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

When In New York City

gregory-gopman-ny-nycNew York City is widely known as one of the best cities not only in the United States but in the world. It’s no wonder why despite it being just under 470 square miles, it is still heavily populated at just under 8.5 million people. Many call it “the city that never sleeps” and why would it? There is so much to do in New York City and so much to see. Bars and restaurants will stay open late to accommodate as many people as possible.

When it comes to tourist attractions, New York City certainly doesn’t lack it. Located in the Financial District you have the Freedom Tower. The Freedom Tower is a new beautiful building which holds a lot of history dating back to the Twin Tower era. If you’re traveling from France, you can visit a gift that France gave the United States, the Statue of Liberty. Located on Liberty Island in Manhattan, enjoy a nice ferry ride to the large statue in which you can explore the history of Ellis Island and even go inside the Statue of Liberty. Take a trip in the evening to Times Square, also located in Manhattan. Here you will see many cool large lit up buildings where one of the most famous arenas, Madison Square Garden, resides.

There are endless option of things to do in New York City. You can eat in Little Italy or China Town, visit prominent parks like Central Park, or even visit landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. When visiting NYC, you’re most certainly in for a fun filled and action packed time.

Thanks for visiting my site!

-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

My Trip to Bali

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Bali is an incredible place for anyone to visit. It’s cheap, safe, and one of the most beautiful and authentic places in all South East Asia. From the all night parties in Kuta to the holistic retreats in Ubud, Bali is a small slice of heaven on earth.

For the 2014 holidays, myself and my friend Max decided to take a little work-cation to Bali. We did 3 nights in Seminyak and 3 days in Ubud. Both cities were incredible all around. The food, the people, you name it. We would get $4 massages and then enjoy a 4-course $10 dinner before heading back to our pool-villa and punching out 6 hours of work. While in Seminyak we spent days at the Potatoe Head pool or next door at the W hotel. Both are 5-Star spots and free for anyone to enjoy. While in Ubud we spent days doing Yoga at Yoga Barn or hanging out in vegan juice bars like Alchemist. It was easy to relax and let go. It was the type of trip that makes you consider becoming an ex-pat.

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Getting around Bali is also very affordable. A driver for the day will cost you around $50 and allow you to see all kinds of incredible things. One day we visited a monkey forest, a holy water temple, the rice fields, and a bat cave. Another day I went to a petting zoo and a kopi luwak coffee plantation. Everything is within a 2 hour drive and each spot is unforgettable. And unlike other places, you don’t feel rushed or hustled for more money constantly. People in Bali are friendly and peaceful. I can’t say enough about how relaxing this place is.

So visit Bali! Whether you want a $2 fruit smoothie or to play with a 150pd python, this place has it all. And go before it’s too late, places this good don’t last forever. I put Bali in my top 3 places in the world and somewhere I definitely wanna lose myself for a couple years one day.

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