Monday, October 20, 2014

Dear United, Flyer - Frustrated

So my friends at United Airlines have changed our flights to Hawaii once again...for the 6th time!!! The first few times I think was just 5 mins here 10 mins there but then they changed our flight and it only left us with a 30 minute layover in LA - I wasn't happy with that. So I had them change our flight from Houston to LA to the night before our flight leaves LA to Maui. I was actually sort of excited about this one night stop in LA because now I could try the world famous In-N-Out Burger (they don't have one in Houston yet). Our original flight was supposed to land around 7pm, perfect time for dinner, but now with 2 additional time changes we're now landing at 8pm! Y'all that is SO late for me to eat...looks like I'll be having 2 dinners that night.

When I logged into my account on Friday I was shocked to see all of our flights were red and had a time change. Luckily, they didn't try to move our seats around this time (yeah, they did that too - putting me in Economy when I had paid for Economy Plus but leaving my husband in Plus). I have had to stay on top of these flights like you wouldn't believe!


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Have you ever been frusterated with an airline? Why?



Friday, October 17, 2014

Air Rage

Recently there have been a lot of diverted planes due to passengers overreacting. One traveler was even arrested for beating up a United Airlines employee at La Guardia airport who asked to see the man’s baggage-claim ticket.

So what makes you tick when you travel? Yahoo Travel talked to several psychologists to find out what really leads to air rage.

Trigger 1: Strangely, all that air travel security makes people feel vulnerable, so they act out.

Trigger 2: People like their space — and there is none on airplanes, so they fight for it.

Trigger 3: Too much to think about stresses us out, which leads to a short fuse.

Trigger 4: When people fly, there’s often drinking or pill taking involved, so they can be more impulsive.

Trigger 5: Lots of people are anxious about flying, so they’re already on edge.

Trigger 6: Others are belligerent and in a bad mood — and it’s contagious.

What makes you tick when traveling? 



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weekly Travel Pic

I love this sign they have in Key West letting you know how many miles everything is from that spot. It would be so fun to have one of these in my back yard too!




Monday, October 13, 2014

Travel RoundUp

Has there been a lot of travel news while I have been away from the internet?! I don't know, but here are a few things worth mentioning. 

Have a happy Monday! 

1 - Some people were up in arms about how these parents, from England, let their 11 year old daughter fly alone to Paris for a week. Was she on her own? No, she was staying with a host family which, by the read of the article, seemed more like friends. Check it out for yourself

2 - Again, start looking out for the baggage police! I was once asked to check to see if my carry-on would fit in the little box they have at the ticket counter, I replied, "I'm business class." "No problem" they said. :D

3 - Retired flight attendants are fighting for their right for free travel. Do they deserve it? I think they do for period after they retire, maybe 15 years but I don't think it makes sense for a company to offer this until the very end... 

4 - How did this lady make it all the way to her plane and board it with a different name on her ticket?!?! Read here


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Weekly Travel Pic

Hello friends! Sorry I have been away, I have been sick lately and completely out of energy; in fact, this is the first time I have been in our office in about 2 weeks!

Anyway, today's picture is a classic photo bomb from my trip to Mexico. Those dang sneaky fish!




Friday, September 26, 2014

One Last Trip

Sorry for not posting on Wednesday, I’m a little preoccupied lately…and I was busy watching the season premiere of Chicago Fire! OMG did anybody watch it?!?! I called it on who survived.

Anyway back to travel…

Today I have a question for you; if you could only take one last trip what would it be? Would you go to place you love to experience it one last time or would you travel to some place new that you have never been to before?

This is a tough one. It’s hard to choose between the two options but I think, ultimately, I would go back to a place I love and have wonderful memories of. Maybe I could relive those memories. I think we all know where that is for me…Hawaii. My husband however, said he would want to hike the Great Western Trail for his last trip…maybe I’ll follow in an RV.

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So what would you do? Pick the familiar place you absolutely love or try someplace new?


Monday, September 22, 2014

Movies that Inspire Travel

Chef
In short the movie is about a chef and his food truck. The chef, played by Jon Favreau (I like his movies), lives in LA and is tired of restaurant owners telling him what to cook. So on a family trip to Miami he buys and restores an old taco truck. The traveling part takes place when he then drives the truck from Miami back to LA, making stops in New Orleans and Austin.

The movie is cute and watching it will make you want to eat one of the delicious Cuban sandwiches he makes!


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Million Dollar Arm
This movie takes place in LA and India. Its about a sports agent who is working his last angles to find an athlete that will make him money. So he travels to India to find a cricket player that throws fast enough to be a major league pitcher in the MLB. He does this by creating the reality contest Million Dollar Arm. From there the story of two young Indian boys unfolds into a real American dream.  

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