Since my last post, I’ve traveled out of New York a couple of times to Philly and Little Rock again. This time I got stuck in Little Rock, Arkansas. Funny how I can make it home during one of the biggest storms (Blizzard Nemo) in our area in a hundred years however, I can’t get home because of a thunderstorm.
On Monday early evening I was to fly out of Little Rock to New York, via Chicago. A thunderstorm delayed my outbound flight to Chicago and immediately it threatened my connection to New York. I had the choice to risk it and see what happens, end up in a hotel in Chicago or stay put in Little Rock. I decided to stay put.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to work yesterday however, it messed up my plans I had with Mila for the day as well as a bunch of errands I had to run and packing for my next trip.
Yesterday I woke up at 3.30am and caught a 6am flight out of Little Rock to Chicago where I connected for a flight to La Guardia. It was snowing when I arrived in Chicago. I arrived home around 1pm, approximately 14 hours after I was originally due to arrive. This is not the glamourous side to the business.
Little Rock, AK – My 6am sunrise from the plane
Chicago – It’s snowing when we land
You see I’m at JFK airport right now, awaiting my Qantas flight to Sydney, Australia. I start shooting for Ezibuy on Monday for a week and I’ve finally stopped still for what seems like the first time in days.
The endless preparation that goes on before I leave on big trips such as this one is incredible. The kids, house, me and business keep going on and on. Is it like this for all working mother’s? Is it like this for all people who travel a lot for their occupation? The constant juggling and planning never stops.
I wonder sometimes how I get it all done… I know my amazing husband has a lot to do with it. I am thankful and grateful for Steve who is my true partner in life and love. We are a team. I know I could not do this and have the life I/we have without him.
Anyway, I thought I’d share with you some travel tips that I have found to work for me whether I’m on the road for business or pleasure. If you have any ideas or tips you would like to share – please do so. I’m all ears.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after your trip
- Eat lightly
- Pack healthy snacks like carrots and nuts in case you get hungry
- Pack an eye-mask and ear plugs so you can zone out the noise and light and hopefully fall sleep
- Pack some reading material especially for take-off and landing (no electronics allowed in use at this time)
- Sleep whenever you can
- Check and double-check all flight details and your itinerary
- Ensure you have all travel documents in one, safe and easy place to access
- Pack a scarf and extra clothes like a cardigan so you can layer – it can get very cold on the plane
- Wear comfortable clothes
I’m sure I’ll remember other things to add. Stay tuned for more glamourous travel and life moments.