Traveling should be fun and stress-free, but sometimes, that tends to not be the case at all. Let us help you make your trip fun, easy, and full of laughter! Here are the top traveling tips from one of the event directors for The Color Run.
As an event director for The Color Run, I travel to all of our events on a weekly basis. I’ve had to learn the ins and outs of traveling through trial and error. One weekend I’ll be feeling all Hollywood in warm and sunny California, and the next I’ll be in Canada wearing a heavy coat trying not to freeze to death. I’ve seen almost every nook and cranny of this vibrant country and I can’t wait to see more of it. Believe me when I say it’s not all fun though— some trips have turned out to be an absolute travel nightmare! As time goes on on, I’ve figured out what little things make traveling a breeze. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, take it from me— these tips will make your life much easier!
People surprisingly underestimate the power of being patient while searching for the perfect deal when booking their trip. You shouldn’t book the first package you come across, even if it seems like the deal of a freaking’ lifetime— pay attention to deals over time. The best ones are out there and ready to be snagged! Being flexible in wants and timeframe makes a difference, but money can be saved with patience and diligence. If you get a good deal on flights and hotels, you’ll have more money to spend while on vacation. Or save money for your next adventure!
This is definitely the hardest one to remember… Once you’re in a hurry and feel the pressure, it’s hard to stay cool as a cucumber. I don’t have enough fingers to count the amount of times I almost had a meltdown because I thought I wasn’t going to make it on time to The Color Run to help get everything set up perfectly.
Recently, on the way to an event, the plane had a mechanical issue and everyone had to get off the plane and wait in the gate. The flight ended up being delayed for FOUR hours! I just paced back and forth at the gate the entire time. You never know when you’ll experience flight delays and long lines, but you can be prepared when they happen! Bring something to help keep you distracted and entertained— the airport gate isn’t exactly the most exciting place ;). Bring a laptop with your favorite movies or take advantage of the free time to catch up on reading. I always make sure to bring my headphones and even go as far as creating a new playlist for each event I’m headed to— just to make things a little new and different each time. I had to make a VERY relaxing playlist for during my Portland trip… or who knows what I would’ve done! (Just kidding. But kinda not kidding.)
Traveling with just the essentials is super important for a couple of reasons: it reduces costs associated with baggage fees AND makes public transportation in foreign cities easier so you can just stare at the scenery in awe rather than being stressed the whole time. Since I can fit a lot of stuff in my American Tourister Curio luggage, such as: my favorite camera, my very chic laptop case, and the very crucial comfy sweatpants, I would pack it to the brim, but I found that by the end of my trip there were many articles of clothing I never touched. One neat trick that helps me travel lightly is to pack a lot of neutral colors with pops of colorful accessories. This strategy makes it easy to mix and match and helps me pack even less. I definitely recommend sacrificing some of the fashion luxuries for more reward in the convenience department.
Map a Route
Grab your favorite notebook and create a map of dream spot you want to visit in the area before you go! Also take note of how much travel time will be required in between destinations. Once you have your top choices planned out, find lodging close by. Depending on your personality, you can use this map to be your non-deviating itinerary or merely a good outline for planning general activities and improvising where possible. Just like our Color Runners, I love having fun— I add a little bit of uncertainty to my itinerary and tend to leave it more open. The best stories come from unexpected or unplanned adventures, so add a little color to your trip!
And there you have it! I sincerely hope that the pain and suffering from the harsh lessons I’ve learned (again, just kidding… but kinda not kidding) that have led me to these tips will help you on your upcoming adventures! So travel safely, bring your crew to experience your adventure along with you, and don’t forget to live in the moment!