Running Forward

Traveling on the Clock

One of the big perks to my job is getting to travel. I know, I know, I haven’t exactly made my way around the world yet, but at least I’ve already touched on some new cities. The reason I’m reflecting on this now is because I’m at the airport waiting to make my way to Salt Β Lake City, then Sacramento where I have an event tomorrow. My flight is delayed, but hopefully won’t interfere with my connection. Anyway, I’ve learned a thing or two since my travel has increased this year and thought I would jot them down for myself.

  • Stay calm: Plans change, delays happen, flights get cancelled, events get moved. Let’s be honest, I’m not flying across the country to perform any emergency surgeries or anything. I’ve learned to not let my anxiety get the best of me because airlines really do want flights to leave on time and most delays are caused by forces out of my control.
  • Pack snacks: College turned me into a bit of a food hoarder, so this one comes easily to me. The worst feeling is being starving and stuck somewhere without easy access to food. Plus, I’m a health nut so I like being able to have my veggies and hummus, fruit, almonds, etc. with me to eat at my leisure.
  • Print out everything: boarding passes, itineraries, hotel confirmation numbers, rental car confirmations. It comes in handy.
  • Entertainment: I pretty much always have my laptop with me, but can’t survive without a good book and sudoku in my backpack too.
  • Look young: Sounds dumb, but people are usually nicer and more willing to forgive you for things like sneaking into the priority boarding line if you look a little bit like a lost middle schooler. Not that I ever do that….
  • Delta is my favorite: Red and blue are classy colors, they give you snack choices, and the flight attendants are friendlier than others (I’m looking at you, United, and your snackless puddle hopper planes).

Despite the occasional frustrations that pop up, I truly love jetting around. This trip is going to be a bit of a doozy because I’m flying to California for 24 hours, then heading straight back to NYC. But, hey, why not?

Leave a comment »