Life’s Too Short to Fly Coach.

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Flamingo International Airport, Bonaire Caribbean Netherlands

How to Travel First Class in Coach.  Almost.

Unfortunatly, economy-seat flying is the cramped reality for most travelers. But you can make adjustments to feel like a first-class flier no matter your seat number.

SEAT SELECTION TIPS.

It can be worth the extra $25. for priority boarding so there is room for your carry on.

Couples should choose a window and isle seat with empty seat in the middle.  (It may not fill up or else, anyone will trade with you.)

The row behind the EXIT row is good if you don’t want anyone reclining in front of you.

1. BRING YOUR OWN FOOD.

Plan your meals and go heavy on the snacks.  Bring a salad or sandwich from home or pick one up on the way or at the airport.  No burgers or fries.  Please.

2.  BUY A DRINK OR TWO FROM THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT.

Treat yourself to what is served in the front rows.  Tip: Delta provides a free drink coupon to Sky Priority travelers who check in online and print their own boarding passes.

3.  BRING BOSE NOISE-REDUCING HEADPHONES.

Drown out the noise of a chatty seat mate or the jet engines.

4. BRING YOUR OWN MOVIE

Load a Netflix movie on your device in advance.  Download the Airline’s APP for Free WIFI in flight entertainment if available.  GOGO in Flight.

5. PACK YOUR OWN MUSIC AND BOOKS.

Bring your iPod and Kindle loaded with new favorites.

6. BRING YOUR BATTERY BACK UP.

You can plug in up front, not in economy.  Don’t let your devices run dry.

7. BRING YOUR OWN COZY DUDS.

A neck pillow and large scarf for blanket.  Slipper socks for your feet and an eye mask for sleep.

8. BUILD YOUR OWN AMENITIES KIT.

Lip balm, germicide, wet wipes, aleve, lotion, face spritzer, etc.  Note:  TSA restricts liquids and gels in carry-ons to 3.4 ounces per item.

9.  BRING YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR.

Be friendly with the Flight Attendants.  They would rather be in First Class too.

Fitness on Vacation?

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Almost missing your connection shouldn’t be the only time you work up a sweat on vacation. We get it: your travel plans might make you tempted to forget about your workout routine.  Especially if it’s an “active” vacation like a scuba diving trip.

Scuba Diving may not burn enough calories to make up for the extra indulgences we treat ourselves to when vacationing.  “PADI has done quite a bit of research on this, and estimates that an average shore-dive in temperate water burns as much as 600 calories per hour — the same as jogging. However, a leisurely boat dive in warm, tropical waters burns about 300 calories an hour.”  (scuba diving magazine)

About the same calories as one Margarita!  So, if you want to maintain and not gain on your vacation, try these simple tips to keep in shape on the go:

Stretch post-flight

After a long trip, your muscles tend to be tighter than ever. When you get to your gate, ward off lower-back soreness with a forward fold: Bend at the hips and fall forward, and swing arms side to side. Stand up and stretch on the flight.  Once you arrive at your destination, help your body and mind reset with a couple of yoga stretches like: downward dog and the child’s pose. 

Scope out the fitness scene and try a new class.  You will have a more authentic stay by meeting some of the locals.

Wake up a half hour early and do a 30 minute jog along the sea or a few exercises to rev up your metabolism.  Jumping jacks, lunges and planking and you can be finished before the hotel gym opens.

You can also windsurf, ride a bike, swim, kayak, or SUPboard. Try something new on vacation, and burn a few calories while you’re at it.

Dining at your seaside condo.

Easy Chicken Tacos!

Chicken Tacos

RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS

1 store bought rotisserie chicken

2 cups red or green salsa

8 corn tortillas

1 cup grated cheddar jack cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1 avocado, sliced

1 lime, quartered

Optional:  cilantro, radishs, onions, black olives, lettuce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Remove meat from the chicken and slice
  2. Heat salsa in skillet add chicken until warmed through
  3. Serve with warmed tortillas, avocados, cheese, sour cream, lime wedges and optional toppings.

photo: bon appétit

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Flamingos in water making a heart shape. Bonaire
Flamingos in water making a heart shape. Bonaire

Locally known as Chogogo, the Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is famous on Bonaire, and is celebrated as the island’s national bird.  The flamingo population depends on just four major breeding sites in the Caribbean: Great Inagua, Cuba, Yucatan and Bonaire. On Bonaire, the flamingos breed exclusively in the Pekelmeer flamingo sanctuary in the south of the island, typically from January to July. Up to 3,000 breeding pairs use the sanctuary every year; females lay a single white egg in a volcano-shaped nest built from mud.

Resource: DCNA