Tip #1: Keep yourself entertained. On the road, boredom is your #1 enemy (coincidentally, your #2 enemy is your bladder, but that's a story for another blog). Anyways, if you can manage to keep yourself entertained, travel time will go by much faster and you will undoubtedly have a better trip. There are many ways to do this: find a good book to read, bring an iPod along or maybe just learn a little about the area that you are traveling to. My favorite solution? Find an everyday item in your vicinity, and use it for something other than its intended purpose. Nothing turns a dull day into a party like a Gran Prix of luggage carts at the airport or hotel lounge. Similarly, rental cars should not be driven like racecars, which makes it all the more better if you do. My personal favorite move is the old "lawn furniture in the swimming pool gag", although the last time I tried this I ended up drawing my own blood and getting a grade-A ass-chewing from the Holiday Inn night manager. Never underestimate the value of keeping yourself entertained, but do so with caution!