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8 Tips for Military Travel


One of the best things about military life is the chance to see the world. Choices for you and your family include space-available air travel, military accommodations, and recreational facilities. These tips can help:

  • Consider off-season travel to popular destinations. For instance, January and September are typically light travel months.
  • Make lodging reservations early. Ask about availability as soon as you know your travel dates, especially if you plan to stay over a holiday or long weekend. But make sure you understand the cancellation policies in case your travel plans change.
  • Have a back-up plan if you're traveling on a space-available basis. Getting "bumped" from your room reservation or flight won't disrupt your trip if you have back-up arrangements.
  • Confirm that you have current information for installation lodgings and Air Mobility Command (AMC) flights. Visit the AMC Travel website for more information.
  • Research military travel bargains online. There are many commercial websites geared to military leisure travel. Check them regularly for limited time cruise and travel packages.
  • Ask about military discounts. You'll find reduced rates on attractions, entertainment, and transportation in many parts of the United States, especially where there's a large resident military community.
  • Get reliable information for overseas destinations. For entry requirements, safety advice, and travel advisories, visit the Department of State website.
  • Share and exchange travel tips with others. It's fun to talk about trips, and you'll get some of the best ideas from word-of-mouth recommendations.

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