So you know your girl travels A TON. One day I'm going to write down all the cities I've been to. It's overwhelming just thinking about it. Anyway, I have knowledge that I recently realized the less-frequent traveler does not possess. Usually this knowledge serves to piss me off while at the airport being held up by casual travelers who can't believe they can't take a half bottle of scope from the house onto the plane...
Anywho, here are my Top 10 travel tips. I could probably do another one of these, but this is it for today.
10. Try not to check bags. Not only does it slow you down, but now every airline except Southwest charges about $15 a bag. An extra $30-$60 on top of your flight costs is not a good look.
9. Print out your ticket the night before your flight. Actually 23 hours and 59 minutes before your flight is best. You'll have better opportunites for good seats and you can completely bypass the wack lines at the airport.
8. Reading is fundamental. If you couldn't print out your ticket beforehand, DO NOT subject yourself to those long lines just because you don't know how to use the self-check or because you've never done it before. Read those simple instructions, check yourself in and be on your way to your gate.
7. Always buy plane tickets with credit cards (not debit cards or cash or check). If the airline goes belly up (ATA anyone) you can work with your credit card company to get your money back. If you paid cash you're assed out.
6. If you put a gate check ticket on anything, whether you gate checked it or not, the airline is responsible for that bag.
5. Buy a few extra of those $5 double shots on the plane. You never know when you might need to trick out a drink on vacation, a work trip, babysitting (joking...joking).
4. Use farechase.yahoo.com to find the absolute cheapest flights. I haven't found a better site and I fly a lot. It has nearly every airline except Southwest.
3. Wear some Obama flare to the airport. Even in Texas you'll get mad love from the TSA, flight attendants and all the passengers if you have on an Obama t-shirt or button.
2. Keep a travel journal. There's nothing like experiencing new places and things and the way you remember in retrospect will be completely different from how it feels at the time. When you get a free moment write down the thoughts you have about the trip (or put it in a blog draft immediately), so you never forget the feeling.
1. Wear a different fragrance every time you go to a different city. When you wear that fragrance at home, it'll remind you of the city you were in. It's a heavenly experience.
Please feel free to add your tips too!