Road Warrior Travel Tips

 

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Road Warriors are people who are on the road for weeks or even months at a time, usually for work. Being on the road and living out of a suitcase takes some getting used to, but if you follow our advice, you’ll be a pro in no time!

Carry On Sized Suitcase
While it can be tempting to stuff as much as possible into the largest suitcase you own, chances are if you pack smart you will be able to fit everything you need in one piece of carry-on sized luggage. Packing light allows you to travel easily from place to place and you won’t waste time digging for a shoe at the bottom of a large suitcase. If you’re concerned about not having enough clean clothes, choose accommodations that provide onsite laundry options (like InTown Suites!) Pro tip: If you roll your clothes instead of folding them you’ll be able to fit more in your luggage, and as a bonus, they will be less wrinkled.

Travel Apps
If you have a smartphone, download a few apps before you hit the road – they can be huge lifesavers. The typical cost of an app ranges from $1-$5 dollars, and you can often try out the ‘lite’ versions for free.  We recommend the following to get you started:

CoPilot Live – Not happy with your phone’s GPS? CoPilot is a great alternative to Google Maps. It provides voice guided navigation which makes it easy and safe, to get where you need to be.

Automilez – If you’re getting paid mileage fees and need to track your miles download Automilez. This app uses GPS to keep track of how far you’ve traveled.

Trip Tracker – A handy app that helps you keep track of flights, car rentals, accommodations, reservations and more. No more searching through tons of emails to find your reservation number!

Yelp – Hungry and not sure where or what to eat? Yelp will help you narrow down your restaurant choices by area, price, cuisine type etc. One you narrow down your choices, you can read user reviews to help you pick the best option.

Expensify –This app will help you keep track of your receipts. It even has a function to allow you to scan your receipts, leaving you with less paper to hold onto.  When the time comes to submit your expenses, you can also merge all of your receipts into one convenient PDF.

Entertainment on the Road
If you’ll be spending hours a day on the road, invest in some entertainment to help pass the time. Radio service can be spotty in rural areas so download some of your favorite tunes onto a phone or have it burned to a CD. If you have a smartphone, subscribe to some podcasts – most are free and there are so many to choose from. One of our favorites is This American Life. Audiobooks are also a great way to pass the time when driving – Audiable.com has thousands to choose from including new releases.

Accommodations with Kitchen Facilities
Eating out can be fun for a few days, but after a while it can get expensive, boring and unhealthy. Making your own meals can be a great way to save some money, add some variety to your diet and improve your health. When choosing accommodations for your trip, choose a location that provides kitchen facilities. All InTown Suites rooms come with full sized refrigerators, two burners and more.

Safety Gear                   
Always be prepared. If you’ll be away from home for weeks at a time in your vehicle, invest in some safety precautions. Hopefully you won’t need to use them, but if trouble arises, you’ll be glad you have them. Make sure you have an up-to-date AAA membership. It’s also best to pick up a First Aid Kit and a Flat Tire Kit and store them in your trunk.

Hopefully these tips will help make your life on the road a little easier!   

What to Expect When You Attend a Dallas Cowboys Game

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas – Fort Worth is one of the few cities in America that has a national league team in all four sports. Undoubtedly, the most popular team is the world famous Dallas Cowboys, the National Football League team. You can’t really say you’ve been to Dallas if you haven’t caught a live game. If you’re headed to your first game here’s everything you need to know to have a great time.

The Dallas Cowboys play at the AT&T Stadium (previously called Cowboys Stadium) at 1 Legends Way in Arlington, Texas, in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. The stadium, which recently opened in 2008 has a retractable roof, so you won’t have to worry about a game being rained out. The AT&T Stadium is only 4 miles away from our InTown Suites Arlington Central location, and only 5 miles away from our InTown Suites Arlington 1-20 property.

Parking/Tailgating
Unfortunately there is no public transit to the stadium, so unless you take a private shuttle, you will likely be driving to the game. There are plenty of parking spaces in 15 lots surrounding the football stadium, and you can pre-book your parking space before the game. Parking spaces for an NFL game cost approximately $75.

Tailgating is an important and fun part of any football game, especially ones in Texas. Tailgating can only occur in certain parking lots, so if you plan on partaking, book a parking space in one of the following lots: 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. Please be aware that while you can bring a gas or charcoal grill, deep fryers and open flames of any kind are not permitted.

Tickets/Seating
The AT&T Stadium is one of the largest football arenas in the country, and it has 80,000 seats. While you can take your chances and buy a ticket by walking up to the gates, popular matches can sell out so it’s best to buy your ticket online well before a scheduled game.

The average ticket for a Dallas Cowboys NFL game is $110. Seating is arranged in an oval around the field and the closer you are to the field the more expensive the ticket costs. If you’re looking for a low cost option, standing room tickets can sometimes be purchased for as little as $30. When booking a ticket, pay attention to which side of the stadium you’ll be on. If you’re cheering for the Cowboys, book a seat on the left, if you’ll be cheering on the visiting team, book a seat on the right side of the stadium.

For the safety of everyone attending the game, the items you bring into the game must fit in a small clutch sized purse or fit into a clear, 1 gallon sized plastic bag, so pack light when you attend the game!

Food/Entertainment
While the football game is the big draw, there is lots to see and do when visiting the AT&T Stadium. The Stadium itself is very beautiful and home to many great works of art. Plan to arrive to the stadium early so you can take a guided tour. On the tour you’ll learn about the history of the Cowboys and also discover lots of behind the scenes information, like what it takes to get the world’s largest HDTV to function properly.  If it’s your first time attending a Cowboys game, head on over to one of the Guest Service Centers and ask for a “My First Cowboys Game” Certificate.

Food and drink are a large part of the Cowboys experience. You can bring alcohol to your seat, but there is a limit of 2 beers per person at a time. When you’re hungry, there are dozens of food vendors to choose from, and you’ll find everything from basics like popcorn and peanuts to more exotic fare like sushi and Frito Pie. We highly recommend trying the Kobe Nacho Dogs!

Enjoy your first Dallas Cowboys Game!

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