Your carry-on is one of the most important and strategic parts of planning if you'll be sitting on a long flight.
To some, travel may appear to be an expensive excursion, the sort of thing that rich people do when they grow bored of monotony, but the simple truth is that budget travel deals are happening all the time. Of course, when you think of cheap travel, there is that fear that you are buying a ticket for a rickety plane that will collapse over the Atlantic, or renting out a room that may in fact be the front for some murder club a'la Hostel.
Everyone has heard of the tale of old Ebenezer Scrooge—a man who had all the money he could count, but never actually left his office long enough to enjoy it. Though Scrooge himself never existed, his fictional plight is one that is increasingly common in today's society.
Vacations can be incredibly expensive; it may seem impossible to find a place to visit where you won't need to spend any more than $25. The image one conjures when you think of cheap vacations is usually one of dilapidation, crime, and roaches.
If you have ever driven the road from Scotty's Castle in Death Valley to The Racetrack, you will know what I mean when I say LONG DRIVE .........VERY LONG DRIVE! Because of the washboard we couldn't go over 10 mph. Of course, the shorter wheel based Jeeps were hauling ass and passing us. So do the math. It's 19 miles (give or take) from where the dirt starts to Teakettle Junction and then another 6 miles from there to the start of The Racetrack. It took hours and hours to get to Teakettle Junction. I'm not exaggerating..... Anyhow, Teakettle Junction is actually a landmark out in the desert, a waypoint for the lost, a beacon of hope........Okay, it's just a sign, and yes, teakettles hanging off said sign. I was impressed as to how many there were. I am thinking that they take them down every year because they were all from 2016. Nothing older than that.
Travel agents have had a rough past decade. The emergence of countless different online travel services has allowed people from around the world to book their trips and accommodations online with the click of a mouse. The independence this has created for modern travelers and adventurous spirits has certainly been a welcome addition to the people looking for new and affordable options in their booking arrangements. Unfortunately for the industry that was built upon making travel happen, the need for travel agents in particular has plummeted as a result of these changes. While there is still a clear hole in the business community where travel agents once thrived, the opportunity to remain prevalent in contemporary times is not as bleak as it may seem. By reinventing themselves as professionals and embracing a series of new roles as facilitators for travelers around the world, travel agents may still be able to remain a “thing” even today. Check out some of the new ways that travel agents could not only survive but also potentially thrive below!
So one Sunday morning found us driving HWY 395. Needless to say, when you are driving for any length of time you tend to think a lot. Mike and I have always been able to drive in a companionable silence. We don't find it awkward and we don't feel the need to fill the silence with idle chit chat. To some this may seem weird but to us it is completely normal.