I flew home with a strange man in my lap...

Seriously.  Everyone at one time or another has had to sit behind the guy on a plane who tilts his seat so far back he's staring up your nose.  It's no surprise then when the aircraft comes to a complete stop, he's the first one up, flicking people with his coat sleeves as he rushes to get his coat on and dropping his over-packed carry-on on your foot, apparently he's in a real hurry.  Hey buddy, we're in row 23.  It's gonna be awhile.  Chill.

A gazillion articles have been written about how bad air travel has gotten these days.

Flight Attendants circa 1960
Passenger behavior is boorish enough (love that word) but somehow we went from glamorous gals ("gals" is retro, so I said it) to a flight attendant so fed up with his job he grabs a beer, launches the slide and flips the bird at the passengers on his way down.  While I love a good exit as well as the next guy, I long for the days I've only heard about.....because I'm far too young to have experienced them ;)

You can't change people, but you can still carry a cute bag.  (Ok...that's lame, but whatever).  Pan Am still sells the retro luggage and bags that were synonymous with the airline's most successful era.

Chic and cool but a little pricey. Hey, anything that will get you to your destination with a smile on your face is worth it.  Oh, and if you're a man and a woman drops this bag right in front of you - pick it up for her.  Nothing restores my faith in humanity like good, old-fashioned chivalry.


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I didn’t dip my toe in an ocean until I turned 25 and my friend Sandy and I traveled to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. After that week, I was hooked. I loved being somewhere new; smelling the smells, tasting new food, seeing how other people lived. It energized me. As luck would have it, I landed a job that allowed me to travel all over the US and often to Canada. Being a sports event television producer, I was on the road all the time. That's when my love affair with travel began. Now, its 20 years later and still no one gets more “geeked up” about planning a vacation than I do. All I need is a destination and some travel companions and my fire is lit! I start delving into my favorite hotel sites, sifting through photos and reviews, comparing, contrasting -it’s like an addiction. The travel shows with tips and trends? I study them like a playbook. I LOVE doing the things most people hate doing before they go on vacation. Whether it be searching for a food tasting tour with a local or discovering a romantic B&B in the middle of New York - I’ve found it and I’ll share it with you. So....where should we go?