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September 20, 2011

Think You Can't Afford To Fly First Class?

If you fly very much, especially as a teacher or as a student,...

...you have probably not even fantasized about life in the first class regions.

I only flew business class once, and that was because the flight was overbooked, but even for that brief few moments (it seemed) I couldn't believe how much nicer it was.

It a cliche to say that you can't miss what you've never had, but once you've tasted the comforts and pleasures of first class, you'll want to travel this way as much as possible - especially on those long transoceanic flights.

One tip I heard from a seasoned traveler was, dress as if you belong in first class. When it a flight is overbooked, the first response is usually to move coach passengers to business or first class. If you look like you belong in the better classes, they might just move you up.

So, as you check in, dress professionally and look the part. Be sure to pack some comfortable clothes in your carry on if you don't get moved up.

For more practical strategies on moving up in the world, at least in this sense, take a look here - http://lifehacker.com/5829202/how-to-fly-first-class-without-paying-for-i.

Every muscle in your body will thank you for your research in this area. Plus, you might meet some interesting people you might never otherwise have a conversation with. For me it is certainly a glimpse into how "the other half lives".

If you are packing for your first - or twentieth - long term trip abroad, take a look at this personal finance checklist for expats - http://www.expatfinder.com/articles/dont-leave-home-without-it-a-personal-finance-checklist-for-expats-moving-abroad-ref1513.html.

Let us know what links or other resources you find useful. We are all learning. And sharing makes our journey much richer.

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf spent about six years working for a Native American Tribal College, a few years teaching various humanities, English, writing and ESL courses with the community college system in Washington State (including one year as part of a faculty exchange program with The Beijing Foreign Language University).

Posted by mmorf at September 20, 2011 09:40 AM

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