What Airline Standby Is Really Like

Tales From A Pilot’s Wife Pilot’s wife; pilot’s life. Or something like that. We travel a lot, and everyone always thinks that we both travel for free since my husband is a commercial airline pilot. “Oh, I see you went to Amsterdam in December and Indonesia in February. Must be so nice to pay nothing. I’d travel more if I had that opportunity.”  Would you travel more, though, if you knew what airline standby entails?  It’s also rarely free. via GIPHY Let me preface by saying that we don’t risk flying standby for international flights since my husband does not work for an international airline.  We always pay full price for those seats, especially since we don’t have the time to waste and we’d still have to pay a large chunk of the ticket in international fees. Plus, imagine having hotels and an itinerary booked and paid for but then…

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Living with Ulcerative Colitis: 10 Tips For Traveling

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a big part of my life. Ten years ago, as I was packing up my apartment to leave for Indonesia, circumstances started to get a bit messy.  I began seeing the signs and symptoms of colitis, and scopes revealed minor inflammation in the left side of my colon.  I managed to somewhat successfully live abroad for the year, regardless. Fighting corrupt customs for maintenance medication and accidentally ingesting a parasite made me appreciate my time abroad even more. I worried that I would never again have the opportunity to travel, especially after starting to see more aggressive UC symptoms. Living with Ulcerative Colitis is truly life changing, but chronic illness does not have to be life ending. My Diagnosis  I barely managed my symptoms, but the blood and gore never cleared up during the first 8.5 years of my diagnosis.  Acclimated to this way of life,…

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