A salon tan to go!

Now you can pack a salon tan to go. Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid with its own application mitt and dual-function cosmetic bronzer now comes in a handy travel size to meet airport security regulations. So you can now pack your Fake Bake for a quick weekend get-away or take it with you to touch up on longer trips with no packing worries. I like the easy-to-use spray bottle that makes it so convenient, even in a hotel bathroom. With the mitt and instant bronzer, missing a spot is practically impossible.
The kit is $16. www.fakebake.com

Avoid the 5 germiest places in the airport!

Thinkng about using the drinking fountain -- think agian!
Flying this summer? Cleaning expert Peter Sheldon of Coverall Health Based Cleaning Systems pinpoints the top five germiest places in airports so you can avoid them. If you have travel plans, don’t miss a word of Peter’s invaluable advice.
The airplane bathroom
With anywhere from 50 to 75 users per toilet, the airplane washroom is hands-down the germiest place on the trip. Numerous studies have shown that these are teeming with E. coli on almost every surface. Because they are rarely sanitized between flights, there is also the cumulative effect of hundreds of users before it gets a good scrubbing. The tiny sink makes it nearly impossible to thoroughly wash your hands, and those who manage it are instantly greeted by the germy door handle.
Steer Clear: Avoid using the on-board facilities if at all possible. If you must, use a paper towel to turn faucets off and on, to close the lid before flushing (always a good idea, even at home) and to open the door. Carry sanitizing wipes in your pocket and use them thoroughly and immediately upon exit. Back at your seat, repeat


sanitizing, if you’ve touched anything along the way.

The onboard magazines
Studies show that many people don’t bother to wash their hands at all, even when using the aforementioned germiest of germy places – the airplane restroom. One study found that as many as 30 percent don’t wash up after using the airport restroom either. Add in the usual coughs, sneezes, and runny noses that carry thousands of germs to every surface, and those magazines and catalogs in the seat back pocket are a virtual biohazard. And, how many times have you seen someone absentmindedly lick their finger to help turn the page?
Steer Clear: Bring your own reading material and avoid touching anything in that seatback pocket unless you absolutely must refer to the emergency evacuation instructions in the event of an actual emergency.
The water fountain
Between the high cost of beverages in the terminal and new FAA rules that disallow liquid containers over a certain size, it may be tempting to drink from the public fountain, or to refill an empty bottle here rather than buy a new one. Don’t do it. Public drinking fountains can harbor as many as 2.7 million bacteria per square inch on the spigot. It’s not worth the risk to save a few bucks.
Steer Clear: Bring water from home in small bottles. In most cases, as long as they are still sealed, security officials will allow you to pass through with no problem. If you’re unsure, or want to avoid the extra weight in your carry-on, buy one from a vendor in the terminal. Once onboard the plane, ask for bottled water from the beverage cart. Do not, however, drink “tap” water from the plane (or coffee or tea made from it). Studies have shown airplane water may contain contaminants such as E. coli and others as a result of questionable techniques for filling the tanks and improper/malfunctioning filter systems.
The airline pillows and blanket
On a typical flight with 100 passengers, statistics show that about five will be ill with a cold or the flu. Zonked out on cold medicine, these folks might enjoy a cozy nap with their airline pillow and blanket. But, upon touchdown, rapid clean-ups between flights means that when you board, there’s a good chance you could be using a pillow that’s been drooled or sneezed on within the past hour.
Steer Clear: Say “No Thanks!” to germy airline pillows and blankets and bring your own. U-shaped neck pillows can be quite comfortable and keep you from drifting into neighboring passengers’ personal space. Or, if you’re cramped for suitcase space, throw some clothes into a pillow case at home, tie it shut, and bring that along to rest your head. Wear or carry an extra layer (like a sweater or light jacket).
The security line
You know the drill: shoes off, empty your pockets into the bin, put your carry-on on the belt. As you stroll barefooted through the security checkpoint, have you considered the millions who have gone before you? Athlete’s foot and other fungal infections can easily be left behind, just waiting for their next host.

Travel in style, tips from a pro

Dane Steele GreenThese days even seasoned travellers groan at the idea of another trip. High ticket prices, long waiting lines, and surcharges have stolen the pleasure out of pleasure travel. Not so, says Dane Steele Green of Steele Luxury Travel, a travell service for those in the know and on the go. Dane organizes luxury trips as well as private travel. He knows how to make any voyage — long or short – pain-free and delightful. Dane shares his tips and favourite picks for traveling in style.

DD: Are there any great bargains in luxury travel to be had these days –besides discounted hotels?
DSG: Of course! You can find bargains everywhere.  I have found cruises for $45 per day — all inclusive.  Airlines have all lowered their business class pricing. Organizations and regular consumers are no longer spending $5,000 per ticket to fly to Europe in Business Class.  The airlines recognize this and have lowered prices to about $2,200 round trip.  OpenSkies, an airline offering discount premium service flights to London, offers a low-cost business-class ticket to Paris.  
In order for the other airlines to remain competitive, they have to match or even beat these prices.  So, it skews the entire pricing schedule across the board. Rental cars are also cheaper.  Travel is a luxury product when speaking beyond the terms of business travel.  Naturally, the industry is down recently.  How do you get customers back? Give them deals where they can only say "let’s do it!"

DD:You hear horror stories about airport, the waits, the lines and other issues, even if you are travelling business or first. What are your tips for surviving them, no matter what type of ticket you are travelling on? Sometimes an hour-long shuttle can be killing. Is there any way to minimize the pain?
DSG: I love airports.  I have never had a "horror" story at an airport. I suggest when travelling though New York‘s JFKAirport, avoid the older Delta terminal — number 3. Check in at Terminal 2 – it’s a lot more refined.  However, I have a few tips to make it less of a chore.  
Do not check in too early for your flight.  I have mastered the timing to checking into my flight.  I check in, breeze through security, and walk right onto the plane. No need to be there two hours before your flight.  One hour is plenty for domestic and even international, in my opinion.  
ALWAYS check in online before your departure.  This way, you have extra time to get to the airport.  If you do not check in online, the cut-off time to be at the airport is much longer.  If you are checked in, you only need to be there about 30 minutes before departure.  Also, try not to check bags — that is where nightmares begin. Carry it all on — even if you have to schlep a bit 😉
Airports are now destinations.  There are shops, restaurants, and lounges.  Buy a lounge pass if you have a long layover.  Also, your American Express Platinum card will get you into many lounges on any paid ticket across the U.S.

DD: What are you favourite airlines and why?
DSG: I LOVE United Airlines. They have fantastic transcontinental service from JFKAirport to either SFO or LAX. It is called P.S. (premium service).  They offer planes with First, Business, and Premium Economy.  I prefer the business class as you get fantastic meal service and delicious lazy-boy-like recliners to relax and lounge. Austrian Airlines wins for European carrier.  Their catering by Do & Co is delicious to say the least — comparable to a fine dining experience in New York — for real! Most Asian carriers are just simply luxurious; they pay great attention to detail.  I love Delta and how they treat their elite members.  My domestic upgrades clear five days before departure!  It’s such a treat!!! 

DD: So many people are using online travel sites; what are the advantages of using an agency?
DSG: Online travel sites are a game — you compare, click, purchase, and get different prices and such.  However, a travel agent has insider ideas and perks that online cannot offer.  Only agents can get you upgraded, hidden fares, and negotiate airline pricing.  You will always be able to reach a good agency, even after hours. Online is not personal; you are just a number.

DD:  Is it really a disaster to check your luggage? Planes today are hazardous, with people dragging so much junk onto them? What is the best packing or luggage strategy?
DSG: Yes, if you check your luggage, you wait, wait, and wait — and sometimes you don’t get your bags.  Pack light and pack into the largest-allowed carry-on bag.  Bring a carry-on rolly bag, a book-bag, and sneak on one more item — there you have your items for up to two weeks in Greece!

Dane has more great info at www.steeletravel.com