Tips &amp; Tricks en Some Thoughts on Traveling <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Some Thoughts on Traveling</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rod</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/25/2012 - 11:25</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-media-image"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-media-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/provus_landscape_large/public/2022-09/annie-spratt-qyAka7W5uMY-unsplash.jpg?h=05be53de&amp;itok=esE43E9s" width="1600" height="500" alt="Traveling" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-provus-landscape-large" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogcontent-moderation-control"> <div class="content"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--50-50"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--first"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-publish-date"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2012-05-25T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Friday, May 25, 2012</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region layout__region--second"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-blog-categories"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/blog/tips-tricks" hreflang="en">Tips &amp; Tricks</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogbody"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Its been a fun year from the travel perspective… In the past 12 months, I’ve been in:</p> <p> <br /> Cincinnati, Columbus &amp; Bryan (tiny town – big company), Chicago, Atlanta (rode the Dragon’s Tail twice – video), Austin &amp; San Antoni, Boston, Indianapolis, Newark, New York, Denver, Washington DC, Toronto, Sussex NB, Vancouver and London, England – most of those – multiple times.</p> <p>Coming up in July and August alone – Chicago, Washington DC (2x), Toronto, Boston and Munich Germany.</p> <p>Almost all of this travel has been with <a href="">OSTraining</a> – a fantastic training company for WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, of which I’m really pleased to be a part. Over the past two years, I’ve produced almost 250 training videos and now I’m a part owner in the company. Pretty exciting stuff.</p> <p>Some of my personal travel tips:</p> <p><strong>Never check a bag unless you have to</strong>. On one trip to New Brunswick Canada, the trunk with $10,000 worth of equipment made it, but my suitcase didn’t. For 28 hours I had nothing – not even a case/solution for my contacts – and Walmart didn’t open until noon on Sunday. If you have to check your bags, at least have one day’s worth of everything in a carry-on.</p> <p><strong>Carry some snacks and water onto the plane.</strong> With the number of delays where planes sit on the tarmac for way too long, you’ll be thankful to have something to nibble on and a way to stay hydrated. Airlines rarely serve food/water in those cases.</p> <p><strong>Always be polite and friendly to airline staff.</strong> Though I’m not always good at it – my #1 rule is “Be Kind” (comes from the Bible). That said – I’m always kind to airline staff…<br /> They appreciate that you’re flight is delayed, your bag is lost, you’re tired, had a long day… blah blah blah… and yes they’re there to “serve” you… but getting angry helps no-one and usually gets you sent to the back of the line – at least in their minds.<br /> Its amazing what a smile and kind word from a customer can do for a stressed out employee’s demeanor (and your situation).</p> <p><strong>If you can’t “control” it – don’t stress over it.</strong> I get sent to the secondary interview room pretty much every time I fly back in to the US. (long story – and no – I’ve never been arrested – haven’t had even a traffic ticket in over 20 years). So I always arrive a little early and plan on a 45-60 minute delay in customs. My last trip back from Vancouver – I was sitting in the room next to a 22 year old who was trying to get to Miami for some training. She was stressed to the point of tears. I tried to convey this point to her… reminding her that life was an adventure and that everything is a learning experience. She didn’t take that very well. :) But life IS an adventure and everything IS a learning experience. Why get stressed over what you can’t control? I love the line from the movie “Point of No Return” – “I never did worry about the little things…” There’s always another flight, another path, another opportunity. Don’t stress, just keep your eyes open and your heart pure.</p> <p><strong>Find you’re own “way” of staying relaxed at the airport.</strong> For me – this is finding a quiet corner in the sky lounge, putting headphones on and closing my eyes to some good music (and setting an alarm that will ring in my headphones just in case…) A lot of airports now are really making an effort to help you. Atlanta has a live jazz band playing near the main food court. Other airports are displaying art, have children’s play areas (Minneapolis), really nice massage areas (LaGuardia) etc… Its an adventure! Enjoy it!<br /> Take pictures – of everything! Your iPhone/Smartphone is now a pretty good camera. I take pictures of as much as I can before a presentation – especially in a new city – and I include some of those images in the introduction each time. It helps connect with my audience and lets them know I’m interested in their particular culture/situation.</p> <p><strong>Text your significant other as soon as you land – on every hop.</strong> My wife appreciates it when she knows I’m back on the ground… I’m sure your spouse would too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-tags block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodeprovus-blogfield-provus-tags"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-provus-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/6" hreflang="en">Travel</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-blocknodeprovus-blogaddtoany"> <div class="content"> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="" data-a2a-title="Some Thoughts on Traveling"><a href="#" class="a2a_button_facebook"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Facebook</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_twitter"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Twitter</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_linkedin"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on LinkedIn</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_email"><span class="a2a_label">Share this on Email</span></a><a href="#" class="a2a_button_print"><span class="a2a_label">Print this</span></a></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 25 May 2012 15:25:30 +0000 Rod 2 at