Eating Right on the Road

Eating Right on the Road

Travelers commonly complain that they can’t eat right on the road. Many share tales of gaining weight on a trip. The good news is that with a little planning and common sense, you can eat right and maintain the good habits you follow at home. In this post, we'll share some healthy eating tips that we use in our travels. We hope they will help you too.

The Benefits of Shipping Your Luggage Ahead

This post is an excerpt from our new book, 300 Healthy Travel Tips available on Apple iBooks and coming soon to the Amazon Kindle and other ebook stores.

When you have just too much stuff to fit into a rolling carry-on for your business trip or a dream vacation to Vail or Maui, don’t despair. Ship your bulky items ahead to where you will be staying via U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS or a luggage shipping company instead of checking it or having to lug it on the plane. It’s often faster and easier, and you won’t feel like a pack mule. After all, we have enough travel headaches as it is. 

Whether you need to get your golf clubs, skis, business materials, or extra clothes to your destination, shipping services offer a number of unique options and services to make the impossible actually quite possible. Yes, there are extra costs to consider. But when you absolutely, positively have to get it there, shipping your luggage ahead can make your life a lot easier.

By shipping ahead, your larger items can be waiting for you when you arrive at your destination. Even better, you can track the progress and location of your shipment, something that the airlines are just starting to do with regular luggage.

You can do the same thing in reverse prior to your return trip home. That way, you can ship gifts or items you purchased for yourself, camera gear, your surfboard, golf clubs, a trade show booth, an extra suitcase, or other items to lighten your load.

Image Credit: FedEx

Image Credit: FedEx

That said, convenience often comes at a price. Be sure to do your homework to weigh the costs and benefits in advance of your trip.

Below are some options for shipping your luggage:

Priority Mail and FedEx One Rate: An economical way to ship small items is with U.S. Mail Priority Mail Flat Rate or FedEx One Rate. Both the USPS and FedEx offer flat-rate shipping in many different boxes that don’t require you to weigh or measure shipments under 50 pounds.

On extended vacation trips to Hawaii, for example, we ship dry food items, vitamins, camera gear, sports gear, and bulky items in advance that would cost much more to buy there. Another trick is to order items you need online (such as from amazon.com) for your trip and have them shipped directly to your destination.

Shipping services: Both FedEx and UPS have facilities in convenient locations in major U.S. cities, along with numerous retail outlets (FedEx Office and The UPS Store). See the following chart for information on locations, services, and prices.

Company

Phone

FedEx

(800) 463-3339

FedEx One Rate

(800) 463-3339

FedEx Office (locations and info)

(800) 463-3339

FedEx Office luggage shipping

(800) 463-3339

FedEx Office packing services

(800) 463-3339

UPS

(800) 742-5877

UPS Store locations and info

(800) 742-5877

UPS Store luggage shipping

(800) 742-5877

UPS Store golf club shipping

(800) 742-5877

U.S. Postal Service Priority Flat Rate

(800) 275-7777

Air cargo: Another way to ship items to and from your destination is via air cargo through your airline or a freight-forwarding company. In most cases, your air cargo is handled more gently than checked luggage. You can also find freight forwarding companies that specialize in shipping bulky items such as trade show booths that may exceed the limits of FedEx or UPS.

Image Credit: UPS

Image Credit: UPS

Depending on the airline, sending your golf clubs or surfboard via air cargo can cost anywhere from $50 to $400 round-trip. Check your airline’s website or call their air cargo department about costs for bulky items and sports equipment, and keep in mind that these prices could change at any point. Also, get the details from your air carrier to ensure items you ship will be waiting for you when you arrive. Additional charges may apply for oversize sporting equipment or gear weighing more than 50 pounds.

Below are airlines with air cargo services flying directly across and from the continental U.S.:

Airline

Phone

Alaska Airlines

(800) 225-2752

American Airlines

(800) 227-4622

Delta Airlines

(800) 352-2746

Hawaiian Airlines

(877) 422-2746

United Airlines

(800) 822-2746

Air Canada
(Canada toll-free)

(800) 387-4865

WestJet (Canada)

(866) 952-2746

Luggage-shipping companies: Another way to send your luggage and bulky items is via a luggage shipping service. It’s convenient, as the service is from your front door to your destination address (and back). You get concierge-level service, including luggage tracking, completing all the necessary shipping forms, as well as full insurance and delivery guarantees on your gear.

Image Credit: British Airways

Image Credit: British Airways

But their concierge service isn’t cheap. So, do your homework to compare pricing with other services. Unless you want to pay extra, you will need to pack and send your luggage, golf clubs, ski gear, surfboards, or other bulky items several days in advance of your departure. If you want to travel headache-free, it’s an option to consider. Some specialized luggage-shipping companies include:

Company

Phone

Airportr (UK)

(UK) 011 44 0 203 384 6677

Carry My Luggage (Europe, International)

(UK) 011 44 1 895 450 182

First Luggage

(866) 449-9532

Luggage Club

(866) 416-7447

Luggage Forward

(866) 416-7447

Luggage Free

(800) 361-6871

Luggage to Ship

(800) 678-6167

SendMyBag (Europe, International)

(855) 642-1167

Sagawa Express
(Japan and International)

(Japan) 011 81 050 3032 9151

Sports Express (Sporting Gear)

(866) 416-7447

Yamato Transport Co. Ltd. — Ta-Q-Bin (Japan)

(310) 338-1400

Some other tips: If you’re buying a gift or memento to bring back home, many retailers will ship items you purchase directly back to you, which can save you time and trouble. And if you make frequent visits to the same destination city and hotel, arrange for the hotel concierge to store your winter overcoats and other seasonal clothing, business equipment, or even a pair of skis and boots. As a repeat customer, you can use your clout to travel lighter.

DUFL. If you’re a serious road warrior who doesn’t have time or patience for packing, laundry, and lugging a suitcase, a new premium valet service and mobile phone app called DUFL might be just the ticket.

With DUFL, you simply send your clothes and accessories to their warehouse for storage, cleaning, and folding. Before your trip, use the DUFL app on your phone to select the items you want to take along with your destination and schedule. Your DUFL bag will be waiting you get there – with your clothes professionally cleaned, folded and packed. On your return, use the DUFL app to schedule a pickup, affix the appropriate shipping label, and leave your DUFL bag at the hotel desk.

The price for all this coolness and convenience? DUFL charges $9.95 per month for storage and $99 per round-trip including three-day shipping to your destination, three-day return shipping to their warehouse, along with cleaning and processing of your clothes. Overnight shipping is available at an additional charge of $49 each way. www.dufl.com | (844) DUFL-BAG

Pro tip: Whichever luggage-shipping option you choose, make sure to contact your hotel, resort, or vacation rental agency where you will be staying in advance to confirm they will accept and store your shipment when it arrives. There. That was easy.

Air travel: TSA adds 11 new airlines to TSA Pre✓ program

Air travel: TSA adds 11 new airlines to TSA Pre✓ program

Slowly but surely, expedited passenger security screening through the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) TSA Pre✓ program keeps improving. Today, the TSA announced 11 new airlines have partnered for the TSA Pre✓ program, including Avianca, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, and Spirit Airlines.

Fast High Protein Oat & Whole Grain Apple Muffin

Fast High Protein Oat & Whole Grain Apple Muffin

We’re big believers in a good breakfast to get our day started right. It’s easy to fall into a trap of just grabbing a bowl of cereal or toast before dashing out the door. But with a little planning, you can prepare a protein-packed, nutritious and tasty muffin that will keep you filled and energized all morning.

Avoiding the Airport Holiday Blues

Avoiding the Airport Holiday Blues

This is an excerpt from our new book, 300 Healthy Travel Tips (now available on Apple iBooks, and coming in February 2017 for Amazon Kindle readers).

The holiday season brings the heaviest travel days of the year. When you are stuck in a long airport security line or running late to catch your flight, it’s hard to feel the holiday spirit. Planning ahead, allowing extra time for everything, anticipating what you will do if you are confronted with a travel nightmare, and keeping a cool head will put you miles ahead of other holiday travelers.

May your travels be safe, healthy, and carefree. Season’s greetings!

Got iPad? Our new book is now available!

Got iPad? Our new book is now available!

First, an apology: We're guilty as charged of not updating this blog. Our defense: We've spent the last few months feverishly at work on completing the first book in our Healthy Trekking series, 300 Healthy Travel Tips. And now, it's available for you to purchase on Apple iBooks (with versions for the Amazon Kindle and other ebook formats coming soon). And yes, we're totally excited. 

Cheryl Hile never gives up. Nor should you.

Cheryl Hile never gives up. Nor should you.

Whether we think about it or not, all of us are running a race. A race against time. Every second of every day, we’re getting older. And as we age, our bodies slowly conspire against us. It’s something too many of us take for granted. Not Cheryl Hile, who is running seven marathons on seven continents in just 12 months. Read on to learn her incredible story on her race to beat Multiple Sclerosis.

Travel Tip: Make the airport your gym. Yes. A gym.

Travel Tip: Make the airport your gym. Yes. A gym.

Before your next flight, don’t just sit there. Get up and move around. Take a brisk walk. Do stretches. Use the stairs. And get your pulse pumping before you step on the plane.

The good news is that n a growing number of forward-thinking air terminals, you can indulge in yoga, walk on a dedicated and marked path before or between flights, and find tranquility from the noisy crush of a busy airport.

Travel Tip: Too much stuff? Consider shipping your luggage ahead

Travel Tip: Too much stuff? Consider shipping your luggage ahead

When you have just too much stuff to fit into a rolling carry-on for your business trip or a dream vacation to Vail or Maui, don’t despair. Ship your bulky items ahead to where you will be staying via FedEx, UPS, the U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, or a luggage shipping company instead of checking it, or having to lug it on the plane.

This inspires me. May it inspire you.

This inspires me. May it inspire you.

Take three minutes to watch the YouTube video in this post about a man who reinvented himself. He committed himself to changing from being badly overweight to finishing the Boston Marathon. 

What follows is a remarkable transformation, and a story of what love can do.