Road Warriorette Weekend Express

March 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:

  • Have a lot of clothes to pack but not a lot of space? Try using packing cubes. These things will squeeze down a ton of clothes into a small rectangle. I am constantly amazed at how much my Eagle Creek packing cubes compress so much stuff–I’ve gotten five days worth of clothes into one cube. They are helpful for keeping things organized as well.

Week in review: Read more of this article »

Travel etiquette tip: PLEASE don’t spray perfume on planes!

March 27, 2015 - 6 Responses

I have had some interesting trips lately, with everything from insane weather delays to rude teenagers. But Victoria Secret perfumethis next lady takes the cake for shockingly bad behavior.

I was flying from DFW to La Guardia, not a short flight, and wasn’t lucky enough to have a Main Cabin Extra seat. After the movie ended I was a little bored, and started looking around at my fellow travelers. I saw a lady a couple rows in front of me holding some sort of small bottle. As I’m always curious, I tried to get a better look. Was it lotion? Makeup? Unfortunately I soon realized it was neither of these, as she took the lid off and sprayed something all over herself. It only took a few milliseconds for the smell to reach me–it was full blown perfume. Read more of this article »

How far in advance of a trip should you tell your boss you’re pregnant?

March 26, 2015 - One Response

If you travel for work, when should you tell your boss you’re pregnant? In a comment to an older post, Reader A
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I’m 7 weeks pregnant and just found out my work will be sending me to Latin America at the end of May beginning of June (so I’ll be in my second trimester). I’ve been looking forward to a long haul trip since in my previous job. I used to travel frequently particularity Latin America and Europe, It’s usually a good chance to see my family back in south america and so I dont want to tell them about my pregnancy until the trip is all sorted because I’m afraid they might cancel it. I’m super healthy, havent had any major discomforts so far. What should i do? Should i wait to tell them or should i do the right thing and tell them as soon as possible and let them make the decision whether to send me or not?

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Ryanair up to their old tricks

March 25, 2015 - 2 Responses

Last week word got out that Ryanair, which is a large discount airline in Europe, was going to have seats available for3-24-15-5 less than $15 each way for flights to the US.  Fifteen dollars! It was said to have been approved by Ryanair’s board, but would take several years before available.  The airline would make up the cost of these super cheap seats through fees and premium seats.

I’m always skeptical about discount airline offers.  On this particular future offer I was trying to imagine how uncomfortable the seats would be at that price, and was trying to decide if I would be willing to buy a ticket at that ridiculous price after knowing what I would probably be in for.

Later in the week something bizarre happened. Read more of this article »

Delayed is the new normal

March 24, 2015 - 3 Responses

Over the past six months I have made countless trips, typically two to three night stays, and happen week after week.3-24-15-2 I fly back and forth from city to city.  Sometimes I fly Southwest, and sometimes I fly American (who is now introducing US Airways into the mix). Most of these trips have one thing in common: there’s almost always a delay.

Part of me wonders if I just have really bad luck, but I’m inclined to believe that this is more of a wide spread issue with Southwest and American.  Whatever it is, delayed seems to be the new normal.  Weather can be blamed for some of these delays.  When that happens you can’t really blame the airlines (although it’s still pretty annoying). However, many more of these delays can be attributed to maintenance issues.   When a maintenance delay happens you can be pretty confident that you’ll either be switching planes or delayed for at least a couple of hours.  Don’t get me wrong—I’m all for safety, but when delays happen due to maintenance over and over again there’s something wrong. Not sure if some of these planes need further inspections on the front end, if they need more maintenance workers, if planes need to be fully replaced because they are so old, or a combination of these, but if there are going to be maintenance issues on nearly every trip something needs to be addressed.

I was looking at the latest Air Travel Consumer Report and it looks like out of the 13 reporting airlines American/US Airways averaged 7th in on time percentage last November through January, and Southwest averaged 6th place. Both airlines had an on time percentage roughly in the high seventieth percentile for those three months compared to Delta in the high eighties.  According to the report air carrier delays (which maintenance is categorized under) for American and Southwest is around six percent of the time in January.  Delta air carrier delays happened about 40% less often in January (December and November had very similar results). Read more of this article »

Road Warriorette Weekend Express

March 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:

  • I highly recommend you apply for TSA Pre-Check (or Global Entry if you travel internationally).  The lines are typically much faster so it takes a lot of the guesswork out of preparing how long it will take to get through security.  Plus there is the added convenience of not having to take your shoes off or take your laptop out of your bag. If you don’t want to fork up the money for this or are waiting for your application to get approved, consider trying out the MiFlight app.  It uses social sharing to provide the average time it’s taking to get through security.  I personally haven’t used it because it’s not available at my airport (and because I have TSA Pre-Check) but it’s highly rated in the iTunes app store.

Week in review: Read more of this article »

Drama during extended stays

March 20, 2015 - Leave a Response

When you’re on the road for an extended period of time you can see a lot wild stuff. With thousands of people 3-20-15-1coming and going while you yourself stay, you are almost bound to be in the middle of some dramatic situations.

My cousin recently went on a three-month business trip.  One day he was in the lobby of his extended stay hotel when he noticed a lot of commotion.  He asked another person what was going on and they said a lady in the bathroom was having a drug overdose. The paramedics took her away and he’s unsure what ended up happening to her.  Then a few weeks later he was in his room when the fire alarm went off.  Fire trucks showed up and took care of what apparently was a fire in the hotel’s kitchen.  Crazy! Not sure I would be returning to that particular hotel myself….

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Posts from the past

March 19, 2015 - Leave a Response

What was going on this time  in years past?Post from Past pic

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Why business travel is so important

March 17, 2015 - One Response

A few years ago when the Home Warrior was working in inside sales there was an executive that he couldn’t stand 3-17-15-1working with. He was constantly overworked by this executive who had no boundaries when in came to work hours.  Requests would come in at ridiculous times, with the expectation that they would be completed immediately.  This not only affected the Home Warrior, it affected me as well.  We would have Friday night plans but a request would come in Friday afternoon and would have the Home Warrior tied down the rest of the evening, erasing all possibilities of going out. To be honest, I disliked this executive almost as much as he did (maybe more. He is nicer than I am). According to the Home Warrior this wasn’t a one sided relationship– the executive also was not fond of the Home Warrior and wasn’t shy shy about voicing that opinion.  They butted heads often. Read more of this article »

Top 3 Travel Beauty Items

March 16, 2015 - Leave a Response

At a recent lunch with girlfriends the discussion turned to our favorite beauty products. After waxing poetic about smashbox primerthe wonders of various mascaras, foundations, and serums, my friends wanted to know what my favorite beauty products for travel are. When I tried to mention mascara (without it I look asleep) and tinted moisturizer, they wanted to know about the stuff I don’t use at home, just on trips. Fair enough! Here are my favorite three beauty products for travel.

Face wipes. At home I can easily wash my face before bed. On the road, however, delayed flights, long days, and late-night arrivals make it all too tempting to fall into bed with my makeup still on. Face wipes to the rescue! I can “wash” my face driving to the hotel or while brushing my teeth, saving steps and bringing bedtime ever closer. My favorites are from Korres (during the summer when my skin is less dry) and Burt’s Bees (during winter). Read more of this article »