Hello SOTGC Community,
In many industries, increased amount of travel goes hand in hand with how successful you’re becoming. I used to look at the travel schedules that our CEO, VPs, and Business Directors had and my head would literally spin. There is a movie called “Up in the Air” which I am told has some great tips for traveling. There are a couple details from that movie that my own boss has implemented since watching it. I recently reached out to one of my friends, who spends about 5 ½ months (in totality) a year traveling for conferences and work events. I asked her to give me some tips for women (or business travelers in general) to make this process a bit more seamless.
“Being a woman that travels three out of four work weeks a month, I have seen the good, the bad, and the downright embarrassing! While I can agree that people watching in airports is at its finest, when you’re on a 2nd leg of a three city trip, the last thing you want is to be stuck behind the people who are taking their first flight in 15 years, and aren’t used to the rules and regulations for going through the Security Line. So here are some tips for traveling to make your experience less painful, and to get your timing down to 30 minutes from curbside to takeoff:
1. iPads are the exception to the rule: if you have one, defer to it. Don’t haul your laptop around with you if you can at all help it. Just throw your iPad in your big Marc Jacobs bag because FAA guidelines don’t require you to take it out. Laptops require the separate bin in the security checkpoint and thus the re-packing, but iPads are exempt from this rule. So tuck it into that fabulous bag and keep the line moving!
2. Slip-ons people: Can we all just agree that wearing shoes that require hands to remove them and the proverbial bend over to take off are not travel friendly shoes?!? It astonishes me on a weekly basis how many people still wear knee high boots or lace up tennis shoes to the airport. For over a decade we have had to take our shoes off to cross the air friendly lines, when will we learn that we are holding the line up with these high maintenance shoes!?!
3. Taxi: Has anyone ever seen Sex and the City? Well, watch and learn! When traveling, the taxi is your best friend. Not only is the drop-off and curbside check-in so much faster but it’s also ridiculously cheaper. I have tried long term parking, short term parking, and even valet…trust me when I say a cab is cheaper (if you live within a 15 miles vicinity of the airport) and if not-it’s worth the reduced time and personal frustrations.
4. Dress for the occasion: Stop with the belts and the giant chains, the money clips, and change in your pockets. Very easy rule of thumb: if it has metal then don’t wear it while flying! If you can’t help it, be quick to remove before it’s your turn to enter the metal detector or alert the agent you need a personal screening. (You do need a personal screening if you have any prosthetic body parts made of metal.)
So those are Kacee’s fabulous flying tips. The funny thing is I have personally traveled with her…and I believe on these trips I was wearing a lot of jewelry that needed to be taken off and put back on, and was wearing high heeled boots which had to be take off and put back on with “two hands”. I wonder if outside she was smiling, while inside she was screaming “move it along Marn!” at the top of her lungs.