Last year for Thanksgiving we skipped the turkey, the stuffing and my beloved pumpkin pie and took off for a family vacation to Turks & Caicos instead. Coming from the West, it was a bit of a trek to the Caribbean, but oh so totally worth it.
Before the storm of turkey-trot travelers hits the travelways, I’m once again traveling the friendly skies on my way to Memphis and Nashville, TN. I’ll be partaking of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, an earful of authentic Delta blues and a pre-Thanksgiving get together here with friends I’ve made both online and off.
Sitting in airports and smooshed against the window seat fighting for the arm rest inspired me to create a flying friendly Friday Faves. So let’s set flight, shall we?
And if you’re a fast read…
11 more books to devour on the rest of your flight. Or heck, anytime!
I posted a link to this essay a few months or so ago but it deserves a repost because it is simply the best thing I’ve read all year. Seat 21A: A Lesson In Humanity.
These are the only thing that work for me with jet lag.
Here’s a joke that’s now Smudge’s favorite, and one to break the ice with those you’ll be wrestling for legroom with:
A mushroom walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a drink. The bartender says we don’t serve mushrooms here. Mushroom says, “Come on! I’m a fungi!” (as related to me by my husband after reading in in the latest Esquire mag.)
11 weirdly awesome things you can buy in SkyMall magazine. BTW, have you ever thought of the brilliance of SkyMall? Shopping to a 100% captive audience. Break out the plastic.
This is what you should wear when you fly.
7 things you should NEVER wear on an airplane.
I got this bag last year and my daughter commandeered it. Then my husband took it over and liked it so much he bought the larger size. Now, look who’s the odd man out. ME! Bonus: You’ll never miss that bag in a sea of black roller bags!
20 space saving hacks to pack your suitcase. #17 is genius! No more sliced fingers when I reach into my bag.
No wonder the paparazzi recognizes them, they all seem to have the same celebrity incognito in-flight dress code. Trés chic.
Speaking of celebs flying high…
Tips and tricks for flying the friendly skies, Gwyneth’s goop style. Ah, come on, don’t be a hater, you know you still love her too.
After sitting in reconditioned airplane air, this spray will make you feel like a new person.
The best makeup for traveling.
I usually arrive with an orchid, but they don’t fit very well in a suitcase. Here’s a fun list of hostess gifts that (mostly) travels well.
The funniest movie, maybe ever. But could you watch it on the plane?
Yes! You CAN take your homebaked pie through the security checkpoint. Check this list of foodie stuff you can, and can’t, take on the airplane with you.
11 chair exercises to keep you comfy during flight.
And finally, get it all here: 101 travel tips from how to pack to combatting jet lag.
And finally, these pictures of what passengers do, and how they behave, on airplanes may make you want to skip your next fly in the sky. (And please, do us all a favor and always keep your shoes on!)
DIY Airplane Food
Gone are the days of airlines serving a hot meal with real knives and forks. Now you’re lucky if you get a bag of pretzels or peanuts without a fee. What to do? Make your own at home and snarf those suckers down with your single serving plastic cup of apple juice.
Eat well and spend less with these wholesome, homemade foods for travel.
Here is a good list of snacks to pack for your next high in the sky travel adventures.
25 gluten-free snacks, mom-verified and toddler-approved.
Until next Friday, safe travels! Make it a great weekend friends, and cook something good.
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