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Travel Tips for Long Flights

Here are some tips for trans-oceanic flights anywhere from 6 to 20 hours long.

The 3 most important things are staying hydrated, good food, and sleep especially if you are traveling East to West. The 4th item is preventing boredom.

For West to East, you must sleep at least 3 (or 4.5) hours on the flight as you will arrive in the morning and your body will feel like 2 am.

For East to West, upon arrival, try to stay up as long as possible until 7 or 8pm.  Don’t be alarmed if you wake up in the middle of the night, as your body thinks it’s morning.

Before your flight:

  • Always arrive early.  Surprises like cancelled flight do happen.  If your luggage is over weight or oversize, you will have ample time to repack.
  • Make a note of where you parked your car at the airport by writing it down on your ticket stub or airline ticket.
  • Consider an aisle or exit row seat for leg room.
  • Order a special meal, such as a lacto-ovo meal which is usually served before the regular meals.  So if you like to eat early in the flight, order a special meal.  Passengers sitting in the rear of the plane are served last and often you don;t get a choice.  You will need to book this request at least 24 hours in advance.  Any last minute flight changes will ruin this strategy.
  • Look for flights with planes supporting Audio Video on Demand in Economy Class, which is great for watching 3 or more movies without draining your own laptop battery.  Mind you, those movies may be old and not the latest Hollywood releases, but hey, a 9 hour flight is a 9 hour flight!
  • Look for seats and airlines with 110/220V power plugs on every seat – then bring your own movies on your laptop or portable DVD player.  These power outlets were once a luxury to Business and First class, but now available on Economy on larger and newer planes.
  • Minimize your carry-on luggage especially if you have connecting flights.
  • If traveling with a group or family, cross pack with a buddy so if they lose your luggage, at least you’ll have half your clothes.  Of course, have your personal medication in your carry-on (I can’t stress this enough)

During the Flight:

  • Wear shoes to the restroom!  Some men have bad aim, and turbulence doesn’t hep!
  • Turn on the air vent above you, but this will dry your hair and skin.
  • Move around often, and sit close to the back of the plane to use the standing area by the air stewards.  But do not sit in the back row because of the smells of the restrooms.  It’s tough to walk around during meal or drink service.
  • If you are the “cold” type of person, wear layers.
  • Most important, pack a sense of humour. Travel is never perfect. 

Essentials and Luxury items Checklist:

  • If you are allergic to cats or dogs, bring your anti-histamines.  You’d be surprised how many people bring pets on board.
  • Bring a small toy for the screaming child sitting behind or in front of you.  Dollar stores are great for this.
  • Bring chewing gum or chips (preferably the baked type like Baked Lays or Pringles) for your ears.  Drink plenty of water as for every 1 gram of carbs stored as muscular glycogen, 2 grams of water is required.
  • Bring a hot sauce like Tabasco.  Usually the meals are decent on transatlantic flights, but on my last flight my meal was a rubber chicken breast with a slop of tomato paste.   By adding a few drops of hot sauce, it actually made my meal edible.  Some food is better than no food, at least for athletes.
  • Bring ear plugs and eye mask for sleeping, mandatory for flying West to East.
  • Bring your own pillow, or air pillow for your neck.  Use the smaller ones provided on airplanes for lumbar back support.
  • Bring Noise-cancelling headphones.  You can buy these for less than $50 and they come in two varieties:  around ear, and in ear “bud style”.  I personally like the Bose brand.  You’ll strain less from competing with the sounds of the engine, plus you’ll arrive at your destination more refreshed.  It also creates an anti-social atmosphere in case the person sitting next to you is too chatty.
  • Take Melatonin to induce sleep going East to West..  Use Sleepzyme for a natural product.  Do not use regular sleeping pills because in case of emergency, you’ll need to be awake FAST.
  • Wear slightly oversized shoes or bring slippers.  I wear loafers (i.e. no laces) that I can easily slip on and off.  Your feet will expand during long flights from prolonged sitting.
  • Bring an Amazon Kindle.  This is a luxury if you like to read several books concurrently.
  • If reading gives you air sickness, then prevent boredom by listening to books on tapes or Audio books over regular books.   If you use your iPod or Blackberry, be sure the radio mode turned off.  Audio books takes longer to “read” than watching a movie.  Executive book summaries are great.
  • Pack a toothbrush and a small facecloth in a zip lock bag in your carry on luggage.  You’ll feel refreshed after a nap or sleep.  Plus, bring nasal gel, lip balm or chap-stick, and eye drops.  Even bring hand lotion if you suffer from dry skin.   You’ll be amazed on how these little things help you feel better, even if the relief  temporary.
  • Travel With Your Canine in California

    By Peter Greenberg

    Can’t wait for your next trip, but are miserable at the idea of leaving your best friend behind?

    traveling dog catching air - photo by Danijel Juricev

    After all, who better to experience long walks on the beach with – or snuggling up on the terrace to watch the sunset with – than your pooch (especially when no meaningful conversation is expected)?

    If you’ve got to get away, but can’t bear the sad look from those puppy dog eyes, maybe it’s time for a little getaway that includes Fido, too. The following are some canine-friendly cities that offer more unusual treats to lure both of you for a visit.


    “But my dog doesn’t drink,” you argue. No worries. While you’re lapping up
    the region’s top-notch wine, your canine pal will have plenty of things to


    Cuvaison Winery
    4550 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, California

    Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed to join you in the small tasting
    room and in the three outdoor picnic areas.

    Clos Du Val Winery
    5330 Silverado Trail, Napa, California 94558

    Dogs on leashes are allowed in the enormous tasting room and on the property


    Hillcrest Country Inn
    3225 Lake County Hwy, Calistoga, California

    Host Debbie O’Gorman runs this country home with her three dogs, Taz, Debo
    and Bamboo, who are friendly and welcoming to other canine friends. The
    antique-filled home is located on a hilltop with an unbeatable view of Napa
    Valley. You and your pup can romp around the 36-acre property where there is
    swimming, hiking and fishing, and then he has the option of staying in your
    room or in a large outdoor kennel.

    Beazley House Bed & Breakfast Inn
    1910 First Street, Napa, California

    You’ll be able to play with resident Golden Retrievers Sissy and Autumn
    Beazley in this downtown Napa inn, and you’ll even receive a doggie welcome
    basket with a bowl, doggie beer, bones and cleanup baggies. Three rooms open
    out into the gardens, and there is a $25 per day per dog charge, with a
    maximum of two dogs per room.


    540 Main Street, Napa, California

    This gourmet French restaurant allows dogs on leashes in their outdoor
    patio, and will provide water and treats while you dine.

    Bistro Don Giovonni
    4110 Saint Helena Hwy, Napa, California

    This laid-back Mediterranean restaurant (it’s the sister to San Francisco’s
    Scala Bistro) allows dogs in their outdoor tables, but please call ahead to
    inform the staff.

    Los Angeles already has a reputation for being a dog-friendly city, but its neighbor down south is making steps to become the next hot dog spot in
    Southern California. Long Beach is a coastal city that has recently opened three acres of its beach in Belmont Shore as an off-leash area. “The
    Dog Zone” visitors must follow the rules- only one dog per adult, and pooper-scoopers are a must. The Dog Zone starts at 4800 E. Ocean Blvd., between Roycroft and Argonn streets.

    Also in Long Beach is the very active Haute Dogs organization, which
    arranges several doggie-centered events in Belmont Shore all year long. The
    Haute (pronounced “hot”) Dog Easter Parade features hundreds of dogs
    marching along in bonnets and Easter outfits, while the Howl’oween Parade
    and Canine Costume Contest that includes an adoption fair, a bulldog kissing
    booth; and a dancing dog demonstrations. If that’s not doggone wacky enough,
    stick around Long Beach for the Haute Dog poetry contest and bulldog beauty

    Several restaurants and shops along the busy Second Street in Belmont Shore
    offer water bowls to welcome pets. Pet-friendly accommodations are rather
    scarce (you may be better off making Long Beach doggie festivities part of a
    day trip), but you can try the following:

    Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, a luxury hotel that welcomes dogs of any size
    for a $75 non-refundable fee. 111 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, 562-437-5900

    Peter Greenberg is a preeminent expert on travel. His focus is on the journey, providing insider’s tips and recommendations to an increasingly savvy and demanding traveler. Peter is also author of The New York Times best-selling series, The Travel Detective, which uncovers secrets the airline, hotel, cruise and rental car industries don’t want consumers to know. Check out Travel Tips for more insider information.

    RV Safety 101 – the Basics

    By Mark Polk

    “Are RV’s dangerous to own and operate?” After giving this question some thought I realized that this one short question covered a very large spectrum. There is no quick or easy response to this question. In most cases it’s not the RV that is dangerous, but the individual that is operating the RV that is dangerous. Some examples of unsafe acts that I have witnessed are carrying a full spare LP gas bottle inside the RV, sleeping in the RV with the generator running and never weighing the RV or checking the inflation pressure in the tires.

    When you begin your search for an RV, the first thing to verify is that the RV manufacturer is a member of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). If they are, the RV will have an oval shaped RVIA seal displayed on the exterior, usually by the entrance door. This seal means that the RV manufacturer is in compliance with more than 500 safety requirements regarding electrical, plumbing, heating, and fire and life safety. These safety requirements are established under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A119.2 Standard for Recreation Vehicles. This should put to rest any concerns you may have about the RV itself being safe when it is manufactured.

    The next step is to educate yourself on the systems of an RV and what is required to operate the RV safely and properly. If you’re going to be towing a three or four ton travel trailer, or driving a six ton plus motor home you need to understand the importance of proper hitch work, weights and driving techniques. I also explained that anytime you are dealing with petroleum products like LP gas and gasoline generators there is cause for concern, but if handled properly there is nothing to worry about. A good place to start is with our RV video and DVD library.

    In no particular order, I offer the following advice concerning RV safety:

    Take care of your RV’s tires and they will take care of you. When you’re not using your RV keep the tires covered to protect them from the damaging affects of ozone in the air and UV rays from the sun. Invest in a quality inflation pressure gauge and check the tire pressure in all tires every time you use the RV. Check and adjust the pressure when the tires are cold, before you move it. Maintain the pressure recommended by the manufacturer. Consult the owner’s manual for proper tire inflation and never exceed the maximum pressure located on the tire sidewalls.

    Weigh your RV and tow vehicle. The only way to know if the weight is properly distributed and that you are within the allowable weight ratings for the RV and tow vehicle is to have them weighed. Look for certified platform scales in your yellow pages under moving companies or truck stops. When you weigh your RV and tow vehicle have them fully loaded for travel to include passengers, cargo, fuel, personal belongings, and full fresh water and propane tanks. Verify that you do not exceed any manufacturer weight ratings such as, the Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR), Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR), and Gross Axle Weight Ratings (GAWR). NEVER exceed any manufacturer weight ratings. It is quite possible to be within the weight ratings, but still exceed a tire rating. This is why you must weigh each axle end separately to insure that the load is within the capacity of the axles, wheels and tires and to see if the load is properly distributed.

    Have the LP gas system inspected every spring before using the RV. Take your RV to a qualified service center and let them check the LP gas system for proper appliance operating pressure and to check the system for leaks. Familiarize yourself with the odorant added to LP gas to assist you in detecting a leak, and what to do if there is a gas leak.

    If you smell LP gas or the leak detector alarm goes off:

    1) Extinguish any open flames and pilot lights.
    2) Do not touch electrical switches.
    3) Shut off the gas supply at the tank valve(s) or gas supply connection.
    4) Open the doors and windows and leave the area until the odor clears.
    5) Have the LP gas system checked and repaired by a qualified technician before using the system again.

    It is not recommended that you travel with the LP gas turned on. If you do have the gas on while traveling turn off each individual pilot light, appliance, and the main gas supply before refueling.

    •The onboard generator makes your RV fully self-contained. It allows you access to 120 volts when there is no shore power available, but keep in mind that carbon monoxide is deadly! NEVER sleep in the RV with the generator running! Before you start and use the generator inspect the exhaust system. Do not use it if the exhaust system is damaged. Test the carbon monoxide detector every time you use the RV. Know what the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:

    1) Dizziness
    2) Vomiting
    3) Nausea
    4) Muscular twitching
    5) Intense headache
    6) Throbbing in the temples
    7) Weakness and sleepiness
    8) Inability to think coherently

    If you or anyone else experiences any of these symptoms get to fresh air immediately. If the symptoms persist seek medical attention. Shut the generator down and do not operate it until it has been inspected and repaired by a professional.

    In my opinion, these are some very real concerns that all RVers need to be aware of. I also want to mention that this is a very short list. There are many other safety issues involved in owning and operating an RV, but by practicing common sense, and through education, RV ownership is not only safe, it’s lots of fun.

    Happy Camping,

    Copyright 2006 by Mark J. Polk owner of RV Education 101

    RV Expert Mark Polk, seen on TV, is the producer & host of America’s most highly regarded series of DVD’s, videos, books, and e-books.

    Mark Polk is a retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Three, specializing in wheeled and track vehicle fleet maintenance operations. In addition to owning and operating RV Education 101, (based in North Carolina) since 1999, Polk also has a very extensive RV background working in RV service, sales and management. Polk has a degree in Industrial Management Technology and his 30 plus years of experience in maintenance includes working as an RV technician, a wheeled vehicle and power generation mechanic, an automotive maintenance technician, Battalion and Brigade level Maintenance Officer, an RV sales manager and also in the RV financing department as the Finance & Insurance manager.

    Renting A Private Jet – A Few Great Tips On How To Rent A Private Jet

    By Max Suther

    Renting a private jet is considered by most people as a dream. After all most people really can’t afford to rent a private jet, or can they? Renting a jet is becoming more and more affordable. Follow these tips and make your first rental flight a good one.

    The advantages to flying in a charted jet are numerous. You don’t have to worry about long lines at the commercial airports. You won’t have to worry about waiting an hour or more for security screenings. You can fly from almost any city to any other city and avoid having to rent a car. You don’t have to worry about hijackers. You don’t have to worry about who is going to sit beside you. You can take your shoes off and relax. You can book flights twenty four hours a day. You can show up to the airport within minutes of your flight, thus saving you time. You can rent a jet that will accommodate four people or twenty four people. You will never have to worry about being bumped or the flight being over booked. I could go on but there is no need.

    When selecting your first flight to rent you might want to do a Google search for “renting a private jet”. You will find various companies offering to book your flight and more advice on what you will need. If your company is sending several people to the same destination and you normally fly first class or business class then you definitely want to consider charting a jet. The costs are so low and getting lower as the supply of jets is increasing.

    Since 911, many people have opted to rent jets instead of flying commercial. The increased demand has lead to a greater supply of private jets and pilots. Now you can fly just about anywhere you want and when you want.

    For information about renting a private jet, visit for resources, articles and tips on private jet rentals.

    Top 23 Travel Tips for Taking a Road Trip

    By Jeff Mills

    Planning a summer road trip this year? Do movies like RV and Family Vacation not scare you from the adventures that could await you on your cross country trek? Before you go, make sure you check off these top 23 travel tips.

    • Look at maps and plan your route. There are many great online maps that do a HYBRID map view showing real streets and routes with satellite images. Knowing the location, and how it looks, by viewing it from space is both cool and very helpful, so you won’t get lost.
    • Research the roads you’ll take. You’ll especially want to know if you’ll be traveling through areas of major road construction. The maps mentioned above are a little dated. Some new roads and maps will not have current, real-time data, bring physical maps, like ones you could buy from AAA along.

    • Make estimates of travel times along the route, so you’ll have an idea when you’ll be at certain points on your trip. This will help you to plan rest and meal stops. It will also help you plan to avoid traveling through a major city or area of road construction during rush hour.
    • Get the car checked, especially the filters, belts, fluid levels and have the oil changed. Don’t wait until the last minute, it may take time to get an appointment and parts may need to be ordered. You also want some time to drive around town and make sure that whatever they fixed stays fixed. If you vehicle is ‘mission critical’ and could die at any moment, DON’T take it with you, borrow a friends car instead.
    • Check the condition of your wiper blades, both front and back windows.
    • Check the operation of your turn signals, brake lights as well as the high and low beams. Bring some extra fuses along.
    • Examine the tread on your tires. Consider mountain driving in winter conditions on snowy peaks. Make sure you have chains or 4×4 traction for icey roads, out of season. Or try a different route.
    • Make sure your car is prepared for the weather it will encounter on your trip. You might need more antifreeze or need to recharged air-conditioning when you go through the desert.
    • Today, many cars have fancy wheels instead of hubcaps. These wheels usually have a lock to prevent them from being stolen. If you have a car with wheel locks, make sure you know where the key is stored (often with the jack). Otherwise, a flat tire will become a major problem since you won’t be able to get the wheel off the car.
    • Get your car cleaned. You’ll feel better in a clean car.
    • Pack an emergency kit in your car. Include motion sickness medication if anyone in your group suffers from it. Remove any items from the car that you won’t need on your trip. Bring some blankets.
    • Prepare some on road entertainment for your trip. Include games and CDs of music and/or audio books. Portable DVD players are really inexpensive and help pass the time in dead spots where where is nothing new to see.
    • Check your plates, registration and insurance information to make sure they are all valid. Be sure to place your insurance company’s emergency contact number in your car.
    • Check with all the drivers in your party to make sure their driver’s licenses haven’t expired.
    • Check your insurance for expiration dates and coverage for your automobile.
    • Arrange for someone to start your other car, if you leave one home, during very cold or very hot weather.
    • Fill the car with gas before you pack the car so all the fumes won’t bother your passengers. Check the fluid levels and tire pressure, your tire pressure will affect the ride and gas mileage you get on your trip.
    • Pack the car inside the garage, with the door down, so people driving by won’t find out you’re leaving.

    Overall, enjoy the road trip. It’s not going to be as crazy as Clark W Grizwold’s family vacation experiences, and if it is, make sure you video it and put it up on You Tube!

    Jeff Mills is a former Youth Pastor and became a self made millionaire in less than 3 years, using the internet, and by plugging into proven and successful business opportunities online like

    Jeff has become one of the fastest reps in coastal vacations to sell over $1.5 Million Dollars of Coastal Club Memberships in less than 3 years. Jeff provides yearly training events, live coaching calls and one on one trainings to his groups. Jeff has an umblemished reputation on the internet because he is one of the real deals out there who does care about helping others achieve their dreams of financial independence.

    For free videos and a $400 vacation voucher, visit his Multi-Media Blog at

    Jeff will take your call live, if you call him at 651-309-1091 or you can visit his website at to save up to 75% off all your travels for life, with out coming home broke.

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