27 Tips for Traveling by Plane

You have just booked your dream retreat!

Now it's time to prepare! 

It's going to sound like a lot but it all fits into a traditional backpack.

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I've had this Tumi bag for years! 

 

It's been through the ringer & still looks great. It's super functional with all the necessary compartments.

 

Worth the splurge!

Here are my 27 Tips for Traveling by plane!

Before reading please note: I am not endorsed in anyway from the brands I recommend. With years of traveling under my belt. These became my favorite go-to's.

  1. Scarf - my favorite is the lululemon vinyasa scarf. It's moisture wicking and acts as a blanket, scarf, shawl, & shirt! Sometimes you'll catch me with it wrapped over my face. Drooling photos minimized! Win!
  2. Extra pair of socks - I prefer super cozy ones for long flights
  3. Underwear (you never know if your luggage is going to get lost!)
  4. Hand wipes
  5. Arrive Revived- I looooove this stuff!! 
  6. Eye mask - I use one with little cooling gels in it. 
  7. Headphones
  8. all your chargers & adaptors
  9. Vitamin C - ever hear of the common cold? I like to over do it on the vitamin c while traveling. 
  10. Probiotics- fave: Tough Tummies
  11. Yoga tune-up balls- they super nice to use to roll out your feet, bum, & back while sitting there for hour after hour
  12. Neck Pillow - my favorite is a Conair one I picked up at Harmon's but of course, I found it on Amazon for a quick & easy order. It's inflatable so I can throw it in my backpack vs having it on the outside collecting all sorts germs. In a few breaths, it's pumped and ready to go! 
  13. Snacks! Don't depend on airplane or airport food. Depending on where you're traveling and the time, the restaurants might not be open or have what you want. Pack yourself some of your favorite bars and snacks for your "just- incase" stash.
  14. Small toiletries bag: ok, ok! I might go over the top but here it is! I pack small sample size of skincare I like. Flying dehydrates your skin! Nobody wants to be a wrinkly dry mess. Ladies & gents- keep it to sample size & under 3oz.
  15. After you make it through security, purchase the biggest, most over priced bottle of water you can find. Why? 1. You don't want to keep pressing the button to get someone over. 2. After you land, the water might not be safe to drink. It's always good to stash up on clean/ safe drinking water! 3. You might have a long commute from airport to location. 4. Flying dehydrates you. Drinking water will help you arrive feeling refreshed. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate! Sense the trend?
  16. Journal & pen- I like to write down my thoughts and experiences. The pen is good for filling out your customs form on your international return flight. I usually carry 2. 
  17. Have a little cash on you. I generally like to carry a small amount in each country's currency. I used Chase as my travel credit card. They don't charge a conversion fee so it makes it easy to travel with very little cash. 
  18. Sunglasses for the planes arrival- again, if your luggage gets lost. You want to at least have the bare essentials to make it through or heck! maybe you want to wear them on the flight.
  19. Lip balm & hand lotion - I know, I sound redundant but a girl knows what she likes and it's not dry hands or lips. Throw these in your little toiletries bag but don't forget to keep it under 3oz. I'm pretty much obsessed with all the Smith line for lips. I love it for my cuticles too!
  20. Any medications you need. I always have some emergency Advil with me. You never know if a headache, ear pressure, or leg cramping occurs.
  21. Where comfortable clothing. If my flight is over 4-5 hours, I'm 100% going with the athleisure style. My faves: Lululemon & Athleta
  22. Comfortable shoes you can take off & put back on easily. This will make it just a tad bit easier going through security & kicking those shoes off for flying.
  23. Toothbrush!  Let's keep it fresh
  24. I personally don't drink & fly. I know many people who need to take the edge off but if you can, avoid alcohol. Again, just another thing that will bloat & dehydrate you. 
  25. My favorite for domestic travel: TSA Pre - totally worth the small investment if you travel a lot within the states. You go through a separate security line & usually don't have to take your shoes off. Saves you time & stress!
  26. Book/ Laptop- this is "uninterrupted" precious hours. Utilize in your best way. Work, read, rest. It's your time! 
  27. Last but of course, not certainly least, your mindset. If you are traveling to get away & have some you time. Do so! Shut down the chatter & chaos and allow yourself to enjoy! 
  28. Bonus tip! Arrive at the airport with plenty of time to settle in. You know the drill.. 2 hours for international & 1.5 hrs for domestic. 
 Mom seeing me off to another adventure!  @FlyLyfRetreats

Mom seeing me off to another adventure! @FlyLyfRetreats

Happy Traveling!!!

I wish you safe, successful & comfortable flying!

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6 Ways to Get Your Bum on a FLY LYF Retreat

Literally & figuratively! Here's my bum all out there. Letting you know, it’s not about what you're wearing, what kind of mat you have or where you come from or been. It’s about YOU. You finding your strength, your purpose, your personal breakthrough. Maybe you’ll find clarity. Energy. Compassion. Your edge. It's different for everyone. But after your retreat you can count on feeling transformed — better, stronger, happier, whatever it is for you - we are there to help you achieve it! 

#FLYSQUAD #FLYLYF

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Have you always dreamt about going on a retreat but unsure how to make it happen.

Read our tips on how to make it happen!


6 Ways to get your Bum on a Fly Lyf Retreat


  1. Keep it local. Our local & stateside retreats offer a more affordable price without compromising your experience. 

  2. Did you know most retreats offer payment plans for an additional fee. Fly Lyf Retreats offer payment plans without the extra cost. 

  3. We now accept Credit Cards. Rack those points up! All kidding aside. We obviously don't want you to go into debt but we do want to share all of our life coaching, adventures & memories with you. Our FLY LYF Retreats are more then traveling to a "bucket list" place, we are there to help guide you on how to live your best lyf! 

  4. "If not now, when?" How many times have you heard or you have said,  "life is short, life is precious". Well, let me tell you first hand, it sure is! I started FLY LYF Retreats because I missed out on countless adventures & trips waiting on people. No more waiting around for your friends to back out the last minute. These retreats are designed to connect with yourself & likeminded people. We have many people who travel solo and some who together. We welcome all the adventurists, yoga practitioners, aerial yogis, wine enthusiasts, foodies, hikers, walkers, travelers & vacationers. 

  5. Good 'ol karma yogi! Do you have a desire to join our retreats? The Fly Squad can always use extra hands around helping out! If you love people, sharing yoga, good food, stories, let's chat about our exchange program!

  6. Get outside your comfort zone & show your bum! Ok, maybe that's not for you but maybe it is. How will you know unless you try? 

We can't wait to explore the world with you! We hope these tips help you. Join us on a handcrafted retreat designed with you in mind. No 2 retreats will ever be the same. We work around the clock shifting & revising each retreat to be better then the last.

Come share in the FLY LYF Culture. We invite you to get fearless!! 

6 Ways to Fall in Love with Yourself Over & Over Again

Who Loves Ya?!

Are you stuck in a rut of self-judgement? Is your cup not as full as you would like it to be? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you'll want to keep reading. 

Read below on how to fall back in love with yourself. 

1) Revisit an old hobby. What did you love doing and one day just stopped because of whatever reason. Today is the day to ignite the dimmed flame. 

2. Cover your mirrors. Yes, cover them. For 1 week try your best to avoid mirrors. It is said when we look less in mirrors we can truly tap into how we feel, rather then how we look. Stop the nit picking and release your self judgement. 

3. Respect Yo-Self! Nourish your mind body and spirit with positivity. Respect yourself so much that you say no to others and yes to yourself! 

4. Push your emotional boundary and love yourself for every moment of it. Cry harder, love more deeply, sing louder, dance longer. 

5. Meditation. Don't fear meditation! I know I know, you're thinking how do I sit still or all the I can'ts come up. Meditation has been around for as long as it has for a reason and a good one! Meditation comes in many forms. Most importantly it is intentionally setting time aside to be quiet. 

6. Let go of your stories. What does this mean? It means, let go of all of the false stories you tell yourself, "I'm not good enough, why me, I don't deserve that, etc etc etc... the list goes on and on. Acknowledge those voices in your head & the language you speak. Letting go of stories is something that needs to be practiced. Chose to flip those stories & revise it to something positive & amazing! Focus on everything you can do, focus on the positive. I know.. easier said then done but hey, let's give it shot. Here's an example I often hear with my aerial students, "I can't do pull-ups" (followed by an eye roll) but guess what?! One of my most favorite things to do is to prove to my students they can and they do! We all need to work on our confidence but it starts with those false stories you tell yourself time and time again. Let's turn that CAN'T into a CAN!!! Not sure where to begin? Come to class. 

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4 Reasons to Close Your Eyes

4 Reasons to Close Your Eyes

And how yoga gave me the confidence to do it!

 PC: Aaron Santoro

PC: Aaron Santoro

I remember being scared to close my eyes in the shower.

I thought...

  1. Freddie Krueger was going to come through the walls
  2. Someone, like my big bother or his friends would jump out and scare me at any given time
  3. I was going to miss out seeing something spectacular like the tiled wall
  4. What if there was a spider?!

All valid points, I know, I know. I was recently reflecting back on these memories and realized another monumental lesson that yoga taught me. You can trust yourself with your eyes open or closed. Our thoughts are more to fear then pressing our eye lashes together but tell that to someone who experiences the same uncomfortabililty like I did is highly unlikely. Our thoughts control us throughout the day. Like Mahatma Gandhi says: 

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“Your beliefs become your thoughts, 
Your thoughts become your words, 
Your words become your actions, 
Your actions become your habits, 
Your habits become your values, 
Your values become your destiny.”

 

My point is, I created false stories around the WHAT IF I closed my eyes and so many times over, I burned my eyes while shampooing my hair. I don't remember at what point I had the courage to close them but maybe I was fed up with the burning. Hey! I survived the scary concept of lids over eye balls and so can you! Freddie won't get us. Promise!

So how did yoga contribute to giving me the confidence to keep them closed? 

I'm pretty sure I didn't realize what was happening when it was happening. When I first started taking yoga classes, class after class, the dreaded savanna came. You know, the part at the end where you lie on your back, close your eyes and are suppose to clear your mind of every thought, be still and not panic and open your eyes. For some, this is the best part of the class, for others, not so much! I see it in my classes. Some of my students won't even attempt at closing their eyes. They just stare at the ceiling and honestly, in my book that is A-OK. 

However, let's get educated! 

Here are my 4 reasons why you should close your eyes more frequently: 

  1. Closing your eyes can help you remember & focus. Scientists say shutting eyes frees up brain power. Pretty cool, huh? I don't know about you but I can definitely use more of this! 
  2. Being still is more natural when eyes are closed. What we hear and understand is more important than what we see. There are some things that we can understand better with our eyes closed. Having our eyes open can sometimes provide distractions from truth that we hear.
  3. Challenge yourself & your balance! Try practicing with your eyes closed. This has become my favorite way to practice. It allows me to look within myself and feel the poses & the experience, instead of what they look like.
  4. Washing your hair will be way more enjoyable. Period.

I'm sure there will be a part 2 to this but for now, close your shampooed burning eyes. 

Stay tuned- I'm sure there will be part 2 coming. 

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PC: Aaron Santoro

Eyes closed, maybe. 

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10 Reasons Why You Should Flip Your World Upside Down

What's More Scary... Being stagnant in your old ways or flipping your perspective for a possibility of something great? 

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PC: Aaron Santoro

I say, f* it!! Let's turn your world upside. 

Here are my 10 Reasons to "Turnt it Up"!  

[Turnt it up] when someone does something so unremarkably amazing that there's nothing left to say other then them turntin it up.
  1. Give your heart a break! Would ya?! When you are upright, gravity pulls the tissues and fluids in your body downwards, including blood. In order to return deoxygenated blood back to the heart, your heart has to work hard to help pump the fluid upwards and against gravity. When you are upside down, you reverse the blood flow in your body and it encourages venous return – the return of blood flow back to the heart. As a result, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard.

  2. Helps your lymphatic system. Inversions encourages the flow of lymph back to the heart. Your lymphatic system is a key part of your immune system. It’s like a big drainage system in your body, collecting extra lymph from body tissues and helping to fight infection. However, the lymph system relies on movement and pressure to move the lymph fluid. Inversions help encourage the flow of lymph back to the heart.

  3. Energizes you and builds confidence. This reason is less biological & more psychological. When you get upside for the first time in the hammock, there’s no other feeling like it. It’s energizing and makes you feel confident.

  4. Improves your balance. Inversions add another dimension to balance training. It forces you to learn how to sense your body in a different space & way (proprioception).

  5. Builds core strength.

  6. Forces you to focus.

  7. Releases your ego and helps you practice non-attachment. Inversions can be hard, humbling and tough enough. With the ease of the hammock, it allows for almost everyone to get upside with ease.

  8. Inversions in the hammock can help with vertigo and motion sickness in small doses. (Let your instructor know if you are sensitive to movement.)

  9. Provides a new perspective. Literally, flipping your view helps provides you with a new physical perspective that often flows into your every day life.

  10. It just looks & feels freakin' good!

  PC: Aaron Santoro

PC: Aaron Santoro

If you haven’t tried aerial yoga, there is no better time then now to try it. My hope for you, is to be challenged; mind, body & spirit. I invite you to show up, be present, and enjoy the transformative flight.

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