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take two

I was supposed to leave for a big trip yesterday. Mechanical issues = first plane cancelled –> domino effect for all connecting flights. I have learned the following lessons (again):

(1) “Splurge” on the trip protection plan because it could be a necessity. Thankfully I had the foresight to purchase said protection plan and now the cogs are slowly, but surely turning to adjust my travel itinerary.

(2) Next time book a morning flight out of a smaller city if it’s possible in case you get bumped to an afternoon flight. The afternoon or evening flight means getting bumped to the next day.

(3) Work with the staff at the front desk. I noticed other passengers getting really frustrated and it only caused the staff to get stressed, and well, I think that negatively impacts their abilities to find solutions. I expressed sympathy and stayed quiet while the agent did her job and though the end result was not perfect, it was the best attempt.

(4) In case you lose your cell phone, be sure to have important numbers written or typed handy. I accidentally left my phone in my friend’s car, and I was glad I had people’s contact information because I apparently have not memorized anyone’s number but my own (!).

(5) Due to the cancellation, I ended up having time on my hands. What did I do? Well, I wound up watching a friend’s softball game of all things. It was fun. 🙂

I’m going to try to leave again today. Take two!


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Notes to Self While Traveling

I was recently out of town for a work trip.


Things that helped while traveling:

* Easy-to-read magazines, the kind that don’t require a lot of thinking… enough to keep you occupied on a plane or during wait times, but not overly so…

* Eye mask to help with deeper sleep, particularly when transitioning to different time zones.

* Lots of water to stay hydrated and keep my system relatively healthy since plane food and restaurant meals often have too much sodium.


Things that I thought would have helped but didn’t:

* Crocheting, which I anticipated to be relaxing and productive, but it just didn’t work out.

* Taking other/additional work with me…  Multi-tasking can have its drawbacks.

* Not checking email each day actually meant a build-up of work and sometimes delayed responses (business trip ≠ vacation).


Things that definitely did not help:

* Avoiding exercise…  Missing walks or running was just.not.good.  I managed a few morning yoga sessions in my hotel room, but I really needed to have done some cardio of some kind, too.

* Bringing a suitcase that was one size too small made for a very heavy carry-on backpack and less space for accumulated work-related materials and souvenirs for the trip home.

* Lack of vitamins…  Silly me, I didn’t want to deal with the “inconvenience” of vitamins, and I t-o-t-a-l-l-y felt the difference.  Next time, I will figure out how to continue my vitamin routine while away.


Things I was grateful for:

* Lovely little hot towels should be on all long-haul flights and domestic flights if you ask me.

* Small kindnesses from strangers included taller folks helping me store items in the overhead compartments, instructions on how to operate some gadget-y things, and pointing me in the right direction as needed.

* Free internet – enough said. 🙂


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