Travel Tips


For the seasoned as well as the occasional traveler, you have to be ready for just about anything that can make a trip go sideways. Among these, the weather is quite likely the least predictable and potentially most dangerous. I recently got a taste of being at the mercy of Mother Nature and have a travel tip to keep you ready when she doesn’t cooperate with your dinner plans.

I spent several rather frigid days in the otherwise very nice town of Warsaw, Indiana. On the second night a freezing mist started late in the afternoon. Needless to say, it didn’t take long for a shiny coat of ice to form on everything. At only 7 degrees, it was as dangerous to walk the barely 100 yards to a restaurant for dinner as it would have been to drive.

Luckily for me, earlier that day I had made a stop at a grocery store and picked up a few necessities for the week. So, for dinner I remained in my room and enjoyed Wheat Thins, Palmetto Cheese, an apple, and some dark chocolate. All of this was wonderfully paired with a few glasses of The Kraken Black Spiced Rum – now that’s living right there.

So the next time you’re on the road for even a day, keep an eye on the weather and pack a few snacks (and some Kraken), just in case.

When traveling to a foreign country, don’t count on everyone knowing your language. It’s very useful to learn a few common phrases you will use. Knowing how to say please and thank you will go a long way. With a deeper dive into the new language, you can better navigate your way through a conversation. You just might need to ask someone where the bathroom is located.

For your next flight, bring along an empty water bottle to stay hydrated without paying inflated airport prices for bottled water. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows passengers to bring empty, refillable bottles in carry-on bags. In airports and popular tourist destinations, food and drinks are outrageously overpriced. Bringing your own bottle and filling up at water fountains will save you money plus help reduce the amount of plastic ending up in landfills.

Heck, whatever mode of travel you choose, bring a water bottle, even if you are taking a daytrip across town.

If you’re flying internationally, you’ll be required to fill out customs and immigration forms. Instead of hassling a flight attendant or a fellow passenger to use their pen, carry your own.

When flying into Hawaii, you will be required to fill out a Hawaii Agricultural Declaration Form. Passengers arriving with plants, seeds, and animals need to declare them. If you aren’t carrying them, you need to still fill out the form and indicate these items are not in your possession.

Ballpoint pens tend to leak due to airplane pressure. A simple fix is placing your pen in a plastic snack bag to protect your belongings.

Some airports are more technology advanced than others, you will find some airports will have a digital entry where you will not need a pen. In the meantime, just carry your own pen. Who knows you will need one to doodle on your cocktail napkin.