Friday, April 18, 2014

Travelers: Airline Food

According to a reader poll in Travel and Leisure Magazine, the best airlines for food on domestic flights are: Number 1: Virgin America
Number 2: JetBlue
Number 3: Hawaiian Airlines

The best for international flights are:
Number 1: Singapore Airlines
Number 2: Emirates
Number 3: Cathay Pacific

Do you agree?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Travelers: Protect Your Luggage

If you are really concerned about going the extra mile to protect your luggage, there are some things you can do.

You could purchase baggage insurance. Be sure to check to see what is covered.

You could purchased Excess Valuation from your airline.

You could wrap your luggage at the airport. A TSA agent may cut through the wrap if they need to open your bag.

You could ship your luggage to your destination or back home. This could be a better option, especially if you have breakable items.

You could pack some duct tape. It comes in handy if you need to repair a broken zipper, a rip in your bag, or a torn handle. Did you know you can buy a travel size roll of duct tape so you don't have to bring the whole heavy roll? Or, wrap some around a straw if you don't need a whole bunch.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Travelers: Airfares

You're searching and searching for the perfect airfare. Suddenly, you find it. You bookmark the site, check and double check all the plans, wonder if the price will go any lower, and return to the site a few hours later...only to find that fair has disappeared or the flight is now sold out.

Next time, nail down all your plans before you start shopping for airfare. Once you find the fare you like, you can book your flight and move on to other things.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Travelers: Packing and More Packing Tips

We've all seen those travelers with gigantic suitcases. I always wonder what on earth is in them and how long the traveler is staying.

Does your bag threaten to burst at the seams once you have everything in it you would ever need? Is it because you're packing for the worst possible thing that could happen? Try making a list before you stuff all that stuff into your bag. Going to the beach for a casual week? You probably won't need to pack three pair of jeans and two sweaters. Going to Paris in the spring? Check the weather to see if you really need a rain coat, an umbrella, and a waterproof jacket.

A packing list will also help you cut down on tossing in everything within sight into your bag. Make that list ahead of time. Then, add to it or delete it from it as the time gets closer. Again, check the weather.

Try to color coordinate your clothing. You'll find you have to pack less. If your clothes can do double duty...that's even better. Frequent travelers bring along tops that can be washed in the sink and hung up to dry quickly.

Gadgets...chargers...and gizmos. With a list, you'll be more apt to bring the right chargers and gadgets. You won't have to throw in everything just in case you'll need it.

Worse case forget something. You'll probably find a way to buy it...or find you can do without it.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Travelers: Dealing With Jet Lag

Ever wonder what 'jet lag' really is? According to Dr. Gary Zammit, Executive Director of New York City's Sleep Disorders Institute, it's the negative experiences people have when their internal body clock becomes "desynchronized" from the actual clock time around them.

Or...your body doesn't catch up. So, what can you do to help with this?

You could start living like the time zone where you will be flying to, at least three days before departure. That may seem a little drastic and hard to do. But, it works for some people.

Others like to get a bunch of sleep before they leave. Maybe you can't really store up your sleep, but you will leave well rested.

According to the experts, alcohol actually makes jet lag worse. It dehydrates you...and so does the air on the plane, due to altitude. If you drink enough to pass out...your body doesn't qualify that as restful sleep.

Some long time travelers say 'no' to a nap once you are at your destination. Still others say a short nap is okay.

What do you do?

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Where Am I?

Bubbles Seafood and Wine Bar

Have some extra time in Schiphol Amsterdam Airport? Definitely check out one of the best airport bars in the world.

If oysters are your thing...they serve surprisingly fresh ones. You can also order full size meals that don't include oysters.

Delightful champagne, as well as other wines, are a superb way to spend a couple of hours. Be sure to face the showpiece of the over sized saltwater aquarium filled with exotic fish.

Talk about relaxing before a flight...this is the way to do it.