I love traveling. My husband and I try to take two to three trips per year. But one thing has always bugged me—the airport process.
From long lines to delayed flights and security checkpoints (they love patting me down when I go through the scanner), I usually just block out memories of the airport when planning future trips.
A couple of years ago we significantly cut down our airport stress by making one small change. We switched from large luggage to a backpack. Now, no matter how long the trip or how far away, we only bring one backpack each.
There are countless benefits to becoming a backpack traveler:
After writing more than 1,000 articles, I’ve realized that each one involves a similar creative process, beginning with idea brainstorming and continuing through to publication.
It’s easiest (and let’s face it, more entertaining) to explain that process through a series of GIFs.
1. Researching and brainstorming the perfect idea:
2. Having my “aha” moment:
3. Waiting for an excited response back from the editor:
4. Maybe the editor is on vacation?:
5. Casually checking back in with my editor to see if they received my email:
6. Finding out my email was buried in their inbox, but they do want me to write the story:
7. Learning my deadline is in two weeks:
8. Realizing I have two whole weeks until deadline:
9. Trying to secure interviews before deadline:
10. Requesting high-resolution images to accompany the story:
11. The day before deadline:
12. Reading the finished story to my husband before submission:
13. Sending in the story:
14. Sharing the article on social media and waiting for a flood of “likes”:
15. Sharing my article with mom:
16. Back to the drawing board: