My 10 Travel Lessons
I am a Gypsy born and bred. At 9 months old my family and I left our home in Amsterdam, Netherlands to move onto our boat in St. Croix, USVI. We traveled many times a year throughout the US and Europe. My father would tell everyone the story of how at age 2, I would not leave the boat without my purse and Jergens lotion. Well 58 years later I have not changed a bit. I never seem to stay in one place longer than 6 weeks. So my next 10 blogs are all about travel. Are you getting ready for summer vacations? Want to make the trip easier and more fun? Then please read these upcoming blogs and remember they will also be available in the travel section of my website at: www.littlelessonsforlife.com
What to pack in
What clothes to take
Organize your electronics
Communication including my favorite Apps
Tips & Tricks
My favorite airlines
My favorite Airlines is Southwest hands down. I love them for many reasons, but mainly because I love supporting a company that just makes sense. I took a summer course at Harvard once and Southwest was our case study. I already loved the fact that they did not charge a ticket change fee and had low fares, but after this course I was sold for life.
Did I mention that YOU PAY NO CHANGE FEE? YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR FLIGHT ANYTIME AND JUST BANK THE COST TO USE LATER. THEY DO NOT CHARGE FOR LUGGAGE. THEIR REWARDS PROGRAM IS EASY AND YOU CAN USE IT ANYTIME.
They have the best Flight attendants. Their earlybird program is cheap $12.50 and allows you to board early. I always pay for this and sit in an aisle seat in one of the first few rows.
According to Wikipedia, "Southwest Airlines Co. is the world's largest low-cost carrier, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The airline was established in 1967 by Herb Kelleher and adopted its current name (Southwest Airlines) in 1971.The airline has nearly 46,000 employees as of December 2014 and operates more than 3,800 flights per day. As of 2014, it carries the most domestic passengers of any U.S. airline."
Southwest hired its first black pilot, Louis Freeman, in 1980. In 1992, he was named the first black chief pilot of any major U.S. airline. On March 16, 1995, Southwest became one of the first airlines to have a website.
For the tenth year in a row, Fortune magazine recognized Southwest Airlines in its annual survey of corporate reputations. Among all industries in 2004, Fortune has listed Southwest Airlines as number three among America’s Top Ten most admired corporations. Southwest maintains excellent customer satisfaction ratings; according to the Department of Transportation (DOT) Southwest ranks number one (lowest number of complaints) of all U.S. airlines for customer complaints.
On April, 14th 2014, a FORTUNE magazine article by Joseph Blasi and Richard Freeman stated that "Southwest Airlines announced workers will share in a record $228 million profit-sharing payout this year. That’s nearly double the $121 million payout a year ago, and an example to everyone of what American capitalism should be. Southwest has a long history of broad-based cash profit sharing, broad-based employee stock ownership, and even, for many years, broad-based stock options among all of its employees. One can look at the Dallas-based airline’s actions using a “small ball” perspective, and think they are simply incentives to get people to work harder, or that it’s just a story about compensation. But what Southwest is really doing is setting the example of how all U.S. corporations should behave in a capitalist system that is inclusive to employees."
I have traveled continually since I left Holland at 9 months old and I have learned to keep my suitcase packed with my travel items ready to go. I have worked in Africa for 6 weeks at a time carrying a small backpack and going from construction work clothes to evening gala events. The biggest mistake you can make is to start grabbing items you want and forgetting items you need.
1. Pack light. Choose 2 neutrals and 2 colors for your clothes. Choose pieces that serve double duty for day and night. Pick light weight clothes that you can layer. I use a lightweight winter jacket that fits into it's own case for my back pillow. I take a thin dress for my bathing suit coverup that doubles as a comfortable lounging outfit in the hotel room. I wear my yoga capris under a skirt on the airplane , with a long sleeve shirt and light wrap. Then I can remove the skirt for overnight flights. I wear gold flats that can be used for the evening also. I pack the same items for 1 week as for 6 months. Winter or summer, I just switch out pants for shorts. I keep a Columbia thin rain jacket with a hood in it's own pouch in my purse, to avoid trying to guess the weather. Remember that no one will remember what you wore only how you look. A black dress during the day with a pair of fun sneakers looks totally different at night with gold shoes and a red scarf.
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