FlexTrades might be considered one of the top travel agents in the United States based upon all the flights, road trips, and hotels we book and advise on year after year for our technicians. As a result, we know the tips and tricks for making travel easier and cheaper, and we’re sharing that list with you.

Tips & Tricks for Travel

Cheap Flights

  1. Don’t choose a destination, then your travel dates, and then find a flight. Rather, first find low-cost flights (from your departure airport) and then decide the destination that intrigues you the most on the dates that work well.
  2. If the above doesn’t work for you, then book your flights with strategy. There are windows of time that seem to work best depending upon whether your flying domestically or internationally.

  1. It used to be said that there were specific days of the week that were better than others when booking a flight but that’s now considered a myth. However, there are days considered cheaper to fly thanks to business travelers.

Departure Days

  1. Google Flights is considered by many as the best way to find flights and there are best practices for using Google Flights too (find them here). But it’s not necessarily the best way to book flights. Always try to book flights directly with the airline.
  2. Finally, if you’re not against credit cards, using an airline credit card can score you additional dollar savings with perks like free checked luggage or complimentary Wi-Fi in addition to lower cost or free flights if you secure enough points or miles.

Cheap Road Trips 

  1. First and foremost, if you’re driving by car, try not to travel on peak traffic days or during peak traffic hours. Peak traffic days like holidays (or even weekends) often bring higher fuel costs (and lodgings costs).
  2. Gas can be one of the biggest costs when traveling by car, but it can also be the easiest way to save money. Google Maps will not only help you plan your route, but you can also view all the gas stations along the way and their current fuel price.


  1. If that’s not your thing, consider a fuel rewards app like Gas Buddy, which helps you not only save money but also earn rewards. And, if it’s helpful, Gas Buddy will calculate an estimate of the cost of fuel for the entire ride, too.
  2. Focus on fuel efficiency. You can do this by driving at the speed at which your vehicle gets the greatest fuel economy (typically around 55 mpg) or by getting a tune up on your vehicle prior to travel.
  3. Whether you have a personal vehicle or not, public transportation is a great alternative to traveling in your car. Whether you do it for your entire trip (Amtrak here we come!) or you do it once you’re at your final destination, you’ll likely find costs are lower than they would be with a vehicle. Public transportation avoids parking fees, fuel costs, and wear & tear on your vehicle. Another plus to public transportation? Seeing everything that’s around you as a passenger, rather than a driver.
  4. Last but not least, save money on food. Here’s some tips and tricks on how to not only eat within budget but also eat well while road tripping.

Cheap Lodging

No matter what type of lodging you prefer, you can always find a good deal on it. There is no need to sleep in your car to save money or blow your budget somewhere to lay your head.  Below are some options to stay within budget but remember, it’s not just about budget it’s also about traveling safely and securely.

  1. Hotels are, of course, great places to stay. Here’s some tips & tricks for finding hotels within your budget and remember to use these best practices when booking a hotel. And don’t forget to earn rewards with hotel chains by signing up for their loyalty programs.
  2. Airbnb or VRBO
    • Some may say these aren’t cost efficient but if you’re real about what you need vs. don’t need and/or where you stay, you can find some budget friendly options!
  3. Hospitality Exchanges
    • This “exchange” allows a traveler to stay in the home of a local either for free or very minimal reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses. As someone using this option, you too, must be willing to host when others need a place to stay.
    • Couch Surfing
    • BeWelcome
  4. Hostels
    • Just like any other lodging, hostels vary in terms of cleanliness, available amenities, and quality. However, they can still be a very budget-friendly lodging option.
  5. Home Exchange
    • Is a great place for this. Additionally, with websites like mindmyhouse.com, housecareers.com, and luxuryhousesitting.com, you can match with homeowners who need house sitters. For watching over their home, pets, and minor cleaning, you can secure a free place to stay at your intended destination.
  6. Stay on a Farm or at a Monastery
    • Staying at a farm or monastery is definitely a unique approach to lodging but it’s one type of lodging that allows for a lot of learning!

The proof is in the pudding. You don’t have to save money for years on end to travel, rather you can save money while traveling and still get the adventure you’re looking for!

Are you staring at the calendar realizing that spring break is right around the corner, and you haven’t made any plans yet? Don’t panic! While it might seem daunting to plan a last-minute trip, there are still plenty of fantastic destinations to explore without extensive planning. Whether you’re craving outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply some relaxation time, here are some last-minute travel suggestions for a memorable getaway this spring break.


Scottsdale/Phoenix: Known for its stunning desert landscapes and vibrant city life, Scottsdale and Phoenix offer a variety of activities for every type of traveler. Explore the local cuisine scene with an array of restaurants offering southwestern flavors. For outdoor enthusiasts, hiking trails in the Superstition Mountains and adventures at Saguaro Lake await. Golfers will appreciate the numerous world-class golf courses in the area too. And, of course, no trip to Arizona would be complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.

Sedona: Famous for its red rock formations, Sedona is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Take a stroll through its charming downtown, indulge in some retail therapy, and embark on scenic hikes with breathtaking views.

Sedona, Arizona (1)

Lake Havasu: For a mix of relaxation and adventure, head to Lake Havasu. Marvel at the London Bridge, enjoy water activities like swimming, kayaking, and fishing, or hit the trails for some picturesque hikes.


Copper Mountain: If you’re a fan of winter sports, Copper Mountain is the place to be. With its family-friendly atmosphere and excellent skiing opportunities, it’s perfect for a spontaneous snow-filled getaway.


Maui: Be a beach bum on the stunning shores of Maui. Whether you’re looking to surf, snorkel, or simply soak up the sun, Maui offers endless opportunities for relaxation and adventure. Don’t forget to indulge in some fresh seafood at renowned eateries like Morimoto Restaurant.


Washington, DC: Experience the beauty of spring with a visit to Washington, DC during cherry blossom season. Explore the city’s historical monuments, museums, and vibrant neighborhoods, perfect for history buffs and culture enthusiasts alike.


Duluth: Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, Duluth offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventures and cultural experiences. Hike through Gooseberry Falls State Park, visit the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse, sample local brews at breweries, and enjoy some fishing on the lake.

Gooseberry Falls State Park


Las Vegas: For a lively and entertaining spring break, head to Las Vegas. Experience the excitement of March Madness, catch a spectacular show at the Bellagio, or explore family-friendly attractions on the Strip.

New York:

Saratoga Springs: Immerse yourself in history and culture with a visit to Saratoga Springs. Explore museums, stroll through charming streets, and indulge in local cuisine at cozy cafes and restaurants.

South Dakota:

Black Hills: Discover the natural wonders of the Black Hills region with visits to Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, and Devil’s Tower. Embark on scenic drives, hike through stunning landscapes, and marvel at iconic landmarks.


Gatlinburg: Escape to the Smoky Mountains for a peaceful and rejuvenating spring break. Explore hiking trails, soak in panoramic views, and experience the charm of downtown Gatlinburg.


Austin: Embark on a culinary adventure in the vibrant city of Austin. Take an official or unofficial BBQ and/or taco tour, indulge in mouthwatering flavors at renowned eateries like Cooper’s Downtown and Torchy’s, and soak up the lively atmosphere of South by Southwest for music lovers.


Salt Lake City/Park City: Hit the slopes for some late season skiing in Salt Lake City or Park City. With its world-class resorts and stunning mountain scenery, it’s the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.


Manchester/Dorset: Experience the charm of Vermont with visits to Manchester and Dorset. Explore maple farms, artisan shops, and locally owned galleries, or simply unwind and enjoy some R&R in this picturesque New England setting.

No matter where you choose to go for your last-minute spring break getaway, remember that the best adventures often happen when they’re least expected. Just pack your bags, hit the road, and make the most of your spontaneous travel experience!

Traveling, whether for leisure or work, is an integral part of modern life. Most of us are accustomed to the routine of airports, hotels and a daily work schedule. But there’s a glamorous side to travel that few get to experience. Whether you’re a “Swifty,” a Travis Kelce fan or you catch the occasional social media post, most of us are aware of Taylor Swift’s extensive travel.

In this blog, we’ll explore the differences between Taylor Swift’s jet-setting lifestyle and a FlexTrades technician’s work-related travels. FlexTrades’ skilled tradespeople have it as good, or better, than the average business traveler, but no one really compares to the biggest pop star in the world.

Mode of Transportation

Taylor Swift:

The pop sensation is no stranger to private jets and luxury transportation. Her travel style is characterized by comfort, privacy and efficiency. With the means to fly anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, Swift’s journeys are undoubtedly smoother and more convenient than most. In July 2022, it was reported that all that flying was equal to 1,184 times the average person’s annual emissions!

Average Person:

For a FlexTrades technician, road trips and commercial flights are the norm. In October 2023 alone, our technicians traveled over 100,000 miles. That’s half the distance to the moon! Driving hundreds of miles, or dealing with ever changing airport security rules, is a shared experience that starkly contrasts with the luxury of private jets. At least as an average person, you can stop at the Biggest Ball of Twine or the Cadillac Ranch without being hounded by paparazzi.


Taylor Swift:

Five-star hotels, exclusive resorts and lavish accommodations are the singer’s home away from home. Swift enjoys the finest amenities and personalized services, ensuring her every need is met during her travels.

Average Person:

FlexTrades technicians always have single occupancy lodging and are booked into extended stay suites whenever possible. The extra space is great for relaxing after work, and the full kitchen can save you from ordering in, 0or eating out, every meal. Check out our series of “Lunchbox Hack” blogs for some great ideas on how to use that kitchen for lunch, too.

Travel Itinerary

Taylor Swift:

Swift’s travel itinerary revolves around world tours, glamorous events and high-profile appearances. Her schedule is meticulously planned, allowing for both work and leisure. From performing on grand stages to attending star-studded events, Swift’s travel is as much about the destination as it is about the journey.

Average Person:

Work-related travel for a FlexTrades technician typically involves working a shift, traveling to and from the facility and chatting with your Project Manager or Recruiter. The itinerary is structured around getting work done, but days off can be a mini vacation in a new place, as well. You can always find work/life balance, even on the road.

Packing and Wardrobe

Taylor Swift:

With the assistance of stylists and wardrobe managers, Swift’s travel wardrobe is undoubtedly curated to perfection. Her luggage likely consists of designer outfits, accessories and beauty essentials to ensure she always looks camera-ready.

Average Person:

A FlexTrades technician needs to bring work clothes, job specific PPE and a small handbag of basic hand tools. Anything large or specialty will be provided on site. The first blog of this series identified the top 7 travel essentials our technicians reported bringing. Most of the items on that list help life on the road feel a little more like home.


Despite the differences, most travel shares the common thread of exploration and adaptation to life on the move. Whether it’s a pop star’s glamorous world tours or a technician’s work-related travels, each journey offers its unique blend of challenges and discoveries. In the end, travel remains a dynamic and integral part of the modern experience, weaving stories and memories for those who embark on the journey, be it under the spotlight or in the shadow of an arc flash. 

Whenever you travel, whether it’s for a long weekend or an extended three-month job assignment, the question always arises: “What do I bring?” FlexTrades’ technicians, who typically work on projects for three months at a time, have honed the art of packing over the years. To shed light on this, we recently conducted a survey of nearly 300 employees, asking them about their travel essentials.

Here’s a breakdown of the top seven travel essentials that our dedicated tradespeople never leave home without:

Sleep Essentials & Comfy Clothes

A good night’s sleep is the cornerstone of a safe and productive workday. Many of our technicians prioritize comfort and bring along familiar pillows, blankets, and sheets. Additionally, they pack cozy clothes like sweatpants, pajamas, and slippers to unwind and relax after a long day on the job.

Cooking Supplies

Whenever possible, we arrange extended stay suites for our technicians, complete with kitchenettes equipped with stoves, microwaves, and full-size refrigerators. Survey respondents seize the opportunity to cook their own meals by packing pots, pans, and utensils. Some even bring handy indoor grills like the Ninja or George Foreman, with a notable mention of the versatile Air Fryer.

Video Games

For leisure and relaxation, many of our technicians enjoy playing video games. They bring their gaming consoles or laptops to ensure they can pursue their favorite hobby while on the road. Compact devices like the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck allow them to enjoy top-notch gaming experiences.

Entertainment, Streaming, Movies, Music

Having access to their preferred movies, TV shows, and music is another fantastic way to unwind. Technicians often bring devices like the Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku to access their streaming services anywhere. Some opt to bring a Bluetooth speaker to enhance their music experience.

Laptop or Personal Computer

While smartphones are handy, sometimes a larger screen and keyboard come in handy. A laptop or personal computer offers versatility, allowing them to get work done, stay connected with loved ones, and enjoy video games and streaming.


All our technicians carry a small toolbox to perform their job, but some also bring tools for general maintenance of their equipment or for vehicle repairs in case of a roadside emergency. For instance, one respondent mentioned, “Enough tools to disassemble my truck if I need to.” Tradespeople are often mechanically inclined, and even if you’re not, basic maintenance skills can be a lifesaver, especially on the road.


Pets are a cherished part of our technicians’ lives. Coming home to their furry companions at the end of a long workday is a source of joy and comfort. Interacting with pets, whether it’s playing with a cat or walking a dog, is a wonderful stress reliever and morale booster. At FlexTrades, we recognize the importance of pets in our employees’ lives and offer pet insurance as one of our most popular benefits. Whenever possible, we also book pet-friendly accommodations for our technicians.


While these are the top seven travel essentials, there were numerous other items mentioned in the survey, including fishing and camping gear, musical instruments, and even 3D printers. The key takeaway is that traveling for work doesn’t mean you have to put your life on hold. Depending on your interests and hobbies, it can be an opportunity to experience them in new and exciting places.

Whether you’re just beginning your journey as a traveling worker or have been a seasoned road warrior for years, we hope this list provides you with ideas to enhance your time on the road.