Category Archives: Travel Etiquette

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Don’t Let Your Commute Get You Down!

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To get from point A to point B, there is usually some form of transportation involved. Since time machines haven’t been invented, your transportation will likely involve encountering other people. So, how are we conducting ourselves to ensure that we can all be comfortable, safe and appropriate? Let’s explore some things to keep in mind when traveling on different public transportation sources:

BUS

  • Have your fare ready.
  • Is someone else in need of my seat?
  • Hold on! Buses makes frequent stops. Don’t get caught picking yourself up off of the floor, because you failed to hold on.
  • Am I listening to music without headphones plugged in?
  • Am I displaying common courtesy by saying, “please, thank you and I’m sorry”, when necessary?

TRAIN

  • Have your fare/ticket ready.
  • Is someone else in need of my seat who is pregnant, elderly or handicapped?
  • Are my bags taking up space in a seat, preventing other humans from sitting?
  • Am I walking on the right down the escalator and stairs, leaving a path for those who need to get down faster on the left?
  • Am I displaying common courtesy by saying, “please, thank you and I’m sorry”, when necessary?

CAB

  • This is not your personal vehicle. Are you treating this vehicle like its your own?
  • Did you tip appropriately?
  • Are you really loud or on your cell phone for the entire ride?

PLANE

  • Are you boarding with your zone?
  • Are you trying to sneak on a “non carry-on” item?
  • Did you bring something smelly on the plane to eat while in route?
  • Are you talking for the entire plane ride when your neighbor might want to sleep or be alone?
  • Am I displaying common courtesy by saying, “please, thank you and I’m sorry, when necessary?

Public transportation can be an easy and convenient way to travel, but only if we all do our part by subscribing to common courtesies, and by considering the thoughts of other people during our commute.


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ASK SCARLET: “I’m traveling internationally soon. What are some things that I should prepare for?”

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ASK SCARLET:  I am traveling to Mexico this spring and I’m trying to gather up as much information as possible to prepare. I already know a lot of the things that I plan to do and experience, but I’m wondering if there are some basic travel things that I should be considering? – New International Traveler

SCARLET SAYS: You’ll love Mexico. There is a lot to do and see and mostly, for a reasonable price. There is a lot to international travel, but here are the top things that I would recommend: (1) Don’t over pack. Checking luggage costs on most major airlines and it will cost you even more if you over pack and fail to leave space for souvenirs on the way back. Think through your outfits and avoid packing up everything in your closet. (2) Learn the essential words and phrases to get around. Don’t assume that you’ll get by with your English. While lots of tourist-friendly places usually employ workers who speak English, it is quite honorable and wise to know the key phrases of the native language to which you are traveling. A small translation book of Spanish words and phrases can be found at your local book store or even online. (3) Try some new stuff. Sometimes when we travel, we gravitate towards the stuff that we are used to, like perhaps a chain restaurant from home or a place that we always hear about others’ visiting. Try visiting a unique, new place that you can’t visit or experience at home. What’s the point of traveling if we just visit the same stuff that we could easily experience in the city of which we live? Expand your horizons! Enjoy your trip and let us know how it goes!


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Turn Off For What?

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ImageThe time has arrived! You no longer have to turn off your electronic devices when taxiing out or in on a flight- well, at least if you fly Delta. Delta Airlines is proud, as they should be, to be the first company to allow you to keep your electronic devices on for the entire flight.

“All Delta aircraft have completed carrier-defined PED tolerance testing to ensure the safe operation of passenger portable electronic devices during all phases of flight and Delta’s plan has been submitted to the FAA for approval.”

If you travel as much as we do or you’re just planning to travel in the near future, you might want to know more about this. Catch up on the story here.

Since the friendly skies are a second home to me nowadays, this news was actually music to my ears – literally. I immediately board a plane (briefly speak or at least acknowledgement my neighbors) and I turn on some stone cold jams. I really enjoy music as I takeoff because it keeps me from thinking about all of the bad things that could go wrong during ascending . I couldn’t help but notice that my “row mate” also likes to listen to “stone cold jams” and play games during takeoff, as well. There was one distinct difference though; he wanted everyone else to hear the tunes around him. This gentleman did not utilize headphones. I mean, I heard every note, snare, beat and the occasional digital sounds from whatever game he was playing, which I think was Candy Crush.

Let’s be clear. I love music. It is the best cure for….well, pretty much everything. But, I like my music and I don’t advocate for pushing my musical preferences on other people, especially in the close confounds of an airplane. A quick remedy to this is the new invention that’s taking the world by storm – headphones.

Scarlet Says…Our own personal preferences are simply that…personal preferences – things that we, individually, prefer or like. Are you subjecting the people around you to your own preferences? Travel with others in mind. It makes the ride a lot smoother.

Until next time,

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No Gravity + Bad Etiquette = ??

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Travel Etiquette1Today, Scarlet takes this show on the road!  We’ll be in Georgia for the next few days, but the destination may not be the highlight. The process of getting to the destination is what we are more interested in. We always witness some of the most challenging and interesting etiquette encounters while traveling. Let’s see what treats gravity cooks up for us today…


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Top 10 Etiquette Tips for Young Professionals

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  1. First impressions count: We all have our bad days, but limiting how they affect your attitude and appearance is best. You are often remembered for the rest of your life by your initial presentation. Look your best, offer a free smile and present the best possible version of you, every time.
  2. Tact always wins: We all get a little frustrated and perhaps even worked up sometimes, but tact ALWAYS wins. Take a breathe. Walk away. Spend a moment alone. Do whatever it takes to always remain graceful and exude tact.
  3. Respect your social network: Employers, associates, friends, colleges, colleagues and pretty much everyone else checks your social networking pages and they likely have searched for you in search engines like, Google, Bing and Yahoo. Is your online presence acceptable?
  4. Be grateful: Did you get a gift lately or did someone do something nice for you? Thank them by first verbally saying thank you, then by sending them a hand written thank you note. (Emailed thank you notes are ok, but hand-written notes and cards are magic.)
  5. Mind your body language: There is so much than can be said without saying a word. Your posture, your eye contact, folded arms or excessive leaning can communicate vibes that you are not truly trying to communicate.  Be mindful of what you are saying…without saying anything.
  6. Names…Repeat, Repeat, Repeat: If you are a human, you likely are amongst your other fellow humans in struggling to remember names. While mastering the art of names takes a while, the best way to begin the journey is to repeat their names as much as possible throughout a conversation. Everyone wants to feel special and the most simple way to make someone feel special is to know, utilize and respect their name.
  7. To eat or not to eat: Interviews and meetings occur in so many different formats and venues. At some point, you will have to conduct an interview or a meeting over a meal. Generally speaking, interviews and meetings over meals are not designed for you to have the meal of your life. They are a convenience factor because you have to eat and so does your meeting counterpart. They also offer an opportunity for your counterpart to see how you conduct yourself outside of an office environment. Three quick tips for dining over meals are: don’t order the most expensive thing on the menu, prepare to pay your part of the meal or the entire meal if you called the meeting and limit your alcohol intake.
  8. Some things are a given now: As a young professional, there are now things that should go without saying. A few things include: always turn off your cell phone or silence it in professional or business settings,  learn how to shake hands the right way; no bone crushers or wet rag shakes and respect others time by always being on time, but preferably arriving early.
  9. Sneak texts: It’s incredibly obvious when you are disengaged in a situation and more engaged in texting instead. Save your reputation, respect the presence of others and spend a little more time with humans versus your electronic communication pal (your phone).
  10. Dress the part. If you are invited somewhere and a dress code is indicated, respect it and adhere to it. If you are unsure of the dress code, always dress up versus dressing down.

Until Next Time,

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Proper Moving Etiquette Tips

So Scarlet’s life is changing pretty fast at the moment. I am currently preparing to move and take on new challenges, in a new city. With this being said amongst the many things on my to do list, I had to stop and think about proper packing and moving etiquette. Many people do not realize that even when it comes to things such as moving and/or traveling, there are proper practices as well as things that are absolute no-nos.  Moving can be very stressful and hectic but there are some things you can do to save yourself both time and money. For all the tips that follow, remember that organization is definitely the key.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Go through your things and decide what must go and what can be left behind. Do not take things that you know you have not used or worn in years, this is the time to throw it all away.
  2. Roll your clothes. This may seem weird or pointless but it actually takes up less space and enables you to fit more things in your bags or storage tubs.
  3. Bury fragile items in your clothes. Save a tree, instead of using newspaper to wrap fragile things up, use your clothes as packing material
  4. Carry valuable jewelry and other small items with you. Incidents happen, and you much rather not have to worry about really expensive things, or items with sentimental meaning.
  5. Label all boxes to be moved This is definitely important when it comes to dealing with fragile items and moving companies who will not be liable for misplaced or broken items.

These tips are surely helping me with the whole moving process. I hope they will do the same for you whether you are moving or simply traveling out of town for a short period.

…Until next time…


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#7: Travel Like A Pro – Top 10 Etiquette Guidelines for 2012

Now, Scarlet makes no claims about being an official Federal TSA Agent, flight attendant or pilot, BUT, I have certainly had my fair share of travel.

A good friend of mine just messaged us yesterday on her way to Vegas stating that we should conduct an adult Travel Etiquette class, so perhaps we will…

In the mean time, some good rules of thumb to follow while you are travelling by air include:

  1. Be ready at the Security Check-In. Come on…you know, it’s coming. Be prepared to take your shoes off, have the correct liquid carrying packages, empty your pockets and put your electronics in a different bin from the rest of your travel material. The drill is the same almost every time and it saves you and your fellow travelers a lot of time. For other official travel rules, check here.
  2. Usually, planes board in terms of class. This means that if you are in First Class, you board first. Otherwise, you will usually be assigned some kind of identifier that says which section you are in. Look at that identifier in advance of approaching the gate.
  3. If you are the lucky person who gets to sit in an exit row, guess what, you will not have space under your seat for your personal items. You have to put your stuff in storage above your head. Nothing is worse than sitting behind a person who has all that extra leg room, yet they still want the “under-seat” storage space too.
  4. If your headphones are on level 20 of 20, everyone in all the surrounding rows can hear every beat, lyric and snare drum of the music that you are playing and likely, they don’t want to. Adjust your volume to a level that is respectful of your neighbors.
  5. Scarlet likes to talk…no questions asked about that…but on a plane, not everyone wants to chat. Have you ever sat next to someone who wants to talk for the entire time from a midwest to west coast flight? It’s not so cool. We encourage you to greet your fellow “row mates”, but to talk for 4-5 hours straight is a tad over the top.
  6. So, you are somewhere seated in the middle of the plane. The wheels touch down, then a few minutes later, the fasten seat belts sign goes off and you see a blur of someone fly past you like Sonic the Hedgehog. Do you know what just happened? Well, someone just sprinted from the back to the front of the plane in an effort to de-board before anyone else. NOW, I realize that sometimes, desperate times cause for desperate measures, like, your connecting flight is about to take off or the restrooms (non plane) are calling your name. But, if are simply strolling off the plane to go to your car and go home, the plane should be de-boarded from back to front.

Scarlet Says…have fun, travel safe and adhere to travel etiquette while on a plane, bus  or train.

Until next time…

–Scarlet


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