I can’t believe it’s August already. It seems like school just got out and I had the whole summer ahead of me. I have 2 choices: I can lament the fact that school is starting in less than a month (with the assumption that I actually have a job; it’s not official yet) OR I can get really, really, really excited about the fact that I’m headed to Chicago in 10 days to hang out with my best friend from college and attend the Healthy Living Summit. And tomorrow’s the last day I’m teaching summer school (for this year, at least). I’m choosing to focus on the latter.
Of course, I’m not the only blogger thinking about vacations.
The Kitchn wants to know about people’s favorite food travel experiences and memories. Mine would include these 5 Food Experiences (a list which needs serious updating), crepes in Quebec with my sister, and all the food we ate on our honeymoon.
Simple Dollar has some great ideas for planning an inexpensive vacation. I’m not sure Chicago is going to meet all of those criteria, but you only live once :)
I’m flying out to Chicago, and I’m glad it’s only a couple hour flight and I won’t have to worry much about real food. Serious Eats is wondering: “Have You Ever Had Airline Food You Actually Liked?” I guess I’ve never hated the airplane food I’ve had, but its not something I go looking for either.
Even though my flights don’t correspond with meal times, I’m still trying to think of airport-friendly snacks to bring. And hotel friendly, for that matter. The Kitchn’s got some hints on snacks for car rides that I may steal.
I also won’t have to think about entertainment on the plane too much (unlike last time I went to go visit this particular friend in Northern Ireland). Still, I think I may put an audiobook on my iPod. Free Technology for Teachers tipped me off to a great collection free audiobooks.
My biggest “concern” at the moment is figuring out what to pack and making it all fit in a carry-on sized bag. (Well, that and finding a dress for the cocktail party.) Silly airline is charging $25 to check a bag. Chances are I’ll have to check on the way home, so if I can avoid it on the first trip, that’d be awesome. Any tips?