Unrealistic Bike Policy at Southwest, Alaska & American Better

Ask a Southwest Airlines representative about the cost and size restrictions to check your bike on board and their first response likely will be, "I don't really know."

We know. We looked.

First is cost. $75 EACH WAY. So yes, you may have booked that non-refundable ticket and now you have another $150 add-on. In the old days, if your case met the size guidelines, it was free. BUT, the size guidelines were completely unrealistic, so you still had to pay up. 

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The fanny pack (crossbody bag) that you need for all your travels

Whether traveling across town or across the world, you need essentials on your person for the day or as long as you have the urge to explore. Athletic-minded traveler Jake has advice.

Why should you follow his advice? Because Jake has been traveling the world NON-STOP for the last 5 years. Okay, Jake, tell us what you have learned.

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Strategies for Eating Healthily When Traveling

We get it. Travel can derail even the best intentions for staying active and healthy. But it doesn't have to. Don't let travel sabotage you. Instead consider our strategies for keeping on track.

1. Pack it

2. Store it

3. Order it

4. Bonus: Do it First

 

Pack It & Store It.

If you are checking luggage, and know you will have a mini fridge at your destination, do like we do: pack it!

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REAL Tesla Competition: Lucid and Polestar

As early adopters of the Tesla sales pitch, we continue to be happy owners of its electric cars--a Model 3 (2017) and Model S (2013).  We only wish we would have held its stock after purchasing at $50/share (pre-split) in 2013.  Hindsight is 20/20.

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New York with Kids – It's Way More Than Just New York City

We started planning our family New York trip only thinking about Manhattan.  Neither kid had yet traveled to the U.S.

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Tokyo with Kids - A Surprisingly Family-Friendly Vacation

Depending on the destination, vacationing with your kids can be a wonderful memory-making experience or a complete disaster.  Any parent who says otherwise bends the truth like magician David Blaine bends the mind.   

While certain experiences guarantee kid fun —Disney parks, Hawaii beaches, mountain snow-skiing---the cultural enrichment payoff is minimal.  If your 11-year old son believes that Epcot is a Chinese city, it might be a sign to get him a passport and go someplace far…very far.

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Red Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas: A Healthier "Sin City" Trip

Most Sin City travelers have little interest roaming off the Strip, and who can blame them?  Massive hotels, scream-worthy amusement rides, titillating shows/nightclubs and wallet-busting shopping make Las Vegas Blvd a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Outdoor Workout? Yes! Parcourse, fitness & obstacle courses & trails for travelers

At Athletic-Minded Traveler, we value “freebies” (Are you on our eNews list?) and that frugality extends to our workouts.  Outdoor fitness facilities are a budget-minded, active traveler’s best friend. To help those in our athletic-minded traveling community who prefer the outdoors, we have compiled a list of alternative venues to the traditional indoor gym.
 

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Running in Istanbul. Athletic-Minded Traveler's Guide to Where & Why.

Running is an athletic-minded traveler's favorite means to explore any city and it works super well in Istanbul!  This city boasts stunning and historic sights, some over two thousand years old.  It's unique geography is another reason to explore by foot.  Istanbul is split between its European and Asian halves by the Bosphorus Strait, and the waters of the Golden Horn divide the older European side. 
 
The question becomes: Where to run?
 

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San Diego Airport was a Pioneer in offering Free WiFi

We read earlier this summer about a number of airports moving to free WiFi access for travelers, and it made us proud to remember that our hometown San Diego Airport was one of the first to "see the light" and make available wireless internet access in all terminals -- Commuter, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 -- FREE...GRATIS...COMPED...PRO BONO (pick your adjective). This was 7 years ago! 

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