“I have a great business idea

Recently, we were speaking to a group of entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs when one of the latter asked a familiar question: “I have a great business idea; how do I get it funded?” We hear this concern frequently from entrepreneurs contemplating a startup. However, we don’t think that a lack of funding is typically the issue — it’s a symptom.

Related: The 10 Most Funded Kickstarter Campaigns Ever

Typically, the issue is that the would-be business owner either doesn’t actually need funding (in spite of what he or she thinks) or doesn’t have a compelling business plan that lays out clearly why prospective investors should plop down their hard-earned funds.

So, here is what we said and continue to say on this issue to prospective entrepreneurs:

You don’t need funding.

Many businesses can be bootstrapped at low cost. That is, they can be self-funded with minimal or no investment. Companies that meet this criteria have the following characteristics:

  • Startup costs and fixed costs are low or nonexistent.
  • Working capital can be kept to a minimum; there is no need to purchase large amounts of inventory or carry huge accounts receivable.
  • Overhead costs are modest. For example, the enterprise can be run out of the entrepreneur’s home; expensive office space, while desirable, isn’t required.
  • Employees either aren’t necessary or can be hired as needed on an hourly basis.
  • Revenue that exceeds variable costs can be generated quickly.

These businesses can be cash-low positive almost from the get-go. We’ve been approached numerous times by people wanting us to invest in these types of startups. And our response to them is always the same: You don’t need funding. You need to sell something. Get started.Demonstrate that there are people willing to pay for the product or service you are offering and that there are enough of them to allow you and your business to thrive.

One caution is that an entrepreneur may have a period of time when he or she won’t get paid and will need a plan for overcoming this lack of cash. But it’s important to know here that eclipsing break-even cash flow on a personal level usually takes twice as long and costs twice as much as you think. So, build a contingency into your thinking.

Concentrate on your business plan.

If the enterprise you wish to launch doesn’t fit the above criteria and you don’t personally have the money to underwrite the venture, you will need to seek funding after all. And here you will need to know the many sources of funding possible — from friends and family members, to private angel investors, to venture capital firms to alternative lenders.

However, one thing that all of these potential sources of funds will (or should) require is a solid business plan.

You can find detailed instructions on how to write a business plan on the web (and we suggest you do this research). However, there are a number of fundamental questions that any good business plan must address:

  • Why should a perspective customer buy your product or service rather than a competitor’s? What makes your offering different, better, worth the price you will charge? What unmet need are you meeting, or what need are you meeting better than the current alternatives?
  • Is there a segment of the market that values the thing that makes your offering different and is it large enough to sustain your business?
  • How will you reach your target segment with your marketing message?
  • What are the barriers to entry in your business? In other words, if you are successful, what will keep others from copying your idea?

Related: How To Write A Business Plan

In addition to addressing these questions, you’ll need a good set of financial projections. The financial projections must clearly show:

  • The economics of your business. You’ll need to lay out:
    • The one-time costs (e.g., equipment costs, etc.)
    • The overhead costs (e.g., rent, utilities, etc.)
    • A positive variable contribution — you can sell the product of service for more than it costs you to deliver it
  • How deep a hole you will dig before you become cash-flow positive and therefore how much money you will need
  • What you are willing to give up to get the funds (e.g., 20 percent of the business)
  • How long it will take for investors to earn back their investment
  • How much investors can expect to make after they have earned back their investment (their “return on investment”)

It’s critical to think about the deal from the investor’s prospective. You must show prospective investors what’s in it for them or they won’t be interested. The tips above are not, nor are they intended to be, comprehensive. However, they will give you a good start and provide a good acid test for any plan you develop. If your business plan doesn’t address these issues, it isn’t sufficient.

As we told the would-be entrepreneur at that meeting, lack of funding for a business isn’t the problem; it’s a symptom. The problem is typically either that your business doesn’t need funding or you don’t have a compelling business plan.

7 Solutions That Can Save a Relationship

 

It’s the rare couple that doesn’t run into a few bumps in the road. If you recognize ahead of time, though, what those relationship problems might be, you’ll have a much better chance of getting past them.

Even though every relationship has its ups and downs, successful couples have learned how to manage the bumps and keep their love life going, says marriage and family therapist Mitch Temple, author of The Marriage Turnaround. They hang in there, tackle problems, and learn how to work through the complex issues of everyday life. Many do this by reading self-help books and articles, attending seminars, going to counseling, observing other successful couples, or simply using trial and error.

Relationship Problem: Communication

All relationship problems stem from poor communication, according to Elaine Fantle Shimberg, author of Blending Families. “You can’t communicate while you’re checking your BlackBerry, watching TV, or flipping through the sports section,” she says.

Problem-solving strategies:

  • Make an actual appointment with each other, Shimberg says. If you live together, put the cell phones on vibrate, put the kids to bed, and let voicemail pick up your calls.
  • If you can’t “communicate” without raising your voices, go to a public spot like the library, park, or restaurant where you’d be embarrassed if anyone saw you screaming.
  • Set up some rules. Try not to interrupt until your partner is through speaking, or ban phrases such as “You always …” or “You never ….”
  • Use body language to show you’re listening. Don’t doodle, look at your watch, or pick at your nails. Nod so the other person knows you’re getting the message, and rephrase if you need to. For instance, say, “What I hear you saying is that you feel as though you have more chores at home, even though we’re both working.” If you’re right, the other can confirm. If what the other person really meant was, “Hey, you’re a slob and you create more work for me by having to pick up after you,” he or she can say so, but in a nicer way.

Relationship Problem: Sex

Even partners who love each other can be a mismatch, sexually. Mary Jo Fay, author of Please Dear, Not Tonight, says a lack of sexual self-awareness and education worsens these problems. But having sex is one of the last things you should give up, Fay says. “Sex,” she says, “brings us closer together, releases hormones that help our bodies both physically and mentally, and keeps the chemistry of a healthy couple healthy.”

Problem-solving strategies:

  • Plan, plan, plan. Fay suggests making an appointment, but not necessarily at night when everyone is tired. Maybe during the baby’s Saturday afternoon nap or a “before-work quickie.” Ask friends or family to take the kids every other Friday night for a sleepover. “When sex is on the calendar, it increases your anticipation,” Fay says. Changing things up a bit can make sex more fun, too, she says. Why not have sex in the kitchen? Or by the fire? Or standing up in the hallway?
  • Learn what truly turns you and your partner on by each of you coming up with a personal “Sexy List,” suggests California psychotherapist Allison Cohen. Swap the lists and use them to create more scenarios that turn you both on.
  • If your sexual relationship problems can’t be resolved on your own, Fay recommends consulting a qualified sex therapist to help you both address and resolve your issues.
  • Relationship Problem: Money

    Money problems can start even before the wedding vows are exchanged. They can stem, for example, from the expenses of courtship or from the high cost of a wedding. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) recommends that couples who have money woes take a deep breath and have a serious conversation about finances.

    Problem-solving strategies:

    • Be honest about your current financial situation. If things have gone south, continuing the same lifestyle is unrealistic.
    • Don’t approach the subject in the heat of battle. Instead, set aside a time that is convenient and non-threatening for both of you.
    • Acknowledge that one partner may be a saver and one a spender, understand there are benefits to both, and agree to learn from each other’s tendencies.
    • Don’t hide income or debt. Bring financial documents, including a recent credit report, pay stubs, bank statements, insurance policies, debts, and investments to the table.
    • Don’t blame.
    • Construct a joint budget that includes savings.
    • Decide which person will be responsible for paying the monthly bills.
    • Allow each person to have independence by setting aside money to be spent at his or her discretion.
    • Decide upon short-term and long-term goals. It’s OK to have individual goals, but you should have family goals, too.
    • Talk about caring for your parents as they age and how to appropriately plan for their financial needs if needed

 

Relationship Problem: Struggles Over Home Chores
Most partners work outside the home and often at more than one job. So it’s important to fairly divide the labor at home, says Paulette Kouffman-Sherman, author of Dating From the Inside Out.

Problem-solving strategies:

Be organized and clear about your respective jobs in the home, Kouffman-Sherman says. “Write all the jobs down and agree on who does what.” Be fair so no resentment builds.
Be open to other solutions, she says. If you both hate housework, maybe you can spring for a cleaning service. If one of you likes housework, the other partner can do the laundry and the yard. You can be creative and take preferences into account — as long as it feels fair to both of you.
Relationship Problem: Not Making Your Relationship a Priority
If you want to keep your love life going, making your relationship a focal point should not end when you say “I do.” “Relationships lose their luster. So make yours a priority,” says Karen Sherman, author of Marriage Magic! Find It, Keep It, and Make It

Problem-solving strategies:

  • Do the things you used to do when you were first dating: Show appreciation, compliment each other, contact each other through the day, and show interest in each other.
  • Plan date nights. Schedule time together on the calendar just as you would any other important event in your life.
  • Respect one another. Say “thank you,” and “I appreciate…” It lets your partner know that they matter.

Relationship Problem: Conflict

Occasional conflict is a part of life, according to New York-basedpsychologist Susan Silverman. But if you and your partner feel like you’re starring in your own nightmare version of the movie Groundhog Day — i.e. the same lousy situations keep repeating day after day — it’s time to break free of this toxic routine. When you make the effort, you can lessen the anger and take a calm look at underlying issues.

Problem-solving strategies:

You and your partner can learn to argue in a more civil, helpful manner, Silverman says. Make these strategies part of who you are in this relationship.

  • Realize you are not a victim. It is your choice whether you react and how you react.
  • Be honest with yourself. When you’re in the midst of an argument, are your comments geared toward resolving the conflict, or are you looking for payback? If your comments are blaming and hurtful, it’s best to take a deep breath and change your strategy.
  • Change it up. If you continue to respond in the way that’s brought you pain and unhappiness in the past, you can’t expect a different result this time. Just one little shift can make a big difference. If you usually jump right in to defend yourself before your partner is finished speaking, hold off for a few moments. You’ll be surprised at how such a small shift in tempo can change the whole tone of an argument.
  • Give a little; get a lot. Apologize when you’re wrong. Sure it’s tough, but just try it and watch something wonderful happen.

“You can’t control anyone else’s behavior,” Silverman says. “The only one in your charge is you.”

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Problem-solving strategies:

  • Do the things you used to do when you were first dating: Show appreciation, compliment each other, contact each other through the day, and show interest in each other.
  • Plan date nights. Schedule time together on the calendar just as you would any other important event in your life.
  • Respect one another. Say “thank you,” and “I appreciate…” It lets your partner know that they matter.

Relationship Problem: Conflict

Occasional conflict is a part of life, according to New York-basedpsychologist Susan Silverman. But if you and your partner feel like you’re starring in your own nightmare version of the movie Groundhog Day — i.e. the same lousy situations keep repeating day after day — it’s time to break free of this toxic routine. When you make the effort, you can lessen the anger and take a calm look at underlying issues.

Problem-solving strategies:

You and your partner can learn to argue in a more civil, helpful manner, Silverman says. Make these strategies part of who you are in this relationship.

  • Realize you are not a victim. It is your choice whether you react and how you react.
  • Be honest with yourself. When you’re in the midst of an argument, are your comments geared toward resolving the conflict, or are you looking for payback? If your comments are blaming and hurtful, it’s best to take a deep breath and change your strategy.
  • Change it up. If you continue to respond in the way that’s brought you pain and unhappiness in the past, you can’t expect a different result this time. Just one little shift can make a big difference. If you usually jump right in to defend yourself before your partner is finished speaking, hold off for a few moments. You’ll be surprised at how such a small shift in tempo can change the whole tone of an argument.
  • Give a little; get a lot. Apologize when you’re wrong. Sure it’s tough, but just try it and watch something wonderful happen.

“You can’t control anyone else’s behavior,” Silverman says. “The only one in your charge is you.”

Relationship Problem: Trust

Trust is a key part of a relationship. Do you see certain things that cause you not to trust your partner? Or do you have unresolved issues that prevent you from trusting others?

Problem-solving strategies:

You and your partner can develop trust in each other by following these tips, Fay says.

  • Be consistent.
  • Be on time.
  • Do what you say you will do.
  • Don’t lie — not even little white lies to your partner or to others.
  • Be fair, even in an argument.
  • Be sensitive to the other’s feelings. You can still disagree, but don’t discount how your partner is feeling.
  • Call when you say you will.
  • Call to say you’ll be home late.
  • Carry your fair share of the workload.
  • Don’t overreact when things go wrong.
  • Never say things you can’t take back.
  • Don’t dig up old wounds.
  • Respect your partner’s boundaries.
  • Don’t be jealous.
  • Be a good listener.

Even though there are always going to be problems in a relationship, Sherman says you both can do things to minimize marriage problems, if not avoid them altogether.

First, be realistic. Thinking your mate will meet all your needs — and will be able to figure them out without your asking — is a Hollywood fantasy. “Ask for what you need directly,” she says.

Next, use humor — learn to let things go and enjoy one another more.

Finally, be willing to work on your relationship and to truly look at what needs to be done. Don’t think that things would be better with someone else. Unless you address problems, the same lack of skills that get in the way now will still be there and still cause problems no matter what relationship you’re in.

Here is Our Collection of Must-Watch Inspirational Videos on Vimeo

 

Every entrepreneur could use a shot of inspiration from time to time. Inspiration can help to fuel you when you’re up against long hours and hard work. Sometimes a great motivational pep talk can be all you need to boost your confidence and move through times of fatigue, challenge or adversity.

One great thing about YouTube is the host of really positive videos that are readily available. Even better than a great quote, a positive video can give you a real boost because it has the added benefit of music and visuals while hearing your heroes in their own words.

After much searching, here are six motivational videos that are a must see for entrepreneurs.

1. Life = Risk

This inspiring compilation is only one minute long, yet runs through many of the failures of some of the most well-known and successful people of history. It might be the shortest of this bunch, but it delivers great insight with every second. It’s all about the benefits of taking risk and the ways in which failures make us human and make us successful. As the tagline at the end of the video says, “If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.”

 

2. Be Phenomenal

“Start where you are, with what you have — because what you have right now is plenty!”

This great compilation by Motivation Grid really takes you through a journey to pump you up for greatness. At just over seven minutes, it’s the longest video of the six, but it’s well worth the journey. With a mix of incredible speeches by Les Brown, Eric Thomas and Ray Lewis, be sure you watch this one with a pad and paper because you’re going to want to write down many of the things you hear.

 

3. The Keys to Life: Running and Reading

“The person that works the hardest wins.” — Will Smith

A long-time favorite, this is a two-minute philosophical acceptance speech that Will Smith gave for an award years ago. The simple philosophy from this very successful entrepreneur is that running and reading are the two keys to life.

Smith explains that when you learn to run, you learn to push through the pain and ignore the little voice in your head that tells you to quit when things get hard. Then there’s reading — the key to learning, knowing you’re not alone and expanding you mind. Smith says it best and I highly encourage you to watch his philosophy on the two keys to life.

 

4. How Bad Do You Want It?

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”

A five-minute video that sheds insight into the work, dedication and mental commitment it takes to really achieve true success. You have to want it and you have to work for it. There’s a saying about entrepreneurship that it is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t. You have to transcend your mental blocks if you want to achieve true greatness at your craft and enjoy success.

 

5. I Am First Not Second

This speech lays it all out up front when speaker John Doman says clearly, “I’m not here to tell a joke. I’m here to pick a fight — a fight with second place.”

This video has a little bit of a tough-love start to it, but the speaker’s point is well worth considering — if you’re OK with being runner up, you’re already not looking for success. The five-minute video builds from there with motivating music and words. It’s worth watching when you need a small kick in the pants to get going

6. Passion: The Secret Ingredient to Success

A wonderful compilation of video quotes from some of the most inspiring leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators of our time. It begins with Walt Disney and goes through greats such as Steve Jobs, Charlie Chaplin, Jon Stewart, Michael Jordan and many more. It’s a rare treat!

 

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to Be Happier

 

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A few years ago, on a morning like any other, I had a sudden realization: I was in danger of wasting my life. As I stared out the rain-spattered window of a New York City bus, I saw that the years were slipping by.

 

“What do I want from life?” I asked myself. “Well…I want to be happy.” I had many reasons to be happy: My husband was the tall, dark, handsome love of my life; we had two delightful girls; I was a writer, living in my favorite city. I had friends; I had my health; I didn’t have to color my hair. But too often I sniped at my husband or the drugstore clerk. I felt dejected after even a minor professional setback. I lost my temper easily. Is that how a happy person would act?

 

I decided on the spot to begin a systematic study of happiness. (A little intense, I know. But that’s the kind of thing that appeals to me.) In the end, I spent a year test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and tips from popular culture. If I followed all the advice, I wanted to know, would it work?

 

Well, the year is over, and I can say: It did. I made myself happier. And along the way I learned a lot about how to be happier. Here are those lessons.

 

1. Don’t start with profundities. When I began my Happiness Project, I realized pretty quickly that, rather than jumping in with lengthy daily meditation or answering deep questions of self-identity, I should start with the basics, like going to sleep at a decent hour and not letting myself get too hungry. Science backs this up; these two factors have a big impact on happiness.

 

2. Do let the sun go down on anger. I had always scrupulously aired every irritation as soon as possible, to make sure I vented all bad feelings before bedtime. Studies show, however, that the notion of anger catharsis is poppycock. Expressing anger related to minor, fleeting annoyances just amplifies bad feelings, while not expressing anger often allows it to dissipate.

 

3. Fake it till you feel it. Feelings follow actions. If I’m feeling low, I deliberately act cheery, and I find myself actually feeling happier. If I’m feeling angry at someone, I do something thoughtful for her and my feelings toward her soften. This strategy is uncannily effective.
4. Realize that anything worth doing is worth doing badly. Challenge and novelty are key elements of happiness. The brain is stimulated by surprise, and successfully dealing with an unexpected situation gives a powerful sense of satisfaction. People who do new things―learn a game, travel to unfamiliar places―are happier than people who stick to familiar activities that they already do well. I often remind myself to “Enjoy the fun of failure” and tackle some daunting goal.
5. Don’t treat the blues with a “treat.” Often the things I choose as “treats” aren’t good for me. The pleasure lasts a minute, but then feelings of guilt and loss of control and other negative consequences deepen the lousiness of the day. While it’s easy to think, I’ll feel good after I have a few glasses of wine…a pint of ice cream…a cigarette…a new pair of jeans, it’s worth pausing to ask whether this will truly make things better.

 

6. Buy some happiness. Our basic psychological needs include feeling loved, secure, and good at what we do. You also want to have a sense of control. Money doesn’t automatically fill these requirements, but it sure can help. I’ve learned to look for ways to spend money to stay in closer contact with my family and friends; to promote my health; to work more efficiently; to eliminate sources of irritation and marital conflict; to support important causes; and to have enlarging experiences. For example, when my sister got married, I splurged on a better digital camera. It was expensive, but it gave me a lot of happiness.

 

7. Don’t insist on the best. There are two types of decision makers. Satisficers (yes, satisficers) make a decision once their criteria are met. When they find the hotel or the pasta sauce that has the qualities they want, they’re satisfied. Maximizers want to make the best possible decision. Even if they see a bicycle or a backpack that meets their requirements, they can’t make a decision until they’ve examined every option. Satisficers tend to be happier than maximizers. Maximizers expend more time and energy reaching decisions, and they’re often anxious about their choices. Sometimes good enough is good enough.

 

8. Exercise to boost energy. I knew, intellectually, that this worked, but how often have I told myself, “I’m just too tired to go to the gym”? Exercise is one of the most dependable mood-boosters. Even a 10-minute walk can brighten my outlook.
9. Stop nagging. I knew my nagging wasn’t working particularly well, but I figured that if I stopped, my husband would never do a thing around the house. Wrong. If anything, more work got done. Plus, I got a surprisingly big happiness boost from quitting nagging. I hadn’t realized how shrewish and angry I had felt as a result of speaking like that. I replaced nagging with the following persuasive tools: wordless hints (for example, leaving a new lightbulb on the counter); using just one word (saying “Milk!” instead of talking on and on); not insisting that something be done on my schedule; and, most effective of all, doing a task myself. Why did I get to set the assignments?

 

10. Take action. Some people assume happiness is mostly a matter of inborn temperament: You’re born an Eeyore or a Tigger, and that’s that. Although it’s true that genetics play a big role, about 40 percent of your happiness level is within your control. Taking time to reflect, and making conscious steps to make your life happier, really does work. So use these tips to start your own Happiness Project. I promise it won’t take you a whole year.

 

 

 

Inspirational Quotes That Will Change the Way You Think

Perfect for those “I-can’t-take-it-anymore-and-need-a-pick-me-up-that-won’t-leave- me-in-a-heap-of-caloric-guilt” days.

1) “Happiness is an uphill battle. Wear the good shoes.” — Kurt Vonnegut

2) “Without ice cream, there would be chaos and darkness.” — Don Kardong

3) “When things go wrong, don’t go with them.” — Elvis Presley

4) “Happiness is a warm puppy.” — Charles M. Schulz

5) “Happiness never decreases by being shared.” — Buddha

6) “Happiness is like jam. You can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself.” — Anonymous

7) “For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

8) “Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.” — Jackson Brown Jr.

9) “Perfect happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.” Chuang-Tse

10) “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

5 Secrets To Travel Like A Boss.

I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.-vI’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.I’ve flown MILLIONS of air miles (literally), but you don’t have to take it from me. In fact, ask anyone who has a lot of miles under their belt about travel tips, and you’ll start learning that are a TON of little secrets that can significantly improve your experience getting from point A to point B on planes, trains, and automobiles. Some of you onSnapchat have asked my tips for travel and I thought I’d consolidate my best stuff in this latest episode of#chasejarvisRAW.

Now, if you’re looking for how to pack photo gear … this isn’t that video exactly. YES we discuss it a bit, but you can find my posts here, here, and here. Some of these vids are a little dated, but the general principles are still the same, and if you’re photo travel game isn’t bulletproof, you’ll want to watch those as well. BUT… this episode of cjRAW, I talk about 5 ways to get the most out of your flying time regardless of if you’re traveling for photo trips, pleasure, work, meetings…whatever. This is the topline need-to-know stuff to make the most out of any journey.

Luggage

I travel with two key pieces of luggage: a backpack and a roll-aboard suitcase. These two pieces are critical to keep all the important stuff on me.

Now, not all luggage is created equal. The brands don’t matter as much but if you’re looking for a place to start, I tend to like the latest North Face roll-aboard bags and Tumi. You’ll spend extra $$$ for the good stuff, but mine have been rolling for over a million miles and I’m still trucking.

Whether I’m using a photo backpack or a standard backpack, it MUST have a laptop compartment + pockets that’s easy to access key items I use on the plane (more on that later). I prefer backpacks over something I hand-carry or sling because it’s just easier to throw something on my back and still have my hands free.

For a carry-on suitcase, wheels are must have. There’s nothing worse then going on long trips and hauling heavy bags that are hard to carry. It’s a small thing that can go a long way. Also, if you want a suitcase that travels internationally and across mass majority of plane types, get a 20-inch bag. TSA regulations will allow a 22-inch bag that expands, but that standard does not fit all planes and is not standard in all countries. Avoid that mess and get the 20-inch bag.

Cutting The Line

If you travel even a few times a year, it’s worth looking into TSA approved methods to short-cut the security lines at the airport. That’s less time waiting around and more time doing the things you need.

TSA Pre-Check + Global Entry

TSA Pre-check is a pre-screen you can sign-up & pay for. You will need to fill out an online application, then go to your local airport for an interview. By doing this, you register yourself as a “known traveler”, and once you are approved, you will gain access to the pre-check security lines at the airport which means you aren’t required to to take off your shoes, remove your laptop, remove liquids from your bag, etc. These lines are generally faster as a result, and usually consist of fellow travelers who know the ropes and are efficient at getting through the line.

If you travel internationally, you might consider Global Entry. Global Entry gives you everything Pre-check does, but also puts you in a faster customs lines coming back into the United States.

Clear Me

Though this service is only available in limited airports, it’s worth mentioning CLEARME. Clear is a 3rd party company that exists in certain airports. As more and more people sign-up for TSA Pre-check, that line will get longer. Clear is an additional fee but sees far less people. You can shortcut right to screening, which is often faster than Pre-Check.

Airline Status

Finally, if you or your someone in your party has airline status, you’ll likely be in one of the first boarding groups. Everyone in your party can board early with you as a traveling companion. Boarding the plane early means less waiting for people to jossle their bags around, and earlier access to the overhead bins, and overall less stress.

Working on the Plane

Time on the plane is concentrated quiet time where I often get a lot of work done. The first thing I do when getting to my seat is get out my laptop, iPad mini and noise canceling headphones. The iPad comes in handy during take-offs and landings, when a laptop is not permitted. Though I could read on my phone, I prefer the iPad with a bit larger screen. The noise-canceling headphones are magic for keeping out the plane noise, and also a universal signal that you’re focused and not up for a chatty seat mate.

Sleeping

I’m not the best sleeper, and over the years I’ve developed a killer system to help me get some much needed shuteye.

  1. Eye masks. If you travel business class, these are often free in your seat pocket or you can purchase one on the internet for under $10.
  2. Ear plugs. You can get these at any hardware store, many grocery stores, and of course the internet.
  3. The cherry on top: noise canceling headphones on top of everything…. you can thank me later. 😉

Travel Hacking

In the video I talk about a few short-cuts I like to do on the plane such as snacks, or how to select the best seats… But there’s a whole game to travel that can get you free flights, access to the lounges, upgrades, and more. If you like the kind of stuff I’ve mentioned here, then you’ll definitely want to check out my pal Chris Guillebeau’s class on Becoming a Travel Hacker. He covers some ways you can gain upgrades by demystifying the airline miles & point systems.

2 Ways to Resolve Conflicts and Solve Relationship Problems

When problem-solving everyday issues becomes a tug-of-war over who’s right and who’s wrong, then settling even the smallest of discussions becomes a battle. “A better alternative is what I call the win-win waltz,” says marriage expert Susan Heitler, Ph.D., author of The Power of Two. “We toss information back and forth, we have an ‘aha!’ moment, and we come up with solutions that work very well for both of us.”

You’ll also free yourself from the emotional and physical side effects of nasty fighting, such as feeling you’ve intimidated or dominated your mate — or that you’ve given in and given up on what you really want. You’ll have fewer tense times together, and actually improve your health. Couples who learn to solve problems constructively together cut their risk for stress-related health problems including depression, cardiovascular disease, and lowered immunity.

Step 1: Describe the Problem in a Few Words — and Let Your Partner Respond
The opening round in problem-solving involves getting your overview of the issue out on the table. Don’t let it smolder or expect your partner to guess!

Example:
You: “If we go to your parents’ house for the weekend, I won’t be able to get our tax return information together before the workweek starts.”

Your spouse: “My parents have been planning for this visit for months. I don’t think we can or should just cancel.”

Step 2: Look Together at Deeper Concerns
This is the exploration phase. Don’t try to “sell” your point of view to your spouse. And don’t try to solve the problem just yet. Do talk about underlying worries and issues that contribute to the problem you’re trying to solve. And do listen carefully to your partner’s concerns. Keep an open mind. Learn all you can about your own concerns and your partner’s. Your goal: See the big picture and form a mental list of both partners’ concerns. This is your common set of concerns that you’ll try to resolve in Step 3.

Example:
You: “I have a new deadline at work and meetings three nights this week, plus we promised to visit the neighbors on Tuesday night. The tax deadline is almost here. I’m afraid I’ll be up until 3 a.m. trying to do all this during the week. I’ll be grouchy and won’t do my best at work, and I won’t be very interested in socializing with our neighbors or contribute much to the meetings. I’m feeling squeezed.”

Your spouse: “I really want to see my parents before they leave for their vacation. I haven’t spent much time with them in several months. Plus, my mother invited my aunt and uncle over to see us, too. It’s important to me to be with my parents for more than a short visit, and to feel at home. I’d like you to see them, too, and be with me for the big family dinner.”

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Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known

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I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

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Running towards the sunrise.Photo by Nadine A. Gardner

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Is It Really More Expensive to Eat Healthy

Is It Really More Expensive to Eat Healthy

Is it really more expensive to eat healthier?  Often, the general public assumes it is more expensive to eat healthier foods because an accurate method to analyze the costs of foods has not been available.

Realistically, it simply isn’t easy to say one food type is the least or most expensive because of the variety of choices in each food group. Think of food costs as a menu with three columns including the lowest, middle, and highest priced items in the restaurant.  Imagine a consumer is in the mood for salmon and there are choices in each column. The salmon in the lowest price column is canned – in the middle price column it is farm raised – and in the highest price column it is wild caught Coho salmon plucked from Bristol Bay in Alaska and flown straight to a landing strip behind the restaurant. All three choices are salmon, but because of the way they are packaged, processed, caught, and shipped, the price differs. How much food costs depends on the choices consumers make about each food.

With so many choices, how do consumers understand the true cost and value of foods? Studies have found, after pondering these same questions that most people use the following methods to make food choices:

  • Unit Cost-At a typical grocery store, consumers are used to seeing unit costs broken down, which is an excellent way to compare similar items, but makes comparison of different items (chicken versus crackers) difficult.
  • Cost per Calories-Looking at the total amount of calories and dividing the cost could mean that a brownie is less expensive than a banana. The problem with this method is looking at the goal.  Are most people trying to consume as many calories as cheaply as possible?  With high obesity rates, this is not necessarily the goal, and not a very good approach.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), looked at multiple ways of measuring the prices of foods to see if healthy foods are more expensive.  They looked at measuring cost per calories, the price per edible weight, the price of an average sized portion, and the cost of meeting dietary recommendations.  The findings were different for each method of calculation, which then leads back to the question: what is the overall goal?  Do you want to eat healthier…shop for convenience foods…feel full during meal time…are you eating based on taste, etc.?

The food groupings that were tested as part of the USDA study included fruits, vegetables, proteins (meat, beans, nuts, poultry, etc.), grains, mixed dishes, and moderation foods.  Moderation foods are those that do not “fit” into a food group, have excess saturated fat, excess added sugars, and excess sodium. Their findings were as follows:

As if trying to figure out what to eat isn’t difficult enough, this table illustrates that even if foods are evaluated on cost per calories, weight, portion size, and dietary guidelines, there isn’t an easy answer.  Ultimately, grains seem to be the cheapest foods.  If someone is concerned with being as healthy as possible, then eating to meet the Dietary Guidelines would likely be the most important column to use. However, the cost of the amounts of nutrients gained from different foods are not considered in any of the calculations.

Also, one food group that isn’t included in the Dietary Guidelines cost analysis are moderation foods, because there are no recommendations for eating them.  In other words, they are not necessary as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Fruits and vegetables are filled with essential vitamins and minerals, and there is not a cost analysis that compares how many nutrients within the cost. Evidence does show that fruits and vegetables would be  the best bang for the buck. In the end, fruits and vegetables should make up half of a plate, so by volume alone they will make up a good portion of anyone’s grocery bill.  At multiple price points; canned, frozen, or fresh vegetables should be affordable and accessible. People tend to spend a large portion of their food budget on protein foods, though they are recommended in very small amounts.  Following the Dietary Guidelines in this group would help to reduce this cost.

When it’s time to go grocery shopping, consumers can use this information understanding that foods have multiple price points (think back to the example of which salmon to choose as illustrated in the beginning of this article).  Choosing foods that  meet the Dietary Guidelines within your budget is the best way to shop. So happy shopping!