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Tough Travel Questions We All Have Asked

We are professional travelers and not too often we get stumped by questions from our readers, so we compiled a list. These are travel questions that we get often and the answers aren’t so straightforward. 

 

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We are professional travelers and not too often we get stumped by questions from our readers, so we compiled a list. These are travel questions that we get often and the answers aren’t so straightforward. Hopefully these will shed some light on issues many readers have had and couldn’t find the answers to.

 

Cheapest Days to fly?

Travel can be expensive so it’s best to search for the cheapest flights.  The cheapest days to fly in the United States are usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and international flights are cheapest on weekdays. Always check around because sometimes you will find a diamond in the rough and get a cheap weekend international flight or a unicorn in the cheap Friday flight.

 

 

Carry-ons are always free?

You would think so but as we have unfortunately found out many of the ultra discount carriers (think Spirit) charge for carry-ons. These guidelines should be present when you book so make sure you check your airline’s regulations.  Its getting more and more expensive to travel, especially with all these countless add-ons.

 

I saw cheaper tickets after I bought mine, what can I do?

You can always change your flights but most airline charge for this convenience. You may end up paying more than the amount you would have saved by switching. It’s always a good move to check with the airline before you attempt to switch, or even before you book.

You have 24 hours to change after your purchase. The Department of Transportation requires all U.S. carriers to offer a 24-hour grace period where you can change your flight at no charge. So officially you have 24 hours to find a cheaper flight on all U.S. airlines.

Southwest is the only U.S. carrier that currently doesn’t charge a change fee, so search away and book at your leisure with Southwest.

You other option is at the time of purchase. Some carriers offer refundable tickets, which allow you to change whenever you want but are often more expensive.

 

Why are security lines so long?

Well, they aren’t always long but they all seem to take forever. If you hate waiting, check the TSA app on your smartphone and get real time updates and wait times. If you hate waiting in general then you should obviously get the TSA PreCheck. Cut the long security lines and breeze through security checkpoints without taking your shoes off or laptop out of your bag. This service averages out to only $20 a year for the five-year period it’s active for.

 

Where did my favorite airline go?

Ok, airlines come and go just like other brands do. If you haven’t traveled in a long time then you may be wondering where your favorite carriers have disappeared. You may be missing AirTran, Continental, Northwest or U.S.Airways, all of which have recently disappear from airports. You soon will see Virgin America and Alaska merge into one airline and we aren’t sure what name they will adopt.

 

What airline has the cheapest flights?

No one airline has the lowest fare as the business is super competitive now. You will however find some low prices on the ultra discount carriers but they often have hidden fees like charging for carry-on baggage, which make them equal to other airlines. Your best bet is to check with comparison sites like Kayak.com and see what all the airlines are charging and then make an educated decision.

 

Why is airfare so expensive?

They aren’t always expensive; you are probably just looking at the wrong times. Try to avoid flying during holidays or when many people want to fly. The higher the demand the higher the prices. So if you want to save big bucks, simply book early and be flexible when you can fly.

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Best Travel Laptops

How to Choose a Travel Laptop When traveling with technology, my rule of thumb is simple: pack light. I understand that you want the best functionality with your travel laptop but sometimes it pays to go with the minimal option. I always look at multiple choices when I’m contemplating buying technology and laptops are no […]

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How to Choose a Travel Laptop

When traveling with technology, my rule of thumb is simple: pack light. I understand that you want the best functionality with your travel laptop but sometimes it pays to go with the minimal option. I always look at multiple choices when I’m contemplating buying technology and laptops are no different.   I look at cost, battery life, storage, functionality and portability.

 

It’s smart to weigh your options and figure out what exactly you plan on using the laptop.

Do you want to watch movies?

Are you trying to surf the web?

What programs will you need to run?

Will you need internet accessibility?

How much are you trying to spend?

Just how portable do you need your travel laptop to be?

 

These questions and many more may arise in your decision process and I’m here to help.

There are 3 main types of lightweight travel laptops: 2-n-1s, ultra books and Chromebooks.

 

2-n-1s

These are versatile laptops and tablets in one, hence the catchy and practical name. These are very functional and convenient for travel since they have multi-functionality. They convert from a laptop to tablet easily and extremely portable. Sometimes you just want to watch a movie and other times you need the capability to access Microsoft office, so a 2-n-1 may be for you.

Microsoft really owns this market with their functional Surface Pro 2-n-1. The highlight is obviously their transformative properties and touch screen capabilities.

You will enjoy how easily they change from full laptop to e-reader or tablet.

The Surface Pro starts at around $800 USD and can be upgraded easily. The baseline model weighs less than 2 pounds and the battery lasts on average for 9 hours. That’s plenty of time for a long flight and layover.

Surfaces can be used with or without a keyboard, which adds to its portability.

 

Chromebooks

Chromebooks are your budget friendly option but are cheap for a reason. These computers don’t run a full operating system like Apple OX or Windows; instead they run off a basic OS that uses the Chrome browser. Now that the name makes sense, lets discuss these laptops.

Chromebooks are hampered by their weak operating system, which doesn’t allow Adobe products or Microsoft. Their simple functionality allows users to browse the internet, watch movies or back up files like your travel photos. If all you need are these basic functions, then a Chromebook may be for you. Without internet connection however, you may not be able to perform basic word processing.

Check out the Acer Chromebook for only $225 USD, which is really cheap for all that it does. With an 11-inch screen and extreme portability these guys are great picks.

 

Ultra books

These bad boys are your traditional laptops but made smaller and lighter for your travel needs. They blend high performance speed and functional portability to create the high-end travel technology you may need. These are best for people who actually have to get work done while traveling. They can do all the normal functions of a laptop but with less weight and bulk. 

The Apple Macbook Air is my clear pick; especially since I’m an Apple man myself. These slick powerhouses pack all the frill with half the weight. They start at around $850 USD and pack the same processor as their bigger brothers the Macbook.

Do your own research and figure out what your digital needs may be, and purchase your travel laptop.

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Must Have High Tech Suitcases

Must Have High Tech Suitcases   Suitcase technology hasn’t changed must in the past twenty years, except for maybe the advent of advanced roller wheels. Times have changed now that smart technology is making it s way into suitcases. The luggage business is a multi billion-dollar industry that technology is just making its way into. […]

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Must Have High Tech Suitcases

 

Suitcase technology hasn’t changed must in the past twenty years, except for maybe the advent of advanced roller wheels. Times have changed now that smart technology is making it s way into suitcases. The luggage business is a multi billion-dollar industry that technology is just making its way into. From smart tags to charging capabilities, suitcases are making their way into the 21st century, so hold onto your bags, cause they are going places.   And leading the way literally is Modobag, the world’s first rideable suitcase. Yea, I said rideable, this suitcase turns into a mini scooter to catch that distant connecting flight or just kill time cruising the airport.

 

Modobag

The world’s first motorized luggage is here and so very cool. The upstart company boost that their rideable suitcase can carry passengers up to 3 times the average speed of walking and the battery lasts up to six miles. Yes, SIX miles, which almost replaces the airport, shuttle as well. Their bags carry a maximum weight limit of 260 lbs so don’t go eating that extra donut at the morning meeting if you plan to cruise in your Modobag after work. Another great feature is the ability to charge up to two electronic devices using the attached USB plugs. The Modobag will be fully charged in less than one hour and ready for your trip, wherever you may be cruising.

 

Raden

Developed by a private equity lawyer, the Raden was engineered by consultants from Tumi and Beats by Dre, so you know this bag is hip. It features built in chargers, GPS functionality and a built in scale so you never have an overage fee again. All Raden bags are scratch proof to help deal with the ground service tossing them to and fro. They come in two sizes a carry on and checked bag dimensions. Prices range from $400 – 600 USD and are pretty sweet little bags. I certainly can appreciate the GPS functionality so you always know where your bag is and if it gets lost, is it really lost?

 

Rimowa

This specific bag is designed to make check in a hassle of the past with its digital display. Rimowa is revolutionizing the way people travel with this particular bag. They decided that the old school paper tags that airlines were using for bags was out of date and needed an upgrade. The digital display is great and totally replaces the scan able destination tag and your personal identification tag, all paper that could be lost easily.

Unfortunately these bags aren’t yet available in the US but the technology is advancing daily so the future of Rimowa is very bright. Available in Europe for around $700 Euros, so next time you are on the other side of the pond, check them out. Currently Lufthansa allows the use of these bags and their cool technology to bypass the old paper tags.

Technology is amazing and with these cool updates to the standard luggage we are all used to make traveling quite exciting again.

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Plan Ahead: Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota, February 2018

Plan Ahead: Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota, February 2018 The biggest show in all of sports is the Super Bowl and it’s never too soon to start planning your trip. The next Super Bowl is scheduled for February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you have any inclination that you may want to go, you […]

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Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota, February 2018

The biggest show in all of sports is the Super Bowl and it’s never too soon to start planning your trip. The next Super Bowl is scheduled for February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you have any inclination that you may want to go, you should start planning now. Tickets for the game are always tough to get but even if you don’t have tickets, there is plenty to do surrounding the game.

In conjunction with the Super Bowl, Minneapolis is planning the Bold North Festival, which is 10 days of merriment, festivities and food all centering on football.   The atmosphere around the super bowl is infectious and there is always plenty to do to keep entertained, especially if you are into football.

The game will be held at he recently finished US Bank Stadium, which is a state-of-the-art facility located in Minneapolis. All events will be held close to the stadium for the convenience of the fans.

Plan your visit with this easy to use website, provided by the Super Bowl Host Committee. 

More than a million visitors will make their way to Minneapolis to enjoy the Super Bowl festivities so its best to book early.

 

Hotels Close to US Bank Stadium

Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites

405 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN

(612) 370-1400

This hotel constantly receives great ratings form guests and is located within walking distance of the big game. Walking is recommended, as over one million people will be hovering around the stadium and its Super Bowl activities. The location is super convenient to US Bank Stadium and the hotel offers free outdoors parking, perfect for tailgating. Grills and beverages will be allowed for pre game enthusiasts.

 

Aloft Minneapolis

900 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN

(612) 455-8400

This modern loft style hotel is a modest walk to the stadium and is expected to offer it’s own Super bowl party in their lounge. An indoor pool is offered and good ting it is because only polar bears are swimming outside in February in Minnesota.

 

Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown

425 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN

(612) 333-3111

Less than a mile walk, this hotel is a fantastic option when looking for Super Bowl accommodations. The rooms are large, almost suite size so you can really pack in the fans and save money for tickets and beer. The entry way is a little awkward but that may keep the unwanted riffraff out while the hordes of fans flock to the downtown area.

 

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

(612) 375-1700

This is the closest hotel to the stadium, so if location is your number one qualifier, then this is your spot. The coolest location of all these hotels, this one is set in an old train depot in the business district, so imagine steam punk vibes with a classy downtown feel. There is even a seasonal indoor ice skating rink, to get the real deal Minnesota experience. It is the land of 10,000 lakes, so you might as well jump in feet first.

 

Good luck to whatever team you want to win and best of luck planning ahead, accommodations will go fast.

 

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