I heard a story on the radio yesterday, talk radio of course. It was about the changeover of airplanes from one flight to next. The meat of the story was how little time they have to actually clean the planes between flights. They stated that travelers used the tray tables to change diapers quite often. As someone who is constantly handing out wipes to adults for sticky hands after donuts or something like that – I would say CARRY HAND WIPES. The uses are endless and you can put them in your laptop bag or handbag (and I would wipe down that tray table on your next flight).
I have discovered one of the greatest, most useful websites ever – If This Then That (IFTTT). It has so many uses on both a personal and professional level. It takes a little time to set up “recipes” – for example, “If the weather says rain the next day, send a reminder to pack an umbrella” or “If the Capitals win, post it on my Facebook page” or “If my house temp drops below 60, email me”. The site creates simple conditional statements based on your interests.
The combinations are endless and it has so many great opportunities for travel. The link above will send you to the road trip suggestions. So many sites out there are nice but this has real practical applications to simplify and organize your life.
Read the Local Newspaper Online or Grab a Hard Copy Upon Arrival
The good ‘ol newspaper is a great resource for discovering local events and happenings. Nowadays magazines and newspapers are almost all online so you can easily do a scan to see what is happening in the area you will be visiting. There might be a church or peach festival that might really introduce you into the local culture. Many of these local events are not advertised in places like the tourism office but are often in the local rag.
Our local paper the Capital Gazette offers a weekend insert with events from all over the Baltimore-Washington area, as well as a daily list of events.
Use coupon sites like Living Social & Groupon to get deals in your vacation area
Getting a discount has never been easier with sites like Groupon, Living Social and sweetjack. They are great resources for finding deals on everything from restaurants, local attractions, spas and activities.
Many of these sites now have easy to use apps, just log in and use the “current location” option when prompted. If you have a vacation planned start looking in advance for deals as many of them last for months. I have recently seen 3 different festival tickets for purchase at half price in Annapolis.
On my latest trip we went to the beach and decided to drive home via Cape May. I quickly got on these sites and searched for any interesting things we could “buy” and found a whale and dolphin cruise for less than half the regular price. You have to be aware that they often say the coupon doesn’t work for 24 hours and since we were trying to use it hours later I called the tour company directly and they said they would honor it if I came in that day! My motto is – “it never hurts to ask”. We had the best time and the whole family enjoyed something different and seeing so many dolphins. I really wouldn’t have thought of the tour otherwise.