September 19, 2001 Travel Newsletter
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WHAT IF YOU DON'T
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US SHUTS DOWN ALL
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FOR BOEING 707
AND SINGAPORE SIGN CODE SHARE
LINES CUT COMMISSIONS
U.S. AIRLINES SUSPENDS
TALKING TO YOUR
KID ABOUT TRAVEL TRAGEDIES
LOOKING TO GET
OUT OF TOWN THIS WEEKEND FOR CHEAP?
AN EMAIL FROM A
FRIEND WHO WAS IN 1 WTC
OFF IN OVER 65 CITIES WORLDWIDE!
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What If You Don't Want to Fly?
If you're having second thoughts about air travel in the aftermath
of the tragic events in New York and Washington, rest assured. No one is
going to force you to fly.
And if you don't fly, will your airline issue a refund? I can't guarantee
it, but so far, several airlines have already announced that they will
issue refunds and waive cancellation and rebooking fees.
For More: http://www.smarterliving.com/columns/chris/What20010911.1.html
***My heart and prayers go out to all those who
have lost a loved one and to the emergency crew that have showed the world
what true heroes are. Here is a picture of my high school buddy who
is missing from Tuesday's attack: CESAR
MURILLO. If you have any information please reply to this email.
Please pray for Cesar and all of the families involved. Also, please
support the charities we have listed below "Where's Johnny Jet?".***
As I told you last week I was in NYC when the attacks happened but I
escaped to CT without incident. The first place I went to was Bayley
Beach with my brother-in-law, Cam, to see the new skyline of NYC.
It's going to take a very long time before I get used to not seeing the
Twin Towers. Cam and I decided to try and take our mind off of it
and go kayaking,
but that didn't work. After 20 minutes we went back in and watched the
Didn't the world just get a lot bigger? A week
ago not too many people would think twice about getting on a plane and
jetting off somewhere, but that has all changed (for now). Suddenly we
think how are we going to get to our destination. Most people didn't want
to fly, including me (in fact I had a quote in Friday's USA
Today). Travelers were finding other means of transportation
(including me), such as by car, bus, train, or even boat. This week
I traveled from Connecticut to Erie, PA by car. Normally this trip would
take me about two hours by plane, but this weekend it took me 9 hours.
I wasn't the only one who took alternate transportation: Amber, my girlfriend,
who knows no other way to get from point A to point B other than flying
found herself like many of her first time passengers, dazed and confused.
She used to take a forty minute flight from Chicago to Cleveland, this
week she was forced to take a packed Amtrak train that took 7 hours. My
brother called me up on Thursday and asked me if he was going to be able
to fly to Montana by Saturday. He took my advice and drove for two
days straight. There is no doubt the travel industry has been crushed,
the question is for how long? I think and hope it will be close to
how we know it in several months (as long as we don't have any more tragic
Last week I was in L.A.,
I landed in NYC after midnight and was up at the crack of dawn for my flight
to Boston. We flew Delta Shuttle and again their customer service impressed
me. For the shuttle they offered about a 100 free
magazines and newspapers (I guess they make up with it for the
cost of a ticket). The thirty minute flight cost $400 for a walk
up fare or a two week advance cost $200. Pretty steep, I know.
was great, the highlight was going to Fenway
Park with Amber and my good friend Nick from Smarterliving.com.
We stayed at the Marriott in Copley Plaza. That's an ideal location because
it was within walking distance to everything and only 3 blocks away from
(which is like Madison Ave). Amber suckered me into going with her
to get her nails
done, but then I made her come with me on a sight
The airports were packed last week, but this
week it's a different story. THIS IS WHAT I HEARD FROM Johnny Jet Readers
who did travel:
We went down to the tourist trap Faneuil
Hall and had lunch at an awesome food
court. TIP: Eat upstairs it's a lot less crowded.
Getting around in Boston is easy, just jump on the T,
that cost only a $1. Don't be silly it's so easy to navigate.
I didn't have much time to sight see so the next time I go there I have
a few places on my list: Salem, MA for a Spellbound Witch tour and a then
downtown Boston for a Duck
Tour. Another tip, go to the farmer's
market right by the hotel for some of the best apples ever.
When I arrived back in NY, I went straight to CT to see my Pops.
My buddy, Mike, and I took him to the Oyster
Festival in Norwalk. It's every September and worth the $8 admission.
They have plenty of food,
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By Hotel Shuttle
Many business travelers forget to ask about this (usually) free service
when making their reservations and end up paying exorbitant cab fares when
they could have gone for free. Actually, courtesy airport shuttle services
are built into your hotel rate, so if you don't use them you are actually
paying twice. In many cities around the world travelers will find a bank
of courtesy phones near the baggage claim area at the airport. It is wise
to check there first to see if your hotel provides free shuttle service.
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GOOD TO KNOW
AN EMAIL (9/11/01) FROM A FRIEND WHO WAS IN
ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER
i just got back to my apartment in astoria. it's about 4:00.
i was in an elevator at one world trade center at 8:45 this morning when
the plane hit. i was on my way to a press conference i was supposed to
be writing an article for at windows of the world, which is on the top
floor of the world trade center, a conference which i was running late
for [i was supposed to be covering a speech that began at 8:40; i fell
asleep on the subway, a first, and missed my stop and had to double back
from the whitehall station]. i got in the elevator around 8:42, 8:43 or
so. the elevator nearly jumped out of the shaft when the plane hit the
building. i thought a bomb had gone off. then concrete started raining
down in slabs. the place filled up with smoke. and there were shoes everywhere.
dozens and dozens of shoes that must have been knocked off the early casualties.
it was hard to see and people were absolutely stunned. i couldn't get back
through the security turnstiles so looked for another way out of the building
but when i looked back at the turnstiles they had been destroyed somehow,
maybe by the falling concrete, so i ran through them and made my way out
of the building. outside there was shit falling everywhere. including people.
and dozens of shoes. as i ran from the building i looked up and saw the
second plane hit. then i kept running. i just ran until my lungs ached.
i didn't stop until i got to lexington and 23rd. i called my girlfriend
and mom and called my office. they were elated to hear from me. none of
the others from my office that were covering the conference had called
at that point. none have called yet and its been 7 hours, almost eight.
it was unbelievable and i am so lucky to be alive.
i'm in shock. don't know what to be thinking or feeling. hasn't hit
me yet. but i'm so glad to be alive. i think the majority of the magazine
staff were up there. its such a waste
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