- Discount flight notifications for deals from your nearest airport delivered to your email nearly daily for $25/year – NextVacay.com
- Join frequent flyer programs and look for ways to double dip
- Prices often change late Monday nights so Tuesday is the best time to shop. Some advice suggests 3pm EST is the best time to shop for a fare on Tuesdays.
- At the airport:
- Research baggage prices and buy ahead – find out if the prices will increase if you wait to purchase at the airport
- Also research size requirements as weight and dimension can differ by airline
- Container store has nice small bottles for carry-on fluids
- TSA Pre-check or Global Entry are nice options for reducing your wait and streamlining your security experience; your credit company may reimburse this – look into it
- Clear is a new option in a few airports
- Global Entry is also a nice option which helps you clear customs faster when returning from out of the county; it includes TSA pre-check benefits
We’re all looking for a good deal on airfare and today’s easy access to travel sites allows us to compare and contrast fares across airlines. Travelers may expect to tack on additional costs to the ultra low cost carriers’ tickets but beware that the basic economy tickets on major carriers may also lack some of the standard options. These lower ticket prices may include restrictions like no seat choice, no carry on baggage, no upgrades and no qualifying frequent flyer miles. Read the fine print and be sure that the airline ticket you purchase does in fact include the options that are important to you. We love a good deal at LTP, but not at the expense of our upgrade eligibility!
Do you enjoy the (usually) shorter lines and less hassle of the TSA PreCheck line? If so, you’d probably be disappointed to be declined the opportunity to enter that line because your membership expired. These memberships are only good for 5 years.
The TSA began selling PreCheck memberships in December 2013. More than 420,000 travelers signed up in the first six months, with a total of 750,000 travelers signed up in the first year. This means that thousands of memberships are expiring each month this year. Most users can renew their membership for $85 through an easy online process and memberships can be renewed up to 6 months in advance of the expiration date. To learn more, check out the TSA website .
According to ECU, Equality challenge unit, unconscious bias refers to a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control. It is a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences.
Implicit bias refers to the same area, but questions the level to which these biases are unconscious especially as we are being made increasingly aware of them. Once we know that biases are not always explicit, we are responsible for them. We all need to recognize and acknowledge our biases and find ways to mitigate their impact on our behavior and decisions.
(Source: Harvard’s Project Implicit) The Implicit Association Test (IAT) is commonly used to measure implicit bias in individuals. The IAT measures the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., black people, old people, or gay people) and evaluations (e.g., good or bad) or characteristics (e.g., athletic, smart, or clumsy). The IAT is based on the observation that people place two words in the same category more quickly if the words are already associated in the brain. For example, the rate at which a person can link the words “black” or “white” with “good” or “bad” indicates their implicit bias.
On an Ohio State University website they mention “Our brains are incredibly complex, and the implicit associations that we have formed can be gradually unlearned through a variety of debiasing techniques.” Some popular debiasing techniques include:
- discounting commonly held stereotypes
- using context to influence implicit responses
- changing the way an out-group member is evaluated and categorised
- using contact to change the level of threat evoked by an out-group
- using motivation to change responses to an out-group
- encouraging people to take responsibility for their implicit biases
Good overview video: https://youtu.be/OoBvzI-YZf4
Thinking fast and slow – Daniel Kahneman
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- How to decide if you should rent:
- Consider what mass transit and ride share options are available
- If trying to cover a lot of ground and see a variety of sights, you will probably want the convenience of having your own car.
- Costs can also be a factor. Sometimes it is cheaper to rent a car to get to and from your destination than ride share or taxis.
- Rental tips:
- Loyalty programs can have advantages for rates and efficiency – often getting to skip past the rental counter and go straight to the car
- Cars may also be cheaper through 3rd party booking sites like Orbitz, Priceline & Expedia
- Prices can fluctuate so it is worthwhile to look frequently in case a better deal is now available. Most reservations can be cancelled ahead of time with no penalty so you may decide to rebook a cheaper rate or to upgrade to a larger car class.
- Reservation tips
- Never pay full price – look for coupons (like in the Entertainment book)
- Pay attention to what kind of deposit the rental car company expects – this can vary greatly when you travel global
- Research the baggage space to know you have enough space
- Smaller cars generally work better in Europe
- Check the car before you leave the lot
- Take picture of any damage on the car before you leave the lot
- Don’t sign a damage form before looking the car over
- Adjust your seat, mirrors, etc. before you leave the rental lot
- The gas gauge tells you which side to pump the gas
- Plan your route ahead of time
- Leverage GPS
- Audio book options- Libby & Overdrive
- Renting movies & TV shows is also an option on iTunes
- Download movies before your trip – you’ll likely need WIFI to do the download
- Road trip games – apps & bingo cards
- Pack headphones if you want to listen or watch something different from your fellow travelers
- See past posts for more tips
- Snacks – we like a variety of healthy (nuts & fruit) and unhealthy (soda & candy)
- Yelp & Open Table are good for restaurant recommendations
- Each kid might like their own snack bin – like a personalized kid bento box
- Starbucks has nice protein snack pack options
Safety tip – For long trips, you might want to get a tune-up and have your car checked over by a professional before heading out.
More #roadtrip posts from our #100days100traveltips series.
- Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- Walking with God by John Eldredge
- The Path by Lori Beth Jones