4 Ways to Feel Like First Class in Coach

Travel Hack: 4 Ways to Feel Like First Class in Coach

We’ve been traveling a lot for work and pleasure lately, and it’s only about to pick up! We’re always SO excited about our destinations, but we have to get there first, and flying in coach can be such a drag. Am I right?

Here’s the good news, travelers! We have four travel hacks to make flying in coach as comfortable as possible. With Salem Kitty’s help, Stephanie just filled her new Delsey Tote with all the goodies she needs to relax in coach on her flight to Reykjavik.

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Meagan grew up in the North Georgia Mountains and spent her first trip abroad in Italy. She’s been traveling all over the world ever since, learning Spanish, Japanese, and Thai. She travels for the food, the culture, and the history.

Top 10 Travel Apps You Can’t Leave Home Without

We’ve been compiling lists of our favorite tips, tricks, and products to make your next trip easier to plan and enjoy. Since mobile apps have been changing the way we travel, here are our Top 10 Travel Apps that we use to plan our trips, keep up with our itineraries and tickets, and find our way around.

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Meagan grew up in the North Georgia Mountains and spent her first trip abroad in Italy. She’s been traveling all over the world ever since, learning Spanish, Japanese, and Thai. She travels for the food, the culture, and the history.
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Best Gifts for Travelers

We’ve recently received some fabulous gifts that are so perfect for travelers that we couldn’t wait to share with you! We also scoured Pinterest for some unique ideas. Put these on your birthday, holiday, anniversary, or ‘I got a promotion’ wishlist, or consider these ideas when buying for your favorite traveler friend!

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Globetrotter Classic Hotel Key Tag: Travel-themed vintage-style hotel keychains are an adorable addition to your keys. We have ones that say “Not all who wander are lost” and “eat well travel often.” What great reminders!

Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coaster Set: We are in love with all things Rifle Paper Co., including their planners, prints, and calendars, but their Cities Coasters are a fun addition to your house regardless of your décor style. Meagan keeps some at her desk at work for a cheerful, global workspace.

Secret Paris Coloring Book:  A travel coloring book of Paris scenes? Yes, please! What a wonderful way to unwind and “color your way to calm!”

Leather World Map Passport Case: Passport cases are functional and a fun way to express your personality. Etsy always has amazing finds and we absolutely adore these leather world map cases. Here’s a Top 10 list with more ideas!

Urban Gridded Earrings/Necklace – Rome: You can’t go wrong with jewelry as a gift. The city pendant necklaces and earrings from Aminimal Studio are a unique addition to your collection and fun conversation piece. Pick your favorite city to show some love!

Standard Baggu: Reusable shopping bags from are the best for everyday life and shopping while you travel! In addition to the standard Baggu, the backpack is a super cute carry on and travel bag.

AFAR Magazine Subscription: AFAR is one of our favorite travel mags, and a subscription is a gift that gives all year long! We also love National Geographic Traveler.

Cartography Wash Bag: You can never have too many bags for keeping organized while packing and traveling! Isn’t this canvas and leather On the Road bag lovely?

Which gift would you most like to receive or give? Share other gifts ideas in the comments below!

Stephanie grew up road-tripping across the U.S., but her first flight was to Australia, and she’s been hooked ever since. She lived abroad in Thailand, where she met Meagan, and in Ghana with Peace Corps and has been to over 30 countries on 6 continents. She travels for the adventure, the stories, and nature.
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Our Newest Find: A Must-Have App for Travel

Like all good travel sites, we’ve been compiling lists of our favorite tips, tricks, and products to make your next trip easier on you and your budget. If you remember from our post on organizing your travel documents, I mentioned that I keep my itineraries and confirmation numbers in Google Drive and then print out some hard copies just in case I can’t access mobile data or WiFi.

Well, friends, no more! I have FINALLY found an app that organizes my travel confirmations easily and with as much detail as possible. Introducing…

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My biggest concern with apps that organize details for me is that I rarely like the layout or the amount of detail shown. Details recorded in Tripit are organized by date, then by item (plane ticket, train ticket, hotel confirmation, etc.), and they all expand for additional information. That even includes your email correspondence with your AirBnB or your bike rental receipts.

Here’s how it works…

1. Make an account at www.tripit.com and download the app to your mobile device from Google Play or iTunes. It’s free, but there’s also a pro version that is ad-free and has a few more features.

2. Just forward all of your confirmation emails to the Tripit email address they give you. Tripit will notice the email address that you send them from, and it will assign them all to your individual account. It’s pretty darn smart and really good at sorting out what information to pull from each email. For my hotels, AirBnB, and Bed & Breakfast, for instance, it includes confirmation numbers, addresses, and phone numbers in the main details.

3. You can then go to the website if you need to adjust any details. For instance, I have a casual email from the bike rental company that we will be using in France. Tripit didn’t recognize that it was a receipt for an activity, but it did file it into my Trip Details for the right date. I was able to go in and edit the activity type and name so that it fit in easier with my schedule. In fact, I also changed hotel check-out times to the actual time that we’re leaving so that “check-out” would appear prior to my train ticket. See? I told you I can be picky.

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4. Tripit even includes directions and adds them automatically. When Tripit recognized that I’ll be flying into CDG airport and that I have a reservation at this darling hotel in the 17th arrondissement, it included directions via car and the Paris Metro. Merci beaucoup, Tripit!

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Are you ready for the best part?

As I’m at home writing this, I decided to turn off my mobile and wireless on my phone to see what details I could access with no data or WiFi service, and I was still able to open all of the details I’ll need. How’s that for accessibility?!

Have you used Tripit to organize your travel itinerary and confirmations before? If so, tell us about it in the comments!

Meagan grew up in the North Georgia Mountains and spent her first trip abroad in Italy. She’s been traveling all over the world ever since, learning Spanish, Japanese, and Thai. She travels for the food, the culture, and the history.
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How to: Plan your Travel Transportation

Let Me Tell You About Rome2rio

Day-dreaming about future adventures has become a full-fledged hobby of mine. I could spend hours looking at travel photos, reading about adventures, and trying to determine which destinations are in my Top 5. There are too many!

While recently planning my family’s upcoming trip to Paris, Avignon, and Beaune, I came across this brilliant website that makes travel-planning a cinch! Trust me. You NEED this resource!

Rome2rio is an amazing one-stop website that shows you all of the possible ways to get from Point A to Point B, and it includes times and rates. Having trouble deciding if you should rent a car, take the train, or brave the local buses? Rome2rio provides all the details so you can decide which route will be the cheapest, the quickest, or the easiest!

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Here’s a screenshot of the Rome2Rio Tool.

See that sidebar on the left? Just click through your transportation options to compare costs and times, then select your favorite to book your tickets! Once you have your logistics handled, you can focus on what really matters: daydreaming about your destination!


Yes, it’s constant daydreaming about Paris over here now that we have the logistics out of the way.  I’ve also been doing a little day-dreaming about how my husband and I can combine a few stops in Spain with some special locations in Morocco for an anniversary trip. While we are still trying to figure out what is feasible, we can check Rome2rio to see when it’s worth it to fly between cities and when an overnight train from Fes to Marrakech will allow us to save on hotel costs. Have you been to Morocco? Do you have any advice for me?

It’s hard enough to decide where to go next. Let this website do the transportation planning for you!

[Friends, this is not a sponsored post. We’ve been using Rome2rio in our personal vacation planning, and we love it! We think you will, too!
Morocco Photos courtesy of Apartment Therapy and AFAR Magazine. ]

Meagan grew up in the North Georgia Mountains and spent her first trip abroad in Italy. She’s been traveling all over the world ever since, learning Spanish, Japanese, and Thai. She travels for the food, the culture, and the history.