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4 Tips for Planning Holiday Travel

Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years are so close you can feel the joy in the air. With the holidays being right around the corner, you’ll need to start planning your holiday getaway right away. Whether you’re visiting the family or simply need to escape the chilly weather, these are some tips for your holiday traveling.

1. Plan Ahead

Nothing’s worse than hearing the age old question “are we there yet?” a hundred times. Research places to stop along the way for kids on road trips and go to fun museums or a park rather than a gas station. You can go on tripadvisor.com and see ratings of fascinating places to visit. Go online and check for luggage restrictions at airports so you don’t have to throw away products because you were .01 ounces over the liquid limit. Bring snacks! We can all get a little grumpy when traveling on an empty stomach. Research the weather beforehand so you know what to pack. Unfortunately things don’t always go as planned–pictures on the internet make places look cooler than they are, and weather the weather isn’t always in your favor. Be prepared and organize alternative outings in case of unexpected alterations.

2. Packing

Sometimes packing up can take up the majority of your vacation time. Make sure you have all important documents and absolute necessities in your carry on, and pack light in case luggage is mishandled or lost. If driving, pack flashlight, first aid kit, jumper cables, make sure you have a spare tire and jack. Bring headphones and sleeping pills to block out the crying children and the boisterous airport.

3. Travel on off-peak days

Unfortunately, the holiday season inevitably comes along with pushy pedestrians, obnoxious drivers, and intrusive security guards that get a little too personal for your pat-down. A way to avoid this is by traveling on the less popular days. The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, so travel the day of rather than day before, and very early in case the flight is postponed to later in the day. Same goes for Christmas or Hanukkah—travel that day so you don’t stuck in the chaotic holidaze.

4. Breathe!

You’re on vacation! You’re finally free of deadlines, meetings, and your stuffy office. Follow these traveling tips and you’ll be grubbing on that pumpkin pie in no time.

Plan smart and make your travel plans well in advance to avoid the big holiday rush.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips: Simplify Your Thanksgiving Travel Plans

The Thanksgiving holiday is unquestionably the busiest travel event each year, with notorious transportation setbacks, increased traffic on the road, and travel obstacles meeting commuters at almost every corner. But with a little of forethought when planning your Thanksgiving journey, you can ease travel headaches whether you are heading home or leaving for a drama-free experience. Despite your destination, you will be thankful for these Thanksgiving travel tips.

Flexible Early Birds

Make travel plans early, especially during the busy Thanksgiving holiday. The busiest travel days are Wednesday and Friday, since Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday. If you can fly on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, you will find better fares and fewer travelers.

Travel Light

Pack only what you need. Try not to get distracted by the holiday season when it comes to efficient packing. To help you stay focused, create a packing checklist for everyone traveling, listing appropriate clothing and personal care items. You can find free printable packing checklists online, or just create your own list on a piece of blank paper.

Choose the Best Days for Driving

All statistics point to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as the worst travel day, with the heaviest traffic falling between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM. If you have to drive that day, try to start out before 2:00 PM or after 7:00 PM to avoid the peak holiday rush. The same information applies to Friday, especially as the Black Friday crowds increase annually. Unfortunately, now Tuesday and Saturday are becoming increasingly heavy travel days. However, Sunday has traditionally up to 60 percent less traffic than Saturday.

Stay Informed

Unless you are traveling to a warm destination, bad weather can upset your carefully planned travel arrangements. Staying informed of travel conditions for each of your destinations, especially if you have a plane change, can help you stay on track. Checking online travel sites and installing smartphone apps can alert you to changes that airlines make last minute. The sooner you are aware of potential travel issues, the more chances you have to find suitable alternatives.

Holiday Road

Thanksgiving Day traffic is a breeze. In fact, it usually has the least traffic of the entire week. However, with low gas prices, more people are driving this year. For that reason, plan out an alternate route, have a connected navigator to avoid distracted driving, and start out at an awkward hour. Consider resting all day and leave at 9:00 PM. Even better, get a good night’s rest and leave at 6:00 AM Thanksgiving Day.

Save the headache of traveling on peak days during the Thanksgiving season. Plan smart and make your travel plans well in advance to avoid the big holiday rush.

Fight Off Your Jet Lag

Even for the most frequent of travelers, jet lag will always creep up on you at the worst possible time. This temporary sleep disorder is the last thing you want to deal with when you have full itineraries planned.  But believe it or not, you’re not condemned to that annoying fatigue and grogginess. There are several ways to fight off jet lag so that once you land; you’re ready to conquer what’s ahead. Here are some remedies that’ll help you out the next time you travel.

  • Anticipate your body’s confusion by preparing ahead of time. If you know you’re inner time clock is soon to be thrown off, push your schedule back or forward depending on where you are going. This will serve as a gradual change instead of drastically being thrown into a different time zone. Whether you’re going to bed one or two hours earlier or staying up past your regular bed time, this will seriously aid you in adjusting your sleep patterns and ease your way into the mix.
  • Set your clocks to the time zone your traveling to before you even take off. By doing this, you will trick your mind and help you mentally prepare for landing time. When on the plane, constantly check what time it is so you know whether you should be trying to stay awake, or counting sheep to doze off.
  • Ever heard of Melatonin? This over-the-counter medicine triggers a natural hormone in your body that regulates your circadian rhythm. Take it about half an hour before you’re planning to fall asleep. Avoid caffeine when trying to go to bed and just focus on the sleepiness Melatonin will cause.
  • There’s actually an app for that. Jet Lag Rescue and Jet Lag Genie are both smartphone apps that’ll help you keep your schedule in line. You’ll know when to eat, sleep, take a quick nap, or take a Melatonin in order to adjust like a pro.
  • The sun is a powerful thing. Spend as much time as you can outdoors once you reach your destination. The sunlight will balance your biological clock and keep you awake when needed. Don’t forget to stay hydrated while you’re out there, because not enough water in your system will only make jet lag symptoms worse.

And there you have it! A trip should be nothing but enjoyable, so don’t let sleepiness and confusion slow you down. Shorten your recovery time and enjoy your stay to the fullest.

 

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NYC Travel Advisory: 4th of July

The July 4th travel weekend has officially begun, and with 43 million people expected to travel this weekend, its safe to say there will be crowded roads and airports. New York City will be no exception as we host the 40th anniversary 4th of July fireworks show during one of the most exciting weekends to be in the Big Apple.

Many of you will be relying on GO Airlink Shuttle to pick and drop you off at the airport this weekend, and don’t worry we will be there. This weekend may require a little extra patience as our drivers experience traffic delays and overcrowded airports. A few things you should be aware of:

  • Airport Construction: Both LaGuardia Airport and JFK Airport are currently going through some heavy construction. This is causing delays within the airport, for both arrivals and departures. More specially, JFK Airport Terminal 5 is seeing delays up to 45 minutes once you are on the airport property. For arrivals, GO Airlink is doing out best to get you in a van, with our friendly drivers in a timely fashion. We will get you to Manhattan safely as you relax and cool down in our comfortable vans. For departures, GO Airlink has planned extra time while dropping you off to account for the heavy delays within the airport. Please feel free to give us a call at (212) 812-9000 with any questions about your pick up, or if you want to be picked up earlier.
  • General Traffic: As we mentioned above, this is a very heavy road traffic weekend. Please have patience as our drivers try their best to get you to and from your locations in a timely fashion. In situations like this, the main goal is to drive safely and keep our customers as comfortable as possible.
  • Have Fun: Traffic is just a small piece of your weekend! Although that hour long delay might seem like forever, its really just a small party of your thrilling weekend in the Big Apple. There is plenty to do this weekend like double decker bus tours or planning out the best spot to see the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks spectacular.

Thank you for your patience and enjoy your weekend! if you have any questions at all, please feel free to give our customer service team a call 24/7 at 212-812-9000. Happy 4th of July!

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Your Comprehensive Guide to Share Ride Shuttle Etiquette

If you’re planning to visit New York City anytime soon, you may want to arrange a shuttle ride to and from the airport in advance. Since city traffic is notoriously busy (and more than a little scary to out-of-towners), share ride shuttles can help ease some of your stress so you can sit back and relax while you are transported safely to and from the airport. If you have never had the pleasure of taking a NYC airport shuttle before, here is your comprehensive guide to share ride shuttle services and etiquette.

How Ride Sharing Works

When you schedule your ride sharing service, you will be picked up at the airport along with other travelers who are headed in the same direction. It is important to be polite and courteous to other passengers so that you can all experience an enjoyable ride. Share ride services are a more economical option than taxis and other available transportation services because they allow multiple passengers to split the cost of transportation.

Printing Your Voucher

To make sure that you are all ready to board our share ride service once you arrive at the airport, make sure you schedule your ride in advance and bring your printed voucher with you to the airport. Once you arrive at your destination, present your voucher to a representative at the Ground Transportation Desk in the airport. Being prepared will help you avoid making the shuttle and the other passengers late.

Getting to Know People

One of the most enjoyable parts of a shared ride to and from the airport is the opportunity to converse with fellow travelers. Since you are heading in the same general direction, you may even decide that you would like to explore New York City as a group with some of your newfound friends. However, do not force conversation on a fellow passenger who does not seem interested in conversing.

Selecting the Right Seat

If you’re physically comfortable, it’s considered courteous to sit in the furthest available seats toward the back of the van. This not only allows for more efficient loading of future passengers, it also makes it easier to accommodate any riders who might have special needs.

Weather Considerations

While chauffeurs do their best to get you to your destination in a timely manner, they cannot control inclement weather, unexpected traffic delays or flight delays. Please be patient and understanding of any delays that cannot be controlled by your driver. If you are on time for your scheduled pick up from the airport or hotel, it will help your driver get you and other passengers to your destinations safely and as quickly as possible.

Enjoy the Ride

Whether you’re loading into a cozy sedan or a full-sized van, remember to sit back and enjoy the ride. GO Airlink Shuttle services save you money, spare you the hassle of airport parking and ensure there are no detours due to bad directions when you’re on a tight schedule. Keep these benefits in mind and you’ll be much more likely to relax en route to your final destination, wherever that may be.

Reduce Travel Stress

Easy Ways to Eliminate Travel Stress

For many people, air travel can be a stressful endeavor. It often requires considerable planning, effort and patience before, during and after your flight, but there are numerous ways in which you can fight the stress before it begins. With the right kind of preparation and a positive mindset, you can turn a trip even during the busiest traveling season into a leisurely adventure. Learn how to reduce your travel stress with these simple tips.

Make a List, Check it Twice

Packing can be one of the trickiest parts of any trip. There always seems to be a challenge, whether it’s fitting items into a certain piece of luggage or simply remembering everything you’re likely to need while you’re away from home. Do yourself a favor and put together a list, striking items off one by one as you pack them. Not only will you be more confident in your final packing job, but the process of making the list itself will often help to remind you of needs you might’ve otherwise overlooked.

Do Your Homework

To avoid unpleasant surprises at check-in, measure and weigh your luggage to ensure each piece is properly sized. Make sure that carry-on bags are not too large according to your airline’s policies and that you won’t be charged extra for oversized or overweight checked luggage. Be sure also to pack the correct items in each bag, so you’ll have access to everything you need in-flight.

Start Out on the Right Foot

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of a good night’s sleep and a square meal before you begin your journey. Hunger and tiredness are great ways to add stress to any day, much less one you plan to spend in airports and airplanes surrounded by hundreds of people. Do yourself two favors: get plenty of shut-eye and eat right before you hit the road, especially since food choices become potentially perilous when you’re out and about.

Go With the Flow

You’re probably going to find yourself standing in a few lines before your trip is over, so do what you can to make the experience easier. Keep your boarding pass and identification close at hand, and when lining up for security checkpoints, try to facilitate the process as much as possible. Start emptying your pockets, removing metal accessories and getting your shoes off before you’re front-and-center and you’ll do your part to keep the line moving—while keeping yourself busy instead of just standing around.

Dress For the Occasion

One of the biggest mistakes you can make on a long flight is to dress in uncomfortable clothing. Sport clothes that are right for the weather but leave yourself the option to remove layers if the cabin gets too stuffy. Wearing comfortable walking shoes is also recommended, as you’ll probably be on your feet a fair amount between those long stretches of sitting.

Be Positive

Finally, one of the simplest and most successful ways to reduce your travel stress is to simply enter in with a positive mindset. Do little things to keep yourself entertained and upbeat, such as listening to music, reading books or doing pen-and-paper puzzles you’ll often find for sale at airport newsstands. As with any activity, traveling is less stressful when you approach it with an open mind and positive expectations.

JFK Airport Transportation to Manhattan

Getting To and From JFK Airport

If you’re visiting New York City by air, it’s important to think about how you’ll be getting to and from the airport. A bit of advance planning can make your vacation or business trip much more relaxed and easy-going. There are a number of ways to navigate your airport travel, including public transit, an airport shuttle or personalized car service.

John F. Kennedy International Airport is the busiest international air gateway in the US, with almost 30 million passengers every year. If you’re flying to or from another country, you’re quite likely to find yourself in JFK at some point during your New York trip. This bustling airport is also home to thousands of regular domestic flights. Your airport experience can be less stressful if you take a moment to learn more about your transportation choices before you arrive.

Your JFK Travel Options

You have many options when it comes to JFK airport access. Some of the most popular choices are:

  • Hiring a car service
  • Taking public transit
  • Using a taxi
  • Booking an airport shuttle

Some of these options require a certain amount of spare cash or planning in advance, while others are good for more spontaneous travelers or groups on tighter budgets.

Choosing a Car Service

Private car service can be a smart choice for NYC visitors who want to get to and from JFK in a hurry. Look for a team of chauffeurs who are licensed and insured for your safety and convenience. Some car services even make use of flight tracking systems, which means that they will still arrive on time, even if your flight is early (or delayed). When your car service knows exactly when you will be arriving at the airport, it can take a great deal of stress off your shoulders if your flight does not come in at the scheduled time.

If you’re in a group of several travelers, a car service to and from the airport can be just as economical as a shuttle or a taxi. When you prearrange a limo or call for one at the airport, you don’t have wait in line with your baggage, hoping to get a cab. Limo service is a great option for parties of three or more visiting New York.

Airport Shuttles 101

NYC Airport shuttles can be a good choice for people who want to get increased convenience without paying for a taxi. Share ride shuttle service are a great way to save money on transportation back and forth from the airport, and they give you plenty of space for all of your luggage. You can even use a share ride shuttle to explore the city without breaking the bank! You’ll also have the chance to converse with fellow travelers who are headed to the same destination as you. Shuttles can be pre-booked or called from the airport or hotel. The shuttle driver will provide you with door to door service, making it easy for you to deal with your luggage or any inclement weather you might be experiencing.

Book With GO Airlink Shuttle

You have plenty of options if you’re flying into JFK. Book your transportation with GO Airlink Shuttle in advance so you can start enjoying your vacation as soon as you get to the airport.

New York City Airport Transportation Information Every Traveler Should Know

New York City Airport Transportation Information Every Traveler Should Know

If you’ll be taking a plane to New York in the near future, one thing you should know is that there are several different airports scattered throughout the state. John F. Kennedy (JFK) International is the largest airport in New York, while LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is situated close to Manhattan. If you’ll be staying in or close to New Jersey, you might find it more convenient to fly into the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). To get you from the airport to your hotel, you can take a JFK airport shuttle, an LGA airport shuttle or an EWR airport shuttle. Make planning for transportation a major component of mapping out your trip to NYC.

Getting the Most Out of Airport Shuttles

While NYC is well known for its army of taxis, you may not realize how much more expensive those taxis can be than economical airport shuttles. On top of the regular cab fare, there is also likely to be an airport transportation fee. When you add that to a tip, you can easily blow through half of your travel budget before you’ve even arrived at your hotel. Quite a way to start your trip, huh?

With a JFK shuttle or a shuttle from any other airport, you can book your ride before you even touch down in the city. This will not only save you time, but stress as well, since you won’t need to worry about figuring out how to get to your hotel at the last minute. What’s more is that you can save money by sharing a ride with other passengers who might also be very interesting to talk to. Even if you don’t book a shuttle in advance, they’re easy to find after you grab your luggage and head out of the airport.

A Shuttle for Every Traveler

It makes no difference if you’re looking for a standard LGA airport shuttle or something a bit more luxurious, you’ll find exactly what you need. If you prefer smaller, more luxurious transportation, luxury sedan shuttles are available. There are even private luxury SUVs for large groups of travelers who like to ride in comfort and style.

In addition to offering round-the-clock shuttle service, some shuttle services go to all three major airports in New York City. What’s more is that they travel to hotels as well as residences and cruise ship terminals. You can conveniently book your shuttle online, then print out a voucher and bring it with you on your flight. Once you arrive at your destination airport, head over to the Ground Transportation Desk and show your voucher to the agent at the desk. You will then be given instructions for how to catch your shuttle. From start to finish, getting a ride on a shuttle is as easy as it is convenient.

Book Your Shuttle Service

Be sure to explore your options for GO Airlink Shuttle services prior to your flight. With your transportation all mapped out in advance, your trip is sure to be that much more pleasurable, and your travels more convenient.

How to Use Taxis in New York

How to Use Taxis in New York City

If you’ve ever seen a movie or a TV show set in New York City, you’re familiar with the classic yellow NYC taxi. Taxis are just one way to get around the city. Whether you’re staying in New York for a long time or just visiting for the weekend, this quick guide to subways, taxis and car service can help you learn more about your transportation options.

Many people who visit New York have never hailed a cab before. No need to worry! After the first couple of times, you’ll feel like a pro. Here are the steps you should follow.

  • Look for a light on top of the taxi. If the roof light is on, the taxi is free to pick you up.
  • Step off the curb and raise your arm. Make eye contact. The driver will stop for you. (Or not. If not, don’t panic. Another taxi will come along in a minute.)
  • Remember that every NYC taxi has a limit on the number of passengers it can carry. Most standard vehicles can only carry four people. An additional small child is also okay on a grown-up’s lap.
  • Tell the driver where you’re going.
  • When you arrive, pay the amount shown on the meter. An additional tip of 10 to 20 percent is normal. Go for the higher end if the driver has gone out of their way to be helpful.

Navigating the Subway

If you’re on a budget and planning to see lots of sights in NYC, the subway can be a great transportation choice. It will get you almost anywhere in the city for just a few dollars. While the system can seem confusing at first, it’s simple to find stations (especially in midtown Manhattan), and subway maps are easily available. There are also convenient phone apps to help you navigate your way around the system.

You can pay your fare in a number of different ways, depending on the length of your stay in New York. You’ll need a ticket, called a MetroCard, to ride the subway. Single ride cards are good for a one-way journey. A pay-per-ride ticket can be pre-loaded with cash, making it more convenient for visitors. Unlimited ride cards are good for people who are spending more time in the city.

 Limo Service for a Classy Touch

Personalized car service is a classy and convenient way to get around in New York City. It can be especially useful to get to and from the airport. If you want to travel in style, especially if you’re with a group, car service can be a perfect choice. Limo services have five major advantages:

  1. The cost of car service is only slightly higher than the cost of a cab.
  2. A limo can accommodate more people than a standard taxi.
  3. Drivers will give you personalized assistance with luggage and other needs.
  4. Direct services are available from all NYC airports.
  5. Drivers are also available to give sightseeing tours and offer advice on local attractions.

There are plenty of options for getting around New York. Part of the fun of trip planning can be thinking about your transportation choices. Whether you decide on an NYC taxi, car service, a subway ride or a walk through Central Park, you can look forward to a great vacation.

Save during NYC Hotel Week

Hotel Week New York City 2016

Hotel room rates in New York City can sometimes be off the charts depending on holiday weekends, events and season. The average room rate for a hotel in Manhattan is just around $300 and hotels are usually filled at 90% occupancy. Now, if money isn’t any issue, you are welcomed to stay the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons for a whopping $45,000 a night, but for most of us this just isn’t the case. That’s when Hotel Week New York City comes in to play. From January 3-15, 2016 you can save big on top hotels in NYC. Something tells me the Four Seasons won’t be on this list, but we promise there are plenty of other options for you.

Pair these offers with cheap last minute airfare (and Airlink picking you up), and you have yourself a trip to the Big Apple at a fraction of the cost. Take a look at some of these four and five star hotels that are saving a comfy bed for you.

Gansevoort Park Ave & Gansevoort Meatpacking District – These modern contemporary hotels are located in two neighborhoods that fit the chic attitude of the Gansevoort. Room rates for these hotels typically run $400 and up but during hotel week you can snap a room for just $200 with promo code HWP or call +1 212-206-6700 and mention Hotel Week.

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca – Stay for a few nights where the stars live in cozy Tribeca. Situated downtown, you are a few streets away from shopping, a walk away from One World Trade and a quick subway ride form Times Square. Book on their website or call +1 877-519-6600 and mention Hotel Week

Hotel Mela Times Square – Want to stay in the heart of the action? Hotel Mela is a boutique hotel located right in Times Square. Walk out your hotel lobby and be in the center of the unaversive – that’s priceless or just $200. Book online with promo code HOTELWEEK or call +1 212-710-7000 and mention Hotel Week

Pod 39 – The truth of the matter is you shouldn’t be in your hotel room unless it’s time to sleep. The Pod hotel offers just that, cutting out the excess and unnecessary, their hotels are based on “intelligent design”. Rates are just $100 a night by calling +1 212-865-5700 and mention Hotel Week.