6 Fun Reasons to Get Off the Couch and Fly This Summer

If you’re not sure if you’ll go away on vacation this year, here are six things to consider – ways that travel can enhance your life. So drop the remote and take a look.

LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney may not get you off the couch but he will make you laugh.

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Why Get Off the Couch

1. Travel helps you lose weight. Many of us like to be active on vacation whether it’s a walking tour of Europe or fun at the beach. Airlines help us stick to our diets thanks to no more free meals in coach (not since 2010, anyway). Pack your own lunch to save money and calories. Walking those long airport terminals will help, too.

2. Flying helps the global economy. It may seem like the airlines are getting richer but they endured a decade of financial drought due to 9/11 and the recession of 2008 so they’re making up for lost revenue with all those fees. The good news is, you can still find decent vacation fares if you follow our tips in the annual Summer Travel Guide (includes cheapest days to fly: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays).

3. Travel is educational. Learn a new language with interesting words like SUX or GRR (the airport codes for Sioux City and Grand Rapids). Learn new customs like Always Obey Flight Attendants because if they tell you to buckle up and you don’t, you get kicked off the plane. Learn what to do if your flight is delayed (such as, get in touch with the airline immediately) and what to do if your bag is lost or damaged (such as, don’t leave the airport without making a report).

4. Travel is a great unifying force. It brings friends and families together. It can also unite an entire plane-load of passengers – against you – if you’re traveling with a cranky toddler. We have all kinds of tips for travel with children including what to pack and what not to pack for kids (do pack: plenty of treats).

5. Travel is romantic. Did you hear about the woman who met Mr. Right on a plane but forgot to get his name? American Airlines helped out with some tweets asking him to come forward if he felt like it (he did) and other airlines let you find seats based on seatmate social media profiles. If you can’t sit next to the man or woman of your dreams, at least Virgin America lets you buy them a drink.

6. Take a break from the TV. See and explore something new – or if you can’t tear yourself away from Mad Men or Game of Thrones, take them with you on your device. These days plenty of planes are outfitted with Wi-Fi so you can watch almost anything you wish (but tilt the screen away from cranky toddlers during Thrones or you may get an earful).

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Published: April 14, 2014