Travel Essentials – Bonus Episode 7 of Rants & Randomness
On this episode, I’m sharing eleven of my favorite travel products, from packing cubes that will help you organize your luggage to noise-canceling headphones to tune out the world during your flight. And I’ve thrown in a few tips to make your trip a little easier, because every vacation should be filled with fun!
If you follow me on social media, you know that I travel a LOT. Over the past year, I’ve:
- Gone on 28 trips
- Been to 20 cities
- Visited 7 countries
- Traveled 78,000+ miles
And when you spend as much time on the road as I do, you learn a few things about traveling. Like what you should pack in your carry on to enjoy a long flight, or what you should do ahead of time to make clearing security a breeze.
Now, I’m sharing all of my favorite tips and tricks with you! Here are some of the highlights from the podcast:
Choose One Airline & Stick With ‘Em
When it comes to booking flights, loyalty matters: passengers who use the same airline time and time again can get perks that other fliers can only dream of. Over the last four years, I’ve been loyal to American Airlines, and as an executive platinum member, I can make changes to my flight without paying any fees and get automatically added to the upgrade list when I travel. And in the end, I save more money than passengers who book through Expedia, trying to find a quick deal to make travel less expensive.
Apply For TSA Pre-Check & Global Entry
I remember when I used to walk through the doors of an airport and head directly to my gate, no questions asked. But 9/11 changed all that – airport security became a matter of national security, and now, there are identification stations, metal detectors, and law enforcement officers that you need to get past to board your flight.
That’s why I use TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry to bypass those lines, saving time, money, and energy as I travel from country to country. When you submit an online application and pay the required fee, TSA Pre-Check (for domestic travel) and Global Entry (for international travel) will run a background check to see if you can be declared a low flight risk. Once you are approved, you can speed through security instead of waiting in the slow lanes.
Think About Your Luggage
When you give your suitcase to an airline attendant, you never know what is going to happen – you could get to your destination and find your luggage on a conveyer claim, but you could also find out that your bag (and all of its contents) is nowhere to be found. So if you do need to check your bags, make sure that you bring a change of clothes and any travel essentials in a smaller carry-on, like a purse or a backpack. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
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As always, much love to Chicago Recording Company, where I record each episode!
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Links and Resources:Download BONUS Episode 7 Transcript