decorate your house with Holiday ornaments.

- Make a list of the people you are going to invite over, like family and friends for the Holiday party.

- Search for the music you are going to play at the party you are preparing for the Holidays.

– Have fun and create Christmas costumes.

- Prepare and defrost the turkey few days in advance.

- Bake some cookies.

– Shop your Christmas gifts in late November to early December before the Christmas shopping rush hits.

– Thank God for everything he had given you all over the year.

Using these tips will allow you to have an unforgettable Holiday experience and it will help you build lasting memories.

Have Happy Holidays!

10 Useful tips to save money when traveling.

Budgeting can be very difficult especially when you are going to travel, whether you are going to travel alone, with your family or with your couple.

Money is a very important factor we have to consider when traveling:  Having a fun and quality time is everyone’s goal but doing so without over spending can sometimes be a challenge.

Here are 10 useful tips to save money while traveling:

1. Be flexible.
For example, if you want to travel to a luxurious beach, but there is a great deal to travel to Mexico or the Caribbean consider other beach destinations; you still get a beach destination and probably you are saving half of your money. Always look out for great deals at the right time.

Alternatively, you can use flexible dates. Sometimes being flexible on your dates can definitely save you some money.

2. Plan your next travel vacation from 1-2 months in advance.
That way you can check and even get great deals at hotels and air fares.

3. Use social networks.
Social networks and the Internet are your best friends for getting great deals you don’t have to search a lot, you just find them. Social Media has plenty of bargains. Take advantage of it.

4. Buy package deals.
Most of the time, hotels and restaurants are offering you a variety of family packages.  This way you can get delicious food and enjoy plenty of time with the ones you love at reasonable prices.

5. Stay at cheap family hotels.
Many hotels may have everything you are looking for. For example, a room that makes your family fit in, perks you might need at your hotel room, breakfasts and lunches included and even you can find many entertainment areas. All in one, saving even more money.

6. Sign up for discount websites.
You may already receive emails from some discount websites, but don’t wait too much. Go and sign yourself up to coupon sites, they might be useful and money saver. Or, register to those travel sites that you use the most. Most of those websites send discount codes through email.

7. Reduce or eliminate your car usage.
Avoid terrific traffic! You can enjoy your travel destination using tourist ride services, try to use a bicycle and have fun, or go for a walk with your family. That way you enjoy and don’t miss any single part of the place you are visiting.

8. Always keep in mind the extra fees and exchange rates.
Keep in mind you have a tight budget, always be aware of these two important things to properly consider what you are going to spend.

9. Eat out less.
Restaurants tend to be expensive everywhere you go, so learn to cook with your family and have quality time with them. Or get snacks or sandwich ingredients to avoid eating out all the time.

10. Find free entertainment.
Ask around and see which bars and clubs have free music or comedy performances, or find out about free local museums, galleries and other attractions.


“The shoulder season”: Fall the perfect time to Book your next vacation.

Looking for great deals, fewer crowds, and perfect weather that starts to cool down?

The travel experts call “Shoulder Season” between the peak season and the rainy or cold weather of low season; this period between high and low season is when prices drop.
This makes Shoulder Season, the perfect time for many travelers.

Fall it’s just the right time to get the opportunity to avoid and even beat the big crowds, enjoy the colorful and beautiful weather, greater availability of hotel rooms, restaurant reservations and of course save some more money making your parking reservations.
You will also notice a nicer and warmer welcome everywhere you go.

It can be difficult to make reservations during July & August vacation season.
A general rule for picking a Shoulder Season is to avoid school holidays and the “obvious” times to travel, but to keep as close to high season as you can.
September, October and November are the months where you can start planning on making a reservation well in advance or plan to travel somewhere.

Here are some tips that would help you a lot:

  • The first two weekends of October are the state’s busiest of the year. Book these dates as early as possible. For example, by those dates, resorts, as well as hotels or restaurants tend to offer special discounts or packages.
  • Book mid-week, usually properties that fill up on weekends often have vacancies during the week.
  • Sometimes you may spend the same amount of money you normally would, but it would be worth it because places are not crowded which means you can have a more enjoyable and luxurious trip
  • Making reservations during the Shoulder Season may allow you to visit expensive places that maybe you could not afford on high season.
  • When you make a reservation during this season, you will save some money, which means that you will have more cash to spend, you can eat more, you can attend more places and you can even save for your next trip.

We hope these incentives help you save more money and enjoy even more the beautiful colorful weather given by Mother Nature.

 

5 Most Affordable Romantic Getaways

Family vacations tend to be funny and exciting but sometimes couples need a break. They need to get away from the daily routine to keep their love alive.

Here is a list of the 5 most Affordable Romantic Getaways.

We think these places are the most budget-conscious traveler and lovely romantic destinations.

Savannah, Georgia: Even before you arrive to this this beautiful place, you get to love it. Everything is romantic breathtaking, like the live oak trees, historic spaces, late dinners and horse carriage ride. It is the perfect spot to celebrate an anniversary, “tye the knot”, start a new relationship or just spend a memorable beautiful moment with your couple.

Minessotta Tettegouche State Park: An amazing place that can be adventurous, where you can go hiking its high falls and camping but also a perfect place where no one else is around, and you can relax and have a quality time with your couple by the lake.

Bar Harbor, Maine: Discover a new romance or rekindle your love in this amazing place, which is home of thousands of acres, exciting nightlife, amazing breathtaking landscapes, sea kayaking, hiking trails, and the unforgettable Night Sky experience.

Walt Disney World: This place is not just for kids. Grown ups like to have fun too, and what a better place than Disneyland. Experience a fun and new way to share with your significant other. Even if this place is visited by a lot of families, you can go on cruises, VIP resorts and so many places where you can hang out with your couple when most guests are at the parks. You will have fun like a child. 

Little Gasparilla Island: Completely away from everything. You found the Paradise you are looking for, the perfect space to relax wih the sound of waves, the island’s         breeze, spectacular scenary, private beach,  nature’s beauty full of color, amazing     sunsets. The perfect romantic getaway that has ever existed!

We hope you keep in mind this places and enjoy a beautiful memorable moment with your significant other!

Cruise Travel Tips

Summer is here, and taking a Cruise sounds like a great idea. The sun, the fun, the great all you can eat food are some factors that make a cruise a great and safe vacation option. But there are several things to keep in mind in order to avoid having a bad experience when cruising:

  1. Check the Sanitation Report card – Cruise Ships are big and usually lots of people travel on them, some even feel like a small city.  When a great amount of people are together, you are up to share more than a great time you actually share the same forks, same pool, and same casino machines, etc. Check out for Sanitation Programs Reports, they will let you know how well graded is a cruise in its cleanliness, before booking. Keep in mind that any disease can spread easily in a cruise ship.
  2. Keep Your Guard – Do not let the fun and safety feeling take your guard down. As you would normally take care of yourself in land, you still have to do the same in a cruise, do not go through dark hallways alone, do not receive drinks from strangers, and always try to be accompanied with someone you trust.
  3. Do not trust your cabin is safe – If you are carrying irreplaceable valuables with you, better use the Ship’s safe rather than yours. When using the cruises safe your will be guaranteed that your belongings will be safe, if you use the cabin’s safe it may be a little more risky.
  4. Watch for anything you Consume – Make sure the way they cook the food won’t harm you. Food might seem delicious, but if you are lactose intolerant, it sure is a bad idea to consume it at this moment. Also be aware of how many alcoholic beverages you consume, Alcohol abuse during a cruise travel can lead to a serious accident.
  5. Beware of Shore Excursions – Going into a shore excursion organized by the cruise, is usually a trap for you to spend a great amount of money, it gives them incremental revenue. If you decide to take another type of shore excursion, always make sure of the Cruise departure time. Cruise organized excursion always make it on time and are usually safer, just keep in mind that you might spend more money.
  6. Know the cruise security plans – Know your emergency exits well, always check that the number of floating vests in your cabin equals the amount of people traveling with you, and know the cruise security plan in case a disease is acquired in land.

Using and keeping these tips in mind will guarantee you a safe and fun cruise vacation! Enjoy your Cruise and feel free to comment below to share any other cruise tips! Cheers!

Useful Travel Gear

 

When traveling everything is supposed to be smooth and easy going, but sometimes we may encounter unforeseen situations that make the traveling experience not as easy going as we wished for! Here is a small list of helpful travel tools that might help you have a smooth traveling experience:

-         Small Pen – A very usual tool that you cannot forget to bring with you. There are many options to choose the most convenient one, small sized practical… A pen can be needed at any stage of your trip.

 

-          Carry On Approved Liquid Bottles – With the new boarding TSA regulations it is important to have these. Imagine having to lose that expensive lotion or having to take it on a Ziploc on your bag(Bad Idea!).

 

-          Emergency Pill Case- Little Pill cases might carry only one dose of your medicine, but that one dose might save you from having a horrendous traveling experience during the flight. 

 

-          Travel Size Hygiene kit or toiletry kit – Picture your flight gets delayed and you have to stay  a whole night in the airport; having a toiletry bag will help you look fresh (even if you don’t feel so…).

 

-         Pressure Reducing Ear Plugs – Traveling by plane can sometime be uncomfortable, imagine adding to it an immense earache due to the pressure. Yes! This tool is gold.

 

-          Micro Luggage Scale – Ever had to pay for some extra pounds in your luggage? We all have but do not let that be a surprise next time. A micro portable luggage Scale will help you prevent an unforeseen bad situation.

 

We hope you find these tools as useful as we did! But most importantly, we wish you safe and easy travels!