Whew! Vegas (and getting to Vegas!) is something else!
This is my first flight and business flight in many, many months. The last 6 months, I’ve been grounded because of surgery and I’m not flying to visit Alex anymore, so let’s just say that I’m a little rusty.
My flight yesterday left Denver at 445p… without me. Yep, that’s right. The flight was oversold and I’d volunteered to give up my seat if necessary, taking the next later flight to Vegas. I got as far as boarding and trying to find a spot for my bag when the gate agents called me back out to ask if I could take the next flight.
The gate agents with Frontier were the best – so friendly and quick in getting me rebooked on the next flight. And they hooked me up with Stretch Seating! As a previous top level frequent flier (in 2010, I flew 33 legs with Frontier), I’m a big fan of Stretch Seating. Look at all the room! Heaven for a tall person like me.
Easy flight, friendly flight attendants: 2 reasons of the many reasons I keep coming back to Frontier.
So instead of landing in Vegas at 6 p.m. PST, I landed at 8 p.m PST.
Here’s where the mistakes began:
- Not wearing supportive shoes: My knees were SORE last night because I hadn’t thought about (and don’t really have) supportivie shoes. Before, it didn’t matter but my knees are still recovering and can’t take all the pounding. I’m investing in better shoes this weekend.
- Not knowing which part of the hotel I’d booked: I didn’t realize just how insane Vegas is and how gigantic all of these buildings are. I knew I was booked in MGM Grand but it turns out, I’m in the Signature at MGM Grand…Very different. I tried to check in at MGM Grand and they sent me about a half a mile through the hotel/casino/food court to the very opposite side of the building to The Signature.
- Not printing off my hotel/conference registration: If I’d done that (like I usually do), I would have known my hotel and could have taken the taxi straight to the Signature.
- Not bringing a purse: Seriously?! I always use a backpack to hold my laptop/papers/pens/purse things when I travel. I also always pack a small purse so I can bring my wallet, phone, room key and chapstick with me in the evenings. This time, I completely forgot.
- Not bringing a toothbrush & toothpaste: I know my toothbrush is still on my bathroom counter in Denver. And I’d meant to pick up a travel size toothpaste on Tuesday but didn’t have time. So I’m using these instead:
- Not bringing a contact case: …Really, I just didn’t bring anything to Vegas! Using drinking glasses instead.
- Not bringing enough business cards: Grrr! I’m at a conference for work and didn’t bring as many business cards as I’d planned. Usually I have a stack in my backpack so I’ve always got them when I travel but I’d taken them out once I started using my backpack as my purse after surgery.
Rookie, rookie mistakes. Just like the rest of my life, I feel like I’m getting reaclimated and relearning how to get back into the swing of ‘real life’ things. None of these are trip-ruining, just inconvenient (and dumb!).
To get my blood flowing this morning, I did a series of sun salutations and yoga flows in my room. My knees are sore from walking so I didn’t want to do any fitness room cardio this morning. And my hotel room has more room than my apartment does – how can I not take advantage?!
(That’s a king sized bed that I had the BEST night’s sleep in. So soft, so warm and alllllll mine.)
Off to learn about social media, communicating and marketing! You can follow along on Twitter (@lgsmash); I’ll be using #ragansocmed to tag tweets about the conference.