Continuing with our pursuit of ways to make your holiday travel easier, Occidental Vacation Club suggests some exciting, time-saving, trip enhancing travel apps!
Holiday travel can mean longer lines, more crowded planes, and bad weather delays. How can you counteract these irritations? Plan your attack by showing up to the airport early, packing light and armed with your "free" travel apps.
1. Google Maps
Start with Google Maps. This handy device comes already loaded into many smartphones, but can also be downloaded. You can get driving directions for the quickest and least congested routes, and find out the latest road conditions. Easy to see, color-coded lines let you see how heavy the traffic is.
2. Seat Guru
Are you a stickler for the best airline seat? Seat Guru is your go to app. It comes with specific seat map graphics, in-depth comments about seats with reduced legroom, and limited recline, color-codes to identify superior and substandard seats, in-seat power locations, and more. No more substandard seating for you!
3. Gate Guru
Want to find a book store or a Starbucks when you're stuck in an airport? You need Gate Guru. Gate Guru can also quickly direct you to the nearest pedicure or massage station, find the best airport restaurants, the nearest bar, and best places to shop. It’s now usable in 100 U.S. airports, and soon to include 10 European airports.
4. Old MacDonald
If you're traveling with kids, and your above effort has failed to get the best results, this app is guaranteed to keep toddlers occupied. It has vibrant, interactive pictures and songs. Toddlers can make a chicken sing, or flip a cow (always good for a laugh!), and listen to a song they record sung in five languages. Worth far more than the $1.99 it costs!
Have a happy, safe and fun-filled holiday!
Not only will Santa be making a list and checking it twice, but you should be doing this too with the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's ) list of new rules and helpful tips for travel. The security agency wants to help travelers have a stress-free holiday trip (if that's possible!), and so do we at Occidental Vacation Club. Be sure to check out the TSA's blog (http://blog.tsa.gov) to find out about recent rule changes, a new TSA app, and other important information you may need this holiday season. Here's a run-down.
1. TSA Contact Center
You can now call and speak to a real person at the TSA. (We really like this one!) You can ask about security issues, what you can and cannot bring on a flight, or just give them your input. (866-289-9673)
If you or someone flying with you, has a special medical condition or disability, call TSA CARES (855-787-2227) with any concerns. Just make sure you call them 72-hours before your flight.
2. New Rules on What You CAN Bring Through Security
Great news for those ladies who just have to wear their high heels on the plane. (It is the holiday season afterall!) You can be more comfortable because now you are permitted to wear gel insoles in your shoes. There's a new list of what foods can be brought in carry-on luggage. Check out the list to find out which foods are considered liquid (cranberry sauce) and don't meet the 3-1-1 rule. The TSA's new app lets you search to see what items are permitted.
3. Wrapped Gifts
To come bearing wrapped gifts might not be a good idea. They go through the X-ray machine, but if your item looks the least bit suspicious, it will be unwrapped, and there goes all your hard work.
This seems like a no-brainer, but the TSA wants to remind you that there are absolutely no guns allowed in luggage, and to double check (no joke) your luggage to make sure you didn't forget. And no knives or swords either!
Have a happy, safe, and stress-free holiday season!
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Hello, my name is Eva Amaral and I'm Guest Service for Occidental Grand Xcaret. I've been working at Occidental Vacation Club for two years, and I'm very happy working here; there is a great work environment and a lot of growth opportunities. As Guest Service I get to work directly with our members, giving them the personalized assistance they deserve. I really enjoy the interaction with our members, and learning about different cultures.
I'm from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, but have been living in Playa del Carmen for almost 6 years. I like dancing salsa, go jogging at the beach and visiting the archeological sites of Tulum and Chichen Itza.
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