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Insider Tips For the Savvy Traveler

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Traveling can either be a great experience or a disaster – Nightmare stories from travelers hit the news daily ranging in topics from lost luggage to missed flights, even common missteps such as overspending and over packing. Each experience turns the well-planned vacation upside down.

But proper planning and thoughtful preparation can set the sails for smooth waters. As the weather warms, and schools prepare for summer vacation, arm you and your family, or your travel companion with insider tips for a smarter and savvier travel experience.

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Traveling can either be a great experience or a disaster – Nightmare stories from travelers hit the news daily ranging in topics from lost luggage to missed flights, even common missteps such as overspending and over packing. Each experience turns the well-planned vacation upside down.

But proper planning and thoughtful preparation can set the sails for smooth waters. As the weather warms, and schools prepare for summer vacation, arm you and your family, or your travel companion with insider tips for a smarter and savvier travel experience.

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Make your bags stand out – There’s nothing worse than checking luggage and not seeing it hit the conveyor belt at baggage claim. Paper tags provided by airlines can be easily torn off or lost during the baggage check process.

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Create and print your own. Start by making the identification details specific. Include work contact information as opposed to a personal address or phone number to prevent home robberies while you are away. Ensure your bag is easily visible by securing your tag with an eye-catching luggage strip such as a ribbon or a neon fastener to prevent confusion of similar looking suitcases.

Ship your bags – This solves one major problem – It reduces the likelihood of your bags getting lost during flight changes. Simply ship it to your destination with the ease of knowing where and when it will arrive through tracking codes. Schedule your delivery to your hotel, or to a nearby FedEx Office location


It will be conveniently waiting for you. Plus, no worrying about weight or carry-on restrictions at the ticket counter.

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Get your passport ready – The process of applying for your passport can take up to half a day depending on where you are located. Visit FedEx Office to eliminate one step of the process. You will get high-quality digital photo printing that satisfies U.S. Department of State regulations. Plus, experienced Team Members let you view your photo on-screen before printing, and will take as many photos as needed, at no extra charge.

Taking time to prepare before you hit the road could save you and your family time and money, leaving more room to focus on enjoying your vacation.

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