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Vegas - UK - France

Well, that was another year and another Vegas show.

Highlights were certainly catching up with friends, making new friends, going to the Grand Canyon, Sunbathing, swimming and drinking coktails by the hotel pool (something I've never done before in my life! - I don't really *do* holidays as such) and talking business with some of the distributors at the show.

I'm really bored of international flights though. Travelling for 10+ hours (not including stop-over and check-in times) becomes really boring really fast. Despite my rather blase attitude to the adventures I tend to have on planes (I've now been struck by lightning three times, had emergency landings/mild crashes, electrical failures, turbalance from hell, mothers milk all over my trousers courtesy of little babies, etc) they do tend to pile up and start getting to you after a while.

Short flight I'm fine with as they over and done with quite quickly, but the long hauls tend to get very monotonous very quickly. I could really do without them. Unfortunately they are part of doing business for me though, so it's something I'm just going to have to deal with. Or get Dom doing some more US shows and me staying European-bound for a bit. Plus, I'd miss all my US friends if I didn't make the trips.

Anyway, I'm back in the UK and back in the office catching up with loads of work. I'm only here until Thursday as I'm off to Paris on Friday (returning Monday) for Le Salon du Jeu de Société this weekend. I'm going by land and sea for that one though.


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Apr. 20th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Angus, the key with those long international flights is to read or to sleep. That tends to make them pass faster, and seem less boring.

As far as I'm concerned, the real peeve I have with flying (regardless of the distance) is airports, and having to deal with flight layovers and the like.
Apr. 20th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'm doing a total of 13-14,000 miles by air next month. Nine sectors, probably 30 hours in the air. I always end that kind of run wondering why I do it to myself ....

My tips: think hard about how to make those flights comfortable. Forget working (unless you're in business class). View it as enforced down-time and take those books you've been wanting to catch up on for months but never quite had the time for. Pack a hand-sized goodie bag with whatever it takes to sedate you: mine contains ebook reader, ipod, good in-ear headphones, blindfold, slipper socks, and a few other Charlie-specific items that I want to stash where I can get at them without standing up. Stick the goodie bag in your hand luggage for security; pull it out once you're ready to board, and don't stick it in the overhead locker -- you want to be able to get at it. And buy lots of bottled water, after you clear security -- they never serve you enough on the flight.

Oh, and an electric toothbrush will make your teeth feel a whole lot better by breaking up the plaque build-up, even without toothpaste. So keep it in your hand luggage.
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