Man, what a week it has been in my neck of the woods. There is no way that it is actually Friday, already…. I officially started traveling again for work. I hadn’t been going on business trips for almost two months and I almost forgot how to go through security (jk, I think that’s ingrained in me forever). Well, let’s just say it was a rocky start back. It started off strange because it was a short trip – I was only planning to be in Omaha for less than 48 hours and I was flying out Tuesday night. My typical routine is normally Monday morning to Thursday night, so I was like this will be easy – 2 nights in Omaha then back home. Well, the universe had some different plans for me….to get to Omaha within the time frame I had, I needed to connect through Denver, which unfortunately experienced some severe weather on Tuesday evening and our plane was almost 2 hours delayed leaving Houston.
Before we took off in Houston, I knew my connection was probably going to be missed, but whenever weather is involved, there was a chance that my next flight to Omaha was going to be delayed, as well. Because of the WiFi on my plane, I was able to track the second flight and noticed there was a chance that I could make it – it was delayed by an hour…at this point, all I could do was wait and see if I would make that flight. We landed about 15 minutes before the second flight was supposed to depart and I saw that the gates were right next door to each other. Perfect! Well it was almost perfect, it took us a bit of time to taxi into the gate and, a few minutes later, I received a text message that my flight had departed. Ultimately, I probably missed my connection by about 5 or 10 minutes. So, I settled into a hotel for a few hours in Denver and then was off to Omaha on Wednesday morning. Luckily, it all worked out, but that doesn
I’ve experienced it all when it comes to air travel. I’ve been a part of an emergency landing, been delayed for five hours and then the flight was cancelled during one of the worst rainstorms in Houston, I’ve sat on runways for too long and the crews time out, I’ve been on planes where mechanical issues had to be fixed. You name it. After flying over 150 flights during in the last 5 years, I wanted to share a few of my favorite tips to help deal with flight delays, cancellations and re-routes:
- Stay Calm – I cannot emphasize this enough. When I first started traveling for work, I was so worried about a fifteen minute delay. Now, most delays don’t even phase me and if it’s under 30 minutes, I view the flight as being on time. Don’t get me wrong, delays suck. Cancellations suck even more, but, in my experience, more than half of the time they are necessary for the safety of my flight. And, at the end of the day, if I want to get somewhere, I have to fly and my delay is out of my hands. Me stressing about it only really gets me wound up. Staying calm in these situations help me to make the best choice I need to about my travel to get me safely to your destination.
- Bring supplies – This is so important to help take your mind off the delay that is occurring. Bring things with you that will keep your mind occupied. For me, I always carry my laptops (both work and personal), my iPad and my cell phone. I always try to have multiple books, movies and TV shows downloaded on my iPad to keep me occupied, if we have a significant delay. And being able to download Netflix shows on my iPad before leaving home has been a lifesaver. Another few things to include in your carry on which help to alleviate the travel delay – all chargers required for your electronics, an external charger to at least charge your cell phone if you can’t find an outlet, a few easy to travel with snacks to keep from getting hangry, and any medication that you may need during your trip (I always carry my prescriptions and tylenol or another pain reliever). I also bring a reusable water bottle or pick up a bottle of water once I go through security. You never know how long you may have to sit on the runway and keeping hydrated is so important.
- Get familiar with the apps of the airlines you are flying – This one was so important for me this week. I was able to rebook myself onto the first flight on Wednesday morning because I knew how to use the United mobile app. Not every airline offers the same functionality on their mobile apps, but if you are familiar with it’s functionality, you may be able to see if there are additional seats on the next flight, check to see if a later scheduled flight will be departing before your delayed flight and you may be able to contact an agent directly from the app saving you time and stress waiting in the customer service line to get rebooked.
- Kill them with kindness -Whether it’s the gate agent, the person behind you in line, your seat mate or the flight attendant, be nice. Everyone is experiencing this delay and we all deal with stress in different ways. By showing a little bit of kindness during the process, you may help to alleviate some of the tension during the delay. And who knows, maybe the gate agent can get you the last seat on the earlier flight or a better seat when you are able to take off?
I am by no means always zen when it comes to airport travel, but these few tips help me to, ultimately, have the best travel experience I can, given the circumstances.
On to the fashion… 😀
Since it’s casual Friday, I was planning to wear this colorful number to the office today, but I just remembered we are doing a connectivity event this afternoon and are playing laser tag (I’ve starting warning my team that Beast-mode Emily is going to be winning this afternoon…hehe), which means I won’t be sporting heels today….But this outfit is one my absolute favorites this spring! I love all of the color and how it can easily be worn to work, coffee with the gals, or to happy hour and dinner. I spotted this top in the Victoria Beckham for Target collection look book and I knew I had to have it. I mean peplum and gingham, how could this preppy fashion lover pass that up? (Plus it’s currently over half off at Target right now…seriously, run don’t walk to grab this shirt – it’s so versatile). Paired with my favorite work pants (I own them in like 6 different colors and like 4 different black pairs), a pear statement earring, a trusty tote and some accent heels, this outfit is so much fun to wear.
Do you have a crazy travel story? I would love to hear about it in the comments below! Until Tuesday, lovelies! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Photography by L.A. Photography
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