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Winter Travel Made Easy
Life + Style
Kick off 2013 with a rejuvenating, stress-free getaway. Here's what
you need to know and pack for a smooth journey.
If you've had a jam-packed holiday season, a few days of relaxation may be just the ticket to get back on track. Less-expensive hotel and flight prices makes early in the New Year one of the best times to travel. Embrace your inner adventuress by heading to a remote destination, such as Alaska, or escape from the snow and ice by jetting off to a tropical paradise, such as St. Barts. Too much? A small, coastal town, think charming Sag Harbor, NY can still give you the peace and quiet you crave.
A lightweight scarf or throw will keep you airplane-comfy and can double as a beach blanket or sarong.
A travel candle in a lidded tin works wonders to freshen stuffy hotel rooms.
Wake-up calls can be a gamble. Sleep easy with a travel alarm clock you can trust to be consistent.
A roomy tote with glam details can take you from poolside, to shopping, or an evening out.
Whether housed in a clutch or a currency wallet, it's handy to know your passport, ID, and money are always in one spot.
Don't forget sunscreen! Even if you're vacationing in a cold location, the sun's rays bouncing off snow can cause a burn.
Cool down or warm up with a variety of thin, loose-fitting layers.
If you travel with Fido, a stylish pet carrier that's airplane-approved is a must.
Download your airline's smartphone app. You'll be able to quickly get updates, such as your flight status, gate number, or airport maps.
Be sure to travel with your cell phone charger in your carry-on bag instead of your checked luggage.
In large cities with multiple airports, consider the second-tier option. They'll be a bit less bustling with fewer travelers.
If possible, choose a morning flight. You are less likely to be affected by delays and other airports, and if your flight is affected, you'll have more travel options throughout the day.
Fly nonstop/direct whenever possible. The worst travel problems occur at connecting airports, when you may need to book an unexpected hotel stay.
If you must book a connecting flight, give yourself at least an hour (or two) between flights. This will give you plenty of time to walk (not sprint) to your gate.