#SteepedHacks: Travel Woahs
It's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you without a dope blog to help you. Now presenting Steeped Hacks: Travel Woes (Woahs).
A couple weeks ago, we traveled to the 'A' for a conference to plant seeds. Not literal ones but the kind people use for captions on Instagram. Along said journey to Black Hollywood (word up to Tyler Perry), it was evident that despite how much one plans, traveling almost never is without hiccups. This time it was a lost package full of marketing materials and product samples that was sent ahead for us to use during the conference. (It worked out thankfully.)
It's not too far-fetched to believe that "if it ain't one thing, it's another" was first said to describe the inevitables of traveling. For some, the idea of commuting presents a level of anxiety that can turn what should be enjoyable to "that's a 'no' for me, dawg." Fret not, we got you. And now that you have a few extra moments back in your day thanks to the convenience of BLK & Bold Steeped Coffee (shameless plug), your travel woes will dissipate. From transportation to seat assignments to "I *know* I didn't leave my headphones at home", consider the following ahead of your next trip:
- When should you actually purchase airfare? Rumor has it that buying tickets on a Tuesday 6-8 weeks before takeoff is the way to go. Rather than listening to gossip like a Wendy Williams Show audience member, download apps like Hopper. Trust, issa godsend. (This is not an ad btw.)
- Ok, so you don't have space on your phone to download that app because your refuse to transfer the thousands of selfies to the Cloud. How do you check prices instead? Do it Incognito. Why? Websites store cookies and the more you check for a flight via regular web browsing, the more likely airfares for your travel dates will rise. Don't let *them* win.
- Raise your hand if you have bought the ticket but still undecided if you actually want to go. This is one time the Feds are on your side. If in 24 hours of buying a flight and you opt that you'd rather not, you most likely can get a full refund thanks to federal law. However, READ THE FINE PRINT, especially if you used a third-party company for the transaction.
- If you find yourself often parched for a drink, pack an empty water bottle so you don't have to spend umpteen dollars on what would be far less expensive anywhere else. The nerve of airports. It's either that or get it from the plane...but nah.
- Mark your luggage as fragile with "Handle with Care" tape to tell airline workers that they gots to be more careful with your stuff.
- What's worse than forgetting your headphones? Forgetting the plug to your charger. Thankfully most hotel TVs today have USB ports to use. So I guess forgetting your headphones is the worst thing that can happen.
- Roll it up. Your clothes that is. It saves space in your luggage so you can bring that extra extra outfit.
- After the vacation, comes the stay-cation. Do yourself a favor and chill before hopping back into the swing of things immediately upon your return. Recharge so you can field all of your coworkers' questions once back in the office.
- Stop riding dirty and pack a dryer sheet or two. Stay fresh.
- Do you know how to use an atlas? No one does. Download maps of where you'll be by using Google Maps ahead of time. That way, as you're roaming the new city, you won't get lost. And if you do get lost, at least you can take Steeped Coffee with you.