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Voices of MainStreet: April Lee

New Year's in Boise

Dec. 20, 2010

Surprisingly, traveling during the winter holidays is brand new to me. I’ve managed to travel every other part of the year, except in 2010. I think I’m doing something smart, though. I’m not traveling to a major city like New York City, Austin, Atlanta, L.A. or San Francisco. I’m not traveling back home to Ohio. I’m flying in to Boise on Dec. 30th. That's right: I am spending my winter holidays in Boise, Idaho.

It is a very happy thought for me to spend part of the holiday season with my good friends. The plane ticket cost roughly 65% less than a plane ticket to Ohio during this time. (As a sidenote, it's still completely possible, and I recommended booking those last minute flights. Just go to www.kayak.com and use their round trip ticket calendar to find the best days to fly for cheap.)

Getting to the SeaTac Airport, Seattle’s Airport, is fairly easy. There are cabs, buses and a light rail from the heart of downtown. The thing people aren’t used to thinking about when using the light rail is to tap their ORCA card, the overall transit pass, on the card reader before getting on the rail. The security people hop on periodically and check everyone’s tickets. They do actually kick you off if your pass wasn’t read or your ticket isn’t legit. But unless you are attempting to get to one of the islands during bad weather, it’s very simple using public transportation to get to and from the SeaTac Airport.

And here's another useful tip: Be sure to check airport carry-on guidelines--again. Give yourself extra time because things happen, and if they do, it won't be that big of a deal. In other words, do what you need to do to make it work but don’t cramp everyone else’s style. This is what I always ask myself when I’m stressed out: In the grand scheme of things, does it matter? It matters, but do I need to be this upset? Being loud and obnoxious works, but you can get things done a little easier. Remember, kindness goes a very long way. And as they say, you get what you give. Everyone is cramped on the bus, airplane, train or car with you. Don’t turn the already unpleasant into something nearly unbearable.

“Worse things have happened to better people.” I read that recently, and I think they are wise words to remember. Plus, they can help you brush away the bed bugs and nightmares of holiday traveling.

—April is a well-traveled young woman planting her roots in sunny Seattle, or well, just Seattle. Her writing covers whatever piques her interest and curiousity. Check out her blog here.

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