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11 Neighborhood Restaurants In Kentucky, With Food So Good You’ll Be Back For Seconds

Sometimes you find the very best food at those neighborhood restaurants in Kentucky. The restaurants that may not look like much from the outside, but inside they have friendly staff and cooks that have mastered their craft. These places have been preparing the same food for years… and making it unbelievably delicious.

These are some of the best places to grab a bite to eat, according to our reader comments. If you love the neighborhood restaurants in Kentucky you might want to check out some of the Mom n Pop diners we’ve covered too!

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.

 

 

 

7 Reasons to Be Happy Even if Things Aren’t Perfect Now

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ~Unknown

Even though I couldn’t possibly care less about oil-based raincoats, I listened to him talk for about fifteen minutes one rainy morning last week.

This little guy, with his colorful button-down shirt and funny-looking hat makes my day most mornings. He works at the 7-11 where I get my coffee. And he always seems happy.

At first I thought he was just putting on a good face, making the best of a tough situation. After all, he couldn’t possibly enjoy working at a convenience store, right?

Then I realized I was missing the biggest part of his appeal: he does enjoy his job, and that’s why he seems so happy—because he is.

Man, that’s awesome. I aim to be like him.

My life doesn’t always look exactly like I want it to. I spend many days writing alone in my living room when I’d rather work from a beachside office space I share with friends. I drive a beat-up old Toyota when I’d far prefer something that doesn’t have roll-up windows or a cassette player.

But the world doesn’t change all that much if I have more money, a different space, a better job, or a nicer car. The wrapping paper is different, but the gift inside stays the same.

The way I feel about myself, how much I open myself to new people and experiences, how often I choose to smile simply because it feels good—none of these things depend on my life situation. Colorful shirt guy knows that. I suspect he knows these things, too:

1. Enjoying the present moment is a habit that takes practice.

If you always look toward tomorrow for happiness, odds are you will do the same when you attain what you’ve been dreaming of. As strange it sounds, the ability to appreciate what’s in front of you has nothing to do with what you actually have. It’s more about how you measure the good things in your life at any given time.

Practice wanting what you have and it will feel even sweeter when you eventually have what you want. Look around—what’s in front of you that can enjoy?

2. Finding reasons to be happy now can benefit your future.

Dr. Dacher Keltner of the University of California claims she can predict a person’s future by judging the strength of their smile. Researchers examined yearbook photos of 111 female students taken between 1958 and 1960.

Subsequent tests revealed that the women who expressed more positive emotion in those photos became more mentally focused, had more successful marriages, and enjoyed a greater sense of well-being.

From the article:

“While positive emotion tends to broaden thought, negative emotion tends to narrow it and hold back development….The findings of Dr Keltner and his colleagues, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, are among the first to show that differences in the extent to which people express emotion may be stable throughout their lives and dictate personal and social success.”

3. Tuning into joy can improve your health, something that affords you many possibilities in life.

Something that most people take for granted until it’s compromised.

Christopher Peterson, Ph.D of the University of Michigan, who has studied optimism’s link to health for over twenty years, shows optimistic people have a stronger immune system than their negative counterparts. This may be due to their tendency to take better care of themselves.

Choose to be happy now and you’ll have more days of good health to enjoy.

4. Consistent, long-term happiness depends on your ability to notice and appreciate the details; you can hone that skill right now.

Once you get everything you want, you will still be subject to life’s highs and lows. If you haven’t learned to enjoy the little things, your well-being will parallel your life’s circumstances. Every time something goes wrong, you’ll feel deeply unhappy (as opposed to disappointed, but determined to make the best of things).

Think about the things that fill you with the most joy—spending time with your pets, listening to the rain, and running on the beach, for example. Focus on those things right now, and let them brighten your day. That way, no matter what changes, you’ll have a variety of simple pleasures to help you through.

5. Every day is a new opportunity to be better than yesterday; that pursuit can increase your self-esteem and, accordingly, your happiness.

I used to be obsessed with being perfect. If I wasn’t the best at something, I couldn’t sleep at night. Becoming great never felt as good as I imagined it would because there was always room to be better. I was constantly dissatisfied and disappointed in myself.

I now look at the things I do as opportunities to get better from one day to the next. It’s more satisfying to set and meet an attainable goal, like focusing better and writing an extra article tomorrow, than it is to obsess about perfection, stressing because I’m not a world-famous author.

By focusing on small improvements and mini-goals, you’ll naturally move yourself toward your larger dreams. And you’ll respect the way you’re doing things.

6. You can be who you want to be right now, no matter what your situation looks like.

You may think life needs to change dramatically for you to be the person you want to be. That you can’t be giving unless you make more money. Or you can’t be adventurous until you sell your house. The truth is, you can be those things at any point in time.

So you don’t have money to share. Be generous with your compassion, and listen when your friends have problems. So your house hasn’t sold, pinning you in one place. Create adventure in your day by trying new things and introducing yourself to new people.

You never know when your nows will run out, so ask yourself, “How can I be that person I want to be in this moment?”

7. Finding joy in the present moment, no matter how inadequate it may seem, makes a difference in other people’s lives.

Though we all have different lists of dreams and goals, for most of us this is at the forefront: the possibility of living a meaningful life that affects other people for the better.

Happiness is a moment-to-moment choice, one that many have a hard time making. Other people willnotice if you make that choice. And you will motivate them to do the same. As the research above indicates, this motivation has a substantial impact on their health and future happiness.

I know this isn’t your usual reasons-to-be-happy post. It didn’t start or end with “count your blessings” and I didn’t delve into your relationships or good fortune. There’s a very good reason for that.

I don’t think happiness is so much about what you have. What you have changes; your “blessings” evolve. Happiness is about how you interpret what’s in front of you. How proud you are of the way you live your life. How willing you are to enjoy simple pleasures, even if things aren’t perfect.

Though I have’t always done this well, today I choose to focus on the good—both in the world and myself—to feel happy right now. How will you tune into happiness today?be_happy______by_helina01-d966azb

10 Reasons to Love Yourself

 

 

I have compiled a list on “how to love yourself” for readers who are facing difficulty with embracing themselves. When I first began to be aware that I need to love myself first prior to developing any meaningful relationships with others, I realized that I did not know where to start. I was surprised as I would have thought I’d be an expert on love and relationships by then. After all, as I recalled, in my younger days, I have spent much time looking for the best spouse or romantic partner.

I subsequently realized that my external search was meant to fill the void or emptiness I had inside. Finding a good relationship with myself seemed an even harder task! As things eventually turned out, I found myself failing miserably in my early relationships because I had insufficient or little self-love.

Upon deeper analysis, I found out that self-esteem and self-love are issues that are often related together. If you suffer from low self esteem, it is possible that the the root cause is a case of insufficient self-love. And so, you have found it difficult to find that little bit of love for yourself. Loving yourself feels unnatural for a start because your mind has been ingrained with self sabotaging thoughts for the longest time.

However, nothing is going to happen if you do not make a conscious decision. And that includes attracting abundance. When you don’t love yourself, you are basically telling the Universe that you are unworthy or undeserving of any love or positive outcomes that have the same vibrational match as love.

Learning to love yourself starts with making a conscious decision, an intention to become happy and lead a fulfilled life. When you do not love yourself and suffer from low self esteem, it is almost impossible to ever reach the potential that you suspect you have.

“Love yourself first and everything falls into line.”
Lucille Ball quotes (American radio and motion-picture actress and comedy star, 1911-1989)

When you make a decision to love yourself, you are really saying that you want to come alive. You accept that you are responsible for the outcomes that you experience in your life and would like yourself to shine from living a fulfilling life.

So if you’ve decided on loving yourself but are as equally stumped on how to love yourself, as I was back then, here are 17 ways which I believe can be helpful:

1. Fall in love with yourself. Think about what makes you You. Just like a flower that needs watering to grow, learn to nurture yourself in every way. Love yourself for all the good that you see and accept your flaws and the fact that you are imperfect. This does not mean that you do not learn to change from your shortcomings; instead, you are being gentle and kind to yourself despite all your “flaws”. Look in the mirror and fall in love with the reflection that is You.

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”
Oscar Wilde quotes (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)

2. Eliminate Self Criticism. Do you often berate yourself over the tiniest thing? Is there a little voice inside your head that often tells you that you are no good because you are stupid or make mistakes? If you find that you often judge yourself, make an effort to stop the self criticism.

“I CAN is 100 times more important than IQ.” — unknown

3. Be Kind And Positive. When you start to think kindly and positively about yourself, the love you have for yourself just grows. Make it a habit to praise yourself everyday, while in the front of the mirror. Because of such thoughts, you naturally undertake empowering actions that support your development.

4. Acknowledge Your Effort. It is not always about winning or coming up tops in everything that you do. Many times, it is the effort that counts! Acknowledge that you have done your best, even if you have failed to produce tangible results.

5. Let Go Of Worry. Loving yourself requires you to let go of your worry. It is a horrible way to live a life filled with constant worrying. I can attest to that! Worry does not help in any way. It cannot, on its own, make things happen. Only wise actions can! So instead of worrying, spend time thinking about what you can do to help in the situation. If the situation is beyond your control, then make a request to the Universe/God about what you want. Next, surrender your outcome.

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” — Epictetus quotes (Greek philosopher associated with the Stoics, AD 55-c.135)

6. Trust Yourself. Have confidence in your abilities. Know that you have the ability to make important changes for yourself, for as long as you put your heart to it. You can also support yourself by visualizing desired outcomes.

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
Benjamin Spock quotes (American Pediatrician and Author, 1903-1998)

7. Forgive Yourself. If you have made mistakes in the past that had caused you to feel less worthy, then you need to forgive yourself. All of us make mistakes; so there really is no need to beat yourself up over them. Also, if you have been carrying around a baggage of emotional hurt because of a childhood trauma, learn to forgive yourself.

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
Lewis B. Smedes quotes

8. Be Truthful To Yourself. Loving yourself requires you to be truthful about your own feelings. If you are happy, acknowledge the joy. If you are sad, acknowledge the sorrow. When you are truthful about your feelings, you do not try to lie to yourself or seek to bury your negative emotions. Instead, acknowledging what you feel provides a good guide to what your thoughts are. And as we all know, thoughts can be changed, so that healing and self growth can take place.

9. Grow Spiritually. When you spend time growing spiritually, loving yourself becomes automatic. You become more peaceful, connected, kind, loving and compassionate. You nurture a mind that grows more beautiful by the day. You naturally love yourself in the process.

10. Make Positive Affirmations Everyday. Reframe your mind with positive affirmations. For instance, say this to yourself “I love and accept myself completely and unconditionally.” Read your affirmations out loud several times a day.

11. Express Gratitude. Express gratitude for the person that you are. For instance, cultivate an appreciation for your strengths and gifts. Also, feel a sense of gratitude that you are alive and well, and fully capable of making a difference in your life.

12. Nurture Your Dreams. Why deny yourself your dreams? When you nurture your dreams, you would love the life that you are leading. Every moment that you live is a joy because you are expressing yourself fully.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. —Mark Twain

13. Boost Your Self Confidence. Make a deliberate attempt to look for opportunities that can help improve your confidence. For instance, if you are particularly good at doing something, set aside more time to indulge and improve your skills on it. Knowing that you have particular gifts can boost your self esteem.

14. Relax. Give yourself space to take breaks every now and then. If you spend your time working, without paying attention to your health, it also means that you do not love yourself well enough to take care of your own body. Fill your time with silence, soothing music and visions of beauty; anything that nourishes your Soul.

15. Have Fun. Inject some fun into your life. Life is meant to be an enjoyable. Don’t take life or yourself too seriously. If you can think of life in this manner, you automatically relax and quit worrying over things that do not matter.

16. Look After Your Body. It is important that you strengthen yourself with proper nutrition and regular exercise. Your body is a temple and you should treat it with respect, love and care. It has been found that the lack of self love is often the root causes of conditions like eating disorders, obesity or even terminal diseases.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
Jim Rohn quotes (American Speaker and Author. He is famous for motivational audio programs for Business and Life. )

17. Learn To See Beauty. When you learn to see beauty in every thing, you will also see beauty in yourself. Hence, stop to smell the flowers. Notice everything. Feel everything. The pink blush of the flowers in your garden, the greenness of the plains, the whisper of the gentle wind, or the myriad hues of an evening sky.

Here is a good affirmation to read and reflect on…..

“I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it — I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.

Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.

However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.

I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.”

 

 

 

 

How to be yourself.

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

The most important decision of your life, the one that will affect every other decision you make, is the commitment to love and accept yourself. It directly affects the quality of your relationships, your work, your free time, your faith, and your future.

Why, then, is this so difficult to do?

Your Family of Origin

I grew up with nine siblings. I had two older brothers, three older sisters, three younger sisters, and a younger brother.

I never fit in. My sisters were tall and thin with beautiful, long, lush hair. By eleven years old, I was short and very curvy. My hair was fine, thin, and wild.

For the most part, my siblings did as they were told. I was outspoken, out of control, and rebellious.

I wore my sister’s hand-me-down school uniforms. I rolled up the hems on the skirts and popped buttons on the blouses. My look was unkempt.

I was teased and bullied at home and at school. Yet I didn’t go quietly into the night. I fought for my place in my family. To protect myself, I developed a good punch and grew a sharp tongue.

I was twenty-seven years old and married with four children when I became desperate enough to seek out my first therapist. I felt alone, stuck, and unlovable. I was determined to change.

After six months of working through my childhood issues, old thoughts, beliefs, and events, I felt alive again. It was like stripping off several layers of paint from an antique piece of furniture. I found myself restored to my original beauty.

Cultural Influences

We’re taught by society that our worth is found in the idols of our culture—technology, status, youth, sex, power, money, attractiveness, and romantic relationships.

If you base your self worth on the external world, you’ll never be capable of self-love.

Your inner critic will flood you with thoughts of, “I’m not enough, I don’t have enough, and I don’t do enough.”

Feelings of lack are never-ending. Every time a goal is reached or you possess the next big thing, your ego will move the line.

Shift Your Self-Perception

Feeling worthy requires you to see yourself with fresh eyes of self-awareness and love. Acceptance and love must come from within.

You don’t have to be different to be worthy. Your worth is in your true nature, a core of love and inner goodness. You are a beautiful light. You are love. We can bury our magnificence, but it’s impossible to destroy.

Loving ourselves isn’t a one time event. It’s an endless, ongoing process.

It begins with you, enfolding yourself in your own affection and appreciation.

Read on for steps to discover your worth and enfold yourself in affection and appreciation.

1. Begin your day with love (not technology).

Remind yourself of your worthiness before getting out of bed. Breathe in love and breathe out love. Enfold yourself in light. Saturate your being in love.

2. Take time to meditate and journal.

Spend time focusing inward daily. Begin with five minutes of meditation and five minutes of journaling each morning. Gradually increase this time.

3. Talk yourself happy.

Use affirmations to train your mind to become more positive. Put a wrist band on your right wrist. When you’re participating in self-criticism, move the band to your left wrist.

4. Get emotionally honest.

Let go of numbing your feelings. Shopping, eating, and drinking are examples of avoiding discomfort, sadness, and pain. Mindfully breathe your way through your feelings and emotions.

5. Expand your interests.

Try something new. Learn a language. Go places you’ve never been. Do things you haven’t done before. You have a right to an awesome life.

6. Enjoy life enhancing activities.

Find exercise you like. Discover healthy foods that are good for you. Turn off technology for a day and spend time doing things that make you feel alive.

7. Become willing to surrender.

Breathe, relax, and let go. You can never see the whole picture. You don’t know what anything is for. Stop fighting against yourself by thinking and desiring people and events in your life should be different. Your plan may be different from your soul’s intentions.

8. Work on personal and spiritual development.

Be willing to surrender and grow. Life is a journey. We are here to learn and love on a deeper level. Take penguin steps and life becomes difficult. One step at a time is enough to proceed forward.

9. Own your potential.

Love yourself enough to believe in the limitless opportunities available to you. Take action and create a beautiful life for yourself.

10. Be patient with yourself.

Let go of urgency and fear. Relax and transform striving into thriving. Trust in yourself, do good work, and you will see results.

11. Live in appreciation.

Train your mind to be grateful. Appreciate your talents, beauty, and brilliance. Love your imperfectlyperfect self.

12. Be guided by your intuition.

All answers come from within. Look for signs and pay attention to your gut feelings. You’ll hear two inner voices when you need to make a decision. The quiet voice is your higher self; the loud voice is your ego. Always go with the quieter voice.

13. Do what honors and respects you.

Don’t participate in activities that bring you down. Don’t allow toxic people in your life. Love everyone, but be discerning on who you allow into your life.

14. Accept uncertainty.

Suffering comes from living in the pain of the past or the fear of the future. Put your attention on the present moment and be at peace.

15. Forgive yourself.

Learn from your mistakes and go forward. Use this affirmation, “I forgive myself for judging myself for __________ (fill in the blank i.e.: for getting sick, for acting out, for not doing your best).

16. Discover the power of fun.

Self-love requires time to relax, play, and create face-to-face interaction with others. Our fast-paced world creates a goal setting, competitive craziness that doesn’t leave room for play. Dr. Stuart Brow says, “The opposite of play isn’t work, it is depression.”

17. Be real.

Speak up and speak out. Allow yourself to be seen, known, and heard. Get comfortable with intimacy (in-to-me-see).

18. Focus on the positive.

Go to your heart and dwell on and praise yourself for what you get right in all areas.

19. Become aware of self neglect and rejection.

Become conscious of your choices. Ask yourself several times throughout the day, “Does this choice honor me?”

20. Imagine what your life would look like if you believed in your worth.

Dedicate your life to loving you. Make it your main event.

21. Seek professional help.

Self-rejection and neglect is painful. You deserve to be happy. You have a right to be accepted and loved. If necessary, seek help from a support group, counselor, or coach. It’s the best investment you can make.

Because we are all interconnected, when I love me, I also love you. Together through our love, we can heal ourselves, each other, and the world. Love is our purpose, our true calling. It begins with and withineach of us.

This post originally appeared on the site in 2011. Happy woman image via Shutterstock

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These Tips Will Help You Travel Like a Local

There are certain types of travellers in this world. You’ve got your classic holidaymakers, content hitting the same tourist-friendly destinations year after year. Then you’ve got your intrepid adventurers, for whom no mountain is too high and no place too dangerous. Thirdly, there’s the camp that most of us can identify with: Those wanderers who spend days dreaming of the next destination, the best beaches, friendliest people and most scenic views. However, it can be easy for those gripped by wanderlust to pack in too much to their trips in a bid to see and do it all. After all, when you want to see every corner of the earth, it can be tricky to stop and smell the roses in your current destination.

So what’s the antidote? Travelling like a local, of course. Simply follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to holiday bliss in no time.

Think quality, not quantity

Many tourists get caught in the trap of trying to see as many places as possible during their trip. This is all well and good if you’re on the road (or in the air, over water, on tracks and so on) for months at a time, but anyone who’s ever tried to pack several countries into a two-week trip will tell you this is a terrible idea. Sure, you’ll tick the boxes on your travel itinerary. You may even be able to boast that you saw the Eiffel Tower AND the Leaning Tower of Pisa AND the Coliseum AND the Northern Lights during your 10 day getaway, but you won’t spend any more than a day or two in any given place and you’ll likely miss out on truly embracing the local culture.

Next time you plan a big trip, why not cut down on the towns, cities and countries you venture to? Instead, spend longer periods of time at fewer destinations, giving yourself the chance to truly explore every nook and cranny in your new (adopted) neighbourhood. This may even give you the chance to pick up on a bit of the local language – and if not, at least you’ll have more time to gorge on the exquisite local food.

Meet the locals

It may seem daunting at first, but we recommend taking any chance you get to approach and spend some time with friendly locals. Strike up a conversation at a local café and see if anyone has recommendations for other good places to eat, chat to fellow walkers in the park and consider signing up to websites and apps such as Couchsurfing andTravBuddy to meet both locals and fellow travelers.

Seek out the unexpected

As well as ticking off the world-famous tourist haunts, look for off-the-beaten-track options to help you see more of an area’s non-tourist side. For instance, it would be rude not to check out the Eiffel Tower while you’re in Paris, but you should also pay a visit to la Chapelle Expiatoire, a lesser-known monument that was constructed where Marie-Antoinette and King Louis XVI were buried after their executions. And while the Leaning Tower of Pisa is awe-inspiring, make a point to discover Pisa’s more hidden gems, such as the Basilica of San Piero a Grado, which is a church showcasing stunning Romanesque-Pisan architecture – and of course, plenty of history.

 

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.”

How to Travel in Style: Our Expert Tips

Just bringing a carry-on is one way to avoid baggage fees, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look fashionable on vacation. We turned to David Zyla, an Emmy Award-Winning Stylist and author of The Color of Style, to find out the most efficient way to fill your carry-on with great outfits you’ll actually enjoy wearing.

Know your color
Packing pieces that all coordinate together is one way to cut down on the number of items you need. The key is to pick one color scheme to build your vacation wardrobe around. Zyla’s advice for finding your perfect color is to consider a strategic combination of neutral, energy, and dramatic colors based on your skin tone, hair color, and eye color. The neutral color depends on the color of your iris (use this for your jacket, pants, skirt, bag, and shoes). Next, focus on finding your energy color, a comfortable color you usually enjoy wearing like sky blue, topaz, or pine green that can be worn as a shirt or sweater, or with accessories like scarves or gloves. Then, find your dramatic color, the one that offers the most contrast to your skin tone, hair and eye color. Zyla says to look at the coloring of the prominent veins in your wrist, which can be anywhere from emerald green to aqua or royal blue. Think of this as your “kaboom color” that will be super-energetic and make your outfit really stand out from the rest.

Keep it simple
As far as jewelry, think about which tone (gold, silver, or bronze) you always get the most compliments on when wearing jewelry and go with that-sticking to one shade will stop you from packing the whole jewelry box when you really only need a few pieces. For shoes, wear your casual flats on the plane-they’re comfortable and easy to slip on and off in security lines-pack your heels for special events and a second shoe to get you through the day if you need them. According to Zyla, you only need three pairs of shoes tops to get through a five-day trip.

Avoid wrinkles
It doesn’t matter how well coordinated you are if your clothes are a mess. Zyla offered tips for packing your clothing to avoid wrinkles: fill in sections between and around the bars of your suitcase with underwear and socks to create a flat base, then use the cardboard backing of a notepad to fold fancy collared shirts and sweaters around, similar to the way they’re wrapped in the store. If you still have wrinkles when you get to your destination, dampen shirts and hang them in the shower so the steam can work on them for a while.

Above all, think of the vacation photos
Chances are you will be posing in front of iconic monuments and breathtaking views in photos you will look at for years (and post on Facebook). Zyla says to avoid an “I can’t believe I actually wore that!” moment by packing the clothes you find most flattering. As you pack, lay out each outfit on the bed and visualize yourself wearing it. Break down each day into scenes-we’re going to the pool, then changing into a nice outfit for dinner-to help determine how many clothing items to bring along. Keep in mind you can always shop once you get there as well (though remember to leave room in your bag for new purchases).

Still don’t think you can fit it all in just a carry-on? Zyla says it’s a good idea to pack at least an extra blouse or sweater you can change into, extra undergarments, and items like deodorant, toothpaste, a toothbrush, make-up, and other toiletries that will allow you to freshen up in case you get separated from your perfectly-packed suitcase.

Have you ever been guilty of over packing? Tell us about it below.

Read more: http://www.budgettravel.com/blog/expert-tips-for-packing-with-style,12671/#ixzz4LCbYfGz

Exploring the Benefits of Traveling by Train in United States

Thinking about planning a road trip? Few things beat embarking on a travel adventure and seeing beautiful scenery wiz by your window as you work your way toward your final destination. But driving a vehicle long distances can be exhausting, and fuel costs can add up quickly. Is there a better option?

The fact is, this kind of planning can be complex, and whether you’re leaving for a long weekend or an entire month, figuring out travel logistics can be daunting. So next time you start your road trip planning, instead of driving yourself, reconsider and explore the benefits of traveling via train.

Amtrak Long Distance TravelMany people prefer to travel with Amtrak because train travel provides many benefits associated with road trip travel, without the hassles and high cost. On a train, you get to enjoy all the gorgeous scenery as you relax comfortably in your seat or private room. Stretch your legs, read a book or take a nap… there’s no worry about watching the gas gauge or the traffic on the road.

Trip planning for train travel is easy on Amtrak.com. It’s simple to reserve tickets, get station details, and learn about baggage policies in one convenient online location. You can even add a hotel, rent a car or purchase event tickets, eliminating the need to visit multiple websites for your travel needs.

Think train travel is too costly? Think again. With travel alternatives continuously increasing in price, more people are traveling by train and loving the experience. The cost of airline tickets keeps going up and road trips are no longer the cheap alternative, with fuel costs hitting record highs in some areas of the country.

In addition, Amtrak offers many types of discounts and travel options to fit any budget:

  • Discount train fares for kids, seniors, military, students and more
  • Weekly SmartFares – new rail deals every week with 25 percent discounts
  • Ten percent discount for American Automobile Association (AAA) members
  • Seasonal and other discounts for group travel
  • Discounts for cross-country treks with the USA Rail Pass
  • Twenty-five percent off regional travel when you book 14 days in advance (i.e., Northeast Regional, Pacific Northwest)
  • Multi-City tickets for those who plan to visit multiple cities

Road trip planning can be a aggravating. Take some stress out of the process by choosing to travel by train. You’ll get to sit back and enjoy all the wonderful Amtrak amenities while you watch the world go by right outside your window.