Friday, July 3, 2015

One of my favorite parts about all of you is the diversity of people who show up around That makes it easy for me to find topics that someone will be interested in. 
This week, I’m going to focus on a few hard-learned travel tips.

We are very fortunate and get to travel a few times a year. We don’t travel as often as we would like, but a lot more than we used to.  Because of this, we like to make the most out of every trip, and that can mean getting creative with travel planning.

We often take the midnight flight out when we vacation. This means Two tired kids and Kahunas when we get where we are going. This issue is made slightly worse by the fact that most hotels cannot get you into your room until 2:30 or 3 p.m. Not usually a big deal, but if you cannot catch a couple of zzz’s on the plane, you could be in for miserable first day of vacation.

Our way of mitigating this travel trauma is to try and shower just before leaving for the airport and make sure we have blankets and pillows for the kids. Then just do your best to zonk out on the plane for a few hours.

We also think it is best to keep your first day of vacation fairly low-key. You don’t want to bottle-rocket on the first day and be too tired to enjoy the next few days.

Reduce stress by ensuring everything is taken care of BEFORE you leave. This means know how you are paying for all of the additional fees at the airport.

Often times we are sucked in by low fairs, but that can turn disastrous if you are not careful! On a recent trip, we were hit with nearly $1000 worth of fees at the airport. Frontier charges between $15-$50 for each seat at check in. Carry-on bags (Typically free) are $45 and checked luggage is $35 per bag. When traveling with a party of 4 or more, and two of them children, that makes for an expensive hit at the gate that could have easily been avoided by traveling on a better airline.
If you don’t know about these fees, they could put you in a serious bad mood to start your trip!

Travel as light as possible. Easier said than done... But you are on vacation, not a fashion show. You do not need 3 different outfits for every day.

If you are on a beach vacation, take two swimming suits so one can dry while you wear the other. Take some extra shoes and don’t worry about bringing high heals or your wing-tips. DO make sure that you have proven shoes. Blisters and sore feet are no way to enjoy your weekend trip!
Finally, don’t be afraid to put beer in your room. Buying some beer or a bottle of rum and some mixers sure helps the vacation budget over paying for all of your vacation drinks at a pool bar for $11 each.
If you have travel tips, let’s hear them! We can use all the advice we can get!

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