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Omicron upends tourism hopes after U.N. estimates pandemic will cost industry $1.6 trillion this year


For Le Meurice hotel in Paris, as well as others the Dorchester Collection oversees in Rome, London and Los Angeles, omicron has yet to hit holiday bookings beyond a “slight” uptick in cancellations. “So far, despite news of the new variant, the end of this year is still looking positive for us,” the hotel operator said in an email. “2021 has definitely been a better year than 2020 and should remain so.”



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US State Department Starts Off 2022 With 16 New Travel Advisories


This week, the U.S. State Department started off 2022 by issuing several new travel advisories.

This, unfortunately, lends itself to the feeling that the new year will carry on in much the same way as the old, thanks to the way Omicron’s already sweeping the globe and the knowledge that potential future COVID-19 variants of concern will likely continue complicating the world’s recovery process.

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Despite the fact that 16 countries were issued elevated travel advisories this week, the news does not necessarily all come as cause for lament.

Only three of those—Aruba, Singapore and Equatorial Guinea—were slapped with the State Department’s most severe warning for travelers, ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel’. Nine others were handed a ‘Level 3: Reconsider Travel’, while a further four were given ‘Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution’ statuses.

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The destinations that were given a ‘Level 3: Reconsider Travel’ label on Tuesday are: Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Kenya, Moldova, Niger, Nigeria, Romania, Sint Maarten and Suriname. While the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 in these countries is the primary reason their risk levels have been bumped up, there are other considerations that factor in, as Travel Off Path first observed.

The Bahamas’ advisory, for example, includes warnings about levels of criminal activity in the region, what types of crime are being committed and the areas where they are typically concentrated. Meanwhile, within the details of travel advisories for Kenya, Niger and Nigeria are additional warnings about the potential for violent crime, civil unrest, terrorism and kidnapping in the region.

The countries issued ‘Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution’ this week were Costa Rica, the Philippines, Madagascar and Zambia. The moderate risk level assigned to these destinations indicates that they’re relatively safe for American travelers to visit within the context of the current global circumstances.

The lowest-level caution of ‘Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions’ is the only one of the four-tier advisory system’s designations that effectively gives Americans the green light to travel to a given destination; indicating that it’s among the places on the globe that are considered least risky for U.S. travelers to visit, whether that’s due to pandemic-related concerns or other known safety issues in the region.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also maintains its own list of travel advisories, which uses a similar four-tier system that’s specifically based upon COVID-19 risk levels in each destination.

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NHL COVID-19 cases: Live updates as Flames have 16 players in protocol, Olympics in jeopardy


What happens if players decide it’s not worth the risk to go to China? How many games could the NHL realistically reschedule into that empty 16-day window after the All-Star Game?

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, in an email to The Athletic, said it was “very premature to project at this point because we have not yet given direction to begin working with the Clubs on a revised schedule.”

Multiple team officials, however, were a little bleaker and painted a picture where very few, if any, games could be realistically scheduled into that window. One team executive simply said, “it’s a logistical nightmare,” when asked about the potential of a revised schedule with that many moving parts across the league.

Read the full story here.

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Student section to travel in style to Illinois volleyball’s Sweet 16 matchup | University-illinois


CHAMPAIGN — Soon after Kyla Swanson slammed down the final point of the Illinois volleyball team’s 3-1 win over Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Quentin Wetzel texted an athletic department representative to make a plan.

Wetzel, one of the leaders of the Spike Squad student section, figured he’d be able to organize a nice watch party for this week’s Sweet 16 match in Austin, Texas.

The response he got, though, shocked him.

“Knowing that it was going to be in Texas, I assumed going was off the table,” he said. “But then I get a message Sunday morning saying, ‘Not only are we going to be able to go, but we’re getting a plane.’”

The UI’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will charter a flight for the Spike Squad and the pep band, Wetzel said, for Illinois’ Thursday matchup with No. 10 Nebraska. The 8:30 p.m. match will be carried live on WDWS 1400-AM.

“It’s something (athletic director) Josh (Whitman) wanted to do,” said Associate Director of Athletics Cassie Arner. “He and (UI volleyball coach) Chris (Tamas) talked after the Kentucky win (about how) the people that made it really tough for us to lose at Huff Hall and who have been a big part of our success over the time Chris has been here have been the Spike Squad.

“Not being able to have them (at matches) last year, it seemed really important that we should try to get them and the band down there. So we started researching charter planes.”

Wetzel and the Spike Squad leadership simply have to figure out which 70 members will get to make the trip.

Around 9 p.m. Sunday, the Spike Squad put out a call on Instagram for members who wanted to travel. By the time he went to sleep, Wetzel said the group had already received over 200 responses.

“It’s really blown us out of the water,” he said. “I feel bad that we’re going to have to tell so many people ‘no,’ but it’s also great that so many people are interested and want to come with.”

For Wetzel and this group of Spike Squad seniors, the experience of following Illinois volleyball began with a dream season in 2018, when Illinois made a run to the Final Four in Minneapolis. Wetzel and a few dozen Spike Squad members made a bus trip to the Target Center, where they watched Illinois lose to Nebraska in a heartbreaking fifth set.

Illinois didn’t win an NCAA tournament match the following two seasons, falling in the first round in 2019 before failing to make the tournament last spring during a shortened season due to COVID-19.

This season began with a rocky start that included consecutive home losses to Washington and Colorado in September, but the Illini hit their stride, finishing 12-8 during a difficult Big Ten season.

“The team that lost to Colorado in September, that’s just a different team than what we saw on Saturday,” Wetzel said. “It’s been cool as the team has heated up to see more people on campus and in the community start to support them.”

Wetzel said the Spike Squad is still figuring out details of the trip, but the schedule is simplified by the fact that students have the day off of classes on Thursday with finals beginning Friday. Those who have gone to the most games will get preference, he added.

If the Illini win on Thursday, they’ll play in the Elite Eight on Saturday. While planning another trip for the Spike Squad and pep band on such short notice would be complicated, especially with a men’s basketball game the same day, Arner wouldn’t rule it out.

“Who knows?” she said. “Crazier things have happened. I’ll say this, Josh will do anything he can to help student athletes, so if he feels like we can pull it off, I wouldn’t be surprised.”





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France Imposes Stricter Travel Restrictions for Unvaccinated Arrivals From 16 EU Countries


Travellers from 16 European Union Member States who haven’t been vaccinated against the Coronavirus yet are now subject to stricter entry restrictions when travelling to France.

Updating the rules of entry from the EU and abroad, the French Government has clarified that unvaccinated travellers from the following countries now need to test for COVID-19 within the prior 24 hours before reaching France, after these countries “have been placed under surveillance”:

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • the Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • the Netherlands
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

Before November 12, travellers from the majority of these countries could present the results of a PCR or antigen test certificate taken within the last 72 hours. The rule has not changed for unvaccinated travellers from the rest of the EU and Schengen Area countries that are not listed above.

>> Travelling to France Amid COVID-19 – Everything You Need to Know

Those who aren’t vaccinated, but have recovered from COVID-19 recently, are exempt from the requirement to submit a test result, no matter from which EU or Schengen Area country they travel to France.

Minors under the age of 12 are also exempt from the requirement to be tested before reaching France.

The decision comes at a time when the majority of EU countries are facing a spike up in the number of COVID-19 cases in their territory, in spite of the high vaccination rates throughout the block. Even the EU health agency, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (EDCD), had recommended less travel to these countries.

On November 12, France has also removed Ukraine from its green list and added it to the red list of countries.

This means that non-vaccinated travellers, and those who haven’t recently recovered from COVID-19, can travel from Ukraine to France only for absolutely essential purposes. The same are obliged to present test results of a PCR or antigen test taken within the last 48 hours before reaching the country. Upon arrival, the same are also subject to a ten-day quarantine period.

However, vaccinated travellers and those who have recently been ill with COVID-19 can enter by only proving their status, including for non-essential purposes like tourism, and without being subject to quarantine obligation.

>> France Recognises 5 COVID-19 Vaccines for Travel

The decision to add Ukraine to the red list follows a recommendation of the EU Council to the Member States to impose more restrictions on Ukrainian travellers upon an increase in the number of COVID-9 cases in this country.



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16 Essential Travel Hacks That Will Improve any Vacation


Once I’m in a city, I take the subway, tram, or popular mode of public transportation if I have to travel far, but for the most part I try to walk as much as possible. Traveling by foot is my absolute favorite way to explore a city, and it often takes you to cool, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods you could easily miss if you were to take the metro or a bus.



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#16 Huskies Defeat #19 Akron to Win MAC Championship


DEKALB, Ill. – Nick Markanich (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) scored in the 84th minute, off an assist from his twin brother Anthony Markanich (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) to lift the 16th-ranked Northern Illinois University men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory 19th-ranked Akron on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 30) at the NIU Soccer Complex, clinching the Mid-American Conference regular season championship for the Huskies. 

Pepe Martinez (Sant antoni de vilamajor, Spain/Western Michigan) opened the scoring in the first half, the Zips equalized in the 64th minute before the Markanich brothers combined to give NIU its first MAC regular season crown since 2006. 

“It is a tremendous accomplishment for our team, for our program and for the athletic department to win this one,” said NIU head coach Ryan Swan. “I’m really proud of the guys, they have been bought in all year, it comes to a head today, but throughout the season this was the goal, to win the conference regular season championship and push the season on as long as we can.

“I thought it was a great day, it was a really good game of soccer, two nationally-ranked teams and we are delighted to have come out on top.”

NIU came out on the front-foot from the opening kickoff and Enrique Banuelos (Mexico City, Mexico/Virginia) nearly opened the scoring with a volley in the eighth minute, but Akron goalkeeper Will Meyer got down to his left to tip the shot out for a Huskie corner. 

Four minutes later, Meyer was whistled for handling the ball outside his box, giving the Huskies a free kick just over 18 yards from goal. Nick Markanich took the free kick, but Meyer made a good save. 

NIU made the breakthrough in the 23rd minute as Martinez scored his sixth goal of the season. Martinez collected a long ball from the back just wide left of the Akron box and dribbled inside toward the top of the ‘D’ before firing a shot back across his body and inside the post, beating Meyer and sending the Huskies into a frenzy. 

The Huskies were on the attack two minutes later when Nick Markanich flicked a ball over the top of an Akron defender to create space for a shot, but Meyer was able to make the save and hold on. 

In the 39th minute, Banuelos hit a low cross into the run of Nick Markanich but an Akron defender did just enough to force the Huskie forward to scuff his chance wide as NIU took a 1-0 lead into the interval. 

After the break, Akron had its best spell of the contest and Dyson Clapier nearly leveled the match with a shot from the corner of the box in the 55th minute. Clapier looked to chip a shot over the head of Huskie goalkeeper Martin Sanchez (Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy) inside the back post, but Sanchez was able to get his fingertips to it and tip it away. 

The Zips were level in the 64th minute through Ryan Kingsford. A cross from the left by Diogo Pacheco found Kingsford near the top of the six and his first-time volley beat Sanchez from close range to draw Akron even. 

Following the Akron goal, NIU began to reclaim a hold on the contest and Banuelos fired high in the 82nd minute and then hit a free kick wide from about 30 yards a minute later. 

Nick Markanich made the NIU pressure pay off as he put NIU back in front with just over six minutes left with his 14th goal of the season. Anthony Markanich dropped a ball in behind the Akron backline and Nick Markanich latched onto it just outside the box, controlling it as he neared the penalty spot before tucking a left-footed shot just inside the post past Meyer as the Huskies, and the crowd, went berserk.

“They both look so dangerous throughout the game,” said Swan of the Markanich twins. “Anthony was getting into great spots; Nick was making great runs. I don’t think anyone will be too surprised that the conference championship was delivered on a pass from Anthony to his brother Nick, and what a composed finish from Nick. Well-deserved from those two, I thought they were excellent throughout the game.”

In the final minutes, Akron earned a corner and Sanchez rose above a crowd near the top of the six-yard box to claim it as the Huskies improved to 12-1-2, 4-0-2 in the MAC, unbeaten in their last 12 matches and clinched the conference regular season crown. 

Meyer finished the contest with four saves for Akron, Sanchez made two stops for the Huskies. 

NIU will close the regular season on the road on Wednesday, Nov. 3, when the Huskies travel to Portland. Kickoff against the Pilots is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT. The Huskies will then host the MAC Tournament with the semifinals scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 11. Additional details about the conference tournament will be made available soon. 

 



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16 Holiday Travel Tips for 2021 — How to Make Christmas Travel Easier


If you’re traveling over the holidays this year, we’ve got the sanity savers you need to get to your destination without flying off the deep end.

Planning on traveling this holiday season, whether you’re jetting off on a warm-weather Christmas getaway, checking out a magical Christmas town, or visiting family? You’re not alone. According to Chris Davidson of travel research company MMGY Global, 53 percent of adults in the United States are making plans to travel in the next three months. And, says online travel resource Hopper, the TSA is anticipating around two million travelers each day over the Christmas travel period, which is double 2020’s levels. Of course, when it comes to celebrating Christmas, it’s worth it—but you do need some holiday travel tips to make things as smooth and stress-free as possible.

After all, even without large numbers of people joining you on the road and in the sky, traveling can be tricky, especially right now. “If the last 18 months has taught us anything about traveling, it’s the importance of being prepared,” says Carol Mueller, vice president of Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection. “The unpredictable nature of travel disruptions has been compounded by the pandemic.”

To help you spend your holidays at your destination instead of stuck in the security line or trying to find lunch at the highway rest stop, we asked top travel experts to share their best Christmas travel tips. You’ll get the lowdown on everything from when to book a flight or drive to your destination, how to pack presents, and—this year, again—how to deal with COVID travel guidelines. Trust us: It’s information you shouldn’t leave home without. Looking for Christmas activities closer to home? Some of these tips will also come in handy when you’re driving to the best Christmas light shows near you.

Take the earliest flight of the day

The holidays are a notoriously difficult time to fly, says Molly Fergus, general manager of TripSavvy. Winter weather and peak crowds mean that one cancellation can cascade down to multiple other flights. Even worse, bad weather in a busy airport like JFK or O’Hare can ripple throughout the whole country and impact millions. The best holiday travel tip to hedge against canceled or delayed flights is to book the very first flight of the morning, Fergus says: “It’s unpleasant, sure, but you won’t have to worry about your plane getting stuck at another airport and delaying—or altogether canceling—your flight.”

Book early

This holiday and winter travel season is poised to set records. As such, experts are urging travelers to begin planning now, as hotel and flight costs are rapidly rising. Travel booking site Hopper recommends booking both Thanksgiving and Christmas travel no later than Halloween, after which airfare is expected to increase by 40 percent.

Choose the right travel date for the best deal

Choosing the right day for holiday travel is important, too. According to Hopper, the cheapest day to fly for Thanksgiving is Monday, November 22. For Christmas travel, the magic date for the best deals is Tuesday, December 21.

The worst time to set off on your holiday trip this year? Priceline reports that one of the busiest days to travel will be the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 24. Some other dates to add to that list: the Wednesday before Christmas, December 22, and the Tuesday between Christmas and New Year’s, December 28. Leaving a day or two early and staying a day later can save you a lot of money and time spent in transit. Or consider flying on the holiday itself, when air traffic is lighter and prices are lower. Celebrating with some extra special Christmas Eve traditions can make up for traveling on the big day.

Consider alternate airports

One way to beat the crowds and cut down stress during the holidays is to fly in and out of airports that are traditionally less crowded. In Southern Florida, for example, flights into Miami may be full, but less than an hour north are Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach airports, which both offer flights around the country and may have additional seating and lower prices than the larger hub. FYI, these are the most reliable airports in the United States.

Watch the weather

Speaking of delays, winter holidays often mean rain, sleet, snow, and ice, which can wreak all sorts of havoc on your plans, whether you’re flying or driving. Make sure to watch the weather reports in advance of your trip and do your best to adjust accordingly. Ahead of a major weather event or storm, airlines typically issue flexible travel policies to allow travelers to postpone their trip to a later date or move plans to an earlier date for no additional fees. You may even be able to choose an alternate destination, but keep in mind that if you change the destination, you may have to pay any difference in the fare.

Even if the weather is fine in your part of the country, keep an eye on your destination, and remember that when there’s a weather event that impacts some of the country’s busiest airports, the effects ripple out all over the country. If you’re driving, be sure to follow our safety tips for taking a winter road trip.

Have a backup plan

man standing at the Delta counter in an airport decorated for christmas and the holiday seasonSpencer Platt/Getty Images

Plan your aspirational trip for the holidays, but also come up with a second option, just in case. “That way, if something happens, you have a playbook and are not caught flat-footed,” says Jacqueline Hampton, CEO of travel planning site Portico. “And if your aspirational trip happens, you can use your backup plan for a fun January/February getaway.”

Alexa LaBaw, of private luxury travel advisor Marchay Travel, agrees, recommending that you always have not just a Plan B but also a Plan C. “Things can change on a dime, and it’s best to be prepared for various scenarios,” she says. “It’s always helpful to check resources like the CDC or government/tourism board websites, and working with your travel advisor on alternative trip options can be key.” This may be the time to consider using a travel advisor, even if you wouldn’t normally do so. “Travel is different these days,” LaBaw adds. “The preparation and knowledge from a trusted travel advisor helps set expectations for the trip and curb stress if something needs to be canceled or rescheduled.”

Ace airport security

You never know when you’re going to get flagged by the TSA. You can save yourself a lot of time and security-line headaches by applying for TSA PreCheck. You’ll skip the longest lines at security and get to keep your shoes, jackets, and belts on. The fee covers you for five years, and if you’re a parent, your kids 12 and under can go into the Fast Pass line with you, too.

Don’t have time to sign up for PreCheck? Then know the TSA rules to avoid security delays: All liquids need to be less than 3.4 ounces and fit into one 1-quart bag (the 3-1-1 rule). Wondering whether your baby food and pie can fly? Check out the TSA’s What Can I Bring page. (Spoiler alert: They’re both fine.)

Don’t wrap gifts before you fly

Traveling with Christmas gifts? Don’t wrap them, regardless of whether you’re putting them in your carry-on luggage or checked baggage, advises Liberty Travel’s Christina Pedroni. If the TSA decides they need to inspect your items, they will have to unwrap them. And, says Pedroni, “if you plan to give bottles of wine as a gift, make sure to pack them in your checked baggage, as they will exceed liquid limits for carry-on bags and be refused at security.” FYI, the same goes for snow globes.

Utilize the hotel concierge

If you’re staying at a hotel during your holiday trip, be sure to reach out to the concierge and share your itinerary, advises Jeffrey Morgan, who’s worked in hospitality for 30 years and is currently chief concierge at Conrad Washington DC. “A good concierge is always aware of what is current in the city, what new events are happening, the latest restaurants, and the newest museum exhibits,” he explains. “They may have better restaurants to suggest or could access better dining times. They can really help make your family’s vacation memorable.”

Hampton also recommends leveraging the concierge at the hotel for help with COVID protocols. “They’ll know where you can get a test or be able to call the pharmacy if you’re traveling internationally,” she says.

Research COVID requirements before leaving town

Every state is handling COVID precautions differently. “In some cities, like New York City, to dine indoors you must have proof of vaccination or a negative test result within the last 72 hours,” says Fergus. Proof requirements will vary by city and state, too, so look up any apps that are accepted in your destination country and download them before leaving. Here are the other things that should be on your COVID checklist for your holiday travels:

  • Take a picture of your vaccination card, and then put the card in a Ziploc bag or in an openable plastic protector, suggests Hampton. You’ll need the actual card at the airport to check in, but most restaurants accept a picture of it as proof. Or, download an approved COVID vaccine app that keeps track of your status.
  • Bring a home test with you, if possible. “Given we’re moving into cold season, it can come in handy for peace of mind,” says Hampton. “Recently when I traveled, my partner caught a cold. Since we were visiting his elderly parents, we wanted to be extra careful and used the home test to verify that it was just a cold. I suggest ordering it well before your trip and also keeping one or two on hand for the winter.”
  • Be sure to pack masks, hand sanitizer, and any other PPE that you may need while traveling and at your destination. And don’t let your guard down—these are the places you’re most likely to catch coronavirus.

Pack light

Anonymous Female Packing Stuff in Backpack and Putting Face Mask on the Backpackminiseries/Getty Images

“Pack light and aim to just bring carry-ons—avoid checking bags,” advises Byron Thomas, founder of travel company Niarra Travel. Remember: Most hotel and travel accommodations offer laundry services, so you really don’t have to pack everything in your closet, even for longer trips. Not checking luggage makes getting through the airport quicker, and it’s less stressful to have fewer bags to weigh you down and keep track of. “Packing light and only traveling with carry-ons is also better for the environment,” he adds, “as cargo and baggage contribute to the weight of an aircraft, which adds to carbon emissions.”

Bring snacks

All of our experts note that bringing food, whether you’re driving or flying, is an important holiday travel tip this year. Some airports (and highway rest stops) are still operating at a reduced capacity, says Fergus, so consider packing your own snacks and essentials for your flight. Bring a reusable water bottle to fill up at the airport, too, she says—just remember to empty it before going through security.

Hampton always takes a protein snack (e.g., nuts or power bars) and a pick-me-up snack (e.g., dark chocolate). “That way, if there are unexpected delays or you have a long trip, you’re all set,” she says. Or pick up a salad (keep the dressing separate so it will last longer) from a spot like Farmer’s Fridge, packaged for travel and available at many airports.

Buy travel insurance

“The COVID-19 pandemic impacted virtually every traveler on the planet, and for that reason, we expect the demand for insurance coverage to remain high,” says Megan Moncrief, chief marketing officer at travel insurance company Squaremouth. “Close to 40 percent of our travelers who booked trips for this holiday season specifically sought out coverage for contracting COVID-19—that is the highest percentage we have seen since the onset of the pandemic.”

Just remember that travel insurance policies only apply to contracting COVID-19 and being quarantined, before or during your trip. Travel-delay coverage can also provide benefits if a traveler is quarantined at their destination and is unable to return home as scheduled. However, things like missing your flight due to long security lines, your passport not arriving, not getting a negative COVID test in time, or not wanting to travel due to vaccine requirements or general health concerns are not covered under a standard cancellation policy. In other words, a traveler would not be reimbursed if any of these COVID-related things caused them to cancel their trip.

Get insurance if you’re driving for a holiday vacation, too

“Travel insurance is a wise choice even for vacations that are within driving distance,” says Berkshire Hathaway’s Mueller. If you opt for a comprehensive travel insurance plan, you can protect a portion of your non-refundable hotel, resort, or rental-property deposits if forced to cancel for a covered reason. Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection’s ExactCare Lite plan is designed specifically for road-tripping vacationers and includes valuable coverages such as up to $500 in trip cancellation, $750 in trip interruption, and medical-expense and medical-evacuation protection to cover expenses incurred when traveling outside of your medical network.

Book your airport taxi in advance

“In many places, availability for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are reduced or have very long wait times,” says TripSavvy’s Fergus. Consider using an app’s book-in-advance feature to schedule your pick up at your destination or your ride home from the airport. “You’ll have a (mostly) guaranteed ride that you can always reschedule should your travel plans change,” says Fergus.

Download travel apps

Speaking of rideshare apps, before you head to the airport, load up your mobile phone with helpful travel apps, including the one for your airline so you can follow flight schedules and get quick booking help. Other apps to download: a hotel booking option, a car rental company option, and a GPS option. While you’re at it, add YELP for restaurant options and a weather option, as well. The right road trip apps will also come in handy for everything from booking last-minute hotel stays to getting gas to finding the best restaurant on your route. In short, all of these will turn your phone into a virtual travel agent in an emergency.

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