Summer is family travel time, but how do you keep your cool when the weather (and road weary tempers) heat up? The #thistleroad travelers from Thistle Farms who spend much of the year on the road talking about our residential and social enterprise models have developed their own must-haves and must-dos for work and family travel. Here are their top six.
*Anticipate delays. Summer thunderstorms can cause as many flight and driving delays as snow. Be prepared with snacks, water, phone chargers, books, a clear understanding of where the closest restrooms are, and a favorite essential oil for those moments when you need a reset.
*Help fight trafficking while you travel. Our friends at TraffickCam enable you to help combat sex trafficking by uploading photos of the hotel rooms you stay in when you travel, creating a database of hotel room images that an investigator can efficiently search, in order to find other images that were taken in the same location as an image that is part of an investigation. Download the app today.
*Follow destination attractions on Twitter. Twitter is the place to find up-to-the-minute info from airlines, hotels and the travel bureaus of your destination. Ask questions on Twitter and get answers often quicker than calling. (While you’re at it, follow Thistle Farms for a constant stream of #LoveHeals goodness!)
*Thistle Farms founder, Becca Stevens is on the road double digit weeks per year. This international traveler never packs without including our Natural Bug Spray in her carry on. Tested 99% effective against biting insects, its a real trip saver and it can double as your summer perfume-it smells that good.
*With three kids, Becca’s executive assistant, Kristin is a pro family and work trip packer! Her biggest advice: Always pack light. Pack mix-and-match clothing items to lighten up your bag, remember headphones/earbuds, and always remember to load up your Netflix shows from home where the wifi is reliable. And our Jet Set of travel necessities is a no brainer.
*Be present, don’t spend too much time on electronics, and enjoy the time away. You’ll come home refreshed and revived.