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Let’s talk about underwear.

Specifically, a piece of underwear that supports we women through thick and thin.

Over the highest mountains, through the sweatiest yoga sessions, in rainstorms, on beach days, at the office, and on adventures these protect and support our assets faithfully.

I’m talking about your bras, ladies.

Whether you’re cultivating form or function, indulging your flirty side with crafty lace, your athletic side with rib-hugging elastic, or your gotta-sleep-now side, we’ve all got a bra for every activity.

And when you travel, you want a bra that makes your trip easier, more comfortable, and less nipply (if that’s not your thing).

The 3 Bras to Travel With

If you’re like most women traveling, you’ll pack a minimum of two bras, wearing one bra and packing a spare. With that minimalist approach, you can wash one bra and, as it dries, you can wear the other.

Depending your girls’ size, need for support, and your activities, you may need to travel with three bras: Sports, convertible, and t-shirt bra.

If you’re engaging in less active adventures (or are smaller than a B-cup), you can probably get away without the sports bra.

Sports Bra

Can’t make it through a day without a good sweaty run or a hot yoga session? Pack a sports bra.

Need some extra support for your boobs on roads filled with potholes? Pack a sports bra.

This is the only time you’ll ever hear me say this, so listen closely. Pack two sports bras if you answered yes to both of the questions above. You can wear one for your next day’s activities while the other bra is drying. Click to continue…

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You can’t always jetset across the world on your every whim for an epic adventure, but that doesn’t mean your adventurous spirit has to lay dormant like your passport in its safe-spot. With the right eye, you’ll find plenty of adventures just under your nose. While not always grandiose, these activities — dubbed micro-adventures — can still leave you with a slick sense of satisfaction and a good story too.

Take me, for instance. Last week, I scooted around the east coast between New York City and Boston. Since I can’t afford a daily matinee and evening show on Broadway (though trust me, I would if I could!), I had to find other pockets of fun between all of those skyscrapers and bridges; and find them I did.

The best part? This can be done in any city — your hometown, a neighboring one, or one you’re popping by for a few days. Here’s my list of go-to urban micro-adventure ideas, regardless of where you find yourself on the map.

Take Train to the End of the Line

Instead of accidentally ending up at an unfamiliar train stop because you dozed on the ride, go there on purpose. Wandering around a personally-undiscovered part of your city is basically modern exploration, with you (and only you!) at the helm. You might even find a delicious hole-in-the-wall taco shop or an eclectic bookstore on this mini adventure.

Climb to the Highest Point

the view of city hills microadventures

Scour topographical maps to find the apex of your city limits (give or take 10 miles) and then hoof it to the top. Your heavy-breathing will be greeted with some new vistas, hopefully beautiful ones. Click to continue…

Long flights suck. Luckily, there’s a better way to handle that 14-hour transpacific flight, and it  doesn’t involve slamming a pinot grigio. At least, it doesn’t entirely involve slamming a pinot grigio. Transform your next long haul flight from drab to fab with a free stopover in an island paradise.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not. You can pack the fun of two vacations into one with a simple multi-day stopover built into the price of your return flight home. The Pacific is full of fantastic places to “pull over to the side of the road,” hop out, and see a few things on your way back to that miserable cubicle. Delay the inevitable return to normal life for a few more hours with a built-in (often free) stopover in Fiji, Hawaii, or the Philippines. Worst case scenario, you’ll get to work on your tan.

Stopover vs. Layover

A stopover and a layover might seem like the same thing, but I titled this article “Guide to Free Stopovers” for a specific reason. Here’s a little insight into airport jargon so you don’t make the mistake of booking a “layover” when what you really want is a “stopover.”

What is a Layover?

A layover is a stop between two connecting flights. The time between flights can vary, but typically a domestic layover means you’ll be sitting in the airport hunting for a power outlet for anywhere between 30 minutes and 4 hours.

International layovers can be as long as 23 hours and 59 minutes, so make sure you do the time zone math for your destination. Triple check that you don’t have one of those little “+1 day” notifications on your flight because that can mean the difference between a quick layover and a brutal stopover. Getting burned with a whole wasted day is no fun if you aren’t ready for it.

What is a Stopover?

Stopovers are connections that exceed the accepted layover time. Domestic flights with connections over 4 hours are considered “stopovers,” as are international flights over 24 hours. The difference between the two terms matters, because that’s how the airline books flights, and it affects frequent flyer programs.

If you’re redeeming miles, eligibility for a “stopover” ticket varies. Delta, imposes a strict “no stopover” policy when it comes to award flights. While Alaska Airlines offers free stopovers in Fiji on one-way award flights to Australia or New Zealand, even if you book with one of their partners. Just something to look out for. Click to continue…

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