The Joys of Flying

My most current business trip started as most do: I called Uber for my lift to the airport while doing some last-second packing. After many years of traveling for work, I have fitting it all in down pat, although this pre-trip rush always gives me adrenaline. At the airport, I head to a different terminal, as I’m flying on US Airways this particular trip. As a long-time American Airlines fan, I was dreading flying this merging airline, especially with some updates announced today that are sending us frequent AA flyers into a tailspin.

Nevertheless, my trip went was fairly non-eventful–except for some small hiccups. So, here are some friendly reminders for all of us on a flying metal tube to have a pleasant flight:

  • Although your ring tone is a loud “Sweet Child of Mine” by the great Guns ‘N Roses, after the plane door is closed, it’s probably a good idea to silence your phone and have it in airplane mode.
  • Come to think of it, phones should always be in quiet mode during a flight, especially when you’re composing emails the entire trip. That means you, 6B.
  • I can’t understand why passengers seated in the rear of the plane place their carry on luggage near the bulkhead. Those spots fill up so fast, then those who are by law required to stow all luggage have nowhere to put their belongings…which can cause delays!
  • What you’re grabbing for balance every time you get out of your seat is actually the back of the passenger’s in front of you. Remember: we’re all in this together!
  • I’ve read multiple times recently in travel forums how few people actually respond to the flight attendants when they greet boarding travelers. I decided to preempt their greetings with one cheerful “good morning!!” of my own. It’s not only the polite thing to do, but they have been very lovely in response.

Hopefully, this week’s post comes across as a positive one. Travel is definitely my passion, even though I have to remind myself during delayed flights and encounters with rude passengers. We road warriors must remember that it’s all worth it–especially the opportunity to experience new cities, meet new people from around the world, and enjoy the rare–but incredible!–personal excursions we get to take.

 

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How to Fit It All In (Part II)

Since I began my blog earlier this year, the most popular post has been “How to Fit It All In (Part I).” I recently was on a two and a half week vacation/business trip to Europe, and I used my packing strategy–including using my Ogio backback and my Samsonite Suite-case–to prevent having to check a bag. You can see exactly what I packed in the infographic below.

How to Fit It All In (Part II)

How to Fit It All In (Part II)

Some other tips:

  • Always wear your bulkiest clothes/shoes on the flight; on this trip, I wore my workout clothes and tennis shoes on the plane.
  • Invest in SpaceBags. I use three on each trip, and they are incredible. Usually, I place my clothes in the larger bag, zip it, place on the floor, and use my knees to remove the air from the bag. Fold it in half and repeat.
  • Buy a sturdy liquids bag and keep filled with travel sized containers, ready to go at a moment’s notice.
  • Pick a color of shoes/accessories and stick with it. For example, I only pack black shoes, belts, handbags, etc., and I make sure all of my outfits work with them.
  • Do you really need to pack heels for Europe? I tossed in my wedge sandals at the last minute and did not wear them once.

Hope this entry has been helpful. I’d love to know…how do YOU fit it all in?

How to Fit It All In (Part I)

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I often get the question: “how do you carry-on on an international flight?” Here is Part Une: the Ogio backpack (aka carry-on item one). You can view this infographic to see what I fit into my trusty pink carry-one. Stay tuned for more packing tips!

How to Fit It All In (Part I)

How to Fit It All In (Part I)

Gate Zen

There is a moment on every flight where the entire plane is full of energy. It’s somewhere in between “Please remain seated until the captain has turned off the seat belt sign.” and that DING! It’s mad chaos…people in the aisle immediately begin hauling down their carry-on bags after ripping off their seat belt shackles. Free at last! Those in window seats stand up, only to crane their necks, due to the lower ceiling heights. I used to be one of those travelers…and now I have Gate Zen.

Somewhere Between ORD and LAS

Somewhere Between ORD and LAS

What is Gate Zen, you ask? It’s something I’ve learned after years of being pressed up against other travelers in the aisle, jockeying for position to deplane as soon as possible. Now, I simply stay seated, play Sims Freeplay on my iPhone, and wait until it is absolutely my turn to grab my suite-case (dear reader, it is intentionally spelled that way…my Samsonite bag has been with me on trips on 5 continents, and I will extol its virtues in a later blog post).

I used to feel a moment of temporary stress pulsing through my veins when I was the one holding up the entire airbus full of people behind me—oh the shame! But now, with Gate Zen, I calmly grab the suite-case from the bin, pull up the retractable handle, and add my laptop bag to the top before strutting down my personal runway to whatever fabulous destination is in store for me. Om!