How to actually pack light

Whether I’m traveling for three days, three weeks, or three months, my packing list is pretty much the same — I like to pack light. For me the main difference between a three day trip and a three month trip is that on longer trips I wear my clothes multiple times and wash as I go.  

Read more about about how to pack light including a sample packing list. This was what I brought on my eight day trip to Germany and Italy in June and it’s organized into four simple categories: 1. Clothes, 2. Zip-locked bags of stuff, 3. Important items, and 4. What I’ll wear

How to wash on the road in 7 easy steps

Part of packing like a pro is embracing the idea of wearing the same article of clothing more than on — this is really what makes it possible to pack light. When I travel for weeks or months, I’ll often set time aside to use laundromats.

But for shorter trips, or when I don’t have access to a Laundromat I wash on the road. It’s really easy. Read my step-by-step guide filled with insider tips like the best way to make sure things dry in time, substitutes for laundry detergent, and the awesomeness of the universal sink stop.

How to spot a great hotel

We’ve stayed in dozens of hotels. Actually, probably hundreds over the years. These hotels — and I use that word loosely — have ranged from ritzy and luxurious, to seedy and disgusting. It’s been fun, and educational.

We now have a knack for spotting great places to stay by following our four hotel guidelines: 1. Smaller establishments that are family run or locally owned, 2. Well-located in walkable transit-oriented neighborhoods 3. Inexpensive, and most importantly, 4. Have a sense of character. Also, check out five absolutely incredible places to stay on four continents. These are some of the very best places we’ve temporarily called home.

How to save tons of time in the airport security line

It’s all about the TSA Pre√ program (pronounced “pre-check”). Pre√ participants get to use dedicated Pre√ security lines that are almost always shorter. They also don’t have to take off belts and shoes, among other things. All in all it saves time, and is way less stressful than the typical airport experience.

It costs a little bit of money, and you have to meet specific requirements and apply, but it’s worth the hassle. So far more than 1 million people have signed up for this program. Check out our step-by-step instructions on how you can become one of them.

How to actually use the internet for travel planning

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When we went to Iceland in July, we found six websites that were better than a travel book to help plan our trip. But knowing how to quickly sift through the near infinite amount of information on the internet can take more time than most travelers have. We use these three guidelines to help us narrow down the searches and speed up the research process.

  1. Find media with an editorial voice that fits your travel philosophy
  2. Find forums that are specific, searchable, and where like-minded travelers come to share tips
  3. Ask respected travelers — including professionals — for advice on line.

Read more about these three tips.

— Laura Rowley and Jim Dalrymple II

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Written by Laura Rowley

I am an artist, flight attendant, and travel blogger.

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