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“Is that still possible?” I hear someone say, referencing an article they’ve read about a free vacation, honeymoon, or first class flight. The tone screams: “This is too good to be true, right?”

I can’t help but eavesdrop on such conversations, primed to perk my ears at the mention of this subject ever since becoming a travel writer within the “travel hacking” niche five years ago. Yes, it’s possible. I think to myself.

As I explained in an article about how we travel for free, free travel through travel hacking is not too good to be true. It can howeverbe a pain in the a** to figure out, especially when you’re starting out.

Sometimes, you need just a simple discussion on the basics and that’s exactly what this article is for. We’ll discuss what travel hacking is, what it isn’t, and take a beginner’s look into earning miles and points.

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This week we are pleased to present a guest post by Miriam Porter a freelance writer focused on Social Justice, Family Travel, Parenting & Veganism. Miriam has traveled far and wide as a single mom, with her son and writes about her journey and traveling with children. Her website, Miriam Porter, showcases her work.

Traveling alone with my son as a single mom, for a decade, I have learned many packing tips and tricks along the way for how to pack a kid’s carry on bag. We have traveled by car, bus, boat, train, and airplane across North America and the Caribbean. With each new destination and adventure I discover what works best when it comes to packing.

When flying with children there is more to consider; such as size restrictions of your bag, weight limits, and of course, food and liquid guidelines to follow if you don’t want your precious belongings left behind at the TSA. Taking into consideration that some kids have allergies (epi-pen) or need various medications, always leave room in your bag if this applies to you. These suggestions are a guideline, so adjust accordingly depending on your baby, toddler or school aged child. Click to continue…

Summer music festivals are epic fun. The headliners are amazing, but the best part is sharing the experience with a group of friends. Our newest video series shows you how to pack for a music festival for maximum fun and minimal stress.

In this series, we’ll cover:

  • The best camping gear for music festivals
  • Festival gear and electronics that will make your weekend stress-free and as much fun as possible
  • The clothes to pack for a summer music festival
  • A few ideas for weird and wonderful extras to enhance the music festival experience
  • The apps to download before you go

Let’s start with camping gear, since sleeping on-site with a group of friends is the best way to fully immerse yourself in the music festival experience.

 

What to pack to camp at a music festival:

Okay – so you’re covered for camping. On to the gear and electronics you should pack for a music festival.

The best gear to pack for a music festival:

Time for clothes. Seasoned music festival attendees know that you shouldn’t pack your best clothes, and definitely not your best shoes. It’s hot, sweaty, muddy, and generally chaotic. Stuff will get ruined.

Clothes to pack for a music festival:

  • 3 tank tops
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 pair of pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts (bonus points for denim)
  • 1 swimsuit
  • A hat
  • A scarf (it’s a great makeshift blanket)
  • Shoes that you can get dirty: sandals, boat shoes, or beat up sneakers

So you have the essentials. Now it’s time to pack those fun extras, things that aren’t necessary but that make festivals a little more fun.

Here are a few ideas of silly, fun things to pack for a music festival:

Lastly, one of the most controversial aspects of a music festival: phones. To be clear, we are not advocating for using your phone constantly during the festival. We urge you to unplug, particularly while watching your favorite bands. That said, there are some apps that make the festival experience easier and more fun.

Apps to download for a music festival:

You’re all set for your next music festival – almost.

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