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TABLE OF CONTENTS
24 London calling Canada has passed the torch to Britain and now it’s London’s turn to host the world. Vanity Fair UK writer BRIDGET ARSENAULT describes London’s facelift with a sneak peek of what’s to come. Old meets new in London: get an insider’s perspective on how to make the most of this time-travelling city.
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16 Globetrotters 18 Issues 20 Carry on 22 Business Travel 58 In-flight Entertainment 64 Q&A with an Olympian
ATLANTIC CANADA 44 Explore the outdoors Iceberg hunting, whale watching and lighthouse hopping BY CANDICE WALSH
47 Halifax insider An insider’s glimpse into the town’s culinary sphere BY LAURA OAKLEY
52 Daytrips Nova Scotia’s wine country BY LAURA OAKLEY
AT THE AIRPORT 53 At your service Chickenburger serves up a taste of the good ol’ days 54 On the map The airport in two dimensions 56 Window seat This dog protects your airport BY JARED HOCHMAN
57 Flight path Connecting Halifax to the world
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Wherever you need to be getting there from Halifax is easy. Halifax is connected to major hubs the world over. For your quickest route out of YHZ, look before you book at
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Taste of Italy Viva spaghetti! Let your palate guide you
Budget travel Live big, spend little: Our free guide tells you how BY SARA SAMSON
Tourist in training On your feet: Soak in twice as many sights in half the time
Canadian, eh? A conversation on Canadian culture BY LEILANA GRAHAM-LAIDLAW
Excuse my French Etiquette 101 for the land of la politesse
Titanic uncovered Nova Scotiaâ€™s link to the marine tragedy BY NIKO BELL
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Travel. Discover. Connect.
Sarah Plowman ART DIRECTOR
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Megan Blanchard CONTRIBUTORS
Bridget Arsenault, Niko Bell, Dean Bouchard, Christina Copp, Hilary Creamer, Mark Cwajna, Charlene Davis, Leilani Graham-Laidlaw, Ryan Hemsworth, Jared Hochman, Laura Oakley, Tom Peters, Cliff Romig, Sara Samson, Adam Scotti, Andrew Walker, Candice Walsh, John Williams
The Edinburgh Castle offers a spectacular panoramic view of both the old and new in Scotland’s largest city.
EAR Readers, Travel gives us wings. Whether it’s a staycation in Nova Scotia’s wine country or a jet-setting vaycay to London, England, trips shake up our everyday complacencies and stretch our boundaries in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Nova Scotia was once thought of as an isolated province but this myth couldn’t be further from the truth. With 42 non-stop flights available from Halifax Stanfield International Airport, its tarmac is your launch pad to the world. As an avid traveller and the editor of this new magazine I want to communicate to our readers how feasible it is to travel, to connect, to discover—in other words, to Soar. For our premiere issue we’re taking you to Europe. All eyes are on London as this global city gets a facelift for the Summer Olympics. Vanity Fair contributor Bridget Arsenault guides us through the city where old meets new, tipping her hat to its hottest spots (see London calls, pg. 24). Hands get messy while cooking Italia-style in a small Italian village unspoiled by tourism, and it tastes delicious (see Viva Spaghetti, pg. 30. Warning: do not read on an empty stomach). Between the covers you’ll discover not
only first-rate destinations that are easily accessible from Halifax Stanfield, such as Chicago, Reykjavik, Frankfurt and London, but also mustsee spots in this region and tips on how to ease your travel experience. So, what is Soar? Soar is the travel-savvy insider who knows how to outmanoeuvre lineups (see Nexus, pg. 18). Soar is always discovering new places, whether it’s a chic hotel halfway around the world, or a new eatery in Halifax (see Halifax insider, pg. 47). Soar is in touch with new travel trends and how they affect you. Soar is saving you time so you can make the most out of your trip, whether it’s for business or leisure (see Tourist in training, pg. 36). Travelling connects us. It creates a bond between people who at first glance seem worlds apart and strengthens the friendship between those who go together. Leaving the nest leads to discovery, expanding our understanding of the world around us—and ourselves. Travel is a pivotal part of personal development, no matter the age. I encourage you to use this magazine as your how-to guide to travel, connect and discover—in other words, to Soar.
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WHERE IN THE WORLD? Our planet is full of strange attractions: Travellers delight in rare finds; some stuff is obscure even to locals.
Bite-size massage Tickle your fancy with a fish foot massage. Inch-sized fish nibble at your toes and eat away the dead skin for a pedi you wonâ€™t forget. Kerri Clarke of Halifax took the plunge in Cambodia: â€œI was a little confused about the whole concept of fish nibbling at your feet, but it turns out they really do like to eat the dead skin. I laughed in hysterics for the first minute, but then you actually get used to it and it feels kind of cool.â€?
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Brewski bath Plunge into your after-hours drink. The beer bathâ€”warm murky mineral water pumped with active beer yeast, hops and crushed herbsâ€”is an alternative spa option in the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. Itâ€™s supposed to have a curative effect on complexion and hair and relieve muscle tension. Chodovar.cz or +420 374 617 100 If Pilsnerâ€™s your favourite brew, soak yourself in a tub full of it at Starkenburg Castle Brewery in Austria.
BIG NUMBERS: DECODING THE BOEING 747
An average international flight uses about 5.5 tons of food supplies and more than 50,000 in-flight service items.
A 747-400 plane holds 274 kilometres of wiring. This plane also has eight kilometres of tubing.
A 747-400 wing weighs more than 43 tons. That number is more than 30 times the weight of the first Boeing airplane, the 1916 B & W.
A Boeing 747-400ER can carry more than 240,370 litres of fuel, making possible long flights between Los Angeles, CA and Melbourne, Australia.
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Reykjavik’s northerly position means sunshine at midnight during summer. It’s no surprise this town knows how to party
N the island of Iceland sheep outnumber people, geothermal energy keeps you cozy-warm and the Northern Lights paint a kaleidoscope of colours in the sky. Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, is home to only about 120,000 people but its charm, close connection to nature and surprisingly lively nightlife make it a popular destination. Less than three hours off of the plane and with only a few fitful hours of slumber, I was atop Pila, a member of the unique Icelandic breed of horses, meandering through a lava field. A peace settled over me as I soaked in the outline of ancient volcanoes in the distance and the stark contrast of deep black lava rock, rich green moss, and red and orange brush. Eager to make the most of our time, my travelling companion and I headed straight from our horseback riding adventure to explore the city of Reykjavik. In a four-hour self-directed walking tour we took in an aerial view of the city, visited the harbour, talked to strangers and learned about Iceland’s history and art.
GETTING THERE A quick flight from Halifax with Icelandair makes longweekend jaunts easy. Flights leave four times weekly in the summer season, beginning June 7. Get two for the price of one: Icelandair allows passengers to stopover for up to 7 nights when travelling to or from London. Hotels, tours, etc. are at the traveller’s expense.
Day two we awoke before dawn for a 10-hour tour. Gullfoss waterfall, fed by a glacier, is full of twists and cliffs. The river rushes by, turns a bend, drops, then rushes onward again. The Great Geysir is a lesson in the joys of anticipation. The water bubbles and wavers, teasing and tantalizing until finally an eruption that could be missed by a turn of the head bursts to the sky. After eating bread baked from the heat of the earth, we walked along the ridges where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates separate by centimetres each year. Day three we stopped off at the Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport. I was hesitant, thinking it’d be too commercialized, but the natural beauty shone through. We swam in milky blue water, the temperature naturally oscillating from lukewarm to scalding and that perfect place in between. Gazing at the mist floating across the water and the lava rock surrounding me I lay back, a silica mud mask on my face, and truly relaxed. What a taste of Iceland!
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THERE SHE BLOWS:
Strokkur, the second most famous geysir in Iceland, erupts every eight minutes—throwing a column of water and steam to a height of 20 metres. Here, the bubble is about to blow.
BLAST-OFF: This spaceship-resembling building is actually a church. Hallgrimskirkja’s bell tower, accessible by elevator, is the best view of Reykyavik.
By day, the city is buzzing with busy people; at night its jagged skyscrapers illuminate the river Main, both scenes reflective of its nickname, Mainhattan.
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RANKFURT is the gateway to Europe and a financial powerhouse. Renowned for world fairs and conventions, the city boasts the continent’s third largest airport, a museum scene that rivals Berlin’s, and a booming shopping district. By day, the city is buzzing with busy people; at night its jagged skyscrapers illuminate the river Main, both scenes reflective of its nickname, Mainhattan. WHAT TO DO Stroll along the riverbank to escape the rush and choose from several world-class museums to visit: The German Architecture Museum, perhaps, or the Film Museum, the Jewish Museum or Städel Art Museum. Wander over to Romerberg Square to people watch or sneak away to a beer garden in Sachsenhausen. Architectural aficionados will delight in Frankfurt’s clash between tradition and modernity. While the
WHAT TO EAT Apple wine (Apfelwein), beef with green sauce (Grüne Soße), hand cheese (Handkäs), and a pretzel from street vendors. HOW TO GET THERE Condor provides non-stop service from Halifax Stanfield to Frankfurt Airport up to three times a week during the summer season (May 1st until October 27th).
FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Frankfurt Airport is Germany’s largest and the third busiest airport in Europe. More than 56.4 million passengers passed through Frankfurt Airport in 2011. It serves more than 275 destinations in 111 different countries. Frankfurt offers 70 shops in case you have some time to spend. Discover the airport in one of the 45-minute sightseeing tours.
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business district is built upward with glass, and the Museum of Modern Art, dubbed “piece of cake,” is modern art itself, the old town is charmed with half wooden frame houses characteristic to Germany. One of Frankfurt’s most famous sons, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, was born in Frankfurt. Like much of Frankfurt, his home was destroyed in World War II but has been rebuilt now and serves as a Museum. Classical music fans will love the Summer Opera Festival on June 20–29 at the Old Opera House 1 , an opulent building rebuilt after the war. If your kids are with you, or if you just love animals, head to the zoo, which is home to more than 4,500 animals including lions and tigers.
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A city second to none
breathe and grant the pedestrians below a vantage point to the colossal architecture above without kinking their necks. This big multicultural city on the lake loves its music, food and sports.
WHAT TO DO Chicago is a city for everyone. Cleaner than most would expect, parks are outdoor attractions HICAGO’S skyline exudes New York’s themselves. Stroll along the 18-mile lakefront trail, ambition while its people are as friendly as or picnic in Millennium or Grant Park. The iconic small-town Midwesterners. The canals, dyed Bean 1 and Crown Fountain 2 are a must. green every St. Paddy’s Day, give the city room to If you have youngsters in tow, head to Museum Campus to gawk at treasures such as Sue, a 67-millionyear-old skeleton of the world’s largest and best-preserved T-Rex at the Field Museum of Natural History. Or check out the Shedd Acquarium for the 26-foot anaconda or dolphin show. Water taxi to Navy Pier for some cotton candy and MAGNIFICENT MILE: Michigan Ave. is the best shopping district. a Ferris wheel ride.
CHEESE PLEASE: Chicago
is famous for its deepdish pizza. Don’t go home without trying it.
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O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT If you have some time to kill, walk through the tunnel connecting concourses B and C in Terminal 2. Neon blues, yellows, reds and greens illuminate the passageway throwing you back to your days at Disney’s Space Mountain. Also check out the Brachiosaurus Dinosaur in the B concourse of terminal 1, or the fighter airplane exhibit, a replica of the WWII F3F-4 fighter plane flown by Edward “Butch” O’Hare in terminal 2.
HOW TO GET THERE With United Airlines’ daily direct flight from Halifax Stanfield to Chicago O’Hare, it’s a quick nap or in-flight film and you’re there.
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WHAT TO EAT Deep-dish and Chicago style pizza; Italian hot beef sandwiches; hot dogs; paczki, pierogees, and other Polish foods.
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No place sounds like Chicago. The vibrant music scene includes Chicago blues and jazz. Festivals such as the Blues Music Festival from June 8–12 and the Jazz festival on Labour Day weekend draw huge crowds. Feel the city’s vibe every day at the House of Blues, Kingston Mines or the Green Mill 3 . 2 Second City is the improv comedy stage that spawned a troop of SNL bigwigs, such as Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. It’s sidesplitting, but not a cheap night out. If you’re frugal but still seek comedy, get tickets to Improv Olympics located in Wrigleyville for $5. Drop by the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field on the way. Indeed, if you’re a sports fan, Chicago is heaven. With the champion Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Fire and an inner city baseball rivalry between the Cubs and the White Sox, sports are always a topic of conversation.
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Sleep with the devil: Sisters Pillar, Iceland BY JOHN WILLIAMS
EAR a line of cliffs west of Klaustur (short for Kirckjubaejarklaustur) on the Ring Road in Southeast Iceland, legend says this prominent rocky pinnacle marks the spot where two nuns were burned at the stake and buried for sleeping with the devil. The local name for this crag is Systrastapi (Sisterâ€™s Pillar), but to many it looks like a giant tooth. The background terrain shows an ancient lava field and the rise of the Skafta River.
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travel apps Make travel easier with these techie tips BY SARAH PLOWMAN
Layovers will never be boring again. Bid farewell to wandering aimlessly in airports and let Gateguru escort you through hundreds of hubs, including Halifax Stanfield. Use this app to find restaurants and shops, washrooms, or ATMs. Track your flight while browsing and read reviews before dining to land the best service every time. COMPATIBLE WITH iPHONE, iPOD TOUCH AND iPAD. REQUIRES IOS 4.0 OR LATER.
Marco Polo had one; you should too. Adventurers can guarantee they’re paddling away from the waterfall and business travellers can decipher directions such as, “head south on Michigan Ave. four blocks and turn right.” The latter sounds simple until you realise you don’t know which way is south. Clearly the classic compass is still a useful navigation tool. COMPATIBLE WITH iPHONE 3GS, iPHONE 4, iPHONE 4S AND iPAD. REQUIRES iOS 4.1 OR LATER.
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TRIPADVISOR CITY GUIDES (FREE)
ADVENTURES IN TASTE (FREE)
Be a tourist incognito. Swap your cumbersome maps, guidebooks, hotel address and personal tour guide for this app and pickpockets may not target you. Take an impromptu selfguided tour at your convenience, choose restaurants and hotels based on reviews and prices, and find your way with an interactive map—all without denting your data plan. Once a city’s info is downloaded, no Internet is required.
Wine connoisseurs and foodies can now venture through Nova Scotia’s rich culinary flavours with a few finger taps. This app is new and still growing. It lacks some key restaurants vital to Halifax foodosphere (for that info, get urbanspoon), but provides the best information on chic restos and wineries outside the big city, which other apps oft forget. It’s free, so have a taste.
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DORA THE EXPLORER ($1.99 OR $2.49 PER EPISODE)
Ever wish a crying baby would shut up? Let Dora take care of that for you. Next time a boisterous baby is on your flight, take one for the team and donate your smartphone. A few episodes of Dora the Explorer will transform the little devil into an angel, award you the quiet time to catch some zzz’s or prep for a meeting, and likely entice a fellow passenger to thank you with a beer when you land.
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The Scrimshaw family take off from Halifax Stanfield.
BY SARAH PLOWMAN
PHOTOGRAPHY: ADAM SCOTTI
E caught up with Brent, Lorraine and MacKenzie Scrimshaw moments before they checked in at Halifax Stanfield. Off to Barcelona, Spain for a two-week Mediterranean Cruise, these jet setters were happy to say adios to the cold Canadian climate and looked forward to soaking up the rays and getting some welldeserved R & R. Hailing from Moncton, New Brunswick, the Scrimshaw family chose to depart from Halifax. Do they have any travel tips? “Be locked, loaded and ready to go the night before,” Brent said. He calls his wife “the master” when it comes to preparing for a trip. “Pack light,” MacKenzie said, glancing sideways at her luggage. She might not have followed her own advice. Have a great trip, guys.
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The fast or the furious
Skate through security: Put the NEXUS card in your pocket and never wait again. BY SARAH PLOWMAN
OHN DOE is a frequent flyer who knows a thing or two about travel. He’s meticulously organized, always gives himself an hour to get through security, and checks in online 24 hours before his flight. John sounds like the kind of guy who travels with ease, with no I-may-miss-my-flight panic and no problems clearing security. But for whatever odd reason John couldn’t pick the speediest line if his life depended on it, and since travelling requires as much queuing as waiting for a girl’s bathroom stall at a Justin Bieber concert, this quirk can slow him down. Whenever he waits to drop off his bags pre-security, he stands behind the family of four with overweight bags who end up opening their luggage to rearrange clothes four times to avoid getting dinged with an extra-weight fee. At pre-boarding security, he stands behind a woman who doesn’t know the difference between her Polaroid camera and her laptop, a man who chose the day he flies to wear his metal-embroidered underwear and a college student who didn’t realise that
oops, a bottle of wine—whether half empty or half full—is indeed a liquid and cannot be brought through security. But since February, all of this anxiety has subsided for Mr. Doe. That’s when eight airports across Canada, including Halifax Stanfield, made way for screening lines designated for NEXUS card users. Say sayonara to idling lines and step into the fast lane. With a NEXUS card and a domestic or U.S. boarding pass in your hand (as well as some other international boarding passes), you can outmanoeuvre slow-moving lanes at pre-boarding security clearance and step into a designated NEXUS line. There, you’ll be standing behind frequent flyers who know to take off their coat, move their laptop from their bag into the bin, and place liquids and gels in a Ziploc bag. The Nexus card will also save time clearing customs. When returning to Canada from anywhere in the world, it’ll take only a few moments to clear customs. You’ll bypass the regular line and use an automated self-serve kiosk, which scans your irises and spits out a card for you to pass onto the
NEXUS is a joint program offered between the Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Customs and Border protection program to expedite the border clearance process for preapproved travellers on land, air and marine crossings.
Customs officer, and be on your way. It’s just one more perk that makes a $50 membership, which lasts five years—well worth it. But what is this magic NEXUS card and how do you get one? NEXUS is a joint program offered between the Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Customs and Border protection program to expedite the border clearance process for pre-approved travellers on land, air and marine crossings. The program has been around since 2002, with more than 400,000 members as of 2012, but has been enhanced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Obama’s bi-lateral announcement of December 2011. Membership to NEXUS isn’t just for the VIP or frequent flyers; anyone can register as long as you qualify. To be eligible you have to be a permanent resident of Canada or the U.S. and have continuously lived in one or both of the countries for the past three years; your record must be clear of any serious convictions for which you have not been pardoned; and you must never have violated any agricultural, customs or immigration laws. Registration is done online or via post. Online can take as few as 25 minutes if you have all your documents in order (see note on what to have ready) but it’ll take a few weeks for your application to be approved, because both the Canadian and U.S. authorities must scrutinize your file.
If your application is approved, you’ll be invited to book an interview at a NEXUS Enrolment Centre (usually at an airport) where you’ll speak with both Canadian and U.S. officials. If you pass the interview, your photo, fingerprints, and an image of your irises will be taken and you’ll be given the card. Officials will teach you how to use the NEXUS card and have a few test trials with the iris-scanning kiosk, which takes some getting used to. Your card will be active within 24 hours. Then, as with John Doe, you can enjoy life in the fast lane.
Fill in the blanks Have this information with you when you apply or renew your membership to expedite the process: PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP One of the following: valid passport, birth certificate, Canadian citizenship certificate (with photo) or card Certificate of Indian status.
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PROOF OF RESIDENCE One of the following: valid driver’s license, other provincial identification card, other federal identification card. EMPLOYER INFORMATION Name, address and phone numbers for all employers you’ve worked for in the past five years. TRAVEL HISTORY A list of all of the countries you’ve visited in the past five years. PERSONAL ADDRESS INFORMATION A list of all the addresses where you’ve lived in the past 5 years. OTHER DOCUMENTS » A valid credit card to pay the nonrefundable processing fee of $50 U.S. » Car registration information (not mandatory). » Your NEXUS card number (if renewing membership). SPRING 2012 19
His picks: weekend essentials RYAN HEMSWORTH is a Halifax musician and journalist who’s accustomed
to weekend trips—fly in Friday, fly out Sunday. To ease and enhance the travel experience, he vouches for these eight must-have items.
BELKIN MESSENGER BAG MSRP: $49.99
A little birdy told us Belkin is moving away from luggage, but their messenger bag will undoubtedly live on. Designated slots for your laptop and documents make organization easy. Throw it over your shoulder to catch that flight and slip it under your seat on the plane.
SENNHEISER PXC 250-II HEADPHONES MSRP: $260
No matter where you’re going, music can be your friend and saviour. Don’t waste money on a name, Sennheiser makes the Cadillac of headphones when it comes to quality and noise canceling. Bring these to block out that crying baby or coughing man two rows back. 20 SOAR
ALLEN EDMONDS CEDAR SHOE TREES MSRP: 29.99
No matter where you stuff extra shoes in your bag, they’re going to get crushed. Slip these cedarscented trees inside your shoes to maintain a nice shape and smell. Protect your shoes and they’ll protect you.
RED ROSE® CANADIAN BREAKFAST PEKOE TEA MSRP: $5.89
This is for instant comfort, no matter where you land. Canadian Breakfast is one of the mildest teas that Red Rose offers, and who knew a drink could taste like Sunday afternoon at home. Ziploc a few teabags and toss them in with your shave kit, or a more sanitary spot.
APPLE IPHONE 4S / WALLPAPER CITY GUIDE MSRP: $649 / MSRP: $4.99
The iPhone makes it so your itinerary, reservations and contact list can sit in the palm of your hand. But all too often we end up wandering aimlessly in a new exciting city. This is where Phaidon’s new app (Wallpaper* City Guides) for the iPhone comes into play. The app offers a great selection for museums, restaurants, shopping and tons of spots you’d easily overlook.
NIXON SPENCER WATCH MSRP: $275
The option for dual time has never looked so handsome. Nixon, typically aimed at skate and surf culture, stepped out of its comfort zone and created a watch with class; one you can strap on to transcend any outfit.
H&M BLAZER MSRP: $69.95
Simplicity is and always will be underrated, from the Paris runway to the Vegas strip. H&M has finally perfected the affordable blazer. Light enough to sit in and remain comfortable, and cheap enough that you can lose it and buy another.
MOLESKINE RULED POCKET NOTEBOOK MSRP: 11.95
You can’t knock the convenience of a notebook. How you use it is up to you, but thoughts always flow a bit easier when you write them out. Laptop batteries die, notebooks last forever. SPRING 2012 21
Navy seal of travel After 500 business flights, this frequent flyer shares his observations on the little things that add up to make a better trip. BY TOM PETERS
ATRICK BOHAN’S professional life is all about ships and marine cargo. That’s why he spends so much time on planes. Sound a little confusing? It isn’t really. The 40-year-old Bohan is manager of business development for the Port Authority in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Staying connected with port customers and third-party logistics providers takes him far and wide. With the authority for the past 12 years, Bohan logs about 15 air trips a year, mainly in Canada but also to the U.S. and occasionally to Europe. Before that, he travelled to Central and South America and the Caribbean as regional trade manager for the Irving-owned Kent Line. Over the past 17 years he estimates he’s been on about 500 flights, maybe more. Over the years, this savvy traveller “has learned things, some the hard way,” which have made his trips more enjoyable. “A long time ago I figured out to always choose an aisle seat so you don’t get hemmed in, so you can take a short walk—and even for getting off the plane,” he says. “It is much easier to get your stuff from the overhead bin and be on your way.” Travelling alone can be lonely at times, but it can also offer unexpected rewards. “When you travel alone, sometimes people will ask you to trade seats because they may want to sit next to a family member or friend,” he says. “I always say ‘yes’ because it seems to make people happy and they are grateful. One time a person came to the back of the plane and asked to trade seats and I said sure. He was in first class, so I found this was a good policy.”
With the tightening of security regulations in the past several years, Bohan has found it has become more important to give yourself extra time going to the airport and for checking in for your flight. “Over the years I have seen traffic, weather, long lineups, computer system crashes and all sorts of things that have caused delays,” he says. “Having an extra half hour or so helps keep things on schedule.” When scheduling flights, allowing additional time between connecting flights is crucial: “A delay can pop out of nowhere and you can lose 45 minutes into thin air it seems.” He has had his share of interesting connections: “This goes back several years but I once connected with my flight and changed planes on the runway. I got off one small plane and they said, ‘There is your connecting flight over there,’ so I walked over and got on it. That was in 1995 or ’96 before all the heavy security. It was a lot different back then.” Travelling to certain destinations on a regular basis can create relationships with restaurants and hotels. Bohan spends a lot of time in Toronto, where he gravitates to the Olio Mediterranean Grill, part of the Sheraton Hotel complex on Dixon Road. “They have great pizza and everything I’ve tried on their menu over the years I have liked,” he says. “I like staying at the Sheraton because they let me keep a shaving kit there. It means I can travel lighter. Sometimes if I only have a carry on I don’t have liquids or gels. My essentials are at the hotel. You find a hotel that works for you because it is located close to where your customers are and hotel staff see you as a repeat customer. It is a lot friendlier and you don’t feel like a stranger.”
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WITH ALL THE YEARS FLYING, WHAT DOES HE STILL LIKE ABOUT TRAVEL? â€œIt is a chance to see how things are different elsewhere and you meet some interesting people you wouldnâ€™t meet otherwise,â€? he says. â€œI met Pat Gillick, former general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, and hockey legend Gordie Howe. That was kind of cool.â€? PATRICK BOHAN
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