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Why TSA Pre Check Is A Game Changer

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 […]

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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

TSA Benefits

 

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.

 

Hard Sell

 

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.

 

Important Details 

 

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Stocking Stuffers For Kids Who Love To Travel

If you’re a parent with kids who love to travel, here are some great stocking stuffer ideas to make sure your next vacation is a huge hit!

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Traveling as a family can be wonderful. It’s a great way to get closer as a family and create memories that will last a lifetime. But it’s always tricky with the kids! Sometimes it seems like you’re constantly walking on eggshells just waiting for one of them to decide they’re not having fun and promptly throw a loud and public tantrum.

So what better way to keep them calm and having fun than gifts! So this Christmas season, fill your kids stocking with some of the awesome travel-oriented gifts that will surely keep them happy for months to come!

FIREFLY FLASHLIGHT

First and foremost, this is just an adorable flashlight. It looks like a little firefly! So clever. But it’s also great for the camper kid in the family. Some kids just love sleeping under the stars or in a tent outdoors. So having a flashlight is key. And giving your child their very own flashlight is a cool way to make them feel important and independent.

RAINBOW WATERCOLORS MOVE ACTIVITY TRACKER WATCH

Just like with the flashlight, giving your child a watch is a great way to make them feel important, independent, and more like an adult than a child. Especially as it tracks steps taken, distance traveled, and sleep time. Just like mom and dad’s fit bits! Plus this watch just looks so cool. They’ll certainly love it.

GOPRO HERO

This may not feel like the best stocking stuffer for your children, but they’re so easy to use and can be really fun for your kids. It’s waterproof so it’s perfect for goofy fun at the pool, lake, or beach. And if your kid is into biking, skateboard, and the like, this is the perfect stocking stuffer as it can be easily attached to their helmet and help them make awesome compilations of their adventures.

They are a little expensive though. So this is definitely for the kid that has been really good this year.

COZYPHONES

It’s amazing that these awesome headphones aren’t a much bigger deal. They’re basically just adorable and cozy headbands that also have headphones in them! Brilliant idea right? They keep your child’s head cozy and warm, allow them to express themselves by wearing some wacky, and keeps them distracted and comfortable because they’re listening to their favorite music! It doesn’t get much better than that.

TRAVEL SPIROGRAPH

I don’t know about you, but I used to love spirographs! They’re so much fun and great time killer. So if you’ve got a long flight or road trip ahead of you and you’re worried about your kids not having fun, these are a great stocking stuffer. Also, as a creative release, it’s a great mental exercise and obviously a better use of their time than just watching that movie they’ve already seen a hundred times before on a tablet.

TRAVEL BINGO

This travel Bingo set is another great time-spender on long trips. It’s extremely simple but extremely fun. As you see any of the things pictured on the card, you flip down the marker. Then, once you have a straight line; BINGO! And just like with the travel spirograph, it forces your children to be more active and use their minds, which is always a huge plus.

 

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Travelers! Never Leave Home Without These 5 Essential Travel Items

Traveling can be extremely stressful and uncomfortable. These five items will help make your traveling experience an easy one.

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Everyone loves (and needs) a good vacation every now and again. Getting out of town and exploring new areas is good for the soul. But the actual traveling part can be extremely stressful and uncomfortable. A lot of people are so stressed out by it that they don’t even bother traveling at all. But, have no fear, help is here! Check out these five must-haves for any and all travelers.

 

SLIDER SANDALS

This may seem simple and not all that worth it, but they can make that terrible security check process so much easier. No more untying and retying your shoes. No panicking that you’re holding up the line as you do so. Just slip these bad boys on and off and you’ll be through that line in a breeze. Also, as long as your comfortable in your socks in front of strangers, going shoeless while you’re on the plane feels great!

PACKING CUBES

This one is for my fellow OCD types out there. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been lugging my suitcase around just thinking about how all that wonderful folding I had done was completely going to waste. But getting packing cubes like these completely changed my traveling experience for the better. You can keep everything organized and separated perfectly, while also maximizing your luggage space! Even the laziest and most unorganized of us can benefit from these beauties.

PASHMINA WRAP

This might not be as necessary for any of you that run hot, but it can be a lifesaver for those of us that can’t stand how cold airplanes get! I don’t know why those overhead vents have to blast cold air at us like they do, but I’ll tell you right now I do not like it. So having a light wrap like this that is easy to keep in your carry on can make the flight so much more comfortable.

SKIN MIST

Traveling is a messy business. How many times have you gotten off a plane and felt like your face had never been dirtier or greasier? I’d say it happens to me about, oh… every single time I’ve ever stepped on the plane. Having a skin mist like this one on hand to freshen up does wonders for your skin and your mood. Everyone deserves to stay fresh! Throw this baby in your bag and thank me later.

PORTABLE CHARGER

I think we’ve all been in the apocalyptic situation where I phone dies. It truly feels like the end of the world. How will I call or text people? How will I call a Lyft? How on Earth will I post an Instagram?! Well keep one of these little lifesavers with you and you will never have to experience that terrible fear again. If you get a good one, it can fully charge a dead iPhone up to five times. Trust me. You need one of these, like, yesterday.

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