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Traveling can be a stressful, specially for the holidays.  After traveling to 30 airports in 30 days, visited 14 States, and stayed 26 nights at different hotels I gathered info that will be useful the next time you travel.  I asked flight attendants, hotel staff, and airline employees for some pointers, and now I’m sharing the advice that has been helpful to me.

Go nuts, before starting your journey get a bag of nuts or trail mix in your carry on. I arrive early to the airport, and between the line at security, and waiting for my flight I get the munchies. This tip also saves you cash, since it can be expensive to purchase food at the airport.

Stay charged, if you’re renting a car at your destination bring a lighter adapter for your phone.

No surprises, when traveling internationally call your credit cards and ask if they charge international transaction fees.

Counting bags, this is a trick my mom taught me actually.  Count your items: 1. Carry-on bag, 2. Laptop bag, 3. Coat.  Now you will know how many things you are carrying with you and it’s less likely you will leave something behind at the terminal or the plane.

Double take, when standing up from your seat take a second to look back and make sure you didn’t leave a phone, charger or your Harry Potter scarf behind.

 It socks! Nobody looks forward to the experience of going through security at the airport. The shoes, liquid rules, X-ray vision, and it smells like feet.  Here are some suggestions to make it better. Loose the boots or sandals, wear socks (so you don’t have to walk barefoot through the germicidal floor when you walk through).  Wear shoes or sneakers you can take off and put on without any zippers or laces. I preffer canvas shoes, they are light and comfy.

Overall a positive attitude helps us get through the not so fun portions of traveling.  Happy travels everybody!

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