Canyon Torque 29 AL 6 review – Full-Suspension – Mountain Bikes

Canyon’s previous-generation Torque was one of a dying breed of long-travel 650b-wheeled bikes.

It’s been reworked substantially this year, with new frame details, revised geometry and bigger 29in wheels at each end.

Canyon Torque 29 AL 6 frame and suspension

Canyon relies on its familiar four-bar suspension design on the new Torque.
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In common with other new Canyons, the Torque’s low-slung frame has good standover clearance, rocks some pretty slick lines and is better finished than ever.

Out back, there’s the tried-and-tested four-bar suspension design we’ve come to expect from the German brand, plus a SRAM universal derailleur hanger, which will be easier to replace if you damage it hucking off cliffs away from home.

The new Torque is also available in carbon fibre, with adjustable geometry (via a flip chip at the tip of the seatstays, which isn’t on the alloy version) and 29in, 650b or mixed (MX) wheel sizes.

Cables are routed into the chunky aluminium frame.
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This, however, is the seriously robust-looking aluminium chassis, with big, beaded welds on the compact front triangle.

The old shock yoke is gone, with the air-sprung Fox Float X2 damper now attaching directly to the seatstay tip, and the smooth-edged rocker link wrapping around the curved seat tube to meet the stays further down.

There’s (finally) room for a water bottle on the curvy down tube. The pivot hardware uses steel inserts for durability, but the frame is still said to be 200g lighter than the previous generation.

Canyon Torque 29 AL 6 geometry

Geometry is pretty standard for a bike of this type, with the effective seat tube angle 78 degrees.
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This aluminium Torque lacks the geometry-adjust feature found on the carbon version.

Instead, Canyon has split the difference, giving the AL version the head angle from the slack setting (63.5 degrees) and the effective seat tube angle of the steeper setting (78 degrees) as found on the carbon frame, along with the 30mm bottom bracket (BB) drop.

These angles are pretty normal for a ‘bike park’ machine nowadays, and Canyon has stretched the latest Torque’s (carbon and aluminium frames) sizing so it’s in line with many contemporaries.

The large frame tested here has a 485mm reach (the key indicator of distance from hands to feet). While this sounds roomy, it’s actually 5mm shorter than the reach on the carbon 29er and doesn’t leave the frame feeling massive.

This is something to be aware of, because loads of rival mountain bikes with marginally shorter claimed reaches on paper feel bigger than this.

Canyon Torque 29 AL 6 specifications

Fizik’s Gravita Alpaca X5 sits on an own-brand dropper post.
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It’ll be no surprise to hear that Canyon has nailed the component choices.

As one of the biggest brands, it’s at the front of the line for the best parts in times of supply issues, and by selling direct to the customer and delivering in a cardboard box, its prices are roughly 25 per cent better value than shop-bought rivals.

Highlights include stiff and strong DT Swiss freeride FR 2070 wheels with 30mm-wide (internal) FR 560 rims that are hard to dent and damage. These are shod with arguably the best Maxxis tyre combination – a 3C MaxxGrip-compound Assegai up front and faster-rolling MaxxTerra Minion DHR II at the rear, with EXO+ and DD casings, respectively.

The choice of Maxxis front and rear tyres is spot-on.
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The trade-off for the strong wheels is more weight to lug uphill, and the workhorse drivetrain and brakes weigh marginally more than pricier kit, too.

However, Shimano’s SLX kit is perfectly sorted and reliable, providing wide-range gearing to winch up the steeps and powerful enough four-piston calipers and Ice-Tech brake pads that really bite on fast descents.

While the Performance-level Fox 38 fork and Float X2 shock have reduced adjustment and a slightly less refined ride quality than the brand’s priciest Elite and Factory kit, you can still add low-speed rebound and compression damping at both ends, via countable-click dials and a sweeping compression knob on top of the oversized fork leg.

Canyon’s own bar, stem and dropper seatpost are well-finished, a sensible shape and function well, plus the bike comes with a bottle cage installed to save you some money.

Canyon Torque 29 AL 6 ride impressions.

Climbing performance

This is not a bike designed primarily for climbing.
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With a frame construction rated ‘Cat 5’ by Canyon, the Torque shares the same bombproof build quality as the Sender DH rig raced at World Cups, which gives you a clue as to the major intentions here. Basically, this thing isn’t designed to win any climbing competitions.

That said, it pedals fine, with minimal bob (no matter which sprocket you’re in on the cassette), smooth turnover and a good seated position, which places your hips over the cranks and never tips your weight too far back, even on the steepest pitches.

Being built like a DH tank, the limiting factor to climbing speed is the Torque AL’s weight. At over 16.5kg, it’s a noticeable chunk of bike to lug uphill for extended periods.

Add to this the designed-to-last wheels being heavy and the sticky/grippy front tyre being painfully slow-rolling on tarmac and smooth fireroads, and climbing can be a bit of a drag. Don’t expect to get anywhere particularly fast uphill or over undulating ground.

This is all typical for the category, although there are a few bikes – such as Propain’s Spindrift – that defy expectations of how sprightly and frisky a super-long-travel enduro mountain bike can pedal and climb. Those bikes are way faster under power and quicker to accelerate than the new Torque.

Descending performance

Point the Torque 29 AL 6 downhill and it really comes into its own.
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With 29in wheels and 170mm of travel, you’d expect Canyon’s rig to thrive downhill with minimal drama and maximum speed, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Pretty much nothing unsettles the wheels on the ground or scrubs the edge off its pace, and the suspension at both ends feels deep and fluid enough to iron out creases on seriously rocky and rooty terrain.

The large size has stacks of stability and a calm ride. It trucks on down everything from raw, loamy enduro tracks littered with natural obstructions and blown-out holes, to faster baked-hard, big-bermed DH or bike-park style terrain.

The suspension is well tuned and not so numbing or isolating that you can’t get a sense of the terrain under the wheels, but if you want to turn off your brain, stand tall, look ahead and let the Torque do its thing, you’ll fire out the exit of tracks of practically any steepness and severity unfazed.

One area where this 29er seriously differs from its predecessor (and, to an extent, from the MX CF Torque) is that it’s definitely not as manoeuvrable or as responsive to sudden inputs of body language – for example, when initiating a lean angle to cut through turns.

It also feels as though the suspension sweet spot keeps your centre of gravity marginally higher than on the old 650b-wheeled Torque.

Both these factors mean it sits marginally higher through turns and flat corners, and it isn’t as easy to load the chassis in the mid-stroke to switch direction, pump hollows or bounce back off the rear end for extra acceleration in the apex of turns.

Smooth arcs, rather than acute angles, are the way to maintain speed, then, and the whole bike feels soft, forgiving and smooth rather than taut and springy.

Testing the latest carbon Torque earlier in the year, the frame felt absolutely bombproof, but transmitted a lot of terrain feedback through hands and feet. This isn’t the case here.

This may be a consequence of the alloy frame being better-damped, the bigger rear wheel, or the different shock and fork feeling slightly less supportive – it’s hard to say.

The Fox Float X2 damper now attaches directly to the seatstay tip.
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What is clear, though, is that there’s less of the harshness and sense of a slightly fatiguing, rattly, vibration-laden ride apparent on the beefier carbon chassis.

Instead, the AL rides silently, even through the roughest sections and with puncture-defying higher tyre pressures, despite its lower-tier suspension.

This might make it the better latest-generation Torque to take somewhere such as the Alps or your local bike park for non-stop, hand-wrecking, arm pump-inducing uplift laps.

How does the Canyon Torque 29 AL 6 compare to rivals?

Canyon is right on the money with the new Torque when it comes to pricing and spec.
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As a 650b-wheeled bike-park rig, Canyon’s previous-generation Torque had a unique, distinct set of attributes that saw it rule on jumps and man-made features, fizzing over with energy and tautness.

This new model is totally sorted, but being smooth and composed, rather than super-agile, it fails to transcend the crowded marketplace of similarly capable long-travel enduro rigs.

It’s still a sorted package, though, and you can’t argue with the price or spec here.

It’s unlike two long-travel chameleons in this category that balance super-enduro capability with a taut, responsive ride quality; Propain’s Spindrift and the Evil Wreckoning – the German bike blending high-speed enduro smoothness with corner-slicing attitude, and the latter popping and hopping off every trail feature more like the previous-generation Torque.

Canyon Torque 29 Al 6 bottom line

Solid is very much the defining word for the Torque 29 AL 6.
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A solid package in every sense of the word, Canyon’s Torque AL 6 has got your back in the gnarliest terrain, pedals well and has great kit.

It’s a tad heavy and doesn’t quite have the taut, responsive attitude of the MX CF version, though, or that bike’s ability to encourage flicking off every little rise, lip and berm.

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6 Tips for a Smooth, Stress-Free Business Trip

Article written by Andres Zuleta, the Founder of Boutique Explorer

Do you have an upcoming business trip? Whether you are traveling across the country to showcase your product to a potential supplier or meeting with manufacturers in a different continent, it is paramount to do a bit of pre-planning for your trip. This will help ensure that your travel experience is well-organized, streamlined and, most importantly, enjoyable. The last thing you want to do is take a business trip that causes you nothing but stress and aggravation.

In my journey as the founder of Boutique Explorer (a company that plans private luxury trips around the world), I know how important pre-planning is for a successful trip. So to help with your travel plans, here are some of my own tried-and-true tips for a smooth and stress-free business trip:

Less Time, More Structure

To make the most of your valuable time, I recommend planning short but highly efficient business trips. For example, I’ll often go to Mexico City for just two days or Tokyo for four days. I find that with less time, I’m able to achieve more with less energy.

To make this work, organize your days strategically, such as by scheduling meetings for each meal (for example, a breakfast or coffee meeting, a lunch meeting and a dinner networking session). I have found that this makes business trips extremely productive, and you should still have some time in between to rest, exercise or catch up on other work.

Book Comfortable Accommodations

As a business owner, you are likely always thinking about your enterprise’s bottom line and may therefore be tempted to just book a cheap hotel. After all, you won’t be spending much time there. However, staying in uncomfortable accommodations can make your trip a lot less enjoyable and prevent you from getting the deep, rejuvenating sleep you need to be on top of your game for the next day’s business activities.

Because of this, I always find it’s worth spending a bit extra to ensure you’ll have a truly restful place to recuperate, whether it’s a hotel or Airbnb. This way it’s also a treat to head back to your accommodations to recharge in between meetings. Obviously, location is essential too, to save time and energy shuffling back and forth.

Con Digital Spine, los clientes de Aeroméxico y Delta hacen check-in desde sus dispositivos. (Photo: via iStock / Getty Images Plus /j acoblund).
A business traveler checking into a hotel. (Photo via iStock / Getty Images Plus /j acoblund)

Book Pleasant Flights

Yes, the flight from NYC to California with two layovers may save you some money. But what’s the point in exhausting yourself with various connections and stopovers if you’ll not only lose time but also be less fresh for your business trip? Even though it’s pricier, always go for nonstop flights when possible. Maximizing your own time and energy (and minimizing travel time) is a worthwhile investment.

Organize a Thorough Itinerary

There’s a time and a place for just winging it, and a business trip is not it. You don’t have to make a spreadsheet if that’s not your thing, but at the very least write out your schedule for each day in your phone’s notes app or even on paper. Think about your day in chunks: on certain days, it may make sense to plan down to the minute, while on others you may just schedule fewer, longer meetings.

Walk yourself through each day and think about logistics, too. Will you need a rental car? Make sure to rent one well in advance. If you’re driving from place to place, will traffic be an issue? Check Google Maps at different times of the day, and give yourself some buffer time. If you’re scheduling meetings at restaurants or coffee shops, don’t leave it to chance: make reservations when possible.

I’m a planner by nature and profession, but if every single second of my day is pre-planned, it can feel claustrophobic. So I also make sure to include some unstructured windows of time (to relax, explore, exercise or just take a nap). It’s not a vacation, but decompressing a little helps keep me sharp and motivated during a busy business trip.

Pack Travel Gear Wisely

There are so many products out there that can help make your business trip more comfortable, stress-free and pleasant. Here are some travel essentials that I always bring with me on my own business travels:

Noise-Canceling Earbuds

I’ve looked at larger noise-canceling headphones, but because they take up so much space, I love my compact noise-canceling earbuds. There are cheaper options that offer some noise-canceling functionality, but if you love music or are sensitive to sounds, go higher-end with a headphone company that actually specializes in hi-fi audio. The noise reduction will work better and make it far more pleasant to relax, sleep, work or watch movies during your flight.

Portable Charger

This is a no-brainer! When you are traveling to a meeting, it can be stressful when your phone or tablet battery is low and you don’t have ready access to an outlet. The one thing to always remember before your trip is to make sure your portable charging device is fully charged. For most trips, just one charge on the device can provide multiple charges for your phone. Buy one that is as small and light as possible, as some models are fairly heavy.

Toiletry Bag With Leak-Proof Toiletry Bottles

The last thing you want is for a cheap drugstore toiletry bottle to leak in your luggage and all over your clothes. Even for business trips, I recommend purchasing a set of toiletry bottles designed for active outdoor adventures. They will seal beautifully and prevent even the slightest leak!

Shirt Protector

Whether you’re traveling with a duffel bag or rolling suitcase, I recommend using a slim shirt protector, which keeps button-down shirts nicely folded and generally wrinkle-free. If you’re a stickler for wrinkle-free clothes, you may still need to do some ironing when you reach your destination, but on the whole, it’s a time-saver and also helps make packing smoother.

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Travel toiletries. (Photo via nadisja / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Enjoy Yourself

Since I’m in the travel industry, my business trips tend to be enjoyable by nature: I’m usually meeting guides and local experts, checking out hotels and restaurants and exploring cities – all for research. But no matter what industry you’re in, I recommend breaking up meetings with other fun activities to make the most of your trip and keep you relaxed. For example, see friends where possible, splurge on a massage, go kayaking after your trade show, check out a local street fair or do something else to take a break from pure business. Trust me, you will leave your trip much more fulfilled!

To Wrap It All Up

Pre-planning is absolutely essential for a smooth and stress-free business trip. To make the most of your business travels, plan for less time and more structure, book comfortable accommodations and select pleasant flights. Also, put together a thorough itinerary and bring along helpful travel gear. Finally, add in some leisurely activities so that you can enjoy yourself! Following these tips should help you have a relaxing, hassle-free and delightful travel experience.

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Memorial Day travel: 6 tips to help you get through it

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The third summer of the pandemic is upon us, and travelers appear poised to venture out in greater numbers than they did in the past two years — starting with Memorial Day weekend.

According to a AAA forecast, 39.2 million people are expected to travel over the holiday weekend, 3 million more than last year but still fewer than before the pandemic. Experts believe travelers will be just getting started.

“Memorial Day is always a good predictor of what’s to come for summer travel,” Paula Twidale, senior vice president for AAA Travel, said in a statement. “Based on our projections, summer travel isn’t just heating up, it will be on fire.”

A Washington Post-Schar School poll found that 72 percent of Americans say they will “definitely” or “probably” go on a summer trip. That is despite high prices for gas, hotels and airfare that are “major factors” for a majority of vacationers. In contrast, fewer than 3 in 10 Americans say the coronavirus is a major factor in their vacation decision-making.

Gas prices a much bigger factor than covid for summer travel, poll finds

“The pandemic kind of facilitated a change in the way people think about travel,” said Nathan Line, an associate professor of hospitality and tourism marketing at Florida State University’s Dedman College of Hospitality. “If you have the time and the money, why put it off? Especially if maybe you’ve got a couple years of quarantine under your belt and you haven’t been able to travel and there’s some additional money saved away for that kind of thing.”

Here are six things to remember going into Memorial Day and the summer travel season.

Expect crowds — everywhere

Transportation Security Administration spokesman R. Carter Langston said in an email that the agency expects about 2.1 million passengers each day between Thursday and Memorial Day. In comparison, an average of about 1.8 million people traveled every day during the same holiday stretch last year.

“With travel volumes reaching and in some cases exceeding 2019 levels, this will be a busy weekend at airports around the nation,” he wrote. “TSA is encouraging travelers to arrive in plenty of time to park, check in, check their bags, get through the security checkpoint and make it to their gates.”

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Delta Air Lines said summer travelers should plan to arrive two hours early for domestic trips and three hours for international flights. Some overwhelmed airports are urging passengers to plan even more of a cushion: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport said passengers should show up 2½ hours early for domestic flights.

Nearly 35 million people are expected to travel by car over the holiday weekend, AAA said. Using data from transportation analytics company INRIX, the group said travelers should expect the longest delays on Thursday and Friday afternoons.

“Even with a significant increase in gas prices, we expect a large jump in holiday driving compared to the last few years,” Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at Inrix, said in a statement.

The worst times to travel this weekend, according to the forecast, are 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday; 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The best times are after 9 p.m. Thursday, before 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m. Friday, before 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and before 11 a.m. Monday.

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Travel booking app Hopper said its data shows domestic airfare this holiday weekend will average $394 for a round-trip flight; that’s 28 percent higher than the same time in 2019. According to federal economic data, airfares in April were 33 percent higher than a year earlier.

Lindsay Schwimer, a consumer travel expert at Hopper, said those prices are expected to continue to go up seasonally into next month, peaking at about $410 or $420 for round-trip domestic airfare.

Hotels over Memorial Day weekend will cost an average of $163 a night, Hopper said, an increase of more than 30 percent year-over-year. Rates aren’t much lower for summer, averaging at $154 a night — 36 percent higher than last year, Schwimer said.

She said flexibility on destinations and dates can help travelers find deals that remain — and so can pushing a trip to late August or early fall.

Tougher to hack: rising gas prices. The national average for a gallon of gas on Thursday was $4.60, according to AAA, compared to about $3.03 a year ago.

Apps and tools such as GasBuddy, Waze and Google Maps can help travelers find cheaper gas. Line, who lives in Tallahassee, said he plans to fill up in Georgia rather than in Florida for a comparative discount on a road trip.

A majority of Americans are similarly concerned about gas prices. The poll, conducted by The Post and George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, found that 61 percent of Americans say gas prices are a “major factor” in making their summer vacation plans. Fifty-four percent said hotel or lodging prices play a major factor, and 52 percent said the same about flight prices.

Be strategic when renting a car

The price of a rental car has actually decreased compared to last year, AAA said, but prices are still fairly high because of a vehicle shortage.

Experts said travelers should consider booking a rental car first once they know their travel plans to make sure there will be one available. Flexibility is key; renters might need to pick up a car at a location away from a busy airport. If rental-car companies are too pricey, you could have better luck on peer-to-peer apps such as Turo.

The rental car ‘apocalypse’ isn’t over. Here’s what to know before booking.

And travelers should keep an eye on prices once they lock a car in. If the rates drop, they can rebook at lower prices.

Data tracked by The Washington Post shows that new infections, hospitalizations and deaths are all on the rise — even as experts caution that official case counts are not telling the full story because they don’t include many home tests.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said all domestic travelers should “consider getting tested as close to the time of departure as possible.” Before that, the agency had only recommended testing for domestic travel if people were not up to date on their coronavirus vaccines.

Traveling in the U.S. soon? Get tested before your trip, CDC says.

Be aware that the mask mandate is over

Travelers are no longer required by federal authorities to wear a mask at airports, on planes and on other forms of transportation. Health-care providers still recommend masking up in airports and on planes. For those who are concerned about navigating maskless flights, etiquette experts offer tips for politely asking a neighbor to mask up or cover their sneezes or coughs here.

There’s still a labor shortage

Summer travelers should not expect their vacations to be free of snags, especially as the travel industry remains understaffed and customer service takes a hit.

On Thursday, Delta announced it would cut service by about 100 flights a day between July 1 and Aug. 7 to “build additional resilience in our system and improve operational reliability for our customers and employees.”

Braving crowds and paying high prices will only be part of the summer vacation challenge, as The Washington Post reported this spring: Travelers should expect their rooms to be cleaned less frequently, service at restaurants to suffer and flights to be delayed or canceled.

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6 Precaution Tips On How To Avoid Getting Injured While Traveling — Hometown Station | KHTS FM 98.1 & AM 1220 — Santa Clarita Radio

When it comes to traveling, many people think of the fun and exciting adventures that they will have, but often forget about the potential for danger. It’s important to take some precautions before you set out on your trip to help minimize your risk of injury. Here are six tips to help you stay safe while traveling.

1. Know Your Rights

Before you travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs of your destination. This will help you avoid any potential legal trouble and also keep you safe. For example, in some countries, it is illegal to photograph government buildings or military personnel. If you don’t know your rights or if you get into a vehicle accident abroad, try seeking information from this website to learn more. Additionally, you can use many online resources to get more detailed information about your destination. However, the best option would be to speak to an experienced attorney from a reputable law firm to get the best and most straightforward information.

2. Get Travel Insurance

One of the best ways to protect yourself while traveling is to have travel insurance. This will help you financially if you need to cancel your trip due to an emergency, or if you have any medical problems while overseas. Be sure to read the fine print of your policy so that you know what is covered and what is not. For example, some policies may not cover you if you are participating in risky activities, such as bungee jumping or skiing. Travel insurance also needs to cover any pre-existing medical conditions that you have. Additionally, you should make sure that your travel insurance policy covers you for the entire duration of your trip.

3. Pack Light

Overpacking can lead to backaches, fatigue, and even injuries. When packing for your trip, try to only bring what you need. This will help you avoid any unnecessary strain on your body. If possible, pack your items in a carry-on bag so that you don’t have to check any luggage. This will also reduce the chance of your belongings getting lost or stolen. Additionally, consider wearing comfortable shoes that are easy to walk in. This will help you avoid blisters and sore feet. For example, consider packing a pair of flip-flops or sandals to wear around your hotel or at the beach.

4. Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, and even dizziness. To avoid this, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you are going to be traveling in a hot climate, make sure to drink even more water than usual. It is also a good idea to pack some bottled water with you in case you can’t find any safe drinking water at your destination. You might underestimate the importance of staying hydrated, however, it’s crucial to avoid any health problems while traveling.

5. Be Careful with Food and Drink

One of the biggest causes of illness while traveling is food poisoning. To avoid getting sick, be sure to only eat food that has been cooked thoroughly. It’s also a good idea to avoid salads and raw fruits or vegetables, as these can often be contaminated with bacteria. When it comes to drinking water, only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled for at least three minutes. You should also avoid ice cubes, as these can often be made from contaminated water. Maybe you’re thinking that it’s okay to take a sip of your friend’s drink or to eat that last piece of cake, but it’s not worth the risk of getting sick. So, be cautious with what you consume while traveling.

6. Take Precautions when Hiking or Trekking

If you are planning on doing any hiking or trekking while on your trip, be sure to take some precautions. First, always hike with a partner and let someone know where you are going. Second, wear appropriate clothing and footwear. This includes closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a hat. Third, bring plenty of water and snacks with you. Fourth, don’t push yourself too hard. If you start to feel tired, take a break. Finally, be aware of your surroundings and watch out for potential hazards, such as steep drop-offs or slippery rocks. So, make sure to take some safety precautions when hiking or trekking to avoid any accidents or injuries.

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By following these safety tips, you can help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip. Remember, even the most well-planned trips can sometimes go wrong. So, it’s always important to be prepared for anything. The next time you travel, be sure to keep these tips in mind to help avoid any potential problems. Safe travels!

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6 Packing Tips For A Long Trip When You’re Only Taking A Carry-On

Traveling is a big part of my life as an airline pilot. Having a simple packing system makes my life easy. 

I am a self-proclaimed packing ninja. While chatting with a friend about one of the many trips my family has taken to Europe, I mentioned that we each travel with only a carry-on. Her eyes opened wide. “Really? How?” 

As employees, when we travel we are considered non-revenue passengers and don’t always know if we are going to get on the flight. We don’t “check” our bags; instead, we have created an easy system to pack for a long trip using a single roll-aboard. Working for an airline affords us access to the world, and we use it! Here, I’ll show you how easy it is to pack for a long trip with just one carry-on!

American Airlines carry-on size checker
Make sure your carry-on fits! (Photo Credit: Christy Karsten)

1. Pick The Right Size

The Transportation Security Administration and U.S. carriers dictate the size of the allowable carry-on, and you should have those measurements on hand when choosing your carry-on bag. Though exact limits vary by airline, allowed carry-on items generally can’t be larger than 22” x 14” x 9”. Most carriers also allow a personal item that can fit under the seat in front of you.

Weight limits are another variable to throw into this packing formula. Some airlines have a maximum weight limit for carry-ons. I once heard a great line from a flight attendant: “You pack it, you lift it!” But it seems like there is always a passenger close by to help lift a bag into an overhead bin should the situation arise. 

Pro Tip: International carriers and low-cost carriers often divert from this standard size, forcing you to pay an additional fee for a carry-on.

carry-on bag in stored in overhead compartment
Newer aircraft bins are designed to store more bags upright.
(Photo Credit: Christy Karsten)

2. Push Or Pull (But Don’t Spin)

Do you prefer to push or pull your bag? I prefer to pull my roll-aboard bag. I have found this to be the most practical, beneficial, and useful type of carry-on. 

Note that if you choose a “spinner” bag, you lose about 4” of precious packing space due to the exterior wheels. About the size of a large shoebox. This is because the wheels and handle must lie within the measurement to meet the standard size requirements as a carry-on. 

Crew members do a deep research dive when it comes to buying luggage. My suitcase has interchangeable rollerblade wheels that light up, a soft-sided durable fabric shell, heavy-duty zippers, and a ballistic plastic frame with a retractable pull handle. I hang my personal bag on a “J-hook,” and my roll-aboard is perfectly balanced when it glides effortlessly on rollerblade wheels. 

A spinner bag requires you to put your personal item on top and use the handle to hold it in place. This makes the bag top-heavy, awkward to push, and requires way too much effort to navigate. Prices vary on luggage, from a $79 roll-aboard from Marshalls to over a $1,000 Rimowa from Neiman Marcus. Each has its benefits and shortcomings. I prefer a soft-sided bag over a hard case because it’s easier to stuff. 

3. Plan, Plan, Plan!

In order to become a packing ninja, planning is the key to success. I will now share the Art of the Pack.

When packing for an extended vacation, each item in your wardrobe matters. Create a travel capsule wardrobe. A simplified, carefully chosen wardrobe with interchangeable pieces. Neutral shades work best with other neutrals, and splashes of color can be added with accessories, scarfs, hats, or bags. 

Before I pack, I lay out all my outfits and make sure each piece works with the entire wardrobe. Packing smart can make a few pieces into many outfits! Making a list a few weeks before the trip is essential for planning. I minimize makeup to a few key items. I don’t bring any hair electronics. 

Depending on the season, I usually have one or two pairs of pants, two shorts, two tanks, two T-shirts, one long sleeve shirt, a jacket, and a dress in my capsule wardrobe.

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Consider traveling with clothes you will donate along your journey, which frees up space in your bag to fill with clothes or souvenirs you buy on your trip. 

Leave your hair appliances at home. Most hotels offer a hairdryer. U.S. dryers and flat irons typically don’t work internationally, even with our plug converters. Many foreign countries use 220 volts, and we use 110 volts. Trust me, it won’t work! I speak from experience — don’t be that traveler who blows up the hotel’s electric panel!

4. Roll, Don’t Fold

I am a recent convert and must admit the roll method allows more items in the suitcase versus folding your garments. It also minimizes wrinkles. I stuff my undergarments in any open crevice. Place your sleeping shirt, if you wear one, on top so when you get to your first hotel it’s easy to grab and take a nap. 

I have used packing cubes before, but for me, it’s such a hassle to fill them. Some people swear by them and even encourage rolling clothes in the cube. Staying in one place does make sense, I will say, since you can pull the cubes out and drop them in a drawer. 

Pro Tip: Stay Clean

Pack a thin, small face cloth since most foreign countries don’t typically offer washcloths with linens. I also pack a small hotel bar of soap, shampoo, and conditioner from my prior travels, in case the place I am going to doesn’t offer this amenity. If I run out of room, it’s no problem to throw those items away.

5. On-Flight Wardrobe

I wear my bulkiest shoes on the flight, and I pack sandals and a spare closed-toe shoe in my bag. I wear the jacket on the flight because the cabin always seems so cold, freeing up space in my bag and doubling as a pillow.

6. A Personal Bag

In addition to the carry-on bag, a personal bag is permitted to fit under your seat. This bag is limited by size constraints, as well: 18” x 14” x 8’. Some options are a backpack, a tote bag, or a cubed luggage bag. I have used all three during my journeys but prefer a cubed luggage bag that clips effortlessly onto the “J-hook” hanging from the top of my suitcase. Multiple pockets create a space for everything, and everything has a space. 

I have a durable stainless steel thermos for water that fits in the side pocket. I keep all my personal items in this bag and never let it out of my sight. I also like the fact that it can make a great footstool if I’m jammed into a coach seat. I fill any open area in my personal bag with healthy protein snacks.

medicine, a sewing kit, and other things a pilot packs in her carry-on bag
Items pilot Christy Karsten always has in her carry-on bag
(Photo Credit: Christy Karsten)

6. Tricks Of The trade

I like to think of myself as MacGyver, and, if needed, I can jimmy up and repair something broken on the road. Here are some time-tested items that I always travel with and surprisingly use on almost every trip. Most of these items can be tucked into pockets within the suitcase: 

  • Ziploc bags, which are useful for food, wet bathing suits, and broken toiletries 
  • Bandages, a couple of zip ties, and a small sewing kit 
  • I bought a small, plastic sectioned container at the 99-cent store and filled it with just about every over-the-counter drug and labeled the box. It’s small, thin, and fits in the sidewall of my suitcase. 
  • I put my laundry soap sheets and a reusable grocery tote on the other side of the box since most stores charge for grocery bags. 
  • I tuck a travel umbrella, sheets of paper, envelopes, plastic cutlery, and copies of my passport into the sidewalls of my suitcase.
  • I have small, zippered bags that contain earplugs, eye masks, and chapstick, plus a small bag for chargers and electric plugs for various outlet types. 
  • My iPad with downloaded movies in case the movie screen on the airplane doesn’t work. 
  • Once at my destination I use a small, crossover travel purse that easily fits in my suitcase. 

Pro Tips: Sink Washing

If you must wash undergarments in the sink, use Lazy Coconuts laundry sheets. They are amazing, chemical free, and do a fabulous job! They are extra-thin sheets of laundry soap that are easy to pack and clean so well! Then hang your clothes to dry using a pants hanger with clips in the shower or window. 

Passengers waiting for their bags at the carousel
Passengers waiting and waiting for their bags at the carousel (Photo Credit: Christy Karsten)

To Check Or Not To Check

Nobody wants to hear statistics for airlines’ lost baggage or the nightmare that someone experienced on a trip of a lifetime without their luggage. Time is a gift on holiday. Don’t waste an hour anxiously standing and staring at the luggage carousel for your bag to pop out. Grab your bag from the overhead and go! On an international flight, odds are you will be in front of your fellow 300 travel mates in the customs line or taxi line while they are still waiting at the carousel for their checked bags. 

Cleared For Takeoff 

I like the ease and low-stress option of traveling with my bags at all times. I can bob and weave effortlessly in and around the airport. Most importantly, I don’t overpack! 

Hopefully, these tips from this road warrior in the sky can help you streamline your next traveling adventure. Now book your tickets and start packing! 

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6 Useful Tips for Individuals Who Love Aircraft Travel

Do you love traveling with an aircraft? Do you love the feeling of taking to the skies and experiencing a new view from above?

If so, you’re not alone! Thousands of people around the world share your passion for aviation. However, there are a few things that you can do to make your travel experience even better. In this blog post, we will discuss six tips that will help make your next aircraft journey more enjoyable. We will cover some of the most basic things one should do to have a positive experience when traveling. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

There are many reasons to enjoy aircraft travel

One of the best things about flying is that you can reach your destination much faster than if you were to travel by car or train. In addition, you can avoid traffic jams and other delays that are common on ground transportation. If you’re looking to save time, then flying is definitely the way to go. Another great thing about aircraft travel is that you can see the world from a new perspective. This can especially come to the front if you decide to opt for a private jet charter to Orlando instead of taking the commercial line. This will surely make your travel a totally different experience. When you’re high up in the sky, you have a bird’s eye view of everything below you. This can be an amazing experience, especially if you’re visiting a new place for the first time. Finally, flying is simply fun! There’s something exhilarating about taking to the skies and reaching your destination in style. Whether you’re flying solo or with a group of friends, you’re sure to enjoy your time in the air.

1. Plan ahead

This means that you should research your destination, choose your flights carefully, and pack everything that you will need for your trip. By doing this, you can avoid any stressful surprises and make sure that you have a smooth journey from start to finish. On the other hand, if you’re spontaneous and like to wing it, that’s perfectly fine too! Just remember to be prepared for anything along the way. However, you should still plan out some of the most basic things before you go. These things will not be something that will stop you from winging it. But they will help you tackle the preparation period properly, so you can just focus on the travel when the day arrives.

2. Fly during off-peak times

This means avoiding busy times such as holidays and weekends. Not only will this help you save money on your flight tickets, but it will also help you avoid the crowds at airports. Additionally, flying during off-peak times often results in a more relaxed travel experience. Fewer people in the airplane, cheaper prices, and a much better journey are surely something that will attract a lot of people. However, this is not always possible for everyone. If you are able to fly during off-peak times, we highly recommend that you do so! Not only will you have a much better time during your travel, but you also might end up paying less than originally thought. 

3. Join an airline loyalty program

If you frequently travel by plane, then joining an airline loyalty program can help you save money and earn rewards. For example, many programs offer discounts on flight tickets and upgrades to first-class. Additionally, some programs also offer access to exclusive airport lounges. One of the biggest advantages of loyalty programs is that they can make your travel experience more convenient and enjoyable. More importantly, you will be able to get a discount here and there and save some money while traveling.

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4. Check the weather forecast

Before you take off, it is always a good idea to check the weather forecast for your destination. This way, you can be prepared for any potential delays or changes in your itinerary. Additionally, knowing the weather conditions at your destination will help you pack the appropriate clothing and accessories. Furthermore, this will allow you to anticipate any potential turbulence during your flight. All in all, it is always better to be safe than sorry! Of course, make sure you dress comfortably for the journey itself.

5. Arrive at the airport early

By arriving early, you can avoid the rush of last-minute travelers and ensure that you have plenty of time to check-in and go through security. Additionally, arriving early will also give you some time to relax before your flight. Moreover, arriving early will usually mean you took the preparation process seriously. This means you have separated the time to properly pack prior to travel, that you have all of the things organized and ready to go. The only thing left is to arrive at the airport on time, and that is something you surely do not want to miss.

6. Ensure your comfort

This means wearing clothes that you feel good in and packing any items that you might need during the flight, such as a neck pillow or a blanket. It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol or caffeine. If you can do these things, then you’ll be sure to have a comfortable flight. Additionally, it is important to avoid wearing anything that could potentially cause you to be uncomfortable during the flight. For example, items such as belts and shoes with metal components should be avoided.

Flying can be a great way to travel. It is fast, efficient, and oftentimes much cheaper than other methods such as driving or taking the train. However, many people are afraid of flying. If you are one of those people, then don’t worry! You are not alone. In fact, according to a study by the University of South Carolina, about 25% of Americans have a fear of flying. There are many reasons why people may be afraid of flying. If you are afraid of flying, there are some things that you can do to ease your fears. First, it is important to educate yourself about the process of flying. This includes learning about the different parts of an airplane and how they work together to keep the plane in the air. Additionally, it is also helpful to understand the different safety measures that are in place, such as the use of seat belts and oxygen masks. Secondly, it is also important to relax before your flight. This can be done by practicing deep breathing exercises or listening to calming music. Flying doesn’t have to be a scary experience. By following these tips, you can make flying a more enjoyable and comfortable experience.

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6 Caribbean vacations for every travel style

For locals in Barbados, “everyone seems like they want to have a good time,” Haynes says. For evidence, she points to the fish fry, a big street party with food, drinks and dancing that takes place every Friday in the town of Oistins. She also likes that there is a diverse spread of nightlife options, from clubs bumping house music to more intimate jazz spots. If you time your trip right, you can visit for Barbados’s version of Carnival, called Crop Over. “It’s 24/7 parties,” Haynes says.

Dearmon recommends St. Barths, where “beach club reservations are almost as important as hotel reservations,” she says. Even though the party scene starts early in the day, the music plays late into the night.

“When the sun goes down, the DJs come out to play a set while you enjoy dinner at island offshoots of some of the most renowned French restaurants in the world,” she says. “After dinner, enjoy live music, nightclub vibes, or head back to a beach club for a nightcap before doing it all again the next day.”

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6 Tips For Surviving Retirement With Your Spouse According To An Expert

Former coaching clients Bob and Elise were at their wits’ end. Bob’s retirement from his 30+ year career in advertising was looming. Elise had been volunteering and keeping busy with hobbies, but was ready for a change. Turns out, they weren’t sure what they wanted, and their attempts to come up with a retirement plan that both of them could live with were going nowhere. 

I started out by asking them lots of open-ended questions, which encouraged them to dig deeper and look at things from a fresh perspective. This enabled them to unearth what they really wanted and view their differences as opportunities rather than challenges. Fieldwork helped them take strategic action to explore a wide variety of options, communicate more effectively, and design a retirement plan that was a good fit for both of them. 

If retirement is right around the corner and you and your partner are not on the same page, how will you bridge the gap? The good news is there are many ways to get around the blocks and obstacles standing in your way. All it takes is knowing what you really want, active listening, clear communication, creative compromise, and commitment. Here’s the step-by-step process you and your spouse can follow to get there.

1. Define What You Want In Retirement

It’s not unusual to be clearer about what you don’t want than what you do want. So before you engage in yet another circular conversation with your partner leaving both of you frustrated or angry, do your homework. Sit down in a quiet place and start writing down all of the things you envision yourself doing in retirement, even if you think your partner may not be on board.

Include as many details as possible — activities, travel, lifestyle, housing preferences, et cetera. Writing it down helps clarify your retirement goals for yourself and your partner. But don’t share your list just yet. You will be using it as a tool to improve your communication and listening skills in an exercise later on.

2. Actively Listen

Speaking of listening, one of the biggest problems facing couples who are navigating retirement planning is the failure to actively listen to one another. Most of us think we’re good listeners, but there’s a big difference between listening and hearing. Hearing requires no effort, whereas listening is an intentional act. When you listen actively, you are paying close attention to what your partner is saying and your partner feels genuinely heard.

3. Clearly Communicate 

Like any other skill, learning how to listen actively takes practice, and what better way to practice than by sitting down with your partner and discussing retirement planning with some new tools and strategies? Heads-up! This may feel like unchartered territory.

Instead of interrupting, talking over one another, or just hearing, you’ll be taking your communication and listening skills to the next level.

Be prepared with a list in hand, then choose one of you (or even a coach, therapist, couple’s counselor, or friend!) to be the moderator. The moderator will make sure that both of you adhere to the following protocol in your discussions…

4. Do Your Homework

Round 1: Take Turns Sharing Your Retirement Wish List, Time Out, Then Assess

Each of you will take turns sharing your list. Partner #1 will read their entire list, uninterrupted by Partner #2, who will listen actively, take notes if desired, and write down any questions.

When Partner #1 is finished, switch roles so that Partner #2 reads their entire list, uninterrupted by Partner #1 who will listen actively, take notes, and write down any questions.

You may want to set a timer so that each of you gets to speak for a maximum of 3 minutes. You can use less time if needed. This helps keep your discussion moving forward and on track. 

Now that you’ve heard your partner’s wish list, it’s time to assess and prepare your response. Using your notes as a guide, notice where you and your partner are on the same page and where you are not. If any compromises come to mind, jot them down to share with your partner. Think about how their list fits or doesn’t fit with your vision of retirement.

Round 2: Respond to Your Partner’s List, Second Time-Out, Reassess, And Go Deeper

In this round, you will take turns responding to each other’s lists. Using the same protocol as in the first round, Partner #1 will respond to Partner #2’s list, and then Partner #2 will respond to Partner #1’s list.

This is when you will let your partner know what you think and how you feel. Communicate any observations, concerns, and preferences. Point out where you think your visions do or do not align. Some tips for this deepening round:

  1. Be In Neutral: This means maintaining a calm, pleasant openness rather than being annoyed or angry. An unpleasant demeanor can result in push-back from your partner, shutting down communication.
  2. Less Is More: Make your communications as brief and to the point as possible (remember, the timer is set for 3 minutes). The longer you speak, the more it sounds like a lecture or tangent, making it hard for your partner to remain focused and actively listen.
  3. Stay In The Here And Now: Rather than blaming or dredging up old, unresolved conflicts, remain present and focused on the task at hand, which is to hammer out a retirement plan that works for both of you.

Analyze your partner’s response again, this time going deeper by identifying key takeaways. A takeaway is something that got your attention — a thought, feeling, or epiphany. It need not be a solution. Now that you have more information, you may be getting a better sense of where the two of you are stuck or where there may be room for compromise.

Round 3: Take A Break

Per the same protocol, each partner will share their top two or three takeaways in addition to any other thoughts or feelings. Now it’s time for a break from discussion to process further and reflect. 

There should be no discussion with your partner about retirement planning until the next round, which should occur within one to two days. The break is designed to let your thoughts “marinate.” It provides distance and with distance, comes perspective.

During this time, review your notes and check in with yourself. Are you leaning one way or the other? Are you clearer about what you want or don’t want? Is a theme or pattern appearing? Do you see a retirement plan starting to emerge?

Round 4: Compromise And Explore Trade-Offs

During this round, you’ll want your dialog to become more dynamic and start moving you toward a definitive plan. This is where compromise and trade-offs come into play. A trade-off is something that someone is willing to go along with or give up (without anger or resentment), in exchange for something they want. Unlike a bribe, which forces someone to cooperate in order to avoid negative consequences, a trade-off is based on choice. 

For example, if Partner #1 wants to move to an adult community and travel more frequently, whereas Partner #2 wants to remain in their current home and travel less frequently, the tradeoff might be that Partner #1 gets the adult community, but agrees to less travel. 

Here’s another example. Let’s say Partner #1 wants to spend a significant amount of time traveling around the country in an RV while Partner #2, who also loves to travel, is not fond of “roughing it.” This is a no-brainer. Alternate between RV travel and more conventional travel, so it’s a win-win for both. Compromise and trade-offs often provide a middle ground that both partners can live with. 

5. Finally, Pull Out All the Stops

What if there is a stalemate and neither partner will budge? This is where creativity and out-of-the-box thinking come in. Out-of-the-box thinking is like creativity on steroids. It frees you up to use your imagination and allows you to come up with novel ideas, ideas that may be out in left field, that break the rules and have no parameters but are still within the realm of possibility. 

To jump-start this expansive way of thinking, ask yourself these questions and answer them in writing. When you are finished, share your answers with your partner to stimulate more discussion.

Questions To Ask

  1. Can there be more than one way to view retirement? What might that look like?
  2. Can we reside in more than one place during retirement? If yes, what might that look like?
  3. Can work still be part of our retirement plan? If yes, what might that look like?
  4. What have we always wanted to do or try that we never had time for?
  5. Can experimentation and spontaneity be built into our retirement plan? What might that look like?

6. Commit

Now that you’ve clarified your goals, become a better listener, and learned to communicate more effectively and compromise creatively, the last requirement is commitment. Commitment to each other, to your goals, and to a shared vision. Keep in mind that any ongoing problems or challenges in your relationship will not magically disappear just because you’re retired. If anything, they might be magnified because you’re spending even more time together, which is why continuing to work on them is extremely important. 

If old, dysfunctional patterns continue to plague your relationship, now is the time to address them. It’s never too late to improve and strengthen your relationship. You can continue to grow your relationship in a positive direction, no matter how long you’ve been together or how “hard-wired” your bad habits may seem. Retirement can be the best chapter yet. All it takes are a few new tools in your toolkit.

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Everything You Need To Know About Game 6 of The Eastern Conference Semifinals

Game Info

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics
Bucks lead series 3-2

Friday, May 13
Deer District Plaza Opens: 4:30 PM CST
Fiserv Forum Doors Open: 5:00 PM CST
Tip-off: 6:30PM CST


Extremely limited tickets are still available for Game 6 and can be purchased by visiting

Entry to Fiserv Forum

Doors open at 5:00 PM CST to fans with tickets for the game. All fans are encouraged to arrive early to allow time for entry and to be in your seats for team introductions! 

Fiserv Forum Bag Policy

Fans visiting Fiserv Forum are advised to arrive early and travel light, as additional security enhancements will be implemented for the Playoff season. With the exception of medical or diaper bags, bags and purses are no longer permitted inside Fiserv Forum. Guests entering Fiserv Forum are limited to a wallet no larger than 4”x6”x1”

Mobile Tickets

Ensure quick and easy entry to Fiserv Forum by downloading the Bucks App prior to your arrival and having your tickets ready to scan. Please reference our Mobile Ticket Guide for more information on how to access and manage your tickets.


The first 10,000 fans attending Game 6 will receive Thunderstix courtesy of KwikTrip.

Game 6 Giveaway: Thunderstix courtesy of KwikTrip

Food & Beverage Ordering

Getting your favorite food and beverage items at Fiserv Forum has never been easier. Download the Bucks app to order directly from your seats for pickup through our completely contactless ordering experience. 

Purchase your favorite stadium fare along with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for pick up in a designated location once your order is complete. You will receive a text message as well as a push notification in the app once your order is complete and ready for pick-up! 

Looks to get drinks only? The Coors Light Express Bar button is for you. You can order any alcoholic beverages (both beer and cocktails) from your seat and pick it up in just minutes. 

New for Eastern Conference Semifinals: Hamm’s Happy Hour

Hamm’s Beer is available for $5 at all Mobile Ordering locations from when arena doors open until tipoff (5:00-6:30PM)

Deer District Events & Activities

Fans who are not attending Game 6 at Fiserv Forum will still have the opportunity to enjoy it from the Deer District.

How to Enter The Deer District Plaza 

Fans without tickets to the game must enter Deer District through the south end of the plaza (near Highland and Vel R Phillips)

A security search will be required to enter the Deer District.  All prohibited items can be found on the Fiserv Forum website.

Fans with tickets to the game may also enter Deer District on the north end of the plaza (off Juneau Ave).

There will no longer be entry to Deer District through the Beer Garden entrance located on N. MLK Drive (formerly Old World Third Street).

Fans visiting Deer District are advised to arrive early and travel light, as additional security enhancements will be implemented for the Playoff season. With the exception of medical or diaper bags, bags and purses are no longer permitted inside Fiserv Forum. Guests entering Fiserv Forum are limited to a wallet no larger than 4”x6”x1”.

How to Watch/Listen/Stream Game 6

Game 6 will be televised locally on Bally’s Sports Wisconsin and nationally on ESPN.  

The radio broadcast will be on BMO Bucks Radio Network (AM620 WTMJ locally)

Don’t forget to follow the Bucks on social media (@Bucks) and download the official Bucks app for in-game highlights, stats, and other exclusive content at The Bucks app is available on iOS and Android devices.


Parking is available at the Highland Garage for the Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff games. Fans can purchase parking in advance at

For directions, maps, and more information about additional parking options, visit

New Items at Bucks Pro Shop

New merchandise is also available in the Bucks Pro Shop to gets fans geared up for the Bucks’ postseason run. This includes new Nike apparel and jerseys and Phase 2 of the Artsman Court Collection, which contains bottle openers, coasters and additional framed pieces of the 2021 Championship Court. The Mitchell & Ness store inside Fiserv Forum will also see a variety of limited edition collection drops throughout the upcoming playoffs. To purchase playoff gear now, visit

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6 Tips For a Successful Road Trip

With the summer rolling in and the holidays approaching, you might have considered going on a road trip across the province, the country, or maybe even the whole continent.  

As you may already know, the longer a trip is, the more planning you must put into it. Going on an adventure on an impulse sure is exciting, but sooner or later, you’ll probably wish you had prepared a little better.

In this article, we thought we’d give you some advice to make your next road trip memorable in a positive way. Ready? Let’s go!  

A Roadworthy Vehicle

The worst scenario would be a trip that ends because of a mechanical problem. If possible, have your vehicle inspected before leaving, keep your tires properly inflated, and fill up all fluid tanks.  

Clean and Tidy

Cleaning your cabin and getting rid of all that’s unnecessary for your trip is a good move. Then, carefully pack all your luggage and equipment (ideally a first-aid kit, too) in order to easily find what you need when you need it. And don’t let waste accumulate during your trip.

Bring Entertainment

Highway driving can be pretty boring. Try to think of entertainment options that all occupants will enjoy. There are many games you can play to kill time in a car. But more importantly, don’t forget to put a few playlists on your phone to make the experience even more satisfying.


Smartphones, tablets, consoles and other portable devices you can use in the car must have enough power for the whole trip, so don’t forget to take all necessary cables and adapters!   

Breaks And Snacks

Always have something to eat and drink during your road trips. Water and healthy snacks are preferable, because anything considered as “fast food” can make you feel heavy and even drowsy while you drive. Also, taking regular breaks to stretch your legs is strongly recommended.

If you are sleepy, you will not be able to concentrate and react properly in case of an emergency. It’s important to always be well-rested before getting behind the wheel and to switch drivers from time to time.

Planned Stops

Lastly, to avoid unnecessary detours and squabbles between passengers, discuss the stops you’d like to make beforehand, and also plan some free time, because there are always surprises and discoveries along the way, and the road counts as much as the destination!

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