Boats in McCovey Cove just waiting for that home run ball to come over the fence.
San Francisco Fire Department boat at the Giants game.
Driving on the new Bay Bridge. It’s brilliant white seems even whiter in the bright blue sky.
Before I book my international flights, I often set up an alert for airfares on a couple of different sites. For instance, if I know I’ll be going to France in May, I sign up for an alert from my home airport to Charles De Gaulle in Paris. That way I have an idea of what fares are if I purchased them right now. Plus, I receive alerts when the fares go up or down. Usually these alerts come once a week.
One site I use is www.kayak.com and another is www.airfarewatchdog.com. There are others but these two will give you a good feel for what you will pay. You can either book from them or go directly to the airline once the fare is in your budget.
Plus, kayak will also show you where you can fly on your budget. List your home airport and how much you want to spend…they show a map with places you can go for that amount.
Another helpful tool is to know what airlines charge for additional services. Check out www.smarttravel.com for their downloadable chart of airline fees. It might come in handy.
Travel stores often sell convenient and inexpensive kits with five different-sized adapters that will work with nearly any outlet in the world. Note that these often won’t work for appliances that need to be grounded, which will require a more expensive grounding adapter.
Everyone has their favorite packing tips…from liquids to clothes to valuables. Here are a few of mine:
When staying at a hotel, I check with them to see if they have hairdryers. If the website doesn’t tell me, I call them. If I don’t have to pack a bulky hairdryer…I don’t.
I pack several zip top bags of different sizes. They take up almost no room and come in handy for many uses.
Regardless of how long of a trip I’m on, I lay out my clothes before packing them. That way I can see how much I have to pack and what can stay at home. I tend to take black as a base for either pants or skirts and bring tops or scarves in colors.
If the trip is a longer one, I will do laundry. If staying in an apartment, I try to book one with a washer and hopefully a dryer. If in a hotel, I use the sink. Either way, you can pack less clothes and do some quick laundry. Take small packs of laundry detergent or put some powdered detergent in one of your zip top bags.
Place a scented dryer sheet in your dirty clothes bag. Your whole suitcase won’t smell like your dirty clothes.
Check the weather before you pack and definitely before you leave home.
Check which adapter you will need when flying out of the US.
I always pack a shawl or pashmina in my carry on bag. It has so many uses from a blanket to a wrap to a makeshift skirt to a pillow.
These are just a few…I’ll share more later. What are your favorite packing tips?