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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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Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in In-Flight Insider News, Insider Travel Tips |

5 Timeless Tips for How to be a Great Houseguest

5 Timeless Tips for How to be a Great Houseguest

Summer is here—the height of the season for visiting friends in the country or at a beach house. Whether you’re a mother sending her teenager off for a weekend with a friend (and friend’s parents) or you’ve been invited to the boss’s house for the first time, unless you’ll be staying at a grand manor house with a full staff of servants, the rules of good guesting are pretty much the same for everyone. 1. Never arrive empty-handed. That means, bring a house gift (Dean & Deluca has great gifts baskets like the one above). Depending on the circumstances, it could be anything from some nice wine to a basketful of gourmet goodies to a lovely scented candle, or, if you know your host and his or her taste well, a decorative item for the home. Your gift doesn’t have to break the bank but it needs to show that you’ve put some thought into what might be most appreciated. 2. Be neat. Keep your belongings to yourself and...

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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Destinations & Regional Recipes, In-Flight Insider News |

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa: Exquisite, Exotic, and Eco-friendly

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa: Exquisite, Exotic, and Eco-friendly

Three hours by car (or only 45 minutes by helicopter) from Sydney, in the Blue Mountains of Australia, is one of the most beautiful, luxurious, and truly unique vacation spots I’ve ever been lucky enough to visit— Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa. Opened in 2009, it is Australia’s first conservation-based resort. Committed to protecting the environment while offering discerning travelers a truly unforgettable experience, Emirates Wolgan Valley accommodates vacationers in 40 stunning luxury suites, each with its own indoor-outdoor private plunge pool, separate living and sleeping quarters, a cozy two-sided fireplace, spacious verandah, en suite bathroom with his and her vanities, and two mountain bikes. Also equipped for business meetings, there is a conference room that can accommodate up to 90 people, a boardroom that holds up to twelve, and stellar private catering facilities. In keeping with its ecological, sustainable philosophy, the resort offers a truly outstanding menu created from the best in seasonal, locally produced ingredients and local wines. Snacks and light meals are available throughout the day...

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