Lugging around luggage tags - how to travel smarter

Not once, not twice, but four times this month readers have asked me about luggage tags. Do you really need to use them? What kind should you get? Where should you put them?  As always, I'm happy to do my very best and try to get to the bottom of things - any info that makes your air travel smoother is good in my books!Airline identifiersFirst of all, you are rarely - if ever - required to put personal luggage tags on your bags....more

Airplane Etiquette or Lack Thereof

I’m backkk!  Apologies for my lengthy absence, and delay between posts!  Don’t worry, this is not a habit and I have a very good excuse: Nathan and I were on vacation   I don’t know about you, but when I go on vacation, I completely unplug myself from the world and that means all electronics.  Luckily for you, I am refreshed and have lots of new things to blog about it.  I will post more about our trip later in the week, but I had to share my observations ...more

Aches on a Plane

I have just returned from a trip across country that involved air travel.  I’m exhausted, I’m dehydrated (do they purposely suck all the moisture out of the air on the plane?), and I’m cranky.  No doubt my rants here are related to my current physiological and psychological state but, actually, these thoughts are not new.  Every time I fly I think the same things and I need to vent so that I can get on with my life.  You know, I’m OK with the security checks.  In fact, I was radiated yesterday in one of the full body scans.  Not something I would do for...more

This Post will WEAR YOU OUT!

So I am leaving Georgia yesterday. I get up with Hal and Lolita and leave their house when they do so I won't have to set the alarm- deciding to go to Cracker Barrel and have a nice leisurely breakfast - and have a last time to have grits for a while...... so far so good--- Hal's suggestion not to take the interstate was great- and I traveled down Hwy 29 to Union City. After a wonderful breakfast, headed straight for the ATL airport- and get there about 9:00- no traffic....more

Swine Flu and Mexico - My Rant

Sensationalism at its finest! ...more

Flight Experience

This past week I took 5 flights in 5 days. I hate flying but it had to be done so I figured it would be a good chance to check out airlines and decide which I liked best. After all, I was flying three different airlines. The first flight was uneventful. From Oakland to Ontario airport (LA) on Southwest. I had A28 to board, but it did me nothing because I was in conversation with someone at the bar while drinking a bloody mary and was not worried about what seat I would get. Anyway, very uneventful. ...more


There has been some pretty weird stuff happening with the airlines the past few years. I have always played along with their little game of putting my seat back in the upright position although I find it very hard to believe that 1/4 inch has any bearing on a safe landing, takeoff or evacuation. However, I do think the lady sitting next to me with the ginormous handbag and a carry-on bag larger than the bag I checked could be a bit of a problem and what is the deal with charging for checked baggage?? ...more

Guerrillas, Freemasons, Rastafarians and Me: 60 days in Central America

I was just too tired to meet Subcomandante Marcos, masked revolutionary/spokesperson for Mexico's Zapatista movement, (EZLN). Besides, he's notorious for standing people up. My trip was already Jewel of the Nile-meets-Blood Diamond, and I wasn't going to go trekking blindly through the backwoods of Chiapas, after a 24-hour bus ride from Mexico City, to add a documentary to the mix. I needed to catch my flight home and sleep for a very, very long time. ...more