Why Traveling with Kids Isn't As Bad As You Think

It has been years since I boarded a plane and went anywhere solo. Recently I did just that and although it was a nice escape (to my parents), I did miss a few things – not everything – about flying with them....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

5 Must Haves For The Frequent Business Flyer

Business travel by plane can be nerve-wracking enough while in-flight, but the real scares lie before you even pre-board the aircraft. A million little fears and questions dance through our heads. Did I remember my phone charger? Should I check-in early or wait? What time should I leave to get to the airport to beat the traffic and baggage check rush? And the absolute worst one of all – what if the plane takes off and I forgot something important at home??? ...more
1--3 seems to me to be tantamount to: bring with you something to do (either a book, an Ipad, ...more

Why We Can't Open The Windows Inside A Plane

Mitt Romney is shocked that you can't open the windows in a commercial airliner. A fifth grader could tell you this isn't a good idea, but I thought this was a good opportunity to learn just how exactly air travel and our bodies' needs intersect. To answer the question, I hit up Michael Habib, Assistant Professor of Cell and Neurobiology at the University of Southern California, who also happens to be a world expert on the mechanics of animal flight and bio-inspired robotics. ...more
Sally G Actually everyone there had a good laugh. I think you fail as a political commentator so ...more

Airplane Travel With Toddlers: How To Survive Without Alcohol

Ahhh, Summer. Family vacations, beach adventures, BBQ’s with friends. Lazy days spent by the pool, starry bonfire nights.  And long plane rides, fucked-up nap and bedtime routines, and macaroni and cheese for dinner every night because that’s the only thing your toddler will eat when you’re away from home. Sunscreen in the eyes, forgotten swim diapers, and screaming/wiggling/pissed off kids who won’t sit still in their airplane seat....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

Traveling to Ohio, Part I: Packing.

I hate packing for trips. I hem and haw and hem some more over what to bring. I study the weather reports and try to pack accordingly, but I know it's inevitable that if I'm traveling, we'll experience a sudden heat wave the likes of which San Diego has never seen before. Ditto in San Francisco. Or maybe the beginnings of a hurricane in Cabo.So, no matter how much effort I put in, I always seem to have the wrong stuff, despite my best attempts to be prepared....more

I'll Have the Can, Hold the Cup

Somewhere over the Grand Canyon at 30,000 feet -- I was sipping from a plastic cup of cool water. The flight attendant swept by in short order with a plastic bag to collect the "trash." Not an hour later, along comes the metal cart (keep your knees and elbows in if you're on the aisle) with another drink service, and another hard plastic cup, including the funky-smelling, sandpaper-like logoed napkin. So what was wrong with the previous ones? I'd sipped from the cup which was completely unscathed, and never touched the napkin....more

The Well Packed Bag: Regulations Regarding Air Travel with Kids

Travel Expert? As a travel expert, I recommend…oh wait, I'm not an expert on travel....more