Airplane Travel Etiquette

gregory-gopman-travel-airplane-etiqutteI travel a lot and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. I travel by plane, train, and automobile to get from one destination to another quickly and with the most savings. I have witnessed and experienced many things in my time traveling but one thing I make an important point to address is travel etiquette. Whenever you are in a public setting such as an airplane, it is vital to travel with respect towards other passengers because you are a sensible human and you’re also locked in a metal tube 35,000 feet above the ground. It’s probably best to get along with everyone and enjoy the flight. Below you will find some of the most important rules of etiquette while flying. Enjoy!

gregory-gopman-tsaRespect The Security:

I know there are a lot of steps when it comes to air travel security but the fine men and women of this country’s TSA are there to protect and defend our airports, airplanes, and the people using them. Try and make the process a little easier by preparing to go through security beforehand. Make sure your belt is off (if you decided to wear one), empty your pockets, your shoes are off, and you don’t have any big liquids in your bag. The faster you get through security the quicker you can get to the airport lounge and wait for your flight in a more luxurious setting.

gregory-gopman-overhead-binDo Not Take Up The Whole Overhead Bin:

No one wants to pay the extra baggage fees that airlines charge passengers, so sometimes people take it upon themselves to get the biggest carryon bags allowable. This “technique” can cause a few problems for other passengers. Everyone needs room to properly store their belongings and there is a limited space available. Be courteous and share the communal space and don’t hog the overhead bin.

gregory-gopman-flight-attendantDon’t Fight With Flight Attendants:

Do yourself a huge favor and listen to the flight attendants. There is no use fighting with the attendants so you can finish texting your best friends or posting another Instagram photo from the window. The more you listen to the attendants the quicker you’ll be up in the air and maybe enjoying a free cocktail if you play your cards right.

Recline With Care:gregory-gopman-airplane-seat

When it comes to sudden pain and irritation there are few things that trump a chair reclining into your knees with lighting speed and the power of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Personally I take a casual look behind me to see if there is anyone there, and if not I can recline to my heart’s desire. The absolute last thing you want to do is jolt backwards, spilling some poor travelers Fresca all over their lap. Always recline gently and don’t be THAT guy.

gregory-gopman-children-flying“Check” Your Children:

If you are a traveler or family with children, please please please keep them in control to the best of your ability. I understand a baby may be hard to keep quiet as it cries, but when it comes to children crawling under seats and playing knights and cowboys in the aisle, there needs to be order. Other passengers most likely want to relax or sleep but with the constant fake laser sounds and giggling it is most likely impossible. On the other hand, a message to all passengers, a wise man once said “patience is a virtue,” so do your best to exercise it.

Thanks for Reading!

-Gregory Gopman

Top 10 Travel Destinations for Spring 2015

1. U.S. Virgigregory-gopman-usvirginislandsn Islands

The Virgin Islands are beautiful year round but they are even more of a special place right after winter. The climate isn’t too hot and the water is always gorgeous. Also, every April there are major food fairs, brilliant parades, and huge island parties. It also doesn’t hurt that since the peak travel season during the holidays is over, airfare and hotel prices are much lower.

2. Amsterdamgregory-gopman-amsterdam

An extremely popular tourist destination, Amsterdam is one of the top cities to visit in the world. Whether its the snaking canals throughout the city or the vibrant festivals. In March the city celebrates the annual Keukenhof festival with millions of tulips. Summer is the peak season for travel to Amsterdam so getting in before the rush is key to getting the best deals.

3. Parisgregory-gopman-paris

Everyone knows how beautiful Paris is and it is amazing anytime of year, but this is a great time for more reasons than just the natural beauty and to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower. The climate gets warmer and the city begins to liven up. Pop up shops and vendors line the shores of the Seine and cafes are a buzz with conversations and coffee. Do yourself a favor and visit Paris at this special time of year.

4. Grand Canyongregory-gopman-grand-canyon

The Grand Canyon, the ultimate trip for families with RVs, young adults, and more. The natural awe of being near and inside the Grand Canyon is inspirational to say the least. The canyon provides countless stunning vistas to take pictures and explore. Another great thing about the canyon, its so big that you may be lucky enough to walk-about without other visitors.

5. San Diegogregory-gopman-san-diego

San Diego is not only warm and the home to great surfing but it also has an exciting spring season. Whether you are attending the annual Coronado Flower Show or stopping by the San Diego Zoo, SD is the place to be on the west coast of the United States.

6. Athensgregory-gopman-athens

This one might be a bit of a flight but it will be all worth it when you land in Athens. Visiting this historic city is like stepping back into history. There are more than enough monuments, statues, and museums to visit and take pictures of. Summer is the peak season for visiting Athens so it would be in your best interest to look into visiting in the spring.

7. Rio de Janeirogregory-gopman-rio

Rio, Rio, Rio what more can I say? Rio de Janeiro has become the hub of sporting events lately and has attracted worldwide attention. The tropical city is also well known for its delicious food, giant statue of Jesus, and crystal clear waters. The spring time in Rio is great as there are tons of outdoors activities, shopping galore, and the annual Carnival celebration.

8. Bermudagregory-gopman-bermuda

A tropical island located in the Atlantic ocean, Bermuda is home to upscale golf courses, pink sanded beaches, and foreign delicacies. Commuting on this oasis is extremely easy with the fun of mopeds. This island is known for its relaxed culture and low travel rates.

9. Cape Towngregory-gopman-capetown

Cape Town, South Africa is well known for its beautiful and one of a kind geography, great white sharks, among many other things. The beaches are a great place to lay out and catch some rays while there is also Table Mountain to hike for exercise.

10. Monacogregory-gopman-monaco

The home to annual Grand Prix racing and the Monte-Carlo Casino, Monaco is a place for the rich and powerful or those who would like to play the part. The spring time will have the least amount of visitors which couldn’t hurt as you lay out on Larvotto Beach.

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