I am what many would refer to as a ROAD WARRIOR. I travel for a living and have seen most of the fine airports and stayed in some of the top and worst hotels in America. Wanted to share a few tips I have learned over the years that may help make your holiday traveling a little bit easier this year.
Hope my list of Top 10 Tips for Holiday Travelers helps make your journeys a little less painful.
1. Avoid early morning flights – Most business travelers load up the flights between 5am and 7am. If you can push back your departure until 9am, you can avoid the business traveler surge!
2. Avoid last flight out of the day – Delays start to build throughout the day. If you stick to mid-day flights, you have may more options for getting alternate flights in the event of a delay or cancellation.
3. Move small items to bag before hitting TSA security lines – So many delays at airport security are caused by travelers who aren’t “ready” for the TSA screening. Go ahead and empty those pockets. Put your small items in your bag or backpack before you hit the line. This can shave valuable minutes off of your time in security. It will also help keep things moving for the travelers around you.
4. Download a travel app – I use the app TripIt. Make sure it is linked with your travel itinerary and you will get real-time gate updates during your travels. With insane holiday travel, flights are often moved to alternate gates and you can easily see your arrival gate and next departure gate before you make the mad dash to your connecting flight.
5. Add your mobile number on your reservation – Similar to the previous tip, having your cell number on your reservation allows to the airline to give you realtime travel updates during your trip. It’s nice to know what baggage claim carousel your bags will be arriving at.
6. Book your flights directly with the airline – I have found the best prices to be directly from the airlines websites. I frequently use a service like Orbitz or Expedia to search for the flight I want. After finding the flight, I go directly to the airlines website to book. Often this will save you a few dollars on each flight.
7. Bring an empty water bottle – I see thousands of people throwing away water bottles at TSA checkpoints. You can simply empty the bottle and throw it in your bag to get through security. You can refill that water bottle inside the terminal. This will save you money which can be used on fun things during your adventures.
8. Bring a portable battery charger – It’s no fun to travel with a dead cell phone battery. I always have a few fully charged batteries in my backpack. Here is an example of a good battery charger for travelers
9. Be friendly – Holiday travel stresses everyone out. Mentally prepare yourself for delays, crowds and other frustrated travelers. If you start your trip with the proper mindset, you day will be much nicer. Smile and say good morning to the airline staff, security agents and flight attendants. It’s amazing how far this will get you. They spend their entire holiday season dealing with stressed out travelers. When you are nice, you never know what travel benefits you will get. Maybe they don’t charge you for that extra pound in your luggage.
10. When traveling with kids, ask if they can see the cockpit – Pilots and flight attendants are people, they have families and will always go the extra mile to help the little ones have a fun flight. American Airlines will give kids a “Passport” on each flight, the captain will autograph it and write cool info about the flight along with a little message to your child. I get a photo of my daughters in the cockpit with the flight crew every time we fly. Many times, they will even let them sit in the captain’s seat for the photo. This tip alone will help make even the most stressful travel day awesome for you and your family. One additional benefit of the kids meeting the captain is that they feel safer during the flight. Often the captains will even say things to the kids that help calm their travel nerves!
Hope these tips help you and your family have a memorable and relaxing experience as you fly this holiday season!
copyright 2015 – Philip Nelson Nelson Adventures, LLC. If you would like to use this list, please contact me for permission.
Yesterday he did a post on his blog called, “For Musicians, Singers, and the People Who Love Them”. In this post he tells the story of talented musician friend who sometimes wonders why he chose the path that he did.
Here is an excerpt:
What does it mean in the scheme of things, to be one of those people? I guess it depends on how and why you shape the sounds. The ones who do it well, who do it for the love of the sounds they make (and not just to show off their chops) are like modern day shamans. They are mystics who make beauty out of invisible waves. They can make you laugh and cry, they can make you dance and shout; make you get up off your feet and shake your ass like you’ve become a child all over again.
Music changes people. It impacts your life. It can bring out out of a bad place or put you in a bad place.. MUSIC IS POWERFUL.
Do yourself a favor and read the entire post here:
Had a great time performing at the #TalkAboutIt live Netathon for Epilepsy webcast. Did a couple of solo songs and was joined by Actor Greg Grunberg on drums (Heroes, Lost, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Nick on Bass for the final song “Country Roads”. Great day of live music for a great cause!
This commercial for beans is Super Bowl worthy.. WATCH IT NOW!
Congrats to the Cinesite crew who put together this masterpiece…
Written and Directed: Alvise Avati
Producer: Eamonn Butler
VFX Supervisor: Richard Clarke
Art Direction: Jean-David Solon
Concept Art: Andrea de Martis
Modelling and Rigging: Grahame Curtis, Royston Willcocks, Richard Boyle
Animation: Alvise Avati, Eamonn Butler, Peter Clayton, Tom O’Flaherty, Adam Bailey
Texture Artists: Nicolette Newman, Gary Newman
FX Animation: Andreas Vrhovsek, Luke Wilde
Lighting and Compositing: Zave Jackson, Nikos Gatos, Jonathan Vuillemin, Dan Harrod, Joel Bodin
Editorial: William Marshall-Wilkinson
There is so much garbage floating around the internet these days that it’s refrishing to see a video that makes you feel like time was WELL SPENT watching it. Do yourself a favor and watch this video.