Depart the large suitcases at house and take the day's first flight out

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Flight attendants share their recommendations on making summer time journey simpler

If anybody is aware of methods to make air journey higher, it is flight attendants, who can inform you what works (getting on a aircraft early within the day) and what does not (having a decent connection). Three execs — married couple Wealthy Henderson and Andrew Henderson and Essence Griffin — spoke to CNN Journey and gave the inside track on methods to make flying this summer time a (relative) breeze.

  • Delays can at all times occur. To attenuate the chance, journey very first thing within the morning. Nobody likes getting on a aircraft at 5 a.m., Wealthy mentioned, however these flights are “means simpler than those later within the day. There’s simply fewer points, there hasn’t been an opportunity for issues to go unsuitable.”
  • Attempt to keep away from peak journey instances, together with Friday evenings and Monday mornings, and connections which might be tight — when you’ve got half-hour between your first aircraft touchdown and your second taking off, you can be frantically working throughout the airport.
  • When touring for one thing that has a set time, like a marriage or cruise crusing, give your self a buffer of at the very least a day. “I see usually persons are attempting to benefit from their time by reducing it actually shut, and that basically simply provides a lot stress to your journey,” Wealthy mentioned.
  • If doable, keep away from checking in a bag and solely convey a carry-on. It is onerous to go from level A to level B whereas lugging a big suitcase, and at airports, “there are loads of baggage misplaced — it is simply straightforward for them to misplace your bag,” Griffin mentioned.

Royal Caribbean’s large Icon of the Seas is ready to be the world’s largest cruise ship

It is full steam forward for the Icon of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean’s new cruise ship — set to be the world’s largest — simply completed its preliminary sea trials. The primary engines, brake system, and bow and propellers had been examined, and a second spherical of trials is ready for later this yr. Royal Caribbean mentioned the Icon of the Seas will launch in January 2024, with 7-night cruises out of Miami to the Japanese and Western Caribbean.

The Icon of the Seas ship on the water

As soon as in operation, the Icon of the Seas will dethrone Royal Caribbean’s Surprise of the Seas because the world’s largest cruise ship, with 20 decks and eight distinct “neighborhoods” that includes meals, procuring, actions, and leisure. Absolutely anything you may think about might be on this ship, together with a waterpark, theme park and the three-story “Final Household Townhouse,” with a karaoke station and slide. Due to its immense dimension, the Icon of the Seas will carry lots of people — 5,610 passengers and a couple of,350 crew to be precise.

After an 18-hour delay, this traveler had a complete aircraft to himself

Typically, it pays to stay out a protracted flight delay. Phil Stringer, a realtor from Greensboro, North Carolina, was set to fly out of Oklahoma Metropolis to Charlotte on Sunday, however storms pressured American Airways to maintain pushing again his flight’s departure. Because the hours ticked by, passengers began reserving different flights or simply canceling, and after 17 hours and 52 minutes, Stringer was the final man standing. His flight was lastly able to take off early Monday, and he was the only passenger.

The crew had been at their lodge, preparing to fall asleep, once they had been referred to as to work the flight, Stringer instructed WSOC-TV. “I felt so badly as a result of I used to be like, oh my gosh, they actually needed to come right here for me,” he mentioned. Nonetheless, spirits had been excessive, and Stringer shared a TikTok of the expertise that went viral. There was one final bump within the highway — Stringer’s suitcase bought misplaced and it took 45 minutes to seek out it — however he stored going with the movement, and is now laughing in regards to the journey with the crew. “I exchanged cellphone numbers with them, we’re nonetheless actually texting at the moment and group messaging,” he mentioned.

Italian police ID vacationer who carved names into the Colosseum

The Disrespectful Vacationer Award goes to the person recorded final week utilizing a key to engrave an inscription on a wall within the Colosseum. He carved “Ivan + Hayley 23” on the traditional construction, Reuters reported, an act that was “offensive to everybody world wide who appreciates the worth of archaeology, monuments and historical past,” Italian Tradition Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano mentioned. Police mentioned the vandal is from England, and he left Italy earlier than authorities may query him. If caught, he faces a hefty fantastic of 15,000 euros ($16,311) and as much as 5 years in jail.

The Colosseum

Add this to your calendar

Bon Iver, Patti Smith, Mumford & Sons, Leon Bridges, and Japanese Breakfast are simply a few of the artists enjoying throughout this yr’s Seaside Highway Weekend in Martha’s Winery, August 25-27. The lineup is robust and the setting is attractive, making this a superb strategy to wrap up the summer time. You should buy a 3-day or single cross.

Japanese Breakfast on stage