Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s Friday again and I am back in Boston after a grand time in Seattle. I’ll tell you all about it, but, given my track record, it’s going to take some time.

This tip is based on my recent travels:

To save time and money when you travel, pack your own food.

This is particularly useful when you’re going to be in a hotel and there isn’t much around, like many conventions. Rather than pay hotel prices or take the time to go far afield for meals, I pack stuff for breakfast and lunch (and then splurge on dinner). Since most hotel rooms have coffee makers, there’s hot water, so I pack instant oatmeal (Trader Joe’s makes a sea salt & cocoa oatmeal that’s a treat) and soup cups (TJ’s used to carry cups of fresh noodles that were supposed to be heated, but were also good cold). If your accommodations have a microwave, you have even more options. I also bring fresh fruit, like apples or oranges, baby carrots, protein bars, and trail mix.

Not only are you saving money (so you can buy goodies from the vendors), but you have more room in your suitcase on the trip home (in which to pack the aforementioned goodies).


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