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Posts Tagged ‘Honeymoon Travel Tips’

Being fabulous in flight is all about the amenities...

It’s holiday time and many of you are no doubt traveling quite some distance to see friends and family. Whether you like flying or not (and I happen to love it), there are a few simple, easy, but effective measures I encourage to assist you on your way, making it just that bit more comfortable, and also ensuring you don’t arrive looking wrinkled, dirty and exhausted.

I have flown back and forth to the UK in the last few years more times than I have fingers and toes, and the few details I work in to my plan always ensure I have a relaxing and enjoyable flight.

1. Blag it

Some call it gift of the gab, I call it being proactive. This has worked for me in getting an upgrade a few times, so it’s worth a try. Enroll in the frequent flier program before you fly, and at check-in – try to speak to a real person, not a machine – tell them you are a bad, nervous or sick flier. (It’s not lying in my case, it’s a minor extension of the truth.) No airline wants a sick passenger, so the least you should get is your window or aisle preference, and you might just be fortunate enough for an upgrade.

2. Multivitamins

While it may sound obvious, I cannot stress this enough. Jet-lag, dirty hands, airports, airplanes and the overall number of people you are likely to come into contact with en-route, does not make for a happy immune system. Fire it up with Airborne, Emergen-C, or Berocca, (all contain large doses of vitamin C). The trick is to take it consistently, not just once or twice. Drink one three times a day, or every four hours the day before you travel, the day of travel, and the day you land. It might sound like a lot, but in my experience it’s foolproof.

3. Lip balm

The air conditioning on the plane can make your lips dry and crack, so make sure you have ample amounts of this. I carry a small tin of Vaseline or Rosebud Salve from Sephora. Both of these work well for lips, the inside of your nose, your elbows, hands… helpful all-round.

4. Hand Sanitizer

Airports are a germ-breeding ground so this will come in handy if you can’t get to a bathroom easily to wash your hands in the airport or on the plane.

5. Underwear

I don’t want to get too personal here, but do not underestimate the benefits of having a spare pair of underwear and socks. Enough said.

6. Make up and Face Wipes

Your skin can suffer terribly when traveling, so it’s vital you keep your face clean. A small Ziploc bag of face wipes will help to clean and moisturize your face, and are easy to carry. If the entire contents of your make-up bag are too much for the small plastic bag, just go with the necessities. Sample-size products from Clinique or Lancome gift-time are great, the mascaras are perfect, and Bare Escentuals foundation won’t clog your pores. Put on make-up right before you land and keep it simple. Heavy make-up on a tired or blotchy face never looks good. Foundation, a little blush, mascara, your trusty lip balm and you’re good to go. Clean, fresh and natural.

I swear by this tea and always drink it when I’m flying. Sleeping pills are fine as long as you know you can actually sleep. But if for some reason you can’t, you could end up at your destination feeling drowsy and disorientated. This relaxing tea is all herbal, it will make you feel relaxed and a little sleepy, without any drowsy side-effects. I get mine from my local Asian market where they have a wide variety of teas.

8. Eye mask

Of course it will block out light, but a silk eye mask will also help to avoid redness and puffiness around the eye, and it feels fabulous next to your skin. They have some nice inexpensive ones at Target.

9. Sweatpants, and a Blanket or Hoodie

While you may not want to carry much, I would suggest a warm sweater or blanket, and some light sweatpants. If the air conditioning is low on the plane it can get cold and if you’re not flying international you are not guaranteed a blanket. I have a $20 pair of sweatpants from Old Navy that I only use when I’m traveling, I change into them just before I get on the plane. Sitting in jeans can get uncomfortable after a while, and everything else just gets horribly creased. 

Pricey, but very comfortable and great at blocking out airplane noises. Well worth the investment. Or at least putting on your Christmas list….

Bon Voyage, and Happy Holidays!

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It’s November and that means that the holiday travel season is falling upon us. Good news? Sure. But there’s bad news as well, particularly if you don’t like being groped by a man (or woman) in uniform. (Hmm, I suppose that could be good news for some.) Here’s what happening in the world of travel.

Good News:
Virgin America Makes Money

You mood-lighting loving, power outlet-craving technophiles will be thrilled to know that Virgin America has finally posted its first profit, three years into its existence. Don’t get too excited just yet – everyone is making money this year, but it’s always good to see some black ink on the income statement.
Virgin America Finally Posts Its First Profit, But It’s No Surprise

Bad News:
The TSA Wants to Irradiate You or Grope You, Take Your Pick

Outrage has been mounting lately as the TSA has now changed its processes. If you’re asked to go through a backscatter x-ray machine (known as “Advance Imaging Technology”) you can either do it or take a pat down instead. If you do it, an x-ray image is sent to a backroom for review that shows you body and anything that might be concealed there. It does involve a minor amount of radiation, so it doesn’t appear to be a safety issue. Your privates are blurred, but it’s too close for comfort for some. On the other hand, the pat-down is now done with the front of the hand and gets awfully close to areas that you don’t want touched by strangers.
Should You Be Afraid of the Body Scanner Raising the Risk of Cancer? Nah, and Neither Should Pilots

Good News:
Spirit Looking to Fly Pasty White Canadians to Get Sun

If you live up in Canada, Spirit wants to take you somewhere warm. Flights are beginning just across the border in Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh, New York (near Montreal) down to Myrtle Beach and Ft Lauderale.
Spirit Turns Its Focus to the US and Canada After Caribbean Build-Up

Bad News:
Qantas A380s are Still Grounded

You heard about the Qantas A380 that blew an engine, right? Well the fleet is still grounded and the airline has scrambled to put together a reduced schedule in place. If you’re booked on Qantas, double check to make sure your flight is flying.
Qantas A380 Grounding Causes Disruption, What Should You Do?

Good News:
Southwest Stand By Its No Change Fee Policy

Southwest is getting ready to ramp up its campaign to let people know that change fees are not welcome at the airline. Others may charge up to $150 a ticket to change, but Southwest still doesn’t and won’t be doing it anytime soon.
Southwest: Why It’s Promoting No Change Fees and Its Web Site

That’s it for now. Happy flying.

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