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Luggage Hide and Seek: what to do when your bag goes missing

Hey guys!

How is everything?  I came across this article, and I thought I would share. 

On our way from safari in Nelspruit, South Africa to Cape Town last November, we made it safe and sound but my luggage didn’t.  Considering how often I fly, I’m really thankful this was the first (and so far the only) time my bags didn’t arrive.  That said, it didn’t stop the panic attack that follows when you realize you are without stuff in your new location.  Luckily, my bag just never made it onto the plane, so they were on the next flight to Cape Town.

Here is a great article by Nico Crisafulli on what to do if you’re luggage goes missing.

My favourite part of the post is the series of tips the blogger gives travellers to help make missing luggage easier to handle should something go wrong:

  • Keep your name on—and in—all your pieces, in indelible ink.
  • Make an inventory of what’s in your bag. If it gets lost, the airlines, or insurance company, will want to know what’s inside (so they can reimburse you!). A list will make the process of remembering easy. Keep the list with your other important docs.
  • Write down the size, color and brand of your bag. It’s amazing how unhelpful your memory is when called upon to describe your baggage.
  • If your bag isn’t eye-catching, embellish it. Make it stand out from the other nondescript black luggage coming down the ramp with colorful tags, ribbons or better yet, lasers.
  • Keep your claim ticket. I know they’re small, but stick them to your passport. It’ll make the lost bag claim go a lot smoother if you can provide them with the barcode of your bag.
  • Try not to check in late for your flight. The airport crew may be crafty but may not have sufficient time to get your bag on the plane. You can run through the airport, your bag cannot.
  • Avoid short connection times. Again, the process for getting a bag from a flight to another flight may be quick for a body, but a bag has to be unloaded, scanned, transported, handled, scanned again and loaded. Quick connections may seem fortuitous for someone with legs but may end up causing problems for your legless baggage.
  • Keep your important documents, major valuables, money and passports on you (in your carry-on bag).
  • Get travel insurance. It will simply make your life easier in the event of the unfortunate.
  • One final way to prevent a lost or delayed baggage situation is to keep your suitcase with you. Take it with you on the plane and don’t let it end up here.
  • Happy travelling!

    -Jess

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    And wow. You know, the acoustics in the room on the video that makes your voice soar! I liked it...but of course you knew that :)

    Thanks!!  :)  You know, that’s a good point…I should do more recording in there. 

    -Jess

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    WOAH!!!! Worth the watch. Definitely.

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    The Crossroads

    I feel the end is nigh.  Maybe it’s because September is approaching and it’s been permanently instilled into my being that September is a time of change.  Maybe it’s because I’ve recently come off of a period of being royally pissed off.  Or maybe it’s because I just got a lecture from two of my parental figures.  Whatever it is, the end of something is nigh.

    I’m also sick – a factor that is necessitating change because I’m convinced it’s due to burning the candle at both ends for too long.

    But what needs to change?  What needs to go?  I have work – the stable office job that doesn’t exactly make me want to jump out of bed in the morning, but it pays the bills and lets me live a structured, comfortable sort of life.  I have music – the passion, the love, the project that makes life worthwhile (and takes up enough time to be a second job easily).  I have lots of friends – ok, maybe I could say no to a few more social requests.  I have family – a constant time stress as I never make any for them and then I feel bad.  I have a boyfriend, and I have a “domestic life” aka laundry, groceries, cooking, and periodic disinfecting of the abode.  And then there is a miscellaneous pile: choir, board meetings, blogging, going to the gym…

    Is it possible to find middle ground?  Could I say “no more than two nights with friends per week” and create a schedule for cleaning, family dinners, and when I’ll spend time working on choir music or board meeting tasks?  Maybe I could combine tasks.  I’ve done that before, and not stuck to the plan in which case everything gets out of hand again.  And is “free time” as amazing when it’s scheduled?

    Some say “mediocrity doesn’t sell.”  I’m worried that if I subdivide my time with a schedule I won’t truly get anything done to its greatest potential.  That said, if I have a mediocre attitude towards subdividing my time in the first place, I won’t be successful just from not having stuck to it.  Well, a schedule is a start – and this time, I will include sleep.

    September is the new January 1st.

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    Music Update - August, 2010

    Hey guys!

    How’s it going?  As I mentioned in my post last month, I’ve officially started a monthly music updates newsletter!!  Here is a snippet from this month’s - the first - edition:

    Watch the welcome video here!

    July was a great month for music.  I’ve been writing, learning new songs, booking shows, meeting people, and learning about the business side at (what feels like) warp speed.  I’ve also created a profile at ReverbNation.com (as if I needed another social media outlet)!  You can find me here.


    To read the full newsletter, go here

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    I work here!!  So much fun.  Coincidentally, I also wrote the newsletter.  :) Hello everyone,   I can’t believe a year has passed since our last newsletter! I would say that it is testament to the strength and appeal of our model even in hard economic times that we have been too busy to publish an update.   This past year, the Options family has grown…

    News from the Options Group: Latest News on Options Around the World
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    (via nodarling) ACTUALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (via nodarling)

    ACTUALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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