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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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Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Health, Beauty & Style, In-Flight Insider News |

Bubbles are Festive – But Not When You’re Airborne

Bubbles are Festive – But Not When You’re Airborne

If you’ve ever gotten off a plane feeling puffy and two sizes bigger, it is most likely because of what you were drinking in-flight. Although all airline cabins are pressurized when flying at 9,800 feet or more, the pressure inside the cabin is slightly lower than what you normally experience on the ground. As a result, the available oxygen is reduced and the gases inside your body expand. You know how plastic bottles water expand and pop in-flight – Well your body is no different. Crew members kindly call this “jet-belly.” One way to counteract this unpleasant phenomenon is to not drink anything with bubbles—whether it’s sparkling water, soda, beer, or Champagne. As an experienced flyer, as much as I love sparkling water I make sure never to drink anything carbonated when I’m in the air. However, you still need to drink because of the risk of dehydration. Passengers must drink to compensate for the extreme dryness of the cabin air and the fact that they breathe more quickly...

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Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in Health, Beauty & Style, In-Flight Insider News |

Beat Jet Lag! 5 Insider Secrets for Being “Fresh” Upon Arrival

Beat Jet Lag! 5 Insider Secrets for Being “Fresh” Upon Arrival

Your questions answered! Thank you, I love all the fantastic questions people send me*. Here’s a great one from Caroline that just came in… “Hi Carolyn! How does one stay ‘fresh’ when traveling long hours on a plane over a short weekend? I am flying to France today (Friday) and coming back on Monday! Lots of hours on the plane – not so many on the ground. One does not even have time to adjust to the local time! However, I think flight crews do this all the time and they always look so fresh! … Tips?!” – Caroline A. Cleveland, Ohio Caroline, this is an excellent question! This is pretty much the schedule of a crew member, lots of time in-flight and 24-48 hours on the ground. When you land you want to be as fresh and awake as possible so that you can enjoy your limited time at your destination. In my experience, the most strategic way to combat fatigue from a hectic travel schedule is to...

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in In-Flight Insider News, Insider Travel Tips |

Airport Survival: 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your “Cool” When Traveling

Airport Survival: 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your “Cool” When Traveling

Let’s face it; traveling and navigating crowded airports is stressful—especially during family vacations, holidays, or when the weather becomes problematic. Unless you’re traveling on your own private jet on your time table, the getting there is almost never without problems, in and of itself, at times it’s anything but relaxing or fun. Here are some of my most effective insider tips to help you travel smarter and keep your stress to a minimum. 1.   Extra Time.  Boring, but important. One of the most useful tips I can give you is easy and doesn’t cost a dime… if at all possible show up to the airport early. An accident, traffic jam, or a long line at security can throw off your “perfect-timed” schedule. With a cushion of time on your side, you will be more relaxed and able to deal with flights that are delayed, canceled, or mechanicals and get a resolution before all the others who come rushing to the gate “on time.” 2.   Trusted Traveler Program. Long security lines can...

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