Articles by Shawn Forno

Shawn is a long haul travel specialist (trips +3 months), digital nomad, and surfer who’s lived, worked, and traveled to 30+ countries in the past decade. Big on surfing, climbing, scuba diving, and all things outdoors. Brooklyn misses him when he's on the road. Follow Shawn on Twitter. He'd like that.

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Ah, the money belt. Emblem of the anxious, insecure traveler or lifesaving secret stash for your most precious valuables. Travelers are divided on the best way to keep your cash and cards safe while you travel, but the way we pay for trips, book accommodation, and even carry cash on the go have fundamentally changed in the past decade—and so has the need for money belts.

ATMs are everywhere, international credit card fees are practically zero, Venmo is a thing, and traveler’s cheques don’t even exist anymore. Cash is becoming both less important to travel, and easier to get on the go, making one of the staples of travel gear—the money belt—obsolete.

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New York City is the greatest city in the world (come at me, bro), but sometimes even hardcore New Yorkers need a weekend getaway out of the city. There’s just one problem with planning that #blessed weekend getaway—you don’t have a car.

NYC weekend getaways

Worry not, New Yorkers. You don’t need to “borrow” your roommate’s car to have an awesome NYC weekend getaway. Here are nine awesome NYC weekend trips that you can get to on a train, bus, or even a boat. Yeah. Boats. That’s how crazy this list is. Get excited.

9 NYC Weekend Trips by Train, Bus, & Boat

  • Surfing in Montauk
  • Wine tasting in North Fork, Long Island
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Metro North
  • Surfing in Long Beach, NY
  • Rock climbing at the Gunks, New Paltz
  • Hiking the Catskills at Phoenicia, NY
  • Egging Trump Tower in Atlantic City
  • Storm King
  • Camping (and partying) on Fire Island

NYC Weekend Getaway Packing List

Before we get into all the logistics of the weekend getaway ideas listed below, you’ve got to pack your weekend bag. Every weekend getaway trip is different (shocker), but no matter the season or the reason, this packing list will function as template for practically every weekend trip out of NYC.

Here’s a full packing list for longer NYC trips
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When it comes to travel, we’re all the same—we each put our pants on one leg at a time. Some of us just have far better travel pants than others, and that makes a big difference. A huge difference actually.

When you travel in a carry on bag, you only travel with two, maybe three pairs of pants or shorts. Weekend getaways and short work trips are even more spartan. Yet the pants you wear when traveling matter a lot, because if they’re not functional enough to keep up with airport security, comfortable enough for the long flight, and durable enough to handle life on the road, no polar-inspired fleece or fancy portable battery charger is going to make your travel comfortable.

You’ve gotta have good pants.

best travel pants

Travel Pants Checklist: Lightweight, Comfortable, Wrinkle-Resistant

A good pair of travel pants has three basic features—they’re lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, and comfortable. That’s it. If all you can find in your budget is a pair of pants that packs well, feels good, and fits right, congratulations. If however, you’re willing to spend a few more bucks for a truly great pair of travel pants, keep your eyes open for features like deep pockets (you won’t lose anything on the bus), a designated passport pocket (it’s handier than you think), pickpocket proof pockets, zippered pockets (noticing a theme here?), and stain resistant or quick dry material.

Again, comfort, fit, and lightweight material are the most important, but everyone’s travel needs are different. So to help you pack the absolute best pair of travel pants I looked at some of the best new and established travel brands (and retailers) for travel pants and based my review on the following six criteria:

  • Fit — How do they feel on you? Is the sizing right?
  • Comfort — Are they comfortable?
  • Style — Will you actually wear these pants? Can you wear them on the trail and to a nice dinner?
  • Packability — Are your travel pants wrinkle-resistant? Are they lightweight?
  • Toughness — Do your travel pants stain easily? Will they rip or tear on the trail?
  • Features — Is your passport going to fall out when you sit down?

We know that “great travel pants” means different things to everyone. Some travelers need to look smart for work on the road. Others want a pair of travel pants that can take a beating for weeks on end. Still others just want a pair of comfortable travel pants for the flight with a few pockets to keep their important stuff safe while they explore Rome. Below is a list of our favorite travel pants. Pack any of these travel pants, and travel like a boss.
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