May 30, 2017

Two countries and four days left on this trip. The travel gods have decided to give me a break and stopped screwing with my flights. The last two have been on time, with no medical emergencies, aircrafts on fire, or air traffic control issues. The only (minor) setback this week was my carry-on suitcase, which inexplicably now exceeds the maximum weight Qatar Airways allows in the cabin. Just like me, that suitcase has not found the motivation and/or opportunity to exercise on this trip, and it's starting to show. Checking it was a nail biter. After all that's gone awry on this trip, I was certain the travel gods had planned for me to attend my next meetings in jeans and t-shirt with no makeup on, but my suitcase and I were happily reunited in the luggage carrousel (travel gods: 'just kidding!').

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"Not all those who wander are lost"

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Connection times vary wildly between airports. After a near-miss at Heathrow (LHR) involving a mad dash across two terminals and additional security screening, I learned to budget at least 90 minutes for connections at that airport. I also study terminal maps and research average connection times at airports I will be flying into. This information is sometimes available on the airport website, other times it is posted in travel Forums or message boards. I am especially careful when different airlines are involved, because that often means different terminals.

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