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Should You Cancel Your Trip Due To Coronavirus?

Well, this may be a tricky one for some hardcore travellers such as myself.

For me, even as a respected professional nurse in the field, my answer is not yet. For the most part, as the US' peak has come to slow in mid May 2020, the world is trying to recover and reopen. For the time being, in May 2020, I do not believe you should cancel your trip because here is the thing... Scientifically speaking, the coronavirus is an unforeseen and invisible virus one cannot see or feel. Viruses and bacteria are in the millions around us on a daily basis - on surfaces, in the air and floating around us, living on our skin, living in our gastrointestinal tracts, also including the most prevalent and common ones such as MRSA and ECOLI (when ingested in plentiful numbers indirectly, may lead to gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, stomach cramping, bloating, gas, nausea and vomiting - aka the stomach bug). Similarly so, influenza and the corzya (also known as the common cold and is also a coronavirus) is exceptionally common. The coronavirus 2019 (Covid 19) is just as prevalent as influenza and corzya. We just have not come across it as much so till early 2020.

We have come to know that with scientific data and study, the coronavirus 2019 (Covid 19) is truly and incredibly contagious spreading a lot more rapidly than influenza. Certainly.

The thing is - Viruses mutate. Every single virus has the potential and capability to mutate. Viruses have RNA. RNA has the capacity to mutate. Mutation in viruses is inevitable.

Now, for the main question.... Should we cancel our trips due to coronavirus? THE ANSWER IS:

In the US, presently, travel in and out of country is now at a Level 4 high-risk advising not to travel in and out of East Asian countries particularly China and South Korea. However, in the end, the choice is yours. With the US Level 4 high-risk in effect, to feel secure about any of your potential and up-and-coming travel plans, you should communicate with your hotel bookings and and airline bookings directly, and see as to the current monitor updates and alerts for the current information related to Covid 19 in your travel destination/country.

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How One Should Pack Properly For Travel

1) Do not bring over 3.4 oz or roughly 100mL of liquid products in your carry-on luggage! TSA guidelines goes to show that if you pack in your favourite shampoo bottle (over 100mL) in your carry-on, then prepare for confiscation! Before you head into any airport, remember that your liquid products should be less than 100mL in your carry-on

2) Prepare to wrap any containers or bottles or bags filled with liquid with a proper wrap. Due to the immense atmospheric pressure changes upon a flight in an aircraft (up to 40,000 feet above sea-level), make certain your packed liquids are wrapped with a plastic seal around the product

3) Avoid the dreaded overpacking! It is always a better idea to pack lightly with the bare essentials and the bare necessities for your travel. Try to avoid overpacking and pre-plan your daily outfits rather than just sticking whichever articles of clothing in blindly. Stick to a colour palette that works well with one another (i.e. white, black, denim jeans)

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21 Top Cities For Foodies As Per National Geographic Travel

Foodies connect and unite!

As per National Geographic Travel 2019, these are the top 22 cities in the world for foodies:

1) London, United Kingdom
Believe it or not, London made the top as per National Geographic Travel 2019 - bustling Borough Market, just south of the famous London Bridge, lies street vendors galore from seafood to pickled veggies to cheeses along with a bunch of Michelin Star restaurants

2) Tokyo, Japan
Yes, I would not doubt this in one second at all. Tokyo, definitely, a prime for plenty of grilled meats Japanese-style as well as loads of various ramen noodle soups and curry over rice dishes

3) Seoul, South Korea
Plenty of night markets throughout the streets of Seoul of iconic South Korean dishes such as sausages, galbi (BBQ short-ribs), bulgolgi (BBQ ribs) and the such

4) Paris, France
The city of lights and love is bustling yet again with their Frenchie foodie ways!

5) New York City (Manhattan), New York

6) Rome, Italy

7) Bangkok, Thailand

8) Sao Paulo, Brazil

9) Barcelona, Spain

10) Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

11) Istanbul, Turkey

12) Singapore, Singapore

13) Madrid, Spain

14) Shanghai, China

15) Osaka, Japan

16) Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)

17) Hong Kong, China

18) Berlin, Germany

19) Beijing, China

20) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Last, but certainly not the least...

21) New Delhi, India

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Boeing Releases a New Boeing MAX Even After The Craze

It is true and official....

Boeing has rolled out its first 737 MAX 10, despite all of the previous craze against the Boeing Max and premature Boeing Max crashes, despite the grounded Boeing MAX jets...

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Yes, all Boeing MAX jets are still grounded and still pending clearance and re-certification by global aviation regulators.

However, it is said that Boeing expects a return of their 737 MAX aircrafts in the year of 2020.

Furthermore, it is accurate to say that United Airlines is one of the largest consumers of the Boeing MAX with orders for one-hundred MAX 10 aircrafts. Of course, these Boeing MAX aircrafts hold two configurations within the jet - Premium Class or Business Class with nearly lie-flat seats to beds as well as the Domestic Class or Economy Class.

In addition, Copa Airlines as well as WestJet also have placed their orders for the Boeing MAX 10 aircrafts second to United Airlines...

Here they come...

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How To Travel During Holiday Season

How To Avoid That Hellish Nightmare of Rush-Hour Holiday Travel

Holiday travelling during the the busy rush-hour...

Delayed.. Delayed.. Delayed.

Trust me, if you are attempting to gear up to travel during the holiday season, 'delayed' is the very last word you want to hear over the airport loud speakers...

How do we avoid the nightmare of a potential delay during rush-hour holiday travel?

Well, here are a few tid bits...

Both airport and city traffic can clog up the streets, most especially so during prime-time holiday travel times. Firstly, I would recommend hitting up the airport shuttles to and from a major airport hub to another airport hub. Possibly so, try subway trains into major airport hubs.

When it comes to traveling, try to pack lightly! If you are planning to travel with gifts to give to others abroad - ship the gifts rather than lugging them around with you and your primary luggage. You definitely do not want to lose your gifts, let alone, your luggage to and from the destination(s).

As major holidays of US/Canada Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to be in the blistering cold wintertime, I would also highly recommend bringing a scarf or shawl with you during travel. You know those airplanes can be quite a bit chilly with the air conditioning blasting due to the densely populated air travel. You can use your scarft or shawl as another blanket (along with the optional airline blanket) to wrap you up.

Avoid those horrid last-minute planning travellers booking in flights closer to the holidays. Book your flights earlier in advance a handful of months prior to your planned getaway! Also, try to book an early morning flight. Many people dislike the early wee mornings and refuse to wake up, let alone, travel during the early morning hours of the day. However, these early flights tend to be the cheaper route to go in terms of booking travel, and the less demanding these flights are, the cheaper the rate! It is a win-win! Moreover, early flights are delayed less often, partially so because they are not hit so hard by the domino-effect slowdowns as the day progresses onward.

Even if your early flight happens to get delayed or even cancelled, you still have the option to reschedule the next flight out. Sometimes, the airport will even have you a free, complimentary night at the nearby airport hotel and the next available flight out to your destination the following morning (all on the house). That is, of course, if you are lucky to be at one of the more larger and generous of airport hubs...

That overnight airport tram! Yes, the dreaded 2AM or 3AM departure flight is immensely early for most people. So, clearly, not many at all would want to fly out at this ungodly hour of the day. The late-night airport trams are the way to go - less crowded, less expensive, less demanding, and less crazy busy.

Definitely fly those direct flights.
Even if the direct flight is $100 US dollars cheaper, a connecting fare may look tempting when you are booking, However, two or more connecting flights, for instance, will run the risk of a higher chance of getting delayed. Thereby, you also run the risk of missing a connecting flight due to the increased chances of delays in between - most particularly so during the holiday season.

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What is Your Favorite Way to Sleep on a Plane (No Lie-Flats)

What is Your Favorite Way to Sleep on a Plane (No Lie-Flats)

For the most part, since age 25, I have been flying Business Class as a Frequent Flyer on 8 different airlines.

If sitting somewhat upright in Economy and Economy Plus, I would have to say, I need to recline the seat maybe 10% back without getting smacked by or kicked by the passenger behind me. Well, what are the chances of getting some sort of retaliation? 90%, right? YES. It will happen.

But, if I make it back 10% reclined, I stick to the middle of my seat as much as possible, all rigid and unmoving.. place my feet somewhat above my plushy backpack under the seat in front of me, with my compression stockings in place... Put the airlines pillow around my neck, shove in noise-cancelling headphones, play slow classical music (on a playlist I made intentionally for sleep purposes), and... try.. to... zzzzz...TRY... No space in Economy and Economy Plus, overall... So, what can i say?

What are your thoughts and opinions on this?

Posted by jaleksandra 19:27 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Touchy Subject: Travellers, Do You Believe Earth Is Warming?

Is Global Warming Or Climate Change Real Or A Hoax? Are We Being Blind Or Lied To?

How many of you are in agreement that this one and only Earth is warming right before our eyes, and for how long?

This is a treacherous subject to debate about!

Yet, I will have to say it...

As travellers, we know when our recurrent destination(s) is/are feeling a little off than usual. For me, at around the same time of every year, I travel back to Indonesia - a country situation smack on the equator - one of the hottest countries in the world all-year-round. Yes, I do feel the intense heat whenever I am back at Indonesia, as if an pre-heated 450 F degree oven was being opened with my face just five feet away. Feel that heat? Now, imagine if that heat was all around you, suddenly - suffocating, making it difficult to breathe properly. Well, not at a scorching 450 F degrees. But, more along the lines of a good 110 to 120 F degrees on a regular, daily basis - day-in and day-out. Yes, that is Indonesia. Now, this is 110 to 120 F degrees on a normal and daily basis every year around April to May to June to July. In October to November to maybe December, the temperature fluctuates ever so slightly at 95 to 110 F degrees. The humidity is moist. The temperatures are scorching hot. Either way, the country of Indonesia is almost always hot, hot, and HOT. Seems insane!

Now, that the recent years, in the mid 2000s to present-day, we have noticed the increasing heat during the summertime each and every year quite considerably. I cannot believe how the country of Indonesia, and all the countries nestled along the Earth's equator, are doing in today's summer days...

To me, however, I believe it is accurate to say that the Earth is warming. We cannot deny this truth, in actuality.

As per The Washington Post:

- "Los Angeles (Southern California, United States) set its all-time high-temperature of 111 degrees"
- "Denver (Colorado, United States) tied its all-time high-temperature record of 105 degrees"
- "Mount Washington (New Hampshire, United States) tied its all-time warmest low temperature of 60 degrees"
- "Burlington (Vermont, United States), set its all-time warmest low temperature ever recorded of 80 degrees"

Would you agree?

To read more,
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/07/03/hot-planet-all-time-heat-records-have-been-set-all-over-the-world-in-last-week/?fbclid=IwAR2ISMPYxQ02Zz3PLpiQ0TFKezjgWHnRbzmdjA7swJLrelRcn0nqcbC9Wfg&noredirect=on&utm_term=.3844436fe400

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How To Travel Cooly During The Summer Heat?

As some of us may know, via social media, travel blogs, and/or the news, the North American continent, northern African, northern Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe faced one of their hottest summers with record-breaking high temperatures in all of their history this past June 2019 - heat exhaustion leading to deaths, random fires, and dehydration to both locals and tourists in the countries of Europe.

With temperatures scorching and soaring abnormally, how can people, both locals and tourists, travel around in some level of comfort and sanity?

In short, from a healthcare perspective as well as a traveller's perspective, one should travel properly when going to a warmer destination. Here are some thoughts:

1) Sunscreen of, at least, 30 SPF.

(DID YOU KNOW... medically, a 30 SPF sunscreen lotion or spray already blocks out 97% of the sun's UV rays. All you really need is a minimum of just 30 SPF to block out UV rays effectively. You just need to apply a moderate amount thoroughly on the surface of your skin. The more you lather, the body can only absorb a certain amount effectively. The excess will just sit there on your without any absorption. Please be mindful of this. Moreover, do not be fooled via advertisement and brand marketing as to sunscreen products that have more than, quite honestly, 50 SPF. As per The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), "Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun's UVB rays."
For more information regarding this:
https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/sunscreen-faqs

More than likely, any SPF that is greater than 40 SPF will be pricey in contrast to a mere 30 SPF. Not only will the price increase, the risk of developing skin cancer will also spike. According to The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as much as you can believe it or not, "high SPF sunscreens not only overpromise protection but, according to the Food and Drug Administration, they may also overexpose consumers to UVA rays and raise their risk of cancer."

For more information, please read:
https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/whats-wrong-with-high-spf/

Remember, there are all sorts of chemical substances in lotions, sun screens, and types of skin and hair products, that are damaging to the sensitive skin, nails, hair, and underlying tissues. Do not be tricked by such tactics, again. A maximum of 40 SPF is sufficient enough to block up to 98% of UV rays. Such products, despite the extent of study, clinical trials, research, cannot block out more than 98% of UV rays.)

Further information regarding UV rays and types of UV rays via The American Cancer Society:
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/skin-cancer/prevention-and-early-detection/what-is-uv-radiation.html

2) Lightweight, breathable clothing (i.e. silk, nylon, polyester) so there is some ventilation, so to speak, in and out of your clothing while you travel in hot

3) Deodorant, and a lot of it! When you apply deodorant, make certain your skin is dry fully from rather than lathering the deodorant on sweaty, moist skin. The deodorant will not be effective if the skin is still moist and not dry. You do not need to have your skin cracked and dry, of course. You know what I mean...

4) Find restaurants, stores, hotels, that have central air conditioning (or some sort of air conditioning or a lot of functioning fans). If the place does not have proper accommodation, then you may always have the option to go elsewhere. When it comes to hotels and accomodations, then you may cancel the booking at the hotel (with or without a possible cancellation fee) and find another more appropriate option.

5) Avoid wearing dark coloured clothing (i.e. blue to brown to black) and focus more predominantly on lighter colours (i.e. orange, yellow, pink, light red, light blue, light green, beige, gray, and/or white). Darker colours absorb more light and heat easier than lighter colours.

6) Skip the high-noon temperatures and stay indoors. When the time reaches about 11am to 2pm, the heat and the sun are at their maximum potential. To avoid heat exhaustion, you need to find a restaurant or store or cafe or mall to remain indoors with air conditioning and away from the maximum potential during these hours of the heat and the sun.

When travelling to countries along the Mediterranean Sea, of Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and even France, can have the hottest parts of the day around 3pm to 4pm.

Should you need to travel while during the peak hours of heat intensity and sun strength, then move away from the sun and into shady areas while walking.

7) Carry a portable fan or such cooling device. If need be, you may even purchase a portable fan at a local store while at your travel destination. This also gives you the opportunity to look for those trinkets and souvenirs, at the same time! Good excuse!

8) Wear UV blocking/polarized sunglasses to avoid those horrid colourless UV rays from sizzling through your eyeballs. UV rays can be quite damaging to the rods (to see dimmer light, the evening time, the night time) and cones (to see bright light, during the morning to late afternoon) in the retina of one's eyes.

9) Remain as hydrated as much as possible. Always, always... remain hydrated. Obtain loads of bottled water, despite how pricey the water may be. 3 US dollars (equivalent) of bottled water is far more significant than ending up dehydrated and in heat exhaustion!

Posted by jaleksandra 10:03 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Greece Is 2019's Most Travelled Country By Cruise

Damn sure the Greeks are exceptionally proud of their culture, their traditions, and their country as a whole as Greece was just announced as the world's most travelled/most popular destination!

Actually, according to The World's Countries Awards (WCA), on Saturday July, 13th of 2019, Greece won The World's Nicest People on the Planet.

A Historic Win For Greece!

Fundamentally, Greece has more than 2,000 islands, and each island has its very own distinctive and unique attractions and culture! - The quaint and colourful villages upon a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea - Which put Greece above on a pedestal of the world's most popular destinations for travel via cruise in 2019. Is it true and accurate to say, however?

Well, at the top ranking of the most popular and most visited/travelled to destinations by cruise in the world, yes, Greece made it to number 1 in the year of 2019. Greece is at number 1, followed by Barbadoes, that is next followed by Jamaica.

You can read more at Greece City Times at:
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/03/19/greece-named-best-cruise-destination-in-the-world/

Moreover, according to Best Destinations, Greece is ranked number 1 as, again, the world's most travelled/most popular destination at
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/03/13/greece-named-best-destination-uks-wave-awards-2019/

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Eccleston Yards Is Social Life Boost In London

Eccleston Yards in London area is booming in terms of night-city-life, social life, and outings in the Greater London area.

During the summer time, Eccleston Yards is definitely one of London's greatest attractions for both locals and tourists. There are a load of wonderful summer events within this outdoor courtyard of Eccleston Yards. Immense for Eccleston's up-and-coming barrage of food, drink, yoga, outdoor bars, indoor bars, and Wimbledon previews, this has been quite the hot spot for individuals to boost his or her social life!

To view more,
https://secretldn.com/eccleston-yards

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Why It Is SO Impressive To Know A 2nd Language!

It is quite accurate to say that some to many do not believe it is necessary for one to know how to speak, write, read, understand, and/or comprehend a second language aside from his or her own native tongue.

However, for me, quite personally, learning a new language (a 2nd language) is about far more than just asking for directions on my next, big journey out there on this vast earth.

As we may know, technology is ever-advancing and evolving every second of every single day. We cannot deny this phenomenon of human curiosity. We can see that technology and engineering is shaping companies and industries domestically and internationally - globalizing so quickly and, of course, creating a plethora of various business and employment opportunities for people. With this said, it is crucial for one to know how to speak a 2nd language aside from his or her own native tongue - i.e. Spanish, Russian, German, French, Mandarin Chinese, whichever it may be... English may or may not be conversed as globally as you may anticipate or presume. My goodness, not to mention that we have platforms on various social media websites in present-day.

Social media is just as advanced and just as viral as the Internet as well as advancing technology - constantly changing, modifying, shaping, and, yes, connecting. That is, connecting all 6 billion + people around this entire, blessed world we live on - whether we agree with it or not.

6 billion speaking 6 thousand different languages known to humankind. Yes, 6 thousand different languages. You did not know that? We do not just have the basic Spanish, French, German, Russian, as most people know at the top of his or her head. 6 thousand languages worldwide. The culture - the art - the cuisine - the music - the performing arts - the people - the religions - the influences upon our lives that may shape a person to be who he or she may possibly be. Yes, 6 thousand languages in this world!

My goodness, my international travels around to Italy, to United Kingdom, to France, to Germany, to Austria, to Czech Republic, and a handful of other neighboring European countries, I wish I knew more of the culture's language to get around and surprise the locals! Look at this, an Asian girl at 5 feet 3 inches, with nerdy glasses, who is also a professional nurse on the east coast of the US, as well as a big-time traveller at the tender of age of the early 20s... could speak a bit of Italian? For instance, yes, I just knew a handful of basic Italian words when travelling to Rome and Florence and Vatican City in late 2013. But, hey, at least, I tried! I came up with a small list of basic Italian words as well as the pronunciation, while aboard on my 7-hour flight one-way to Rome, Italy. I practiced. I learned. I spoke!

In fact, when I arrived in Rome, Italy, I have to say, some of the Italian locals were quite taken aback and shocked as to my nearly flawless Italian accent when I uttered, 'Salve signore.', 'Salve signorina.' ....

The opportunity - the privilege - to learn a 2nd language.

Go out and learn a little of a bit of some of the languages out there :)

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How To Combat Jet-Lag! A Few Tidbits From Jess

We all experience it... Jet-lag!

We hop on a plane and travel through a handful to several time-zones. Yes, jet-lag, or as scientists call it, 'circadian dysrhythmia'. Jet-lag occurs when one crosses over a handful of time-zones (i.e. 2 or more)

Recovering from jet-lag depends on the number of time-zones one passes when travelling. Generally, the body will adjust in its natural state when in a new time-zone. Perhaps, passing two time-zones may equate to one experiencing jet-lag. Each time-zone is about 2 to 3 hours of in-air flight time. For instance, there are 4 time-zones within the United States. Well, actually, 5, if you include Hawaii.

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For every time-zone you pass, your body needs to adjust to that specific time-zone and each time-zone you pass while in-flight whether you realize it consciously or not.

Two time-zones equates to your body having to adjust to during a span of 24 hours. For example, if you crossed through a total of six time-zones, you divide the six time-zones by two. Six divided by two equals three. Thus, it will take three days for your body needs to adjust fully to crossing six time-zones, etc. If you crossed through a total of ten time-zones, then divide ten by two. This equates to five. It will take five days for your body to adjust fully to passing through ten time-zones.

How to combat jet-lag, and can you?

The answer is: Yes.

Here are some helpful tips!

Evidently, based on the earth's natural wind patterns, wind and atmospheric pressure tends to fly naturally from east to west just like how the sun tends to rise northwest to sets northwest on a daily basis.

Jet-lag tends to hit worse to passengers who fly from west to east due to going against the earth's natural patterns of wind and atmospheric pressure.

1) When you are attempting to sleep, place on an eye mask that covers your eyes fully from light.

2) If your destination is several hours ahead from your current location (i.e. 6 or 7 hours ahead from where you are), then wear sunglasses during your flight into tricking your body and your natural circadian rhythm. When your eyes senses dimly lit scenes or darkness, your brain starts to produce melatonin, a natural chemical neurotransmitter in your body, that initiates sleep.

3) Obtain noise-cancelling headphones or simply earbuds to cancel out the outside noise around you while in-flight to promote a more restful sleep.

4) Try to mess up your circadian rhythm a bit intentionally due to the time-zone lapses. Try to rest a handful of hours and take frequent naps intermittently while in-flight. For instance, if you are flying a total of 12 hours from Point A to your destination of Point B, try to nap for about 2 hours at the beginning of the flight, then for another 2 hours halfway through the flight, and then another 2 hours towards the end of the flight prior to landing.

OR

If you do not want to take intermittent, frequent naps and want a more thorough rest, try to force yourself to stay awake the first 3 hours into the flight, despite your normal sleep patterns, For instance, a red-eye flight takes off at 11pm your local time. You force yourself to stay awake, despite the cabin dimming their lights for passengers to sleep. You stay awake with the reading lamp dimmed to your seat, your noise-canceling headphones on and in place, and you read a book for the first 3 hours into flight. Naturally, your body will try to fight against you forcing yourself up. Fight the urge! Then, after your 3-hour ordeal and burning eyes, you lean back, keep your noise-cancelling headphones on, your eye mask on fully, and sleep for a good 6 to 8 hours of well-needed rest. By the time you wake up, you will have about 2 hours remaining till you reach your destination. You should be able to fight off jet-lag quite a bit with an upper hand. However, it is not 100%. It may be about, 80%.

If anything, you may book a flight in such a way that the flight lands at the destination's daytime (morning or midday). When your body sees full sunlight, your body will be forced to remain awake more so than dimly lit scenes such as late afternoon into early evening.

What are your thoughts or opinions on this?

Feel free to post comments below! If not, then thanks for reading through :) #happytravelling

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JFK VS. EWR VS. LGA For East-Coasters?

The pros and cons of the following three major airport hubs by New York City:

A) LAGUARDIA (LGA)
Due to much negative criticism and customer satisfaction ratings, LaGuardia has been behind the 8-ball for a handful of years consecutively, being the east coast's worst airports. In fact, LaGuardia has been #1 of the worst airports on the east coast, if not, the United States.

Generally, LaGuardia is a small airport overall, only having enough space for a number of passengers within its hub and terminals. LaGuardia is old-fashioned, dull, and cramped. From my previous blog post regarding the pros and cons of LaGuardia, and after decades of verbal abuse and neglect, LaGuardia is finally receiving that well-needed aesthetic facelift with a major $8-billion dollar budget for redesigns and renovations.

For instance, in Terminal B of LaGuardia (again, a small and domestic flights only airport), 11 of 18 new gates opened last December 1 of 2019. Further and continuing construction and redesign will continue through 2020 and a new and, hopefully, improved LaGuardia will surface.

New parking spaces and parking decks are constructed at LaGuardia, presently. Hopefully, there will be a lot more improvements, but not much has been said with what exactly will be improved aside from the parking and the new gates.

Sadly, LaGuardia is in last place of all major United States' airports in terms of overall customer satisfaction, quality of service and timeliness, and appearance.

A poll shows as follows from Business Insider and JD Power:
https://www.businessinsider.com/worst-airports-in-us-according-to-2018-jd-power-satisfaction-study-2018-9

LaGuardia only takes in domestic flights to and out of the airport at a maximum of 1,500-mile radius within the United States. All other flights domestic further than 1,500-mile radius within United States and all international flights to and from will be either at Newark Liberty or John F. Kennedy.

LaGuardia is the closest airport to Manhattan.

Express Shuttle Service: $16 one-way or $30 round-trip to Grand Central, Port Authority, and Times Square for LaGuardia

The LaGuardia AirTrain is currently in the positive works that will connect LaGuardia to the Long Island Rail Road. However, the project is still underway, and may be expected to complete in 2020.

2) NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NEWARK (EWR)
Newark is just shy behind the overall quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction to that of LaGuardia. In recent polls in 2018 and 2019, Newark Liberty makes second to last place right behind LaGuardia.

A poll shows as follows from Business Insider and JD Power:
https://www.businessinsider.com/worst-airports-in-us-according-to-2018-jd-power-satisfaction-study-2018-9

Newark, however, is second after LaGuardia in terms of proximity to Manhattan of about 13 miles away.

For first timers into Newark Liberty, the airport is pretty old-fashioned similarly to LaGuardia. The bleak and depressing concrete slabs of Newark Liberty's terminals bring about some industrial hellscape along with a view of grimy Downtown Newark, the Budweiser brewery warehouse, local factories, and a good sight of industrial smog.

Newark Airport Express Shuttle: $17 one-way or $30 round-trip to Grand Central, Port Authority, and Bryant Park.

The use of AirTrain to Newark Liberty is also available, transferring to NJ Transit and even Amtrak. Although, we Jerseyans know that Amtrak costs a tad bit more than NJ Transit.

3) JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JFK)
Of New York’s three major airports, John F. Kennedy is pretty much as good as it can get. However, is JFK a world-class airport? No, not at all. JFK is still in the works. JFK, nonetheless, did not make the Top 10 worst United States airports! Thank goodness.. JFK is a huge international airport.

JFK has a $13-billion dollar budget to create tew new terminals.

JFK has the Long Island Railroad and the local regioning subway of Queens.

JFK also happens to be the busiest hub airport for international travel to and from the United States with servicing over 90 airlines.

AirTrain & Subway: $5 plus $2.75, linking to Howard Beach Station.

NYC Express shuttle will service to Manhattan, which is available for $16 one way or $30 round-trip, with stops at Grand Central, Port Authority, and Times Square.

What are your thoughts or opinions on this?

Feel free to post comments below! If not, then thanks for reading through :) #happytravelling

Posted by jaleksandra 13:53 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Why LaGuardia Is One Of US' Worst Airports? Also Positives!

Well, I am certain some of you may have heard that New York’s LaGuardia Airport is at it again with the most headaches for travellers. There are recent constructions and renovations at New York's LaGuardia, constructing and redesigning the parking garages yet lengthening wait times and lines to get into the airport's terminals. This slowdowns is just one of the many issues of LaGuardia. LaGuardia has been no stranger to negative remarks and criticism. People would often call LaGuardia, 'third-worldly' in terms of the airport's overall quality and customer satisfaction.

However, there are reasons as to why these cons exist at LaGuardia.

LaGuardia is also known for its horrific tardiness in incoming and outgoing flights. Late flights coming in. Delayed flights going out. Traffic in the airspace. The lack of runway space and the difficulty of landing planes due to LaGuardia's location right on the coastal aspect of the Atlantic Ocean.

Nonetheless, LaGuardia earned a whooping and certainly well-intentioned $8 billion of redesigning and renovation to address the major concerns and ongoing issues at the airport.

Talk about $8 billion dollars...

Again, there are reasons why there are issues at LaGuardia. We cannot really, fully blame LaGuardia.

CONS

1) Ever tried to board a non-stop and direct domestic flight from New York LaGuardia to Los Angeles? You would think this is a domestic flight, okay. 6 hours one-way. It works? Right? NO. Actually, there is a 1,500-mile perimeter or radius that LaGuardia has limiting passenger flights to and from LaGuardia. Why so? Some misguided 'law' that LaGuardia still possesses. Essentially, half of domestic flights within the United States will be off-limits due to this 1,500-mile radius that is still in effect. Business plan fail?

Nonetheless, here is the real intention as to why this policy is still in effect before you snub your nose to blame LaGuardia. LaGuardia is quite noble – to deflect the long-haul air traffic and re-route to larger airports such as Newark Liberty International and John F. Kennedy International.

2) LaGuardia is not an international airport, firstly. Let us put that into check and perspective before we continue. Therefore, LaGuardia, essentially, takes in only domestic flights within the United States, again, at only a maximum of 1,500-mile radius. All other flights further than 1,500 miles away from LaGuardia (domestically) must transfer to Newark Liberty or John F. Kennedy. All international flights inbound and outbound must transfer to Newark Liberty or John F. Kennedy.

3) Furthermore, LaGuardia has been lacking exterior appeal and infrastructure. Their infrastructure and design are lacking exteriorly. The appeal is little to none. The designs are so old-fashioned.

4) In short, LaGuardia is not prepared to process any more passengers than it already can hold, presently, until the present infrastructure plans fall through successfully - more parking spaces, more parking decks, more enhanced and appealing infrastructure? Hence, the $8-billion dollar budget!

5) Thus, due to the lack of infrastructure comes unintended consequences or overall operational and processing quality and performance to fall, which in turn results in a lack of customer satisfaction, customer ratings, and business.

6) LaGuardia, due to its lack of business also comes a lack of help within the terminals. Staff is often short-staffed. There is not enough demand, so there is not enough supply.

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(An empty and closed-down check-in section due to a lack of personnel. Photo Credit: Business Insider)

7) With the lack of help in airport personnel also comes a lack of timeliness in everything else. Security lines due to a lack of personnel. Delay in flights or late flights coming in due to a lack of personnel. The airport needs the opportunity to meet the travel demand with an appropriate level of supply.

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(With a lack of supply and the demand is high, passengers are forced to sit and wait on the floors.. Photo Credit: Business Insider)

8) The consequences of the airlines with such high frequency and influx but such a tiny, average gauge is that there are more flights than necessary for LaGuardia to handle. Therefore, increase the budget for more personnel?

9) The consequences of the airlines serving markets with such high frequency and such a small average gauge is that there are more flights than necessary at LaGuardia.

10) Too many flights and yet not enough runway space. Why have many flights if the airport does not have enough space? Which one weighs more... more flights or more runway space?

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(Smaller runways and a lack of available runways to fit in more flights - hence delays and late flights, Photo Credit: ENR.)

11) Being an old-fashioned airport, the lighting is also behind

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(Photo Credit: Business Insider)

POSITIVES
1) The fact that LaGuardia has an $8-billion dollar budget to work with in terms of redesign and construction. This is a plus!

2) Construction has been well-underway, and is still in the works

3) More parking spaces and more parking decks are in effect in construction

4) LaGuardia Airport is the most conveniently situated airport to the city center, just a few miles from Downtown Manhattan.

5) LaGuardia is often the airport of choice for business-oriented passengers within the Manhattan region for domestic travel.

According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), LaGuardia struggles with overall customer satisfaction, on-time performance, and worrisome quality in security and efficiency. Over the past five years, since 2014, LaGuardia is consistently ranking among the United States' worst performing airports. Since there is no real and easy way to construct additional runway space, due to the airport's location, the more effective method is to boost on-time performance and cut out the number of inbound and outbound flights at LaGuardia.

What are your thoughts or opinions on this?

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Posted by jaleksandra 12:39 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Japan's Western Food Is One Of World's Best, 2 Japan Restos

If you did not think Japan could top any more charts... Well, the shocking reality, Japan just did.

Japan is adept when imitating others. Japan is known quite a bit for their imitation of Western food, particularly French and Italian. Yes, Japan does a damn impeccable job of it because Japan's imitation of French and Italian food topped even restaurants in France and Italy putting two restaurants in Japan as the world's Top 50 rated restaurants.

1) Go beyond tempura, teriyaki, sushi, sashimi when travelling and eating in Japan, people. Branch out and spread your palette horizons to try Japan's Western food. For instance, The Neapolitan Pizza in Tokyo, smack in the center of the downtown district, The Neapolitan Pizza is a special and unique style of pizza that first originated in Naples, Italy. Well, a good majority of frequent flyers have mentioned that The Neapolitan Pizza in Tokyo tops even the true roots of The Neapolitan Pizza in even Naples, Italy. Believe it or not? An excellent restaurant in Tokyo to try The Neapolitan Pizza is a restaurant named Pizza Studio Tamaki located in the Roppongi District in Tokyo at address, 1 Chome-24-6 Higashiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0044, Japan. Pizza Studio Tamaki also specializes in The Marinara Pizza, aside from their famous The Neapolitan Pizza.

Further information regarding Japan's finest pizza at Pizza Studio Tamaki can be found here:
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2017/06/17/food/pizza-studio-tamaki-challenger-title-tokyos-best-pie/#.XSJDo-hKhPY

.. or Eatery Tokyo's website associated with Pizza Studio Tamaki at:
https://www.eater.com/2017/2/21/14670944/best-pizza-tokyo-guide

2) In addition, for another example, the French cuisine? Japan does it quite better than even the most impeccable in France. A great restaurant to try one of Japan's France-inspired cuisine is a restaurant named L'Effervescence located by Tokyo Tower at address, 2 Chome-26-4 Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan. You will feel as if you are in France, and then when you step outside of this Japan-France restaurant, you will realize you are still in Tokyo...

You may check out their restaurant website at:
http://www.leffervescence.jp/en/

What are your thoughts or opinions on this?

Feel free to post comments below! If not, then thanks for reading through :) #happytravelling

Posted by jaleksandra 11:46 Archived in Japan Comments (0)

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