Travel Tips: How To Pack and Fly Like a Pro

After I wrote about our travel snacks and how airline travel has changed, it made me think about how I prepare for my trips. I mostly fly for work trips. If my husband and I are traveling for pleasure, we drive unless we have the opportunity to turn a work trip into a vacation like we did in San Francisco. While I was sitting at dinner tonight, I thought about the tips I use to keep myself sane while traveling on airlines. ...more
Excellent advice. I'll add this: Check to make sure Homeland Security or some other agency ...more

Dodged Bullets -- My Relationship Kevlar

Truth be told, this prompt actually really hits home.Tell us about a bullet you’re glad you dodged — when something awful almost happened, but didn’t.I honestly consider every single failed attempt at a relationship to be a bullet dodged.Do I want to get married?  Yes, of course I do, I’m a nearly 28 year old single woman who’s never really technically been in a relationship at all… of course I want that....more

The bag lady blues

A stage play The Purse Chronicles debuted in Denver this past year from author Coleen Hubbard. The play involves two men who find a purse and try to imagine the personality of the woman from the contents. I thought of this play as I peered into my bag this week. It's winter, so I switched to my bag with lots of pockets. You know the over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder, bicycle courier, bag....more

The Why & the How

Once the conversation is started on a big (HUGE), issue that runs deep and wide, has stretched through your heart and mind and soul for years, and become a part of your very existence, you wonder when it will ever be closed. If it involves someone close to you, someone that is always going to be a part of your life, and always has been, or has for most of it, it's even more of a question - when are all the questions answered? What questions can we ask? How does this end?...more

Where Does Lost Luggage Go?

We’ve all seen it: that one lonely suitcase on the baggage claim track at the airport that goes around and around with no owner in sight. What happens to it if no one shows up? Well, it might end up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. That’s where you can visit a store that takes up an entire city block and find everything from the expected (clothing, toiletries, books) to, well, the unexpected. Here are 10 of the strangest items that have gone unclaimed. -- Mental Floss ...more

I couldn't find my bags while at the Atlanta airport about ten years ago, and I felt instant ...more

Airline Bag Fees: Expect to Pay More

American Airlines is hiking its first checked bag fee to $25, starting Feb. 1. Surprisingly, there's no savings if you pay advance (when you buy your ticket online) as other airlines offer. United, Delta/Northwest, Continental, and US Airways have all hiked their fees for checked baggage. They all offer a couple of dollars off the fee if you pay it at the time you buy your ticket online.--This Just In ...more

I used to belong to the class who traveled light, who only checked baggage if I made a large, ...more

The Carry-On Luggage Conundrum

...perhaps it’s not surprising that in a letter faxed to travel agents last Friday, Continental Airlines announced a “downsize for carry-ons. ”What does this mean exactly? It means instead of 51 linear inches - the previous size limit, passengers can only bring bags on board that are a total 45 linear inches - 9″ by 14″ by 22″ (height by width by length).--Tripso ...more

But you're on the job. Not everyone bothers to check. 

Passport and handkerchief. Heh. ...more

So Much Baggage You Need a Bellhop? Join the Crowd

In the 60's and early 70's, I sported a hippie wanna-be look. In retrospect, the look was a bit clownish. Afterwards, during the 80's, I wore – in public, mind you -- tight leggings with an oversized shirt. Even today I cringe when I view photographs of my hairstyles from the early 90's. What was I thinking? My grown children laugh uncontrollably when I tell stories about the “old days.” Bad clothing choices, weird jobs, and strange antics. Did I really do that? The past has a way of mixing embarrassment with a good dose of laughter. ...more

Sometimes pain is pain, and no amount of wisdom can make up for the fact that you hurt, and ...more

Last Stops For Lost Luggage

For all my gripes about flight delays and airline-service slips this summer, I have to admit that when I book a ticket to Rome, I generally end up in Rome. My suitcase’s final destination, on the other hand, is often quite literally up in the air. And since tighter carry-on restrictions have turned my fellow toiletry fiends and me into reluctant bag checkers, it seems inevitable that we’ll face down empty luggage carousels increasingly often.... Read More at The Window Seat ...more