Monday, February 29, 2016

4 Tips for Making Travel Easier


Long distance relationships are hard, for lots of reasons. One of the burdens that comes with a long-distance relationship is travel. I currently live in Baltimore, MD, while my boyfriend is stationed at Fort Benning, GA. It's been that way for over six-months now and we've accepted it as part of our relationship. There are things that I have done to make my traveling easier and more doable for us as a couple.

Most of my travel is for my relationship or business, but these tips can also help you for other travel!

Tips for making travel easier! These are so helpful I can't wait to try them myself.

Tips for making travel easier

Use Tripcase

Tripcase is a free app that helps consolidate all your travel information in one place; this includes your flights, car rentals, and hotel information. It also has a built-in countdown to help build excitement and reminders to check in for you flights 24 hours before. If you flight gets delayed or your gate is moved, the app will let you know! I once had Tripcase let me know my flight was cancelled before American airlines told me!

Prepack your food (and maybe drinks)

Airport food is expensive, but when traveling for a lot of hours, you need to eat! Consider pre-packing your meals in Ziploc Bags, which take up less space than tupperware. This will also let you eat better-for-you options, making it a double-win! If you're one of those people with a little anxiety around flying, you can pack 2-3 oz shooters of alcohol in a one-gallon ziploc bag. Buying a soda or a sprite inside the terminal and adding your own Jack Daniels too it is much cheaper than buy a Jack and Coke at the airport bar. While I don't reccomend turning to alcohol to calm your fears, if you're going to do it, at least be cost-efficient about it.

Use Ride-sharing

Traveling can be tough. Flights are delayed and it can be a pain to coordinate with someone from while in the air. It's easiest to get to their airport and then just go, so no one is left waiting or at a loss. I suggest trying either Uber ($20 for signing up with this link) or Lyft ($50 for signing up with this link). Both of these ride-sharing apps are easy to use and integrate with your Facebook account. Before getting into a car, I always check the license plate and make and model of the car. I've taken tons of rides and spent hundreds of dollars across both of these companies, and I feel very comfortable recommending both of these apps!

Be strategic in your spending

Because of the military base Casey is stationed at, I sometimes have to fly Delta. Soon after discovering that, I signed up for a Delta Skymiles Gold Credit Card. Now, every time I fly Delta, I get a free bag! Plus, the miles I got from being approved for the card let me book 3 flights for free!
While sometimes I have no choice but to fly Delta, I usually fly Southwest. By signing up for the card, I earned enough bonus points for SIX flights to Casey!
Now remember, signing up for credit cards are not things to be taken lightly. I say this as I'm actively struggling to re-pay my debt. Nonetheless, the bonuses from these credit cards can be strategically used to get ahead, as long as you don't also get buried in debt during the process! (For example, my Starwood rewards card has given me enough points to stay in Times Square! I haven't used these yet, but when the chance comes, I'm excited for it!)

Traveling doesn't have to be a stressful experience. I hope that these four tips can help take your traveling from painful to enjoyable!

Let's talk: What other travel tips do you have?


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 Author Information

Emilie is a recent Princeton University grad, currently living in Baltimore, MD. She is half of the brains behind BurkeDoes.com, a lifestyle blog by the two sisters. Together, they write about the struggles of long-distance sisterhood, life management tips, their favorite art projects, and their obsession with food. She also makes to do lists at MyToDoList.Me. You can follow her around the web: Twitter. Instagram. Foodstagram. Facebook. Pinterest. Bloglovin'

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    1. Excited to have you on the blog! I even learned about a few new things in the process!

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  2. OHHH I ALWAYS bring food with me! ALWAYS! Airports are mad expensive and I have a very strict diet, so most of the time airports don't even have enough of the stuff I can actually eat! Typically people in the airplane are jealous when I whip out my FULL MEAL! LOL!

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    1. It's the only way to go! Plus, then you know exactly what is in the food you're eating!

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    2. I recently started packing snacks for my flights and it has been a game changer. No more seeking out overpriced food during short layovers!

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  3. These are awesome tips. I always pack snacks as well, especially with my kids always wanting to eat!

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    1. For sure! Otherwise, the total could really add up!

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    2. Snacks would definitely be helpful with kids! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing, great read!

    www.elizabethangelia.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  5. These are great tips! I will send this to the hubs!

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    1. If he's a traveler, definitely have him download TripCase! It's a game-changer!

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    2. He will benefit a lot from these tips! I even learned a few things from Emilie's post!

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  6. As a military wife, I'm defintely no stranger to long distance connecting. These are really great travel to tips :) I agree that using services like Uber really do reduce the hassle factor that comes with traveling!

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    1. You are so so so right! I've had to come home after Casey was already in the field or back at a school and that's how no one has to worry about driving me to the airport!

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    2. The military certainly makes us familiar with long distance connecting. I've been lucky to have friends and family who can take me to the airport but Uber is at the top of my list if I'm ever in need of a ride otherwise!

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  7. I've never heard of tripcase before but it sounds pretty cool. I recently fell in love with uber on a work trip. Made my life SO much easier! :)

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    1. Trip case is amazing! You will absolutely love it!

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    2. I hadn't heard of tripcase until Emilie's post either but I'm going to be checking it out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I always have to bring food with me when traveling! Air port food really is expensive! I have never heard of tripcase but I will look into for when I travel next time! I also feel that dressing comfortable is really important when traveling. I have to be comfortable. Great tips!

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    1. It's so overwhelmingly expensive! I hope you give Tripcase a try! Let me know what you think!

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    2. I always dress comfortably when traveling! That is a really important tip! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. My husband and I are long distance too (700 miles). I just shared a post today on using travel credits cards for free trips and we totally started out doing this bc we were far away. great share!
    http://makingrestorations.blogspot.com

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    1. My husband and I did long distance prior to getting married. I was in Charleston, SC and he was in San Francisco, CA. We always met in the middle in Arkansas (where his family was). Long distance certainly has it's own special set of challenges and a need for savings on travel! I'm hopping over to check out your post about the credit cards!

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  10. I'm also in Baltimore and an Army wife. I didn't think there were any others.

    A lot of the annual fee cards waive their fees for active duty military and their dependent authorized users. Since you've already taken them out in your name (I'm assuming) you could try adding your husband as an authorized user and then giving them a call to instate SCRA financial benefits. Some even backdate a refund of all fees and/or interest over 6 percent you've paid. I know AmEx does.

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