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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Travelling Inspirations: air travel blogs

If waiting for your luggage to come off the carousel excites you - you can't wait to get outside the terminal and see what's out there, right? - or one of your favorite film scenes is the one in Wong Kar Wai's Chungking Express where the couple fool around with the model airplane in bed, then you're probably an air travel junkie like me. There are some inspirational blogs out there about air travel, airports, airlines, and the aviation industry: Airline Confidential by Richard Havers and Christopher Tiffney, authors of the book of the same name, is an engaging read about the fun of flying, the glamour of air travel, "the crazy wacky world of airlines", and people behaving badly and bizarrely; Another Passport Stamp is a blog about a London-based, American flight attendant's travels, layovers and quests for yet another passport stamp, sprinkled with some delicious eavesdropping and gossip; while Yu Hu Stewardess is the cheeky blog of a 'fly girl' who claims her stories are true but the details have been changed because "nobody wants to get fired or sued" - she hasn't written in a while so let's hope she wasn't fired, but there's some scintillating stuff in her archives! The Wings Stayed On is a commercial pilot's behind-the-scenes blog with some revealing 'day in the life' descriptions while Flight Blogger, sub-titled "if you fly fast enough, the sun never sets", covers the nuts and bolts of the aviation industry - literally - as he takes a look at where production is at on new aircraft (this one's only for the obsessives perhaps). The Airline Blog covers news and rumors in the industry; Thirty Thousand Feet is a blog about all things aviation with a portal with links to more blogs and sites about airlines, airports, and airplanes; while Aircrew Buzz is an aviation news blog with commentary on current events and issues. On a more practical note, In Flight HQ has a tech bent, offering up "tools, tips and techniques for being productive at 30,000 feet"; while One Bag blogs about "the art and science of travelling light", something as a travel writer I find impossible to master with a bag full of technology, books, press kits, and research materials to cart around.

6 comments:

Richard Havers said...

Lara, many thanks indeed for the nice things you say about our blog. Thanks too for some top tips about other air travel blogs. Off to check them out....

laradunston said...

No problem, Richard - I find your blog fascinating reading, but then I'm obsessed with anything to do with air travel, although these days one says that rather guiltily (carbon footprints and all). Do let me know if you find any other interesting airy blogs out there!

Prêt à Voyager said...

I'm so sad. I just found out that my airline of choice (Iceland Air) will no longer be flying out of my airport (BWI) of choice. I got so many great deals from them and it was always a pleasure to fly (and allowed for my spontanous travels). I guess it was the best kept secret and not lucrative enough for them.

Erica Johansson said...

I have to say I recognize myself. Waiting for my luggage is exciting! And for some reason my bags are often among the first ones to come off the carousel.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Wow, Lara, what an amazing round up. I had never heard of any of these!

Heather said...

Lara, Thank you so much for the shout out about my blog. It is very meaningful from a travel writer!!As soon as I recover from the flu, and flying across the ocean 8 times in 13 days, i shall resume regular posts. Happy travels!!