My name is Scott and I like to travel. There I said it, wow that does feel better. There is probably a program for my affliction somewhere. I am what I would consider a Normal Guy. I am a native Arizonan, sometimes we are called “Zonies”. I am in my mid 40′s and enjoy a great life. I am self employed and have a wonderful daughter and Partner. Although I would say my life is a fairly normal one, I am also quite lucky in that I have the ability to travel and enjoy the world, I enjoy learning about other cultures and experiencing the world around us.
I want to be right upfront about the type of travel I enjoy and the type I don’t. You will probably not ever read a story of about me backpacking my way through the serengeti during the height of summer, nor will you probably read any stories of me sleeping in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. I am not a budget traveler, nor am I an uber luxury traveler, I fall somewhere in the middle, where most people fall I believe.
I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my stories, my views and my excitement for traveling around this world with my friends, family. However it doesn’t stop there for me, I also wanted to make friends with others around the world, those who travel and those who dream of travel. Blogs and Websites evolve over time, mine will no doubt expand over time as well please come back and see what has taken place. However if you have come to my blog to schedule a flight or a hotel, this is not the place.
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It was inevitable….. The Soap Box
Let me apologize right up front, I am sorry. I am sorry if what you are about to read offends you, or worse represents you. I realize that I might be one of the abnormal people as I travel weekly, and most people don’t. Most people travel for pleasure or even a periodic business trip. People like me are road warriors, traveling across the country or the world on a weekly basis. Last year I flew slightly more than 120,000 miles, that is a lot of flying around, a lot of wasted time, and a significant amount of money spent to accomplish goals, make new friends.
A good friend of mine, flies even more, sometimes well over 200,000 miles a year. I tell you this because there isn’t a week that goes by that someone doesn’t make a comment like “You are so lucky, you get to travel so much” or “It must be great to travel so much and see so many great places” or “How do you stay so thin and healthy with all that travel”, Ok, no one has actually ever said this to me, but they should. I have bad sleep habits, horrible eating habits, non existent exercise program and it is all my own doing. Weekly travel takes a toll on people, but for those people it is a necessary evil in their lives, it is what we must do to make a living.
On the occasions when I travel for pleasure, I sometimes forget that’s what I am doing. I have my businessman travel face on and it isn’t pretty sometimes. I am a person of routine, organization, structure and schedules. It is common for me to have 14-16 flights scheduled at any given time, usually 2 months at a time, but sometimes as far as a year in advance. Along with the flights, there are Cars, Hotels, Restaurants, Meetings all timed down to the minute. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the amount of travel I do. However it has a lot to do with my complaints below.
This is my Soap Box, my rantings and my suggestions for better travel for all people.
Yes we all know what DNA is. Do you know that the average person looses 200 hairs per day, that hair is DNA, and frankly can’t be helped in most cases, unless your bald or you plan to wear a hairnet all day, which really isn’t very fashion forward. But my dear Travel friends, is it really necessary to clip your fingernails on the plane? I ask you, no I beg you to please stop doing this for all the fliers out there. This is not a joke, I have witnessed at least a dozen times, people clipping their nails and their nail rubbish flying through the cabin. On a flight not too long ago, I had just been served lunch along with the others in my cabin, only to watch a woman, clip, file and paint her nails. I do not want your DNA in my food lady! Personal grooming, really needs to stay personal, and at home.
I DO NOT WANT TO SLEEP WITH YOU!
There I said it. I see you looking at me, but no, I will not do it. I don’t mean sex of course, come on people, get your mind out of the gutter. I have trained myself to fall asleep right away on a plane, even before we take off frankly. But if I were a snorer, I would never sleep on a plane. If you snore, and you know you do, don’t fall asleep. It makes me feel as though I am sleeping with you, and I would not sleep with you Mr. and Mrs. Snorer. Snoring can sound like a fog horn to warn sailors of pending doom. But it is not laughing matter, it means something is wrong with you and your ability to breathe. Please get it checked out, we want you to travel and enjoy your travels, but not at our expense.
If you have ever had to run through a hot airport to make a flight, you no this can cause perspiration naturally. I fly out of Phoenix Sky Harbor and in the summer, it is a bit hot there and even worse sitting in a hot plane on the tarmac. So I don’t blame you for smelling bad, but I do blame you if you don’t do anything about it. As a frequent traveler, I carry trial size deodorants which are always in easy reach if necessary. And for the others out there who know before you leave the house that you stink, please, please don’t leave your home, again personal hygiene begins at home.
IT’S A KICK TO TRAVEL
This is one of my pet peeves, really. It has come down to the fact that many times I won’t even recline my seat, which I am perfectly allowed to do. I understand how difficult it is for some people to sit in their seats comfortably, especially those who are tall. I am 6’2″ and sometimes, its not so comfortable. But is it really necessary to put your knee into the back of my seat, or to constantly kick my seat? Is it? really? I think at times, we forget that the seat back in front of us, is in fact not our seat. I know, it has a nice little place to put your magazine, book, lap top, water bottle, kitchen sink etc but whatever your doing there, the guy or gal in front of you feels every bit of it. If you constantly kick the seat in front of you, the more likely I am to put my seat back, really getting in to your space. That seat back is not yours, and its greatly appreciated if you can be respectful of that.
I know that these rants of my mine seem harsh, but if we could all just be honest about these things, recognize that these things happen every day that they have a negative result to your travel experience, as well as mine. I think we can overcome them.
After reading this, you might think what I am complaining about is personal hygiene. I am not, although that clearly is one point of this post . I am talking about taking responsibility for your own personal space and understanding that when your on a plane, that personal space that your used to, that 3 or 4 foot radius around your body. Is in fact about 18″ when your on a plane. As a traveler, we all have to re-evalute that space on a plane and make the necessary adjustments for the better of our own travel experience as well as our traveling friends. We must be prepared to pull in that space we are used to. With travel today, planes are fuller, travelers and the planes are the same size or smaller, this makes for a bad mix. I am sure that if we are attentive to the others around us, recognize that it’s a tight space that we all must live in for that short time, that maybe, just maybe plane travel will get just a bit better. The goal is to improve the Travel Experience for ourselves, we can start by making it better for those around us. We all tend to blame the Airlines for the full planes and such, but that is what they are suppose to do. If we can place some of the expectations we have for Airlines, back on ourselves, we may be able to make the necessary adjustments that will allow us to have a better Travel Experience. After all isn’t that what we all want?
And for the Airlines, perhaps it is time to include the following items for sale along with Peanuts, Chips and Cola.
Ok, this one might not make it to the beverage cart.