Tuesday, July 16, 2013


No matter where you’re taking your vacation, unless you’ve opted for a staycation, you’ll be traveling by car, rail, air or boat, in each case there are rules and considerations. Here’s our tip sheet.

If you’re traveling in someone else’s car...

• You shouldn’t have more luggage than the driver unless there’s been an agreement upfront.
• Offer to help, whether it’s contributing to gas, or offering to pay for a meal if there’s a stop along the way.
• Keep the driver company, especially if you’re traveling by night. If you sense that they don’t want to do a lot of talking, keep the chat to the minimum.
• If you have a weak bladder, let the driver know as soon as you’re offered a ride or when you ask for the ride.
• Don’t eat smelly food.

If you’re traveling by plane…

• Long lines can be harrowing but don’t ruin the beginning or end of someone else’s vacation by losing it.
• Try not to dominate the overhead baggage compartment.
• Take your shoes off if you have to stand on a seat for some odd reason, same goes for children.
• Mind your buttiquette, space is tight.
• If you’re traveling on someone’s private plane, let the host give you your seat assignment.
• Don’t eat smelly food.

If you’re traveling by bus or train…

• Mind your buttiquette.
• Stay in your own seat.
• Be pleasant but don’t strike up a conversation that could go on and on to your dismay.
• Offer your newspaper or magazine to a fellow passenger, it’s a nice gesture and helps if you don’t want to start up a conversation with a stranger.
• Don’t eat smelly food.

If you’re traveling by sea…

• On a sailboat, first thing, you should take off your shoes. Pack your clothes in duffel bags and don’t over pack – space can be limited. Shower quickly and go light on the toilet paper.
• Keep your belongings secured, things are known to fly when a boat heels and could be dangerous.
• On a yacht, like sailboats, bare feet or white-soled shoes. Don’t over pack; there may not be a laundry room on board. Leave the Manolos and Louis Vuitton hard luggage home.
• Don’t feel compelled to offer to contribute to fuel; it could cost tens of thousands of dollars!
• Ask what time meals are served; if you want to sleep in ask if you could get something later.
• Verify your arrival and departure dates and times.
• Leave your nautical costumes at home.
• Eat what is being served smelly or not.