Save Money on Travel in 2013…7 Tips on Packing Right!

BY: - 2 Jan '13 | Travel

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Let’s all make a New Years’ resolution to save money in all areas of our lives in 2013, especially while traveling. One of the best ways to save money while traveling is to eliminate the ever increasing checked bag fee(s). If you gave the family the gift of travel this Christmas and are planning a spring break trip, keep in mind that checked bag fees can put a serious dent in your trip’s spending allowance.

A family of four can spend upto $200 roundtrip just on checked bag fees alone (minimum 1 bag each @ $25). If your bag is over the weight limit, tack on another $25-$50 per bag. The best way to eliminate or reduce that fee, is to learn how to efficiently pack a carry-on bag!

#1. Select the right size bag.

Before you can pack a carry-on bag efficiently, you must purchase the right size bag and make sure it is a well made/sturdy/tough piece of luggage. The right size, sure to fit in the overhead bin is 22″ x 14″ x 9″.

#2. Check the weather

There’s also a system to packing the perfect carry-on bag. Check the weather in your destination and choose the appropriate clothes for the climate.

#3. Pick one color palette for your trip.

I know that will be hard ladies (lol) but we are on vacation not the runway at NY’s fashion week.

#4. Mix and Match

Take only 2-3 bottoms and 5-7 tops, mix and match creating 10 outfits. The same applies to every member in the family.

#5. Limit Your Shoes

Pack a total of 3 pairs of shoes! Yes, only 3…one dress shoe, pair of sneakers and an ultra comfortable pair for walking.

#6. Roll Your Clothes

Once everything is laid out, start packing. Rolling your clothes is best, because it takes up less space and stuff items like jewelry into your shoes using all available space.

#7. Use a Carry-on Tote

Put your toiletries in your carry-on totebag or purse, creating a little more room in your carry-on bag.

For more packing tips like using a compression bag system check out this helpful video…

 

Just think all the money you save on bag fees can be spent on rejuvenating spa services, fun activities and adventures and tours while on vacation.

Do you have a cool packing tip? Share it with us and we’ll share it with the BMWK family!

Happy Packing! Happy travels in 2013!

By The Travelin Diva (Kirstin N. Fuller)

Follow me on twitter @thetravelindiva and @Passenger156!

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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Travel Tuesday: Jammin at Jamaica’s Jazz Festival!

BY: - 8 Jan '13 | Travel

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Since we all have that packing thing under control (LOL), it’s time for a weekend getaway. We have the first fabulous music festival of the year and it’s happening in one of our favorite destinations…the beautiful island of Jamaica! Great music plus a Caribbean island equals a wonderful weekend getaway.

January 24th-26th, Trelawny, Jamaica is the place to be as it is the official location and start of the ‘Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.’ This festival is Jamaica’s largest music festival and one of the Caribbeans’ most popular festivals. Music superstars like Cee-Lo Green, Celine Dion, Gladys Knight, Eric Benet, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle and reggae royalty Marcia Griffiths have all rocked this festival stage. This year’s lineup also promises to be fabulous.

Performing this year are R&B angel Monica, smooth jazz artist Arturo Tappin, balladeer Michael Bolton, and the legendary Dionne Warwick. It wouldn’t be a Jamaica Jazz festival without a little reggae. Stirrin it up on opening night, Thursday January 24th is none other that the iconic reggae band Third World. Festival headliners will also take to the stage for electrifying performances. Friday the reigning Queen of Hip-Hop Mary J. Blige takes the stage performing her new hits like “Don’t Mind” and fan favorites like “Stay Down” and “Stronger.” Returning to the festival stage (his last festival performance was in 2001) on Saturday is the singer who brought us “Heaven” and “Ordinary People.”  Nine time Grammy award winner John Legend wraps the festival on Saturday with a unique soul filled performance.

Celebrate the art of music at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Get your tickets now! Weekend concert packages are available. Visit www.jamaicajazzandblues.com for more information or to buy your tickets.

Discover a little reggae history while in Jamaica. Take a little time to visit the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston!

Happy Travels! Enjoy!

By The Travelin Diva (Kirstin N. Fuller)

Follow me on twitter…@thetravelindiva and @Passenger156!

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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