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TheLuvAviatrixFlight Attendant by day, Published romance writer by night, the Aviatrix…that’s me…likes to live on the edge. My super powers include saving lives, making oversize carry-on bags disappear in the blink of an eye and creating awe-inspiring sculptures out of pretzel bags. Oh, and did I mention that I write those scandalous delicious romance novels with love scenes that will melt your kindle?

I have so much love for me fellow FAs, passengers and romance writers, so welcome to my little site.

XOXO The Aviatrix

Fort Lauderdale Hotel Review Ritz Carlton

Keeping it Romantic in Fort Lauderdale, a Hotel Review

I fly in and out of Fort Lauderdale more frequently than I’d like to admit. I never though of Fort Lauderdale as a romantic getaway type of destination, usually the city is associated with retirement communities and kids and families flocking to the many attractions within the city limits. Trust me, I work the flight so I know exactly who is coming in and out of that city and it is not fun to clean up after those crowds. But I digress. Romance in the city of Fort Lauderdale. Hollywood Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

With Marriott reward points in my pocket (best credit card ever), I checked into the Ritz Carlton with my boyfriend. If you’ve stayed at a Ritz Carlton estate before, you know they’re generally super accommodating and make you feel like you’re at a home amongst friends. Friends with fancy furnishings and decadent cuisine. Luckily for us Marriott Rewards members, the companies recently merged and not the luxury Ritz Carlton Brand is now included in the Marriott family.

Let me say that my stay at the Fort Lauderdale Ritz Carlton was booked last minute. We’re talking an hour prior to my arrival on the doorstep of the resort. And yet when I arrived, everyone knew exactly what kind of accommodations I wanted, addressed me by name like an old friend, and apologized that on such short notice they couldn’t provide me with a full oceanfront view.

I was not disappointed. When my travel partner and I stepped foot into our room, a view even better than I could’ve asked for awaited us. To the right off our expansive balcony stretched Hollywood Beach, where tourists still tried to catch the last rays of sunshine. To the left off our deck lie the calm waters of the canal, casting a perfect reflection of the sunset, marred only by the expensive yachts owned by locals.

 

 

Upon arrival

Fort Lauderdale Hotel Review Ritz Carlton

Upon awaking

Fort Lauderdale Hotel Review Ritz Carlton

 

If the view wasn’t enough to make me fall in love with this hotel, the food certainly was. Our first night, we both went with burgers (which just sounded like it would hit the spot after ten hours of air travel) and we were not disappointed. We dined al fresco on our balcony and savored every bite, and every last shade of sunset until the stars began taking over the Fort Lauderdale sky.

Creme Brûlée from the Fort Lauderdale Ritz Car

 

Dinner was impeccable, but it’s the dessert at the Ritz Carlton that ‘ll never forget. If you follow my blog, you know I’m a francophile and that I love me some creme brûlée. I have it just about everywhere I go and never leave Paris without delighting on some. But let me tell you, this creme brûlée at the Fort Lauderdale Ritz Carlton is the best creme brûlée I’ve ever had. Even without the romantic, edible gold leafing and yellow rose that accompanied my dessert, the thick and creamy custard stole the show. With the perfect amount of crunch and sweetness, my tastebuds were taken captive. If you love creme brûlée, don’t leave Hollywood beach without stopping by the Fort Lauderdale Ritz Carlton and treating yourself.

 

 

Dining al fresco from our room with a view at the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale

 

The Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale is the key to your romantic Florida getaway

The Ritz Carlton had a full array of spa service that we planned on making use of, but ended up running out of time. Why did we run short of time? It may or may not have been because we spent way too much time in the giant, oversized marble tub. Did I mention this hotel is pretty romantic? Nothing says romance like an oversized bathroom with a soaker tub.

 

 

My tip: Bring your own stash of alcohol like we did. Bringing your own champagne, wine, whatever is your pleasure will save you SO much money because of course, at a luxury resort like the Ritz Carlton, everything costs a little bit more. The staff at the hotel were incredibly accommodating and even brought us an additional mini fridge. The high caliber of customer service at the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale is incredible and you won’t be disappointed with you stay. No buzz-kill at this hotel!

 

Getting there

 

If you’re arriving by plane, you’ll have to arrange for transportation, either a taxi, or Uber as the hotel does not provide transportation to or from the resort. I took Uber, which ran me around twenty dollars each way and was about a fifteen minute ride. Expect a similar duration to get to the cruise harbor. Gotta love those cruises out of Fort Lauderdale! Check out my review of my amazing seven day getaway on Holland America from Fort Lauderdale and get some serious travel inspo for cruising!

 

Tip:  If you’re new to uber, always make sure you do a fare estimate first just to make sure you’re not going to be surprised when you arrive at your destination.

 

Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Beach Florida

 

In conclusion

 

Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale Room with a viewI have been to Fort Lauderdale many times, but this trip in which I stayed at the Ritz Carlton is the stay which left me longing to return to the gorgeous Florida city. The Ritz Carlton, due to it’d dreamy location, sweeping views, and amazing hospitality, has me ready to plan my next trip to Fort Lauderdale. Whether you’re traveling solo for business, or looking for a romantic getaway with your honey, the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale is sure to leave you satisfied. I know I was!

 

Have you been to Fort Lauderdale? Did you also fall in love with the city?

 

XOXO

THE LUV AVIATRIX

 

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The Most Romantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, a Hotel Review

 

LipSense Lipcolor from Jetsetter Glamour

My Flight Attendant Makeup Obsession…Can’t Fly Without It

Not to toot my own horn (prepare for horn tooting), but passengers ask me all the time what lip stick I’m wearing. Why do they ask? Well, I like to think it looks good, but usually my passengers notice that it’s still perfectly in place, un-faded, un-smudged and ultra-glamorous.

Jetsetter Glamour BluRed LipSense

Okay, you probably know at least one friend that is obsessed with LipSense…but I don’t think anyone can truly vouch for the product like a flight attendant. Here are three reasons why:

 

  1. Flight Attendants sometimes work over 14 hour days, constantly in front of passengers, with little or no time to touch up my makeup.
  2. Flight Attendants need to stay perky somehow, usually it’s by drinking obscene quantities of coffee or tea. Definitely coffee in my case, and nothing is more embarrassing than holding a cup with bright red lipstick marks. Major party foul.
  3. Flight Attendants gotta eat too, but usually if we get the chance, we have to gobble that food down as quickly as possible before some passenger approaches us needing something. My airport food go-to is hands down, big burritos with lots of guac. With LipSense, I can stuff my face with a giant burrito and afterward, my lips with be perfectly in place. Still working on the cilantro in my teeth problem…

What is LipSense?

 

Glamour

 

LipSense

 

Lipsense sold by Jetsetter Glamour

 

I have three glosses that are my go-to depending on the occasion. For flying, I use Glossy gloss for maximum glamour and shine and maximum moisturizing. Every girl should own a glossy gloss, even if just to wear it alone for the great moisturizing benefits. For a more subtle look, sometimes I reach for the matte gloss. When I’m wearing a lighter color like Bombshell, sometimes I kick it up a notch with the Bougainvillea gloss, it has a slight pink tint to it.

 

Want to see some of my favorite colors for when I’m flying?

 

LipSense Lipcolor from Jetsetter Glamour

 

LipSense Lipcolor from Jetsetter Glamour

 

 

LipSense Lipcolor from Jetsetter Glamour

 

LipSense Lipcolor from Jetsetter Glamour

 

LipSense Lipcolor from Jetsetter Glamour

 

Let me know in the comments, what color is your favorite?

 

Have any more questions? Find me on Facebook!

 

LipSense Lip color pricing

 

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XOXO

THE LUV AVIATRIX

 

Flight Attendant Makeup, LipSense by Jetsetter Glamour

Want to be a Flight Attendant?

If you follow my blog, that must mean one thing, you LUV the flight attendant life style. So what are you waiting for?

 

Time to Apply!

Alaska Airlines is now hiring flight attendants, so get your application in quick!

 

Follow this link to get your application in, but make sure you return here to get all your insider deets about the job.

 

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Check out my other posts on flying and about the job here:

So You Want to Get Hired as a Flight Attendant? Join the LUV Crew, SWA is Hiring!

*SWA is no longer hiring, but this article has great tips if you want to be a flight attendant*

Fall is here and Halloween is in the Air, Flight Attendants Share their Spirit!

*Get an idea of how much fun flight attendants have*

A Flight Attendant’s Air Travel Tips

 

Apply to be a Flight Attendant, this Airline is Hiring

San Juan Ritz Carlton

The Most Overrated Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Luv Aviatrix at The Ritz Carlton San Juan Puerto Rico

As a flight attendant, I travel a lot and stay in hotels over 200 nights a year.

 

The airline I work for has contracts with various hotel chains ranging from Marriott to Hyatt to Hilton, ect. When choosing a rewards credit card, I went with the hotel chain that I most enjoy staying at. For me, Marriott is generally the most consistently pleasant to stay at.

This is why for my most recent getaway, I made sure to book at a Marriott property. Since my adventure to Puerto Rico was supposed to be a romantic getaway for my boyfriend and I, we opted to stay at a Ritz Carlton property.

 

For those of you familiar with hotels, the Ritz Carlton is generally known as a very nice resort to stay at. My prior stay at the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale is a prime example of the luxury and service that is often found at Ritz Carlton properties.

 

My review of the San Juan Ritz Carlton is less enthusiastic.

As a matter of fact, on Trip Advisor, I gave the hotel a very meager 2 stars.

 

Do I have high expectations when I travel and stay away from home? Yes.

Did the San Juan Ritz Carlton meet them? Not by a long shot.

 

As a matter of fact, you could not PAY ME to stay there again.

At one point during our stay, my boyfriend even offered to pay for a different hotel for the rest of our stay if we could move to another resort. That’s how bad our experience was at the San Juan Ritz Carlton, that he was willing to double pay for accommodation during our time in Puerto Rico.

 

Before I get into what we liked and didn’t like about our stay at the San Juan Ritz Carlton, I should offer the disclaimer that often when reviewing luxury hotels, I’m going to sound like a spoiled brat with lots of first world problems…But I want my readers to know when they are going to get when they choose to stay somewhere, especially if they’re spending a good amount of money on accommodation.

The Basics of the San Juan Ritz Carlton San Juan Ritz Carlton

Cheapest Room: $429 (weekend price ) for a “city view” room
Oceanview Balcony Room: $565 (weekend price)
Executive Suite: $1,100 (weekend price)
Resort has one pool, a casino, gym and a few restaurants on site.

 

Now, a quick rundown on what I liked, and what I didn’t like.

After stepping into my “City View” room, I was immediately disappointed. My “City View” was actually an airport view. Great, exactly what I see every day at my job. The website advertises a city view, to which I thought we could take in the romantic lights of the city in the distance, but actually, we would be looking at runway nights and listening to runway noise, which yes, you CAN hear at all times during your stay.

 

To get out of our not-so-luxurious room (no oversized tub, ect), we headed to the pool to grab a drink and appetizer. After sitting down at the pool bar, we were brought some chips. Our very first food after arriving in Puerto Rico…was completely stale. I gently let the waitress know so that we could have some fresh ones and she offered me a look of complete disdain and go to “verify that”. Seriously? You’re going to verify that I’m telling you the chips are stale? I feel like it’s pretty obvious if chips taste stale.
From that very moment, we got a taste (pun intended) of how the rest of our stay and customer service experience would be. Our waitress returned and informed us that the chips were not stale.

 

San Juan Ritz Carlton
We didn’t order any food from the Ritz Carlton Resort for the rest of our stay. When choosing our romantic resort, we had every intention of fancy steak and wine dinners, but after the experience we had by the pool right upon our arrival, no way would we pay $100 when obviously the San Juan Ritz Carlton does not care about their customer’s dining experience.

 

We decided to either eat out or grab snacks from the local grocery store for late night cravings. We noticed that our room did not have a refrigerator. I called down to have one brought to my room and was told that it would be $25 to rent. Guess a fridge isn’t included in the expensive daily resort fee… This is a far cry from my recent stay at the Fort Lauderdale Ritz Carlton that brought a fridge up to our room super quick and at no charge.

 

While we’re on the subject of room service/needs not being their finest at the San Juan Ritz Carlton…

 

We made the mistake of leaving a bottle of water on the bed with a leaky lid and quickly realized that our entire bed was soaked through. Comforter, sheets, all of it. I called down and explained what happened and that we would need all of our bedding replaced. I said we’d be happy to do it ourselves, but that we would need fresh sheets and comforter. The first time that housekeeping arrived, they brought sheets. Okay wonderful, but now we need a comforter. It took an hour before we finally received all the bedding we needed. On vacation, time is precious and the last thing we wanted to do was mess around, waiting for housekeeping that couldn’t seem to figure out what we needed the first time. We still never got a duvet cover, but gave up trying to get anything we needed that night.

 

The pool

 

The lion fountains are cool, but compared to other resorts in the same price bracket, the pool is small, cramped and let’s face it…not sexy. You know what I’m talking about, the infinity pools with ocean views…not so much at the San Juan Ritz Carlton. The giant cement wall between the resort and the beach inhibits most of the view when hanging out at the pool.

 

San Juan Ritz Carlton

 

This is the only glimpse of the beach from the pool/bar area. It makes for a good spot for an Instagram pic, but honestly, I’d rather just have an uninhibited view of the Puerto Rican sand and surf.

 

Another drawback that fellow coffee addicts can appreciate

 

I departed around 0500 in the morning to return home and found out there was no coffee in the lobby. Seriously? I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that a luxury resort wouldn’t either offer coffee or water to it’s guests at all times. To me, a luxury resort is about anticipating it’s customer’s needs.

 

Speaking of customer’s needs…How about the need for a working elevator? 

San Juan Ritz Carlton

That’s right, one morning I woke up and found out that ALL elevators on our side of the resort did not work. Luckily, they had worked the day we checked in, but I watched many other guests arrive and depart, having to lug their own baggage up the emergency stairwells to their rooms. I cringed when I saw women coming out of the stairwells in sky-high wedges with their giant vacation suitcases. For an expensive resort, this is unacceptable. If the staff at the San Juan Ritz Carlton knew that the elevators were going to be out of commission for so long, they should have contacted customers that would be checking in and informed them and given them the option of luggage service. But that would mean that the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico is managed well…and it’s clearly not.

 

For all the money spent on the resort, what exactly are we getting? It’s definitely an older resort and the customer service is extremely lacking. You will not be treated like you’re a valued customer, which is far from what Marriott and Ritz Carlton generally strive for.

 

A positive thought regarding my stay at the San Juan Ritz Carlton

Best Cocktail at San Juan Ritz Carlton

At the Casino, the bartender left a lasting impression on my boyfriend and I. Thank goodness, or else we would have completely hated the resort. But the fact that they can employ someone as awesome as he, leaves some hope that they do value customer service. He made as delicious mojitos with cucumber that he said was his own recipe.

Best Cocktail at San Juan Ritz Carlton

 

 

We talked to him for quite some time and enjoyed watched him use a mortar and pestle to grind the mint and cucumber together. The drink was the best one we had during that vacation and quite possibly one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had. The bartender was from Turkey, but definitely made us love Puerto Rico a little bit more also.

 

The Final Verdict

 

I love Puerto Rico, but I would never stay at the Ritz Carlton San Juan ever again.

 

As a rewards member, I think that a closer look should be given to this resort because it certainly does not represent the usual high caliber of service or luxury found at Ritz Carlton Estates.

 

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

The Luv Aviatrix in San Juan Puerto Rico

The most overrated hotel in Puerto Rico
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Airbnb

The Most Exotic Airbnb in Bali

Recently, I ventured to Bali, Indonesia Some of you may know Bali as a romantic honeymoon destination with famous beaches like Nusa Dua. However, I think Bali is just as perfect as a solo traveler!

When I decided (that morning) to go to Bali, I had no hotel booked and no plans. Sure I may be guilty of having Pinterest boards chalk full of travel inspo, but I had no idea if I was going to hostel it or try to find something nice, but affordable. I would end up finding an amazing Airbnb.

 

Where Did I Stay?

 

There are many different regions within Bali. I wanted to do experience both the beach, and the jungle landscape of the island. My first top would be Ubud, a spiritual center within Bali where yoga retreats, kombucha and amazing local art are common place. I absolutely think that anyone who comes to Bali needs to spend time in Ubud. And if you are going to stay in Ubud, I can’t recommend the Airbnb where I stayed enough.

 

 

 

 

 

My Jungle Villa

 

The first glimpse of the place that you’ll set eyes on is the massive, intricate, wood-carved door. Leading up to it are colorful terra cotta orange and teal tiles, perhaps a symbol of the brightness and earthy beauty of Bali.Bali Indonesia the best Airbnb

 

 

Once you step through the already awe-inducing door, your gaze goes straight to the view that stretched out beyond the massive room. The jungle beyond the villa is lush, over a thousand shades of green, marked only by the churning water of the river running through it or the majestic glint of the Four Seasons that rests along the river like a gemstone rather than a building. Besides this amazing view that you can see from within the room, those that stay at this Airbnb have their own private porch. I can tell you I spent hours out on this porch, drinking coffee, tea, beer and letting myself be inspired to create while gazing out at the view. A lot of people come to Ubud for spiritual purposes, but I didn’t need a yoga retreat or temple to feel moved. Gazing out at the lush Balinese landscape was enough to make me feel enlightened.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bali Indonesia Airbnb

 

Need more than a good view? No worries. The room was fit for a honeymoon—I almost felt guilty for having it all to myself. Almost. The four poster bed is surrounded by a mosquito net, which still somehow manages to give the room a romantic feel. If a four poster bed isn’t grand enough, the deep crimson and gold shades within the room will surround you with luxury and romance.

Stepping into this home away from home, you will feel like a king, or in my case, a queen.

 

Bali Indonesia Airbnb

 

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Airbnb

 

Check out my pictures to get a glimpse of the unique accommodation. It was enough to convince me to stay, and I didn’t regret it. I can’t wait to go back.

But first, let me take a selfie…

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Airbnb

 

 

 

  Ubud Bali Indonesia Airbnb

 

Your Host

Rita and Gregorio are beautiful both inside and out and make amazing hosts for your Airbnb stay. Rita was super attentive and anytime I had a question, she was always quick to respond. She helped me arrange massages and offered local recommendations and I couldn’t have felt more taken care of. She even had Bintang (local beer) in the room fridge, which I definitely enjoyed! If you don’t want to take my word for it,bali indonesia Rita has over 90 reviews to vouch for her, which qualifies her as an Airbnb super host!

Rita messaged me about another person who also because my host while in Bali, my driver. The driver that she recommended, and who picked me up from the airport is now one of my good friends. He is amazing and if you go to Bali, no one else should drive you. Message me and I’ll give you his name.

 

 

 

Perks of the Place

Although you feel like you’re out of town, in an amazing way, you are still walking distance to many places to eat/drink. Just a three minute walk and I found myself at an amazing place with some of the most delicious food and drinks. The view and ambience were just as amazing and I definitely recommend stopping by this place and at least having a cocktail or kombucha. I had a watermelon rose kombucha that was to die for. There is also a gelato place that everyone raves about if you have a sweet tooth like me. 😉

 

bali ubud restaurant

 

Don’t want to venture out? No problem! Rita can help you utilize the room service provided by the nearby resort! Not too shabby, eh?

Wifi and all the standard amenities are also provided. I greatly enjoyed the amazing soap provided while I washed in the private garden shower.

 

outdoor shower Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Airbnb

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Airbnb

 

Did I mention there is breakfast provided and that it’s delicious and amazing? I ate out of my beautiful veranda every morning, savoring the fresh bread and coffee.

 

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Airbnb Breakfast

 

Apparently, David Bowie and Iman honeymooned here and stayed in this very villa!

Partake in the “Four Hand” Massage by Daya like I did in the private comfort of the suite. It was amazing!

I know you didn’t come to Bali without a bikini, so grab it and lay by the beautiful jungle view pool.

 

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Airbnb Pool

 

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Airbnb

 

What is Airbnb?

If you’ve been living under a travel rock and haven’t tried Airbnb, you’re missing out. I love Airbnb because it allows you to live like a local, and usually for an amazing price. When I booked this amazing villa, it was $102 a night. Granted, it was the off season in Bali, but hands down, it was an amazing deal for so special a place. In the high season, I would be prepared to pay more and stay there again.

Click here to see the listing for this amazing place on Airbnb.

Inspired to try out Airbnb, use my link here for $40 off your next stay.

 

Need more inspiration? Check out my other post on an amazing Airbnb that I found in one of my favorite cities, Paris.

The Most Unique Apartment in Paris – My Airbnb Review

 

In Conclusion

 

Ubud, Bali, IndonesiaI hope you find a reason to visit Bali, Indonesia and more importantly, Ubud! I can’t recommend this Airbnb enough to my friends and fellow travelers. Whether you want to climb a volcano, meander through rice patties, or surf stunning beaches, Bali holds magical memories for every kind of traveler.

 

I LUVed Ubud and I know you will too!

      XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

 

 

 

 

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Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

DOT emergency ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Aviation News: DOT Bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7!!!

Yep, that’s right. If you’re a passenger, you need to ditch your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone before you can fly. No checking it, no powering it off. Leave that stuff at home…or perhaps in a fire-proof safe.

 

Right now Airlines have been mandated by the FAA to require passengers to power off the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. As soon as the aircraft doors shut, Flight Attendants are required to issue a warning to power off the device and anything that can cause the phone to turn back on, such as alarms ect. But the phones have been deemed so dangerous that as of October 15th, they are completely banned by the DOT from being on the aircraft, period!

 

 

Thanks for a giant step back, Samsung Galaxy Note 7!

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is banned from flying!

 

I’ve been flying long enough to remember when all electronic devices needed to be powered down for flight. I can’t tell you how annoying it was to tell passenger after passenger to disconnect their beloved electronics before we took off. And now, in this glorious age, passengers can text via wifi and Netflix and chill until their hearts are content.

 

But now the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has shown the dangerous side of electronic devices that has always lurked. Lithium Ion Batteries aren’t a joke. One of the many things Flight Attendants learn in their extensive ground school is how to battle battery fires. They are the most lethal of fires to have on board because they continue to explode and reignite even after it has been temporarily extinguished.

 

So Samsung…I shake an angry fist at ye…Thanks for taking us back into the dark ages and endangers our passengers and our employees.

 

Last week one of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacement phones caught fire on a Southwest aircraft. The plane was on the ground and had to be evacuated after the phone exploded in a passenger’s pocket, filling the plane with smoke. Can you imagine if this happened in the air? And that phone that exploded was a replacement phone!

From the DOT, “The Samsung Galaxy Note7 device is considered a forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-185), which forbid airline passengers or crew from traveling with lithium cells or batteries or portable electronic devices that are likely to generate a dangerous evolution of heat. PHMSA has issued a special permit to Samsung to facilitate commercial shipment of the recalled devices by ground transportation.”

 

Samsung is trying to do damage control, but don’t think your phone is safe to bring on even if its a replacement. Those are exploding too. If you have any Samsung Galaxy Note 7 do NOT travel with it.

Are you a proud owner of the exploding phone and still want to try to smuggle it onto the plane? Think again.

Here’s what’ll happen.

“Any person failing to compel with the Emergency Order is subject to civil penalties up to $179,933 for each violation of the Hazardous Materials Regulations. A person violating this Order may also be subject to criminal prosecution, which may result in fines under title 18, imprisonment of up to ten years, or both”

 

This huge fine is why passengers need to be educated when they travel.  I know sometimes it’s easy to miss the news when life gets busy, but please, if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, be safe and get rid of it. And definitely don’t travel with it!

 

If you’re traveling the next week and you see a flight attendant eyeballing your phone, please cut them some slack, they’re just trying to keep everyone safe.

 

Everyone I know travels with their cell phone, relies on it, lives for it. I know that personally, I use mine for pictures, music, and the beloved Whatsapp while traveling international. Think you could travel without your phone?

Hopefully this huge safety meltdown with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 doesn’t cause airlines to ban the use of phones completely.

 

What do you think? Will the airlines move on without a hitch like the exploding phones never happened?

Safe Flying, Everyone!

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

 

Newbie Blogger Secret, Why Pinterest is My Bestie

In my first month as a blogger, I seeing traffic and even got accepted by Google AdSense. I take every small win I can and I want to share the keys to success that I’ve discovered!

 

My blog is barely a month old and yet I manage to get around 100 views a day and my traffic is steadily increasing.

But how am I getting this traffic to my blog?

Does it take hours of tedious work?

Nope.

 

If you look through many of my posts, I include a Pinterest image for others to re-pin. This makes it even easier for me to one-click my Tailwind icon later and schedule posts as well because my favorite, pinnable images are already embedded in the post.

 

Check out these screenshots from my recent traffic and notice where almost all of it comes from…Pinterest!

 

These numbers aren’t crazy by any means, but it’s only my second month blogging, so just to have any views at all is exciting!

 

 

This screenshot of The Luv Aviatrix's blog traffic shows that Pinterest drives the most traffic! Find out how to use this powerful tool!

61 views came from Pinterest versus only 9 from facebook and only 4 from Twitter

 

This screenshot of The Luv Aviatrix's blog traffic shows that Pinterest drives the most traffic! Find out how to use this powerful tool!

This day I had 114 views from Pinterest and only 5 from Facebook and 3 from Twitter!

 

So why is Pinterest working so well for me?

Pinterest is very passive compared to all the effort facebook takes. Pinterest continues to circulate your images like a visual search engine, even when you are not online. When others pin or like the image, Pinterest increases it’s circulation.

Did you notice that one of my posts, A flight Attendant’s Air Travel Tips, seems to be doing better than the rest?

A Flight Attendant gives her air travel tips for your best flight. What to bring to make your flight easier

My pin, found here, has 86 repins at the time of this post. Because of that, Pinterest is continuing to recirculate the image. People that search for related tags, like how to pack for air travel, or something similar, will find my image. They can either pin it for later, or they can also click through to my website.

Create a Tailwind account now and start to discover what Pinterest can do to increase your blog traffic!

 

What is Tailwind?

 

Tailwind is used to pre-schedule posts. It’s as easy as clicking a few buttons and throughout the day, Tailwind will post Pins on your behalf. Tailwind even knows when the best time to post a pin is! If that wasn’t enough, you can also see how well your boards are performing.

 

Do you need more about the basics of Pinterest? Check out my post on how to create a pinnable image that drives traffic directly to your website.

 

Happy Pinning!

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

 

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Flight Attendants on Halloween

Fall is here and Halloween is in the Air, Flight Attendants Share their Spirit!

Happy Fall! It’s October 1st and you know what that means??? Halloween is only 31 days away! Halloween is my favorite Holiday besides Christmas and you better believe I get decked out, whether I’m on the ground, or in the air!

 

Flight Attendants celebrate Halloween

 

I haven’t flown on Halloween in a few years, so I’m going to share pictures from my first Halloween as a flight attendant, back when I was flying to Horizon Airlines. My bestie and I thought we looked grand in our costumes. Our Canadian passengers seemed less enthusiastic about our Holiday spirit, eyeing us dubiously as we offered them drinks…tee-hee. I remember walking through the terminal at Sea Tac though, ordering a mocha from Dilettante and everyone got a kick out of my polka dot tights!

 

 

 

 

 

Flight Attendants celebrate Halloween in the Air

 

Anyone thirsty?

 

 

Flight Attendants show their Halloween Spirit, in air costumes

 

My Bestie and I rockin’ our polka dot tights in front of the Q400

 

To kick-start the Fall season and count down to Halloween, I’m going to share some Flight Attendant Halloween Spirit! Gotta love how creative my coworkers are!

 

Flight Attendants show their Halloween Spirit, in air costumes

 

These Houston based Southwest Flight Attendants

are decked out from head to toe and ready to show their passengers a fun flight!

 

Flight Attendants show their Halloween Spirit, in air costumes

 

Horizon Airline Flight Attendants don their Halloween hats and mix spooky with fun!

 

Flight Attendants show their Halloween Spirit, in air costumes

 

These Medford Based Horizon Airlines Flight Attendants are representing their Halloween spirit and showing that regional airlines have the most fun!

 

Flight Attendants show their Halloween Spirit, in air costumes

This Las Vegas based Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant

opts for cute instead of scary for her Halloween in the sky!

 

Flight Attendants show their Halloween Spirit, in air costumes

 

More festive Southwest Airlines flight attendants, this time Oakland based

 

Flight Attendants show their Halloween Spirit, in air costumes

Ground Crew sharing their Halloween spirit with a Medford based Flight Attendant

 

Flight Attendants show their Halloween Spirit, in air costumes

 

An American Airlines Flight Attendant is ready to fly!

 

Flight Attendants show their Halloween Spirit, in air costumes

 

This Orlando Based Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant is fifty shades of fun!

 

 

 

Flight Attendants show their Halloween Spirit, in air costumes

If This Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant told me to

fasten my seat belt, I would not hesitate!

 

Are you flying anywhere this Halloween? Flying is magical, so it’s only fitting that as a flight attendant, we take this holiday to play it up a little bit. I don’t have my schedule yet to know if I’ll be flying on Halloween this year, but if I am, you better believe I’ll be decked out in Halloween spirit!

 

So, which of these Halloween Costumes show the most Flight Attendant Holiday Spirit? If I fly again this Halloween, what should I dress up as for my passengers?

 

 

Happy Fall Flying!  Flight Attendants celebrate Halloween

XOXO

Jaye Shields

 

P.S. Although you see mostly Southwest Flight Attendants here, I promise I approached Delta, Alaska and American flight attendants as well. Some airlines have stricter holiday policies so it doesn’t encourage as much Holiday flair.

 

 

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Flight Attendants show their Halloween spirit while flying in costume on the Holiday

The best coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay

The Best Coffee shops in Alameda

Huzzah! It’s National Coffee Day and I’m on board to celebrate! I’m from Seattle, so of course I was raised to be a coffee addict. Coffee has been there during many important times of my life. For me, coffee is both comforting and fueling. When I was writing my books (that are now published) I walked to a coffee shop every day because it was the only place I could sit and focus and knock out a few thousand words on my manuscript. Not only did these coffee shops allow me to focus, but by sipping on a well-crafted drink, I felt like I was having a treat!

 

So in honor of National Coffeee Day, I’m celebrating with a run down of my favorite coffee shops in Alameda, an charming island on the San Francisco Bay!

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Julie’s Coffee and Tea House

1223 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501

 

What I ordered: 16 oz latte (for here) and a scone (warmed) with Devonshire cream.

What I also recommend: Lavendar latte, ginger lemonade, one of their tonic lattes or anything on the menu!The best coffee houses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island town on the San Francisco Bay.

Julie’s is hands down, the best, or at least top two coffee shops in Alameda. I would argue that it’s one of the best coffee places in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, and that’s saying a lot. But I think it depends on your taste in ambience.

The Vibe

You’re actually going to get eye contact from your barista. Not only that, but the people that work there all come off as intelligent, creative and good at what they do! Being a barista doesn’t have to just be a job, it can be an art and this coffeehouse is a sanctuary for friends to get together, for artists to be inspired and for workaholics to get a fresh of breath air with their caffeine fix. The décor is Alice in Wonderland meets the Secret Garden, but in the most sophisticated way.

 

The Coffee

The Best Coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay.If you order a latte, it will be the smoothest, creamiest latte you’ve ever had, in a good way. And no matter what kind of milk or non milk you want, Julie’s had it for your specific needs or taste preferences. Julie’s Coffee and Tea is also the coffee shop where you’re most likely to find latte art in your drink, which I always enjoy. Back when I was in college, there was a tall, hunky, blonde man-bun barista (don’t judge me) and every time he put a heart in my latte foam, I secretly hoped it was for me lol. It wasn’t because it’s the most prevalent latte art installation. ;) The espresso at Julie’s is strong, in a great way! Even if you order a flavored latte, you’re going to be able to taste the high quality brew. Julie’s is all about coffee as it’s supposed to be. Order a machiatto and you’re going to get what you would have been given in Italy, not Starbuck’s impression of what a marketable machiatto would be.

*Tea* Although this post isn’t about tea, Julie’s gets an honorable mention because they have an entire wall of fresh loose leap tea. Even though I’m not a tea person, every time I have ordered tea here, it’s been amazing. I love the smoky black teas. Not ssure which tea you want? Ask the barista what they recommend.Best Coffee shop in Alameda. Alameda is a charming island town on the San Francisco Bay

The Food

Julie’s Coffee and Teahouse deserves a section for food because although the menu is small, it’s because they deal in quality. Quality, locally sourced ingredients, executed perfectly before it’s brought to you. Whether you want a soft boiled egg or a quiche or an amazing salad, you can’t make a wrong choice. My two must-haves when I come to Julie’s is either a scone with Devonshire cream in the AM with coffee or their toasted grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. When I was in college, I spent most of my income on scones with fresh Devonshire cream. My order was the same every day: Lemon ginger scones (with amazing flecks of candied ginger) and Devonshire cream, thick, and freshly made, a cold contrast against the lightly toasted scone. I love to bake, but I have never tasted a scone with such a perfect texture. When they stopped serving the Lemon Ginger scones and only offered other flavors, like currant, I was heart broken. The other flavors are amazing, but the Lemon Ginger had a special place in my heart. So special that I baked four batches of scones in two days trying to recreate the same perfect texture. But enough about the scones, I could probably dedicate an entire post to Julie’s scones. #SconeProblems Back to the grilled cheese. It’s the most amazing grilled cheese you will ever have. And the best part, you don’t feel like you’re going to have a heart attack after you eat it.

 

Wes Café

1518 Webster Street Happy National Coffee Day! The Best Coffee shops in Alameda!
Alameda, CA 94501

 

What I ordered: 16 oz Latte (for here)

 

What I also recommend: Tis the season for the Pumpkin Spice Latte! Wes Café has the most amazing pumpkin spice latte I’ve ever had. It’s so creamy and not too sweet. It actually taste like there’s real pumpkin puree in it!

 

Order anything you can dream up because they have syrups and flavors galore and aren’t afraid to use them. I hate sweet drinks usually but I walked up once and they had a cupcake syrup on the counter so I just had to try their Cupcake latte, and what do you know…it didn’t suck. 🙂 It was actually quite tasty. Don’t judge me!

 

The best coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay

 

 

Wes Café is one of my favorite places to enjoy a brew, along with Julie’s Coffee and Tea. I’d dare to say they’re both at the top of my list, I just enjoy strolling Park Street more than Webster. But both are great for a walk about!

 

National Coffee Day - The best coffee shops in Alameda!

 

The Vibe wes-cafe-window

 

Wes Café has an masculine feel to it that’s both earthy and modern. Think lots of wood planks (earthy) and marble and blackboards to keep things both modern and low key. The large art piece depicting a historical train is a nice nod to Alameda’s history.

 

 

 

 

Mosley’s Café

mosleys-cafe

2099 Grand Street Alameda, CA 94501

 

What I ordered: Large Iced Latte 

 

I couldn’t keep completely cohesive with my post and do a hot latte because it was too darn hot outside. I ordered an iced latte and was given a cold brew, but the barista assured me it was the same thing. I was dubious, but whatever, it was strong and tasty. I also had a breakfast croissant sandwich and it was amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

Mosleys Cafe, Alameda, California

The VibeMosleys Cafe, Alameda, California

Okay, can we talk about how charming this place is? Even if the coffee sucked (which it didn’t), this place would be worth sipping a day old cup of Joe if only for the view. It’s actually more of a stand than a shop, with only a bar and one table in the sun to sit. Definitely unplug at this place (no really, you have to) and enjoy watching kayakers paddle by and sail boats coming and going.

 

Happy National Coffee Day! Celebrate with the best coffee houses in Alameda! Mosleys Cafe, Alameda, California

Pictured left is the view from the bar. That’s right, you’re literally sipping your coffee right on the Marina.

 

Final Verdict

Come to Mosleys and soak up a quintessential Alameda view. You’ll remember that you’re on an island as you sip your coffee in the sun, watchers sailors leave for a day on the San Francisco Bay. Stick your thumb out, you might get lucky and hitch a ride around the most beautiful city in the world.

 

 

 

The Beanery

1650 Park St Alameda, CA 94501Happy National Coffee Day. Celebrate with the best coffee houses in Alameda.

 

What I ordered: 16 oz Latte (for here) and a Crème Brulee Bar

 

 

The Vibe

At eleven o’clock, I’m probably the only person under thirty, including the baristas. Which isn’t a bad thing at all, but it gives you an idea of the clientele. Meaning there aren’t too many college kids monopolizing the coffee tables. Yours truly used to be guilty of that of course, but now I’m the twenty-something coffee drinker that doesn’t want to feel like an underachiever every time I go to a coffee shop. That’s one thing I immediately like about the Beanery. Many people here are enjoying a coffee together, socializing. It gives the place a certain laid-back, unpretentious air.

 

But what about the coffee?Coffee Beanery Alameda CA

It’s great! I’m a sucker for a well done latte. Although there’s no crazy latte art in my Beanery mug, there is a nice enjoyable micro foam and strong espresso flavor.

 

Food

The Crème Brule Bar I ordered is good, but I won’t rave about it and I definitely wouldn’t order it again. Although I can tell that quality ingredients were used, it’s basically a vanilla cheesecake bar. There’s nothing Crème Brule about it. This of course is coming from a bit of a Paris snob, but I don’t want to lead my readers astray either. There is a caramelized layer on top, but it isn’t crunchy as you would expect from anything crème brule. Since I fancy myself a decent baker, I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t have done a separate layer to keep that crunch that’s typical of a Crème brule. The flavor doesn’t harken to the traditional French dessert either, but it does have a very good vanilla bean taste. If they called this a Vanilla Bean Cheesecake bar, I’d probably have better things to say. Everything taste good with a good cup of coffee though, am I right?

 

 

The Blue Danube

1333 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

 

What I ordered: 16 oz latteThe Best Coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay.

 

My first impression

Each time I come here (usually it’s because somewhere else is full), I say I’m not going to come back. The place isn’t terrible, it’s just not the best coffee and it’s certainly not my scene. I’ll tell you why. The Blue Danube has the most potential out of all of the coffee shops in Alameda because it’s in one of the coolest buildings. Alameda, CA is known for it’s historical architecture, and the tall brick building has super tall ceilings (maybe fifty feet), a cool front door that’s almost nearly as tall, and old wood floors. That’s where the charm stops for me though. Well, I suppose that’s a bit harsh, I don’t hate the large wall chalkboard menu or couches toward the back of the place. I guess I’m just bummed because it looks like every other average coffee shop in Alameda. It’s obvious to me that the owners of the Blue Danube don’t have a passion for coffee or for the building they’re in. It’s almost like they thought, “Let’s open a coffee shop, it’ll be an easy moneymaker.” It’s true though, every single coffee shop on Park street is always packed. So it’s certainly not a bad investment.

The Best Coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay.The Décor

But I personally feel like it’s a crime to be in a cool historical building like this and not show it off. Let’s see some exposed brick or traditional elements that I’m sure were in this building to begin with. Instead, it has gaudy green and orange walls that I can’t appreciate because it feels like it was supposed to be a part of a theme, but then got lost in translation. The only aspect of the décor I do love is the couches near the window and at the back. Very cozy.

 

The Vibe

The wall that stretches back through the shop is Laptop central. The Best Coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay.People are on their cell phones (annoying much?) and I can’t help but wonder if the owner of manager ever comes in this shop. I haven’t seen the high-school age baristas smile once. When I ordered I didn’t even get any eye contact. One thing about the vibe that I will say is positive, is that it’s definitely laid-back…obviously if people are on their phones right? Personally, I think that’s coffee shop sacrilege. 😉 But if you want to drink coffee in public and talk on your phone, The Blue Danube is for you!

 

But What About the Coffee, Jaye!?!? Who cares about the décor!

It’s…eh. It’s okay. My latte came in a nice thick mug, which I appreciate. The micro foam was…perhaps not true micro foam but close enough. It was a bit overly foamy for a true coffee snob, but I couldn’t do any better. Actually, that’s an apt comparison. This is the type of foam I can accomplish at home with my espresso maker. Not great, but not terrible. Definitely not latte art status. 😉 The flavor is good, but not super strong espresso taste. The milk taste light, not creamy like some of the other great coffee shops in Alameda.

 

The Bull Dog Café

3215 Encinal Ave Suite D Alameda, CA 94501

 

What I ordered: 16 oz Latte

 

First impression:The best coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming town on the San Francisco Bay

I’ve always loved this location, the coffee house is located on a corner in a cool Victorian building. I’ve been here before, but not under this ownership. Honestly, it seems like this location goes through new ownership every couple years. After I walked in, I almost walked right back out. I kind of wish I would’ve, but I guess forcing yourself to experience something is the only way you can give an honest opinion. So why did I almost turn tail and walk out? They have speakers, which sound like they’ve been blown out, blasting pop hip-hop. Honestly I could probably put up with the pop-hip hop, but not through muffled, static-booming speakers. The music is so loud that I can’t even drown it out with my head phones. I don’t have the heart to say anything because I’m the only person in here and I’m sure the barista (who was very nice by the way) was probably just jamming out.

 

The Vibe:The best coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay

Beside my extreme distaste for the music playing way too loud on blown out speakers, the interior is enjoyable enough and filled to the brim with local art. The tables and chairs feel like they were stolen from an out-of-business diner, and not in a good way. They definitely give the feel of a new owner trying to save money. I wish I could peel the linoleum table tops off and put anything else on top, whether it’s just sand and stain or tile, anything would be better. Positives though are the many, many local paintings and photographs on the walls, and the tons of light that spills in. They have live music in the evenings, which I wasn’t able to experience, but I love that they offer that.

The best coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay

 

 

The Coffee:

I wouldn’t come back for it. It’s okay. The espresso tastes strong, it’s just not my preference. It goes to the bottom of my reviewed lattes on this post. For those that like lighter, fluffier higher foams, this might be the place for you.

 

 

 

So…are you thirsty yet?

How are you celebrating National Coffee Day?

Do you have a healthy espresso buzz or are you scoffing at the coffee drinkers and enjoying some herbal tea instead. 😉

 

Happy Sipping!

      XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

 

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A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Reads

A Flight Attendant’s Bookshelf, The Best Travel Reads

A flight attendant loves to travel.

Which is why I have travel books out the wazoo on my bookshelf.

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A Flight Attendant's book shelf - Travel Reads

 

The already full shelves got even more loaded with travel and aviation reads when my other half and I moved in together. Were both aviation nerds, if you don’t know us, he’s a pilot at Delta Airlines and I’m a flight attendant at Southwest Airlines, so our apartment is loaded with travel and aviation goodies. You’re ready to raid our bookshelf and sit in our first class seats to read now, right?

 

Here’s a glimpse into some of my must-own travel reads that you can pour over again and again.

 

My all-time favorite travel read is…

 

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Reads

 

You can read my full book review here. In a nutshell, it’s Newman’s memoir of her personal travels, mostly solo as a female. In real life, she’s a writer at many popular tv shows and her sense of humor dominates her writing in a brilliant way! What is better than travel AND humor. The cherry on top in her honest introspection inspired by her many travels. This book is the reason I have moved New Zealand and Argentina to the top of my travel bucket list.

Excerpt from Amazon: Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses to wear to her friends’ weddings and baby showers. Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals, men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed. Kristin introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Finnish poker players, sexy Bedouins, and Argentinean priests who helped her transform into “Kristin-Adjacent” on the road–a slower, softer, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling, candid reflection, and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling debut that will have readers rushing to renew their passports.

 

A Flight Attendant's Bookshelf - Must Read Travel Books

 

 

A Flight Attendant's Bookshelf - Must Read Travel Books

 

 For the History Buffs

 

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

What can I say, there is nothing that speaks to the spirit of travel more…This is basically the bible of being travel-minding and just going.

Excerpt from Amazon: On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac’s years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, “a sideburned hero of the snowy West.” As “Sal Paradise” and “Dean Moriarty,” the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac’s love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance. Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than fifty years ago.

 

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell Flight Attendants Favorite Travel Reads

 

When I studied Paris at University, this was required reading. Orwell’s words were paint a vibrant picture of a different side of Paris than what is sold to tourists, but it’ll leave you with a knew perspective the next time you visit.

Excerpt from Amazon: This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.

 

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemmingway

 

A must-read for lovers of Parisian history. Down and Out in Paris gives you a glimpse into the historical expat movement in Paris where the rich Americans (like Hemingway) would come to Paris and live the life of the poor (the bourgeoisie) starving artist. Ever wondered what the Monmarte was like at the height of art in Paris? This book is a must-read, whether you love Paris as a city, or are a fan of art, or a history buff.

Excerpt from Amazon: Widely celebrated and debated by critics and readers everywhere, the restored edition of A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized

 

For the Adventurous Heart

 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed Flight Attendants Favorite Travel Reads

Back when I was flying for Horizon Airlines, I was based in Medford (we called it Club Med) and I lived about twenty minutes from the airport, in Ashland. For those of you that hike, it’s a small mountain town right on the PCH. I came home one night from a trip and they had my street closed down because they were filming the movie “Wild”. Yup, Reese was there and everything. I even took home some props from the movie set lol. Too bad they didn’t need a flight attendant, I was in full uniform. 😉

Excerpt from Amazon: At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

 

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

 

This popular read gives you a glimpse into three amazing countries and it’ll satisfy your wanderlust while at the same time, making you ponder life and spirituality, just as the heroine does. A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Reads

Excerpt from Amazon: In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

 

We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn

 

I loved this book because the main character was my opposite. The mom is A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Booksterrified of traveling and hates to fly. She’s a bit neurotic. For me, that made her all the more endearing and it made me see another side of travel. Although I could relate to a couple thing, like wondering if that dicey bellhop was going to raid my luggage or almost getting arrested in Paris for stepping on the grass at a park…

Excerpt from Amazon: Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it’s too late. Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about the journey, and even though she’s perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter’s mental photo album with memories—just in case. From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying…for the sake of living.

 

For the Romantic

 

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Reads

 

I’ll never forget the first time I saw this book being read on the airplane. I stopped what I was doing and pointed at the cover and exclaimed, “Oh my God, it’s Cinque Terre!” At the time, Cinque Terre wasn’t a popular tourist destination so I was super intrigued about a novel that was set there.

 

Excerpt from Amazon: The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his  funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.

 

 

Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard

 

I always wanted to live in Paris, and this book made me feel like I got to. I’ve been to Paris many times, but the author transported me to areas I hadn’t known about. A Flight Attendant's Favorite Travel Reads I couldn’t put this book down. I think people that enjoyed Under The Tuscan Sun will enjoy this book.

Excerpt from Amazon: In Paris for a weekend visit, Elizabeth Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman–and never went home again. Was it love at first sight? Or was it the way her knife slid effortlessly through her pavé au poivre, the steak’s pink juices puddling into the buttery pepper sauce? LUNCH IN PARIS is a memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs–one with her new beau, Gwendal, the other with French cuisine. Packing her bags for a new life in the world’s most romantic city, Elizabeth is plunged into a world of bustling open-air markets, hipster bistros, and size 2 femmes fatales. She learns to gut her first fish (with a little help from Jane Austen), soothe pangs of homesickness (with the rise of a chocolate soufflé) and develops a crush on her local butcher (who bears a striking resemblance to Matt Dillon). Elizabeth finds that the deeper she immerses herself in the world of French cuisine, the more Paris itself begins to translate. French culture, she discovers, is not unlike a well-ripened cheese-there may be a crusty exterior, until you cut through to the melting, piquant heart.

 

Nothing beats laying on an exotic beach with a book in hand to keep the sun out of your face.

When I’m home, I love a book that’ll transport me to another world.

Did I miss any good reads?

 

What book gets you in the mood to travel?

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

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