Do’s & Don’ts Of Being A Good Seatmate

DO give the middle seat the arm rest – If you’re in the window seat you get the window view and something to lean on if you want to sleep. If you’re in the aisle seat you can stretch your legs in the aisle and get up whenever you want to. If you’re stuck in the middle seat you don’t really get anything so the least you can have are the arm rests.
DO be polite when needing to use the bathroom – Please politely ask those next to you to move when you need to get up out of your seat.
DO stay in your own seat area – Most people only pay for one seat so that means you get one seat. Don’t man spread into your seatmate’s seat or invade their personal space.

DON’T bother them if them seem busy – If your seat mate is doing work, watching a movie, or listening to music please don’t start a full conversation with them.
DON’T eat smelly food – This is a courtesy or only to your seat mates but the entire plane.

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ATL Airport Survival Guide

The Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport is the busiest airport in the world and here are 3 tips to help you travel through Atlanta with hopefully least amount of stress.

  1. ATL12 Hour Connection Time – I would recommend at least 2 hours between flights if you are just passing through Atlanta. This is a very big airport and you never know what might happen to delay your inbound flight. If you are returning from an international flight remember you need to claim any checked luggage and recheck them before continuing on to your connecting flight.
  2. Know the layout – The layout of the airport is in an easy layout. There are 7 terminals and they go in order of T, A, B, C, D, E, and F. F is the international terminal and there are check-in counters with security check points at  both the T and F terminals. To get to another terminal you can take the Plane Train or walk. It is about a 5 min walk between terminals and there are moving sidewalks.
  3. Avoid long TSA security lines – The security lines can be a little outrageous at times so be sure to give yourself enough time. TSA PreCheck can be a time saver. It also doesn’t hurt to ask a security agent which checkpoint has the shortest wait time.

The A-Z of Flight Attendants

Here is my A-Z of being a flight attendant:

A: Aircraft – Our natural habitat. If we’re not in an airport or hotel we are on an aircraft.
B: Bag – What we live out of. It could be a rollerboard, lunch box, tote, overnighter or purse but it’s what we keep all of our belongings in while we travel.
C: Crew – The people we are stuck with during work. They are our coworkers and can sometimes feel like family (both good and bad).
D: Deadhead – It is a flight where the crew is just getting from point A to point B so they can work another flight.
E: Evacuate – One of the most feared words to a flight attendant. You hope to go your whole flight career without having to evacuate a plane but if we do, we can do it in 90 seconds or less.
F: Frequent Flier – The passengers who can be
G: Gate Agent – The ladies and gentlemen who are at the gate door scanning your tickets and are the people who you actually want to speak to when you want to switch seats.
H: Hotel – Our home away from home when we are working. Flight attendants live out of hotels.
I: Ice – There is such a thing as good ice and bad ice to a flight attendant. Good ice is when it is easily scoopable. Bad ice is when it is a huge chunk and should be considered an ice burg.
J: Jetway Miracle – When a passenger needs a wheelchair for boarding but is healed and no longer needs one when they deplane.
K: KCM – KCM stands for Known Crew Member. It is the special security line we get to use as crew members so we can make it to work our flights on time.
L: Layover – The time we get to spend in a city between our duty periods. Not to be confused with a “sit” which is time spent at the airport between flights.
M: Money – We travel to different countries so we usually have different currencies laying around our homes.
N: No – The one word we always want to use but can’t.

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Obligatory overhead bin photo

O: Overhead Bin – This is where you store those larger carry-ons.
P: Pilots – The guys and gals who fly the plane. They are part of our working crew.
Q: Quiet – It’s nice to get some peace and quiet on our layovers and days off because there is so much noise we deal with on the plane.
R: Reroute – One of the most hated words in a flight attendant’s vocabulary. It is when Scheduling decides to send you somewhere else instead of your intended destination.
S: Scheduling – The department we both love and hate because they determine our fate. They decide when and where we are going.
T: Turn – A turn is when you fly from one city to another, TURN around and come right back to your starting city.
U: Uniform – Flight Attendants and Pilots are a few of the many jobs that wear uniforms.
V: Vacation – Sometimes work feels like a vacation and sometime we need a vacation to keep us sane from the crazy schedules and passengers.
W: Weather -Contrary to popular belief, it is something we cannot control. It effects when planes take off, the smoothness of the ride, and when planes can land.
X: X-ray – This is what is used to scan bags to help keep us safe.
Y: Yum – Yum! The great food we get to experience on our layovers.
Z: Zzzs – We love our sleep! Especially since we have to adjust to sleeping at different times of the day depending on our schedule.

Do’s & Don’ts Of The Airplane Lavatory

There are many Do’s and Don’ts of traveling. Here are some of my specifics when it comes to using the airplane lavatory aka bathroom.

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DO wear footwear – It is very important that you wear footwear when using the lav (and socks don’t count). If you step in any sort of liquid on the floor in the lav, just know that it is most likely NOT water.
DO wash your hands – Just like when you use any sort of restroom, please wash your hands. It helps you to avoid getting sick and spreading germs throughout the whole plane.
DO flush – No one wants to walk into a bathroom with stuff still in the toilet. The airplane toilets don’t automatically flush like some of the ones in the airport so please be sure to flush before you exit the lav. (Also be sure you pressed the flush button and NOT the flight attendant call button.)
DO supervise children – The lavatory isn’t the biggest space but that still doesn’t mean you should leave your children unattended.
DO wait patiently – There are only so many lavatories on the aircraft so please be patient and wait your turn to use the bathroom.

DON’T take a shower – There are no showers in the lavatory (unless you’re flying ththe fancy Emirates plane). So please don’t splash water all over the mirror, sink area, and floors.
DON’T brush your teeth with the sink water – The potable water isn’t safe for consumption unless it’s been heated (like to make coffee) so it’s not safe to brush your teeth with. I recommend if you have to brush your teeth, ask a flight attendant for a cup of water to take into the lav with you. Or just bring mouthwash.
DON’T use the lavatory during taxi, take off, landing, or turbulence – These are the worst times to use the bathroom because it is not safe. It is not only unsafe for you but for the people around you as you walk down the aisle. Any sudden movement from the plane can cause you to lose your balance and hurt yourself or someone else so just don’t do it.
DON’T join the mile high club – I know there are people with this on their bucket list but I highly recommend NOT joining that club. There are not enough oxygen masks in the lavs should you need them. Not to mention it’s far from the cleanest place on the plane and you don’t want to catch something nasty.
DON’T take forever – You are not the only passenger on the plane so you cannot take the entire flight to use the restroom. Please be courteous to those waiting in line and be quick when using the lavatory.

Hope these tips come in handy the next time you have to get up and use the lavatory in flight.

 

Santa Monica, California: Candytopia

 

img_0559Pop-up museums are popping up all over the place (Get it? Yes I know I’m not that funny). I went to the Museum of Ice Cream last year and loved it so I was really excited when I learned about Candytopia.

This place was really fun but it’s about time for it to move on. I’m sure when it first opened and the features were shiny and new it was amazing. Now it is run down and you can tell a lot of people have come through.

It’s a super cute idea but there needs to be better maintenance throughout the whole operation. I really hope I can check it out in NYC when it first opens to get the best impression and the original intent of the pop-up.

The venue isn’t air conditioned so it wasn’t the most comfortable environment temperature wise but there were fans located throughout the rooms. So if you want a img_0584cute outfit for photos just keep that in mind. Also there is no restroom in the venue so be sure you go before entering. There is one near by, just go up the escalators and down the hall from the entrance of Candytopia.

img_0572I recommend getting the Sugar Rush code for photos. Their Sugar Rush feature are cameras set up in certain rooms that will take photos from high angles that you may not be able to get. Not all of your photos will come out great since a lot of people are inconsiderate of what others are doing but you will get a few gems.

Just like the Museum of Ice Cream, Candytopia has it’s own pool….. a marshmallow pool! It was a lot of fun to swim around in a bunch of marshmallow like things but be sure to leave all your valuables in the cubicles as it is very easy for things to get lost in the pool.

I’d definitely go again in New York if I get a chance!

Top 5 Favorite Travel Apps

If you’re like me and the majority of people in our society, I never leave home without my smart phone. These are my top 5 favorite apps that I always use for my travels.

  1. What’s App – I LOVE this app! It allows me to keep in touch with my WhatsApp Logofriends and family while I travel. It doesn’t matter if I am going domestic or internationally because the app can work on WiFi so I can always text and make calls.
  2. Flight Aware – This app is great wflight awarehen you are traveling because it keeps you up to date on the airports you are traveling through. It can tell you how long delays are averaging at certain airports and let you know your flight information such as departure and arrival gates.
  3. Yelp – I use this app all the time and I am a proud Elite Yelp Logomember for the 2nd year in a row. I like to check out new places and write reviews to help others make decisions through the app. You can use this app for discovering a new restaurant to finding tips about the hotel you’ll be citymapperstaying at for your vacation.
  4. Citymapper – This app is super helpful. It has helped me to navigate my way around large cities. If you can get the map and directions downloaded with WiFi you can still navigate through GPS.
  5. Mobile Passport – I love this app because it is really easy to use and saves me a lot of time when going through customs. Sometimes the Mobile Passport line is empty and will be faster than the Global Entry line. Did I also mention that the app is FREE!mobile-passport-control_1180x502-2

I highly recommend downloading these apps to your smartphone. They really come in handy when you travel.

3 Things To Help Overcome Homesickness While You Travel

When you travel as much as I do sometimes you can feel a little homesick. Here are a 3 things I do to help me feel at home:

  1. Photos – I like to bring at least one photo with me and have it at my bedside. Sometimes its of my nephew and sometimes its a family photo but no matter the photo it makes me feel closer to home.
  2. Snacks – Snacks from home always make me feel a little better while I’m traveling. It’s like bringing a small piece of home with you that won’t take up too much space when you want to bring souvienrs home.
  3. Room Spray/Defuser – I have a peppermint room spray and peppermint essential oil I use in my defuser while I’m home. I’ll bring my room spray or travel defuser with me so my hotel room can smell like home. It’s a little touch that makes me feel like I’m not so far away.

What are things you bring to make you feel closer to home when you’re traveling?

Yes, I Am A Flight Attendant, But Here Are Another 4 Things I Am Not

There are many stereotypes about flight attendants. Here are a few that I are untrue about me:

  1. Mother Nature – As hard as I try I can not control the weather. If there is a bad storm, high winds, or snow flights will get delayed or canceled. It is not safe to fly in those conditions and nothing I do as a flight attendant will change that. Just like you the flight crew will wait it out.
  2. Mind Reader – I wish I could read minds but I can’t. You need to use your words and speak up enough over the engines so I can help you. Starring blankly at me probably won’t do you much good as I don’t know what you want.
  3. Aircraft Mechanic – I don’t know the inner workings of an aircraft. If there is something wrong with the plane, trust me you want it to be fixed by a professional and not your flight attendant. If your flight is delayed due to a mechanical issue, don’t take your frustrations out on the flight crew. Let the mechanics do their job so you can have a safe flight on a proper working plane.
  4. Robot – I am not a robot. I cannot work without food and especially without sleep. If your crew times out (works over a certain amount of hours in a day) let them go crew. We understand your flight may get delayed waiting for another crew to arrive but trust me in this. You do not want a tired crew in the event your flight has an emergency. It is for the safety of all the passengers on the flight.

My 50 States Bucket List

Here’s my bucket list for the 50 states. There are so many things I want to do throughout the country but this is one activity I want to do in each state:

Alabama – Go to the Adult Space Academy
Alaska – See the Northern Lights
Arizona – Float the Grand Canyon
Arkansas – Dig for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park
California – Walk the Hollywood walk of fame
Colorado – Ski in Aspen
Connecticut – Tour Yale University
Delaware – Go to the Air Mobility Command Museum
Florida – Explore the Everglades on an air boat
Georgia – Go on a haunted pub crawl in Savannah
Hawaii – Go to a luau
Idaho – Soak in the hot springs
Illinois – Visit the Sky Deck in the Willis Tower
Indiana – See the Payton Manning statue
Iowa – See a movie at the Flix Brewhouse
Kansas – Check out the Evel Knievel Museum
Kentucky – Sample some bourbon at one of the famous distilleries
Louisiana – Party in the French Quarter
Maine – Enjoy some famous Maine lobster
Maryland – Go on the original Annapolis Seafood Crawl
Massachusetts – Watch the Red Sox at Fenway Park
Michigan – Go to the Michigan/Ohio State game at The Big House
Minnesota – Shop at the Mall of America
Mississippi – Take an airboat swap tour
Missouri – Visit the iconic Gateway Arch
Montana – Hike Glacier National Park
Nebraska – Attend a College World Series game
Nevada – Walk the Vegas strip
New Hampshire – Ride the Mt. Washington Cog Railway
New Jersey – Walk the boardwalk in Atlanta City
New Mexico – Attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
New York – Walk through Central Park
North Carolina – Tout the Biltmore Estate
North Dakota – Visit the International Peace Garden
Ohio – Watch LeBron James play at the Quicken Loans Arena
Oklahoma – Visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oregon – Sample some cheese at the Tillamook Cheese Factory
Pennsylvania – Run up the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Rhode Island – Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame
South Carolina – Tour Historic Charleston
South Dakota – Visit Mount Rushmore
Tennessee – See the Grand Ole Opry
Texas – Tour AT&T Stadium and catch a Dallas Cowboys game
Utah – Drive through the Salt Flats
Vermont – Tour the Ben & Jerry’s Factory
Virginia – Visit Colonial Williamsburg
Washington – Catch a fish at Pike’s Place
West Virginia – Tour the Seneca Caverns
Wisconsin – Visit the Harley Davidson Museum
Wyoming – Go skiing in Jackson Hole

What’s on your 50 States Bucket List?

Crazy Stories: Bus Or Plane?

I know not everyone flies all the time but there are some passengers who make me scratch my head every once in a while.

*Passenger moves from main cabin to open first class seat*
Flight Attendant: I’m sorry ma’am but you can’t sit there. You need to return to your assigned seat.
Passenger: But this seat is open. Why can’t I sit here?
Flight Attendant: These seats cost more and you can’t just sit here because it’s open.
Passenger: But no one is sitting here. Can’t I just sit here since it’s open.
Flight Attendant: No. You need to take your assigned seat.
*Passenger doesn’t move so FA gets captain*
Captain: Hi ma’am! Where are you going today?
Passenger: Miami
Captain: Oh I’m sorry. The seats up front are going to Orlando. The seats in the back are going to Miami.
Passenger: Oh! I need to get to Miami!
*Passenger gets belongings and returns to seat in main cabin*

I thought this was just an isolated event that doesn’t happen very often but a few months later I have this conversation with a different passenger…

*During the boarding process*
Passenger:
Excuse me Miss.
Flight Attendant
: Yes.
Passenger: Are the seats back here going to Fort Lauderdale?
Flight Attendant: Yes. ALL the seats on this flight are going to Fort Lauderdale.