Thursday, May 15, 2014

Where to find Outlets at Detroit Metro Airport

We have all been there; those moments at the airport when your phone or computer battery dies and you still have a 3 hour wait just to board your flight. Even worse, outlets have become one of the most difficult things to find in DTW! Follow these easy travel tips to locate some secret outlets that are hidden in the void that is the busy Detroit Metro Airport:

·         Surprise! Sometimes power outlets are hidden under a group of pay phones! Since almost everyone has a cell phone these days, hit up these hidden gems and charge your technology in peace.

·         Watch out for the maintenance workers. Their vacuums/carpet cleaners etc. have to be plugged in somewhere! Follow the power cord to find out!

·         Find an airport bar. Yes, the kind with liquor since the “work stations” will most likely be overrun with other travelers. Ask the bartender if there is an outlet you can use. He/she will usually oblige.

·         If you need to get a quick charge on your phone but do not have a lot of time, restrooms, especially women’s, usually have outlets near the counter. This short charging time will at least give you a boost until you can find a more convenient place.

·         Finally, if all else fails, try and remember to pack a small power strip in your personal item carry on. If there are only a few outlets you can plug in the power strip and people will be able to share.

Don’t forget to make your free online reservation with Qwik Park!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Take STEPs to Safeguard Yourself Abroad

Thinking about traveling abroad but concerned for your safety? Put your worries to rest and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

·         What is STEP? STEP is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency, such a lost or stolen passport.

·         Emergency Help: U.S. consular officers aid Americans who encounter serious legal, medical, or financial difficulties by providing them with the names of local attorneys and doctors. They provide loans to destitute Americans, and deliver information about dangerous conditions affecting your overseas travel. STEP also assists U.S. citizens in emergencies, such as natural disasters or civil unrest.

·         Non-Emergency assistance: Consular officers perform non-emergency services, helping Americans with absentee voting, selective service registration, receiving federal benefits, and filing U.S. tax forms. They can notarize documents, issue passports, and register American children born abroad.

·         Enrollment: Enter information about your trip and subscribe to receive updates on Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and other information for a particular country. Be sure to include an email address or phone number where you can be reached while traveling.

Remember to book your reservation at Qwik Park before you leave from Detroit Metro Airport on your overseas excursion.