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Travel Musings

by Meghann on July 10, 2012

Inflight internet may just be the best thing ever invented. When I tell people my job is great because I can work from anywhere, I’m not kidding.

Sitting in my living room in my underwear? All the time.

Down the street at Starbucks? Let’s just say there’s a reason I earn a free Starbucks drink on a monthly basis.

From 35,000 feet in the air? Yep, that too.

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Seattle is a long way from good ole Florida. My first flight took me from Orlando to Minneapolis (2 hours and 48 minutes) and my second is bringing me from Minneapolis to Seattle ( 3 hours and 3 minutes). That’s roughly 6 hours of traveling, or almost a full work day.

Luckily GoGo offers an all day 24 hour pass, so instead of being charged $9.99 for internet per flight, I was able to purchase both flights for a flat $14.95 fee. All I had to do was pull the browser back up during my second flight and log right back in from there. Not a bad deal if you ask me.

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My first flight was quiet and quick. I got a decent amount of work done and had an apple (and a packet of Biscoff cookies) right before we landed.

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Layover priorities:

1. Find decent lunch to carry-on for second flight (The Minneapolis airport was very impressive in the food department. I was blown away by the great fresh food options available.Minneapolis for the win! )

2. Get coffee

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3. Charge electronics

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I was totally spoiled by the roomie-ness of my first flight (I had a whole row to myself), but knew I wasn’t going to be as lucky with the second.

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When I checked in, they gave me the option of taking a later flight in exchange for a free travel voucher (the flight was overbooked and they were looking to bump people off) . If I wasn’t on such a tight schedule, I totally would have gone for it – flying ain’t cheap!

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You know the worst part about flying? Taking off and landing. Not because I’m scared about going up or coming back down, but because every piece of “entertainment” I travel with is in electronic form. Ipad, laptop, phone, etc – electronic.

I’d say that’s the biggest downfall of e-readers in general. They’re great, until you have to turn them off to take off or land. I believe that’s where traditional books really take out the competition. No need to disrupt your reading for take-off with a printed book – just keep on doin’ what you do.

Luckily that’s where this baby comes into play.

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I think they know passengers are going to be restless when they can’t have play with their toys and a free magazine to thumb through is exactly what they need. If I were on their ad team, I would totally use that as a sales point.

The inflight magazines are usually pretty good, too. In this issue, I enjoyed the article on the Elliotts (had no idea Abby was only 21 when she joined the cast of SNL or that Chris Elliott was her dad) and the breakdown of NYC’s past and present trends.

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Once the flight was in air, I broke out lunch.

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I spotted this greek salad at a Mediterranean deli when I de-boarded my last flight. It was a little bulky and annoying to lug around between flights, but totally worth it. The salad was full of fresh veggie toppings and exactly what I was craving.

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Yum.

I have another hour and a half until I land in good ole Seattle.

Fun fact: I’ve never been to Seattle before! This is my first time!

Originally I was supposed to leave tomorrow and head straight to northern Washington, but when I saw that I had a brief layover in Seattle, I couldn’t resist extending the layover a day and popping in to see a good friend and exploring a new city I’ve never been to before. Can’t wait!

Any recommendations on what to see and do in Seattle for a newbie?!

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