Travel Accessories: Flight 001

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Flight Travel

Travel Accessories: Flight 001

We all know I have a huge problem when it comes to packing! My problem is, I suck at it! If you travel a lot, then you already know how this can truly hamper your travel efforts. Looking for an efficient way to pack? Recently, I discovered the company Flight 001 and I’m in love! This company has everything you need for your next flight. They will get you to your next destination with your luggage organized and ready to go. So check out a few of my favorite flight essentials… The Spacepak System This collection allows you to pack 2 weeks worth of clothing in one carry-on. And if you are anything like me, and looking for a way to save a buck on baggage fees this is the way to go. The set includes: Spacepak Clothes Spacepak Shoe Spacepak Mini Toiletry You get this entire set for less than $100. This system can be purchased here. The Go Clean Set I can’t tell you guys how many time I’ve packed my suitcase only to forget to bring a bag to store all of my dirty clothing and shoes. I hate, hate, hate having to mix dirty clothing so this collection would be the answer to all of my problems. This collection includes: 1 Laundry Bag 2 Shoe Bags 1 Stuff Bag It has everything you need to stay clean, purchase this kit here and if you are heading to the beach get the beach kit here. Another favorite of mine, makes sure you’ve packed the right amount of liquids so you won’t get you stopped by TSA. The F1 4 Pack Bottle Set is perfect for those of us who can’t seem to get it right.   This set is so cool, it even has a checklist so that you don’t forget to pack the essentials while preparing for your trip. This collection can be purchased here.  These are just a few of my favorite pieces from the collection, to see what else is available go...

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Travel Tech News: AT&T Working to Build In-Flight 4G LTE Service

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Flight Travel, Tech

Travel Tech News: AT&T Working to Build In-Flight 4G LTE Service

If you are a frequent flier and use wifi on planes services like Gogo, etc., you may know how painful it can be to use. Oftentimes, these types of services time out or go super slow, which can handicap your ability to get some work done while you are up in the air. Currently, there aren’t many options for in-flight wifi, but AT&T is working to change that with the announcement of their 4G LTE service that is specially designed for in-flight usage. It is being touted as an “4G LTE-based air-to-ground service to transform connectivity for the U.S. aviation industry and its passengers”. Per the press release: DALLAS, TEXAS, April 28, 2014 — AT&T* today announced plans to launch a high-speed 4G LTE-based in-flight connectivity service for airlines and passengers in commercial, business and general aviation. The service, planned to be available as soon as late 2015, will be capable of providing in-flight broadband for customers including fast, reliable Wi-Fi and onboard entertainment. Following launch, aviation customers can also expect improved connectivity solutions such as cockpit communications, maintenance operations and crew services. To deliver this new service, AT&T plans to build an innovative air-to-ground network in the continental United States, based on global 4G LTE standards, to provide fast speeds and efficient utilization of spectrum already owned by AT&T. As the architect and operator of the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network**, AT&T has the expertise, spectrum and financial strength to transform airborne connectivity. This is indeed great news for travelers who want a steadier, more reliable connection while flying. In-flight broadband is a game changer for sure. Imagine being able to stream movies and other entertainment options while in the sky (currently with Gogo, you cannot stream certain services while in flight). This service won’t be available until late 2015, and it will be interesting to see what airlines AT&T partners with. Having something like this available on one carrier could make that a top choice for business flyers for sure, since many of them use in-flight wifi. Good going, AT&T. I will be bringing you more news about this new service as I get...

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Tips To Avoid Long Wait Times at the Airport

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Flight Travel

Tips To Avoid Long Wait Times at the Airport

I’ve been traveling long enough to know ways to get around the long lines and wait times at the airport. When booking a flight I’ve always found it better to book early morning flights to avoid the crowd. Travelers generally don’t like to get up early if they can avoid it so for me, this is the perfect time to travel. If flying early isn’t feasible for you then try the following tips to avoid long lines at the airport. Check-In Before Arrival: Many airlines have apps that allow you to check-in up to 24 hours before your flight. If an app isn’t available simply check in on the airlines site. Print out  your boarding pass before leaving for the airport, in some cases you can even pay for your checked bag before you arrive at the airport. This allows you to go straight to check-in your bag or go straight to the gate. Sign up for flight alerts to your phone. I get a text everytime changes are made to my flight, that way I know if my plane is delayed before I even arrived at the airport. Keep your ID and boarding documents out. I have a travel wallet that I use that I keep money in for tips and id. Having this has made travel am much smoother process. Wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to maneuver. Remember you are going to have to remove your belt, shoes and everything from your pockets. So avoid wearing belts and shoes that are hard to remove. Make sure your carry on luggage follows TSA guidelines below. 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure. Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience. 3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, consider putting your liquids in checked luggage. Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. Officers may need to open these items to conduct additional screening. So here you have my tips for avoiding long wait times at the airport, while you can control what other passengers do make sure you come prepared. This will make your trip much more enjoyable. What are some of  your tips for avoiding long wait times at the...

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How to Avoid Jet Lag

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Flight Travel

How to Avoid Jet Lag

I travel quite a bit, but recently, I’ve been suffering from jet lag. Now, I know a lot of you have heard of the term jet lag but do you actually know what it means? Jet Lag is often referred to as flight fatigue. Per Medicine.net, “Jet Lag is a temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia, and other symptoms as a result of air travel across time zones. It is considered a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, which is a disruption of the internal body clock.”  Symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, anxiety and more. Something that you may not know but kids can experience jet lag as well. So now that you know what it is, here are things you can do to combat feeling jet lagged. Drink plenty of water, planes are full of dry air, water will help to fight against it. Stay away from caffeine: I know many people love their coffee and sodas but I suggest giving them up until you arrive at your destination. Your body’s internal clock will alright be off due to timezone changes, caffeine will only aggravate the situation and disrupt your sleep. Stay away from alcoholic beverages: again this will further disrupt your sleep and cause you to feel extremely fatigued. Try to move around on the plane as much as possible: This helps get the blood flowing and avoid getting blood clots on extremely long flights. Get a good night’s sleep but try not to nap too much on the plane. Wear comfortable clothes: This may sound ludicrous but wearing comfortable clothes on flights allow your body to be comfortable, you want to avoid close that are too restrictive while on a long flight. Try some of these tips the next time you fly and hopefully you can avoid that jet lag...

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Looking to score low airfare prices? Here’s how!

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Flight Travel

Looking to score low airfare prices? Here’s how!

As a self-proclaimed Travelista, I believe I know a thing or two when it comes to flying the friendly skies. Getting the lowest fares for flights isn’t always obtainable, but with a little bit of handy work, you can end up paying lower than you would have otherwise. The airfare game is tricky, but there’s been some recent news to help us Mile High Mavens secure the lowest price on tickets. Here’s how!: A recent study surfaced in February that indicated that to get the lowest fares possible, the best time to buy airline tickets is 54 days before your departure date for domestic travel. The “prime booking window” is 104-29 days before your trip–anytime after that may cause you to pay a mint for your ticket. So word to the wise—plan early. You can also land a low fare (see what I did there?) by utilizing a Hacker Fare. A Hacker Fare is when you fly to a location with one airline, and fly back with another. Doing these one-way fares on different airlines can cut the costs down on your ticket and make your wallet happy. Kayak.com is great for displaying the Hacker Fare so that you can see what airlines are charing for what. It is something I am using for the next two trips I am taking. Another way to snag a low airfare (especially if it is last minute) is to use Priceline’s Name Your Own Price. I’ve used this tool twice in the past and received excellent results. The only problem with it is that you have to put in your credit card before you see what is being offered to you and it could involve a long layover. The “red-eye” is also another method to help snag a low fare and works well when traveling to and from a big city with an international airport. So now that you know some creative ways to snag an airfare ticket on the low, run and go book your ticket using these tips. And if I missed a trick or two on how to keep your airline fare low, leave your tips in the comment...

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AWIP Giveaway: Southwest $50 Giftcard

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Flight Travel

AWIP Giveaway: Southwest $50 Giftcard

Anyone who knows me knows, I only fly Southwest! Ever since I got stiffed by another airline, I’ve been a dedicated Southwest Customer. When flying with Southwest everything is straight to the point, which is what I need when traveling. Traveling alone can be very stressful so why not fly with an airline that makes everything easy. On Southwest you don’t pay for your bags. That’s right, you are allowed 2 pieces of checked luggage for free. I’m notorious for overpacking so not having to pay for my bags is a plus for me. When you think about it those baggage fees can easily add $25-$100 to your ticket price. So if every penny counts then you might want to consider flying Southwest.  I’ve also found that Southwest usually has cheaper rates than most airlines. Again, if you are like me every penny counts, so I recommend checking out their rates before you book your next flight. On every Southwest Flight each guest receives free pop, coffee, juice and snacks and you don’t have to pay a million dollars for it. The flight attendants are always friendly and occasionally keep me entertained with their funny jokes during my flight. These are a few of the reasons why Southwest is my airline of choice. I also love the Southwest App, I use it to check in to my flight, check the status of my flight and so much more.  I can’t tell you how this app saved my life during this horrible Chicago weather. You can even sign up to receive text and e-mail messages regarding the status of your account. Again everything is about convenience and anything that makes my life easier is alright with me. To thank you guys for your continuous support Around the World in Pink is giving away a $50 Southwest gift card, perfect to use if you are planning to travel this upcoming spring or summer. Enter to win below… a Rafflecopter giveaway Thanks so much guys for supporting Around the World in...

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