Road Warriorette Weekend Express

February 28, 2015 - Leave a Response

Hey readers! Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend?  Here’s the perfect opportunity!  Whether you want to share an Weekend Express picinteresting travel story, a packing tip, an etiquette tip, or anything else going on in the business travel world, comment here and we’ll have a discussion.

Travel tip of the week:

  • During winter it feels like every molecule of my body just dries up.  Between the lack of humidity and the changing temperatures all the moisture
    in my skin just disappears.  When this happens it’s important to take care of your hands.  On top of all of the environmental factors, frequent winter handwashing can strip the skin in your hands of even more moisture. Lady Light Travel sent me an email recommending Honey House Natural Solid Lotion—she said it goes on slightly sticky but absorbs into your skin, and that it’s water-resistant so you don’t have to reapply after every wash. The best time to apply is when your skin is damp. (If it’s too late and your hands are already cracking, try these dry skin repair tips.)

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My thoughts on “shameless tricks for free airport lounge access”

February 26, 2015 - One Response

I’m always interested in learning new methods to getting perks for business travel, so when an article called 5 glass of wineshameless tricks to get free airport lounge access showed up on USA Today I read it immediately.  While some methods to getting travel perks really are very helpful, some are certainly less so.  There are helpful tricks in this USA Today story, but some verge on shady or worse.  Below I’ve listed their tricks for free airport lounge access, along with my take on each.

Bank on charm

Dressing to the nines, as you’ve likely been advised, can only get you so far. Sometimes you have to mercilessly play up the swagger, bat those eye lashes just a bit faster, and exhibit your smooth talking skills.

Michael Herlihy, who basically lived at airports when he worked in the aerospace industry, said “the trick is finding the agent who is having the worst day and making sure you land in his or her line. Then if you’re super nice to them and ask nicely with a decent reason why you want to go [into the lounge], they can give you a day pass.” Read more of this article »

Delta 20 minute Checked Bag Guarantee

February 25, 2015 - 3 Responses

Delta Air Lines this week began a trial for a twenty minute guarantee on checked baggage when flying 1 Eagle Creekdomestically.  If your checked bag doesn’t reach the carousel within twenty minutes Delta will give you 2,500 miles (restrictions apply).  The trial period runs through March 31, and they could possibly implement this on a permanent basis if it’s successful.

Here’s the deal.  I hardly ever check my bag, especially on a business trips.  It may sound like a really great idea to have someone else haul your luggage around for you, but you’ll discover quickly that it’s almost always a better move to carryon instead.  Twenty minutes may not sound like a lot of time to wait, but after traveling all day that will seem like an eternity.   Not to mention there are checked baggage fees, a higher risk of things getting lost or damaged, and if you have a connection a delay could cause your luggage not to make the flight.  If you’re concerned about your luggage fitting in the overhead bin check out my carry-on luggage page for help.  If you are determined to check your bag for a specific reason (like needing extra stuff for work, or if you have an injury) here are some tips for doing so. Read more of this article »

3 things people dislike about airport security & what to do about it

February 24, 2015 - 3 Responses

Going through security at an airport can be a frustrating experience, to say the least.  Travelers just want to get 2-24-15-2through as quickly as possible so they don’t miss their flight, and on a good day have time to grab a bite to eat before boarding.  But no matter how badly you want to get through you still have to play by the rules.  Here are 3 things people dislike about airport security, and some suggestions to ease the pain. Read more of this article »

Road Warriorette Weekend Express

February 21, 2015 - Leave a Response

Hey readers! Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend?  Here’s the perfect opportunity!  Whether you want to share an Weekend Express picinteresting travel story, a packing tip, an etiquette tip, or anything else going on in the business travel world, comment here and we’ll have a discussion.

Travel tip of the week:

  • Check the weather.  No matter where you’re traveling to be sure to always check the weather forecast the night before.  Weather can affect what you pack, when you depart, the rental car you choose, and many other things.  Staying on top of the weather forecast will help eliminate frustrating surprises.  If you think your flight may get delayed due to weather have a plan b in place. I also recommend if you are going to be traveling internationally to check travel alerts through the State Departments websiteWeather.com might give a one hundred percent chance of rain in their ten day outlook but that forecast won’t mention a typhoon is on the way. The State Department is good about weather related warnings like these so I always check out their alerts before I travel internationally.

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Packing for different climates

February 20, 2015 - Leave a Response

Seems like I’ve been spending all of my time in cold weather locales lately. Not that I mind wearing tights and bootsevery day for every trip (exactly), I’m just really ready to enjoy some warmer weather. Luckily my trip next week takes me to two very different climates. As always, I refuse to pack extra or check my bag, so I have to be very strategic and bring items that can easily be dressed warmer or colder depending on where I am.
One dress two ways gray

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Etiquette tip: Wait to put your coat in the overhead bin!

February 19, 2015 - 5 Responses

I have been on the road a lot already this year, traveling literally from coast to coast. Some places are having lovely 2-19-15-1weather right now, but it seems like most of the country is in the grips of record-cold temps. I saw that today in Nashville it is -2! Crazy.

What does all this cold weather mean? Lots of coats on planes. Coats are great once you arrive, but are kind of a pain to travel with. If you’re lucky enough to have room in your carryon to pack your coat once you’re in the airport, lucky you! Unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that way.

When I flew to DFW on Tuesday there were coats everywhere. On laps, on the floor, and of course in the overhead bins. I had already placed my suitcase in the bin, with my purse tucked neatly under the seat in front of me. My coat was in my lap as I waited for passengers to finish boarding. It looked like there was a little extra room in front of my bag, so my plan was to cram my coat there once boarding slowed down. Read more of this article »

Cell phone calls in public places

February 17, 2015 - 5 Responses

I was enjoying dinner on a recent trip when I had a little disruption.  Two ladies across from the restaurant from me 2-17-15-2were eating when one of them received a phone call.  She took the call, which is not a big surprise these days. But what was surprising is that she took the call on speaker phone!  What was more bizarre was the friend she was at the table with was not even part of the conversation.  So it wasn’t like the two friends both needed to hear the call. The friend had to sit there awkwardly while the lady held a dinner speaker phone conversation in a relatively quiet restaurant.  The lady taking the call was eating while talking so I can only guess she put it on speaker was to make it easier to eat (would you call this hands free eating, like hands free driving??).  Read more of this article »

Amazon Presidents’ Day luggage sale

February 16, 2015 - Leave a Response

Happy Presidents’ Day!

If you’ve been looking to buy some luggage but were waiting for the right time, this may be the day you have been waiting for. Today 2-16-15-2Amazon has a Presidents’ Day sale going on with up to 70% off (or more) on select luggage (click to visit the Amazon sale).  Not all luggage is 70% off but even on the ones that are not still have pretty substantial discounts.  The Victorinox 20 inch carryon that I use (and love) is going for $247.49 today. At a list price of $550.00 this equals a 55% discount. The spinner version of the Victorinox is 69% off going for a price of $182.59 (whoa).  The Eagle Creek Adventure Pop Top Carry-on that I use for shorter trips is normally $235 but is now on sale for $183 in black.

You can find my review of the Victorinox 20 inch carryon here and my review of the Eagle Creek Adventure Pop Top Carry-on here.  If you are looking for more options go to my carryon luggage page where readers list their recommendations for carryon luggage. Read more of this article »

Road Warriorette Weekend Express

February 14, 2015 - One Response

Hey readers! Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend?  Here’s the perfect opportunity!  Whether you want to share an 2-4-15-2
interesting travel story, a packing tip, an etiquette tip, or anything else going on in the business travel world, comment here and we’ll have a discussion.

Travel tip of the week:

  • Because I see this happen all the time here’s a helpful boarding etiquette tip.  Watch your space. When going down the aisle, make sure you avoid the knees of those already seated. Know where your small bag is—I’ve seen more people whacked on the head by small bags than I can remember. This goes double for a backpack! The best thing to do is hold your bag in your hand, not leave it on your shoulder or back. And if you do knock into someone, apologize profusely. (This counts when you’re off the airplane, too!)

Week in review: Read more of this article »