How One Airline Made Me Fall in Love Again

shutterstock_41676637Flying sucks, right?

Cramped seats. Delayed flights. Baggage fees. According to USA Today, 9542 passengers filed complaints against US airlines with the Department of Transportation during the first half of 2015, a 20% increase from a year ago. If you want to travel any distance, you’re willing to put up with inconvenience and discomfort and pay a high price for it, grumbling all the way.

And then an airline goes and does something so great, that you’re willing to look past their many flaws and fall in love again. Like that boyfriend you couldn’t dump back in 1983. Continue reading

Is There A Lesser Evil? 5 Options For Getting To The Airport

Travel makes you stupid.

I don’t sleep the night before a trip anymore. I used to – B.A. – before Anchorage. We had a crack of dawn flight from NY to Alaska to begin a family cruise. I was startled to hear the doorbell ring. I stumbled downstairs and found my mom, dad, and van driver standing on the porch, wondering why the 5 of us weren’t ready to leave for the airport. Apparently I’d forgotten to set the alarm clock.

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Want to visit paradise? Unfortunately, you’ll have to go through hell first. (Photo: ©The Open Suitcase LLC)

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Going on a Treasure Hunt

Picture the ladies’ shoe department in Nordstrom on a busy Saturday afternoon. There’s a woman cooing, as she plucks pump after pump from the display rack, thrusting them into the face of the glummest-looking fellow in the world, her husband, who’s lolling on a leather settee, braiding peds.

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Bag O’ My Dreams

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The ladies of Downton know how to accessorize. Hats. Parasols. Jewelry. If only I had a lady’s maid…

Lady Mary would carry an embroidered clutch. Edith? A sensible rucksack. And Lady Sybil? A lace reticule. Me? I’ve been known to resort to reuseable tote bags rather than commit to a day bag purchase.

It didn’t used to be so hard. In college we all carried JanSport backpacks. Everything you needed fit inside: calculus text-book, roller blades, a six-pack. My current work tote is a flannel number from Acme Made. It’s sleek and huge. My sister gave it to me. She’s routinely embarrassed by my handbag choices and gives me her cast-offs.

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Packing Tips: An Interview with Tarriss Travel Gear’s Founder

My recent post on overweight luggage prompted several comments from readers who have found themselves in similar predicaments and from Todd Ariss, founder of Tarriss Travel Gear, the manufacturer of the luggage scale I purchased to avoid future airport debacles.

Todd started the company because he was dissatisfied with existing products on the market. Since its debut on Amazon 5 months ago, the Jetsetter Luggage Scale has generated 96% favorable reviews and become the #1 rated luggage scale. I asked Todd to provide some insight about his travel tips and habits. He graciously accepted my invitation and, as an extra bonus, he is offering THREE (3) free scales to lucky readers and a 25% coupon.  Details are at the end of the post. Continue reading