How to Travel Like a Boss
Listen, traveling is not for everyone - especially when it comes to air travel. Some people actually just suck at it! So here are just some of my tips on how to travel like a boss and not be one of those sucky people at the airport.
Economy Lot Parking
If public transportation is not your thing and you have to drive yourself to the airport, do not park in the regular lot...head on over to economy parking. Depending on your city, it can be anywhere between $7 to $12 a day. It's worth it if you don't want to wait in line for almost 45 mins for a cab.
Another option can also be Uber who is now in select airports and they are picking up people on the departures section of the airport. Check it out the next time you are traveling for personal or work reasons -- and avoid those taxi cab lines!
Stick to One Airline & One Airline Only
Listen, most travelistas have a mile accruing account with almost all major airlines. I know I have one myself, however, I try to stick to one airline and one only. Why? So you can earn miles to then earn free trips. In addition, the more trips and miles you earn with an airline it will get you perks like getting better plane seats when checking in, getting on the plane first, etc. So why not invest on just one airline?
Invest in Global Entry
Speaking of investments, the best $100 you will spend in your life will be in Global Entry. Global Entry allows you to also have access to TSA Pre-Check which means you can avoid the long pesky lines at airport security (although if you are at O'Hare that's not the case anymore). In addition, thanks to Global Entry you can travel anywhere around the world and upon your entry to the U.S. you can skip the long lines in Immigrations by just scanning your passport, answering a couple of questions and walking right past a 45 minute wait.
From the moment I applied to the moment I received it, it was a total of one month wait. Perfect for anyone who is trying to travel abroad during the upcoming holiday season.
To Pick a Seat in Empty Row or Not?
The answer is NO. You will get stuck with a full row once you get on the plane. Your best bet is to look for rows with one seat already taken and take the seat to the extreme (ex: window seat booked? then get the aisle), that way the chances are a bit higher that no one will take the middle seat by the time you travel.
Bring Your Own Snacks (& Mini Bottles of Booze!)
Listen, if you have the money to splurge then go right ahead and buy snacks at the airport or on the plane. But if you are traveling on a budget, then head on over to your favorite grocery store and pick up some of your favorite snacks that you can enjoy on board. And while at it, buy some of the mini bottle of booze! TSA will allow them to go through and it will be cheaper to buy them at your local liquor store than on the airplane.
Spend Those $200 on Bose Headphones
Listen, there have been plenty of articles out there that talk about how parents with small children need to give gifts to grown adults as an apology to their crying baby. Let me tell you, I don't have any children, and if I ever do, I know I will be giving my infant a little bit of natural baby medicine that will knock them out for a good chunk of the flight and do ghost feedings so they don't cry insanely in the middle of a 14 hour flight and wake up folks 3 - 4 times (when they are supposed to be sleeping)
I digressed...the best present I got on my 30th birthday was a pair of Bose Headphones. I will not get on a flight without them. They tune out all the loud noises and cry babies around me and allow me to just enjoy the flight peacefully - while sipping on my mini bottle wine and eating almonds! Doesn't that sound better? (pun intended)
Airplane Wifi Can Suck (on Weekdays)
I've traveled my fair share for work, during the work week and let me say the Wifi sucks during the weekdays. Why? because every business person on any flights between 6am - 10am and 3pm - 6pm are using their companies credit cards to pay for Wifi all for it to be excessively slow and spotty.
However, if you are a T-Mobile customer and you are flying American Airlines, they are now offering one hour of free WiFi connection and text messages. Not bad huh?
Roller Bag or Duffel Bag?
This is a tough one for most people. Listen, if you don't have much to pack and you have a duffel bag then use the duffel bag. It helps will always allow you to fit your bag in the over carriage bins or underneath the seat in front of you. You will never have to check it (unless you are flying a super tiny plane). But if you can't fit all in a duffel bag, then get a small roller bag and make sure that you can lift the bag by yourself - especially if you are woman! Come on ladies, get it together. If you can't lift your bag into the overhead bin then you shouldn't be using a carry on at all and stick to the duffel bags!
As a final note to my post, don't be the crappy traveler that gets up immediately after you get to the gate and run to the front of the plane. Unless you are running to catch a flight, there is no reason why you gotta be so rude and not wait like everyone else does to get off the plane. Just sayin'!