By Jeremy Miville
The New Year is always greeted by the hope and promise of being a better person in the year ahead. Why not make some resolutions to become a better traveler?
Here is a look at my 5 New Year travel resolutions.
No sweatpants on flights.
When we walk into Walmart and see people in their pajamas, we get a little judgmental. The same can be said for people flying in sweatpants. I get it, the glamour of traveling by plane died in the 70’s, when the lounge atmosphere and cocktail bars were replaced by 4-seat rows, minimal leg room, and fold down trays. But we could all make an effort to put real pants on.
One carry-on bag with no other luggage.
I’m a man, which automatically makes this easier. I don’t have to pack 4 pairs of shoes, multiple outfits per day, hair straighteners, make up kits and so forth. With new rules for overhead bin use, including discounted tickets for not using the space, it only makes sense to strive to minimize my bag use.
Nothing against taxis, but Uber is awesome. The costs are better, the experience is more fun, the drivers are local and prone to chat you up on exciting things to do in the area. Bonus: the app is super easy to use.
Ignore the Concierge.
This guy is in someone else’s pocket. Where should I eat? What should I see? Honestly, I have a phone and could figure this out on my own! This guy is going to steer me to easy answers, and possible ones that put a little extra kick-back in his pocket. When in doubt, ask the Uber driver.
No crap gifts.
I’m guilty of this. Souvenir shops are horrible, yet I can’t stay away. I really shouldn’t buy gifts here. A bottle opener from Vegas, for someone not on the trip? A pint glass that breaks in my carry-on bag? How many magnets does mom really need for her fridge? There’s better ways to share a memory than a pen with a funny cap.
How will you travel better in 2017? Share in our comments.