Not My Usual Airport {World Diabetes Day}

November, Diabetes Awareness Month, is probably not the best time to be dealing with diabetes/social media burn out. But alas… I am. If you’ve noticed, I haven’t written much about diabetes lately, but I’ve been sharing some old posts on diabetes via Facebook and Twitter.

Anyway, I want to talk about diabetes today because it is World Diabetes Day. I want to raise awareness, but right now I’m just dealing with making myself care about keeping diabetes in check. However something happened during my recent business trip that I needed to share today.

I had to fly to Atlanta for work last week. When we were making my travel arrangements, it was nearly impossible to get a decent flight out of Cleveland without paying an arm and a leg.

The first itinerary that I found wanted to send me from Cleveland to Denver then on to Atlanta… I could drive from Cleveland to Atlanta faster than that flight would have gotten me there!

“I don’t mind driving a little,” I thought. So I checked out airfare from the Akron-Canton Airport. I was able to find a straight through flight for half the cost of what I was seeing from Cleveland. So we booked it. I’m sure my client appreciates the cost savings.

It was weird to be leaving for a flight and not have to wake up at some crazy early hour.

I arrived at the airport and parked my car. I was able to walk right up to security where I requested my standard pat down and prepared to give my typical speech about knowing the scanners are “safe” but that they void my warranty. But I didn’t have to, the agent said, “Okay” and walked me through to pick up my things. Continue reading

Friday Five: Travel Blog Posts

So I’m not yet back from vacation…. But while i’m gone I figured I’d share my five favorite blog posts on travel:

3rd Anniversary: Waterfalls

Cruising with Type 1 Diabetes

The Bird on a Log

The Mountains

The City

Where is your favorite place to travel?

 

 

Flying on September 11th

Chicago

When my flight home from Chicago, where I had been for work part of last week, was booked for September 11th, I wasn’t thrilled, but many assured me it would probably be the safest day to fly.

Being in the airport on the anniversary of the 2001 attacks was an interesting experience. I can’t say that looking at Facebook at all during the day was helpful leading up to my flight.

The number of TSA agents and active-duty military in the airport with me, along with the random hand swabbing, made me feel more comfortable. But when an alarm in the airport went off, I know I wasn’t the only one who wondered if they should be worried. It turned out to be a problem with a door that was eventually solved, and the door fixer received a large round of applause from the terminal. Continue reading

Cleveland Air Show

Saturday we were invited to an Air Show party downtown where we had fantastic views of the Blue Angels and a great time.

Brad took a ton of awesome photos, here are just a few…

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Looking Back… at Travels

 

I’m writing this post from an airport… I made it through from curb to terminal when we left in 24 minutes! Amazing. That included checking bags, going through security, waiting on a TSA female assist and getting myself a good old pat down.

Anyway, I decided to take a look back at some travel blog posts I’ve done.

Before Diabetes: Airport security, US customs and general travel thoughts

Before diabetes, I thought that traveling was so easy! I know it stresses some people out, as soon as I’ve got all of the health stuff out of the way it’s still not that bad. Customs isn’t terrible either….

First Flights with Diabetes: Preflight System Check; Leavin’ On a Jet Plane

I was so nervous to fly with my robot parts for the first time. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be but I still had to ask multiple times to get a pat down.