Tips and Tricks from a Gen Y Traveler


  • On planes, organize your carry-on bag for easy access to things like reading materials, work papers or reading glasses to make life less obnoxious for your traveling neighbors.
  • Two words, “Emergency Exit.” With a packed plane, it won’t matter if you choose window over aisle because either way, you’re going to be uncomfortable once everyone’s on-board. Emergency Exits offer more leg and surrounding room.
  • For commuting around the city, or to other cities, I usually pack a few healthier snack options. It’s less expensive than grabbing rest stop or fast food fare and it is less likely to make me want to curl up for a nap like I would want to after a fatty, sugary snack binge.
  • I pack along Elations, a liquid joint supplement drink. I actually work for a company that represents Elations, but this stuff has really helped cease the snap, crackle, pop my joints seem to suffer through – loudly – when I’m on the move. Combined with a few road-altered yoga poses, drinking Elations has kept me feeling active, even if my daily schedule might be keeping me glued to my seat. If you’re stuck in tight spots having Elations shipped to your client’s office for when you arrive or grabbing a few extra for longer trips helps too.
  • An iPod, a good book or magazine are essentials for drowning out travel background noise. I have a designated travel playlist with a collection of my most favored mellow indie artists to block out the world around me when things get too noisy or obnoxious.
  • I travel out of Chicago O’Hare [editor’s note: a Boingo Wi-Fi location] a lot, and although I would recommend finding your exit first before venturing off to the nearest food stop (to allow maximum time to rush back to your departure gate) I still would highly recommend the Skyline Bar for its salmon sandwich, fries and fast service. They are located by Gate C8-10.
  • I have to make the trek from Chicago to Cleveland pretty frequently. It’s not too bad of a drive, just pretty long and boring, but the Middle Ridge Service Plaza [ed’s note: Another Boingo Wi-Fi location] is a good place to stop. Along the way it feels like the same five restaurants are offered, but this location, between Exits 135 and 142, has Panera Bread, Starbucks, Popeye’s, Manchu Wok, Burger King, TCBY and Great Steak. In other words, a few more options when you’re stopping for gas.

As told by Candace Corner, a 26 year-old, freelance public relations assistant who works on, among other projects. On a daily basis, she bikes or packs into the crowded subway trains to and from work, but also travels out-of-state for business and to visit her family in Cleveland. All her extra income seems to go into traveling, whether it’s Ohio to visit the family, or Europe for a chance to see a little more of the world.

About Melody Demel

Melody is Senior Manager, PR for Boingo Wireless, where she is responsible for media relations, brand building and thought leadership initiatives. Melody is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and retired NCAA DI college field hockey player.
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