TSA Pre-Check Makes Flying Fun Again
Security at the airport can be a stressful nightmare and thanks to the TSA Pre Check I’m actually enjoying flying again. I was fed up with waiting in long lines, removing my shoes and all the other annoyances that came along with air travel. Thankfully the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) saw this common problem and worked together with the airports and airlines to fix it.
The Pre Check is a one-time security screening, where the TSA vets you as a safe passenger who shows no threat to the safety of the airport or it’s passengers. I’m a believer, I have seen the grass on the other side and boy oh boy is it greener. I no longer arrive two whole hours before my flight, and my stress levels have fallen dramatically. Air travel is quickly becoming fun again, and thanks to the TSA, you can enjoy it too. I’m a TSA Pre Check member and it has literally changed the way I travel. All I can do is spread the good word about the pre check and it’s benefits, since I honestly see no drawbacks.
TSA Pre Check Basics
If you are a business traveler or a once a year get a way type, TSA Pre Check will completely change the way you fly. Gone are the long lines, the frustration and the hurry up to wait mentality. With a simple online application, a small fee ($85 and good for 5 years) and a small interview process (15 minutes), your airport travel could be simplified to the MAX.
TSA Pre Check is valid in the US only, so if you want the full worldwide service, Global Entry is what you want, but it requires a valid passport and is $15 more. I highly recommend going with the Global Entry since TSA Pre Check is included for free and is internationally recognized. With Global Entry you also get preferential treatment in customs and you will never have to fill out a declaration sheet again.
I’ll focus on the TSA Pre Check in this article and guide you through all the steps to the airport bliss that awaits you.
Still not sure you want to pay $85 to be put on a safe to fly list, ok, here are your benefits. Every passenger who books flights using their TSA “Known Traveler Number,” can skip the long security line and won’t have to remove their shoes, take out their laptop or liquids. Basically TSA Pre Check is a fast track through security that allows you less time in general in the airport. To me, that’s a win-win situation; the airport has one less traveler to worry about and one less person clogging up the entire system.
Imagine traveling without the added stress of dealing with long lines at security and the frustration of taking off your shoes, jacket and belts. What a relief it’s going to be to not have to dig out your laptop or plastic bag full of toiletries every time you fly. Think about traveling during the holidays and the nightmarish situations that await you, with TSA Pre Check your annoyance levels will just diminish and traveling will become fun again.
These benefits will be good for 5 years and over 150 airports in the US participate in TSA Pre Check. The overall process is so simple that you really have no excuse not to sign up.
Super simple process that will forever change the way you fly.
First just follow the link to the TSA Pre Check application (TSA Pre Check signup), which should only take about 5-10 minutes. Next schedule an appointment for the interview and background check, which should take 15 minutes. There are over 380 TSA Pre Check enrollment centers located all over the US. Every participating airport has a center as well as most major cities. Simply schedule your appointment and after a quick sit down with the proper authorities, you are given a “Known Traveler number” that is your fast pass through security.
Last year the TSA estimated that people traveling with a Pre Check waited 5 minutes to get through security. That alone should sell you on the process and with this easy to follow guide, you have no excuses.
Check with your credit card company as many offer TSA Pre Check as part of their perks rewards. Not all airlines or airports participate with the TSA Pre-Check, but you can check here for a comprehensive list.
Moving To A Job For A 6 Or 12-Month Contract: Tips To Succeed
Working full-time at a company for years simply is not for everyone. There are those people with great skills that prefer to work on a contract basis. This could be for a year or for 6 months depending on the need of the client. The best aspect of contract work is that hours over 40 per week can be charged at a high rate. This will help reduce the chances of being asked to work a long weekend as it will be very expensive for the company. The truth is that you are not obligated outside of your 40 hours per week to do anything else. Below are tips to help you succeed when you are constantly taking on new contracts in various parts of the country.
Remote Roles Are Superior
The truth is that as a contractor you likely will want to find a remote role. Relocation can come with a number of issues and a multitude of stress. The one variable to consider is that some contractors take jobs in new locations so they can explore the country. The number of remote roles is exploding as so many people are refusing to head back to the office. The pandemic showed companies and professionals that they could maintain productivity while working at home. The convenience led some professionals to vow to never return to a traditional work environment.
Moving To A New City
Moving to a new city for a contract can be a blast as you have a certain amount of time that you will be there. You will likely try to find a rental but purchasing furniture is not something that would be considered a good investment. Furniture rental is likely the best option if you do not want to have to deal with moving furniture across the country when you get another contract. You want to get the most out of living in your new city which likely does not include going shopping for furniture. Take the time to look into all of your options for lodging as well as what part of a city that you would like to live in.
Be Realistic About Your Workload
Contractors can be taken advantage of by some companies as there is very little recourse for them. With this being said, there are contracts that will pay contractors through the entire contract even if they are terminated. You want to be paid on the same level as people that are just as productive as you. Being supremely productive might just lead to more work. You want to thrive in a new contract role without setting expectations far too high to sustain for the entire duration of the contract.
The ability to get new contracts regularly that pay well provides ultimate convenience. The ability to take a few months off after a contract allows you to rejuvenate mentally. Use the tips above so you will never have an issue finding a new contract due to the great reputation you have built.
Don’t Break The Bank When You Travel
Check out these great money saving tips so you don’t go broke taking your next vacation.
There’s really no way around it: traveling is expensive. On top of the obvious charges like flights and hotels, there will always be the little daily expenses that you didn’t fully prepare for when you were preparing for your trip. But the last thing you want to do is just not think about it and throw money around like a madman. There are definitely still ways to save money while traveling. And here they are!
THE TUESDAY RULE
I have to admit, I didn’t even really know about this “rule” before I started writing this article. But, for the most part, the cheapest flights of the week are almost always on a Tuesday. So, if you can, try to schedule all your flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This can dramatically lower the cost of your vacation.
DON’T BOTHER WITH HOTELS
Thanks to rental services like Airbnb and VRBO the hotel industry has really taken a hit. And prices have gone way up because of it. So, no matter how bad we may feel about their declining business, they’re just not the best option anymore. You can find a great deal with all the service and amenities you need from one of the vacation rental sites. There are even a few sites that deal in “house-swapping” where you basically just stay in each other’s homes during simultaneous vacations and don’t have to pay a thing!
BOOK DIRECTLY THROUGH THE AIRLINE
Many of the flight booking sites like Expedia or Travelocity actually don’t offer as many options as are available to you if you book through the airline. There are other services like Google Flights and Skyscanner that find the cheapest flights being offered by the airlines, and then you can just contact the airline yourself and book those specific flights. It’s a little extra work, but it can end up saving you more money than you think.
A LITTLE SPONTANEITY NEVER HURT ANYONE
Sure, doing your homework and planning ahead can most certainly help you save money on a vacation. But sometimes there are last minute deals made available when airlines are just trying to fill out their flights. So if you have a favorite airline, sign up for the mailing list. This way you’ll know when they are offering really cheap flights. And if you’re in the mood to just get out town regardless of where you’re going, this is a really cheap and fun option.
8 Reasons to Rent a Car for Your Next Vacation
Vacation is the time to relax and leave your normal day-to-day worries behind. The last thing you want is to stress out over your transportation.
Whether you’re traveling near or far, there are fine reasons to rent a car rather than drive your own vehicle or depend on public transit. Here are a few:
1. Save wear on your own car.
Depending on how far you travel, driving will add a lot of miles on your car. You might as well wear out someone else’s vehicle instead of your own.
Plus, if your own car is old or in bad condition, renting one could help you avoid potential road trouble. Rental cars are highly reliable because they are usually newer models and kept in top shape.
So no matter where you go, you can be fairly confident you won’t get stuck on the side of the road.
2. Save money.
If your car eats a lot of fuel, you might save a lot on gasoline by driving a rental. They’re typically fuel-efficient because they are newer models. And you might be surprised to learn you could save around 15% by booking a rental car at the last minute!
3. Travel safely.
Another reason to choose a rental car over other modes of transportation is safety. Think about it.
In a taxi, you’re relying on another driver. Aboard a train, bus, or subway line, you’re packed into a tight space with many other people. It’s better to be in control of the wheel.
If you drive your own car, and it’s older or already has issues, you run the risk of your car malfunctioning and causing an accident. Rentals are much more reliable because they’re well maintained.
That said, if you’re ever involved in a car crash, make sure to consult an experienced auto-accident attorney. He or she will help you file any insurance or legal claims and make sure you arrive at the best resolution.
4. Drive more comfortably.
Rental cars are kept squeaky clean, so they feel like brand-new vehicles. This will make your travel much more comfortable, compared to your own vehicle, which may be dirty– or at best, cluttered.
You can also choose a car to rent that you wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to drive. Maybe a nice Mercedes Benz or a new Audi.
This is a great way to test-drive nice cars to see what they feel like. And it’s way better than cramming into a subway car or a bus.
5. Show off your ride.
Rental cars not only feel nice on the inside; they also look good on the outside. This means you can drive in style and make a good impression wherever you go. Just be sure you always lock the doors and keep your valuables out of sight, so nobody is tempted to break in!
6. Keep a flexible schedule.
Renting a car means you can come and go as you please. No need to hail a taxi or wait on a bus; just drive when you feel like it.
If you have a full itinerary, it’s faster to get from place to place with a rented vehicle than by relying on public transportation. You’ll have more time for sightseeing and getting in all you want to.
7. Enjoy more privacy.
In a rental car, you can have your own space. You don’t need to worry about strangers listening in on your conversations or making you feel uncomfortable. Travel with privacy.
8. Carry your luggage more easily.
Finally, transferring your luggage between buses, trains, and subways can be a pain. When you have your own rental, you can keep your stuff in your trunk wherever you go. It’s much less hassle and requires less energy.
The Bottom line
When you plan your next vacation, think about getting a rental car. It should make the experience more enjoyable, and that’s what vacation is all about.
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