I have traveled my entire career (which is longer than I’d care to admit). I won't say I am an expert traveler, but I am okay. If you do it as much as I have, you pick up on a few things along the way.
The most important of those things—the golden rule of traveling, so to speak—is to be the kind of traveler that you wouldn't mind being around. We’ve all sat next to the person who spends the whole flight whistling Mama Mia. You know how congested the tube in London is at afternoon rush hour, and how bad it is to be next to the guy in the tank top, yet to discover deodorant. And Airline terminals are crowded enough without Aunt Betty’s “welcome home” party filling the width of the exit hallway. In short: travel courtesy is very important.
I’d also like to share some basic tips, things that aren’t covered by the ‘golden rule’. I never check bags if I don’t absolutely have to. Skis and golf clubs are not going to fit in the little bin, right? (Fortunately for me, I am terrible at both and don't feel the need to travel with either. In fact, I tend to be skeptical of people who need their golf clubs or skis on business travel, but that's another discussion.) There are thousands of little ideas to make a trip quicker, cheaper, more comfortable, etc. I plan on using this site to explore those ideas.
Lastly, I want to comment on the travel industry and its various players. This includes the basics: airlines, hotels, and rental agencies—but I also want to talk about online services, iPhone or iPad apps, even public transportation. I will always try to be fair in both commendation and criticism.
On that note, while not perfect, Porter Airlines is a great thing. If you travel to Toronto, I highly recommend giving them a try. They fly right into Island Airport instead of going out to Pearson, so you are basically right downtown.
My plan is to post at least once a week. I’m hoping to learn from feedback as well. Loads of people have a ton of travel experience, so this can be fun, probably funny, and mutually beneficial.