Do You Make These 20 Common Travel Mistakes?

Not Checking-in Online

With today’s technology, there’s simply no longer a reason to waste away in that long check-in line at the airport. Most major airlines let you conveniently check in online up to 24 hours before your flight. Some even let you choose your seat for free. And if you’re traveling with carry-on luggage only, you can print your boarding pass at home and head straight to your departure gate, or simply download it to your mobile device to be scanned when you board. No internet access at your point of return? Look for the computerized check-in kiosks when you get to the airport.

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