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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Guest Post: Vacation with just a single carry-on bag!

If you have parked your car at or near the airport and taken the shuttle service to the terminal while lugging your golf clubs, skis and luggage, you just haven’t fully enjoyed that stress-free vacation. In the age of the exorbitant airline baggage fees, when you add basic fees, possible overweight costs and the assistance of redcaps at your departing and arriving locations, as well as your return, you can save real money and a great deal of personal aggravation by sending them on ahead.

Parcel Shipping
Shippers like FedEx, UPS, DHL and others will pick up your luggage right from your home and deliver it directly to your hotel, resort or cruise ship. Parcel shipping companies generally limit your packages to 150 lbs. and 165 inches in length and width combined.

Freight Shipping
Freight shippers use the same type of trucks as a parcel shipper but may be less expensive since you pay for the total weight of the shipment rather than by individual item. If, for example you are shipping two sets of golf clubs (typically 30 to 40 lbs. each) and 3 or 4 heavy suitcases (approximately 50 to 60 lbs. each), shipping your luggage by freight would save you money.

Proceed Directly to the Gate
Plan ahead and select a shipper in advance who can arrange to ship your luggage 2 to 5 days ahead of your departure. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go straight to the gate with just your carry-on necessities, avoid the hassle of baggage check-in or the free-for-all of pickup and have your luggage waiting for you when you arrive?

This guest article was provided by Steve O’ Driscoll of Transit Systems, Inc. (TSI), a residential and commercial shipping service and freight company. TSI specializes in shipping furniture and can assist you with both large and small moves. For more information about TSI, visit their website or follow TSI on Twitter @TransitSystems.



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