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An airport is a noisy place, yet a Travelwright knows how to harmonize in this environment. They navigate the terminal ike a John Legend song– smoothly with classic charm and modern appeal. Time is a factor. Being alert and conscious of your surroundings and others make everybody’s life a little easier. Nalani, Sig and Kuha‘o routinely make interisland and international business trips. They are masters of moving through airports quickly without hassle. Whether it’s Hilo to Honolulu, or Honolulu to Haneda, this family knows the ins and outs of traveling. Here are 10 tips on how to Ponoholo (Travelwright):
1. Check-in online. Get on your laptop, mobile or iPad and lock down that seat at least 90 minutes before your flight. An experienced “Citizen of the Window Seat” will always reserves their favorite chair on the plane in advance.
2. Pack lightly and travel with quality luggage. “When you’re packing you really need to identify what you have and try to do it in as small a container as possible,” suggests Nalani. “My tip for traveling is: If you’re going to buy luggage then buy the best because it lasts a long time, you won’t have any problems and the problems usually arise when the luggage arrives.” Cheap suitcases or bags are easily mishandled by the airlines and that’s when your luggage shows up with missing wheels or broken handles. “Buy the expensive stuff,” she says about luggage.
3. Get rolling luggage that spins. Kuha‘o takes it to the next level and demands a suitcase with a functional innovation. “You need a suitcase with four wheel,” he says about luggage that can spin. “Whenever you have your hands full and you need to shuffle something around you can just kick your suitcase and it will move on your own and you can pick up where you left off.”
4. Sunglasses are a must. Not only do they make you look stylish, they are necessary for a comfortable nap on a flight. “There is no way you can look cool sleeping on an airplane without sunglasses,” says Kuha‘o. “You can have your mouth open on a plane and if you have a good pair of sunglasses you would still look cool sleeping.”
5. “You need to always be ready,” says Sig about what to pack. “We don’t know if we’re going to swim in a special waterfall that we’ve never been to, or if we’re going to be at a Baby Lu‘au […] and you have to be ready for the cold. The Travelwright is the savvy guy who knows how to be prepared.”
6. Don’t get it twisted, homie: Pack electronics, chargers and cords in a separate pouch. “Take along a really good travel pouch and make sure it’s as thin as possible,” says Nalani.
7. Parking a vehicle at the airport is a necessity. It’s a tax write off and allows the Travelwright to seamlessly transition from ground to air says Sig Zane. Why inconvenience somebody just to save money?
8. Be sweet and courteous to others. Whether it’s the ticket agent, TSA officer, keiki or kupuna, there is always an opportunity to make someone’s day better while voyaging. Politeness opens doors– first class seats, a free drink or great conversation. “Etiquette and courtesy to the fellow human being is so important,” explains Sig. “In travel we so often have very close encounters and you have to be giving […] you respect their space and you honor their age or if they have any disabilities. We can all make it easy for everybody.”
9. Don’t wear any metal when going through security checkpoint and your footwear should be easily slipped on and off. “Don’t wear your jewelry when you’re going through the TSA line,” says Nalani. “If you’re gonna use sneakers, tie it up so you can slip it off and slip it off. Only amateurs beep going through the metal detectors.
10. A moleskine, notebook, laptop or iPad is necessary. You need something to take down notes and ideas because the terminal and plane are inspiring places. “The time that we spend in the airport and the time that we spend in the airplane, we can all make use of that consciously,” explains Sig.