Traveling. Some of us travel a lot, and some of us travel a little. For some of us, traveling is our job. 58.1 million people are employed, worldwide, in air travel and related industries.¹ There’s bound to be travel wisdom among their ranks. Let’s find out.
Think About Fast-Dry Clothing
Think about grabbing fast-dry clothing from stores like REI and Travelsmith. It’s not high fashion, but it is lightweight and, most importantly, washable in a hotel room sink. As an added bonus, it doesn’t take up much room in your luggage. Even if you just can’t stand the style of fast-dry apparel, the concept is good to remember: lightweight, easy to wash fabrics that don’t take up much room.
Sleeping in Coach is Easier than You Think
Jenna Schnuer, a blogging flight attendant, drops a few hints about sleeping in coach: wear comfortable clothes, use the blanket they hand out as lumbar support, and wear that u-shaped pillow backwards. It may look ridiculous, but her reasoning is actually genius: “The trick is to wear it backwards so your neck stays in place.” No longer will you be woken up by your head’s sudden jerk forward.²
Don’t Skip the Gym
Frequent business traveler Theresa Donnelly says it’s important to keep your daily routine, especially when traveling for business. She tries to book hotels with 24-hour gyms. Trying to eat healthy is sometimes the biggest hurdle: "You're really eating out three meals a day, and it becomes difficult to know what you're putting in your body.” So, she has the hotel empty out the mini fridge, so she can keep healthy food on hand.³
Always Pack a Bathing Suit
A group of flight attendants interviewed by Condé Nast Traveler say, no matter where you’re going, or where you’re from, or what time of year you’re traveling, always take your bathing suit. It takes up so little space, it just makes sense to pack it up, and you never know when you’ll need it. Other items to always have: flip flops, USB outlet extender, and a pashmina.⁴
Scared to Fly? Learn About Plane Crashes
Flight Attendant Gillian Brockell says that the best way to get over a fear of flying is to learn about flight emergencies. She says, “In my pre-airline years, if I had to take a flight, I would dig my nails into the armrest and scrunch my eyes shut when the plane took off, when it climbed to altitude, turned, descended, or so much as suggested the possibility of turbulence. Landing was the worst.” ⁵ But, the vast majority of in-flight emergencies end in a perfectly safe landing.
- Air Transport Action Group, 2015
- Entrepreneur, May 30, 2014
- USAToday, April 9, 2013
- Conde Nast Traveler, December 10, 2014
- Fodor’s Travel, 2015
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