My first international trip for 2019

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I’m so excited I’m finally going on my first international trip of the year. I’ve been planning this trip since August of last year and the time has finally come! My friend Emily, who I met in college asked me to go to Madrid with her last February. I’ll be in Argentina for 5 days, I leave Wednesday but won’t arrive till Thursday.

My trip to Madrid with her was last-minute and spontaneous. I don’t remember what exactly happened, but she had texted me and I was asking her what she was up to and we ended up talking about her trip to Madrid. She told me what dates she was going and I realized I had those dates off so I jumped on the opportunity to go with her and went (this all went down in three weeks).

This time around it was a bit more planned out. I’ve known since August after we had talked about going on another trip together. She mentioned she had already booked this trip to Argentina and asked if I wanted to join, and she knew I was going to say yes.

Tomorrow I’ll be flying to Buenos Aires through LAX on American Airlines. I’ll be making sure to take notes and get back to you on my experience flying American. This will be my first time flying American internationally (I’ve only flown them going from Seattle to NYC). The flight is about 12 hours long and I’m preparing myself for this.

Here are a few things I always bring on my carry-on:

  • Headphones
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sanitizer Wipes
  • Sleep Mask
  • Glasses case
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

(Pro tip: If you travel with medicine, make sure to always bring your medicine with you in your carry-on in case your checked luggage gets lost).

This is my second time going to South America, the first time was in 2012 when I went to Venezuela for a mission trip. So this will be my first time going as a tourist.

We don’t have much planned yet but I have a few things planned and made a few reservations to a few different restaurants that I want to try (can’t wait to blog about it later!).

Sorry for this vague blog post, but I don’t want to give away too many spoilers for this trip, as I’ll probably do quite a lot of blog posts about it. I’ll be posting photos of my food adventures on my food instagram here and my new travelgram that I just launched, which you can follow here.

Catch you back in America!

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16 Things to Remember When Traveling

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Traveling is stressful. Traveling during the holidays is extra stressful. I’ve been there, I used to fly home every Christmas when I was away for college. It can be overwhelming, time-consuming and claustrophobic. I can’t prevent things from going wrong, but hopefully this list will help make things less stressful when you’re traveling. This is a long list, but these are all things that I have found make traveling for myself easier.

Here are 16 Things to Remember When You’re Traveling.

  1. Know the weather ahead of time and pack accordingly. If you can pack light and easy, then that’ll make your life easier.
  2. Download movies and books ahead of time because the Airport WiFi might be overloaded with too many people on it.
  3. Don’t leave the house without double checking you have all your important documents (like passports etc).
  4. Download the app for your airline to make traveling easier, and can get notifications for any issues that might arise around your flights.
  5. Give yourself more than 2 hours to get through security lines, even more, if you are at a major airport like LAX, ATL, JFK.
  6. If you are checking your suitcase, make sure it is clearly marked that it is yours. A unique color suitcase or a ribbon to tie around the handle that makes it obvious it is yours.
  7. If you’re traveling with kids (or honestly have it for yourself) bring an extra change of clothes.
  8. Before going through security, put everything into your carry on. This will make going through security easier and you don’t have to worry about forgetting to grab your wallet or watch.
  9. Always double check your gate. Even if you are there early, gates can change.
  10. If something goes wrong (like delays, cancellations etc) please remember to be nice to the Customer Service Agents. They are only people and they are doing their best.
  11. Bring food or snacks because sometimes you might not have time to get food, or the line is too long.
  12. Bring an empty water bottle and fill it up past security. Staying hydrated is important when traveling. Did you know the air pressure in a plane cabin is as dry as the Gobi Desert?
  13.  Bring spare portable battery, as there may not be any room to charge your devices at the charging stations.
  14. Bring headphones, no one else needs to hear your music or tv show.
  15. Use the bathroom before you get on the airplane.
  16. For the plane, bringing face wipes and a travel toothbrush and toothpaste will make you feel refreshed after a long flight.

Any tips you think are helpful?

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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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