Being location-independent, we get to work from anywhere. That also means we get to travel as much as we want; and of course, we do it any chance we get.

So right before you pack your bags for that late summer getaway trip, or while you’re still on time to catch some great deals for the holidays to somewhere new and exciting (ahem, try Guatemala!), here is our team’s travel advice:

 

Sue, Director of Client and Employee Relations

Name: Sue Kelly
Based out of: Elizabeth, Colorado
Cities visited this year: 10

 

 

 

3 things one should ALWAYS pack:

Clean undies, power cord for your cell phone and snacks ( I eat every three hours lol) I carry an empty bottle so I can fill it up once thru security.

If you can only take one: carry-on or backpack?

I do a lot of traveling with just a back pack. One airline I tend to use charges for bags. Its amazing what I can get into a backpack. I have found if I check a bag I bring so many things I really don’t need. For a week long trip I pack a pair of blue jeans, pair of shorts, a skirt ( if applicable) under garments for 3 days ( you can always wash out in the sink) 4 tops ( two long sleeve, 2 short) a dress and extra pair of shoes. Wear something on the plane that is comfortable but can be worn during your trip. I always wear home what I fly out in. I tend to bring a jacket and water bottle ( empty) also but this can be carried on the plane. My backpack also has room for my laptop and power cords necessary as well as toiletries.

3 things one should NEVER pack:

Alcohol, breakable items and a jacket ( you can carry this)

What’s the best time for booking a flight?

Wednesdays, early morning

Any airport advice?

Arrive early, don’t stress and familiarize yourself with an airport before traveling. I love to get there early and people watch while I am waiting. I see so many people running for their plane and I never want to be this person.

Any other advice?

I always text myself where I parked my car if I go that route. One less thing to remember : )  Roll your clothes. you can get twice as much in a bag when they are rolled and they don’t wrinkle.

 

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Natalia, Content Developer

Name: Natalia
Based out of: Guatemala City
Cities visited this year: Orlando FL, San Salvador, El Salvador; Mexico City.

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3 things one should ALWAYS pack:

Charger, comfortable pair of shoes, a sweater.

If you can only take one: carry-on or backpack?

Depends on where you’re going, personally I prefer a backpack.

3 things one should NEVER pack:

large amounts of any liquid, perishable foods, too many books.

What’s the best time for booking a flight?

I haven’t found a “best” time but I’ve found cheaper flights on Expedia, and it’s even better when bought as a hotel/car/flight package.

Any airport advice?

Try getting one of those frequent flyers card that get you access to airports vip room: free food, booze (just don’t get drunk!) , drinks, wifi and in some airports even showers, they’re worth it!

Any other advice?

Plan ahead! even if the plan doesn’t work as expected : )

 

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Courtney, co-founder and CEOName: Courtney Meyers
Based out of: Salt Lake City, UT
Cities visited this year: Denver CO; Portland OR; Las Vegas NV; Reno NV; Santa Fe NM; Copenhagen, Denmark; Torgau, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic.

 

3 things one should ALWAYS pack:

I always bring a reusable water bottle and a swim suit. For long flights I always pack super comfy socks, it helps me sleep.

If you can only take one: carry-on or backpack?

Depends, if I am roughing it at all I will take a backpack, it is easier to carry and manage. If I have good plan for the trip that doesn’t include moving luggage from place to place I will bring a carry-on suitcase.

3 things one should NEVER pack:

Weights (you don’t need them, figure out how to get exercise where you are), a ton of accessories (focus on what you really need for the trip), and an extra suitcase (1 suitcase per person is enough for a 7-10 day vacation).

What’s the best time for booking a flight?

Statistics say Tuesday mornings but I have found some great deals late Friday afternoon.

Any airport advice?

If it is feasible walk around the airport during a layover, it feels great to be tired when you get on the plane.

Any other advice?

Have fun!

 

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RodrigoName: Rodrigo Campos
Based out of: Home, sweet office in Guatemala City
Cities visited this year: Panajachel, Solola; Antigua, Sacatepequez; Laguna Lachua, Alta Verapaz; Xocomil, Retauleu; Flores, El Remate, San José, Tikal & Yaxhá, Petén.

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3 things one should ALWAYS pack:

Camera, Confortable Shoes, Sunscreen

If you can only take one: carry-on or backpack?

Camera (I’ll have the confortable shoes on my feet)

3 things one should NEVER pack:

Video games. Laptop (I have taken my laptop on my travels and I have not used it, so I think it’s something not to carry). To my clothes, pack just what you will use.

What’s the best time for booking a flight?

I like to book it so I arrive to my destination early on the day so I can start exploring or enjoying immediately.

Any airport advice?

Be patient. Make sure you are at the right time and at the right gate.

Any other advice?

Enjoy your trip, the view, the moment and your company, As I always say “Pictures are beautiful memories but make shore you enjoy the memory yourself before taking that picture”.

 

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Name: Spencer Negri
Based out of: Denver, CO
Cities visited this year: Vail, Crested Butte

3 things one should ALWAYS pack:

Toothbrush, Some warm clothes (depends on destination), phone charger.

If you can only take one: carry-on or backpack?

Backpack. Easier to carry around.

3 things one should NEVER pack:

Food, impractical or extra shoes, jewelry or expensive things you are likely to lose

What’s the best time for booking a flight?

I have always hear the best time for booking a flight is 54 days before.

Any airport advice?

Its better to be too early than late.

 

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Diego, UI/UX Director

Name: Diego
Based out of: Alicante, Spain
Cities visited this year: Rome and Turin (Italy); Madrid, Toledo, El Escorial, Barcelona, Benidorm, Santa Pola and Murcia (Spain)

 

3 things one should ALWAYS pack:

A toothbrush. A book, toy, sketchpad or anything to entertain yourself that doesn’t require electricity and/or WiFi. An extra pair of socks, even better if they’re new. Nothing feels as good as a new pair of socks!

If you can only take one: carry-on or backpack?

I’m a backpack guy, I feel the laptop is more safe there. Although, once the long walk out of an airport/train station into the nearest city transport comes, my lower back disagrees.

3 things one should NEVER pack:

Shoes: you most likely only need one pair, wear them. A ukelele in a backpack or a 6-cup coffee machine in its original box while flying low-cost? Ok, those were just me, the point is avoid anything big or oddly shaped. Specially if you’re travelling on a budget. I also try to avoid souvenirs (unless it’s something someone would really really appreciate), I always bring postcards and one magnet from any new place, but that’s it. Anything else is just hoarding.

What’s the best time for booking a flight?

Whenever the price is good. here are tons of advice about weekends vs weekdays or booking at midnight, but I’ve never had much luck with those. Instead, I just book whenever it seems right. Last year my girlfriend and I saw Venice at less than half-price, we booked it right away like 8 months in advance… But hey! It was Venice!

Any airport advice?

Get there on time. It’s the kind of advice I never follow, but that’s just because I’m hopelessly addicted to the “OMG! I’m really gonna miss the flight this time!” thrill. But yeah, get there on time and save yourself some stress.

Any other advice?

Don’t worry or plan too much. Maybe all the cool Airbnb’s are taken, or a storm gets your flight cancelled. Sure things will complicate or get out of control, you just have to keep your cool; and the best way to do so is by not trying to have it all figured out beforehand. I mean, use a map and common sense, of course; but if it comes down to it, go with the flow.

 

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