Is there someone you use in particular always, as in a travel
agent, or do you make arrangements yourself?
Personally I get my daughter to do the booking for me and pay her a
finder’s fee. She’s a whiz kid with a computer. She recommends you
start with kayak.com, then take the top results of three airlines and
go to their sites to get an even lower fare. You should book 6 weeks
in advance for the best fares, with the most flexibility in the
What was your best and your worst experience traveling when it
comes to jewelry?
You don’t wanna know what the worst experience has been. Everyone in
the family swears I have a gremlin firmly attached to my shoulder
when traveling. It must be the little old gray-haired lady thing I
seem to have going on. Can’t profile, see pull out the least
threatening person you can find–every cotton’ pickin’ time I fly.
Then there’s the blown tires, flooding hotel room, collapsing ceiling
in a restaurant, lightning striking the vehicle, can’t find the keys
for the showcases (they were tucked in my bra), fainting on the
showroom floor, trying to unlock a vehicle that looked just like
mine, ad nauseum. Nobody travels with me if they can avoid it. Sigh.
However, when it came to the last time I had to fly with my jewelry,
I talked to an ATA guy. Arrive early, just in case there’s a problem.
He told me to put all my jewelry into my carry-on bag, preferably in
one container, in one place that was easily accessible when the
baggage was opened. Pack my tools in my checked baggage. Carry a
business card with me, along with any documentation about what I
would be doing, like brochures of the event, preferably with my name
or the company name listed, in easily accessible folders. One folder
for the carry-on and one for the checked baggage with tools. Mark the
folders with “ATA documentation”. If asked to have an inspection of
the luggage, to hand my business card to them and ask for a private
screening. Worked well this last time, except the brass buttons on my
shirt set off the metal detector. It took a while to figure it out.
Eventually I had to take off my shirt, but fortunately I had a shell
on underneath, so it wasn’t too embarrassing.
He did warn me if I did any etching workshops with ferric nitrate, I
needed to pack up any clothing, shoes, aprons, etc. that was worn
during the workshop and mail them home. Hope I didn’t get any on my
skin. Apparently the ferric nitrate will set off the bomb sniffing
things. Joy. I wonder if I’ll be hauled off to the hoosegow?
Bring a smile, a soft voice and plenty of patience. Don’t grump.