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From the amazing travel experiences filled with awe and wonder to the travel horror scenarios complete with lost luggage and flight delays, sometimes we're better off staying at home! If you have a fun, or even not so fun story, please click here to submit. Your story will be reviewed by our mini kittour® travel mavens and may be posted here to be viewed by our readers.
Save the Date
I'm extremely organized every time I travel. I usually have my itinerary saved into my cell phone, multiple copies of airline confirmation numbers printed and packed into my carry-on luggage, and my driver's license handy to move quickly through security. Any precaution I can take to make my travels easier, that's what I do.
I was traveling from California to Washington to visit my family. When I was getting ready to leave, of course I had my flight number, flight time, landing time; every bit of info engraved in my mind and on multiple forms of paper and media. I arrive at Sea-Tac Airport to check in for my flight and I see the flight on the screen (on time, everything good – YES!) and I go to check in. When I get to the desk, they politely inform me that my flight was in fact for the same time and same flight number – but YESTERDAY! Nothing is worse than delays when you are ready to go home! I was stuck in the airport for over 3 hours before I got on the last flight of the day back to LA. What a mess! I learned my lesson though – above and beyond the information – make sure it's the right date!
Bring Extra Underwear
I was flying from LA to Las Vegas for a business convention. The trip was so last minute and I didn't want to stay the night. Just a simple and quick, same-day trip…so I thought. I arrived safely and on time, hailed a cab, went to the convention, and was gladly on my way back to the airport.
I checked in and arrived early, which I actually prefer so I can buy the US Weekly, sit down, and relax. About 2 hours later, we were informed of a delay. 2 hours turned into 3 hours, and 3 hours turned into 4. Distracting my attention was the annoying and desperate whines of a D-List celebrity (name shall not be mentioned) who proceeded to phone his publicist insisting she do something to get the plane there as HE had plans. I was thinking, "Yeah, ok buddy. This is Southwest, not your private jet!" Needless to say, due to high winds, we were not allowed to board any flight and had to stay the night in the airport and/or come back tomorrow.
I had no toiletries, no extra clothes, it was too late to shop, and I had no where to stay. To add to the drama, my phone was now dead and I didn't bring the charger. The only number I could call was an old colleague who gave me his card earlier that day at the convention. Long story short… I called him, he picked me up, and I stayed the night with three belligerent men I didn't know. I was going to get my own room, but he talked me into staying so I didn't have to pay. They were all loud and obnoxious. With the sound of slot machines ringing in my ears and the bad smell of cigar smoke, I washed my face and asked the airplane gods, "Why me?"
I left early and cabbed it back to the airport. I checked in and saw the same celebrity D-lister in the same outfit, which made me feel better. He looked worse than I felt, but in that moment we made eye contact, and I actually felt empathy. As Vegas would have it, we were delayed 2 more hours and finally boarded. The longest, most exhausting day ever and I kept thinking, "I should always bring an extra pair of underwear!"
Don't Forget Your Luggage
I was very excited when I found out that I was going to travel to New York City for the first time. Although I was traveling on business, I was very glad to be getting away from L.A. and going to the "Big Apple." The first thing on my To Do list before I left for New York was to pack my luggage, but like any girl, my immediate reaction was what am I going to wear! Of course I had to go shopping. After hours of shopping, I had all of these cute business outfits lined up ready to be packed into my luggage. I even bought a new rolling suitcase just for my business outfits. I was going to be in NYC for a week, and I was really trying to pack the least amount I could, but I realized I had packed 4 pieces of luggage!
On the day of my flight, I was totally prepared. I had my carry-on bag ready with my cell phone, flight information, and a few airport friendly toiletries among a few other items inside. I loaded the cab and headed to the airport. All the while, I had an uneasy feeling of having forgotten something. "Stop," I yelled to the cab driver, proceeding to tell him that I forgot a piece of luggage. Luckily, he was so courteous and drove back so that I could pick up the most important piece of luggage, my new rolling suitcase! Imagining a trip to New York with no clothes was just horrible.
My sweet, sweet taxi cab driver even restarted his meter when we proceeded to drive back to the airport with my most important piece of luggage in hand. From now on every time I travel, I will always have a mental note and repeat to myself "DON'T FORGET YOUR LUGGAGE."!
Interaction with a Cool Celebrity Traveler
I was traveling with my boss on business to New York City, and we were early for our flight and having a quick breakfast at one of the bagel deli's at LAX. We were chatting about our trip and I look over and see Cuba Gooding Jr.! (So exciting!) Well, we ended up finishing our breakfast and headed over to the Hudson News to get magazines and snacks for the flight. I turn around and there's Cuba again!! He was traveling with one of his managers and they made a joke about us following them, even though they knew he had come in after us. We ended up chatting a bit, and he was also on a flight to New York to shoot a commercial with Stevie Wonder (rough life, huh?). Since conversation about business is always inevitable, we ended up telling him and his manager a little about what we do, and his manager asked for our business cards. Then Cuba looks at them and asks for one too! Not that he ever did anything with it, but so lovely to know that somewhere my business card could be wandering around in Cuba's wallet.
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