June’s Mobal Member Travel Tips

1. Line your suitcase with a plastic bag

On a trip to Molokai, the plane we were on was small and luggage was crammed in every which way.  At baggage claim, we noticed that someone had packed a bottle of something and it had broken and leaked everywhere.  Now we line our suitcases with garbage bags to protect our clothes, just in case.

Kathy Huseman, Niceville, Fla.

2. Don’t settle for the first answer to your travel question

If you need flight information, it’s a good idea to phone the airline more than once and ask the same question.  Recently, I wanted to see if I could fly standby on an earlier flight the same day.  The first time I called I was told the earlier flight was booked.  The second time, the agent said I could certainly fly standby.  In the end I not only got a standby flight, I was upgraded to first class.

Kathryn Johnson, New York, N.Y.

3. For sales on cruise mementos, pick the last sailing to a particular region

We like to buy shipboard souvenirs, so we try to choose a ship that’s completing its run of the area—that’s when merchandise is generally put on sale.  Last year for example, on a sailing in South America, all of the T-shirts, glassware, and rain jackets were 75% off.

Kathie Kilker, Patterson, N.Y.

4. Hit the gym for free water

Before you buy expensive bottled water from your hotel room minibar, head to the fitness center.  You’ll be able to fill up an empty bottle at the gym fountain for free… and you don’t need to break a sweat.

Karen Lees, Williamsville, N.Y.

5. Leave damaged dollar bills at home

We’ve traveled to Mexico and China in the last year and had the same experience in both countries: When we tried to exchange dollars to local currency, the banks wouldn’t take any bills with graffiti or that were ripped or damaged in anyway.  Make sure any money you want to exchange are crisp and clean.

Julie Levinson, Northville, Mich.

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5 thoughts on “June’s Mobal Member Travel Tips

  1. J Dubya

    I was invited to Brasil – Americans spell it, “Brazil” (which is wrong)- by the staff of (then)president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
    I obtained a visa like all other USA visitors. I asked the president’s Chief of Staff why Americans need a visa when citizens from almost any other country of the world can visit Brasil without one. The answer… It is in retaliation for the (unjustified) rude and officious treatment of nationals from Brasil, when they come to the United States.

  2. Ana

    If you’re taking someone from another country to the US across the border from Canada, be prepared for a lonnnnggg wait. Everyone has to go into the border office while they take your keys and search your car. The “foreigner” fills out a form that costs $6.00, gets finger printed, has their photo taken and is questioned like a criminal. This happened recently when I took my cousin from Sweden, an innocuous country, to Michigan for a shopping day. This was not a random check but a routine procedure. They have a very antiquated system where information from a passport cannot be read and a form filled out from the TSA site is only for air travellers(even though she had one and had paid $14.00 for it!) After nearly two hours of waiting and being processed , we decided to just go home. Won’t do that again!

  3. Charles Jeter

    In addition to not using damaged dollars, many places will not take more than a $20.00. If your bill is considerable, they like increments of twenty-dollar bills.

  4. Luis R

    In a cruise ship you can also go to any bar and ask for a glass of water. They will serve you water from the tap in glass with ice at no charge. The tap water at cruise ships is good. I discovered this while on a Carnival cruise a few years ago.

  5. Paul

    How does one find out which cruise is the last one?

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