InvestiCATEon: What movies are playing on my flight?

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Flights may only make up a small portion of a trip, but they can certainly feel like a life time. My favorite plane pass time is catching up on movies. I still remember the movie that played on my very first plane ride…it was Rush Hour. Let’s face it, it’s a classic, and it totally distracted me enough to not be scared. See, in-flight entertainment matters!

I have a loooong flight coming up, and in anticipation of it, I have been debating whether I should re-download the Serial podcast (where is season 2?????), you know, in case there aren’t any good movies playing in the air. BUT as I am flying with Air Canada, in-flight entertainment is no longer a mystery. You can go on their website, and check out what movies are playing on your exact flight!

I am so excited some of my favorites are playing! Trainwreck, Slumdog Millionaire, and Darjeeling Limited.

Fun Fact: Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, JetBlue, and Virgin America were all named top in-flight entertainment airlines!

 

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February Paradise: Azores

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Azores is a cluster of islands west of continental Portugal, but there are really no words to describe the beauty of this destination. It combines nature landscapes that will leave you breathless, finger-licking Portuguese cuisine, and a unique cultural experience away from familiar chains and brands seen everywhere in bigger Europe cities (why is there an H&M on every corner?)

When one of my clients said she wanted to go to Azores, I’m not going to lie..I did not know where Azores were (travel agents are people too!). For us, North Americans, Azores is a bit of a hidden treasure. And Europe, in general, can seem inaccessible. But, if you go at the right time (off season) and stay at the right places, a Europe package can cost you less than an all-inclusive. For example, this is the package I put together for my client.

  • Toronto, ON – Azores flights (direct; 6 hr)
  • Airport-hotel transfer roundtrip
  • 9 nights at a centrally located 4* Talisman boutique hotel
  • $1,181.96 CAD per person (based on 2 people in 1 room)

Are you interested in a custom package? Email me at cate.ciu@flightcentre.ca

Japan Travel Deals!

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Last week, my dreamCATEon feature was Japan! Well, our October campaign features an awesome deal for 75 dollars off (select) HOTELS in Japan per person or 150 per couple!!! Book today with me via cate.ciu@flightcentre.ca

Travel Tips from Frequent Flyers

Here are some tips gathered over the years from online articles, people I know, and personal experience.

  1. Write down addresses of places ahead of time – custom’s cards always require you to write down the address of your destination (e.g., hotel) and you don’t want to look for it while desperately trying to connect to the airport wifi. Write it down ahead of time in your phone/tablet or on a piece of paper, so you have it handy.
  2. Don’t check your bag – I often check my bag in order to avoid the hassle of being overly mindful of what I pack..and also because I am guilty of overpacking (pack it..just in case), and I certainly end up paying for it..literally….and figuratively. My flight got in at 2 am. I was so tired. And then the luggage carousel BROKE, making us wait for our luggage for hours. Train yourself to travel light; you won’t regret it.
  3. Buy a bottle of water on the other side of security – It is not a secret that planes are very dehydrating, which further adds to jet lag. Don’t be at mercy of those small plastic cups and drink your water!
  4. Invest in comfort – Planes get very chilly. Make sure you bring a sweatshirt and/or comfy socks. If you have trouble sleeping on the plane as is, I highly recommend a sleep mask, sleep pillow, and/or ear plugs. Someone decked out in all airplane sleep gear may look silly sometimes, but boy, will you be envious of them when you see them peacefully sleeping while you are angrily going though the in-flight entertaining menu…again (does that sound a little too specific to be a general example).
  5. Embrace the new time zone – Set your watch to the new time zone as soon as you get on plane, and eat/sleep accordingly. If you get there during the day, have a nice cup of espresso (preferably if it is 4 hours before bedtime), avoid taking a nap, get lots of sun, and go to bed at your usual time. It is also helpful to avoid/minimize alcohol and caffeine consumption while on the plane. It will certainly seem torturous at the time…especially if you have failed to sleep on the plane..but it is worth it in the long run.

Happy flying!