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Is flying first class really worth it?

 

Flying first class most likely means luxury seating on a plane, preferential treatment in services rendered, more comfort and most importantly, the very pricy flight fares! The kind of ‘exclusive’ flight fares that makes you wonder, if it’s really worth it?

On all occasions, when you get on a commercial plane, there are always the first-class passengers who are a limited number of passengers (usually not more than 10), who are seated towards the front of the airplane enjoying more space, comfort, service and privacy.

       

First class is categorized as airplane luxury. Different airlines provide different services and special treatment for first class passengers ranging from private suites, fast in-flight WiFi, access to exclusive lounges to even on-board showers. In turn, first-class flyers pay an expensive flight fare, which is way more than any other class of flyers.

 

First class travel experience includes being the first passengers on board the aircraft, averting the long waiting lines at the gates, extra large seats with enormous carry-on space, complimentary gifts from the airline, first class bar with champagne and all the other wonderful things you can think of. It’s arguably clear that the benefits of first class play in even before your flight takes off. Amazing, isn’t it?

Other flight classes include the business and economy. Business class is above economy class. Flying business class also offers a premium experience in flight with upgraded amenities and even before boarding, there are separate check-in for them and business class lounges that offers showers and nap rooms. The main difference between business class and first class is the seat type, as some first class seat types are generally bigger, having a private space or suite and may rotate or even turn into a bed unlike business class seats.  Also the price difference stands out between a first class and business class traveller. In most cases, a first class traveller is expected to pay about 60-200% more than a business class traveller.

What about the economy class travellers? Economy class is also known as standard class, which many travellers make use of.  Generally speaking, compared to the other cabin options of business class and first class, the seats in economy are smaller with less legroom. Also the level of service, flight entertainment, type of tv screens and food options are limited and surely you can not keep asking for more champagne. A lot of people argue that economy class is just a way of travel, comfortable enough to get you to your destination and the extra travel fuss is not needed. However, Ralph Waldo Emerson says “it’s not the destination, it’s about the journey.”

 

It is important to note that all seat types and options of in-flight service depends on what airline you are flying, as different airlines sets different service standards for their passengers.

 

Flying is a fun experience for many, however who wouldn’t love an extra luxury added to that fun?  It is said that ‘fly business class once and you’ll never be happy in economy again’.  The benefits of flying first class are so many, but we will leave it to you to decide in the comment section if it’s really worth the money or not?

 

Turbulence

 

Yemi Bankole is a long-time friend of mine. His friendly and calm nature makes him a perfect fit for his job as a flight attendant with a reputable local airline, which he has been doing for the last five years.

Just yesterday, he called to tell me he had the most terrifying flying experience ever.

 It was extreme turbulence.

Turbulence can be very frightening and uncomfortable. The mere experience of being 37,000 feet above the ground and being violently tossed from side to side in an aeroplane cabin is nerve-wracking for anyone. The interesting thing is that turbulence is no cause for alarm and even severe turbulence is hardly dangerous. 

 

Turbulence is just like a bumpy ride in the sky. It may be regarded as an unsteady or violent movement of air that causes the aircraft to bounce or shake.

 

Why turbulence?

 

Turbulence occurs for a number of reasons, which include a change in the airflow, jet streams, hot rising air usually from thunderstorm clouds, landscapes (objects near the plane like mountains or skyscrapers). It is not because the aeroplane is faulty. 

What to expect during extreme turbulence?

 

Actually, for a moment, the aeroplane may be out of control. You may feel severe shaking of aircraft, a noticeable strain against your seatbelt, and even objects and luggage not properly secured away may even fall or be tossed around.

Mild turbulence may even go unnoticed by passengers. Extreme turbulence happens once in a very rare while. Just like Yemi who has been flying every day of his life for the past five years just experienced extreme turbulence for the first time.

 

What is the first thing to do if turbulence occurs?

 

Keep calm and buckle your seatbelt immediately. If you happen to be in the toilet or standing, rush to your seat and buckle your seatbelt. Do not panic and try to reassure other passengers seated next to you. The most likely way anyone would sustain an injury during turbulence is if your seatbelt is unbuckled, the force of the turbulence may hit you against an object and injure you. 

 

Most times, pilots already know when they are going to hit turbulence from weather and radar reports. Turbulence is completely normal and many of us have experienced mild turbulence while in flight without even knowing. 

 

Can Turbulence cause a plane to crash?

 

“it is rare and the industry has worked over the years to reduce the risk,” says American Senior Aviation Consultant Adrian Young.

Virtual Tours by Concept3D

Technology will blow you away and catch you right back. Waking up to a new reality every day is amazing and in a special way, it gives us hope for a better tomorrow. Picture walking through hotel pathways, restaurants, resorts, bars and so much more without being physically there! Pretty fascinating, isn’t it?

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it somewhat difficult for travel agencies, tourism, hospitality, and so many more companies to find a reasonable balance in revenue.

Concept3D is a world-known company famous for it’s online success with virtual experiences via it’s 3D modelling techniques. A digital leader in creating interactive maps and virtual tours for it’s clients,  so their audience can have an intense feeling of being present in a particular destination or place without actually being there physically.

With so much travel and movement restriction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these virtual tours and maps are quickly becoming essential power tools for professionals in the hospitality, theme parks, educational, travel, and tourism industries, as it serves as a virtual trip advisor for travellers who are yet to visit a place and want to have more detailed information about their destinations before visiting. 

Concept3D was founded in 2006 with the main aim of optimizing virtual sales success. This software was designed to make realistic virtual experiences, so people anywhere on the globe can view and learn about their destinations in realistic form, helping them to make clear decisions and plan ahead.

 

Gordon Boyes, the CEO of Concept3D stated  “With people staying home and unable to travel, the tourism and hospitality industries have been hit hard, and we’re hopeful that this offer and our software can help make a difference as hotels, resorts, restaurants, and many others are doing whatever they can to bounce back,” 

“If a virtual tour or interactive map of your grounds and facility would help, our team is ready to make it happen.”

This means good news to companies in the hospitality, aviation, and tourism fields hit badly by the on-going pandemic, as Concept3D has announced they will be offering their software free of charge to assist such companies in these trying times! This will run throughout the month of December 2021.

For further details on this offer visit their website.

7 Hacks on Packing for a Trip

There are different types of ‘trip packers’. There are ones that pack the night before their trip; the ones that have their luggage packed days before a trip, and the ones that are like me (those who somehow manage to forget their toothbrush every single time!)

Whichever category you fall into, sometimes, packing for a trip brings anxiety. You have to consider what to carry along so you don’t overpack or under pack. You worry about how all you need would fit into your box, you also stress about your important documents and last-minute details. Most times, these all rush into your head while you stare at your empty box, and it is difficult not to panic.

Breathe. Here are some hacks to turn you into a pro when it comes to packing for a trip.

 

  • Decide the length of your trip before you pack.

This helps because deciding the length of your trip also helps you know the most important things to pack for it. 

Of course, you are taking a trip for a reason and this already gives you an idea of the type of outfits and gadgets you need, but the length of the trip informs you on how many of the needed outfits you require to take along with you.

 

  •  Have a Checklist.

 

 

As absurd as this sounds, this serves as a reminder. If you are like me with the knack to forget items (like my toothbrush), or you have important affairs you need to settle before your trip, it is usually a good idea to have them written down.

You can check them off once the written items are packed, and make reference to it before you depart on your trip to make sure you aren’t leaving anything out.

 

  • Roll your Clothes.

Trust me on this, you save twice as much space when you roll your clothes before stacking them in your travel box than when you fold them. It is also a sure way to have less wrinkly clothes.

Another good tip is to pair your clothes before arranging them in your luggage. For instance, you intend to wear a particular shirt with a pair of jeans. Roll these clothes and put them together; that way when you are selecting an outfit to wear, you are able to pick its preferred pairing without scattering the entire rolled lot.

 

  • Place Heavier Items at the Bottom of your Box.

Heavy items like shoes should be packed towards the wheel section of your box, and lighter items or clothing above. This helps balance the weight of your box to avoid it toppling over at the slightest push.

 

  • Know Flight Policies

If you are embarking on a plane for your trip, take out time to read the flight policies. For instance, most airport securities have a standard weight for liquids you carry, and also have to clear them before you are allowed to pass. With this sort of information, you know to put liquids like hand sanitizers in a separate bag to make your check-in process easier. You also do not have to scatter your luggage you spent weeks or the night packing to fish these items out.

Simply put, proper knowledge helps save time and stress.

 

  • Scan copies of important documents.

You never want to lose your certificates or identification card because getting replacements for them usually takes weeks with a lot of back-and-forths. It is best to scan all important documents you need on a trip and send them as an email to yourself.

This way, you feel more secure about your essential documents.

 

  • Keep essential documents close.

You could have a carry-on bag or a waist pouch (fanny pack) where you keep your important documents, wallet, phone, and any other essential items when you travel. Forget about the looks of a waist pouch- actually, they are very fashionable these days. A waist pouch means that at any time, your essential documents are with you.

Nobody prays for their luggage to be stolen or missing, but if this happens, you have your valuables on your person.

 

Hitchhiking 101

Once when I was in Secondary School, I played with a leaf I had cut from a tree on my school premises while I walked towards the road where I’d catch a bus home. With my head in the clouds, I let my mind wander with unchecked thoughts, feeling slightly badass for staying later than the school closing hours.

Minutes later as I was about to catch a bus, I realized the leaf was gone, and so was my bus fare without hope of getting it back.

I did the only thing I could. I swallowed my anxiety, stood at the junction, and flagged down vehicles driving by. I got a ride home from a stranger in a Toyota that day.

Years later when I stumbled on the word ‘hitchhike’, I recalled this incident.

Hitchhiking or Thumbing as it is also called is a means of travel. An individual stands by the road either thumbing towards the direction he intends to travel, or in some countries around the world, stands with palms facing upwards, or back facing the direction of travel. Some people also carry written signs to communicate their intentions.

Though the popularity of this means of travel is greatly reduced and in some states in the United States; it is banned, it is a very curious means of travel. Nomads have traveled this way for decades, the country Germany encouraged it in 2010 as a means to improve the mobility of local residents, and there is much more appeal to it than a free ride.

Growing up, I went through a phase of anxiety, and talking to strangers seemed like being sentenced to death without parole. I couldn’t conceive the idea of talking to outsiders, or worse, ask someone I didn’t know for help.

My first hitchhike experience reminded me that there are good people willing to help without needing favours back.

There are a number of interesting people to meet in the world, and spending hours of travel time with a stranger who willingly picks you up on their ride is one way to discover new adventures.

But, for safety purposes, it is always best to hitchhike during the day when you can get a good look at the driver. Never take rides from impaired drivers.

Trust your instincts; my first hitchhike driver choice was made solely by my instinct. The car pulled to a halt, I took a look at the driver’s face and my mind didn’t split from my body and disappear. 

Oftentimes, your instincts are usually right, and your next travel experience might just be in the front seat of a car or cars that picked you up after thumbing in the direction you want to go.

Have you ever had a hitchhiking experience?