Travel Hacks: Tips to Beat Jet Lag, Lines, Theft, Hangovers- part 4

So many of us are on the road between Thanksgiving and Christmas through New Years. We have organized email and posts from JAVA Members with clever tips to ease your mind and to make your trips easy.

Visit a local supermarket- It’s one way to boost your vocabulary and feel more comfortable parsing menus in a foreign language. Plus, you’ll walk away with affordable souvenirs that provide more insights into a country’s culture than the airport duty free. Want to take this hack to the next level? Keep the plastic shopping bag. Walking around with groceries (or what looks like them) is one of the easiest ways to blend in with the hometown crowd, wherever you go.

Watch for a flight delay domino effect- Check the FlightRadar24 app to make sure my plane has left its originating city before you head to the airport, It decreases the pain and agony by 50 percent.

X out your hangover- Leave it to the Brazilians to have the most effective hangover cure ever. One JAVA Tribe member recommends Engov, an all-in-one caffeine and painkiller pill you take before and after drinking, stored in a gold, condom like package. It’s so popular, you can buy it on Amazon.

Your hotel room’s most overlooked amenity is the ironing board- Use it as a standing desk, a place to eat, or an activity table for kids. (And let housekeeping worry about your ironing.)

Zap jet lag- Vitamin D is better than melatonin for fighting inflammation, strengthening your immune system, and regulating your internal clock. A JAVA Tribe member who is a flight attendant says you should do as the crew does and skip all your in-flight meals. “At super high altitudes, your digestive system shuts down completely,” she explains, adding that when you deplane, “your body can’t keep up with the culinary backlog.” A travel agent always hits the ground running when she arrives – she goes for a jog.

What is your favorite travel hack?

Safe Travels

xoxo

Stephanie

Travel Hacks: Tips to Beat Jet Lag, Lines, Theft, Hangovers- part 3

 

So many of us are on the road between Thanksgiving and Christmas through New Years. We have organized email and posts from JAVA Members with clever tips to ease your mind and to make your trips easy.

Meals worth carrying on- You want more than pretzels going cross country? Bring your own meal fresh from home. Or keep your eyes open in the terminal for great quality take out like from Wolfgang Puck’s ubiquitous restaurants.

Need caffeine?- In coffee capitals Vienna and Sydney and several other big cities, the map-based Coffee (In)Touch app is a shortcut to third-wave heaven—and free Wi-Fi.

Pamper your pets- Soft-sided, lightweight carriers such as the TSA-approved Jet Sitter ($43) can help get your pet on board, even if the pooch is a few pounds over your airline’s limit. When it comes to restful flying, a chewable children’s Benadryl is as helpful for a pet as it is for a human. (But ask your vet about dosage first.) And always pull pet food out of your carry-on when going through security: Declaring it up front will help prevent confiscation.

Quiz someone else’s concierge- If you’re staying at an Airbnb and need good local advice, head for the nearest luxury hotel.

Rethink room service

Three ways to improve in-room dining:

Make it cheaper: look for menu items that are on both the kids’ and regular menus. Ordering the children’s version rarely results in a much smaller portion—but it halves the price.

Make it faster: insists your food not be placed in a hot box. That way, it gets sent to your room quickly, before it cools.

Make it healthier: Forget the menu: call downstairs and asks the kitchen for anything light and low-cal. It’s the easiest way to fight temptation after a long flight.

How do you travel? What are your hacks?

Safe Travels

xoxo

Stephanie