TravelSkills’ 10 most popular posts over the last week (descending order):
1 Headed home? Worst airlines/airports/flights for Thanksgiving travel
3 Have some fun! Name that airport! [Quiz]
Almost 4,000 airport geeks have taken our quiz- have you? The most MIS-identified airport in the quiz so far is: FRANKFURT. And the average score is 65%. Are you an airport master or novice?
4 Deal-seekers licking their chops Trans-Pacific fare war in the wings?
5 Get $20 off first Lyft ride! 5 ways to avoid surge pricing from Uber & Lyft
6 Finally! How to save money using Google Maps overseas
8 Boorish behavior Air travel: It’s great, except for the other passengers
9 Hello! We’ve been waiting for this one Verizon’s new plan for international travelers
10 Build it and … New hotels: Starwood in Vegas, SF + Hyatt in Houston + NYC, Austin, more
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LILLIAN: Back in the dark days of the great recession around 2010, I was out flying around, freaking out like everyone else, wondering if we were headed into the Great Depression. The world was filled with angst, the future seemed bleak and dark; uncertainty ruled. It feels like that this weekend due to the horrific events we’ve seen unfold in Paris. Back in 2010, I was on a business trip to Phoenix trying to save some business. After my stressy meetings I rushed to PHX and jumped on a Southwest flight home. I was late and the only seat left of the plane was next to Lillian, the wonderful woman in the orange crown you see in the photo above. I could not resist jumping into a conversation with her as a way to forget everything else on my mind, and boy did she work some magic. We talked about her life as a nurse in Oakland, how to fry okra, how to improve on Jiffy cornbread mix, God, healing, her babies, Darius Rucker’s music and her Irish great grandfather. She also told me that I looked like I could use a nap and that I needed to stop worrying so much about things out of my control. About halfway through the flight, I could tell that everyone within earshot was absorbing her soothing words and ways, too. I got off the plane in a much better mental place than when I got on thanks to her. And at times like these, I’m glad I can go back to that conversation to get my mind off whatever is worrying me and know that everything will eventually be alright.
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