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  Important news before you travel:

If you live in the United States you should be aware of certain Travel Advisories which are given to citizens who choose to travel abroad. These advisories can affect you and may even change your travel plans. So before you go to the airport you should always check to see if your destination country is on the List of the United States Government Travel Advisories.

For more information: Check out the link below which will send you to the US Governments official website.


https://travel.state.gov
       AIRPORT TIPS YOU CAN USE

To make your way to a flight on time and to get through security as quickly as possible you can try the following tips:

1) Sign up. The TSA's PreCheck, a trusted traveler program, has spread to more cities across the U.S. and is now available at some 40 airports. Members of the program are pre-screened and can then whiz through security, sometimes without having to take off their shoes or remove laptops from cases. The U.S. Customs Department's Global Entry program is another shortcut for frequent international travelers, especially as the federal government contracts and customs lines potentially get longer.

Critical Security Checkpoints:
To make clearing security as easy as possible...
-Review the guidelines for liquids and gels on your Flight carriers Carry-On Baggage page before your flight.
-Have your government-issued photo identification and boarding pass ready for inspection.
-Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off, since all footwear must be x-rayed.
-Remember to place all coats and jackets in a bin for x-ray screening.
-Make your laptop easily accessible for inspection.
-Avoid wearing anything metal or place these items in your carry-on baggage for screening

2) Check flight status. Although this is obvious, many people often fail to do this one simple but critical thing.

I recommend doing the same before abandoning your ride or your car just before you head to the terminal; flight status updates change by the minute, so a last-second check is always a good idea.

Most airlines will text you flight status updates if you sign up on their Web sites, and sites like Flightaware.com do the same by text, on the Web and through smartphone apps.

4) Check in online. Especially if you are not checking bags, this can save you a heap of time. I have found that when checking bags, having the pre-printed boarding pass in your hand doesn't help all that much, and check-in agents often reissue another boarding pass when you check in your bags -- but it sure doesn't hurt.

5) Before you leave for the airport, put your ID, credit card and boarding pass (if applicable) in an easily accessible part of your wallet or bag. There are two reasons for this: one, by going through this exercise, you make sure that you don't leave home without these crucial items. Two, you don't waste your (and other people's) time fumbling around for them at the moment you need them.

Check the airport parking situation online. Knowing ahead of time where to park, which lots are open and how far they are from the terminal can save you a lot of anxiety on your drive in, as well as keep you safer as you navigate tortuous and almost always poorly marked airport ring roads. Additionally, during peak travel periods, lots fill up quickly, so you will want an alternate parking plan.

When you are ready to board always take inventory of what you will need to do when you get to the front of the security line. Do a quick mental review of everything you are wearing that you will need to remove (such as shoes, jewelry, watch, jacket), and what you have inside your carry-on bag that might need to be taken out (liquids, electronics). When you get to the front of the line, blast through your mental inventory and make it happen. Done well, you can go from fully clad for winter weather, with laptops and iPads in your bag, to a T-shirt, pants and socks, and all your sensitive electronics in their own bins, in seconds.

Using these tips will get you through the airport, on your flight and towards your destination as quickly as possible.

more traveler informaiton tips available at the TSA website:  https://www.tsa.gov/precheck/faq
TIPS ON MAKING HOTEL RESERVATIONS:


When traveling for business or fun, there’s nothing worse than thinking you have a reservation and learning your hotel reservations been lost, your room has one bed and not two bedrooms, or you thought your check-in time was noon, only to find out it is really 3:00pm. To help avoid these things from happening, there are a few helpful hotel reservation tips seasoned travelers recommend:

Always use a credit card when making a hotel reservation. Using a credit card offers the guest some level of protection should the hotel stay go awry. Any disputes a guest may have with the hotel, or with the billing can more easily be rectified through the credit card company. The card company will act as a mediator once their client can show effort to resolve the dispute. Additionally, if a dispute cannot be resolved, the credit card company has the authority to remove the charge from a client’s bill. If cash were paid, a hotel guest would have no recourse.

Note: If you don’t use your own credit card to secure a reservation, be aware that the person whose name is on the card will be responsible for showing the card and signing at check in. If the card does not belong to the person staying at the hotel, notify the desk before leaving home (prior to arrival) and ask what their identification procedure is. They may accept a letter from the credit card holder authorizing use, and a copy of both the front and back of the card.

Ask for deals/discounts at each hotel. Many hotels offer corporate, AAA, senior, or even mid-week/off-season discounts. If one is not offered - ask about them. Many hotels now offer ‘rewards’ programs and some hotels reduce rates by $50 or more, for simply signing up for their program. If making reservations online, look for internet-only rates and shop various websites to find the best deals. Travel agents can often secure unadvertised specials or late check-in opportunities which can translate into huge savings.

When making reservations speak clearly and repeat spelling of all names. There have been many reservations lost because of inaccurate spelling and guests have been told they did not have rooms when a hotel or an entire city was booked to capacity. If any special requests are made, verify them and if possible get them in writing. Also make sure to get the name of the employee. Verify everything spell names and verify information/requests etc. Double check reservations prior to leaving for hotel and make sure names of all hotel employees you’ve spoken to are taken.

When reservations are made, changed and cancelled-confirmation numbers are given. Make sure all numbers are kept in a safe place until credit cards are billed and all charges are verified. Cancellation and confirmation numbers are often the difference between being charged for a hotel reservation that was cancelled, the possibility of a free upgrade when the hotel overbooks and you can prove when your reservation was made, and being stranded away from home without a room for the night.
Discuss hotel policies prior to making reservations, and verify them at check-in. Some hotels require credit cards at check in for any hotel charges, such as telephone usage, room service, meals in the hotel, or even take -out arranged through the hotel with area restaurants, etc. If a credit card is not available, a cash/check deposit maybe required for any services/fees that may accrue during the hotel stay. Determine when check-in/check-out times are, when cancellation policies go into affect and verify occupancy limits if staying in a room with multiple occupants.

Remember these hotel reservation tips when scheduling your travel plans. Whether by internet, through a travel agent, or by telephone, it pays to research the hotel and be meticulous when making arrangements. A little pre-planning when making reservations can save major headaches when traveling away from home.



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WHY NENDAZ SWITZERLAND
IS A BEAUTIFUL VACATION DESTINATION


Nendaz, Switzerland originally known as Neind (984-AD) is located right in the middle of the Alps in in the heart of the 4 Vallées, one of the largest ski areas in Europe, Nendaz offers 400 km of ski trails spreading between 1350 m and Mont Fort, a 3330 m high mountain.

Known for its guaranteed snow, Nendaz assures you of perfect ski conditions from December to April. Whether you prefer to be in the resort or up at higher altitudes, on 16 hiking paths,  7 snowshoeing tracks,  2 cross-country ski trails,  pushchairfriendly walks, or spending a lazy day on the many sunny terraces, everything is possible in Nendaz. There is so much to do in Nendaz.

Whether you are skiers, hikers, in search of wellness, sports or family activities, Nendaz has so much to offer  throughout the winter, a programme rich in entertainments and a multitude of opportunities to discover the charms of Nendaz.

Nendaz Ski Resort caters to skiers and boarders of all ages and also offers easy access to the 4 Valleys ski area at friendly prices which include Ski lessons for children, lessons for kids from the age of two, teaching-by-playing concept, private and collective lessons.

Baby sitting for children: Babysitters are available for children of all ages for an hour or two or for whole days. The list of babysitters is available at Nendaz Tourisme or on www.nendaz.ch

There is also a Freestyle Park alongside the Jean-Pierre ski run at Tracouet with its
unique wooden modules for all types of boarding or skiing.

The old village of Haute-Nendaz is worth a visit.  The walk passes by the church of Saint-Michel and by the chapel dating back to 1499.  From the Café de la Place, return to the resort by the chemin des Bornes.  Guided visits are organized each season and the tour passes by the Tsâblo water mill.

Nendaz is a family friendly holiday resort with nursery slopes, a moving carpet for beginners and walkers to help them find their feet, and a freestyle park to practice your moves as well as swimming pools and treasure hunts - this is an ideal resort for skiers of all ages.

You can get a breath of fresh air on the ice rink, you can discover the old town with a tour guide, test your talent as a baker, try out skijoëring, have a sleigh ride pulled by huskies : these are only five of the many options that will make your winter a unique one.

Several parts of Nendaz include:
-Vieux Village (old town): the old village of Nendaz, made up of small, dark wooden chalets
-Les Ecluses: main shopping area, complete with several shops and cafés. It is the centre of attention of the ski resort.
-Siviez: here is the starting point of some ski lifts, which link Nendaz to both Verbier and Veysonnaz, connecting the ski slopes. It consists of three apartment blocks, and several restaurants and small shops. It is around 20 minutes from Nendaz's centre.
-Basse-Nendaz: the lower part of Nendaz, this is home to the council
-Tracouet: another, smaller ski-resort aimed at beginners. It is, however, linked to the larger ski domain of Siviez.

A must see while in Nendaz is The Hamlet of Verrey. This village reveals an interesting architectural assembly that is representative of a traditional village of the Valais with it’s wood and stone houses its stables, barns and storehouses. The habitat was constructed close together in order to make the most of  the land for agriculture.

The Hamlet is already mentioned in historical documents dating as far back as the middle ages as the count of Savoie had a Tithehouse there in the 13th Century when the cereal fields and meadows benefited from maximum sunshine and it was highly desirable land.

With the arrival of foreign flour and as a consequence the reduction of livestock, the agricultural land was abandoned little by little and the village lost its importance. In 1988 there were only two remaining inhabitants in Verrey. The buildings rapidly deteriorated without proper maintenance. In the 1990’s, people regained an interest in the village and some houses were slowly brought back to life.

Getting to Nendaz:
Nendaz is about 30 minutes from Sion, the capital of the Valais, and two hours from Geneva by car. There are several 'Post-bus' services a day, running between areas in the village. One service links Nendaz with Sion, and stops off at the villages along the way.

From the surrounding ski resorts, it can be reached by cable car/chairlift, with the 4 Vallées ski pass. Otherwise, it can be reached by train (to the Sion train station, there are regular trains from different parts of Switzerland) and then by bus from Sion to Nendaz. It is therefore reachable from nearby airports.

Sion Airport is in close proximity to Nendaz, again accessible by bus. However, there is a limited number of passenger flights which go from this airport.

Currently, there are only two flights from the airport: Swiss International Air Lines operates a flight to London Heathrow Airport, while Helvetic Airways flies to Palma de Mallorca.
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