6 Airport Travel Tips

Today’s prompt of the Expat Blog Challenge begins, “I was at the airport, and…”. I wish I had a funny or clever story to share. My airport experiences have all been very mundane. I think the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me was that the airline broke my suitcase once. The whole side was ripped off so I think it must have got caught in something. Thankfully, nothing inside was lost or damaged…

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The Passenger Beside You

Last week, Mamamia published a piece called The 7 people you NEVER want to sit next to on a plane. Two of them resonated with me. The first is Chatty McChatterson. You know the one. You start off with a cordial exchange: “So where are you getting off?” “Oh, the same place as me, that would make sense given that this is, you know, a plane and not a bus.” Until, before you know it,…

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To Miami and Back

So that’s it. My time in Miami has come to a close. I fly back to Melbourne today. Here are some random observations and discoveries. Memory is a tricky thing. There are Latin foods that I missed while I was in Melbourne. As it turns out, my mom’s cooking is just as good as I remembered it.  I can’t say the same for some old favorites from various restaurants. Perhaps the quality has declined or…

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Advice for Future Expats II

There are a lot of things to think about when you move to another country. I’ve written before about some things you should know before you go, staying connected with friends and family, using your beloved iPhone, and how to ship your belongings. I also like to share good advice from other expats that I find. This week, Laura and Justin at Smuggling Budgies share their advice for future expats. They answer some important questions that…

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What’s In Your Carry On?

Tomorrow is the big day! It will take me about an hour to pack today. Tossing my personals into my suitcase is no big deal. More important is my carry on luggage. Most airlines permit you to carry on two pieces: a small bag and a personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or computer case. In my carry on suitcase, I take a change of clothes, personal documents, electronics, and anything else I’d be…

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15 Ways to Entertain Yourself on a Long Flight

Door to door, the flight from Miami to Melbourne is about 25 hours. It can get boring fast. Here are 15 ways to entertain yourself on a long flight. 1. Read. Thanks to the magic of the e-reader, you can carry a library of books with you too. It’s good to have variety. You might want to read something light and fun, the latest thriller, a business book, or dive into a classic novel. I…

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What To Wear on a Long Flight

I know some people who dress perfectly normal at home, but seem to leave their normal clothes behind when they travel and opt instead for items such as plaid shorts, white sneakers, and straw hats. On the flip side, there are those folks who seem to confuse the airplane with Ibiza and travel in cocktail dresses, high heels, and full makeup. Door to door, the journey from Miami to Melbourne is about 25 hours. It…

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Before You Go

I depart for Australia in about a week. I think everything is in order. There are so many things to consider when planning a trip especially a long one. Your Passport It should go without saying that you need a passport and preferably one that doesn’t expire within six months. Australian Visas When I approached the airline counter in Los Angeles just a couple of hours before my flight to Melbourne last February and handed…

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