Welcome back to Interliner, the best non-revvers blog out there (well, at least we think so)! We’re checking in again this week with our super cool Brand Ambassadors, and this time around they have some really insightful summer travel tips to share with y’all. Read on to see what they’ve been up to, where they’ve been, and what they suggest you do to get the most out of your travels this summer.

The Buono Family

“Hi, Interliners! We tend to explore a lot of tropical places since our home is by the beach, but the best beaches we’ve visited were on the islands of Tahiti. They were pure heaven thanks to the warmth of the ocean, crystal clear waters, and white sands. Snorkeling and helmet diving were our favorite excursions, and that’s still true although sharks showed up, yikes!

Summer packing is the best (out of all packing, that is) since most items are light and compact. We always pack a “wet bag” for a last minute swim in the ocean. We can pack our own snorkel equipment inside our carry-on too. You just have to be creative when items are stored, it’s like a game of Tetris!”

Shannon Hutchinson

“Hello friends. It’s always summer in the beautiful Caribbean! The best part? You’re surrounded by the beautiful beaches and nature here in the West Indies. Come and visit my island, Trinidad, if you’re into eco-tourism, or party all night and enjoy our year-round Carnival party scene (Carnival is in February so get your costumes, book your hotel rooms, and plan ahead!).

You can also visit our sister isle, Tobago, and relax in the crystal clear water, walk along the white sand beaches, dive in the north, and kite surf or swim in the nylon pool in the south. There’s something for everyone here. The Caribbean is the ultimate non-revvers paradise. The hardest decisions you’ll need to make is what beach you should visit each day! So throw your swimsuit into your crew bag (or carry-on) and head south for the summer, where the beer and rum punch is always ice cold and the beaches are hot, hot hot!”

Damir Kolakovic

“I love summer and all the happiness and excitement in the air. Everyone is in vacation mode and ready to kick back and relax, a trait that is year-long for airline employees. My destination is the always beautiful and scenic Croatia. Join the fun and head to the island of Hvar, a short ferry ride from Split, Croatia. Be ready to party as summer session is in full swing with Yacht Week, Sail Croatia, music festivals, and many more party adventures.

Surround yourself with beautiful beaches, landscapes, and scenery while you indulge in parties. Explore the fort that sits atop Hvar and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view. Grab your friends and have the greatest nights of your lives watching the sun rise in the mornings afterward. You’ll embrace the magic of what is: Life on the Adriatic.

When it comes to summer non-rev trips, I’ve got a few. Summer flying is packed. Everyone has time off and is ready for a break! So make sure you look at all the options when non-revving this summer. What I like to do is search the destination airport on Wikipedia and look at the tab: airlines and destinations.

Increase your knowledge of how you can get to your destination and find a route that has seats open! There’s always a way. Be flexible and don’t give up. Fly to a nearby airport and hop a bus, train, or rent-a-car to get you to where you need to be. I always remind myself that half of the adventure is just getting there! Don’t worry, everything always works out in the end. Safe travels fellow non-revvers!”

Jay Landals

“It’s summer and that means searching the world for beautiful beaches. My family’s adventure starts in a couple of weeks and Nai Harn Beach in Phuket, Thailand is on the list. Southeast Asia has so many amazing beaches. We love this part of the world. It’s such a great value! The food, the people, the history, the beaches, and the snorkeling are unbeatable.

As far as summer travels tips go, I say always have a backup plan, my family and I sure do! We find multiple routes to our destination and anticipate that we will be breaking off from our desired route sometime along the way. Some of the greatest places we have visited have been by accident!

The ID90 Travel app is great for getting last minute hotel deals, like for those instances when you get bumped off your flight to Rio and end up in Costa Rica! Also, Google Translate is a must have!  We hope you will follow our adventures on Instagram @glandals.  Safe travels to all this summer season!”

Lorianne McMullan

“Summer is here and there are so many amazing places to go! Even though the non-rev struggle is real during peak summer season, always remember that it’ll be worth it in the end. Travel somewhere to do more than just relax on the beach. Go on hikes, go white water rafting, and/or kayaking!

Find a place to surf and enjoy life. My personal favorite beach of all time (if you’re really just looking for a relaxing piña colada by the water) is Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos. The water is so crystal clear that it looks like it’s been photoshopped for a magazine. Rent yourself a little moped and explore the whole island! Go snorkeling in turtle cove and find The Cracked Pot (y’all, it’s got 5 stars on Trip Advisor), it’s a local favorite and has the best conch fritters you could imagine!

Here’s my quick non-revving tip… even when you start on the very first flight of the day and then keep getting rolled over, (we’ve all been there at one point or another) just try to make the best of it! Look for other flights that connect you in different countries or states that if you get stuck for a day you can still explore where you are and have fun in a new exciting place!

Safe travel friends!”

Imran Naser

“One of my absolute favorite non-rev secrets is to head to the San Blas Islands off the eastern coast of Panama!

Non-rev out there on Copa at an all time low price. Once you get there, spend the first day out and about in the old part of Panama City and enjoy some delicious coastal food. I also recommend trying the ceviche. Then, at some point, contact a tour company to take you out to San Blas Islands in the morning. You can have the option of spending just the day there or more!

The islands are small, but there are several of them that offer mixed water activities. You’ll stay in shacks and hop around on boats. Plan on avoiding internet and simply laying out in hammocks while drinking from a thatch roof bar and eating the fish and rice the local fishermen neighbors make you from their catch of the day.

Bring books, bathing suits and someone to kill time with in the white sands and clear waters.

Que le vaya bien!”

Julayna Smith

“Even though it’s pretty much summer year round in Maui, I love taking summer adventures elsewhere! A favorite of mine was a southeast Asia adventure to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. In Thailand, I got to cross “Songkran” off my travel bucket list! Songkran, the Thai New Year festival, is basically a giant water fight. Streets shut down and everyone is out with buckets, hoses, and water guns. It was an absolute blast!

If you’re planning a trip there, bring lots of sunscreen, a waterproof camera and prepare to be soaked.  Enjoy a hot bowl of curry to warm up after!”

Julie Terrill

“As an Arizona desert girl, I can’t wait to get the heck outta dodge before temperatures soar over 110°. Here are the top 5 top reasons why I think you should head to Maine this summer.

  1.  Moxie – A locally produced carbonated beverage similar to bitter root beer with a taste I have yet to acquire. The Moxie Festival in Lisbon Falls is also fun.
  2. Whoopie Pies – They’re two little, round chocolate cakes sandwiching a filling of whipped heavenly goodness.
  3. Maine’s 4,568 miles of coastline and its 65 historic lighthouses.
  4. The L.L. Bean Flagship Store –  200,000 square feet of 24 hour/365 shopping!
  5. (MY FAVORITE REASON!) Lobster Bakes on the Shore Summer doesn’t get any better than this!”

Megan Elizabeth

“This will be my first summer as an airline employee and truthfully, I am overwhelmed by the options and opportunities for travel. Beaches are great, but what I am most passionate about is our U.S. National Parks system, so that’s where I plan to spend most of my summer adventures. Kalispell, Montana (FCA) is about a fifteen-minute drive from Glacier National Park.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming (JAC) is inside of Grand Teton National Park, which has a through-road to the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Arcata/Eureka, California (ACV) is a thirty-minute drive from Redwood National Park. Fresno, California (FAT) is about 1-1/2 hours from Yosemite National Park. Seattle, Washington (SEA) is a two-hour drive from Olympic National Park… etc. It’s like I told you, endless possibilities!

I always pack a spare outfit that can be functional in any climate, like if I get bumped from a flight to Cabo, I want to be prepared if I am able to hop on a plane and jet to Norway instead. Also, I only travel with a backpack, so packing light without skimping on essentials is really important.

I pack clean undergarments, socks, and a shirt for each day, but I limit myself to one sweater or sweatshirt, two camisoles, and two pairs of pants/shorts (one of each). The trick is to wear your heaviest clothes and bulkiest shoes to the airport to help free up bag space, which will also be your “return home outfit” as well. I use two carabiners on the exterior of my backpack for some extra space too, one for a hat and one for my 40 oz. Hydro Flask.

If I’m in a mild enough climate, I will always upgrade my rental car to an SUV because I’m an avid car-camper. An extra $10-$20 a day for a larger vehicle is far cheaper than a hotel, and it gives me the opportunity to explore more of the wild side. I’ll usually get a hotel room for the last day of my trip, so I have shower access before returning home.”

 

Thanks for touching base with us, lovely Brand Ambassadors! Stay tuned next time to hear more about their travels and tips, here on Interliner. Do you have any questions you’d like to ask them? If so, comment below! Also, make sure you keep up with them day-to-day on their Instagrams. You won’t regret it. We’ll see you soon! Safe travels and keep your eyes on the skies.

Author: Emily (@ID90 Travel)

Emily is the Content Marketing Specialist here at ID90 Travel. An avid non-rev flyer (she grew up in the industry), and passionate private pilot, Emily can’t get enough of all things aviation. When not writing awesome ID90 Travel content she can be found on a Texas patio, being one with nature, or annoying her ID90T co-workers with her many, many, crowdsourcing questions.