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Some tips for international travel...

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1. Make sure you have more than 2 hours between connector flights, unless you want to have an anxiety ridden flight! I was delayed for more than an hour leaving Edmonton, and we arrived at the airport after I was supposed to be at the next gate! I spoke with the attendants who assured me that I should be fine...maybe. They said...Just check with the gate attendant on landing. Or maybe just go right to the gate! That really settled the nerves!

2. Pick your in flight movie carefully! For the first leg of my journey I chose Magic Mike! While it was not high brow and there wasn't a lot of dialogue ( two things I look for in an airplane movie), I was embarrassed at times to be watching it. It was kind of a train wreck, you know one of those things when you don't want to look but you can't help but look! I knew there would be some stripping but I'd forgotten how truly awful male stripping is. I'm sure the guy beside me loved it! I did warn him.

3. Always book the aisle not the window. Most people go for the window, but for an overnight flight there is no reason to look out into the never ending darkness. And most importantly, it is much easier to go to the bathroom any time you want, instead of waiting and waiting until one of the other two get up!
Although it was nice to watch the sun comes up this morning!

4. Establish your claim to the arm rests and foot spaces early. I had a very tall man sitting beside. He was pretty good at first, not even resting his arms on the armrest. Then slowly he started encroaching in my space until his arms and legs had crossed well into my space. It was kinda creepy sometimes when his bare feet were on top of mine.

5. Take care when taking a taxi! I was so tired when I disembarked that when a guy asked me if I wanted to take a taxi I said yes. After I followed him to the parkade I thought man am I stupid. So I stopped there and asked to see his taxi license. I didn't plan my next step, and luckily he had his chauffeur license. His partner, a female, drove me to town. We had a lovely visit even with my broken French. She's just started in the business and has been in Paris for 15 years. Divorced and with 2 children. One passed away 3 years ago at the age of 7 due to leukemia. Why did I tell you this story? So you could see how well I was able to converse!

6. When travelling through Montreal to Paris always wear boots- especially high heeled, tall, black boots. Otherwise you just look like a slob.

7. Wear a high necked shirt - otherwise your cold dry muffin might crumble down the gaping front, causing you several moments of embarrassment as you try to retrieve it.

8. Don't drink sweet espresso on an empty stomach if you've been up for 24 hours. You may get a little dizzy!

Espresso at the Alba Opera

9. When buying an inflatable travel pillow - don't! I mean you can spend $13 on a pillow that will deflate in 2 seconds if you want. I think I'd splurge next time and buy the $20 plush pillow.

10. Always pack cosmetics in ziplock bags. And then make sure all caps are tightly screwed on before packing. Otherwise you'll arrive at your destination with a bag of mouthwash. It's actually not too bad - the whole room smells minty fresh now!

Posted by kwtraumer 02:15 Archived in France

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Saw your blog and had a good chuckle, excellent advice.

+ I do the packing for my wife so have learned to put saran wrap over the cosmetic tube and screw the top down thne it goes into a plastic bag.

+ If connecting from an International flight to a domestic flight ensure you have at least two hours to get through immigation, customs, baggage transfer and surprise , going through security again. This can make one loose a flight , experience.

+ Always use an ATM at destination or prior trip order from bank local currency.

Have a great trip

by RobBar

Thanks for the tips! I love these saran wrap advice! Will definitely try that on the way home!

I paid the price buying Euros at the exchange in Edmonton! I'll never do that again. Found out which bank mine is affiliated with here for cheaper bank fees.

by kwtraumer

Love your tips - I really like the high neck tip as I have been there with crumbs falling. I should have given you some of my throw away toothbrushes which are great for long trips. Lise

by LiseD

I've learned so much about what not to do! I'm afraid I'm going to learn alot more (the hard way) before I return

by kwtraumer

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