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Breeze Through the Airport on Your Next Trip!

Planning your girlfriend getaway? It's fun and exciting and you can't wait to go - but then you get to the airport and WHAM! It feel's like you've hit a roadblock.

Long lines at check-in, long lines at security, endless waiting to board - and you've paid for this "privilege"?

Yes, you have; you've probably also paid for checking your bags, seat assignments - and you'll pay for a meal or snack onboard, too.

Flying isn't what it used to be. But it doesn't have to be a nightmare, either.

If you're leaving US borders, make sure your passport is up to date. Travel to Canada, Mexico, and almost all of the Caribbean require a passport since 2009. While Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are US Territories and you are not required to have a passport, bear in mind that your flight may be diverted at some point, and a passport can become necessary. The same is true if you're taking an ocean cruise in the area. And most countries require your passport to be valid for 3 to 6 months after your travel dates - don't cut it too close!

Be aware of the TSA requirements for liquids, gels, and creams in your carry-on bag. Yes, I know, this has been in effect for ages - but it's easy to forget, especially if you're taking a quick weekend getaway and don't plan to check your bag. I've done it myself - don't take a full size bottle of shampoo! Check your toothpaste tube and makeup bag, too; lotions and even lipstick should be less than 3 ounces, and placed in a clear plastic bag.

• If you have a long layover during your trip, some airports have a few interesting things to do while you're waiting for your flight You'll find airports with spas and massage tables, casinos, sleeping pods - even a 9-hole golf course!

Most importantly, be patient and keep your cool. Plan on lines and delays; don't be in too much of a hurry or take a flight with a short layover (less than an hour is pushing it). I'd rather bring a book and spend a couple of hours between flights than miss a connection and scramble for another one! has the most to offer.

Next month, we'll talk about spas - it's a great way to treat yourself for Mother's Day - or any day!

Until next time - Happy Travels!

Great Women's Vacations in Woman's Day Magazine!!

Great Women's Vacations has been mentioned in an article in the May, 2011, issue of Woman's Day Magazine. The article, about planning a girlfriend getaway, has lots of tips on how to handle finances, responsibilities, etc - along with plenty of reasons you need to get away with "the girls"! We're mentioned at the end of the article, with other resources for planning your getaway.


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