this was first drafted when I was juggling between work commitments, work traveling, personal travel planning and piecing life together post the most recent crisis surrounding myself – car hijacked, more home robberies, change in leadership and direction … the stuff I’d rather not discussed about yet …
and yeah, an empty home remains an easy target with or without superior security system and patrolled guards – ask me! 2 robberies and 1 car hijacked does make me some what an authority …
But let’s get back to the subject at hand: dicey connections Survival Tips, one that I am penning in a hotel lobby in Kandy. One that gets penned primarily out of utter boredom, remoteness, exhaustion (can only do 2 hours gym per day) and outright extortion by the Sri Lankans in Kandy …
But of course, being typically a Malaysian, FREE WiFi was enticing, besides the fact that this place is a cultural desert with no CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Star Movies (or even HBO and TLC), etc. … just 4 out of 8 channels with Cricket matches on the TV.
The town center is much too far by Sri Lankan standards and risky – with the tut tut snaking its way down 7kms the steep hills – into the bowels of congested heat, dust, chaos and noise … a fact that I was not told of during the hotel reservation. And a fact which is taken advantage of by not only the hotel but the tut-tut drivers in pricing transportation charges.
Now, back to dicey connections Survival Tips
Preparing for your flight these days means more than just making sure you have travel insurance and packing your suitcase. With increased airport security and measures, we are take a long time to just get ‘processed’ through the airport; from check-in to finally boarding the plane. But some people do just seem to glide by and others don’t. And by this I don’t mean those with a “bin” or “mohamad” in their names trying to educate Americans… but just the general terms that some people get through with less hassle than others.
Being an ex-consultant (that travels a lot, as oppose to my current consulting role) I used to travel a lot with tight schedules etc. and have survived some dicey, crazy, out of whack connections; i.e. flight with impossible transit times and the need to do a Usain Bolt from one terminal to the other … again, we’re not talking about some outskirt dead town, but the busiest airports of the world like LHR and LAX.
I had written the ‘tips’ below for friends who have just discovered that they may not make it to their connecting flights from T1 to T5 LHR and thought I’d share … every little thing counts… every minute counts!
Illustration by Sandra Steffensen on being snowed-in at Gatwick Airport, London
Bon voyage and happy travel … signing off from Kandy, Sri Lanka