12 Travel Tips I Learned in Six Months

While sitting on a plane in Omaha waiting to take off for home, I came up with these 12 travel tips for business travel. This list is by no means exhaustive, it’s just as occurred to me before I had to put my phone in airplane mode.

12 travel tips learned in six months

  1. Always smell your “clean” hotel towels BEFORE you dry your face.
  2. Many local craft beers are just not good. You have to try a lot of bad ones before you find the diamond in the rough.
  3. It took 6 months of travel almost every weekend to finally qualify for Sky Priority on Delta.
  4. The biggest benefit of Sky Priority? I can use the bathroom right when I get on the plane so I don’t have to get up during the flight.
  5. Full-size laptops are impossible to use with the seat back tray. T-Rex arms all the way.
  6. If you order a beer on the flight, there’s a 50/50 chance the flight attendant will give it to you for free because it’s a pain for them to use the mobile CC reader AND if you’ve had the opportunity to be friendly when boarding.
  7. You can check your roller bag free of charge if you do it at the gate.
  8. Airport food is mostly terrible. A few exceptions were Vienna, TGI Friday’s in Atlanta, and the BBQ place in Birmingham.
  9. Bring your own bottle for water refills. You can bring empty bottles through security.
  10. Podcasts are awesome.
  11. Get an Amazon Prime account and use the Amazon Video app on your phone. Pre-download series and movies and you’ll be good to go.
  12. I really need to buy over the ear headphones for comfort. In-ear ones for several hours at a time make my ears hurt all weekend.

I hope these 12 travel tips help and if you have any of your own to share, please do in the comments below!


  1. MikeDemo on March 9, 2017 at 3:50 am

    1. Get Clear membership, you can save money if you are a Delta SkyMiles or Tripit Pro member. It has saved me dozens of times.
    2. Check a bag for bonus Mikes if Dela does not deliver on 20 min bag guarantee.
    3. Checkout Delta Skyclub, free drinks and enough food for a light meal.
    4. Inflight Wifi is more then workable, if you buy ahead.
    5. Use your airline Twitter support, it’s better and faster then calling.
    6. Join Tripit Pro, $20 a year for cash when life happens traveling.
    7. Know which booking class you are booking to get status quicker.
    8. Join Spg and double dip with Delta.
    9. Log flight on KnowDelay.com to change plans before you are forced to.
    10. Use yiur status to make no fee changes.
    11. Use 🛂 Mobile Passport and get through US Boarder Control super fast.
    12. Check Sky Priority Finder before you fly. Sometime you get extras at international airports. https://www.skyteam.com/en/skypriority/

  2. Maura Teal on January 4, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    That’s a good start! I have a few to add since I’m currently en route as well 🙂

    – You can also pre-download some shows from Netflix
    – If you pay for Spotify, you can download playlists for offline listening too (on up to 3 devices I believe)
    – If you’re bringing an iPad or other device that you don’t use daily, charge it, turn it on, and check to see if it requires updating the before your trip begins. Same goes for3 checking your backup power banks!
    – A cable organizer for your laptop bag or backpack is super handy — I keep presentation remote(s), spare AAA batteries, and cables that i can use for phone, laptop, and charging up power banks
    – A good quality backpack for longer trips is wonderful (shoutout to Matt Medeiros for recommending Tom Bihn bags. Seemed pricey but I adore my bag and how well it’s constructed)
    – Agreed that on (or over/around) ear headphones are a must for me! I usually leave them on even if I’m not listening to music as they muffle nearby noises
    – For international travel, learn how to change out your cell phone’s SIM card so you can buy a local prepaid card instead of paying for international data
    – Compression packing cubes for longer trips (or short tips when you want to stick to just one backpack) are pretty handy

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