Hey, it’s Ryan here…
And when I lived in China, I would travel between China and Hong Kong about 3 or 4 times a month.
I was traveling for business, and also to visit Tylene who was doing her PhD in Hong Kong.
Here’s the thing:
Geographically, Hong Kong is right across the border.
But as a foreigner, there’s a special process to leave China…
And there’s also a special process to enter Hong Kong.
Even though you might be traveling five hundred feet from the China border to Hong Kong…
It becomes a several hour process.
Now, I got sick of waiting in line and going through this whole process, so I did some research and stumbled upon this Hong Kong “frequent traveler pass.”
Very few people know about it…
And to qualify, you have to travel 4 times in an 8 week span.
This pass is good for two years and gives you diplomat-level access on both sides of the border.
I can’t even tell you how good it felt to bypass the two-hour line and enter Hong Kong in literally 20 seconds.
You know that feeling…it’s a good feeling.
So when we moved back to the US and I started traveling a lot, I knew I had to have something like that…
Which is why I signed up for TSA Pre-check.
Now, some of you might be thinking, “yeah, of course I’m TSA Pre.”
But if you’re not, you absolutely want to do this.
(Apologies to my international friends, I don’t know enough about similar programs in your countries, but if they exist, please do let me know about it.)
Anyway, TSA Pre-check does take some time to get approved, you have to fill out some forms and go through a background check…
But once you have it?
You get an ID number that you use every time you buy a plane ticket…
And you get to breeze through a totally separate security line.
No taking off shoes, jacket, belt, nothing.
Put your suitcase through the machine and walk through.
If you do ANY sort of traveling…
And you value the minutes of your life in any way, shape or form, do this.
It can cut something like 45 minutes off your “getting to the airport early” time.
And if you really want to save time while traveling, you can valet your car.
Instead of having to drive to the lot, park the car, remember where you parked, walk to some place where the bus is going to pick you up, wait five or ten minutes for the bus, take a fifteen minute ride from the parking lot to the airport, unload…
You drop the car and go.
Once I started doing these two things, it now takes me 5 to 7 minutes to get to my gate.
Now I play the game of “how late can you leave for the airport and not miss your flight?”
(Which Tylene hates, by the way.)
But I never miss flights.
And I save SO much of my valuable time, especially during busy travel seasons.
Wishing you short lines and on-time flights this holiday season.
Have a great weekend,