Let me say this: If you travel at least three times a year, and tend to be a sleeper on the plane, I'd recommend getting a travel neck pillow!
This is my review for the trtl pillow. Link below if you want to purchase!
why i love it...
NOT the best fit if you...
the bottom line
Overall, I'd recommend this pillow to anyone looking for a solid neck pillow, especially if they're looking for something compact. It's not the answer to all of your problems, but it's definitely a great starter pillow.
Be on the lookout for more reviews for more neck pillows + travel items!
What are the benefits?
where do i sign up?!
You can register here.
*Pro-tip If you're going to apply to TSA Pre-check, might as well apply to the Global Entry program(cut the international entry line), which also gives you pre-check as a benefit. It's $100 for 5 years vs. $84 for 5 years for Pre-check only.
Learn more about the Global Entry program here.
Whether you apply for TSA Pre-check or Global Entry, you'll need to go through the approval process, which includes a background check to be pre-approved, then setting up an appointment at one of the centres (usually an airport) and should be approved or denied on the spot. Once approved, you'll get your KTN (known traveler number) on the spot, and your identification card mailed in a few weeks.
Keep reading if you want it FOR FREE...
yup, i said free.
Some credit cards reimburse you the $100 application fee for Global Entry. Find the list of credit cards here. I personally have the Chase Sapphire Reserve (and it's great).
Obviously I'm not saying open up a credit card just to get this, but if you're thinking of getting a card, or have one of those cards and haven't used this benefit yet, something to consider. I'd go through Nerdwallet, CreditCards.com, or thePointsGuy to learn more about different offerings.
i've been approved, now what?
Once you've been approved, make sure all of your airlines/agencies have your KTN on your profiles to have them automatically applied to future flights. For existing flights, you'll need to find a way to apply the numbers manually (either online or over the phone).
Your ticket should have a sign notifying you that you can go through the TSA pre-check line; otherwise, you can check on this website to see if that airlines at the airport will have a separate line: https://www.tsa.gov/precheck/map . Quick note: TSA Pre-check is a US program so it's only available in the States.
Don't go to the airport thinking every airline will have this. I went to a local airport of mine later than usual thinking I still had plenty of time because of TSA pre. Turns out that the terminal for my airline did not have a line so I barely made it! Better safe than sorry- check the map before you leave.
Thanks to many friends who have gone before me and discovered great places and passed those suggestions onto me, here is my map of Seoul. I absolutely recommend you make a copy of the map so you can add what you need, delete what you don't want, etc. For example, probably good for you to pin your hotel or AirBnB. Another reason I tell people to make their own copy is so you can access it straight on your phone or tablet via Google Maps by going to the Settings icon --> Your places --> Maps, et viola!
PLEASE don't not live off of this map. There is crazy good food in Korea ALL around you.
Support mom&pop shops & small businesses!!
Some recommended musts in Korea:
Let's collaborate! I've enabled comments on this post so you can suggest more places people would like. (:
things to consider...
travel bucket list
Me being me, I organise everything. One of many lists includes all of the places I want to visit one day, and all the places I've been, timestamped. You don't need to be as OCD as me, but just like you have a life bucket list, or goals at work, I'd recommend you also keep a bucket list of places to explore to remind yourself what you have to look forward to.
Set a goal for yourself
Personally, my goal is:
Your travel goal can be as simple as 1 domestic trip a year, and 1 international every 5 years! No matter what the ratio may be, set it for yourself so you have something to work towards!
Not everyone has unlimited PTO! But you can still travel by thinking smart: Look through your work holidays (or academic calendars in you're still in school), and find holidays that may be good for you to leave town. They may be holidays you don't necessarily observe, or holidays that give you a longer weekends that save you days off.
[Fair warning: expect your destination to have more people than usual during peak seasons and big holidays... but that you're trade-off to make to conserve your PTO and go during busy times; or to use your PTO and travel to places with less people and less lines.]
If you're traveling for work, coordinate with your manager/HR to see if you can get your trip extended (you'll probably have to pay a bit out-of-pocket for your return flight, but at least you're getting a departure flight for FREE).
Be creative and make the most out of the limited days you may have to travel!