Our Tips for Stress-Free Travel This Spring Break

BY: - 11 Mar '16 | On the Web

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Spring is in the air. And coincidentally, we are, too—and in record numbers.

The Los Angeles Times just published a story, predicting a 3 percent increase in air travel this Spring Break season. An estimated 140 million U.S. airline passengers will hit the airways in the months of March and April. That’s 4 million more passengers than last year.

If you’re among the spring breakers, rushing into the madness, here are some tips to help you enjoy a less chaotic air travel experience.

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Get Your Act Together
Don’t be the person in the security line who waits in line for 20 minutes then gets to the security checkpoint and can’t find her ticket or forgets to ditch her liquids (and then complains to TSA about how expensive or hard to find that bottle of perfume, lotion, hair conditioner, whatever was).

You have plenty of time to go over your mental checklist. Have everything you need accessible within a few seconds. If you’re prepared (and you know it), you’ll be less flustered with the crazy airline process. Plus, you won’t earn the scornful eye of your fellow air passengers.

Sign Up for TSA Pre-Check
If you’re a frequent traveler, it may benefit you to sign up for TSA Pre-Check. Your Pre-Check status may not be validated before your spring travels. But if it does, you’ll get to cruise through security quicker and you’ll likely get to disassociate yourself from the rowdy crowd of muscle shirt-clad college spring breakers.

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Get There Early
Airlines usually recommend heading to the airport 1.5 hours before your domestic departure and three hours before international departure. Normally, many of us overrule that advice and mosey on in with our rollerboards 30 minutes from our boarding time.

But if you don’t feel like spending the night in the airport during March Madness with a crazed traveling student section, you may want to heed that advice in order to make your flight. Also check your airport’s wait time the day of the flight for a better gauge of how much earlier you should get there.

Dress Comfortably
Sure, if you can wear heels and navigate the escalators, moving walkways and other hurdles with little difficulty, then congratulations.

But if you can’t and you’re slow, know that we are judging you. If you choose to wear heels, an impossible belt, pocket-less pants or any other article of clothes that’ll delay your entry through security, then remember, we, the angry passengers behind you, are judging you with bitter, uncompassionate contempt.

Plus, you’ll be dressed the part should you need to sprint to a connection.

Pay a Little Extra
You’ve likely already paid an exorbitant amount to fly during spring break season. But it may be worth paying just a little bit more for your peace of mind. Some airlines allow you to pay extra for add-on perks, such as earlier boarding. If you’re planning to carry your luggage on, then consider this option to guarantee your luggage makes it on to the plane.

Also, look into splurging on your flight carrier’s lounge pass, especially if you arrive early to your flight. It’s normally hard to find an empty seat that’s not close to the creepy mustard-stained guy at your gate. In the private lounges, you can charge your devices, stretch out and enjoy their complimentary snacks and beverages. When your flight is ready to board, then you can return to the gate with the mustard-stain guy and your other fellow passengers.

Hope this helps! Bon voyage.

BMWK, do you have any other tips for air travel during high traffic seasons?

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Nina Hemphill Reeder wrote 71 articles on this blog.

Nina Reeder is the assistant editor at BMWK. Reeder is a professional journalist, who has contributed for publications and outlets, such as Ebony magazine, AOL.com, Marriott Hotels and more. She has also worked as the senior editor at Upscale magazine, a national lifestyle/entertainment magazine.

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A Sneak Peek into the Next Biggest Thing in the App Industry and a Black Woman Created It!

BY: - 14 Mar '16 | Entrepreneurship

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Meet Stephanie Lampkin. She’s smart, she’s innovative and she’s also black. She’s the genius behind what might be the next big thing in the app industry. Her app Blendoor, which is being described ad Tinder for the career market, is already being considered by big companies, such as Google, Twitter, AirBnb and LinkedIn.

 


 

Stephanie Lampkin she has a photo of Ursula Burns, the CEO of Xerox, up in her office.

Oprah, Maya Angelou and Melanie Hobson have a special place in her office too, but Lampkin says she draws a lot of inspiration from Burns’ corporate career path.

“It takes a lot of patience and grace and delayed gratification for a black woman to go up in the ranks of a company like that,” Lampkin says. “We need to see more examples of that.”

Delayed gratification and grace have been key for Lampkin, 31, as she prepares to launch her app, Blendoor, into public beta testing during SXSW interactive festival Sunday. The app comes two years after being told during an interview with a well-known tech company that she didn’t have enough technical skills.

This was news to Lampkin, a D.C.-native who had been coding since she 13, was a Stanford engineering and MIT graduate and an alumna of companies like Microsoft, Deloitte and TripAdvisor.

“It was almost funny to me because I felt like if I were a white or Asian person with those exact same credentials there would be no question about how technical I was,” Lampkin says.

Continue reading more about Lampkin and her app at NBC BLK.

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Nina Reeder is the assistant editor at BMWK. Reeder is a professional journalist, who has contributed for publications and outlets, such as Ebony magazine, AOL.com, Marriott Hotels and more. She has also worked as the senior editor at Upscale magazine, a national lifestyle/entertainment magazine.

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