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Busting Myths About Turbulence

Many plane passengers share a common concern: Turbulence. Turbulence can seem frightening, since it causes the plane to suddenly drop a little bit. When you watch this video, you’ll learn that turbulence is really nothing to worry about.

This video features Captain Sullenberger of “Miracle on the Hudson” fame. He explains that turbulence simply refers to the vertical or horizontal movement of air. He compares it to the way the currents move in the ocean. Planes are built to easily withstand turbulence, and pilots are trained to avoid it when possible and manage it when it’s unavoidable.

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How Early Do You Really Need to Get to the Airport for a Flight?

Air travel can seem unnecessarily complicated, especially for travelers who rarely fly. From finding parking at Newark airports to navigating the security line, it can take nearly as long to get to the plane as it does to fly to your destination. So how much time do you really need to get through those pre-flight procedures? The answer is: It depends.

Standard Recommendations

It’s standard to get to the airport two hours ahead of the scheduled departure time if you’re on a domestic flight. For international flights, leave three hours of leeway. Of course, these recommendations are always subject to change.

Busy Travel Times

If you’re visiting the family for Thanksgiving, a two-hour window of time definitely won’t be enough. Expect to have long lines, delays, and more delays. Any holiday can throw a wrench in your travel schedule. Weekends are busier than weekdays. Additionally, you should check for major events in the area before deciding how much time you’ll need before your flight. If there are any major conventions or popular sporting events, expect to contend with longer lines.

Travel Experience

Frequent flyers can sometimes get by with a smaller window of time. This is especially true if they are in a trusted traveler program, since this makes getting through security much quicker. Inexperienced travelers should give themselves more time than they think they’ll need, if only for the peace of mind.

Special Considerations

Other factors can influence how early you need to get to the airport. For example, travelers who have young children should give themselves a little extra time. Those who are traveling with just a carry-on bag and no checked luggage can arrive a little bit later. Just remember that your scheduled departure time is different from the boarding time. Boarding will usually end at least 20 minutes before takeoff, so plan to get to your gate early.

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The Best U.S. Travel Destinations for Couples

When it comes to traveling, there are many different reasons why you may go out of town. From business travel to family vacations and everything in between, your destination depends on who you are traveling with and the reason for your trip. If you’re a couple looking for a romantic travel destination, you might not want to go to the same place college students would go for spring break. Read on to learn about some great travel destinations for couples in the United States.

New York City

New York City has it all when it comes to traveling. It’s certainly a popular destination for business travelers, and there’s plenty to see and do for families as well. There are also plenty of romantic destinations for couples in the big city. There are several great hotels and restaurants and plenty of Broadway shows. You can even take a romantic stroll through Central Park and take a cruise to see the Statue of Liberty.

California Coast

There is plenty to see and do along the California coast, from San Diego to San Francisco. Along the way, there are lots of romantic beach cabins to rent and several local breweries to enjoy. You can spend plenty of time on the beach and visit popular tourist attractions up and down the coast.

Napa Valley

If you enjoy wine, Napa Valley is a great place to unwind and imbibe. Wine country provides beautiful scenery and has many nice places to stay. Napa has been named the top honeymoon destination in the U.S. in addition to the #1 romantic getaway according to U.S. News & World Report.

Hawaii

When you think of a romantic beach getaway, Hawaii has to be at the top of the list. If you prefer something a little less crowded but still providing beautiful scenery, Kauai was ranked as the #2 best romantic getaway spot and honeymoon destination. Maui was also ranked the #1 best luxury destination in the U.S. if you are looking for a bit more to do.

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The Best Shoes for Traveling

When it comes to traveling, shoes are usually the hardest thing to pack. You want to have the right shoes for every occasion, but you don’t want them taking up valuable room in your suitcases. The best shoes for traveling are versatile so you can wear them for more than one occasion. The type of shoes you need depends on where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. Narrowing it down to just a few pair is preferable and can save you money on bag fees. Check out some of these choices for both men and women’s shoes for traveling.

Men’s Travel Shoes

  • Athletic Shoes – A nice running shoe is great for airplane travel. They’re great for walking or hitting the gym and can be used in many situations. Try the Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 Running Shoe, the Adidas Stan Smith, or the Diadora V7000 Baretta.
  • Casual Shoes – For something a bit more casual than athletic shoes, try out the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top which can be worn just about anywhere including the office. Clark’s Men’s Veho Flow sneakers are also a good choice and the Sanuk Men’s Chiba Sidewalk Surfer Shoe is great for the beach.
  • Dress Shoes – If you need nice shoes for the office or a night out, try the Mephisto Men’s Waino Oxford which are quite comfortable or Tod’s City Gommino Loafers which are easy to slip off for airport security checks.

Women’s Travel Shoes

  • Walking Shoes – If you’re going to be doing much walking you need a comfortable pair of shoes. The Nike Juvenator Sneaker is comfy and easy to slip on and off. Nike’s Dunk Hi are stylish and comfortable and can also give you a little bit of extra height.
  • Dress Shoes – If you plan on going to the theater or fancy dinners you’ll want a nice pair of shoes to wear. Smaller heels or strappy sandals can both work and Dansko Sandals are a good choice. Clarks Ballet Pumps can be worn to do some walking and still look good for a nice dinner.
  • Boots – If you’re traveling to a colder location a low-cut book may be the perfect fit. Blondo Ankle Boots are comfortable and warm. Look for a pair of boots that are classy enough to wear for a night out but practical enough to do a lot of walking in.

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How to Make the Most of Your Airline Miles

Whether you’re a frequent traveler or a more casual one, by now you’re hopefully enrolled in frequent flier programs where you collect airline miles each time you fly. If you aren’t signed up, you should do so before you book your next flight. These programs are free and allow you to earn points that can be redeemed for free flights and other rewards.

Many travelers aren’t taking full advantage of these programs. The first problem is that these miles are not always easy to keep track of. There are apps you can use to access all your frequent flyer accounts and keep track of them. Some programs even allow you to transfer your points to other brands to make them easier to keep track of by using a site like Points.com.

If you don’t travel frequently on certain airlines, you may be able to use your points for smaller rewards. For example, United’s MileagePlus portal allows you to buy eBooks and music albums and others will let you trade in your miles for magazine subscriptions, Amazon gift cards, or charity donations in your name.

One way you can take advantage of points for free flights is by booking one-way trips. If you don’t have enough miles for a round trip on one airline, you might have enough to get there on one and fly back on another. Be flexible with your travel dates if you are traveling for pleasure. Some programs have restrictions and blackout dates while others do not.

If you still haven’t signed up for these programs, be on the lookout for sign-up bonuses. Sometimes if you sign up the frequent flier program and a credit card at the same time, you can almost earn enough points for a free flight right off the bat. To make your airport experience more enjoyable, contact Park Plus Airport Parking at 718-414-6999.

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