Punxsutawney TPOL: Travel Lessons

Punxsutawney Travel Lessons is part of the Punxsutawney TPOL Trip Report.

I always make mistakes when I travel. I openly confess such mistakes. Instead of thanking me, some readers like to criticize me. Here were my lessons from this trip:
  • Order at least a medium deep dish pizza, well-done crust (see Post Lockdown Dream Fulfilled? Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago).

    Order a medium pizza. Even if the small is more than enough for two, I contend that a medium is required for the synthesis of the deep dish crust, mounds of cheese, and pepperoni to come together perfectly.
  • Register and activate your Priority Pass before travel (see Priority Pass Registration: Remember Not to Forget).

    The Priority Pass membership number alone is not enough to access the Priority Pass app. A pin is also required. When I tried to generate the pin using my cc as validation, it did not work. I ended up having to call Priority Pass from the airport terminal to obtain the pin.
  • Use Skype for toll-free calls (see TPOL’s Tip: Use Skype for 800 #s Abroad).

    The best way to avoid roaming calls and, more importantly, be able to get through to 800 numbers is to use Skype. It’s free and it works.
  • Pay for bags in advance or avoid discount carriers (see Viva Air Colombia: Discount Carriers & Baggage Fees).

    Smuggling bags worked out for me this time, but I refuse to endure the stress of wondering if I’ll be slammed with bag fees and would rather be responsible and pay in advance.
  • Buy wine on your final stop only (see Guns & Butter: Ribera Del Duero, Madrid Travel Guide (Vino Edition)).

    I bought two bottles of Gran Reserva. I stupidly did not think of what I would do with the bottles since I had many stops left on my trip, and I didn’t have a checked baggage allowance.
  • Buy souvenirs when you see them (reference futbol scarfs, see Guns & Butter: Conwy, Wales Travel Guide).
  • Don’t Dilly Dally on the Way to the hotel. Restaurants were closed upon late-night arrival in Milan (see Late Night Bite in Milan).

    I thought I had plenty of time. It was not until I got to the room that I realized that my watch did not sync to the new time zone. It was in fact 11:30PM and the kitchen was closed.
  • Don’t bring any workout equipment (see No More Mobile Gym No Matter What).

    I can’t work out in the hotel room, I refuse to work out at hotel gyms. The problem remains: how can I stay relatively healthy while I am gone?
  • Don’t Book Open-Ended Itineraries: It is too stressful and too time-consuming to figure out where I am going next and how I am getting home.

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