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Tips from a Frequent Traveler.

Greetings from the West Coast!  After a very long day of traveling yesterday, we are finally safe and sound in Seattle!  If you are just catching up, we are actually going to be relocating here for Casey’s job, so we’re in town this week to house hunt for what is hopefully our next fabulous home.

It’s funny – I am usually a ball of nerves and anxiety about most things that other people think are no big deal.  But when it comes to traveling, I am as laid back as they come.  I like to get to the airport as late as possible, be the last one on the plane so I don’t have to wait in line while others cram bags into overhead bins, and am just generally very relaxed about air travel.  (Casey is the opposite of this, and always wants to be there four hours early.  I like to remind him that I have never missed a flight, and he has!) I love people watching at the airport!

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In the last few years I have done a LOT of travelling, and in the coming months I’ll probably have to do quite a bit more.  I thought it would be fun today to share with you a few of my favorite travel tips.  I’m not talking about tips like “pack a homemade sandwich so that you can save money in the airport!”  You guys are smart and already know to do that.

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Here are a few less commonly known travel tips, that I use every time!

1.  Upgrade Your Seat for Free

When you buy an airline ticket online, you are typically given the choice to pick your seat from the little airplane map upon checkout.  Usually there aren’t many shown as available, and you end up choosing a window in the back not-so-conveniently located near the bathroom.  Online you are also give the option to purchase a nicer seat for $25 to $100, which I doubt many of us actually do.

But did you know that if you arrive to the airport an hour or two early, you can actually change your seat at the check-in counter for free?  I’m not talking about first class – I’m talking about the next best row on any airplane.  The exit row!

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Exit rows generally have 5+ inches of extra leg room, which can easily make the difference between the flight from hell, or a peaceful 4 hour nap.  Of course sitting in the exit row comes with a few added responsibilities should your plane catch on fire or start plummeting back towards the ground.  But I like to think that in an emergency I would help my fellow passengers regardless. 

Check out the seat I got for our flight out here to Seattle – best seat EVER!  There was a giant empty space in front of me for optimum leg stretching and relaxing.  But since my legs are shorter, I ended up scooting over and giving this one to Casey.

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2.  Travel Comfortably

When I was little, my mom used to make us get all dressed up to get on an airplane, and I never understood why.  I think this was passed down from her mom, when flying was very rare and only for special occasions.  Racing through airports, lugging baggage, and cramming in next to strangers is uncomfortable enough – there is NO reason wear something that adds to the discomfort.

In addition, I always try to wear something that will be easy to breeze through security in (read: NOT giant heeled boots, coats with 20 buttons, or lots of bulky jewelry).  My personal shoe of choice for air travel?  My moccasin slippers!

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They are nice looking and have hard soles, so they can easily double as shoes when I’m feeling casual.  (Note: I do think that casual can be taken too far – people should not be travelling in flannel pajama pants, ever.)

3.  Utilize Brand Loyalty

Between weddings, vacations, road trips, house hunting, and moving – we’ve found ourselves staying at a good number of hotels in the past few years.  Way back when we first moved to Charlotte, I realized we would be making multiple trips there to visit, so I researched some hotel chains and ended up picking a favorite.  I joined their frequent guest rewards program, and have since booked every hotel we stay in at the same chain.

Two years later, we have accumulated a TON of rewards that have translated into free night stays, room upgrades, and other perks like free Wi-Fi and parking!  Also, by using the same hotel chain, we generally know what to expect when we arrive to our destination.  Our room here in Seattle looks exactly like a suite we had in Kentucky last fall!

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For a multi-day trip like this, it’s nice to have the extra space with a desk, big sectional couch, and room to spread out.  The hotel rewards seem slow to add up at first, but it’s worth it to commit early and sometimes pay $10 more a night to be able to stay with a brand you enjoy.  These loyalty perks can also be applied to airlines and rental cars – almost all of them have some sort of rewards program.

So there you have it – my favorite travel tips for living on the road.  We are visiting Casey’s new office this morning, and then heading out to see five houses tonight, with four more lined up for tomorrow.  Cross your fingers that one of them is perfect for us!

What are some of your favorite travel tips that you can share?

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Kat @ BigAppleLittleKitchen     at 10:30 am

What’s your favorite hotel chain? I can never seem to pick a good one just by searching online. That room looks very nice!

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Amber K     at 11:03 am

Good luck on the house hunt!

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lindsay     at 11:56 am

Which hotel chain have you chosen? have been looking and i dont know which has the best rewards!

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becca @ bellebottoms     at 1:49 pm

Some other tips I find helpful in my travels:

– download your boarding pass to your phone for easier access
– put your liquids in a baggie before you pack. It’s easier to get through security.
– always bring a shawl or sweater. I never go anywhere without my pashmina! Planes are cold!! :)

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Emily J     at 8:53 pm

Hey Emily,
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Thanks!
Emily

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Brittany     at 9:43 pm

Great tips! I try to fly as comfortably as possible, and normally wearing my Toms!

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Monica     at 2:53 pm

That is a really smart idea about selecting a hotel. I always have the hardest time finding ones I like and would benefit greatly from some predictability when traveling.

I am a big fan of the exit row upgrade when checking in! Made my recent trip much easier to handle with morning sickness over taking my world.

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chang     at 4:37 am

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jora     at 4:39 am

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nayt     at 4:40 am

邀請人的姓名和聯系方式其實這些認識都是錯誤的,既然是國家藥監局批準的處方藥,就具備藥物治療作用張志超對心理性ED的治療拿學自行車打比方,人學自行車時因為害怕摔跤,神經會非常緊張,注意力會分散到防止摔跤上,而不是專注到平衡自行車的技巧上。你要問一輛桑塔納3000值多少錢?我可以告訴你,可以搗騰到值一輛蘭博基尼據我的統計,交警每年在家吃飯的時間極少極少。緊急剎車在生活中的出現率雖然概率很小,但我們也要了解在緊急情況下應該怎么做,很多事情的結果都是細節決定的。治療時間最長年半,最短個月。何克哲20治療遺精50例,年齡在1836歲,病程最長者年,最短者年。以桂枝加龍骨牡蠣湯為主方。小學之事在乎通,經學

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chang     at 4:41 am

他輸到自己制定的界限時無疑,做好信訪工作,要堅持以人為本、執政為民,人民法院做好涉訴信訪工作,則更要堅持“以民為本”人民法院的涉訴信訪工作相對于其他機關的信訪工作有其特殊性,其特殊性要求涉訴信訪工作要做到“以民為本”。提到社區,不知道還有多少人記得壇主這個稱號,很多人好奇,我為什么網名叫老K,然后把我的好友都叫K友,發起創辦了“K友匯”這么個目前最具影響力的全社交高端人脈聚合平臺。豎起一張美國國旗并將一個垃圾桶倒置當作打擊工具,自此,Clayton開始了其不凡的音樂生涯“如果你能像尋求信息共享平臺一樣構思新穎且富有新意,那么你一定會成功…無需進行其他相關規劃。據了解,未來若要在本田內部獲得晉升

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