As a kid, I grew up with a hankering to travel. Although I haven’t been able to travel overseas (yet!) I feel pretty blessed to be able to travel across the US! With friends scattered all over, I have loved being able to find the best deals on flights and spend time with some of my favorite people. My thoughts on flying and travel is this: it only makes you richer. I would much prefer to pay for a plane ticket and thus have time with some amazing people, than to not even go at all.
As all this travel has added up, I have compiled my own list of Travel tips, things I do on every trip, which may help you too!
- Sign up for emails on deals from the airlines. I get emails frequently from Frontier on their awesomely cheap flights. I ended up buying in to the Frontier Discount Den which helps me to save about $20 on each flight (which adds up!).
- Buy flights on one airline consistently. I have found that those miles begin to add up, and eventually you can swing some cheap flights!!
- If purchasing on a flight with extra fees for bags…see if you can’t carry all your needs in a personal item/carry on. Usually I feel like I don’t need to pay for bags (depending on the trip). This could help save you money in the long run! (Even if this means wearing a lot of layers that you can free up space in a bag, it could be worth it!)
- If you are going to visit friends/family…see if you can’t borrow liquid items from them. That way you don’t have the hassle of pulling out liquids at the security line.
- Check in exactly 24 hours ahead of time. This may help your boarding position or even your chances at being able to fit your carry on in to the overhead bin!
- Find outfits to bring that are comfortable and light. Leggings are always good. I like to bring only a few outfits but have a scarf/vest/pullover/light sweater that mixes up the outfit for a few days. I try to not bring too many pairs of jeans/pants, and I wear my pants on the plane with me so they aren’t in my bag, since they tend to be pretty bulky. I also try to wear my largest shoes on the plane to free up space in my bag, (tall boots get worn, flats get packed!)
- Don’t forget those chargers! Enough Said.
- Bring a Plastic bag along. I like to keep an empty plastic Target bag in my suitcase or bag just in case I need to separate my dirty clothes. This never hurts to do!
- Put in a dryer sheet in your bag. If your bag is small, use a dryer sheet to absorb some of those smells, making it seem like you’re doing laundry even for a short trip.
- Find a bag with shoulder straps that won’t dig in to your skin. My first year of college I used a giant duffel bag with straps that dug in to my shoulders. As a result I somehow ended up with bruises on my shoulders. I switched to a rolling suitcase from Target and it ended up being a lifesaver! Best idea ever. So I would recommend finding a bag that has either thick straps that won’t dig in, or a suitcase that is light, versatile and fits as a carry-on.
And above all else…be willing to seek new destinations!! (And don’t forget a camera!) Travel opens your eyes to so many new opportunities and memories, in my opinion, always worth it. 🙂 Let me know if you have any tips of your own! I’d love to hear them.