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Jill Stone

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ID Please


Fellow travelers hear this – as of January 22, 2018, “passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act (and has not been granted an extension) will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight”. Basically,[...]

Travel Predictions 2015

One of my favorite occurrences at the beginning of each year are the predictions that are bandied about; those who are in the know, share with us what we need to know in order to prepare for the coming year. I recently received an email from Executive Travel with their travel predictions for the year,[...]

Flight Etiquette; the Uncomfortable Stuff I/We Endure

People who share a flight together will more than likely never see each other again.  This may be why some folks misbehave.  Don’t you wish they could all be as lovely and well mannered as you and I? Maybe you can help me with some ways to handle these sorts of situations. As a person[...]

Please Don’t Turn Off Your Electronic Devices

Wi-Fi when you fly is totally fly now. I learned of this awesome new rule during my recent flight to Cartagena, Columbia. While flying I was allowed to keep my Kindle running. How nice it was to continue reading my book. Apparently, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that it is all fine and[...]

How to Sleep on a Plane (sort of)

There is no way around it. Unless you are on an overseas flight and in ultra first-class seats that swivel every which way and are more sleeping pods than seat, it is practically impossible to accomplish restful shuteye on a plane. Either way, there are days when you must throw sleepy cautions to the wind[...]

High Rewards

Traveling can be a rewarding experience in many ways.  Spending time in new lands, learning new things, trying new foods and gathering new experiences that turn into fond memories.  We also travel for business; this is especially true for meeting planners.  Some of you travel more days in the year than you spend at home![...]

It Happened to Me; First Time in History Ever (I think)

Okay, so maybe not the first time in history, but at the very least it is highly unusual and noteworthy. I, like many of you meeting planners out there, do my fair share of traveling to do each year. Recently, I was traveling from the St. Louis airport and was worried about my ½ hour[...]

It’s the Little Things

When packing for a trip of any kind, you may want to consider adding in a few things that take up very little room, but that could make everything quite a bit easier! Bandana – for about $1 you can purchase a bandana. These handy items can be used as a towel, hair band or[...]

A Weighty Matter

A few years ago, Kevin Smith, actor and director, was asked to deplane from a Southwest Airlines flight due to his weight. Smith sent out a tweet about being “too fat to fly” that was heard around the Twitter-verse; leading to a flood of angry tweets and finally an apologetic blog from Southwest. Now an[...]

Jet Lag Facts

Jet lag is also known as desynchronosis (how is that for a mouthful) or flight fatigue. Basically, the jet lagged traveler will experience fatigue and insomnia; other symptoms may include anxiety, headache, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea and constipation.  Jet Lag is the result of the body’s internal time clock being messed with due to crossing time[...]