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How to Handle the Dreaded Trip Back Home Like The Real Adult That You Are

March 19, 2015 at 6:31 PM | by | ()

With Spring Break on the horizon, as well as Easter and Passover, many of you might be heading out for a much-needed vacation. But some of you might be heading home. Our Millennial contributor, TipsyTraveler, has some tips on how to deal with that trip like the real adult that you are. Or at least, that you think you are.

We travel a lot in today’s society. Some of us travel for work, some of us travel just for mileage runs funsies. But for many of us, there was a point in our lives where we practically needed to travel…to get away from home (and never come back).

I’m from a medium-sized Midwestern town. I used to make fun of it a lot. Still do. For as long as I can remember, getting out of there was my only goal in life. Once I finally did (oh what a happy day), I began to develop that nostalgic appreciation for my hometown and the life I once knew there. Some days, I’d even describe the geography of my upbringing as quaint. But no matter how many positive memories I conjure up, it’s never enough for me to actually want to go back. At least not permanently.

Every now and then though, we have to go back. Maybe it’s for a best friend’s wedding or a sibling’s graduation. Maybe a new life was brought into your family, or maybe one was taken away. No matter the circumstance, even if it’s a good one, the mere idea of revisiting your hometown can cause night sweats.

I’ve found myself on various visits back in my childhood bedroom screaming into a pillow because ohmygodwhyamIbackhere. What do you do when the new baby nephew you came home to meet is tired and wants to sleep the rest of the day? What do you do when you fly home for Thanksgiving but Thanksgiving is just one night of gluttony yet you had to book a 6-day trip because travel costs are seriously messed up during the holidays?

No matter the scenario, if you have to go back home and you really don’t want to, try some of the below advice. Rather than drown in a sea of woe, you might as well make the most of it…even if the most you can make is sandwich that you didn’t have to buy ingredients for because your mom stocked up the fridge in honor of your triumphant return.

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What's Worse Than Traveling on the Day After Christmas?

December 26, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | ()

Scrolling through Twitter on the morning after Christmas isn't all gift-bragging and pretty pictures of families by the fire; one of today's top topics is actually somewhat sad. We searched through the latest tweets from travelers at US airports, and found one theme uniting them all: a grumpiness caused by airports playing Christmas music after the holidays.

At least we know of one airport where the travelers themselves can take control of the playlist; JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK uses the Rockbot app which allows public input to create a kind of "social jukebox." It seems travelers on the day after Christmas would prefer a much more muted soundtrack, perhaps because many may be cracking open the covers of novels gifted them over the holiday.

See what travelers are saying this morning:

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Joy to the World Travelers

December 24, 2014 at 6:06 PM | by | ()

Happy Holidays to you, our awesome readers. We've already got everything we wanted for Christmas—you guys.

We'll be back bright and early on Friday morning.

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These 7 Airline Gift Cards Offer Instant Delivery

December 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | ()

It's 5 o'clock on the day before Christmas Eve. Do you know what you're getting everyone on your list?

If not, we've got the answer: airline gift cards. Whether your gift is $50 or $500, you'll have helped make a trip possible for someone in your life, and giving experiences always trumps giving...things.

7 of the gift cards we've listed below are available for instant delivery via email, while 1 is not (Virgin Atlantic). Instant delivery may mean there's no physical card to exchange, but that leaves you free to be creative with how you tell the recipient to look extra close at their inbox this week.

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Video Interlude: How 23 Airlines are Wishing You 'Happy Holidays' for 2014

December 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | ()

Oh, the weather outside is frightful...

...but the airline-produced holiday greetings are soooo delightful.

'Tis the season for a little heartstring tugging as travel brands send out their holiday wishes, and the airlines are always good for a little creativity when it comes to their greetings. Whether it's a simple "ho ho ho" from high in the sky or a grand gesture captured on camera, holiday videos from the airlines are usually worth the watch.

Below we've gathered up all the videos we could find for 2014. Which is your favorite?

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The Obamas Aren't the Only Famous Family Celebrating in Hawaii This Week

December 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM | by | ()

The holidays are here, which means the annual onslaught of celebrity vacation photos is also upon us. And, it looks like The Obamas won't be the only famous family enjoying Hawaii this season. Already, two other celebrity couples have attracted their own entourage of photographers on the islands.

Last week, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis were spotted hitting the beach in Maui with baby Otis. They've taken part in the decade's trendiest celebrity sport, paddleboarding, a few times since arriving on the island, too.

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How (and Why) to Thank Your Flight's Crew with a Small Gift

December 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM | by | ()

Congratulations! You've made it through the busiest travel day of the year, but with some 45 million projected to fly on U.S. airlines over the next 19 days, the rush is hardly over.

As a passenger, it's your desire to simply get where you're going with as little stress as possible. It's up the flight's crew, both in front of and behind the cockpit door, who make that wish come true. Show them your appreciation during this holiday season with a small gift, and watch the smiles spread.

Some suggestions:

At the airport

· Starbucks $5 gift cards (or gift cards from other small eateries at the airport)
· A Thank You card, signed by your whole travel party (or, if you're feeling ambitious, the whole plane)
· A travel-themed drawing by your children (here's an example)
· Clear plastic box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates

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The Busiest Air Travel Day of the Year is...TOMORROW.

December 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM | by | ()

The busiest travel day of the year isn't right after Thanksgiving as holiday travel folklore would have you believe, but it is tomorrow, December 19. Are you ready?

Airlines4America predicts that 45 million travelers will fly US airlines over a period of 19 days, the peak holiday span between December 17 and January 4.

Planes are projected to be 80 percent to 90 percent full over the winter holiday period, with the busiest travel day expected to be Friday, Dec. 19. The lightest travel days are expected to be Wednesday, Dec. 24; Thursday, Dec. 25; Wednesday, Dec. 31; and Thursday, Jan. 1.

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Denver is Home to the Original Candy Cane Factory Tour

December 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM | by | ()

It takes some serious time and effort to produce all those Christmas candies, and if you need a timeout from the holiday shopping and stress there’s a place where you can go right to the source. Over in Denver is Hammond’s Candies, and the folks there are still making plenty of stuff the old-fashioned way—including candy canes—and would love to show you around their place.

They have been making goodies and confections since like 1920, so we can only assume they know what they are doing at this point. There’s all kind of stuff to check out, and best of all the factory tours are totally free and open to the public.

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5 Holiday Fun Runs Featuring Santas, Sweaters, and Hot Chocolate

December 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | ()

Screw the shopping and holiday responsibilities this weekend, and do something for yourself. Hit the course with these holiday runs, marathons, and 5Ks. Sure there’s a little bit of exercise involved, but since it’s Christmas time they are complete with music, candy canes, and plenty of Santa outfits:

Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk — Carmel, Indiana

Hot chocolate and donuts at the finish line?—sign us up! Take a break from shopping this weekend, and hit the course at the Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk in Carmel, Indiana. Things start at 9am on December 20 at the Monon Community Center, and if you register early enough in advance—score a Santa hat and beard.

Santa and Suds 5K Run/Walk – Clearwater, Florida

Burn off some of those holiday calories, and then put them right back on this weekend. The race begins at 3pm on December 21, and participants are welcome to run, walk, or just stroll along. All finishers will score a free beer at the finish line from Capitol Beer House, so that’s pretty darn wonderful.

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Why the Best Buy 'Geek Squad' is on the Scene at Chicago-O'Hare

December 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

If your electronics and mobile doodads aren’t behaving this holiday season there’s a new way to get things repaired and fix while on the go. Best Buy is sending their Geek Squad unit into the airport, as the brave women and men will be stationed at Chicago-O’Hare for the next few weeks.

When your phone just isn’t keeping up its end of the bargain make your way over to Terminal 3 near the Concourse H food court. There you’ll find the Geek Squad, and that’s where they will be providing tech support for free through December 23.

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What Everyone's Buying in Santa Fe: Chile Ristas

December 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM | by | ()

Everyone across the country is busy buying decor as the holiday season sets in, including wreaths, trees, and lights. Residents of Santa Fe are no different, except what they're buying brings a whole new meaning to the idea of heating up the holiday season.

At markets around town, you'll see signs for "Chili Ristas," arrangements of hanging, dried chiles. They are typically all red, but sometimes include green chiles for a Christmas contrast. Traditionally and today, ristas are used as a way to preserve the peppers. But during the holiday season especially, they serve as a decorative item representing New Mexican culture and its relationship with the chile pepper. As you drive around town, you will see them hung up outside homes.

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