Here are my top tips to make travel easier:
Be flexible. When flying take the earliest flight as possible. The reason I do this is so that most flights these days are overbooked. The airlines are always looking for volunteers to take later flights. I usually go up to the gate agent upon arrival and say if this flight is overbooked I am willing to take another flight. They love knowing that they have people who have flexibility that they can call on. Because of this my son, husband and I each received an $800 voucher that we then used for our next vacation. I figured out we made about $200 an hour each for our wait. To me it was worth it.
Have power back up. I had a recent flight that was going to take 9 hours. I was concerned about my cell phone running out of power before I could recharge it. I like listening to music when I fly and knowing that I would have a long flight and no music had me a little concerned. I went to my local electronics store and explained my dilemma. They introduced me to a product called "mophie" that is an external power source. The one that I purchased can charge my phone 2.5 times. There are ones that can do more but the price goes up. I am now carrying this with me in my purse as it is the size of a five credit cards stacked up plus it gives me great peace of mind.
Pack snacks. Because I often try to give up my seat I have the very real possibility of being stuck in an airport with limited food choices. Making sure that I have a protein rich snack ready as well as a refillable water bottle helps make the possibility of long layovers much more manageable on my waistline and my pocketbook.
Travel App. My current favorite app is Trip It where I forward all of my flight and reservations by forwarding the confirmation emails to the app. Everything is organized in one app. I can easily check which car rental company I rented from as I am always looking for the one with the best deal and I am not loyal to one company and can become confused. When traveling with friends I see them fumbling to find the hotel location, where I already have it on my app along with a map.
Baby wipes. Too often I leave my bottle of hand sanitizer at home as it is over 3oz. and it gets confiscated by the TSA. But a travel size package of baby wipes is a great way to wipe down the tray that is a germ magnet as well as wipe down my hands after they are covered in who knows what.
Look outside of traditional hotels. I have used VRBO in the past and my college aged son recently turned me onto Airbnb. I have two upcoming trips with using this latest travel site. My first one is next week and my husband and I are renting a house boat on Lake Union in Seattle. To say I am excited about this experience is an understatement. The cost is less than a traditional hotel. But what it allows is for us to experience the area like a resident and not a tourist. You stay in their home and often the home owner leaves. They leave tips about the area and often a great parking spot for your rental car.
A good roller bag. The difference between a good roller bag and a bad one can mean you missing a connecting flight when you have to do the dash between terminals. I like ones with four wheels that I can rest my purse on and still have good mobility. I also have one that can fit under the seat in front of me so that if there is not room in the overhead I can always put it at my feet. Depending on the size of planes I fly determines which roller bag I pack.
My hope is that you make your travel experience a bit your simplified and stress free allowing you the ability to afford to travel more.
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