What do you do if your traveling partner doesn’t have TSA Precheck but you do? As far as I see it, you have two options: trudge through the normal security line with your partner or go your separate ways at security and meet up on the other side. It’s the kind of question that can bring out strongly held opinions. Kinda like asking someone whether it’s pronounced pecan or pecan (admit it, you read that two different ways)! It’s a question we’ve been discussing in the King household as of late. Not only because we’ve been looking to travel a little bit more, but because I have TSA Precheck and my wife does not. We’ll get to what we typically do in a minute, but first let’s rewind the clock and begin with what TSA Precheck is.
What is TSA Precheck?
TSA Precheck is a government-run screening program that allows those who sign up a way to bypass the usual security checkpoint for a shorter, expedited route through those TSA security checkpoints. For $85 (which will enroll you in Precheck for five years), you get to take advantage of several perks, including not having to take off your shoes or belt, and leaving your laptop or your 3-1-1 bag in your carry on.
If a couple is traveling together, you’ll often find both will get TSA Precheck even if only one of you has gone through the application process. The TSA is mum about why this happens/doesn’t happen, but back in 2018 the House of Representatives passed a bill to try to stop this practice - before the Senate let it die in 2019.
Go through together or split up at security?
Will travel make a resurgence in 2021? It’s hard to tell at this point. COVID-19 is still at the front of everyone’s mind. Safety, of course, should also be a priority for everyone who travels. And as hard as it was for me to accept, there are other people you have to think about before you travel besides yourself. For example, if you’re traveling long distances to see loved ones, are you potentially endangering them? Are there people in your family who are in an older age bracket or have compromised immune systems? How about if you’re a young couple trying to start a family. Is traveling worth the risk? These are all questions you have to consider now before traveling. It’s something you have to consider before a) going on vacation while living with or near a family member who is compromised and/or b) traveling to see someone who may be compromised. Obviously, if you’re the person who has a compromised immune system and/or is more susceptible to COVID-19, you have to figure out if travel is worth the risk as well.
It’s not all bad, however, and that’s why we may see a resurgence in travel in 2021!
From going on a whale watching tour to visiting the (not-quite) first ever Starbucks, there’s plenty to do during a visit to Seattle. Honestly, the hard part is narrowing down your list.
Enjoy outdoor activities? The list is nearly endless. Are you a foodie? Plenty of options at your disposal. Like exploring craft beer? Your taste buds will thank you.
But if you only have two or three days to explore the city, what should you do? And what should you skip? Here’s your answer:
Things to do during a weekend in Seattle
Even though it may not seem like it to all of you reading this north of the Mason-Dixon line, summer is on final approach. And that means individuals and families everywhere will start looking for places to go over the summer (which, by the way, I’d read this and this before you make a final decision). However, airlines and airplane manufacturers have been in the headlines as of late after two fatal plane crashes involved Boeing’s 737 Max. So which airline should you choose to fly on and which ones should you avoid?
Based on this list from WalletHub, I’ll break down which airlines are the best in all the categories that matter to you:
The wedding vows have been said, the marriage certificate has been signed, a party was had, and the day went by surprisingly fast. All the wedding stuff is behind you. Unless, that is, you plan to change your name. In that case, you’ve got quite a bit more paperwork to fill out.
But what institutions do you need to change your name at? What are the dos and don’ts when it comes to honeymoon travel? And where do you start? Bookmark this page, because the following guide has the answers and will help turn a tedious process into something that’s - well - less so.
Use your maiden name when traveling on your honeymoon
Wanna get away? Silly question. Of course you do. Who doesn’t? A better question would be to ask yourself “where should I go?” With 2019 well under way and people planning for their spring or summer vacations, the world is at your doorstep.
I will break down some of the top trends emerging for 2019. I will also break down the good and bad of those trends, which will hopefully help you make a decision about whether you want to be among the group of people that follow those trends or, alternatively, break away from the pack.
It’s pretty cool to live in a day and age in which it’s easier than ever to travel halfway around the world. All you have to do is hop on a plane and in a half-day’s time you’ll be on the other side of the earth. Like I said, pretty cool.
But it’s not all good. When something is that easy to do, a lot of people end up doing it. And when you add that with the advent of social media influencers whose job it is to travel full time and - well, influence you to travel - you end up getting a picture that looks pretty worrisome.
Overtourism or toxic tourism?
The one thing many (all?) newlyweds want during their honeymoon is romance.
Just imagine… the two of you holding hands, walking down a beach with the perfect sunset happening in front of you. Shut your eyes for a second and imagine that.
Whatever it is that you thought of, whether it was a specific location or just some random beach in your head, that scenario can actually happen to you if you visit many of the places on this list. Some of these places are landlocked, but most of the places I have on this list are surrounded by water.
I should also mention, many of these places are not budget destinations at all. Of course, at risk of sounding like a broken record (if you're a regular), you can save quite a bit by using points and miles but some of the more high end locations could still set you back.
With that said, here are the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world:
Do you ever feel like you’re more susceptible to getting sick when on a plane? Well, turns out there’s a good reason for that. Science shows that you actually are more likely to get sick on an airplane. According to the World Health Organization, one of the main reasons for that is because of the humidity in an airplane cabin, which is under 20%. At home, the humidity is typically above 30%. The dry air on board will affect your mucus production, which is an integral first-line of defense for your body’s immune system.
What does this all mean? Simply put, you’re more likely to catch the common cold on a plane than off the plane. And that’s a total bummer! Because who wants to get sick, for example, before your vacation even starts??
Thankfully, there are things you can do to help yourself avoid that fate.
So, what are the dirtiest places on an airplane?
Hotels are great. They’re great for business travelers and couples. But I'm beginning to realize more and more just how fantastic Airbnbs are for big families when they travel. I was recently having a conversation with my parents about how our family has grown to humungous proportions over the past few years and how most hotels don’t fit our travel needs anymore, when traveling as a family.
I have three siblings and will soon have seven nieces and nephews all under the age of five. Including my parents, my grandma, and my wife and I, that’s a total of 18 people. How are we all supposed to enjoy a family vacation in a hotel? We’d need five or six rooms at $100-$200 (probably much more than that after taxes, resort fees, etc) a night with no guarantee that those rooms will be near each other (even if you ask). Doing the math on my fingers and toes, that’s at least $600-$1,200 a night for the family.
To add, both parents can’t put their little kid(s) to bed in a hotel and then leave the room to go downstairs to the bar for a nightcap with the rest of the adults in the family. Parents also can’t put their kids to bed and then stay in the room for a nightcap with the adults in your family on account of the fact that you’d keep the children up.
So what do you do when you try to go on vacation with a family similar to mine in size? You can find a hotel that's more family friendly and all of that, but the easiest solution might just be Airbnb
Airbnb is a really nice option