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Travel Hacks

Tips, tricks, and hacks for traveling.

Tips for Easing the Pain of Air Travel

By Kristance Harlow | January 8, 2019 |
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Airline travel can be taxing (no pun intended), from check-in to baggage claim. Even at the end of a flight after you’ve waited for the seatbelt light to go off and rushed to unbuckle, you still have to wait for the door to be opened. Then inevitably someone will slow down the queue with an…

Basic Safety Advice for International Travel

By Kristance Harlow | December 20, 2018 |
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Simple but effective safety rules to make yourself a little more secure when on the streets in a new city. Add it to your pre-trip prep.

Choosing Comfortable Travel Clothes

By Kristance Harlow | February 20, 2018 |
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I am always on the lookout for advice on how to travel more comfortably. Wearing the right clothes is critical to having a comfortable flight.

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What to Pack in a Carry On? – Comfortable Flying

By Kristance Harlow | October 25, 2017 |
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I’ve been blessed with opportunities to travel and I’ve flown all over the world. I know that if I don’t prepare well for a flight – especially a long haul trip – it can be a miserable affair. Here I am to bestow a bit of my accumulated tips and tricks on how to fly more comfortably.

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health While Traveling

By Kristance Harlow | October 24, 2017 |
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No matter how long you’re traveling for, or how you’re getting there, or how far you’re going, you should be taking precautionary measures to protect your health. This is especially critical if you are coping with issues of addiction and mental illness.

How to Stay Sober on Vacation

By Kristance Harlow | July 9, 2017 |
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Summer is here and the warmth radiating into the office window conjures up dreams of poolside lounge chairs and remote sun-kissed beaches. While you mentally plan your dream getaway and add pins to your vacation planning Pinterest board, guilty and anxious thoughts about drinking can trickle in. You don’t want to throw away your sober…

Inspirational Travel Music

By Kristance Harlow | December 22, 2016 |
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Music can make you happy, science says so. Dopamine, is released when people listen to positive emotional music. In other words, music causes listeners to experience pleasure and happiness. When I’m dreaming of a travel adventure, I have these songs on my playlist.

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Food is Cultural – Always Eat and Travel

By Kristance Harlow | December 12, 2016 |
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Food – and all of the surrounding rituals and traditions – can always tell us a little something about the culture. Social structure is reflected through the ways in which food is prepared, served, and consumed.

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How To Travel with Chronic Illness

By Kristance Harlow | December 11, 2016 |
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Use language that makes you the authority on your health, but don’t use language that makes it sound like it is your fault or completely in your control.

In London with a horse (age 24)

Tourists Aren’t The Problem, Jerks Are

By Kristance Harlow | October 21, 2013 |
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I’m going to say something controversial: It’s time to embrace tourists. Stop expecting those who come to see where you live to know how to behave as you would like. Embrace anyone who has the gumption to get up and go and visit a new place. Let yourself be a tourist of your own homeland, see your neighborhood with new eyes.

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112 & 999



112, 999, 110



112, 911, 999, 111, & 000


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