Avoid jet lag: Getting a workout at the airport

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There are many ways to avoid jet lag, from setting your watch to the destination time before you leave, giving you time to adjust healthy eating prior to  your trip, avoid alcohol during the trip.  I think the best way is exercise.  If you get your heart beating you can beat jet lag.  Here is an article focused on the subject:

It’s far too easy to become a slug when you’re on the road. But staying active offers business travelers an edge: the benefits of working out while traveling include stress reduction and an increased ability to combat jet lag.

Travelers passing through Canada’s largest airport, Toronto Pearson International, now have an extra advantage: an airport health club.

GoodLife Fitness, which has over 300 locations across Canada, has opened a branch in the Terminal 1 Arrivals area (presecurity), offering a 10,000-square-foot workout area, changing rooms with showers, towel service and luggage storage. No workout clothing? No excuse: Workout clothing and sneakers are available for rent. A daily pass is CND $15, or US $14.58. Hours: 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

“From personal experience I know what a tremendous difference it makes to my travel experience when I workout before I get on the plane, as well as my productivity and alertness when I land,” GoodLife founder and CEO David “Patch” Patchell-Evans said in a statement. “We want to make it easier for all travelers, coming in and out of Toronto Pearson, to be able to experience the same great benefits as I have.”

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Traveler’s Rights!

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You’ve planned your vacation carefully, packed only the essentials, and double-locked the front door, only to find out that … your flight is canceled, the airline lost your luggage and your hotel room is not exactly what you expected. I found this article to be very helpful and informative! You do have rights. 

We have put together the best tips to protect your rights as a traveler, including how to get your luggage back, how to get your flight re booked and how to negotiate compensation when things go really, really wrong.

If you get bumped from a flight
Airlines are legally allowed to sell more seats than they have, to hedge against no-shows. Most passengers give up seats willingly in exchange for cash or travel. Because this is a problem that just won’t go away, the Department of Transportation has raised the compensation for passengers who are bumped, or, in DOT parlance, “involuntarily denied boarding,” and requires an airline offer cash on the spot to victims — not just a travel voucher.

But some passengers are bumped from their flights before they even get to the gate. You’re more likely to be bumped if:

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How to Fit Two Weeks Worth of Luggage Under the Airplane Seat in Front of You

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OK, OK, I get it!  It seems impossible to pack for a trip in just one bag.  I found this article that has several ideas to help you “consolidate” and, perhaps, help you have at least one less bag to lug around.

Back in the day, checking your bag on a trip only cost you 20 minutes of your time after a flight. Now you’re lucky if it only costs you $20. With rampant theft, high bag check costs, and overhead bins filled to the brim, learning how to pack efficiently matters more than ever. With the right strategy, you can fit everything you actually need into the seat in front of you.

I hate checking bags. I really hate checking bags. I’ve had luggage lost, items stolen, property destroyed, and a myriad of other issues. After an incredibly degrading experience with checked luggage, I decided to approach every future flight as a challenge. I tested new ways to ensure I get my bags on the plane and, more recently, that they can fit underneath the seat in front of me if necessary. After four years of practice, I can pack for a two week week trip and fit everything into a tiny space. In this post, we’ll look at how.

Try it, and don’t forget to comment on the article.

 

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10 Inexpensive Winter Travel Ideas – J.D. Power

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10 Inexpensive Winter Travel Ideas – J.D. Power

Whether you’re traveling in the continental US or abroad, here are 10 destinations that will fit most any travel budget. Prices drop dramatically after the New Year, and Manhattan has mild winters, with more rain than snow.

OVERSEAS:

  • Thailand. The rainy season ends by October, and in the winter months it’s still warm enough to enjoy shopping, sightseeing, sports, and Thai hospitality.
  • Egypt. Crowds and pollution are less of a factor in the winter months, and the pyramids and other historical sites are still just as accessible.
  • Italy. If you’re visiting Italy for the culture, you’ll find that the museums, galleries, and musical venues are less expensive and less crowded in the winter–and the weather is usually mild. The Italian Alps are a good alternative for skiing.
  • London. One of the two best cities in the world for theatre; prices are lower in winter; crowds are smaller; and it doesn’t get as cold as in most of the U.S.
  • Buenos Aires. It’s summer, south of the Equator, and prices are low in this vibrant cosmopolitan city while the locals escape to the countryside.

IN THE U.S.

  • New York City. Prices drop dramatically after the New Year, and Manhattan has mild winters, with more rain than snow.
  • Las Vegas. You don’t have to walk the Strip in the hot summer sun. Nights are cold, but daytime temperatures are delightful–and hotel rates drop after the Consumer Electronics Show in mid-January.

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How to Pass Time at an Airport: 17 steps (with pictures)

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Dec 12, 2012

Being stuck at an airport, especially big ones, can be an unpleasant experience for you in many ways. You can hardly move because of the enormous crowds, temperatures have rocketed, and your arms are aching because of the amount of luggage you have been carrying around. All this and then you discover that your flight is going to be delayed for a long time. Thankfully, there are ways to pass the time.

Think ahead. Before you depart for the airport, prepare for the possibility of a delay and make sure to pack some things to keep you busy and comfortable should the inevitable happen. For example, a tablet computer, a book, a portable music player, a handheld games console, or maybe a puzzle book. A watch is also a must. Children can become extremely impatient waiting around, keep them amused and entertained with a coloring book, or possibly a story book and don’t forget their favorite toy!

Be sure to Pack a toothbrush, toothpaste and a facecloth. Being able to freshen up when trapped in a crowded airport can really make a difference and lift your mood. Be certain to carry your cell phone charger, it’s always important to keep your phone charged up and ready to go. You may want to have a separate small backpack or purse to keep things that you can easily take out in the airport.

 

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Cheap Airfare

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Airline ticket prices vary considerably day-to-day, from airline to airline. Where and when you purchase your ticket also affects the price you pay. Ticket prices sometimes vary so much that some people claim no two seats on the flight cost the same amount unless they are purchased together by the same person. Save money on airline tickets and find cheap flights by being a smart consumer.

Steps

  1. Look for deals online. Some will be offered through online auction sites, others through the sites for airlines themselves. It is a good idea to sign up to email alerts for deals that are happening.
  • Search online travel sites like travelocity.com, cheapflights.com, expedia.com, hotwire.com, farecast.com, kayak.com, and bestfares.com, etc. (there are also many more, new ones appear regularly online). Check at least three before making your selection, since fares can vary by hundreds of dollars.
  • Check the airline’s website. Before making a purchase on a travel site, head to the actual airline’s website. Sometimes, booking through the airline itself can snag you a cheaper seat.
  • Look closely at online auction deals. Some of these will offer very cheap flights because people can’t take a trip they’ve paid for and cannot get a refund. Just be sure to check that it is possible to change the ticket from their name to yours before purchasing though (there is usually a fee involved for doing this).
  • If you have them, use frequent flier miles when you can. Try not to be boxed into one airline, but take advantage of miles when you can.

Compare Rates Among Airlines

  1. Check out airlines known for offering cheap flight deals. They will often outdo their competitors but be careful to read the fine print. Many cheap flights mean no cargo baggage and lots of conditions on missing the flight (usually meaning you lose the flight if you miss it, and you have to pay again). Sometimes really cheap flights aren’t worth the hassles incorporated into them, so be very careful.
  2. Call the airlines directly as soon as you know your travel frame to find their cheapest rate.
    • Most airlines only offer a limited number of seats on each flight at their lowest rates and those seats usually sell out quickly.
    • Time frames and rate terms vary for each airline, but many advance booking discounts and offers are good until a week or two before the flight.
  3. Look to travel at the lowest class possible. This means no first class, business class, or economy premium class travel. You bargain-hunter, are stuck at the back in economy “fifth class”. But hey, if you still get there in one piece, a bargain is a bargain!
  4. Stay flexible on your departure days and times to take advantage of the cheapest flights. If your trip is less than a week, you may need to travel mid-week to mid-week. Many ticket deals require a Saturday stay.
  5. Book your flight well in advance of your travel time, after getting quotes from multiple airlines, if you find a cheap flight through a lowest-rate offer.
  6. Find a better price before booking your flight if the initial quotes are too high. Consider flying out of or into a different airport, as ticket rates may vary widely depending on where you depart and arrive. When comparing savings, be sure to factor in costs you will incur if you change airports.
    • Sometimes taking a bus or train for part of the trip and then taking a flight for the remainder of the journey is the cheapest way to travel.
    • If your plans include a car rental, rates at the alternate airport could provide a savings or an expense increase. You can usually find rental rates online by going to the airport’s website and following its links to local rental companies.
  7. In the United States, call the airline’s 800 number and ask for their lowest fare—without giving specific travel dates. Service representatives often don’t tell you about lower fares that are just a day or two before or after your target date.
    • When calling airlines, always be polite and friendly. Studies show service people will go the extra mile for you if you’re nice to them.

Find Last-Minute Cheap Flights

  1. Check the airline’s websites to see what deals they are offering.
    • When advance booking of a plane doesn’t lead to expected capacity, airlines often discount the remaining seats.
    • Last-minute discount rates might be available up to 10 days in advance of flights. However, the cheapest rates are often days before a flight is scheduled to depart.
  2. Look in the classified section of your local newspaper. Many airlines run ads that give prices on cheap flights out of local airports available that week.
  3. Call surrounding airports to inquire whether cancellations have made cheap tickets available. Ask to put your name on a stand-by list for future cancellations if the price is cheap but no seats are open.

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Tips

  • Explore various flight options. Sometimes taking connecting flights where you have to change planes, or one-stop flights where the plane make a stop along the way can be cheaper than a nonstop flight.
  • Cheap flights may be available if you redeem frequent flier point or participate in other promotional programs airlines offer.
  • Travel during slow seasons when airlines are offering cheap flights trying to fill seats on planes that are taking off under capacity. Cheap flight deals are commonly available in the fall and right after the first of the year.
  • Discount carriers like Southwest and JetBlue don’t always show up on travel sites, so search their websites directly.
  • For the UK, check out RyanAir and EasyJet. For Australia check out Tiger Airlines.
  • For New Zealand, Air New Zealand has regular deals such as “grab-a-seat” online; you can sign up to regular email alerts.

Warnings

  • If you have to be at your destination by a particular time, be careful about waiting too close to your departure time before purchasing your ticket. If you do not have your seat reserved a week before, you need to be there you run the risk of not being able to get a flight. This is especially true of flights to popular destinations and during peak travel season.
  • Always factor in the cost of getting to the airport and to your destination sites from the airport. Suddenly a cheap fare becomes very expensive when a very long taxi or train fare is added in some places!
  • Never forget taxes, departure taxes, GSTs/VATs and incidentals. And always read the fine print.
  • Be careful of midnight tick-overs when booking. If you wait too long to book your flight, prices can change as soon as midnight in your region or in the airline’s region ticks over. Bear this in mind when hesitating; nasty surprises in price increases are not unusual when delaying making a decision!

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American is the first US airline to replace all paper manuals with iPads in its cockpits

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that pilots on American Airlines flights would be allowed to use iPads for the “electronic flight bag,” replacing the last bit of paper that pilot deal with, such as when flying below 10,000 feet.

Until now, pilots were required to carry 35 pounds of printed manuals, aviation regulations, and other paperwork to fly any jetliner.

Previous efforts in the past couple of years, such as Alaska Airlines’ move to replace paper flight manuals with iPads and United’s handing of pilots iPads to use as navigational tools, have been steps toward the complete replacement of paper.

Oddly, the FAA will continue to prevent passengers from using iPads (and similar electronic devices) during take-off and landing — precisely when the pilots will be using their iPads as flight manuals.
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Poll finds most business travelers prefer smartphones while on the go

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Smartphones top the list of devices preferred by business travelers while away from the office, surpassing tablets, music players and laptops, a survey conducted by Four Points by Sheraton found. Thirty-six percent of respondents said they check e-mails and alerts on their smartphones as soon as they wake up, while 54 percent say they turn on their smartphones as soon as their airplane lands.

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United Airlines to install “skinny” seats

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It’s not what you think. The seats will not get “less wide”. According to the Los Angeles Times article United Airlines is installing seats not as “deep”, made of a lighter material, and would enable them to add an extra row.

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