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Road Warriorette Weekend Express

August 30, 2014 - Leave a Response

Happy Labor Day weekend!  Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend?  Here’s the perfect opportunity! weekend expressWhether you want to share an 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. (Pictured:Airplanes Games Plane Paper app, free.)

Travel tip of the week:

  • Have your ID and boarding pass ready when you get to front of the security line so you don’t hold everyone up.   If you need more tips, check out this post I did for getting through security quickly.

Week in review:

Here are travel news stories that caught my eye this week: Read more of this article »

My summer go-to business travel outfit

August 29, 2014 - Leave a Response

I am in the middle of a frenetic travel period. I’ve been traveling every week for two months, and I’ve got one more month before I get a breather. At this point I’m so burnt out from the constant time on the road I don’t even care about what to wear. This makes it hard to gear up to pack every week! Choosing what clothes to wear for the next week isn’t always easy on a normal basis, but doing it week in and week out really feels like a chore.

During times like these I turn to my travel uniforms. The details may change, but the basics stay the same. I can’t choose every little thing for every single day, so I just mix and match the pieces and voila! Packing is a cinch. The most important criteria is that every single thing be comfortable and flattering. After that, everything is secondary.

Here is my current business travel day uniform, that I will wear starting at 5am (or like last week, 4am, ugh) while traveling to my destination through a full work day. Right now I will either choose a jersey or ponte dress or stretch slacks and patterned blouse. I’ll bring a blazer if I need to look more formal than usual when I arrive, otherwise I bring a cardigan to wear in case the plane is freezing. For travel days I will go with simple jewelry, just studs and a drop necklace in a neutral metal. No matter what outfit I choose, I always wear my nude flats as they are my most comfortable for hiking through airports. To top it off I keep my ever versatile pashmina tucked into my travel purse in case I need an extra layer during transit.

(Stay tuned for next week’s go-to summer packing list.)

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Readers, what’s your travel day “uniform”?

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Travel bag of the week: Women in Business Gray Ostrich London Laptop Case

August 28, 2014 - Leave a Response

Each week Road Warriorette features a travel bag that hits all of the high notes for ladies on the road: pockets, construction, and (of course!) style.Francine London

Gorgeous. Sleek. A bag that makes a statement without being too loud. That’s what comes to mind when I look at the beautiful Women in Business Gray Ostrich London Laptop Case. It will hold larger sized laptops, has plenty of organizational pockets, plus room for all your other travel essentials. I love the bright turquoise lining, but the exterior is my favorite. A great all around bag for business travel. Available for $150 (also available in a black python).

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How far would you go to sleep comfortably on a plane?

August 28, 2014 - 3 Responses

A few months ago I polled you, my dear readers, about the B-Tourist and whether it is crazy or brilliant. Well, the Home Warrior just sent me a Yahoo article about crazy travel gadgets (featuring the B-Tourist), and the stuff people Ostrich pillowcome up with to make sleeping easier on a plane kind of blows my mind. The latest is the Ostrich Pillow by Studio Banana Things.

It’s basically a pillow that you stick your head into, with a hole for your nose and mouth, and two more holes for your hands. It’s…bizarre, to say the least. It seriously looks like an alien head. I don’t see how it could be comfortable at all—I would be afraid I would suffocate in my sleep! Not to mention how hot it must be. Imagine wearing a ski mask made of three inch-thick non-breathable padding. I guess if you were trying to sleep outside in Antarctica….

While I totally get wanting to block everything out so you can sleep, a similar effect could be had with an eye mask, headphones and a white noise app, and a regular travel pillow. All of which could be had for less than the $99 asking price for the Ostrich Pillow.

What say you, readers? Is the Ostrich Pillow crazy or brilliant?

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If you’ve got some time, read the reviews on Amazon. Highly entertaining, to say the least.

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Seat reclining fight in the news

August 27, 2014 - 11 Responses

Soooo, this is interesting. NBC reported a story on the Today Show about a passenger using a Knee Defender, which keeps the8-26-14-1 passenger in front of them from reclining in their seat.  The man was using the Knee Defender while he had his laptop on the tray table (the Knee Defender was attached to the tray table).   The United flight attendant asked the passenger to remove the Knee Defender but he declined.  That apparently made the woman in front of him mad enough to throw a cup of water at the guy.  This caused the flight to be diverted and the two passengers were kicked off the flight.

There is a wide range of opinions when it comes to seat reclining.  In a 2010 post I wrote it was my opinion that reclining your seat was not rude.  If someone reclined their seat you could get that space back by reclining your own seat.  As you can read in the comments of that post, not everyone agrees. A poll I did following that post had mixed results, to say the least.

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Business travel news roundup

August 26, 2014 - One Response

Here are a few of the stories that caught my eye in the last week or so…. news pic bag

Readers, anything interesting come across your desk lately?       

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Beauty Monday: Travel hairstyles

August 25, 2014 - Leave a Response

I have struggled with my hair since junior high. It’s kind of wavy, not quite curly but definitely not straight. If I want it to look 8-25-14-1better than “blah” I have to do some work. Blowdrying it straight is an option, as is busting out the curling iron. When I’m at home or at a hotel (but not flying) wearing it down is totally fine. But on travel days, especially day trips, I want my air out of my face. The answer is obvious, right: ponytail! Alas, I hate regular (mid-head) ponytails because they make it difficult to rest against the seat. So here are some of my go-to hairstyles for travel days.

Side bun. This is the one I do the most—it’s simple, easy, and can be done when my hair is still damp from the shower. (Here’s a tutorial.)

Low ponytail. This is my super lazy day style, although I usually will wrap some hair around the band to dress it up a bit.

Top knot. If I have a little time, I love top knots for travel days. So pretty and classic!

Side braid. The side braid is the best hairstyle for when I’m traveling internationally, but I use it on domestic trips occasionally. It’s a little more casual but is best for containing my hair. Read more of this article »

Preparing for delays

August 25, 2014 - 5 Responses

No matter how much or how little you travel, flight delays are inevitable. Of course, the more you travel the more you are impacted. I always thought that the worst delays were in the winter due to snow, but a flight attendant friend told me they are worse in the summer. The combination of sudden lighting storms and holiday travelers is a recipe for severe delays. While there’s not a lot you can do to avoid them, there are several ways to prepare so that they are as bearable as possible. Best case scenario you are in an airport; worst case you are stuck on a plane when the delay hits. Either way, the following should help.

Power up. No matter how short your trip, bring your chargers!! On day trips I have often thought, I don’t need my phone charger—I’m gone less than a day. But when I’m delayed and have to use my phone or iPad to watch Netflix I am super glad to have that charger.  Also bring a mobile charger (and maybe a DC-USB charger). Try to have your devices charged before you get on the plane, but if you get stuck on the tarmac you have ways to charge.

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A USB DC charger

 

 

 

 

Bring entertainment. An eReader is a great thing to have during a delay, with hundreds of books at your fingertips and the ability to buy more instantly. And may I just say (especially after my last few delays), thank goodness for Netflix! Being stuck in an airport (or sitting in an airplane on the tarmac, omg) is way more fun if you’re catching up on your favorite shows. I just finished Dance Academy and The West Wing, and now I’m binge-watching Continuum (it’s awesome, you should check it out). Of course if you have work you should probably finish that first. Unfortunately, my laptop is so old that my battery only lasts about 45 minutes. If there is no plug available I will usually get as much work done as possible before it dies and then enjoy some TV.

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Snacks. I can’t say this enough—keep snacks in your bag at all times. You never know when you’ll be stuck on a plane that was scheduled to take off two hours ago. The last time that happened to me the flight was supposed to be only 45 minutes in the first place and there was no food to be had. My almonds or Kind bar may not be the most exciting thing, but when I’m hungry with no meal in sight I will eat them gladly.

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Wear layers. Planes are often freezing, and it’s very tempting to wear long sleeves and pants on travel days. However, when a plane is stuck on the ground I have found they typically turn down the air conditioner (or turn it off completely, ugh), and planes quickly get sweltering under those conditions. It’s easier to wear a dress and bring a pashmina and cardigan to wear when it’s cold, instead of trying to stay cool in long sleeves and pants.

A Pashmina

 

 

 

 

 

Be comfortable. I always like to have my glasses with me, even for day trips. That way if I get stuck in the airport I can take out my contacts and be more comfortable. For day trips I will take a few small toiletry items with me for the same reason—face wipes, moisturizer, and a disposable toothbrush.

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Have patience. Delays suck, there’s no doubt about it. Unfortunately for frequent travelers there is no way to avoid them. Take a deep breath, watch a TV show, drink a glass of wine, and remember you will be home soon!

Readers, how do you prepare for delays? Anything specific you keep in your bag just in case you’re stuck at the airport or on a plane?

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August 24, 2014 - Leave a Response

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