Why You Should Always Write 2020, How to Survive the Middle Seat, Beware of Juice Jackers

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Welcome to The Morning Shave. We read a ton of travel articles each day for our personal research and to share the best travel tips and tricks with you. Here are the articles for Saturday, January 4, 2020, that we think you should read.

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Stop abbreviating 2020. Police say it leaves you open to fraud and could cost you big. – I know that most of us are still writing “19” or “2019” for the year. But as you get into the habit of moving into 2020 make it a practice to write “2020” instead of just “20.” This article shares several reasons why “20” could come back to bite you in the future.

Americans Spend 24 Full Work Days a Year Daydreaming About Vacation, Study Finds. – For those of us in the miles and points community, this number is probably underestimated. If you find yourself daydreaming about an upcoming trip, that’s ok. Studies have shown that looking forward to a vacation can make people almost as happy as actually taking the trip. Take a couple of minutes, enjoy your daydream, then get back to the hustle and make that money so you can start saving towards the next vacation without going into debt.

10 Practical Tips to Survive the Airplane Middle Seat. – With airplane seats getting smaller and humans getting bigger, the middle seat is a disaster waiting to happen. And just wait until the guy in front of you reclines and the kid behind you starts kicking your seat! Ahhhhhh!!! If you find yourself stuck with a dreaded middle seat, try some of these tips to plan your escape or make the journey a bit easier to stomach.

Be Careful Charging Devices, FCC Warns About Getting Juice Jacked. – Many of us have known about this security concern for years. But with so many other issues to worry about, it is worth bringing this loophole up again. When you charge your phone or other devices, make sure that you use an electrical plug instead of the “convenient” USB charging plugs. These USB plugs allow hackers to access to scan and steal your data or to implant malicious software on your devices. Always carry a spare charger or a portable power bank, like this one from Anker on Amazon, in your bag just in case.

Mexican Bar That (Allegedly) Scammed Mileage Runner Speaks Out. – As much as I like to earn miles and points for every purchase, sometimes it is better to pay cash along the way. Also, it pays to have a travel buddy with you to protect your back and help you stay away from shady situations like this. Check out this guy’s Twitter story, which seems incredible and halfway unbelievable. Yet, it’s also relatively easy to imagine that it is 98% true.

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  1. I found some usb condoms (that’s what they’re often called) on Amazon that stop juice jacking. They made nice stocking stuffers. For under ten bucks, the peace of mind is worth it.


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