I have a tendency to wistfully pack some workout clothes each time that I start packing for a trip…hoping that maybe this time I’ll have the willpower to force myself into those tiny hotel gyms a few times while on vacation or while away for work. And then, when I return home, I shamefully pull out those unused workout clothes and put them back into the drawer, promising myself that I’ll do better next time. But the reality is that, more often than not, I get in more of a workout while on vacation than I do on a weekly basis when I’m just sitting at my desk all day. Before you start kicking yourself for avoiding that crappy hotel gym, take a look at some of the other ways that you can stay in shape while on the road. Continue reading
It was Thursday night at 9pm. We were standing in the middle of our living room, staring at the pregnancy test stick. A quick reference to the instructions on the box confirmed our suspicions–we were having a baby. We spent about 5 minutes jumping around the apartment, laughing and hugging it out, and then we got back to business…packing. After all, we had a 6am flight to Rome the next day.
Who needs hot baths, Italian wine, and sushi when you have gelato and crepes?
Looking back on the epic “travel in first trimester” experience now, from the comforts of the second trimester, I have to say, we did a lot of stupid things. We only had 9 hours between when we found out we were pregnant and when our 10-day, around-the-world trip commenced, so we were blissfully ignorant of the dos and don’ts of travel in the first trimester. We googled the basics, and I was quickly disappointed to learn that my dreams of Italian wine at every meal, daily sushi in Tokyo and hot baths in Budapest were not highly recommended for expecting moms. But there was also a lot that we had to find out the hard way during that quick, 10-day trip around the world.
Here’s the thing: you can travel all you want up through 36 weeks of pregnancy (talk to your doctor, though, if you have any medical conditions). But there are some things that you can and should do in order to make sure that you’re taking care of both yourself and that little alien growing inside of you. Here are some quick tips for traveling in the first trimester. Continue reading
After several years of watching Patrick leave me in the security lane as he glided effortlessly through TSA Pre-Check, I finally decided that it was time. It was time to get TSA Pre. Because of his continued elite status with American Airlines, Patrick had been selected to test out TSA Pre for free as they rolled it out initially. I hadn’t thought that the ability to walk through security without taking of your jacket or shoes would be worth paying for it…until it took me 45 minutes to get through security on one recent trip, while it took him a mere three minutes. I am a competitive person, after all, and that was just not cool.
But as I looked further into the process, I realized that there was only one way to go about this: to go big or go home. With our American Express Platinum card, each cardholder gets the application fee waived for TSA Pre or Global Entry, so I could justify the expense. And, since Global Entry automatically qualifies you for TSA Pre, it made sense (particularly with our upcoming international travel) to apply for Global Entry. Continue reading