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Care Travel: A Prepared Traveler is a Happy Traveler

 

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    5. Planes, seats and self protection: If you require special assistance boarding the plane, let the airline know when you make your reservation, and when you check in at the gate. Usually the airlines will try to put you in an aisle seat, but opt for a window seat instead. The main reason for this is, anybody requiring special assistance boarding and debarking the plane boards the plane first and gets off last. Now there are 200 or so other passengers who will be getting on that plane after you and off before you. Being in the aisle seat makes you the target of every wayward carry-on bag passing your row. Another advantage to sitting in the window seat is that the others in your row won't have to climb over you every time they get up.
     
    6. Tips, service and respect: When traveling abroad, remember that most, if not all, restaurants will include the tip in the bill. An additional gratuity is not necessary. Remember that wait staff is providing a service. They are usually underpaid and over worked. Treat them with respect, and generally you will get the service you feel you deserve. It is also important to remember that the quality of your food is not the responsibility of your wait staff. Make a complaint if necessary, but don't take it out on the waiters and waitresses.

    7. One final tip: (bet you thought I wasn't going to say it ) As always, plan ahead!

     

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