Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Freda's Top 7 Travel Tips

Freda’s Top 7 Travel Tips

1. Book Early :
Early booking offers you the best bang for your travel bucks. Also you might get better up-grades on rooms and dining and transfer options if they are available,

2. Book with a Travel Agent: Its great to have a travel agent in your corner. A travel agent works with the supplier, they have inside knowledge of your destinations, they will guide you through the travel process of booking, flights, accommodations, at the best price for your travel budget. They will have the best knowledge of your destinations, flights, packages, and your all your travel needs. The internet or other travel booking site might safe you a few bucks, but who are you going to call when you lost your passport or miss your flight? Your travel agent is there for you 24 /7. I highly recommend my friend Geri who has over 30 years experience as a travel agent and operates “ The Nola Caribe Connection”

3. Book packages: I find that vacation packages offer you the best bang for your travel bucks, Most packages include accommodations, meals, transfers, and sometimes local excursions and tours. With rates staring from low $799 PP for a 4 day 3 night vacation.

4. Keep it Simple: When packing for travel my motto is keep it simple, Wear flip flops for your flight it’s easy to take off to go through security and comfortable to wear ( Pack a pair of socks in your carry on just in case it gets cold). I love black or navy yoga pants or other black knit slacks they are easy, wrinkle free and lightweight plus they go with almost anything and you can dress them up or down. Don’t forget to pack plain T-shirts, If you need a blazer wear it on your flight along with your jeans if you must have one. Leave the jewelry at home. (You could buy some locally made jewelry at you destination to spice up your outfits and on your return give them away as gifts) A back pack is a travel must, great for safety, with lots of space and compartments, they are easy to carry, and are great as a carry on.

5. Buy Travel Insurance: Shit Happens!! Your vacation which took you months to plan and a large amount of your money, can be ruin if the unthinkable happens, losing your baggage, missing your flight, getting sick while traveling, or some other natural disaster beyond your control can cause you to loose all the money you spent to book the trip that you might have spent a lifetime to take. Including your reservations and tickets. My advise to you is purchase travel insurance when you book your vacation. Speak to your travel agent about this important protection when you start planning your trip.

6 Carry A extra Copy of your passport: Always carry a copy of your passport and keep it in a safe place away from your other items. ( Back pocket, inside the under sole of your shoes in your camera bag,) You just never know when you might loose your bag or the unthinkable happens. Carry extra copies of your credit card leave one at home with a trusted friend or family member also copies of your passport.

 7 . Travel with Groups: One of the best way to travel is to travel with a group, Family members, friends, co-workers make great groups.  You will save a lot on your travel cost since you will be sharing the cost with others in your group including meals, excursions, etc. It is also safe if it's the first time you are traveling or visiting that destination especially if there is a language barrier.

 One of my favorite quotes by Mark Twain.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things

that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail

away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails
Freda Gore
Caribbean Culinary Tours & Vacations




  1. What great advice. I usually book early whenever I can. I had not thought about using a travel agent. You argument is very compelling and makes me thInk that would be a good thing to do. :)

  2. Thanks Susan, let me know when you are planning to travel. I will be happy to share some more great travel tips.

  3. Hello Freda and welcome to the BHB group!

    I love the Caribbean and am happy to be attending the St. Lucia Chocolate Festival in Dec. It will be my 1st visit to the island. Look forward to any St. Lucia tips you may have.

  4. Hi Doreen( My sister's name) Thanks you very much for your comment and welcome. Who knows we might meet in St Licia, We are planning to attend the festival and is hoping to stay at the Fond Doux plantation. Keep in touch and I will keep you updated with our plans and some St Lucia travel tips