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Things to do at Cincinnati International Airport

Things to do at Cincinnati International Airport

Whether you are passing by or staying for a while, Cincinnati’s International Airport has plenty to offer in terms of food, entertainment, and shopping. If you aren’t able to go visit the city, don’t worry, because the airport can give you a gist of this vibrant southwestern Ohio city!

 

Gold Star Chili

You don’t want to miss the famous food from this chili capital of the world. Make sure to grab a chili cheese dog from Gold Star Chili located in Terminal 3 of the airport. Even if you are in a rush, the service is spectacular so you will be able to enjoy your dog on the go and make all of your co-passengers jealous!

 

Samuel Adams Pub

 

If you need time to unwind following a flight, make sure to visit the Samuel Adams pub for a refreshing beer. Even if you are travelling with kids, you can enjoy the ambiance of the pub because they have a full-menu to accommodate any family. Make sure to try the handmade Italian calzone or the Five-Alarm burger for a filling and savory meal.

 

PGA Tour Shop

 

Make sure to check out the PGA Tour Shop if you are a golf enthusiast or looking for a gift for any friend or family member that loves to hit the course. The authentic apparel and professionally licensed golf clubs make this shop a must-visit. Make sure to practice your putting game on the small putting green within the shop.

 

Vino Volo

 

Enjoy the cozy lounge, boutique, and tasting bar at Vino Volo located in the center hub of Concourse B. This trusted retailer has a variety of world-class quality wines available for purchase or to have shipped to your final destination. The ambiance makes it a hot spot for any passenger with a longer layover to relax and enjoy the view of planes taking off in the background.

 

 

Top Mexican Restaurants among US Airports

Top Mexican Restaurants among US Airports

Mexican cuisine is attractive to many individuals due to the savory and diverse range of ingredients. It is appealing to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, with a variety of dishes for any occasion. Given my fascination for spicy food coupled with my experiences in various airports across the United States, I figured that I would share my top restaurants for Mexican food at American airports. When I visit Mexican restaurants, I am almost always with other people, so I have a chance to try most if not the entire menu. The restaurants listed below are all must-tries if stopping for a layover, or simply before or after any flight.

 

Tortas Frontera- Chicago, Illinois (ORD)

Star rating: ★★★★★

 

Consistently regarded as one of the best Mexican airport restaurants in the country, Tortas Frontera never fails to disappoint. From the warm flavor of authentic chicken tortilla soup, to the savory freshness of the chipotle chicken, roasted mushroom, and pepito tortas, this is a must have for any passenger at O’Hare. This Mexican cuisine is not as messy because the ingredients are packed into a savory sandwich.

 

Insider Tip: Pair the Pepito torta and the poblano corn chowder and dip it in to make the bread softer!

 

Source: http://chicago.seriouseats.com/2011/08/egg-chorizo-torta-from-torta-frontera-sandwiches-chicago-ohare-international-airport.html

 

Mesa Verde Bar & Grill- Denver, Colorado (DEN)

Star rating: ★★★★★

 

The Mile High city airport has plenty to offer in terms of authentic Mexican cuisine. Not only is this restaurant delicious, but also it is also very affordable. The inventive menu that begins with the brussels sprouts with vegan chorizo to the polenta, and while unorthodox, the taste is indescribable. Moreover, the service is spectacular allowing for minimal waiting time for food.

Insider Tip: Try one meat dish and one veggie dish. The vegetarian dishes vastly differ in taste in comparison to the non-vegetarian dishes.

Source: http://www.westword.com/restaurants/happy-landings-mesa-verde-grill-is-the-go-to-spot-at-denver-international-airport-5110704

 

Javi’s- Santa Ana, California (SNA)

Star rating: ★★★★

 

Javi’s restaurant in Santa Ana airport is not only known for its tasty Mexican food but also it’s very classy interior. The beef and bean enchiladas coupled with a spicy yet limey jalapeño margarita is a very popular choice. While Javi’s is more expensive than the other restaurants mentioned in the list above, the outstanding service and the freshness of the food make it a must-stop for any passenger in southern California. Unfortunately, Javi’s is very expensive, even for the quality of the food, which gives this airport restaurant only 4 stars.

 

Insider Tip: Get the enchilada, taco, chile relleno combo with different types of meat in each!

 

Source: http://javiers-cantina.com/mobile/airport.html

 

Cantina Laredo- Dallas, Texas (DAL)

Star rating: ★★★

 

From the heart of this Texas airport, Cantina Laredo’s Mexican restaurant exceeds expectations and invites customers to enter with an empty stomach, and leave with a more than full one. Their roasted salsa is incredibly tasty coupled with the warmth of their crispy tortilla chips. Not to mention, for any early bird travelers, their Asada y Huevos (grilled meat and eggs) are a healthy and filling start to any morning. The reason for the docking of one star is due to the service being very adequate, at least during the few times I visited.

Insider Tip: Fill up on the chips and homemade salsa! This is the highlight of this restaurant.

 

Source: http://www.cantinalaredo.com/location/dallas-love-field-airport-texas/

 

The Original El Taco- Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)

Star rating: ★★★

 

The Orginal El Taco in the world’s busiest airport is a prime exhibitor of authentic Mexican food. Do not let the small size of the restaurant fool you, because there is an ample amount of variation for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. One should consider trying various dishes, as each item has a vivid different flavor. However, this restaurant is also quite expensive, even for airport food. Moreover, even though the main meals are delicious, the sides (rice and beans, pico) are relatively tasteless.

 

Insider Tip: Get the Shrimp Diablo Taco. You wont regret it.

Source: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-original-el-taco-atlanta-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Tips to Create a Romantic Airport Valentine’s Day

10 Tips to Create a Romantic Airport Valentine’s Day

10 Tips to Create a Romantic Airport Valentine’s Day that She Will Never Forget

 

Before you head off to the airport, tuck away any or all of these surprise gifts in her luggage for Valentine’s Day to win her heart! Or just sneak away to the duty free store to shop their merchandise before you take off from the airport!

 

In case you haven’t been picking up on the subtle hints your girlfriend has been emailing you or sweetly whispering into your ear, here’s the message loud and clear: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! And thanks to President’s Day, this year’s Valentine’s weekend is one day longer, perfect for that romantic fly-away from your local airport!

 

What’s in your luggage? A bag full of love that she will never guess you had planned!

 

  1. Start with this Cindy Metallic Saffiano Leather Pouch by Michael Kors – $68

This metallic leather pouch is just what your favorite woman needs on Valentine’s Day. Whether she’s at home or traipsing through multiple airports on business, she will thank you for this shimmery gift to hold her cosmetics with stylish ease.

This golden leather pouch will keep her looking elegant on the go

This golden pouch will keep her looking elegant on the go

  1. Add in this Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – Starting at $39

Your special lady will glow on the go with this hydrating cream-gel. This rock star skincare product will quench her thirsty skin in preparation for hours of sitting on the plane or airport delays – without leaving a heavy layer of product. Your lady will feel revived and energized as you head off on to your Valentine’s Day weekend of romance.

This will keep her skin free from dryness for you

This will keep her skin free from dryness for you

  1. Continue the glow by adding in Kiehl’s In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist – $14
This mist will replenish her skin and leave her glowing

This mist will replenish her skin and leave her glowing

One spritz detoxifies and purifies skin, instantly reviving irritation caused by in-flight conditions. Plus, it is a nice pick-me-up to refresh and relax as she wakes up after a short snooze upon landing at your destination airport for your Valentine’s Day weekend. Your jet set lady will love how this refreshing facial mist preserves skin moisture and improves overall texture, keeping her complexion feeling soft and smooth. And bonus! Kiehl’s In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist’s blend of lavender, geranium and rosemary essential oils protect skin from common germs – a plus when stuck at busy airports.

 

  1. Lowry Sunglasses in Whiskey Tortoise by Warby Parker – $95

Every woman needs a good pair of sunglasses to protect her eyes and her skin and look fabulous walking through the airport and on the plane. These eye-catching shades help her fly in style – and hide any signs of jet lag. The bold spacious frame with a straight brow adds a punch of panache to your beautiful lady and will compliment most face shapes perfectly. Or just sneak away to select another great designer pair at the airport duty-free shop before you board your flight to show her how much you love her this Valentine’s Day.

These sunglasses will make her look like a supermodel in any weather condition

These sunglasses will make her look like a supermodel in any weather condition

5. Jewelry meets airport tech gadget with these unique Gold Earbud by Happy Plugs – $29.99

This is a must-have for any technologically up to date girl

This is a must-have for any technologically up to date girl

Nothing sets the mood like music to a Valentine’s Day getaway, so why not build her a soundtrack she will always remember? Download some of your favorite-shared romantic tracks before you get to the airport to show how much she means to you. She will be delighted by your thoughtfulness and even more thrilled when you add these lux earbuds. Gold earbuds will keep her feeling sexy and remind her of your trip long after the weekend is over. (P.S. If you really want to splurge, for $14,500 you can shock her with these 18-Carat Gold Earbud by Happy Plugs, handmade exclusively in the heart of Stockholm, and guaranteed to make her weak in the knees.)

 

These 5 Surprises Keep the Romance Going after You Land at Your Destination Airport!

 

  1. Moët & Chardon Imperial Brut – $49

Bubbles are always a good idea. Celebrate your arrival in style with the bright fruitiness, seductive palate and elegant maturity of Moet & Chandon. Created in 1869, this iconic brand of champagne elevates any occasion without breaking the bank. Easy to pick up at the airport duty-free store! Don’t forget to call ahead to your hotel for chilled strawberries to complement this bottle for your Valentine.

The smooth taste of this champagne will show her how much love you have

The smooth taste of this champagne will show her how much love you have

  1. Maybe one of the sweetest ways to say “I Love You” is personalized M&M Chocolates – prices vary.

Chocolate is a known aphrodisiac and the perfect compliment to champagne and strawberries. Why not take it to the next level and share personalized M&M’s? You can add your names, the date of the weekend or even a picture to your special batch and choose a Valentine color palette or something more personal like the colors of your favorite shared football team. Munch on these all weekend and be sure to leave a few back at home so she can continue to enjoy them when you get back to reality.

Every girl loves chocolate, and these really show how much you love her

Every girl loves chocolate, and these really show how much you love her

  1. Relax with his and her massages.
After a long trip, every girl needs a bit of time to unwind

After a long trip, every girl needs a bit of time to unwind

Even in the happiest and healthiest of relationships, outside stress like jobs and families can put a damper on your couple mojo. Disconnecting to focus on one another is important, so why not arrange for a quiet, low-key couples massage? Be sure to call ahead of time because you know everyone is going to be thinking the same thing here, and slots are sure to fill up fast.

Insider Tips: In case you get delayed at the airport, many offer spas and massages that can keep you calm and relaxed during any flight disruptions. Plus, just in case you didn’t schedule in time, take turns giving one another a sensuous massage in your room with this sexy massage oil.

 

  1. Plan ahead and pack these personalized His and Hers Spa Robes – $64.95 each
These comfortable couple's robes will be perfect for any occasion

These comfortable couple’s robes will be perfect for any occasion

Drape yourself in luxury in these comfy personalized robes as you enjoy your champagne and relax together and relax after your spa time. Your lucky lady will feel extra special with this gift that she can enjoy throughout the weekend and long after you’ve returned home. Best part is that she’ll think of the memories you made together every time she cozies up in it.

  1. Say “I Love You” with a rose petal scavenger hunt.
For the creative guy, let her play a fun game to find out how much she means to you

For the creative guy, let her play a fun game to find out how much she means to you

Buy rose petals at the florist and make a scavenger hunt for her around the hotel room, with notes inscribed with all with reasons why she’s wonderful, hot, sexy, smart, beautiful and the most loved woman in the world! Or, add them to a nice, warm shared candle-lit bath.

 

So we’ve helped you figure out all the hard stuff…now you just have to choose a destination, select your airport (many secondary markets offer better flight deals than major airports) and book your trip! The most important tip to remember about Valentine’s Day is that no matter what you spend or what you do, make it special for her – and celebrate your love together!

 

 

 

Top 5 Airport Engagements

Top 5 Airport Engagements

Heart racing, sweaty palms, and love fueling the courage building to take the next step. These feelings are what it takes to take it to the next level and make a lifetime memory. Getting engaged is one of the best moments in life…as long as she says yes! More and more, people are creating clever ways to surprise the loves of their lives in unexpected places. How does the airport sound? After all, some of the best memories in life are associated with travel. We’ve searched high and low for heart-warming, tissue-dabbing airport engagements that may even inspire your own inner amante.

  1. Best Engagement at Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

Fasten your seat belts because you’ll surely want to watch this tearjerker from start to finish! Antonio tallies for the most romantic airport engagement ever. Surrounded by love, Antonio pulls off the hardest question of his life. Marry me? Life couldn’t get much better than living it with the one you’ve dreamt of for a lifetime.

  1. Best Wedding Proposal at LAX

Creative, charming, and musical. Who wouldn’t want to marry this romantic songbird? Skip to 3:33 to see the singing knight get on one knee with a beautiful ring.

  1. A Christmas Surprise at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne Country Airport (DTW)

Roses are red; violets are blue, wait a 100 days to see if he loves you too! Emma waits to surprise her Air Force man at the gate. Little does she know she’s the one that gets the true surprise of a lifetime. After being handed a bulk of roses, Jon greets his princess at 1:52 to pop the question. Let’s see if she she says yes.

  1. JAX Airport Wedding Proposal

Natalie and Matt seem to always rekindle their love at the airport. Why not record a memorable moment that’ll last for years to come? Just a day after Valentine’s Day, Matt perfectly times the cutest, most sincere proposal at Jacksonville International Airport. Grab a tissue as 2:16 marks the sweet spot for a heartfelt and  engagement any woman dreams.

  1. Cutest Airport Engagement Ever!

Eager to see his beautiful girlfriend, Alex greeted Jasmina with a pink rose and heart-warming hug. Five years may seem long but for these two it’s just the beginning. Skip to 1:29, as Alex commits to take their relationship to the next level with the ring of her dreams. Check out that ring!

The power of love is a beautiful gift. After long travels through the airport, it’s good to know there’s a special person that will always be around.What are you waiting for? Hit that play button while you wait to board! Or maybe you will pop the big question over this holiday weekend? If so, send us your video and we’ll share with your fellow frequent flying romantics.  Why not make Labor Day into Labor of Love Day?

 

Born to Travel

Flying to GermanyI’ve had a passion for traveling ever since I exited the womb and landed in the arms of my mother. And if I had it my way, I would be seeing, breathing, and experiencing a new travel adventure each day. What’s not to love about getting to know the world around you? Traveling can be a great tool for building knowledge. The chance to experience different cultures, seek out the stereotypes, and find something you’ve never known about yourself in the process, priceless! I get a rush of emotions when I am beginning another adventure, yet that nervous (sometimes fearful) feeling in my belly, excited fluttering of my heart and adrenaline powering me forward power me to jump in with both feet, feeding my love of travel. My name is Brenea (Bra-ney) but you’ll know me as Buzzin’ B, one of the youngest writers here at FlyInStyle. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you, starting with a little history about me.

My first travel adventures started as a baby; my parents would fly me from Germany to the United States, where my grandparents lived, while they were away. As an Army Brat, I never knew when which one of my parents would deploy. Sometimes it could happen at the same time. Despite the uncertainties, all that traveling had its perks and I was hooked early to the pleasures of new lands.  As a little girl, my mom and I would wait for the ice cream man to appear by our home. We ordered the usual, Spaghetteis, every time. Have you had it? It’s this delicious German-made ice cream that looks exactly like spaghetti but in ice cream form! The best part was eating the cookie that was delicately topped on this yummy treat. I wouldhop on a plane right now to enjoy one of these with my mom and relive those moments.

My parents share a hobby of collecting unique statues, art, china, and grandfather clocks. On one trip to Poland as a young girl, I remember walking wide-eyed into an antique-looking shop, lined with hundreds of huge, beautifully crafted grandfather clocks with bells ringing and cuckoo clocks with birds shooting out every fifteen minutes throughout the store. Each clock was made with top craftsmanship, down to the smallest details like the screws and the more prominent ones like the chain. Long thick gold chains and a manual bell filled the bellies of the clocks. As I look back fondly to my travel days as a young child, I feel grateful to have experienced these once in a lifetime adventures with my family. Those experiences in my younger years helped form who I have become as a young woman and left me hungry to create new memories in my adulthood. I look forward to sharing my experiences and travel knowledge with you…and with other adventurous, travel hungry road warriors like me.  Keep checking back to FlyInStyleApp.com and download the FlyInStyle app, where you will find tips and stories from me (and the rest of the crew!) to make your airport experience amazing. Auf wiedersehen!

Chocolate: The Cure For Airport Stress

Chocolate: The Cure For Airport Stress

Travel delays got you feeling down at the airport? Indulge in some tasty chocolate! The delicious snack will not only satisfy your sweet tooth cravings but also releases feel-good endorphins. Stress be gone!

Pro Tip: If there’s a Duty Free store in your airport, check for travel retail confectionary exclusives. You can score some great deals on delicious chocolates! We love Godiva.

Image credit: By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

From A to X…that’s ATL to LAX; the Airports Business Travelers Know All Too Well

From A to X…that’s ATL to LAX; the Airports Business Travelers Know All Too Well

My flight is touching down for landing. It has been a smooth flight; thankfully I was able to catch some Z’s since I have been sick as of late and run down. I don’t have much time when I land at MSP; I have a two and a half hour drive to lovely La Crosse, Wisconsin-my final destination. The good news is that when I return to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP) tomorrow, I will have an hour or so to relax and visit some of my favorite places in the airport. Think: Minnesota Wild Sports Bar for some amazing Bavarian Pretzel Sticks.  Or Brookstone-who doesn’t love the latest gadget and a free massage by chair?Drink in airport that offers international airport wifi in Dallas Fort Worth

While the fact that I have favorite places at airports is more of a statement about my work/life balance these days, it is imperative to know these places to keep me sane on the road (and tarmac). Any business traveler can tell you that they have a list of their favorite airports, a list of airports that they frequent (which hopefully match the previously mentioned list) and a list of airports they aim to avoid if at all possible. When you fly a lotyou spend an inordinate amount of time in the terminal, waiting. And although staying glued to the mobile phone is and/or laptop is always an option, sometimes I want need to disconnect. If you are like me, this parlays itself into keeping a running tab on where to go during your layover for eating, drinking and shopping. That’s why one of the ten commandments of the business traveler is: Know Thy Airport.

Here is a roster of airports that I transit through most frequently (you will probably start seeing tips from me about these airports, so stay tuned!):

I bet many other frequent business travelers in the United States have a similar list.  It isn’t any surprise that most of these are major airline hubs, consequentlyI am usually connecting through them to my final destination to visit my customers. I know them well given the time I spend in them. The good news is that this frequency creates time for me to be the consumer I always strive to be-trying new foods, seeking out new items to surprise my family with as an offering for my time away.

What is it inside of us that makes us want to know these places so well? There is a story that I always tell that lends itself to the comfortability of business travel. I once had a hiatus from traveling due to company budget cuts. As any business traveler knows, nearing the end of the fiscal year you probably won’t see many airports, as companies aim to improve the bottom line. After this break from the travel lifestyle, on my first trip back throughSt. Louis airport (STL) . I sent my brother a text message, Starbucks in hand, telling him how oddly comfortable I felt sitting at the airport and that I couldn’t decide if that was a good thing or just plain sad.

A man waiting at Atlanta International Airport.

Waiting at the Airport

All joking aside, there is some validity to that feeling – the same reason I stay at Marriott properties almost exclusively when I travel for business – I want to be comfortable somewhere that feels familiar and that I know well, if I can’t be home with my wife and kids.  I remember I used to hear frequent traveling friends referring to airports by code and thinking, “Wow, that is so confusing… can’t they just call it San Fransisco instead of SFO?” Nowadays, I find myself talking of my travels and sounding like I am helping my kids learn the alphabet. I just hope that I don’t teach them the wrong order when I actually do help them with their homework:

Addison: “Daddy, what comes after A?”

Daddy: “T-L honey…”

Like I said, it is human nature to want to be comfortable. Whether it is flying to the same airports and knowing the terminals well, or it is trying your darndest to fly with your favorite airline. OK, so maybe it is the sense of comfortability and the acquisition of frequent flier miles. Hey, a guy has to pay the family back for all of that time away with fun vacations. Am I right? Spring break at MCO(Orlando), here we come!!! Oh wait… we’re driving. No problem, I will use my airline miles for the hotel!

The Flying Salesman

The True Glory of the Super Bowl: The Food

The True Glory of the Super Bowl: The Food

While I can’t exactly claim to be the world’s biggest football fan, I can appreciate all the pomp and circumstance (i.e. pizza and chips) that come along with the game. Tailgating? Brilliant idea! Beer, Brats, and Buffalo Dip? Total touchdown! The Super Bowl? If it’s anything like an ice cream bowl, I support the game 100%. Super Bowl XLIX is February 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. This means hordes of die-hard fans will be descending upon Phoenix, hungry for victory and massive quantities of chicken wings. While I’m sure these athletic supporters will get their fill of good, greasy stadium food at the game, there is plenty of opportunity for them to play a Super Bowl of airport food at Phoenix Sky Harbor International’s Terminal 4.

Kick off at Gate B5 at Matt’s Big Breakfast, a restaurant known for using quality ingredients in every dish. Here you can order a hearty breakfast all day, be it oatmeal, waffles, omelet platters, or griddle cakes. All cage-free egg plates come with toast and hash browns or home fries, so you’ll be carbed up for the big game. Sandwiches and salads are also available for lunch after 11 a.m. Looking for an MVP dish? Order the Chop and Chick, a skillet seared Iowa pork chop and two eggs.

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Touchdown at Matt’s Big Breakfast

After you’ve caught your breath, head over to El Bravo, a satellite location of a beloved Phoenix Mexican restaurant. There you can order quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, flautas and burritos, like the massive Gorda Burrito filled with shredded beef or chicken. You can intimidate the other team by eating the chips and spicy tomato salsa without breaking a sweat. But the real powerhouse of El Bravo is found in their legendary Green Chile Tamales. They are made fresh at the original El Bravo each morning, and brought to the airport so travelers can experience the real deal. El Bravo is located at Gate B9.

For halftime, you’ll need a sugary treat from Sweet Republic. This artisanal ice cream shop features decadent flavors like Peanut Butter Chip and the ever-popular Salted Butter Caramel Swirl. You can eat it old school style in a cone or sandwich it between two chocolate chip cookies . They even have sorbet and vegan ice cream available if you athletes are watching your dairy intake. Sit back and enjoy your ice cream while the cheerleaders take the field. Located near Gate B4.

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The most delicious halftime show

The clock is running out so we’re going for a two-point conversion at Cowboy Ciao near Gate B22. This stellar eatery is an offshoot of a Scottsdale favorite. You can order Breakfast Enchiladas, beautiful Chopped Salads, Truffled Mac and Cheese, Scallops, and Short Ribs among many other tantalizing options, all served with top notch presentation. Pair your meal with your drink of choice—the bar is well stocked, serving up wines, beers, and spirits to thirsty patrons. Such a fancy meal! But this is the Super Bowl, and you either go big or go home.

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The crowd goes wild at Cowboy Ciao!

Look, I’m not even sure which teams are playing in the real Super Bowl, but you can be a winner while restaurant-hopping in Terminal 4 of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. I would only advise you not to wear those football pants—they are just too tight, and you’ve got some professional eating to do. Wishing you a championship ring and tasty travels!

Pro Tip: After this game, it might be time to cut back on the return trip. Barrio Café, La Grande Orange, Sauce, Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, and Tammie Coe Cakes offer healthy vegetarian and vegan options!

Image Credits: Image 1- By Torsten Bolten (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons; Image 2- www.foodnetwork.com; Image 3- www.yelp.com, Tim H.; Image 4- www.cowboyciao.com

 

Meet the Flying Salesman

“Welcome to the team!”  A warm and inviting line thatAdam Little everyone enjoys and the exact phrase I heard when I decided to accept an invitation to join one of the most exciting global travel startups, FlyInStyle, as a writer. Sure I would keep my day job and I knew that this was going to be fun, but I had a problem.  I had to find a way to introduce myself to you, the readers.  I could start by telling you I have worked for several companies over the years (the most life transforming (and fun) being The Walt Disney Company) but that’s not who I am today.  I could tell you that I am avid fan of college basketball and Pearl Jam, but perhaps you don’t care about that.  No doubt you will hear about these details and much more about my life in future posts, but this is not the time nor place to get into all that.

So, let’s start with some basics…

In short, I am a business man who travels quite a bit. I know, I know… we are a dime a dozen, right? You see us at the airport in our pressed pants and button down shirts, clinging to the life support also known as our  smartphones. We can be obnoxious at times as we yell into our mobile devices because the PA system at the airport has to be louder than the airplanes themselves, which leaves us barely able to hear our own thoughts much less the voices on the line. You may also catch us having a post meeting brew at the airport bar, still with our iPhones or Blackberries in hand. We are a plugged-in community. That is for certain. But business is what makes the world go round. Am I right? And what is it that makes business go round? Travel. As a sales person, I can tell you first hand that face time with a customer is an irreplaceable asset that can pay off dividends down the road. Since customers are spread out as we evolve to be a more and more global community, travel has become synonymous with business. Meeting people and getting to know them isn’t just a business practice, it is an integral part of the human experience.

That being said, I can’t travel to meet each of you so I will do the next best thing. Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Adam Little and I am the newest addition to the team here at FlyInStyle. I am a sales person for a large industrial automation company which keeps me on the road quite a bit trying to capture that great asset I mentioned before and referred to as “face time”. I am a married father of the 2 best kids in the world (don’t try and convince me otherwise – it is futile) and I enjoy cooking, reading and traveling with my family. My life is hectic (hey, whose isn’t right?) but my wife is phenomenal and somehow we make it work.

As I said before, I travel extensively and have been doing so for about 15 years. I guess you can call me The Flying Salesman! That’s right, I have taken my job and turned myself into a super hero. My special power: helping my fellow business travelers one tip at a time. Well… that and I make really good homemade potato chips, but I am told that we already have a food writer here so let’s just stick with the business travel tips. (Well, you might see a few food opinions from me once in awhile; the foodie inside is part of who I am.)

During my time on the road (or in the air) I have accumulated quite a few tidbits of information that might prove helpful to the modern business traveler. And there is no better forum to share these nuggets of knowledge than right here at FlyInStyle. My hope is that you will check back often to see where I have been, what I have been up to or even just to find some new tips I may be sharing.

Regardless, let me just say first and foremost, truthfully and simply: THANKS FOR READING!

What? You’re really bummed that you read the whole blog post and there wasn’t one travel tip? Okay, I suppose I do owe you one. Here it goes…

Business Travel Tip #1: DOWNLOAD THE FLYINSTYLE APP TODAY to amplify your business travel experience.

You say you want more? Alright, but this is the last one! If you are reading this from ATL or DTW, you can use their FREE WIFI to download the FLYINSTYLE APP!

Ok, that’s it… I’m off to sell some more product and hit my sales numbers. Up, up and AWAY!!!

Home Sweet Airport

When does a journey truly begin? Does it start when you’re sitting at your computer, buying plane tickets and researching hotels and restaurants in faraway cities? Or is it when you’re trying to decide how many outfits you can cram into your suitcase and still have room for five pairs of shoes? For me, any journey, whether business or pleasure, begins when the automatic doors of my home base airport open and whisk me into a world of excitement, anticipation, and yes, sometimes frustration.

Like bookends on a shelf, your home airport is both the launch pad of your next great adventure and the first glimpse of return when that journey has ended. Whether you travel occasionally or you’re George Clooney in “Up In The Air”, the experience of a home base airport can be a constant and a comfort. You know that after you snake through the security line, there are familiar restaurants, bars, and gift shops awaiting you. You know just where the comfortable padded seats are, the ones with charging stations and prime views of the planes taxiing and taking off on the tarmac. You’ve located the clean bathrooms, and you know the best place to buy your preferred plane snack (trail mix with M&Ms, of course). If your flight happens to become delayed, you might grumble but now you have time for a burger and a beer at the bar of your favorite restaurant. And when you see the twinkling lights of your airport’s runway from the plane window on your return journey, you know you’re finally home.

For the past ten years, Laguardia has been my home airport. I was a New York City schoolteacher, so air travel to me meant winter breaks to visit my mother in Florida and epic European summer adventures. I lived only ten minutes from the airport, so I really considered it a beacon of home. I had my pre-flight routine: Post security in Terminal D, I’d load up from the surprisingly tasty Food Court Salad Bar and Buffet if I was attempting to be healthy, or order a decadent Custom Burger by Pat La Frieda with a fried egg on a potato roll if I was not. After my meal, I’d buy a sweet snack and some gum for the plane. Well stocked, I’d settle in at my gate, updating my Facebook announcing the start of my travels.

But life has a way of surprising you, because now my new home airport is Austin-Bergstrom International smack dab in the middle of Texas. Six months ago I followed my heart and the love of my life to Austin. I’m now a journalist and my business travels take me near and far. Adjusting to Texas was one thing, but I find myself also taking in my new home airport. There’s no Pat La Frieda but there is Salt Lick BBQ, which a girl can certainly get used to. There’s also live music “keeping Austin weird”, local favorite Thundercloud Subs, and gift shops selling up bottles of hot sauce and dry rubs. I’ve even found the comfy seats from which I can enjoy my trail mix with M&Ms, which I now buy in the largest size because hey, everything’s bigger in Texas.

The world is changing and air travel is no longer a luxury but the norm. As such, airports have upped their game to become exciting venues filled with top-notch restaurants, quirky bars, and specialty shops with local food and beverage gifts. In many ways, airports are ambassadors for the regions they represent, offering their own flavors to those who are passing through. Come along with me on this journey as I explore the food and fun of not only my new home airport but all home airports around the world. Wishing you tasty travels!

Here I am in all my glory, patiently awaiting my flight.  Where’s my trail mix?

Here I am in all my glory, patiently awaiting my flight. Where’s my trail mix?

Image credit: Top Image -Joe Mabel [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0), CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bottom Image: Lara Pasternak

 

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