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List Calories on Airline & Airport Menus: the Weekly Wish

August 28, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: include calorie counts in airline and airport menus. Eating healthy on the road isn’t easy. Sometimes your only option is the drive-thru of a local fast food joint in between meetings, […]

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What Is Your Flight Takeoff Ritual?

May 20, 2014

Today I flew from Paris Orly to Nice and right as the engines were starting to wind up, the hip guy next to me did a big sign of the cross and started praying feverishly. Wondering if he knew something I didn’t I started to get worried, but then I realized it was just his […]

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Should There Be a Minimum Seat Width Size for Long Haul Travel?

October 29, 2013

You can often find me giving tips on how to get the best economy seats on a plane – a consideration that’s more important than ever now that nearly every airline seems intent on squeezing as many passengers as possible into their planes in order to increase profit margins. I’m not the only consumer advocate […]

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How to Beat Jetlag by Fasting

June 14, 2012

TPG contributor Katharine Gammon is a science writer for publications including WIRED, Popular Science and Los Angeles Magazine. When she’s not jetting to international conferences to interview some of the world’s leading scientific minds, she’s globetrotting herself, exploring unique destinations including recent trips to New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Today she writes about the science […]

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And The Winner of the Bose QC15 Headphones is…

March 23, 2012

Before taking off for Singapore, I posted about my top 10 travel products for long-haul flights and asked TPG readers to do the same for a chance to win a set of noise-canceling Bose QC15 headphones. Tons of you commented with great ideas, so we selected a random winner: Steve. Not only is his list […]

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Tips for Traveling with a Mobility-Challenged Person

December 9, 2011

As I mentioned in a previous post, as a special present, I took my grandmother to visit our cousins in Santa Barbara over Thanksgiving weekend. She’s 89 years old, still sharp as a whip, but like most people who get to that age, her mobility has become somewhat limited. She still gets around, but she uses […]

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Is This Appropriate First Class Behavior?

October 18, 2011

TPG reader Tim recently flew on United and had the pleasure of sitting near this quite relaxed gentleman who was clearly enjoying his time in first class. Apparently he was in this position for most of the 8 hour flight. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this in the poll and in the […]

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How Do You Induce Sleep on Planes?

September 30, 2011

If you follow me on Twitter, you would know that I had a mini crisis last night: I ran out of my trusty Lunesta and was forced to buy over the counter sleep aids for my flight to Amsterdam. Since I’m going to Europe for a long weekend, I really didn’t want to risk not getting […]

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How Do You Stay Healthy When Traveling?

May 12, 2011

This past weekend I had a really interesting conversation with one of my travel writer friends (who jetsets the globe more than almost anyone I know) about staying healthy when traveling. He swore by using a Neti pot to relieve sinus congestion, which helps him avoid colds when traveling. I laughed at the notion, but […]

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My Top 10 Long-haul Flight Survival Kit Items

April 18, 2011

It’s been a busy year for long-haul flights for me – so far I’ve been to Europe four times and South America once. Traveling, especially on a 6+ hour long flight, always takes a toll, but I’ve learned to minimize the effects by always traveling with a key set of products. My survival kit for […]

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17 Tips for Surviving a Long Flight in Coach

December 13, 2010

While I usually try to fly business or first on international flights, once in a while a great coach fare comes along and I have to hop on it and deal with the impending doom that I’ll be packed in like a sardine for a number of hours. However, over the years I’ve learned some tips […]

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Flying and Blood Clots

December 6, 2010

I’m currently on a LAS-JFK flight and while enjoying my red wine and meal, I noticed a pain in my thigh. It feels like a bug bite, but I know I don’t have one, so I started to think “Oh crap, do I have a blood clot in my leg?!” While I am probably overreacting, […]

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