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    Jul 10, 2012 7:01 PM GMT
    I choose my flights by aircraft type and route. I prefer to fly the A380 as the cabin is much less drying and seems to have a different pressure than an older aircraft. There is always a short stop-over en route to London and I choose the flights that stop in Singapore, as I prefer the airline lounge showers there. I always shower at the stop-over, and if I am feeling a bit blah I wash and blow dry my hair. It may seem strange, but it makes me feel so much better.

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    Jul 10, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
    If you can't afford business or first, as most of us can't, spend the extra money for "economy comfort" seats on flights longer than 6 hours. It's worth every penny when you don't have to deal with a stiff back afterwards.

    Never pack more than you are comfortable carrying. The less, the better, in terms of mobility. Carry about a four day supply of easy to wash clothing and wash when you are able. In most cases, the people you see will not be seen again to judge you. Don't dress to impress unless it's for special functions.
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    Jul 10, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    Fly Southwest. They don't nickel and dime you like the other airlines and you get more leg room if your not able to afford 1st Class on the other airlines.

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    Jul 10, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    Always check seatguru.com before choosing your seat.
    Check for a "wifi" flight so you can have internet onboard
    Always try to upgrade at check-in or at the gate as you can sometimes get the upgrade for less (unless you're already in business or first)
    If you get nauseous while flying try and get a seat over the wing box as it sways less in turbulence than the rear of the aircraft. If it gets really bad and you're nervous you may want to tell a flight attendant and see if he/she can administer oxygen to help you feel better
    When available, get an emergency exit row icon_biggrin.gif
    Oh and if your ears don't pop on descent and they start to hurt notify a flight attendant and they can show you ways to alleviate the pain or ways to help pop your ears before the ear drums bursts...
    I could go on and on but the biggest tip I have is to not be a f*king idiot. I worked for airlines for 5 years while I was at University and I'm convinced some people get dumber when they travel.
  • BuddhaLing

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    Jul 10, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    Travel light! I have traveled all over the world and traveling light is one of the best piece of advice I give.
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    Jul 10, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    BuddhaLing saidTravel light! I have traveled all over the world and traveling light is one of the best piece of advice I give.


    Yes, on my last couple trips I have averaged 10-12lbs of clothing.
  • dantoujours

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    Jul 10, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    Before you fly overseas, electronically scan the data page of your Passport, put it into a passport-protected zip file and email it to yourself. That way, if your Passport is lost or stolen you can go to any place with internet access and a printer and print a hard copy for temporary ID.

    You'll also have a far easier time getting a replacement as the data and your photo is there, which will make it easier for embassy staff to verify who you are.
  • groundcombat

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    Jul 10, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    Fly direct as much as your budget can accommodate. Layovers are the devil bad a missed connection can ruin a trip. Especially a short one.

    Avoid Spirit air at all costs. They're tempting price wise but after they nickel bad dime you, it'll be competitive to other fares with a far more miserable experience.

    For long itineraries, make sure you have toiletries with you to freshen up. Some airlines, like Turkish Air, will give Economy passengers kits but that's been rare jn my experience.

    Pack light is always great advice but since I hate finding laundry facilities I rarely fall lo w my own advice there.

    Travel solo from time to time. Some people never travel because they can't get anyone to go with them. So what? Stay in a nice hostel or B&B and you'll be surprised how much you end up opening up to strangers.

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    Jul 11, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
    dantoujours saidBefore you fly overseas, electronically scan the data page of your Passport, put it into a passport-protected zip file and email it to yourself. That way, if your Passport is lost or stolen you can go to any place with internet access and a printer and print a hard copy for temporary ID.

    You'll also have a far easier time getting a replacement as the data and your photo is there, which will make it easier for embassy staff to verify who you are.


    this is wonderful advice. thanks so much for sharing. i'm doing this in a few weeks when i travel to london for the olympics. bless ♥
  • Suetonius

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    Jul 12, 2012 6:37 AM GMT
    If you want to sleep on a plane, take along a neck pillow, ear plugs, and an eye blindfold (the kind they hand out in business class.) And a short-acting sleeping pill.
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    Jul 13, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    WhyWhySee saidAlways know where your towel is.
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    Jul 13, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    groundcombat saidFly direct as much as your budget can accommodate. Layovers are the devil bad a missed connection can ruin a trip. Especially a short one.

    Avoid Spirit air at all costs. They're tempting price wise but after they nickel bad dime you, it'll be competitive to other fares with a far more miserable experience.

    For long itineraries, make sure you have toiletries with you to freshen up. Some airlines, like Turkish Air, will give Economy passengers kits but that's been rare jn my experience.

    Pack light is always great advice but since I hate finding laundry facilities I rarely fall lo w my own advice there.

    Travel solo from time to time. Some people never travel because they can't get anyone to go with them. So what? Stay in a nice hostel or B&B and you'll be surprised how much you end up opening up to strangers.



    Very, very true about Spirit. I worked in the travel industry until recently and I refused to book air for a client on them. Not only do they charge for literally everything, their level of service is disgusting. The worst service airline in the industry and avoid them like the plague.

    One thing about layovers (or connecting flights). Sometimes you cannot avoid them. Even in Orlando where I am, I pretty much have to change planes in order to get to my destination as non-stop offerings aren't that common. People that live in smaller cities have no choice. The best and smartest thing to do when you are booking flights and there is a connection, look carefully at the arrival time of your inbound flight and the departure time of your connecting one. If you have one hour or more in traditional connecting cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Chicago O'Hare, Detroit or Minneapolis....you are pretty good (two hours is preferred in Atlanta). If you have anything less than an hour, start sweating!

    I have actually seen connecting times of 25 to 35 minutes in large hubs like Salt Lake City and Denver. Avoid those! Go for a longer connecting time.
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    Feb 06, 2013 10:37 PM GMT
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  • HardThrob

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    Feb 18, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    groundcombat said

    Travel solo from time to time. Some people never travel because they can't get anyone to go with them. So what? Stay in a nice hostel or B&B and you'll be surprised how much you end up opening up to strangers.



    Thanks for that little encouragement there... I'm traveling for the first time as a single dude in March... A little nervous... I'm usually too shy to barge into someone else's "clique." Staying at a gay resort though, so hopefully there'll be some other single guys looking to hang out & chat...

    Does anyone have any tips for kind of getting over the shyness bump & getting complete strangers to want to chit-chat?
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    Feb 18, 2013 7:57 PM GMT
    HardThrob said
    groundcombat said

    Travel solo from time to time. Some people never travel because they can't get anyone to go with them. So what? Stay in a nice hostel or B&B and you'll be surprised how much you end up opening up to strangers.



    Thanks for that little encouragement there... I'm traveling for the first time as a single dude in March... A little nervous... I'm usually too shy to barge into someone else's "clique." Staying at a gay resort though, so hopefully there'll be some other single guys looking to hang out & chat...

    Does anyone have any tips for kind of getting over the shyness bump & getting complete strangers to want to chit-chat?


    Put your game face on, smile, and give them a compliment!
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    Feb 18, 2013 7:58 PM GMT
    Buy a G6.
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    Feb 18, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
    Have some earbuds and a really long playlist ready when you're in plane.. If you're in the same cabin as a screaming baby.. -.-