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quick tip: find the best seat on the plane.

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OK, let’s rank the things I care about deeply based on how much I talk about them with my friends:

1. Beauty products and how to get the most out of them (this one’s just obvious, isn’t it?)
2. Simple and delicious food (here, there and everywhere)
3. Comfortable and efficient travel (oh Lordy, do I have a novel’s worth of commentary on this one)

That third one is a subject I have yet to tackle here on the blog, so let’s get into it, shall we? I’ve been fortunate enough to see quite a bit of the world in my 33 short years (being the daughter of a plumber who also happened to have his pilot’s license), and over time I have curated quite a list of particulars when it comes to how I like to travel. I am a loyalty program enthusiast mostly so I don’t have to wait in long lines. I have a very specific and limited ‘day of flight wardrobe’. I don’t check a bag, ever.

And very high up on that list? I am (SUPER) picky about my seat on the plane. I like a window seat. I like sitting in the front of the plane. I like as much leg room as possible even though I’m only 5’4″. And since I don’t have endless disposable income that would allow me to sit in First Class for every flight, I rely on one simple thing to ensure I choose the cream of the airline seat crop — SeatGuru.

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.08.37 PMI don’t even remember how I discovered SeatGuru, but it has changed the way I travel. It’s so simple: you enter your flight information into their system, and it returns with a map of the plane, a list of in-flight amenities (wifi, entertainment systems, meals, and the like), and best of all — it shows you which seats are the best seats on the plane (and which are the worst). You can follow the easy red/yellow/green color coding system for a quick view or you can mouse over the seats for more details. Pull this up as you’re booking your ticket and selecting your seats, and even if the best seats on the plane are taken, it will at least help you avoid the dreaded ‘red seats’ (usually seats with no window, no ability to recline, or those with close proximity to the bathroom). You will know what it feels like to be an informed traveler and your flying experience will be better for it.

So check out SeatGuru the next time you’re booking a flight. It won’t save you from the overly chatty seat mate who isn’t picking up on any of your ‘I just want to read my book in peace’ signals, but is there any way to avoid that when traveling? (Seriously, is there? Because I seem to be a magnet for over-sharers. Build me a website to deal with that.)

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quick tip: poncho personalized weather forecast.

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Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 9.28.46 PMAsk me what my new favorite thing is lately and I’ll tell you it’s Poncho. Poncho is a new service available for residents of NYC (with ambition to expand to other cities) that provides personalized weather information to you at different times throughout the day. Through a series of simple questions like what time you wake up, how you commute to work, do you have pets, etc., it creates a weather forecast that is either texted or emailed to you at times you specify. The interface is slick and pretty, and it never feels bothersome or intrusive since it only notifies you when you want it to about the things you want to know about.

Right now, I have Poncho set to text me when I wake up in the morning and just before I leave work at night. It’s simple, it’s witty, and it’s saved me several times when I was about to not be prepared for what’s happening out of doors. It’s like having a really thoughtful friend who knows your schedule and is obsessed with the weather and just wants to make sure you wear your warmer coat because it feels like 10 degrees outside.

I’m a big fan of supporting start ups that exist to make life easier, so check ’em out over at http://www.poncho.is. With the type of winter we’re experiencing in the Northeast (dear God, when is Spring coming), it never hurts to be prepared!