With almost 40 collective years of business travel under our belts, the team at Go Jane Go has learned a lot about how to navigate the perilous landscape of life on the road. We would like to share some nuggets of wisdom with you, Jane as you begin 2017.
- Invest in noise-canceling headphones. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/ Yes, they are a thing and yes, they work. Your flight happiness is not the responsibility of the screaming 8-month old behind you, or the snoring 80 year old next to you, they’re human.
- You do however, have the right to be irrationally angry at anyone who eats anything with onions, grease, garlic, cumin or meat on board. There’s nothing worse than boarding a plane and knowing that you are going to be stuck for the next x-hours in hot box of stink. Be kind, choose a granola bar.
- In the waiting area pre-flight, it is absolutely ok to put your purse and latte down on the seat next to you, even when the waiting area is full. Unless you see a Grandma looking lost, then make room. Plus, she probably has mints in her purse to offer.
- You may roll your eyes when folks are so eager to board the plane. Your seat isn’t going anywhere! Chill out and relax until YOU’RE ready to board. Being a lemming doesn’t look good on the savvy, plucky biz travelers we are.
- When you jump on the train from checkin to the concourse, DO NOT touch the poles. Lean against them or lean against the wall of the train to brace yourself. Cuz I saw the guy in here before you and he was on an epic journey to retrieve something up his nostril. Ew.
- Have a drink, in the concourse or on the plane. Life’s too short not to. There is something supremely civilized about imbibing in the air.
- Don’t recline ALL the way, there may be another Jane behind you. Recline just enough so that when you fall asleep after that G&T your head stays put and doesn’t shadow-box forward.
- Consider traveling with a reusable water bottle. Most airports have filtered water stations where you can refill any bottle for free. Not only does it help the environment, but it saves you paying $9 for that 12z bottle at the airport store. Some of our favorites can be found here. http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-water-bottle/
- It’s ok to feel ambivalent about service animals on your flight. Most of us love a cuddly animal, but from time to time, a line can be crossed and once that happens, there’s no turning back. As evidenced by Truffles’ poor life choices. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2644266/US-Airways-flight-forced-make-emergency-landing-Truffles-service-dog-relieves-twice-aisle-making-passengers-vomit.htm
- Find the humor in everything . Cuz if you don’t , business travel will eat you alive.
Journey on, Janes.