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Travel Tips #1 – Getting to Your Events

by Jim Cermak

Since many many people travel to trade shows each year, I wanted to share some of my favorite travel tips. I travel a lot and I know that some people only travel once a year to a big show, and some a few times. But even if you’re a travel warrior like me you may get some new stuff to try out.

This is TRAVEL TIPS #1 focused on “getting there” – the planning, the preparing, and the journey. TRAVEL TIPS #2 will be tips for once you’re there.


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1. Get to the airport early – use the 2-hour rule the airlines tell you

2. For carry-on size bags…Check your bag at the gate vs keeping it with you

3. Invest in TSA Precheck

4. When going through security, put your phone and anything in your pockets into your backpack or purse. DO NOT use the little trays to put small items!

5. Get on the loyalty program for all travel partners

6. Make your reservations early!

7. Pack comfortable shoes, and make sure they are broken in!

8. If you’re going to be working to set up your booth, bring some extra grubby clothes

9. Use a checklist!

10. Bring a reusable water bottle

11. Don’t have to sit at your gate the entire time you’re waiting for your plane to board. Find an empty gate or quiet spot where you can sit in a more relaxed and quiet atmosphere.

12. Plan food for longer flights and in your room

13. Bring cash for tips for drivers, hotel housekeeping staff, and others who don’t take credit cards

14. Find hotels that have breakfast included

15. Invest in a good neck pillow and noise-canceling headphones

16. Be patient and polite!

17. If driving, get a toll-pass device to minimize time and save money!


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About the author, Jim Jim Cermak has over 25 years of marketing, consulting, and training experience, and has planned and worked hundreds of Trade Shows. He gets a little overly excited about Trade Shows, and puts that passion into helping companies get better results!


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