Flight Attendants' Top Travel Tips
washrooms, restaurants, skin care....
good reason for a carry-on bag...
always carry a carry-on. When it comes time
to leave my hotel, I can pack and lock my suitcase ready
for collection before I take my pre-departure shower. Then
when Im done I place my bathroom gear in the carry-on
bag. This means that if I am not quite ready when the bags
are collected, Im not rushing about to throw the toiletries
into the suitcase and lock it while the bell boy watches
Ruth, Qantas Airlines, Australia
towels and full bathtubs...
like to tell Journey women how I deal with dry hotel rooms.
I wet a bath towel thoroughly then hang it on a hanger on
the back of a chair. I place two-thirds of the towel in
a waste basket so that it catches all the water and it stays
wet all night. I place the chair close to the bed (but not
so close that I trip on it if I get up during the night).
Voila! You have an instant humidifier. Another trick is
to fill the bathtub with water before going to bed. But...the
towel trick is the best!
Carmen, Canadian Airlines, Canada
favorite Zurich restaurant...
like to recommend Restaurant Zurihegel (Weinbergstrasse
75) in Zurich. This is a small out of the way mom
and pop establishment with excellent food and service
(Pop does the cooking, Mom is a wonderful hostess). Theres
schnitzel plus chicken and shrimp curries on the menu, the
salads are fresh (and you can make a meal on them alone).
My favorite is the tomato salad with Italian dressing. Prices
are very reasonable. This spot attracts mostly locals from
the neighbourhood (not very many tourists know about this
place). Enjoy! Tel: 01-362-3900
Lois, Delta Airlines, USA (Chicago based)
wonderful wedding present from Brussels...
I need a truly unique wedding present, I look for it in
the lace shops in Brussels. These shops keep me coming back
for their cake platters which are rimmed in silver or gold
plate and have a lace insert in the center. To the best
of my knowledge, these platters cannot be found anywhere
else in the world.
Sue, Delta Airlines, USA (on assignment with Sabena Airlines)
a bread lover...
best bread in the world can be found in Turkey -- at Borsa
Restaurant in the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center.
This bread is so unusual. It is long, soft and very flat.
Its served warm with or without butter. Fabulous!
Every time I fly to Istanbul, I go to Borsa just for the
Ruth, Delta Airlines (New York based)
shops for toiletries in Paris...
department stores in Paris are my favorite places to shop
for inexpensive toiletries and cosmetics. I stock up on
blush by Bourjois, nail polish by Edouard Pinaud, and my
special treat...Marius Fabre Violette hand soap.
Sharon Wingler, Delta Airlines, USA (Chicago based)
from a guy pilot...
of your recent tips referred to wearing slippers for comfort
while flying. This is an excellent idea, however it should
be emphatically noted that slippers must NEVER be worn during
takeoff and landing. Nor should high heeled shoes ever be
worn during that segment of a flight. Low, laced shoes should
always be worn. Should the need to evacuate the aircraft
occur, you might have to move very quickly. Possibly you
might have to run through burning material. Thus the need
for low, tightly laced shoes.
Fred Pack, retired Northwest Airlines Captain
Ed. note: Fred, point
well taken. Thanks so much for taking the time to offer
your valuable expertise. It is much appreciated!
For the best times to use the washroom on an airplane,