traveling during the holidays

How to survive traveling during the holidays

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Traveling during the holidays is a really stressful experience. There are long lines, crowded gates, and unpredictable weather patterns that can really put a damper on your holiday. Here are some rules to follow to make sure you get to your destination as relaxing as possible

Have your liquids bag ready 

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At the security checkpoint, make sure to have all liquids from your carry on are already in a plastic sandwich bag. It is so stressful when people wait until they are in line because it holds everything up while the search through there backpack. If it is not ready ahead of time, there is also the chance that you will forget that little bottle of hand sanitizer in the bottom of your purse, which most likely means that your bag will need to be searched.

Weigh your suitcase ahead of time 

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There is nothing more stressful than having to take things out of your suitcase and reorganizing it in the middle of the line because it is overweight. To avoid this, weigh your suitcase and make adjustments before coming to the airport. Or, if having a bag that exceeds 50 pounds is inevitable, be prepared to pay the charges.

Do not overpack your carry-on 

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Only pack the absolute essentials in your carry-on. Try to pack as much as you can in your suitcase, and only the thing you are going to need during the flight in your carry-on. When you overpack your carry-on, you then have to lug it all around the airport as you try to find your gate. As the day goes on, it may become more difficult to carry and walk with it. If your carry-on is bigger, it is also more difficult to store it on the plane in an overhead compartment.

Pack your own snacks 

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I know it is very enticing to stop for coffee or a Cinnabon while you are waiting for your flight. However, during the holidays especially, the lines for airport restaurants and cafes can get insanely long and busy. From personal experience, I think it is better to bring snacks from home, and then buy a water bottle once you get through security

Leave early for the airport 

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This one probably feels like common sense, but never underestimate how busy airports get during the holidays. Leave even earlier than you think, because even if you do get to the gate earlier than you need to be, you do not have to rush and you can use that time to prepare for the flight.

Ship any gifts ahead of time

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If possible, try to mail any holiday gifts you have to your destination ahead of time, do not pack it in your suitcase, it takes up a lot of room that could be used for your clothes. There is also a higher chance something will be broken or damaged during the flight

Be prepared to wait in line 

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Even if you do leave early, you will most likely have to wait in line at the airport. To prepare, make sure all your electronic items are fully charged, wear comfortable shoes and layer your clothing so you can take something off if it gets too hot.

Be friendly to the airport employees; they are just doing their job 

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Please remember to be friendly to all the employees at the airport. Holidays are an incredibly stressful time for them and they often have to deal with being blamed for cancellations or yelled at by frustrated travelers. When you get to the front of the line, be sure to smile at them and thank them for their hard work.

Do not get overwhelmed 

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Overall, do not let holiday travel overwhelm you. Holidays are meant to be fun and joyful times, so do not let the stress of the airport cast a shadow on that.

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Bonnaroo Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

4 days of camping, 150 performers, 10 stages, and the most incredible experience you'll ever encounter in the middle of Tennessee.

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The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place in an enormous 700-acre field -- nicknamed "The Farm" -- in Manchester, Tennessee. Festival-goers from all over the country fly, drive, or walk into the festival to experience 4 days of music, activities, and food. This past weekend was my first time going, and I can without a doubt say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. One of Bonnaroo's common sayings is "Radiate Positivity," and the 4 days spent there are factual evidence of the saying. At Bonnaroo, there is no stress, no worry, and not a care in the world. People of all kinds come together each year to celebrate life, love, and music without judgment. Each person's authenticity was something I noticed as soon as I stepped foot into the festival.

You can embrace your true self without apology. Each person is there to lift you up, too.

The atmosphere is much different than anything else I have experienced before. Even when my friends and I felt tired, or if the sun was just too hot to bear, we still did not mind being on our feet for hours on end. We enjoyed being exactly where we were, despite the minor inconveniences we may have faced -- like sitting in 5-hour traffic to get into the campground! I may sound crazy for saying this, but time truly did slow down while we were on The Farm.

My friends and I pulled up to the campground at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning as The Farm buzzed with people. We were too excited to go to sleep, so we spent the morning exploring the place instead. Day or night, everyone was alive with smiles that were contagious. We heard the words "Happy Roo!" from friends and strangers alike.

No matter where you came from, everyone was family at Bonnaroo.

One thing I noticed this past weekend was that everyone was there to help one another. If we needed help with setting up our tent, our neighbors who camped next to us were there to help in seconds. If someone tripped and fell, three people would be there to help the person up. If someone needed a few bucks for water, there was someone in line who was more than willing to cover the cost. I felt so at home there, as if I was a part of this community consisting of all types of people. I felt like I belonged there.

Alongside incredible people and a fulfilling community, there was stellar music as well (of course!). Headliners such as The Lumineers, Post Malone, and Kacey Musgraves rocked The Farm with new and old hits that hyped up the crowds.

Each performer reminded us that Bonnaroo is a safe place and does not discriminate against any person.

Hearing these words so often gave me so much hope for this world and the changes we can make. Bonnaroo is known as a Music and Arts Festival for a reason because it also promotes and sells eco-friendly living and handmade creations all throughout the festival. The activities that are available to attendees set the festival apart from other music festivals.

Bonnaroo connects us all through music, acceptance, and love. I can't wait to go back next summer!

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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