Friday, November 18, 2022

Travel Hacks by Merri Maywether

This week I was at a writing conference in Las Vegas. It was s a week of catching up with friends and talking with other authors about things that make my family’s eyes glaze over when I try to discuss author concepts with them. 

While I love, connecting with friends, the disruption to my routine is stressful. By day four, my stomach challenges my commitment to authorly learning. 
This year, I picked up some habits that changed everything. 

 1-The hotels where I stay, don’t have coffee pots. So, I bought a silicone kettle and pour over  coffee filter. The cost of the pot, filter, and 12oz bag of coffee cost less than stopping by the coffee kiosk once a day. 

2- We bought a box of tea. Ending a day full of stimulation with a couple of minutes of quiet, helped with the transition from the day to the evening routine. 

3-We bought a box of our favorite cereal and a half-gallon of milk. It was enough of our regular routine to sustain a sense of normalcy. 

The best part. We saved a lot of money. This was the first time we took a concerted effort to maintain a little bit of normal, despite the travel. 

Now that I’ve caught on to the fact that traveling doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, I’m looking for more ways to keep some normalcy when the routine is changed. Do you have any travel hacks? 


In a cozy town nestled 
at the foothills of a mountain, love touches the heart of those who seek it. 

Paradise Hills Christmas is a collec
tion of three novellas, Meet Me By The Christmas Tree, Holiday Wishes
, and Holiday Kisses. The collection is available at Amazon for 99¢. Visit the Amazon Store to get a copy of Paradise Hills Christmas 

Merri Maywether lives with her husband in rural Montana. You can find her in the town's only coffee house listening to three generations of Montanans share their stories. Otherwise, she's in the classroom or the school library, inspiring the next generation's writers. 

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