Travel Post Corona Virus

A look into what travel could look like post Corona Virus.

If you are a traveler like me, you are itching to travel as soon as the quarantine is over. But what does travel look like post Corona Virus? Will we be afraid to travel due to the fear of the virus spreading again? Will prices be ridiculous due to companies trying to bounce back from the money they have lost? Will we be afraid to interact with one another?

The truth is none of us know what we will face when the world opens back up. Yes, the world, because the entire world has shut down. What we can do is take precautions and learn from our mistakes.

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Top five places to eat in Dayton , Ohio

Meals and Miles Top five places to eat in Dayton, Ohio.

5. Dorothy Lane Market

Imagine a World Market mixed with Publix, Trader Joe’s, and Sam’s Club. My mouth hit the floor when I walked into this Market. There was a coffee shop in the front and a bakery on the right. A bakery with all kinds of goodies. From cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, scones, brownies, rice crispy, and more. Then there was candy galore. The deli was massive. You can even take your personal dishes from home and take them to the market and they prepare food in your dish and you take it home to cook.

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Gift Guide for Travelers

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Gift Guide for Travelers
Ideas for Gifts for Travelers

As the holiday season approaches, it is always hard trying to figure out what you should get people for Christmas. I can imagine its probably hard to figure out what to get your traveling family members and friends. Don’t worry I got you covered.

As a person who travels alot, I have come up with some gifts that all travelers need and use the most.

Luggage

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As a traveler you are always looking for good sturdy luggage. Luggage needs to be durable as it is tossed around from the time you drop it off at the ticket counter till the time you pick it up at baggage claim. As someone who you used to work for the airlines, we do not care about your luggage. We have times to meet. When purchasing luggage for someone, avoid black and navy blue luggage as everyone has that color. If luggage is ever lost, it hard to identify which of the thousand of black or blue luggage is yours.

Backpacks

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Backpacks are important for travelers. It holds our laptops, chargers, snacks, camera, etc. If you are like me it also holds an extra pair of clothes. If my luggage is ever lost I can at least change clothes once until I get my luggage (tip of the day).

Extended Battery

This is a must. Extended batteries help charge your phones, camera, devices, and anything else you need. They normally have more than one charger port. There are not enough plugs in the airport to charge everything you need at one time. Also, so of the older planes still do not have plugs to charge you device while in flight.

Headphones

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Headphones can make or break your travels. One of the worse feelings is being in the airport or airplane and you do not have headphones. I personally do not want to talk on the airplane. Let me go to sleep, but when you do not have headphones you hear everything.

Gift Cards

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Airline, hotel/ resorts, and uber/lyfts, are all helpful for travelers.

RFID Wallet

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With identity theft at an all time high, its important to have an RFID wallet. I have had friends information scanned while at the airport. RFID helps protect your credit/debit card for being picked up on scanners.

Portable Blue Tooth Speaker

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I love listening to music in my hotel and I don’t always want to take my phone in the bathroom while getting ready. Portable blue tooth are clutch. You can take them to the beach, sit on the balcony or patio and listen to music.

I hope this guide gives you some ideals of what to buy your traveling friend and family members.

Merry Christmas from Meals and Miles

Mommy’s Guide to Road Tripping with children.

Over the last three years I have learned so much about road tripping with a little one. Since our family is spread out throughout the United States, we have to travel to see most of them. Flying is not always the most feasible option so we drive. Driving across country with any child under six can be an headache. So, I came of with the an guide to help ease the stress.

Check the weather.

You always want to check the weather to make sure you know what to pack, and how the road condition will be. Don’t ever say oh it’s summer time so it will be hot. It may be hot where you are located, but there is a difference between dry heat and humidity. Also, it may be cold at night.

How to pack children clothes

Pack children’s clothes first.

This helps you because you can make sure you have packed all of their items first and shouldn’t have to run around finding items at the last minute. Pack complete outfits together to ensure you have everything. See examples.

Pack soothing items.

If your children have items that will keep them calm, pack them in a smaller bag that’s easier to get to. These items need to be available in case your little ones start to feel antsy. For my son it’s his blanket.

Soothing items for children

Pack entertaining toys/ items.

Tablets – Load tablets with enough movies and offline games that will last the entire car ride. Download your kid’s favorite shows/ movies. Example: 8 hour car ride means I am loading 16 hours’ worth of movies and TV shows.

Load learning games that can be played offline if you do not have a hotspot or wifi in your car.

Small toys- For my son, I pack the small toys he plays with the most like Buzz, Woody, TNMT, a car and a Transformer. All toys that are small enough to fit in his back pack.

Pack food and snacks.

Stopping to eat can be expensive on the road, so we always pack a cooler full of items.

Pack items that are easy to contain and that your children like.

Mommy's guide to road tripping with children

– Lunchables

– Fruit / Fruit cups/ Fruit snacks

– Chips/ Crackers

– Granola Bars/ Cereal bars/ Protein Bars

– Make sandwiches

– Nuts/ Popcorn/ Small bag of candy

– Bottle water

*Limit sugary drinks while on the road. They tend to run through kids faster than water.*

You have packed and now you are on the road, what do you do?

1. Try to leave early in the morning because the kids are still sleep or sleepy.

We know they will at least sleep another hour or two while on the road.

2. Once children are fully awake, we stop for our first bathroom break.

No accidents in the car.

3. After the first bathroom break, feed the children, but limit the sugary drinks.

I dilute all my son’s drinks with water whether we are on the road or not. Juice has entirely too much sugar in it.

4. Cut on the entertainment after feeding.

If you have multiple children make sure you have packed items that interest each child, but do not pack a lot of items. Have your kids to pick out 1-3 items they want to take the most.

5. Take bathroom breaks every two to three hours.

It will give the kids time to stretch out, walk around, and get some fresh air before getting back in the car.

6. Try to do family activities in the car.

– Play Games

– Sing Songs

– Trivia

– Talk about things that interest your kids even if it doesn’t interest you.

7. If you have time, stop at a cool/ interesting attraction you would like to see on your road trip.

– Attractions, monuments, statues, parks, etc.

Parents, I hope this guide helps make your next family road trip a little easier.

Mommy's Guide to Road Tripping with children

Couples Travel, What kind of couple are you?

Find out what kind of couple you are on couples trips.

It seems like we take a couples trip every year with friends. We don’t always go with the same couple, but over the years couples trips have become a big thing. One thing I find interesting is how much you learn about a couple when you travel with them.

My first couples trip experience.

Our first couples trip was a little rough for me because I’m an introvert at heart. It was my husband’s friends and their girlfriends/wives. There were multiple couples on this trip and I really didn’t know any of the females, but one. Also, my other friend and her guy were supposed to come, but they were snowed in and couldn’t come. So I was basically alone alone.

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Is it taboo for women to travel without their spouses?

While in Liberia, I overheard a conversation between two older African American couples. I would say the couple was between 55-65 years old. I heard one of the guys say, “When did it become popular for women to travel without men?” The little feminist in me wanted to say, “sir women can travel with whomever they choose to,” but I kept my mouth closed. I turn to my best friend and said, welp I have my next blog post.

Is it really taboo for women to travel without their spouses?

I have friends that are older than me who do not understand why my husband and I don’t always travel together. I have been told everything from that’s not how a marriage works to you are asking for your marriage to end. Extreme much? 

I personally feel like you should be able to travel with whoever you choose to. And, for the record 90% of my traveling is with my husband. I take solo trips (therapist recommended) and girls trips.

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My best friend and I in Liberia, Costa Rica

I don’t have a relationship where I feel I need to be attached to my husband’s hip. He travels with his friends as well. We think we should be able to connect with our friends and/or family without each other. Also, we are aware that everyone’s outlook on relationships and marriage isn’t the same, but this works for us. The one thing we have in common is our love for travel. We were traveling separately before we started dating. 

I had a conversation about what I heard with my husband and he told me to look at it from a different perspective. The couples are from a different generation. It hasn’t always been safe for women to travel alone. Which is very true. My husband stated older couples normally always do things together so it would be weird for them to see groups of girls traveling without men. I can definitely see where he is coming from. Do you agree?

Solo Travel

Times have definitely changed and women’s travel is the future. Don’t believe? There is a whole festival in New York City called Women’s Travel Fest. It’s a festival to educate women on traveling. There’s an array of classes. Everything from safety while traveling, ageism in travel, even budgeting for travel. There’s parties and everything for this festival. I hope to go next year or the year after.

I will say while travelling I noticed multiple groups of women traveling together and it was exciting to see. For me, the excitement came from seeing women having fun and living their best life together. I only seen one group of men traveling together. There were more family and solo travelers. At the resort there were at least three groups of women traveling together including my best friend and I. 

I guess we can say a difference in generations can make something seem normal to one group and taboo to another group.

All travel agents are not the same.

Explaining the difference in travel agents the services each agent provides.

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As many may know, I am a travel agent and I have been in the travel industry for years. I have worked for the airline industry as well as the hotel industry. I thought that I knew so much about the travel industry prior to becoming an agent, but LORD WAS I WRONG.  

Becoming an agent was very overwhelming at first, because I felt that I needed to learn everything about every vendor, country, and types of travel there were. I thought all travel agents were the same and sold the same product. WRONG! I quickly learned that not only are travel agents different, but they are different in the type of travel they sell. So, we are going to dive into some of the different types of agents. 

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