Air Travel in Smaller Planes Not Too Bad

Air Travel in Smaller Planes

Flew to Washignton State from California and back recently on Horizon Airlines, an affiliate of Alaska Airlines.

Horizon uses compact turboprops instead of full-blown jets. They are nimble, not as noisy or cramped as you might think, and the flight process was smooth from reservation to end of the trip.

Getting a seat is best done by consulting a great overall site, Kayak.com, which will search for you for the cheapest possible seat. From California to, say, Portland, Seattle or Spokane, Horizon always seems to be the best bet. In April, I booked a one-way to Spokane for about $125 and the return flight was $132.

Booking two one-ways has a bunch of advantages. First, it enables you to change that return flight if you have to. Second, it seems cheaper in some cases. The cheapest round trip I could find was $325.

Web check-in is fabulous. When you arrive at the airport, in this case Sacramento, you don’t have to mess with the long baggage check-in line. Instead, you enter the reservation number on your ticket into one of the terminals located right there at Alaska Airline, then deposit your bags in the Web Check-in Line, which is almost always vacant!

Airlines like using the Internet because it’s cheaper for them, and Alaska-Horizon passes that savings on down.

The Horizon turboprops definitely have a problem with turbulence, moreso than bigger jets, but seem to slice through it effectively enough, and the frame seems solid enough for a rough bashing without safety issues in the air.

Some stops are a necessary evil. For example, ny Sacramento-Spokane flight stopped in Boise, ID, and my return flight stopped in Portland. No big deal, fairly big savings and convenience.

Beats traveling by car and paying $3 a gallon for a 2,000-mile round trip.�

How to Pack Light for a Trip to Europe

Pack Light for a Trip to Europe

When traveling in Europe, it’s important to pack for the occasion. If you are staying in multiple destinations, it is a good idea to pack lightly. Some airlines charge extra fees for luggage that exceeds their weight limit. If traveling by train, it is a difficult to swiftly board and exit with a lot of baggage. It is also a chore to find space for all your bags on a crowded train. You can maximize your space by following some simple tips in this article.

It should be fairly easy to find hostels or hotels with laundry facilities near by or in-house. This makes it easy to pack fewer clothing and maximize space by minimizing the dirty laundry you carry around. Coin operated laundry facilities are usually inexpensive compared to the burden it can cause to tote extra clothing around. For a three week trip, it is a good idea to take two pairs of jeans, one pair of shorts, two pairs of walking shoes (in case one gives you blisters or gets wet), socks and underwear for no more than five days, one jacket, one sweater and no more than four shirts. This offers a lot more luggage space and makes for cargo that is easier to carry in a smaller bag.

There are certain things that will be less hassle or even cheaper to buy while in Europe. Electrical outlet converters are easy to find in train stations, grocery stores and airports. They also often cost about half the price in Europe than in the U.S.

Packing food is generally not ideal. It’s hard to know how food items will fare in the flight. Flying to Europe, there is usually at least one lay over and with all the luggage handling, there’s no way to know how much of a mess it may have made in your bag. A few granola bars or a small package of crackers is not going to make much of a mess and may come in handy when you land and at the airport and they’re selling a bag of chips for $6.00. But plan on buying most of your food at your destination instead of taking up valuable room in your bag.

It’s a great suggestion to buy travel containers for your toiletries or buy travel/trial size toothpastes, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shaving cream, etc. to conserve room.

Remember that a lot of hotels or hostels will have a blow dryer to use so you won’t need bring one.

It’s a long trip from home to hotel and you may have to walk with your luggage from the train station or bus. Keep your cargo as minimal as possible to make your time on foot less awkward and your trip less stressful.

Travel: Review of the eBags Mother Lode TLS Mini 21″ Wheeled Duffel

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