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

Travel in Luxury Around the World…For Free!

gregory-gopman-travel-advisorDo wish to see the world? Do you not have millions of dollars? That is perfectly alright. How are these two questions related you may ask. Traveling the world without spending all the money in your family’s bank account is as simple as becoming a travel advisor.

Becoming a travel advisor is hard work and not for everyone but it has countless perks and priceless positives. Luxury travel advisors traverse the world attending meetings, expositions, events, and more on a regular basis. This is not becoming a travel agent and being transactional and sales oriented, but instead working directly with other travelers on a more personal basis and sharing your experiences to enhance their vacation.

Virtuoso CEO, Matthew Upchurch has been quoted in saying “Travel advisors manage your most valuable, non-renewable asset: your leisure time,” and “I’ve never seen people go from zero dollars to a million-dollar book of business in such a short amount of time.” Upchurch went on to say that travel advisors bridge the often overwhelming gap between a salesperson and the vacationing party.

Although you will be able to attend ritzy parties, swim in areas considered uncharted to most, and eat foreign delicacies from around the globe, being a travel advisor is a full time occupation. The position comes with a lot of responsibility and work but is rewarding, exciting, and educational at the same time.

I have labeled a few points below to better inform you on becoming a travel advisor:

Step One:

Contact a host agency close to where you currently live. Also feel free to reach out to companies like Virtuoso for an informational interview. Stay up to date on travel publications to stay informed on the industry. Travel Pulse, Travel Weekly, and Luxury Travel Advisor are great picks.

Don’t Expect Immediate Financial Returns:

Becoming the best in the field may take some time. Over the course of your first year you will grow your business as much as you want to put into it. Most advisors see their work really paying off in their second year.

Understand You’re In Sales:

You must be willing to put yourself out there in front of people and sell yourself. You must be able to deliver all the right information to clients and be able to blow them away with your knowledge and experiences. You will also develop personal bonds with clients to have them coming back time and time again.

Create Your Niche:

There are tons of people who have been to Paris or Tokyo but how many can say they’ve been to a rare private island in the South Pacific? Find where you can make the biggest impact and attract the best clientele. Become a guru for your specific field and you’ll be sure to be successful for anyone looking for specific trips.

Be Perfect:

Planning trips properly isn’t always easy. Sometimes problems come up and you need to readjust. Becoming a successful travel advisor is about knowing all the details. One must know all the little things and be able to change their plans on a dime. Having all the information will show to your clients and they’ll have a smooth vacation.

If becoming a luxury travel advisor sounds like the job for you check out some more information online and do your research. Thanks for visiting my page and check back soon for more updates.

-Gregory Gopman

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