Helpful Travel Related Websites
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
-Offers information about disease outbreaks & recommended inoculations in foreign countries
Weather Underground: www.weatherunderground.com
-Our favorite international weather prediction resource
Exchange Rates Calculator: www.x-rates.com
Electric Outlet Information: www.electricaloutlet.org
-Great resource for determining foreign outlets, voltage, and adapters
Aircraft Seating Arrangements: www.seatguru.com
Country Calling Codes: www.countrycallingcodes.com
-Great resource for learning how to call one country to another
Time Zone Converter: www.timezoneconverter.com
-Easily convert between different time zones
RESERVATIONS WITH COMMON AIRLINE CARRIERS
American Airlines: www.aa.com (800) 433-7300
Continental Airlines: www.continental.com (800) 523-3273
Delta Airlines: www.delta.com (800) 221-1212
United Airlines: www.united.com (800) 864-8331
Alaska / Horizon Airlines: www.alaskaair.com (800) 426-0333
U.S. Airways: www.usairways.com (800) 428-4322
Southwest Airlines: www.southwest.com (800) 435-9792
Frontier Airlines: www.frontierairlines.com (800) 432-1359
Air Tran: www.airtran.com (800) 247-8726
Aerolineas Argentinas: www.aerolineas.com (800) 333-0276
Air Seychelles: www.airseychelles.net (877) 359-7392
British Airways: www.britishairways.com (800) 247-9297
COMMERCIAL AIR TRAVEL IN TODAY’S WORLD
Today’s airport security measures and protocol have changed the way we must prepare for our angling adventures. All travelers must be educated and organized before packing the bags and heading to the airport. Otherwise you risk delay, heading to the back of the line, missed connections, or even having luggage and tackle confiscated.
Our chief goal is to ensure you and your luggage are safely delivered to your destination and back home again with the least amount of hassle and frustration. To that end, please review the following recommendations based upon our extensive travel experience.
Allow Yourself Plenty of Time
Know that airport check-in times for both domestic and international flights are now at least two hours before scheduled departure time. A small incident can trigger long lines and delays at ticket counters and security checkpoints. Arrive at the airport early!
Although we recommend the ideal flight schedule for your particular trip, odds are you or your travel agent will be finalizing your own commercial air travel arrangements. When doing so, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time between connecting flights. You and/or your luggage may be subjected to lengthy searches that can lead to further delays or missed connections. Use common sense when booking your flight itinerary by ensuring prudent buffers between connecting flights without unnecessary layovers.
Check up on the latest airport security and carry-on regulations
Make sure to educate yourself on the latest rules and regulations pertaining to airport security and baggage allowances. If you have not traveled recently, it is especially important for you to obtain specific information related to carry-on luggage. Relatively new rules pertaining to storage and quantities of liquids and toiletries are only a few examples of precautions we must adhere to. Certain airports worldwide also have their own rules and required procedures we must be aware of. This information is readily available at both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website as well as the Department of State websites as follows:
Can I Carry-on My Fishing Tackle
This is a topic of great debate that arises in conversation with nearly every trip we organize for our clients. There was a time when we encouraged our clients to pack ALL of their fishing gear into checked luggage. It is still a good idea to carry on as much as possible, including rods and reels. In the event your checked luggage is lost or delayed, you can still enjoy fishing your own gear while you wait on your bags to catch up with you. As times have changed, there seems to be very little consistency with the enforcement of security rules and regulations related to fishing tackle and gear – especially in foreign countries. Keep this in mind when packing. When in doubt… check it.
If you choose to carry your tackle on board, do so with the understanding that you may be asked to return to the ticket counter and add to your checked luggage; which increases the likelihood you will miss your flight. Consider upgrading to multi-piece (four of five piece) rods and travel with an airline approved rod carrier. You may be able to carry on small trout flies, but you should never try to carry on larger flies – particularly sharp saltwater patterns. Reels should be okay, however we have heard horror stories of reels loaded with backing and fly line being disallowed as carry-on items. Never pack tools (nippers, hemostats, pliers) in your carry-on. The most up to date information on TSA security procedures related to fishing tackle can also be found at:www.tsatraveltips.us
Update your Passports and Travel Documents!
As of June 1, 2009 a valid passport is required for all land, sea, and air border crossings into and out of the United States of America, including travel to Mexico and Canada. Many countries also require that passports remain valid for up to three to nine months beyond your scheduled travel dates. If you are traveling abroad, this travel guide includes current passport requirements for the country you are visiting. As a result of the new passport regulations, the U.S. State Department has much slower processing times these days, so please don’t wait till the last minute to sort out any passport requirements or problems. Make sure to locate and check the validity status of your passport several months in advance of departure.
For more information on today’s passport requirements, and to obtain or renew a passport, visit the U.S. State Department website as follows: www.travel.state.gov
If you are traveling within the fifty United States, know that a valid driver’s license is required for all passengers on commercial flights.
Make Copies of your Passport & Other Documents
We highly recommend making copies of your passport and / or Visa when applicable in case of loss or theft. Having a photocopy of your passport aids in expediting a replacement or temporary passport allowing you to reenter the United States and get home.