5 Simple Ways to Make Air Travel More Fun
Keep Your Shoes On
The number of people who take their shoes off on flights is out of control these days. It's not simply that a person decides to remove his or her shoes, it's the brazen display for stinky, disgusting, dirty and/or worn out socks and stockings that quickly becomes the issue. Quite a few even commit the same or similar offenses in bare feet.
This doesn't fly in restaurants, bars, on public transportation or in taxi cabs so I'm not sure why we have come, as a society, to think it's perfectly fine while flying in a compartment of recycled air and poor temperature control.
I state that following this directive can "make air travel more fun" because your fellow passengers will not look to you -- without saying a word in most cases -- as part of the problem in air travel these days.
I've Finally Found a Use for KloutIt's still the biggest waste of venture capital in the history of Silicon Valley, but I finally found something that makes the Klout app somewhat worthy of your time. Consistent with the vainglorious name dropping and status pumping that defines Klout, at least this feature kills some time, plus it works in conjunction with the excellent Foursquare app. And I don't recall having to set it up; for better or worse, Klout and Foursquare appear to connect automatically. When you check-in at a place, Foursquare lists Klout users who are also or were recently at the same place. This works best at airports. I presume big ones, such as JFK, LAX and SFO where I have most often killed time by looking at the rundown, complete with Klout scores, of people also on my turf. Most recently, I felt the presence of big-time venture capitalist Fred Wilson at JFK and, coincidentally, Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley at SFO, I think.
Bonus: Refrain From Redeeming PointsBy sticking to one airline and one hotel chain (or loyalty program) as much as possible, you accumulate tons of points. It's damn tempting to blow them prematurely. Don't do it. Several years ago, I had a ton of American Airlines and Marriott hotel points I couldn't resist spending. When I started traveling frequently again, I had to start from scratch. Now that I have "status" with Virgin and the realistic possibility of hitting 1,000,000 points in my hotel club by the end of 2014, I want to keep collecting points. With points come rewards, personal perks you never expected (often at check-in) and more points. They add up. Fast. And, if you're patient, hoarding points now can lead to an epic vacation or free travel if you ever lose your job later. Follow @rocco_thestreet --Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.
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