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Awesome post Jessi. I like the way your mind thinks.
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Traveling: Jessi June's Tips For Trips

I live on the road. I didn't want to pay rent, cable, and utilities to a place I would barely ever be. I knew my travels would take most of my time, so why waste money? I have a rule I live by: Go big or go home. Do it right, or don't do it at all. So, one day I decided to pack up my gear, grab my ride, and hit the road to enter a life of checking in, checking out, and working in-between.

I've been living on the road for a year straight so far. I have circled this country twice, and have been to and worked in 45 of the 50 American States, and 3 Canadian Provinces. I drive everywhere I go, so I have no issues getting around when I get there. I can go where I want, when I want. I'm not locked into a flight plan or at mercy to someone else's schedule.

So today, I wanted to give you some of my most important travel tips for when you decide to hit the road. Some of you may be vacationing, others may travel for work, and still others, for the Great American Road Trip! So here's a travel guide to help you along your way.

1) PEE BEFORE YOU LEAVE!! I even annoy myself with bathroom breaks sometimes...

2) Have chargers with you. I have a converter in my truck, and a way to charge every piece of electronics I have with me. It sucks spending hundreds of dollars on something just to lose access to it because you forget to charge it.

3) A small cooler for drinks always pays off. Traveling drains you, and you're losing water whether you know it or not. Gotta stay hydrated on the road, and see #1, as this makes that even more important

4) Trust thy Starbucks. You're not always going to know the good and bad area's of a city, so picking your hotel can be hard. Starbucks has the best real estate team in the business. If there's a starbucks around there, you're in a decent place.

5) Always have a roll of toilet paper in the car. Hey, you just never know... It has too many uses, and barely takes up any space. It could save you from an embarrassing moment, or if you fail to listen to #6...

6) Prepare yourself. I mean, seriously, if you know you're going to be hitting the road tomorrow, don't be stupid and go to Chachi's all-you-can-eat-bean-and-cheese-stomach-cleansing-methane-madness night at the local slop shop. You prepared everything for your trip, so include your body in there too.

7) Trust thy Starbucks 2. Whether you like the coffee-giant or not, you can trust them for two things: having good locations, and having good bathrooms. If you ignore tip 6, this could come in handy to stop you from spending 20 minutes "taking the browns to the superbowl" in a fly-infested, seat-stolen, half-flooded sorry excuse for a gas station bathroom where the only solace you'll have is knowing exactly who to call for a good time. Starbucks takes care of their bathrooms, and will be one of the best public places to stop and plop.

8) Keep traveling to a minimum. Plan your trip out appropriately, and keep time spent in the car and on the road to a minimum. You would rather have more time to yourself when you get there then to spend it ogling the oddities at Big Bertha's road-side Rat Emporium.

9) Eat like a local. Seriously now, for me, its rough eating right on the road, and most people tend to lean towards their trusted chain restaurants when traveling, but then you're missing out on half the fun. Whether you're hitting the city down the road, or a foreign country, find out where the locals go, and chow down. You will find some of the best food in this world at the tiniest little hole in the walls. You can't know a city until you've tasted its flavor.

10) Tourist spots are ok, but find something original too Seriously, we've all seen the shows on the travel network that show you the great tourist traps to hit. Now, let's be real, if you're in Paris, of course you're going to the Eiffel Tower and the Arc du Triomphe, but find some smaller, lesser known places too. You don't want to get home and realize you spent your trip following in Samantha Brown's footsteps. Find that local village everyone likes, or go check out a show around the area. Tourist traps are fine, but mix it up.

11) Inspect your hotel room. Not every room is going to have that awesome maid. Don't get in and unpack to find out that you had enough spider's under your sheets to play a pickup basketball game. Take the time, inspect your room, make sure everything works, then get comfortable. The 2-4 minutes wasted will save you 20 minutes of repacking when you find out the shower head likes to water you down while on the toilet (both things have happened to me, and in upscale nice hotels)

12) It's your last time. Remember, you never know what may happen in life, and where your road my lead you. Who knows if you'll ever get a chance to return to this place, so treat every trip like it's your last. Eat at the places you want to, see the things you want to, and remember that there will be plenty of time to sleep when you're dead. If you never come back, will you say to yourself "I did everything I wanted to, and what an awesome trip", or, "Man, I slept in everyday, but I really wish I got to check out that Chachi's all-you-can-eat-bean-and-cheese-stomach-cleansing-methane-madness night I kept hearing about..."... Go Big, or Go Home!

Now go start planning!! And I'll see you on the road! ;) -JJ
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