Posts with the category ‘Travel by Air’

A Review of Trip-Tried Travel Products

March 3, 2013

NUFOOT TRAVEL SLIPPERS I have been known to drink the water where I should not, and go out alone when I should not, but there is one travel precaution I always heed; don’t go barefoot.  For me, this is easy advice to follow, I simply don’t like walking around without something on my feet. So as I explained in an earlier post, no matter how light I pack, I always include a pair of travel slippers. So how could I say “no” when Nufoot offered to send a pair of neoprene sock/shoes for me to try? Grant Landis, the company PR guy described them as offering the “stability of walking… Read More…

Stamps Prove An Air Travel Truth

October 10, 2012

I’ve written before about my affection for the photo series Earth from Above by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. So I was alert when I read this quote from Joseph Corbett of the US Postal Service. “Once you’ve seen the world from above, you never look at it quite the same way again.” He’s right of course. Corbett makes this observation by way of introducing a new series of postage stamps that show us the world as viewed from airplanes and satellites. The artists who put together this beautiful collection of stamps have taken familiar subjects and given us a new perspective by with a top down angle…. Read More…

Let’s Get Loud in Beijing -Together

June 13, 2012

I couldn’t know it at the time, but that dinner served to me on Air China Flight 982 to Beijing would typify my experience during my week long stay here. It was an unassuming little plate of vegetables, cooked vegetables, not my favorite way of eating greens frankly. But I took one bite and was pleasantly surprised. They were delicious. On first glance, Beijing is the same way, vaguely familiar as large urban centers are anywhere in the world, some traditional buildings, some modern, some over-the-top, “what was that architect thinking?” and lots of people. This is China after all. It’s the second glace, the… Read More…

How Many Chinese Does it Take to Build a Great Wall?

June 6, 2012

There are two ways to get up to China’s Great Wall at Mutianyu, north of Beijing. One can climb the 2,500 feet to get to the access point or do as I did and take the cable car. Later, after more than an hour on the wall, as I gasped for breath and did a hand-over-hand final push to scale the last steps to the point where further access was restricted, I realized I’d made the right decision by riding the first leg. That I, a woman who walks 4 miles every day before breakfast, was puffing like a steam engine on the final stretch… Read More…

Airport Hotels, a View With a Room

May 2, 2012

If you saw my story in the Travel section of The New York Times last month, you might get the impression I’m eager to get in and get out of airports as fast as I can. That would be wrong. My affection for airports goes back to the days when my dad would throw the plastic webbed lawn chairs in the back of the pickup truck and he and mom and the four of us kids would all go down to Miami International Airport and have a picnic at the end of the runway.  We would watch planes take off and land until it was… Read More…

Throttle to Bottle – Some Runway at Chilean Vineyard

March 7, 2012

Spend too much time at the big airports as I do, and its easy to slip into believing that behemoth centers of people-moving is what flying is all about. It’s not. On a beautiful, sunny summer day here in the southern hemisphere, I was reminded how wonderful it is to power down by visiting two small airfields in Chile where flying remains true to the poetic narratives of Antoine Saint Exupery, Richard Bach, Ernest K. Gann and others. Today, I spent the afternoon at the Club de Planeadores de Vitacura in Santiago, Chile – an 82 year old club for sailplane flying. While a steady… Read More…

Treasures Found in Towers of Trash — Guest Post

February 24, 2012

My friend Jim Karsh is my kinda’ guy in a number of ways; he’s an avid traveler who gets down and dirty wherever he happens to find himself, he loves airplanes, (flies a big one in fact for a major American carrier) he likes chocolate (’nuff said) and he is creative; a photographer and an aspiring writer. Today I’m turning Go How over to Jim who files this guest post on his recent visit to the Philippines. The Peninsula in Manila is a swanky hotel in whose ornate lobby I have on past visits seen none other than Imelda Marcos having cocktails. When I fly… Read More…

Fear of Flying – A Glass is Half Full Approach

January 30, 2012

My friend and fellow aviation and travel writer Harriet Baskas reports on a survey that shows the majority of travelers think air travel is stressful. Not exactly surprising news, but the results of the HNTB study could help the aviation industry enhance how it interacts with its customers, which I suppose is the goal. What ticks travelers off? Oh, you know, the obvious: invasive security, long lines to check bags, that sort of thing. Here at GO HOW, I’m proposing that we take a glass-is-half-full approach to getting where we’re going by concentrating on all the great experiences we have in transit because I know… Read More…

A First and Brief Taste of Ethiopia

December 9, 2011

Like the opening scene in the Mel Brooks comedy, High Anxiety, where all the passengers on the airplane have their faces plastered to the windows so they can look at the scene below, I too, kept my eyes outward on my flight on Thursday on Ethiopian Airlines. I was flying from the capital, Addis Ababa to Harare in Zimbabwe. This would be my first time visiting sub Saharan Africa so I was very excited, very eager to get an eyeful ASAP. Unfortunately, the view of Africa from 37,000 feet doesn’t look that much different from the 37,000 foot view over other continents. Still, my Ethiopian experience,… Read More…

The Power of Positive; a Thanksgiving Airline Story

November 23, 2011

Good travel is highly dependent on bringing along a good attitude. It is a  self-perpetuating circle and it’s the GO HOW philosophy.  This is why I was so enchanted by the story today of airline passenger Rowland Wickes Forensbee who learned how powerful simple gratitude can be. While presumably cruising above 30-thousand feet, he posted on the Facebook page of Southwest Airlines, how much he appreciated the excellent service he was receiving from flight attendant Holly Hansen on flight 913 to Phoenix. Obviously he was hoping that someone at company HQ would see his post because he was agitating for something special for Holly’s arrival… Read More…

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