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Due to the damage caused by the recent hurricanes, many of cruise itineraries are subject to change.

These new itineraries may take some time to be adjusted and loaded in all systems.

We ask for your understanding that some itineraries are now more likely to change than normal,
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  • Car hire for Florida
  • Pre-Trip Checklist
  • Dress Codes
  • Families with Children
  • Groups & Reunions
  • Honeymoons
  • Hotel & Resort Guide
  • Passports & Visas
  • General Safety Tips
  • Seniors Travel Tips
  • Singles
  • Special Needs
  • Tipping Guide
  • Tour Guide


Car hire for Florida:

New Florida Driving laws now require cutomers wrenting cars to carry both the full UK driving license (photography and paper copy) and to have itheir posseion asn International Driving Permit. For futher details please click here.

New Florida driving laws now require customers renting/hiring cars to carry a valid UK driving licence, or licence issued by another foreign government or US State.  For further details please click here!

Pre-trip Checklist:
  • Bring disposable underwater/ waterproof cameras.

  • Put house lights on a timer and rotate the location of the on and off lights.

  • Arrange to have your mail picked up or held until your return.

  • Check the dress code for your destination.

  • Check the weather as you draw closer to the vacation time.

  • Buy Travellers Cheques for security instead of cash.

  • Arrange your transportation to and from the airport.

  • Have a small amount of the country's currency ready for small purchases and tipping upon arrival.

  • Pack your passport, travel documents, medication, jewellery, travelers cheques, keys and other valuables with you in your carry-on luggage.

  • Photocopy your passport, visa, and important documents in case of loss or theft and leave the originals in the hotel safe.

  • Leave your passport and valuables in the room safe or in the hotel safe.

  • If you have special dietary needs, make sure everyone is informed before the trip.

  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with a relative or friend so they can locate you in the case of an emergency.

  • Make sure all luggage is properly labeled in case of a mix up, remove old tags from your last holiday, and lock the suitcase.

  • Read a book on your destination location.

  • Buy medical insurance coverage before leaving.

  • Make sure you have the medication you need.

  • Take a calculator to ensure a fair trade when exchanging currency.


Dress Code: Before you start packing we suggest you check the dress code for your vacation. Some places require formal evening wear, 'day wear' for regular attire, and possibly conservative clothing for sightseeing. Local customs should be taken into account when on holidays, as short-shorts, halter tops and provocative clothing may be frowned upon in some destinations.

 

Families with Children: Let us know if you are traveling with family and we will arrange a suitable vacation for you. Babysitting is available on many cruise lines, and some include daytime programs and activities for younger children to participate in.

Travel Tips for Children:

Bring along a niece or nephew as a built-in babysitter so you can enjoy your evenings and know the kids are having just as much fun as you.

  • Bring along a friend. They'll enjoy the extra company and it will calm sibling rivalry.

  • Give them a disposable camera to take their own pictures of what interests them on the trip.

  • Don't forget the Ziploc bags and plastic storage containers for art supplies, toys, and CDs. The tops make great traveling desks.

  • Make a list of everything to pack and check it twice. With older children, give them the list of things they'll need and they can pack themselves.

  • Double up on the band-aids, sunglasses, sunscreen, batteries, tape and scissors by packing them in different cases so they'll always be near by.

  • Don't forget room for the souvenirs in your suitcase!

 

Group Travel, Conventions and Reunions: Large groups require extra consideration, whether it's where to travel to, what type of holiday to take, or how to get everyone there. Ask us about our group travel if you have a convention, meeting or reunion to plan. Our experts will help take some of the pressure off organizing the event.

Honeymoon Planning Tips:

  • Book a late flight in the afternoon if possible.
  • Know your budget and research any extra costs.

  • Book the best room you can

  • Ask about the size of the bed as sizes vary around the world. In Europe, you may want to ask for a "matrimonial" bed.

  • Make sure you both agree on the destination and the budget.

  • Let everyone know it's your honeymoon. Often there are special perks for those on their honeymoon, such as champagne and breakfast in bed.

  • If having a room looking onto the beach is important to you, make sure that the "beachfront hotel" you booked is in fact on the beach, and not just close by, and that your room overlooks the water and not the gardens.

  • Ask about the best way to get to your hotel from the airport.

  • If you are renting a car, find out about insurance requirements ahead of time.

  • All travel documentation should be ready to go - passports, visas, etc.

  • Reconfirm your booking before the trip to ensure your arrangements.

  • If you are not leaving on your honeymoon the first night, why not spend the night relaxing after the festivities at a romantic local inn?

  • Check with your doctor about your destination and take any immunizations necessary. Some countries require proof that you are current on certain disease-preventing immunizations.

  • If you are traveling by air, make sure that your picture identification matches your airline tickets, and if you are traveling overseas, that your passport information matches your ticket information.

Tips for Buying Hotel & Resort Packages:

  • Include a Saturday night stay. Many hotels and airlines offer weekend discounts.
  • Book flights for Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. These days have the lowest airline fares.

  • Check for off-peak times. When you travel during off-peak times, there are fewer crowds and lower fares.

  • Take the weather and seasons into account. Many places are less expensive when temperatures start to drop.

  • If you find a good deal - make the reservation! Inventory changes can result in higher costs and limited availability.

  • Book as far in advance as possible. Booking a minimum of two months in advance can save a lot of money later.

  • Travel after a holiday. Rates drop as people return to work and school.

  • Be flexible with your time. Sometimes booking a week or two off your original schedule saves you money, or leaving several hours earlier or later in the day.

  • Shop for Specials. Often, limited time offers and specials can save you 30 to 40% off the regular price for a package vacation.

  • Make a stop or connection on your flight. Flights that are not direct can save you money.

Passports and Visas:  When travelling you need to make sure you have the necessary entry/exit documents. The following site is intended for general information purposes only. The site is specific to US Citizens but does provide links to information regarding specific countries.

Be sure to confirm visa/passport requirements BEFORE you travel.

The following visa/passport site is for general information purposes only. Travel Industry Services is not affiliated with travisa.com or its affiliates. Travel Industry Services in no way guarantees or will be held liable for any information gathered or used from the travisa.com site. Furthermore, Travel Industry Services will not be held responsible for any visa or travel document purchases made at 3rd party sites or their affiliates.

http://www.passport.gov.uk/index.asp

 

General Safety Tips:

  •  Study a map ahead of time.
  • Dress down and don't look like a tourist.

  • Don't wear jewelry, even if its fake.

  • Wear a money belt, looped into your belt loops.

  • Keep valuables away from the street side.

  • Only carry one credit card and photocopies of important documents with you.

  • Become familiar with local currency before you have to use it.

  • Do not talk to people on the street asking for directions, change, etc.

  • Remove ID tags if you have been at a meeting.

  • Bring a calculator to calculate the exchange rate.

  • Bring a flashlight.

  • Bring a note with any medical history of importance that is in the local language in case of a medical emergency.

  • If renting a vehicle, bring a compass so you know your driving direction.

  • Rent a mobile phone or bring your own.

  • Stay close to your valuables when entering airport security poles.

  • Be cautious about your valuables when using the washroom.

 

Travel Tips for Seniors:

  •  Be careful when lifting heavy carry-on bags into overhead bins on airplanes. Ask for assistance if you need it.
  • Buy luggage with wheels so you don't have to carry your suitcases around.

  • Carry small packets of anti-bacterial hand cleaner if you're going on a hike or exploring, as places to wash your hands may be few and far between.

  • Wear comfortable clothing while traveling that doesn't constrict or bind. You should be able to easily cross your legs when sitting. Sitting in a cramped position for long periods of time increases your risk of blood clots.

  • If you are on a tour on prone to motion sickness, ride in the front of the vehicle, as riding in the back can intensify symptoms.

  • Avoid drinking any beverages made of tap water from under developed countries. Hot beverages such as coffee and tea are likely to be safe.

  • Avoid spending time in the sun in wet t-shirts as it can intensify the sun's rays and cause sunburn.

  • Avoid strenuous activities in hot climates during the middle of the day when the heat is most intense. Your body can lose its ability to regulate your internal temperature at safe levels, and can result in exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke which can be fatal.

  • Take a notebook with you while traveling to make notes of the activities you participated in, and write down any experiences you had. This will make your trip more memorable.

  • Bring along a disposable camera for quick and easy pictures.

  • Make sure to purchase supplemental health insurance while traveling.

  • Lock up your valuables in your room safe or in the hotel's safe while traveling.

  • Try to bring the least amount of jewelry possible, to prevent the possibility of theft.

 

Travel Tips for Singles:

If you are on holiday alone, here are some precautions when selecting a hotel:

  • Less than 100 rooms.

  • On a well trafficked street with busy businesses nearby.

  • Small lobby, reception, and concierge desk near the front door and/or elevators.

  • Privacy space between guests checking in and guests leaving.

  • Room numbers should be written on the key's envelope, not mentioned aloud.

  • Amenities like parking and a gym should have attendants during times you might need them.

  • Parking lot should be well lit and secured.

  • Plastic electronic keys with no identifying numbers or addresses.

  • Sufficient staff to walk you to your room late at night.

  • Ask a female employee (not in reservations) whether she walks in the area at night.

When you're choosing a room, look for one that is:

  • Near the elevators.

  • Away from the emergency exit in case someone pries it open to avoid the elevators.

  • Has double locks, and preferably a bar lock.

  • On the upper floor, away from catwalks and terraces.

When you're using your room:

  • Do not use the Maid Clean sign to let others know you are not in. Call housekeeping if necessary

  • Do use the privacy room so others think the room is occupied.

  • Put expensive clothing under other clothes on hangars.

  • Lock up valuables in the safe and lock larger items in your suitcase.

 

Special Needs:  Ask our travel consultants about services that most companies provide for those with special needs. There are destinations that are more suitable for those who require wheelchair access, and we can help you decide on the right vacation for you. Dietary restrictions can also be met on most vacations, if Travel Industry Services is informed in advance of your trip. Whatever your needs are, we're happy to help.

Tipping Guide:

Cruise Lines will often have an established guideline for easy reference; The following represents an industry standard for tips and gratuities.

  • Dining Room Waiter: £1.75* (GBP)

  • Dining Room Busboy: £1.00* (GBP)

  • Dining Room Maitre d': £1.00* (GBP)

  • Dining Room Head Waiter: £1.50* (GBP)

  • Room Steward: £1.75* (GBP)

  • Other personnel, such as Bar Waiters, Bellboys and Deck Stewards may be tipped as service is rendered.

* All pricing is per person/per day.


Tour Guides:

  • Decide on your destination.

  • Decide on your budget.

  • Consult a travel agent for quotes on places you would like to travel.

  • Tours usually have three categories, determined by the hotel: Deluxe, First Class, and Budget.

  • Read up on your destination to determine what meals and sightseeing trips are included, and what is "optional".

  • Make sure that the holiday includes free time.

  • Find out the hotel's location and budget for taxi fares.

  • Ask your travel consultant if Transfer fees (transportation to and from the airport to the hotel) are included in the package.

  • Book the transportation from your city to the point of origin for the tour, and ensure the tour starts in the same place it ends.

  • Ask about signing on for part of a tour if the pace is too hectic or you'd like to explore on your own.