Things I did in Buenos Aires pt. 1

Getting Around Argentina

Buenos Aires is a vast city that houses a lot of people. The last population consensus of 2010 stated there were 2 million people in Buenos Aires proper, but the metropolitan area around it houses up to 13 million (World Population Review). Needless to say, Buenos Aires is huge. In my previous post, I talked about how Buenos Aires is still a cash only city, and that includes their trains and taxi systems. They all rely on cash payments, wether paying the taxi driver or loading up your train card. The only exception is Uber. Uber does work in Argentina, the only caveat is they do not accept American Express. My friend was unable to order an Uber with her Delta American Express Card, but I was able to order one with my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. This is a great way to save cash, however because taxi’s are very important in Buenos Aires, the Uber drivers want you to sit in the front seat so it doesn’t look like they’re driving you around.

One thing to note- even if you choose not to use Uber, it is significantly cheaper to take an Uber to the airport than it is a taxi. A taxi cost around $60USD and an Uber cost $35USD. This is the rate from the hotel, and it was about a 50 minute drive to the airport.

San Telmo, Buenos Aires

The area I stayed in was called San Telmo. This is considered the art and historical district, as there are many art galleries and preserved buildings in the area. We stayed at the Anselmo Hilton Hotel, a boutique hotel that was purchased by Hilton. It’s a great modern hotel that doesn’t feel like it’s out of place in the area. I stayed one night in the Circus Hostel & Hotel which is a few blocks from the Anselmo Hotel. The hostel was clean and friendly. It was your basic hostel, wasn’t overly amazing but wasn’t terrible as well. I stayed in a 6 bedroom with a private bathroom and it cost me $11.33 USD for the one night, plus $2.50USD for breakfast the next day.

On Sundays, in San Telmo and steps outside from the hotel, they have host a market. The market is full of antique items, homemade goods and arts and crafts. It’s the perfect place to get souvenirs that aren’t completely touristy nor are they overpriced.

Wine Tasting

We did a wine tasting at Pain et Vin (Address: Gorriti 5132, C1414BJT CABA, Argentina) which is located in Palermo. Palermo is the hip, young area in Buenos Aires. All the clubs, night life and shopping is in Palermo. The wine tasting was fantastic and very well priced. They were very knowledgeable about their wines and had quite a range to choose from. The wine tasting, for 3 wines with bread and cheese cost us $30USD. I ended up buying 3 bottles of wine and a bottle of olive oil, and including the cost of the wine tasting, it was $70USD total. It is locally owned by a family. They even included a box with bubble wrap for flying back, and I am happy to report all the bottles made it back in one piece. *Please note they are quite busy on the weekends and a reservation is encouraged, we went during the week and it wasn’t as busy.*

I didn’t want to make this post too long to read, I kept writing and I realized it was really long! I am splitting it up and will posting more about what I did in Buenos Aires in a few days.

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Let’s Plan a Trip!

One of my favorite parts of going on a trip is to plan it. How I plan a trip usually depends on if I’m traveling with other people or if I’m going alone. If I’m traveling by myself, I often don’t do much planning. I’ll do a little research ahead of time of things I am interested in and would like to see, but I tend to just spend my trip wandering around and making decisions on a whim.

When I’m traveling with friends, I tend to be more of a planner. Mainly because I want to make sure we make the most of our time. For instance, my friend Abby and I are going to Portugal this summer but we’re only going for 6 days so I want to make sure we don’t miss out on anything that we really want to see. However, I’m not a rigid planner, I don’t like having such a strict plan that it doesn’t allow for spontaneity or impulsiveness.

If you’re planning a trip with a group of friends, one of my favorite websites/apps to use is Travefy. Travefy is a web-based app that allows you to add all your travel information into it to create an itinerary (however you can only make changes to your itinerary on a browser, not in the app itself – the only drawback of the app).

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As you can see, there are icons for each day that I’ve placed information. I love that you can track your flights and reservations. You can also upload pdfs and receipts into the app which I love for when I’m in a country without cell service or so I don’t have to hunt through all my emails. There is also a chat feature in the corner that allows you to discuss information with your travel companions. I also like it because it allows you to create notes within the app with information that don’t necessarily fall within the travel itinerary but you want to have it in one place (like the photo below that I made for my New York trip).

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It also comes with a feature to add the cost of each event you’re adding to your itinerary if you want to track your spending. I highly recommend using Travefy as it’s one of the best group planning apps I’ve used. If anyone uses a different travel app I’d love to know what you use.

Next week I’ll finally be posting about my trip to Argentina and I can’t wait to tell you about it. Have a great rest of your week.

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3 Asks from a Flight Attendant

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I know traveling is really stressful. Especially traveling during the holidays. You’re stressed you won’t make your connections, you’re stressed because you’re flying with kids. You’re stressed because you’re going to see family who you don’t get along with, the list goes on and on.

We get it, as flight attendants, we have seen everything. I mean that, we have seen everything. We’ve also experienced everything. Yelling at us that you are going to get us fired, telling us we are stupid, telling me I’m fat. I’ve heard it all. So to reduce your stress and mine, here are 3 asks I have before you come to the airplane.

  1. Make sure you are seated together.
    • Did you know if you purchase your tickets through a third party vendor like Expedia and Orbitz it is not the responsibility of the Airline to ensure you are seated together? If you read the fine print when you are purchasing it from Orbitz, it essentially says that Orbitz can’t guarantee that your seat preference will be fulfilled by the airline. This is because by the time Orbitz or Expedia sends your information to the airline, someone could’ve already purchased the seats that you had requested off the airlines website. This means you are not sitting together when you check in. This is not the airlines fault, not the Customer Service Agents fault and not the Flight Attendant’s fault.
  2. Be Nice
    • You’ve gotten to the airport, you’re not seated together and you are annoyed. Yelling at the Customer Service Agent (the person at the counter) is not going to help you. I tell my friends this all the time, if you are nice to the CSA’s, they will be more willing to help you out.
    • Be nice to your flight attendants. I know you think we are annoying when we ask you to raise your seat up and put away your tray table but its for good reason (I’m doing a post later about that). Please remember that while you are flying to visit your family and loved ones over the holidays, your flight attendants and pilots are away from theirs. We know this is part of the job, we understand that, but it makes it harder to away from our families when people are constantly yelling at us. I often think to myself “I’m missing Christmas with my family so this guy can yell at me over something that I have no control over.” It doesn’t really create Christmas spirit when you’re being mean does it?
  3. Download Apps and entertainment ahead of time.
    • Please, for your sake and for ours, have all your entertainment gadgets and toys prepped ahead of time. Sometimes the WiFi is spotty, sometimes the in-flight movie tablets don’t work. Most airlines now provide a free movie streaming service as long as you download their app GoGo Entertainment. I suggest you download this app while you are still at home and have solid WiFi service. Additionally, Netflix now has downloading available for some of their movies. By having these already prepped and ready to go before you board the flight, you’ll be a lot happier and less stressed trying to download the last minute at the airport.

These are a few things I ask that you think about before you head to the airport. Friendly reminder to give yourself plenty of time to get through security (also not our fault if TSA is slow, that’s a whole separate organization). Any advice you have for your fellow travelers? Let me know!

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5 Essentials from a Flight Attendant

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As someone who literally lives out of their suitcase, I have learned to be a savvy packer so I can fit everything I need. Sometimes I stack my trips together which means I could gone for 8 days or more. While I often rotate different outfits, there are a few things that have become my essentials for every trip. Below are some of my favorite items that I always take with me.

1. Packing Cubes

I mentioned in my post about Holiday travel about the AmazonBasics Packing Cubes, but I’m mentioning them again because I swear by them. I pack a different outfit for each cube and each climate. I have an outfit for winter, summer and moderate climate. I am able to fit three cubes in my suitcase, a toiletry bag and three pairs of shoes (flip flops, converse and tennis shoes).

2. Water Bottle

I love my Contigo Ashland Water Bottle because it has a hook that can attach to anything. I leave it empty and then once I’m in the airport I’ll fill it up and hook it to my luggage. I constantly drink water to stay hydrated and I try and reduce waste by not using plastic water bottles. It’s also a very sturdy water bottle as I use this on every flight I’ve had since I’ve started (about 470 flights, but who’s counting). By having this reusable water bottle, I always have water on hand and I’m helping the environment, win-win!

3. Lunch Box

Sounds funny right? I stopped carrying an actual lunch box in middle school and would only carry my food in a brown paper bag. However, with the crazy hours of my jobs, I pack food to make sure I always have something to eat. This is a good habit to start because it can help save you money on in the airport but also if there isn’t anything open you have a backup. I use SnapLock by Progressive to pack my food in as they’re light and dishwasher friendly.

4. Moisturizer

Traveling to different climates wreaks havoc on your skin. Trust me, I’ve spent the last 22 months trying to find the perfect moisturizer that I’m not allergic to. I use Garnier SkinActive for multiple reasons. The first, it has 30 SPF built in. I like that its a two-in-one, it’s moisturizing my face while also protecting it from the sun. Additionally, it’s the only moisturizer I have found that has been able to withstand the constant flying and heavy makeup that I wear. The second, it’s relatively inexpensive. When I started researching different moisturizers, I wasn’t ready to commit to anything expensive, as I wasn’t sure how successful it would be. This was one of the most highly rated moisturizers that I felt didn’t kill my wallet at the same time. I’ve been happy with it and I haven’t had to buy a replacement yet. I purchased it in February of this year and I put wear it four to five times a week.

5. Kindle/Kindle App

I actually have the OG Kindle and it recently died on me so I haven’t invested in a new one, but I have my iPhone and my iPad which I am currently using in lieu of my dead Kindle (R.I.P. OG). As I travel more and often do this as a solo traveler, I have found that the thing I enjoy the most is finding a coffee shop, drinking tea and reading a book. I always have two or three books on my Kindle that I am reading at a time. I actually rent all my books through my local library and it’s very easy to do this. Many libraries are increasing their ebook selections and I encourage you to join your local library and support them. I’m currently reading Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital (The Story that inspired NBC’s drama New Amsterdam). I recently just finished The Romanov Empress and I’ll be coming out with a review of it later.

Are there any things that you always take with you no matter where you are traveling? Comment below and feel free to subscribe.

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6 Travel Ornaments

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I hope by now you’ve already bought your tree and decorated it. My favorite part of Christmas is decorating the tree. I’ve gotten into this tradition that wherever I go, somewhere new, I buy an ornament from that place. The ornament either has the city written on it, or something related to the city. This reminds me of everywhere I go, and it always brings back memories of my trips.

Some of my favorite ornaments I bought when I was abroad and I hope that even when I move, I am able to keep them.

However, for those late people (because life gets in the way sometimes right?) here are some of my favorite travel related ornaments.

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Do you have any ornament traditions or is it just me? Probably just me.

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7 Best Travel Accessories for Backpacking

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So two years ago (I can’t believe it’s been two years already) I backpacked across Europe. This was the most terrifying and exhilarating thing I have ever done, except when I went skydiving, that was pretty awesome. Here are some of the most important things I took with me on trip.

  1. I spent a good 8 months researching the best backpack. I knew right away I wanted a front loader bag (as opposed to a traditional hiking backpack which is a top loader). I ended up purchases the Osprey Fairpoint 40 but in hindsight I wish I had purchased the Osprey Fairview 55. The reason I would make the switch is because there’s a detachable backpack on the Osprey and it would’ve made carrying my necessities a lot easier. I would’ve just been able to hook it up as one while I walked around and when I would fly, I could detach the backpack so it would make the backpack carry-on regulation. Instead I walked around with my backpack and a side purse which was fine, but was cumbersome. However, I love my backpack and it is a really well made backpack. I chose Osprey and purchased it through REI because Osprey has a great reputation and REI has a wonderful return policy.
  2. Tide Sink Packets – I left for Europe in September and was gone until December. These tide sink packets were a lifesaver. Sometimes I would make sure the hostel I booked had a washing machine, but this isn’t always the case and so I did a lot of my laundry in the hostel sink and would hang my clothes around my bed. This probably looked weird, but as soon as I introduced myself as an American I assumed everyone would forgive it.
  3. Towel – Packing a towel isn’t necessary as most hostels will provide towels for a small extra fee or the AirBnB will have one. For me, I wanted to bring my own towel. I decided to buy a microfiber fast drying towel. This towel is lightweight, takes up very little space and is indeed fast drying. I also liked having it because I would hang it up around my bed in the hostel and it created a little privacy for me. My sister’s have also used this towel for when they traveled and said it was so handy to have their own towel.
  4. Money Belt – I know a lot of people don’t use this, but I am a big believer of having a money belt. Especially because I was traveling by myself, I felt more secure knowing I was sleeping on my money and passport. I wore this everywhere I went, especially when I was in bus stations and train stations as these are some of the places that pickpocketes target. My advice is just be careful and research where you are going. When I went to Madrid, I was extra vigilant because I know many friends who have had their things stolen while they were there.
  5. PowerCube – So when I backpacked I only carried my camera and my iPhone and extra backup battery. I didn’t bring anything else with me, but I wanted to make sure all my electronics were fully charged every night. I purchased this PowerCube as it is a travel adapter and allows you to charge multiple things at once.
  6. Lock – I purchased this lock for my backpack when I checked it for my bus rides but it was also used for my locker in the hostel. While the hostel will have locks for rental, if you want to save a little money, purchase your own and bring it with you. This lock is approved by the TSA as well.
  7. Toiletry Bag – I bought this toiletry bag because I didn’t want my shampoo to explode and get all my clothes ruined. Additionally, I liked that it is small so it makes me be more efficient with what I packed. I also liked that it was clear so I could easily see my products and I didn’t have to dump it out every time to find something.

Are there any travel necesseties you think I missed? Let me know in the comments below.

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8 Favorite Layovers

Only 8 days till Christmas? That’s crazy! I’m already pretty much done with Christmas present shopping and I’ve finished wrapping all of them. I’m a really bad wrapper, I just can’t get the corners to fold down perfectly. My sister is really good at wrapping presents and making the perfect bow, it makes me slightly jealous she’s so good at it.

One thing I’m constantly asked as a flight attendant is “what is your favorite layover?” This is a hard question because it really depends on the time of year, my mood and the weather. However, there are 8 layovers that are some of my favorites no matter the time of year or the weather.

Here are my 8 favorite layovers (in no particular order).

  1. Juneau, Alaska
    • I love Juneau. Alaska is a hidden gem that I always tell my friends and family to go and see at least once in their life. I know it seems so far away, especially from the East Coast, but definitely come check out this hidden gem.
  2. Maui, Hawaii
    • Who doesn’t love a good weekend in Hawaii? I love Maui and as I have more layovers here, I fall in love even more with Hawaii. The island life helps me recharge and it actually feels like a vacation for me even if I’m only away for 24 hours.
  3. Portland, OR
    • I love Portland layovers because stay three blocks away from Powells. Powells bookstore is a readers dream. I always have to tell myself I’m only allowed to spend $25 when I’m in Powells because I can spend way too much there. Powells is the largest independent bookstore on the West Coast that has both new and used books. If you ever go to Portland, this is a must place to stop at.
  4. Boston, MA
    • I love Boston layovers because of the hotel. We stay in two different hotels and I like both of them. One of the hotels provides breakfast which I why I like that hotel. The other hotel is near Boston Commons which is central to most everything I like in Boston. If you’re ever there in the summer, go to a Boston Red Sox game because Fenway is an amazing baseball park you have to experience.
  5. Orlando, FL
    • I didn’t start flying to Orlando until April of this year, but since then I’ve been there 8 times this year. I love the warmth of Orlando and that we are so close to Disney Springs. Whenever I layover here, I walk to Disney Springs and spend hours just perusing and window shopping. It’s a fun experience for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money but wants to go out and enjoy the outside.
  6. New York, NY
    • There is always so much to do and see in New York that even layover is different and fun. I have a few good friends who live in New York so if I go out there, I try to see them while also throwing in a show or two to see. The last time I was in New York I got tickets to see Late Night with Stephen Colbert. Download the 1iota app and you can get tickets to see shows for free (but often you have to plan ahead for this).
  7. Philadelphia, PA
    • I love Philadelphia for the history. The first layover I had I went and toured Independence Hall and I literally geeked out over how much history was there. I tend to get really over emotional about history and I almost cried because I was so excited.
  8. Minneapolis, MN
    • Minneapolis layovers have a special place in my heart because of all my college friends who still live there. I used to pick them up pretty regularly to see them but lately I’ve had to switch my schedule around and I haven’t made it out there are much as I would like. We stay right near the Mall of America so I always go shopping there whenever I get the chance because no sales tax is a thing I take advantage of.

What are some of your favorite places to vacation?

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9 Best Travel Apps

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When I first started my job as a flight attendant I would pack my laptop with me wherever I went. I ended up realizing that I rarely needed it because I am able to do so much on my phone. My laptop also took up a lot of room in suitcase and made it heavier. If you stop and think about it, it is quite impressive how our cell phones have advanced so much that we carry a miniature laptop with us everywhere we go.

I pretty much do everything on my phone. When I backpacked across Europe, all I carried was my phone, so I’ve become pretty self-sufficient on it. I pay my bills, answer emails and even book most of my trips on my phone. I only use my laptop if I want to compare different prices of hotels, hostels etc.

I often tell people these are the best apps you need so I thought, why not write a blog post about it! I’m going to break down the apps by their category and their price.

 

  1. Maps.me is a great app to download if you are traveling somewhere where you won’t have data. You can download cities via WiFi and it’ll work on Airplane Mode to give you directions. I advise that you download the cities ahead of time before going to Europe as the WiFi may be spotty. (Free)
  2. Rome2Rio – This app allows you to put in the destination you are trying to get to and it’ll give you all the travel options on how to get there and the cost of it. (Free)
  3. GoEuro – This app is the same as Rome2Rio but I use both to compare prices and purchase the cheapest one. (Free)
  4. GateGuru – Run by Trip Advisor, this app will tell you security wait times, gate changes and other information all in one app. (Free)
  5. WhatsApp or Viber – These are messaging apps that allow you to message while abroad. Most people have iPhones now and you can message via WiFi, but for the few who have androids, this allows you to text them while you’re abroad all over WiFi. (Free or $1.00)
  6. Hopper (or Kayak) – This app allows you to enter a date and destination and it’ll notify you when the flight prices are the cheapest. (Free)
  7. XE Currency – This app is super helpful if you’re traveling abroad. The app allows you to add multiple different currencies so you can compare all the exchange rates. (Free)
  8. Google Trips – This app only works if you use gmail.com as your email for your travel. However if you do, this app is so helpful. It loads all your reservations and itineraries in the app so you don’t have to go hunting through your email inbox to try and find the information. If you don’t have gmail, I suggest you get one just for your travels because this app is really helpful if you are taking multiple flights, renting cars, booking tours etc. (free)
  9. Grab – This app is still being rolled out but for most major airports this should be available. If you’re in a rush, or don’t want to wait in line, you can order your food via this app and pick it up at any airport restaurant that participates. (Free)

Any apps you think are a must have for traveling? Let me know below!

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11 Best Airports

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As someone who’s job is hanging out in airports, I consider myself an expert when it comes to airports. Additionally, I’ve slept on a few airport floors (this was pre-flight attendant life) and I’ve gone through many different international airports. All of this makes me (in my opinion) fully knowledgeable on what makes a good airport. However I’m only ranking the airports I’ve been to, so this excludes all of Asian and South American’s airports.  I’m basing my criteria on a few things:

  • Food options
  • Seating availability
  • Charging availability
  • Varity of shopping options

Delays, cancellations and other issues that may arise when traveling are not a factor in my decision as these are not the airports fault. My rankings are below and I explain why I gave each airport the ranking I did.

  1. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
    • This is by far the best international airport that I have experienced. I’ve flown through Amsterdam three times, once going through Europe and twice flying back to the United States. Each time, it has been such a breeze. Customs going into Amsterdam is easy and fast. Once you’re at the main terminal, the signage is easy to understand. Additionally, if you are like me and you’re not using cell data, they have free WiFi available and free computers to use (I believe there is a time limit on computer use). Lots of food options and duty free shopping as well. Give yourself extra time to get through security flying out of Amsterdam as they have an extra layer of screenings flying out of Amsterdam.
  2. London Heathrow
    • London Heathrow’s airport is a experience. Especially if you fly out of British Airway’s terminal 5 this is an experience. I’ve flown out of Terminal 5 twice, once in 2016 and earlier this year. The terminal is a newer terminal for Heathrow and it shows. I forget I’m in an airport as the terminal is more of a shopping and food destination then a waiting area. If you forget any last minute gifts to bring home, never fear, you’ll be able to get them here and plenty more. Seating was not an issue, surprisingly, neither were finding charging outlets. If it wasn’t so expensive to fly out of, I would fly out of Heathrow more often.
  3. Dublin Airport
    • The reason why I love the Dublin Airport is because you can now go through U.S. Customs while in Dublin. This makes traveling back to the U.S. so seamless and faster that this puts Dublin at #3 on the list for me. The airport itself is really nice and easy to navigate. The signage is good and the employees are friendly. If flying into Dublin Airport, there are various different ways to get into the city without needing to take an expensive taxi. There’s also plenty of shops and food options available in the airport.
  4. Portland (OR) International Airport
    • I love, love, love Portland’s airport. The airport is relatively small, but has all the amenities you want in an airport. If you are flying out of the airport, I recommend you stop at the Elephant Deli before security and get something to eat there. Another reason why I love Portland’s airport is their food and prices are reasonable. The City of Portland passed legislation which prevented the airport from imposing exorbitant airport taxes and all the prices had to reflect the same price of everything you could purchase in the city. Thus, the food and other items you purchase in the airport aren’t ridiculously expensive.
  5. Denver Airport
    • While I still think the Illuminati are headquartered in the Denver Airport, I’ve never actually found any evidence this might be the case. Regardless, I think the Denver airport is a really nice airport. The airport is actually really big, but the signage is really well done that it’s hard to get lost. They offer lots of great food options (hello Caribou coffee), but are a little lacking on the shopping options. However, they do have a direct train from the airport to downtown Denver which I think is an important amenity to highlight.
  6. Seattle-Tacoma Airport
    • I have to disclaimer here, I am based in Seattle which means this is the airport I fly out of every time I go to work. However, I do think it’s a really great airport (when it’s not under construction like it is right now). The airport is pretty seamless and easy to navigate. The signage is clear and the airport has stepped up their food game in order to compete with other airports. Also I’m biased so I had to throw this airport in. Also there’s some great shopping there, you can go to the SubPop Records Store in the airport and get some really cool unique things from there.
  7. Minneapolis- St.Paul Airport
    • I spent three years in Minneapolis/St. Paul so I’ve flown out of this airport quite a bit. Earlier this year I got stranded in the airport flying home from England and I ended up spending 6 hours hanging out. I know this airport pretty well now and I still think it’s one of the best airports I’ve been to. Actually bigger than it seems (I’ve run through the airport many times, I’m always winded by the time I get to the E gates from the A gates. They have some great food options and the ability to play games on iPads that are located at some of the restaurants. They also have two terminals so make sure you’re at the right terminal or meeting someone at the right terminal. My mom flew into one terminal and I flew into a different one and we spent a good twenty minutes trying to find each other before we realized we were at two different terminals (#rookiemistake). They also have a rail system that can take you into Minneapolis from the airport.
  8. D.C. Airport
    • I like this airport a lot. For a major hub airport, it is seamless and pretty easy to navigate. It doesn’t feel overwhelming or too big. I think they have really good food options as well. Going through security is easy and pretty fast. I honestly thought it was a fluke how simple and easy the D.C. airport is. I would gladly fly out of D.C. more often. My only complaint is they don’t have as much seating available as I think they could.
  9. Salzburg Airport
    • This is a really small airport which is why I liked it. It’s really easy to get to and from downtown Salzburg to the airport, it’s just a simple bus ride away. Salzburg is a really great city to visit, so if you get a chance I highly recommend it. The airport is small but it still has all the amenities that you want in an airport. The food is reasonably priced and there is plenty of seating. I ended up being at the airport for a few hours longer than anticipated because I thought it would take me longer to get to the airport than it actually did. I was able to kill plenty of time wandering through the few shops it had and it was easy to get through security.
  10. Chicago-O’Hare Airport
    • I love this airport because during the holidays I have major Home Alone nostalgia walking through the airport. Also it’s a very big airport which means there are plenty of food and shopping options. Seating near the gates can be limited which is a drawback. Signage is pretty good and it’s easy to navigate. I enjoy walking through the airport as there is a lot just to take in and they always decorate it.
  11. Keflavik Airport
    • Iceland’s Airport is a destination. With Icelandair making more of a splash in the U.S. I was excited to experience their airport. I know a lot of people don’t like the airport, but I’ve never had any issues. However, I do acknowledge that seating can be an issue in the airport if you have a long layover. All of Icelandair’s flights have a layover in the airport, and if you choose not to do the stopover, then you could be in the airport for significant periods of times. I was only in the airport two and half hours prior to my flight to England and thought the airport was fine and offered all the amenities that I would want in an airport.

Any airports you think I missed? Or you disagree with me?

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Thanksgiving in Vegas

Like many people who work in customer service, holidays and weekends are rare things for us to get off. While we can get them off, as a junior flight attendant, it’s really difficult to. I’m okay with this, as I understand it’s part of the job and I have the incentive that I get paid double time to work holidays. Last year I spent Thanksgiving flying to LAX, sitting for 8 hours in the airport and then flying to Anchorage. This year I flew to San Francisco and then Vegas. My layover was in Vegas and my friend Phil (the same Phil from Chena Hot Springs) lives in Vegas so he picked me up and showed me Vegas as he knows it.

Vegas is a really interesting place, for most of us, we imagine Vegas as this glitzy, glamorous city that we visit. It’s rarely a place we think that people actually live in. Phil hates living in Vegas and has told me repeatedly his first goal is to save up so he can move from there. Vegas from a resident point of view is so different and so fascinating. Phil took me to the Seven Magic Mountains which is an art project outside of Las Vegas. It’s about a 25-minute drive that is easy to get to, (pretty much a straight shot) from Vegas, but you’ll need a car. The Magic Mountains are 25 ft. boulders that are colorfully painted. After the Magic Mountains, we went to the Container Park which is the coolest thing I’ve been too!

The Container Park is located in Las Vegas in the Fremont area. Fremont is considered the “old original” Vegas. They have a really cool LED Canopy that does 5-minute show on the hour. I recommend you go just to walk around and to see the show! The Container Park is full of boutiques and local restaurants, but I liked the area because it was quiet and pretty low-key for Vegas. Also, all the boutiques were local shops, not chain stores like those on the Strip so I liked knowing I was supporting a local business.

I always have a good time when I’m in Vegas (sometimes too much of a good time), but this was a different and fun experience because I saw parts of Vegas I never would’ve thought to go to. It’s fun to see Vegas from Phil’s point of view, and I definitely want to see it again.

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Container Park, iPhone X

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Seven Magic Mountains, iPhone X

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