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Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in In-Flight Insider News, Insider Travel Tips |

9 Things You Should Never Do When Traveling with Your Boss

9 Things You Should Never Do When Traveling with Your Boss

In my experience as a corporate flight attendant, I have had the good fortune of being a “fly on the wall” which gives me a chance to observe – in close proximity – employees traveling with their boss. Usually its the CEO of the company (which means I’m also under the same scrutiny).  It’s fascinating to see what happens when employees make blunders that may seem insignificant at the time; but in reality those missteps may potentially hurt their standing or even stunt their advancement in the company. The first thing you should NEVER do—so I guess that makes it 10 things—is never forget that your boss is watching and evaluating you AT ALL TIMES. If you were chosen to go along on a business trip it’s because you’re supposed to be part of the solution— never part of the problem. And your boss wants to be sure that he or she can count on you to represent him/her appropriately when you’re not being watched. Therefore: 1.     Remember at all times that this is your boss....

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Posted by on May 5, 2017 in In-Flight Insider News, Insider Travel Tips |

7 Ways to Stay Friends While Traveling Together

7 Ways to Stay Friends While Traveling Together

Vacationing with a friend (or 2) can either be great fun or the end of a beautiful friendship. The best way to be sure it’s the former is to have a heart-to-heart chat beforehand and be honest about your preferences and expectations. Then you can negotiate if necessary and avoid conflict when it’s too late to do anything about it. 1.     Pick a destination you’ll both enjoy. If you love the beach and your friend is a culture vulture who hates the sun, you can still find a place with something to satisfy both of you—so long as you plan in advance and agree that you’ll each be free to go off on your own for at least part of each day. This can actually be a great thing, because, when you get together at the end of the day, you’ll be able to share your separate adventures over cocktails and dinner. But if you love solo exploration and your friend simply can’t be alone, it isn’t going to work. So...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in In-Flight Insider News, Insider Travel Tips |

Three Surprising Reasons Your Passport May Not Be Valid For Travel

Three Surprising Reasons Your Passport May Not Be Valid For Travel

Your tickets are purchased, your bags are packed, you’ve checked to see if your destination requires a visa… but have you checked to make sure your passport is valid for travel?  When it comes to passport advice, I turn to G3 Visas and Passports on the best ways to avoid complications before travel. 1. Check Your Expiration Date “All too often, we receive frantic calls from the airport from travelers who have been denied boarding because their passport is too close to its expiration date” says a representative from G3 Visas and Passports. Almost every country in the world follows the “six month rule,” meaning that your passport must be valid for six months after your planned departure from the country (it’s not just a government issue, it’s the airline’s policy).  Even if you don’t have any travel planned, we recommend that you keep an eye on your expiry date and renew your passport when it nears that six-month mark. 2. Check Your Pages Before you travel, flip through your passport and...

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in In-Flight Insider News, Insider Travel Tips |

7 Insider Tips for Seamless Holiday Travel

7 Insider Tips for Seamless Holiday Travel

It’s here. The holiday season. Traveling isn’t for the faint of heart, especially at this time of year when airports are full of people trying to take their well-deserved vacations, and winter weather can throw a wrench in the works. If you’ve ever noticed that airline crew members seem to glide effortlessly through chaotic airports, shoot through the security lines and rebound flawlessly after travel snafus, you’re on to something. I’m going to share a few of our secrets, both in booking flights and what to do when bad weather starts rolling in, so that you can navigate the travel system like a pro: 1. Bigger is Better. Pilots love to say this, about jets that is, and with good reason. As a general rule, newer and bigger airplanes are better because of the technology (Autoland and CAT 3) enables them to land in adverse weather conditions like snow and fog. Smaller regional jets (airplanes with approximately 100 seats or less) typically don’t have this expensive equipment in the...

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Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in In-Flight Insider News, Insider Travel Tips |

5 Things You can Do to Take the Anxiety Out of Turbulence

5 Things You can Do to Take the Anxiety Out of Turbulence

No one really likes turbulence—unless you’re a little kid who thinks it feels like an amusement park ride—but some people get more anxious than others or tend to feel sick when the plane rocks and rolls. Here are 5 simple things you can do to stay cool and calm when the weather gets rough. 1.     Select a seat as close to the front of the cabin as possible, where the ride tends to be less bumpy than it is farther back because the plane literally fishtails. 2.     When you board the airplane, ask a crew member whether they expect any turbulence. That way you’ll be mentally prepared and, if you tend to get air sick, you can take a Dramamine or put on a patch before the turbulence actually occurs. 3.     If you see crew members buckled into their seats, you need to sit down and buckle up too! They’re in communication with cockpit and know what’s going on in the air. Turbulence is no joke, you can get...

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Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in In-Flight Insider News, Insider Travel Tips |

Private Jetiquette 101 ~ What You Need to Know!

Private Jetiquette 101 ~ What You Need to Know!

Private Jetiquette is essential, and they don’t teach this in school. Mark Ellwood’s snappy article “Private Jetiquette 101“ in the summer 2013 DuJour Magazine is spot on! I was tapped to chime in and reveal the real scoop on what you absolutely must know (some souvenirs just need to be left behind), what to do, and more importantly what not to do (for starters, avoid sitting in the CEO’s seat at all costs!). After all, you want to be invited...

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