Home is Where the Bumps Are

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Foreign travel is seen by many as containing many bumps.  New cultures, languages, food, customs are just a few of the bumps that one encounters when in a foreign land.  Travel in one’s home country should be a breeze. Ha.

I successfully made it out of Macau. Was in Hong Kong overnight, before returning to the states.  It was a short turnaround, and I was due back on the road less than 48 hours later.  I just flew into San Francisco, which is a 90 minute flight from Seattle.

I usually pack an extra set of clothes in my carry on, because I have to check my bag usually. Well, I am a bit jet lagged, and forgot to do that today.

I got off my flight and went to baggage claim.  Standing there, an announcement that they forgot to load the baggage onto the plane was made. Whoops.image

So, Hong Kong and Macau (well, for me anyway.  There were a few bumps for others I will update everyone on) were a breeze. San Francisco, not so much.

Gallery for Hong Kong and Macau have been updated. San Francisco will be added in shortly.

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Delay, Delay, Delay

When one travels long distances and has multiple trips in a short period of time, logistics is important.  So when one books a flight, then gets a notice that one of the flights is changed, uh-oh, bumps ahead.

My friend who is here in Macau was in Seoul and Shanghai before here.  But she was returning to Australia before coming to here.

She had her flights set, then the first leg was changed by the airline, China Southern. It cut her connection time to one hour to her Korean Airlines flight in Seoul.  She thought, boy this is tight, but the airline wouldn’t do that if it wasn’t possible. Wrong.

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When One Can’t Avoid Bumps

When your job requires traveling, it is hard to avoid the bumps.  Bumps come in all forms, and some we unfortunately can’t avoid, like biological reactions.  It is how one deals with it that is key to overcoming it.

Some hate to fly for various reasons, like ear pain, joint swelling, and headaches.   Others suffer motion sickness, from boats and cars.

The ferry from Hong Kong to Macau is affordable, convenient, and unfortunately bumpy.  One needs to be prepared that it can be quite rough sometimes on the water.

One of my colleagues suffers from motion sickness.  Her attitude helps her get past the bump.  She accepts the fact that she will get motion sickness, vomits, and moves on.  She doesn’t allow it to hold her back.

For the rest of you who suffer from motion sickness, ginger ale, gum, and a bit a prayer will go a long way.

Macau is an interesting place.  Don’t let the bumpy waters hold you back.

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*Don’t forget to check out Macau Gallery, it is updated daily

Family Traveling (Family week Episode 2)

Common reaction to seeing families traveling is dread, because of perception of kids.  People dread being seated next to them on planes.  Dread having them next door in hotel rooms.   Restaurants.  Waiting areas.  In a general 100 foot radius of any given public place.

Kids get a bad rap.  Yes, some kick seats.  Or wander off.  Or are loud.  But there are exceptions to every rule.  When seeing families, it is not always the kids who are the traveling bump.

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Family Fun

Labor Day is considered by many in the US as the end of summer.  Kids are back in school, people are back at work, and family travel comes to an end.

In honor of the ending of the family travel season, summer,  Traveling Bumps is featuring posts about family travel (my family),  this week.  There are good times and bad, and many bumps to overcome.

My traveling mentor, my sister, is beyond a traveling expert.  She can deal with any situation, even the most complicated one.  Traveling with her husband Bob.

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Chugging Cognac

This week at the Beijing Airport, a woman chugged a bottle of Remy Martin XO Excellence at security.  It was valued at $190.  She brought it in from the US, and just didn’t want to give it up.  She did not know that she could not bring duty-free liquids past security that were larger than 100 ml (3.4 oz).   Don’t let being uniformed force you to get drunk, and roll around on the floor, thus making you miss your connection.

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Getting Around

I have a friend visiting from NYC.  She grew up in Seattle, and comes this time of year to escape the humidity of the city.  Now, for those of you have not been to NYC, it is much easier not to own a car.  For those of you who have never been to Seattle, it is a nightmare to own a car, (gridlock traffic), but is required if you need to get around in the Greater Seattle area. Public transportation is limited outside the core of the city.

My friend is not much of a planner, because her life doesn’t allow it.  Let’s just say things can change 20 times a day for her.  Things are just out of her control.

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