Hey, everyone. I've been gone a while. I was out of town most of last week on vacation!
It was one of those things that just kind of came up. I had an opportunity to take a sweet trip on the cheap, so I decided to go for it. Luckily, most of my days off were covered so I just had to call in sick the last day.
Everything worked out and I had plenty of time to relax and take it easy. I figured I'd use today's post as a chance to talk about traveling dos and don'ts. I hadn't flown in a while, so last week was a bit of a refresher course for me.
Things happen. Airports lose people's luggage all the time. Do you really want to lose your favorite outfits? If you're anything like me, your favorite ensembles took years to put together. I'll be damned if I'm going to lose them because an airline employee was throwing around packages and mine didn't make it.
This is why I pack light.
The first thing I do is buy some cheap outfits for vacationing. This gives me an excuse to buy myself some new things that are cute and cheap.
The second things I do is pack only what I need. I cannot stress just how important this is. I take one set of clothes per day with one or two backup outfits in case something happens.
If it's something I love, it stays at home. If it's replaceable, I buy it when I get to where I'm going.
A quick trip to your local Wal-Mart will get you pretty much everything you need. The travel section is usually found where the rest of the toiletries are located. They have deodorant, toothpaste, all the stuff you need.
There are some things you can't take on an aircraft. A quick Google search will give you all of the information you need to set yourself up for success. If you have any extra questions, you can always contact the airline and ask a rep for specific answers to your questions.
You're allowed one carry-on item as well as one personal item, such as a laptop. I recommend, especially for a short trip, to pack everything into a soft, squishy kind of backpack. One thing I noticed is that those overhead compartments fill up really fast. Anyone with a large, hard-case carry-on is going to be way more likely to be forced to check their bag.
Speaking of airports and planes, here are some tips you may want to consider.
Get to the airport early. You don't have to get their super early, though. It really depends on the size of the airport and the time of your flight.
For me, my local airport is pretty small. I got their an hour before the plane left and I had plenty of time to check in, go through TSA, and get to my gate. I then sat for about 20 minutes, did some meditation, and relaxed.
My plane left right on time and landed early at my connecting airport.
This is where I ran into my first road bump. I wanted to go outside and get some air. This airport was way bigger than the first and the gate was on the other side of the building.
The second flight took off less than an hour after my first landed, so my timing was a bit off. TSA was way busier and I made it to my gate with just a few minutes to spare.
If you need some fresh air or you like to smoke and you're running tight on time, I definitely recommend keeping track of time. The last thing you want to do is to get stuck at an airport for any longer than you have to be.
Uber is Your Friend
I've never used Uber until this trip. I must say, it was a lifesaver.
It was roughly half the price of a cab ride. The driver was fast and pleasant. The cars these guys drive are really nice.
I don't think I saw anyone driving crappy cars and we took probably ten Ubers throughout the trip. I was highly impressed at the service and how easy it is to use the app.
Hotels offer a ton of great amenities. This includes what they offer in house as well as deals with other local businesses.
Make sure to ask about amenities and services when you book your room. One thing I didn't count on was the cucumber water served every morning. It was like the highlight of my day while on my trip.
The hotel also offered a free shuttle service, so we didn't have to rely on Uber for rides, which saved us a ton of cash.
We received discounts and deals all over town and estimate we saved well over $100 thanks to these discounts. Asking about these is something I will now do every time I travel.
Find a local store and buy any supplies you forgot or didn't want to bring on your trip. Keep in mind, you may have to settle on some products. For example, you may have to use a safety razor instead of your normal tool. Click here for more info on how to properly shave with a safety razor.
Make sure to use the free soaps, shampoos, and lotions. If you can, buy groceries and snacks at the local store as well.
Wrapping It Up
There are so many travel tips out there.
Some are great and others are meh. The above ideas are just the tip of the iceberg.
I plan on traveling quite a bit more and I will be updating this list with more great travel tips. So make sure to come back often and check out my content.