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As the busy holiday travel season approaches, it’s time to prepare for that long flight home. It goes without saying that you should allow plenty of time and pack a little extra patience; however it also pays to educate yourself about airport security issues.

Liquid restrictions are still in effect at airports across America, however liquid medications are allowed. It’s best to keep these in their original containers and declare them at the security checkpoint. And although water is a no-no, you can take an empty water bottle and fill it up after you pass through security. Bear in mind these regulations are subject to change, so visit www.tsa.gov for updates.

If a cruise is on your winter schedule, consider a Western Caribbean itinerary departing form Galveston. This up-and-coming cruise port offers 22 departures in November and December alone; and it’s the winter home of Carnival’s Ecstasy and Conquest and Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas. Accessible transportation to the Port of Galveston is now available through Yellow Cab Galveston (409-763-3333, www.yellowcabgalveston.com). Advance reservations are recommended. Additionally, thanks to a special permitting arrangement with the Port of Galveston, Yellow Cab Houston accessible vehicles can now pick up cruise passengers in Galveston for return trips to Houston area airports. Advance reservations can be made at (713) 236-1111 or www.yellowcabhouston.com.

If you’re heading to Branson this holiday season to take in some of the spectacular Christmas shows, then check out David Neitz’s two new accessible townhomes (866-384-5783, www.bransontownhome.com). David designed these units to be accessible because he understands the need for truly accessible family accommodations. Located next door to one another, each 3-bedroom, 3-bath unit sleeps 10 and features an accessible ground floor suite with a roll-in shower. These roomy townhomes are perfect for family gatherings; and if you have a really large family, book both units.

Last but not least, no matter where you travel, check out the new Accessible Properties website (www.accessibleproperties.net) for information on accessible rental properties around the world. Not only is their access information very accurate, but it’s also very detailed. It’s an excellent accessible travel resource!