Sinopse

Two ladies who travel a lot talk about it briefly. Romance authors and consummate travelers Gail Carriger & Piper J Drake dish tips, tricks, gadgets, and horror stories on traveling by land, air, and sea. We get there, so you dont have to.

Episódios

  • Ep_29Best Buffets

    Ep_29;Best Buffets

    04/05/2020 Duração: 48min

    Retrieved from the Repository: a lost episode has been recovered for our listeners in which Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss the best breakfast buffets they've experienced in their travels to date. *This episode was recorded more than a year prior to the current travel advisories and restrictions. Listener Question! Go-to toiletries Piper packs her own shampoo and conditioner, at minimum. Longer trips require more supplies. Gail packs her own facial wash and skin cream, etc. They both pack dry shampoo for certain trips. *Update: Piper now wears sunscreen. Main Topic Best Breakfast Buffets! Gadgets! Shh. Honest confessions of tucking a bit away for 2nd breakfast. Gail - Ziploc baggie. Piper - Hotel napkins. Special thanks to Kelly for editing this episode! Thanks for listening. Travel smart. Pack the snacks! - - -  Get your question featured on an episode by saying hi on social media:       Facebook.com/20minDelay      @20minDelay      @PiperJDrake      @GailCarriger Use the hashtag: #20mindelaypodcas

  • Ep_28Squat the Seat

    Ep_28;Squat the Seat

    20/04/2020 Duração: 29min

    Retrieved from the Repository: a lost episode has been recovered for our listeners in which Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss seat choices and the angle of approach. *This episode was recorded more than a year prior to the current travel advisories and restrictions. Where have you been? Piper had been through Orlando International airport and Gail discusses the deplorable lack of caffeine in the terminal she goes through at MCO. Main Topic Seat Preferences! Squatting the Aisle vs. Window Gail is an Aisle only kinda girl. Piper will take the aisle or the window, but prefers aisle for long trips. Shout outs SeatGuru Gadgets! Gail - Clear2Go Water Bottle Piper - BlenderBottle Special thanks to Kelly for editing this episode! Thanks for listening. Travel smart. Pack the snacks! - - -  Get your question featured on an episode by saying hi on social media:       Facebook.com/20minDelay      @20minDelay      @PiperJDrake      @GailCarriger Use the hashtag: #20mindelaypodcast

  • Ep_27From Travel Bag to Go Bag

    Ep_27;From Travel Bag to Go Bag

    06/04/2020 Duração: 25min

    We're back! Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake return after an unplanned hiatus due to a myriad of technical difficulties. Main Topic: Turning your travel bag into a Go Bag Gadgets! Gail - Pajama-esque comfy pants and tees Piper - EC30 Clean Body Wash Special thanks to Kelly for editing this episode! Thanks for listening. Travel smart. Pack the snacks! - - -  Get your question featured on an episode by saying hi on social media:       Facebook.com/20minDelay      @20minDelay      @PiperJDrake      @GailCarriger Use the hashtag: #20mindelaypodcast For bonus fun, check out the new YouTube channel for the unedited video of the podcast recording, including all the hand-waving and zany expressions from Gail and Piper. 20 Minute Delay Gail and Piper are Back! and with Video! Subscribe to see any new videos as Gail and Piper record future episodes!

  • Ep 26 Return Destinations

    Ep 26; Return Destinations

    16/04/2019 Duração: 38min

    Been there, done that!  But you can't help but think that you could have done it better.  Tips and tricks for optimally re-visiting already trod travel-ground. Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:24 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 1:06 - Gail visits Piper J in Seattle for a local signing 1:33 - PodCon! 2:17 - All the food. Place Pigalle, Storyville, and more! 3:48 - Dealing with TSA shutdowns  - - -  Main Topic - Returning 6:59 - Identifying "worthwhile returns" 7:19 - Piper => Thailand; Travel has changed significantly 9:20 - Intentionally packing "unmentionables" on top of checked bags as a deterrent 10:28 - Piper's things to do differently: pay to have laundry done bring a light jacket (for inside) carry on only (interchangeable clothes) seek out brand new experiences (Elephant Reserve) find and hoard old childhood favorites 17:58 - Gail's romanticized return destinations: don't be sick while there (Lake Como, Italy) for food! (Singapore) get a riali

  • Ep 25 Caffeine Situation

    Ep 25; Caffeine Situation

    18/03/2019 Duração: 29min

     How do you stay awake?  When do you choose to stay awake?  Tricks to accomplishing your caffeine ingestion intelligently while far from home! Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:21 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 1:05 - Piper went to Disney over the crazy-busy Christmas Holiday 2:10 - Disney's Magic-band wrist-bands are near Magic 5:15 - Gail Carriger, Tea on the Go (video on Gail's caffeine process) --> https://youtu.be/IzPzjkfJgRg  - - -  Main Topic - Caffeine Ingestion! 9:55 - Gail's water-boil coil, aka immersion heater: https://amzn.to/2tSdXp0 10:30 - Mug and milk hunting 15:14 - Thou shalt not give the Piper caffeine first thing in the morning 16:50 - after lunch Emergen-C, Airborne, or similar with B-12 in it 17:26 - Gail is opposed to drinking calories - save that for eating! 17:55 - Gail's caffeine pattern; tea in the morning, coffee at noon, afternoon tea 19:05 - pay attention to your travel day's schedule and be aware of how caffeine affects yo

  • Ep 24 Rental Car Renting

    Ep 24; Rental Car Renting

    07/01/2019 Duração: 31min

      Transportation from home to any destination requires some form of "last mile" transit.  Gail and Piper discuss tips and thoughts on car renting when that's the choice that's made.   0:23 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 0:41 - Piper has a story, both for Gail and for listeners about a Virginia wedding (including hellmouth travel via ORD) 2:54 - The behaved childhood version of Adam Sandler and his Vegas "Money Man" 3:38 - Frequently flyer shop talk - how to find decent food in Chicago O'hare - just inside of security hidden between separate TSA check points 5:08 - Piper got trapped in an airport elevator 6:40 - Meeting the poor man's equivalent to an "extra from The Sopranos" as he oozes into your seat-space and tries to lift the shared armrest without permission 10:11 - Hotels in Warrenton, Virginia are... questionable - Piper left a rare one-star review after needing to wine-stomp insects in the tub 13:34 - tips for using Yelp/Travelocity/etc t

  • Ep 23 Bag Checking Protocol

    Ep 23; Bag Checking Protocol

    10/12/2018 Duração: 27min

    When your trip requires enough luggage that you MUST check a bag, what does the experienced traveler do?   Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:25 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 1:01 - Gail went to PHX (Phoenix) and has THOUGHTS 2:26 - The internet told her it would be hot, sure, duh - but the taste of the filtered water is... awful - the worst Gail has experienced the world over 3:28 - Piper's water heater that had a hole eaten through it: Zojirushi --> https://amzn.to/2Ela16h   - - -  Main Topic -> Checking a Bag 6:34 - What is it that makes even experienced/prepared travelers like our hosts check their bags?  (Hint: it tends to be lengthy cons where sales are necessary and/or bringing things internationally to family) 7:36 - shared checked bag protocol (when traveling with a partner) - plus details on being prepared for a cruise and dealing with porters 9:539 - be aware of the maximum possible overhead space 10:04 - its never as big a deal to fly home w

  • Ep 22 Delay Vouchers

    Ep 22; Delay Vouchers

    27/11/2018 Duração: 30min

     Travel vouchers can turn a stressful travel whammy into a new experience.  Honest!  And, what should you do about lost luggage?   Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:20 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 0:44 - Gail and Piper discuss Smokey Mountains Writers' Retreat 3:39 - Map out your journey ahead of time (screenshot your map in case you lose cellphone service in rural areas) 5:42 - Going to Urgent Care (or emergency room, or doctor) while traveling 9:00 - Traveling to the middle of nowhere can be fun - hole up in the cabin near the fire while others go out and hike/snowboard  - - -  Main Topic -> Travel Vouchers  11:21 - obtaining airline vouchers (example: plane overbooked) 13:01 - taking a later flight (risk/reward) 13:51 - don't accept the first offer! Offer will improve as the time for the flight approaches 14:56 - tips for college students on holiday travel 16:12 - use resources like SeatGuru to recon your plane 16:44 - don't lose your voucher! Take

  • Ep 21 Traveling Alone

    Ep 21; Traveling Alone

    17/09/2018 Duração: 32min

      Travel is enriching and we recommend it. Sometimes one must travel alone. How do you stay safe? Where do you keep your money and documents? What's "SA"?   Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:24 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 0:44 - Newark airport and the attached Marriott hotel  - - -  Main Topic -> Traveling Alone  7:48 - Traveling alone as a woman -> Safely. 8:48 - Ensuring money and ID is safely hidden (away from zippers) 10:02 - Taxi wallets 10:40 - Hiding cash in your bra when out and about 12:17 - Keeping valuable safe (and tracked) in a hotel room to protect from confusion 14:18 - Keep money and ID on you AT ALL TIMES - keep a color copy of your VISA in a separate place from your actual VISA and make sure a trusted person back home has access to a copy of that as well 17:08 - Be aware of stairwells and places without cameras/etc 19:30 - Situational Awareness! (Close your door completely when you leave AND when you go in) 21:30 - Lock all availabl

  • Ep 20 Seat Reclining, The Angle of Repose

    Ep 20; Seat Reclining, The Angle of Repose

    20/08/2018 Duração: 35min

    Its undeniable, some people are taller than others. But travel seats are designed with a "one-size-fits-all" mentality. So what is one to do when seeking the relaxation of repose?   Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:22 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 0:45 - Listener question: "What are some tips and tricks for traveling if/when mobility impaired?"  Wooden cane for getting through metal detectors (TSA) Tips for preparing before you arrive (calling ahead, etc) What to do when your health declines in-flight Dealing with seating options Crutches vs Wheel-chairs Medical evac (grievance ticket) Communicate early/often (call) Booking agents are professionals who KNOW the details for you Navigating security with motor chairs (plus potential horror stories) Have a travel companion if you can Anne McCaffrey's "Crystal Singer Trilogy"  - - -  Main Topic -> Seat Reclining    14:18 - Planes, trains, cars, and buses 14:45 - Piper normally does not recline her seats

  • Ep 19 Hotel Living

    Ep 19; Hotel Living

    31/07/2018 Duração: 25min

    Sometimes traveling friends get to meet up - and that's exactly what this episode is!  A rare side-by-side recording from the ladies as they discuss how to live in hotels and take care of your voice.   Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:22 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake Main Topics -> Hotel Living 2:02 - Flow packing   - as soon as you arrive unpack your things to "zones"   - pack your suitcase a little bit each night after you're done 4:30 - How do you decide when to have house-keeping come in?   Tip: If you're a rewards member you can earn extra points by putting out your "do not disturb sign" 5:45 - Tip every day! (housekeeping staff rotates rapidly) 8:12 - Stealing from maid-carts => "Maid in Manhattan" 9:22 - Dealing with being in a "non-native" climate/altitude Hydrate! Ibuprofen is ok Be prepared for your food choices to deviate Altitude sickness can sap energy and focus; don't let it ruin your trip! Ramen is your friend Start the trip with a slo

  • Ep 18 Hats on a Plane

    Ep 18; Hats on a Plane

    18/07/2018 Duração: 32min

     Traveling already requires high level packing skills. But what about when you want (aka, NEED) to bring a hat. How do you keep your topper in top condition?   Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:21 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 0:52 - Listener question from the Facebook group Ty akas: "What's the best way to travel with extra ties?"    -Be aware of where the knot sits, fold carefully, and consider some of the special containers the ladies discuss (or a Tupperware containers)  -and don't forget to consider what your ties shape/color/dimensions says about you! – – – 9:15 – Main Topic -> Packing that Hat (and other weirdly shaped stuff) Hat containers? How to protect the shape of your headpiece Wear your fancy as you go Use your significant other as a hatrack Being considerate of your fellow traveler Consider the mateiral of the thing, is it something that can re-assume it's old shape easily? Corset packing Distribute your stuff across both checked and ca

  • Ep 17 Secondary Transportation: Getting around within your destination

    Ep 17; Secondary Transportation: Getting around within your destination

    04/07/2018 Duração: 30min

      So you've arrived at your destination, now what? How do you get around? What if you don't have cell service? Piper and Gail discuss what to do and who to trust.   Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:23 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 0:52 - Gail Traveled to Tucson, Arizona -> Festival of Books 1:26 (and 3:29) - Weird Uber/Lyft experiences. How to tell if you're about to be scammed. Be wary of the overt chumminess. 2:15 - Extended Stay Suites: Elongated business traveler stay and sports teams. Gail was inundated with a baseball team 4:25 - How-to avoid social pressure from gig-economy workers 4:54 - Beacons of safety => public spaces like hotels, especially for the frequent traveler 7:21 - Upcoming episode topic: Emotional side of solo-traveling, especially as a female – – – 7:49 – Main Topic -> How to get around your destination Pro's and Con's of: rental car from the airport (or train station)? car service? Uber, Lyft, or similar? Taxi? Calculating

  • Dressing up While Traveling How to pack smart when traveling WITH style

    Dressing up While Traveling; How to pack smart when traveling WITH style

    19/06/2018 Duração: 30min

    Award ceremonies, weddings, conventions, fancy meals - sometimes you need to bring your super swanky dress clothes. How does a traveler handle that?    Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:21 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 0:51 - Piper visited Producer Matt in Texas -> Wichita Falls 1:55 - Tips on how to pick people up from the airport like a pro 3:45 - Gail shared pasta and with an Italian family on a Swiss puddle-jumper - and she likes small planes! 5:39 - Shout-out to another frequent traveler/author -> Alex White – – – 9:43 – Main Topic -> Traveling (literally) WITH Style! corsets long, fluufy skirts ***give a thought to packing while you're buying*** Iron the day you land - you won't do it the next day Check suits, and satin, and related as it cuts down on creases Roll your gowns; lay them at the outer portion of your clothes and they will be the least wrinkled external bit Suits -> shell the shoulders and look on YouTube for tips Special suitcases

  • Ep 15 Hotel Scents (sniffs and struggles)

    Ep 15; Hotel Scents (sniffs and struggles)

    04/06/2018 Duração: 31min

    Scent is heavily tied to memory. Disney hacks it with aplomb. Hotels (especially major chains) try. With varying success.  The ladies discuss how to deal.      Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:29 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 1:06 - Piper stayed home -> but still went to a con: Taiyou Con 6:48 - Piper met Yaya Han (an awesome cosplayer) in a bathroom – – – 7:49 – Main Topic -> Hotel Scents! scents come from more than air fresheners and cleaners - many places like Hilton intentionally pump particular smells in be careful of wearing Estee Lauder near Gail lemon-scent does not necessarily mean clean sniff the hotel provided shampoo (etc) before you use it be on the look out for actual name brand toiletries (they're reliably good) don't eat tea Marriott changes their scents frequently Renaissance typically has more subtle scents Pro tip! -> many hotel toiletries have similar shaped neck joints that can join up with better lids from other hotel toiletry Y

  • Ep 14 Shoes

    Ep 14; Shoes

    15/05/2018 Duração: 43min

    Hardest thing to pack?  Shoes. But you need them. Often traveling to an event/work/vacation requires more than one kind/type of shoe. What's a shoe whore to do?     Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:22 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 0:48 - Gail went on a writing retreat 1:09 - Traveling with "different" (and/or wrong) personality types 2:15 - How to set yourself up for success when traveling and/or working and/or staying in a hotel with someone new 9:59 - Taking care of yourself by communicating with your significant other/partner – – – 14:47 – Main Topic -> Shoes! Gail's a whore?! (For shoes, yes.) Handling size and weight when packing "Wear your biggest heaviest shoes during travel - so you don't have them taking up all your internal luggage space." Sensible versus impactful Laces are a no. Don't do it. Boots? Fancy time? How to handle smell, cleaning, and storage? Ballet flats - > https://amzn.to/2KpLmh2  Orthopedic inserts? Work out needs? Invest i

  • Ep 13 Exercising while Traveling

    Ep 13; Exercising while Traveling

    03/05/2018 Duração: 27min

    Traveling interrupts patterns. Gail and Piper give tips and tricks for exercising while traveling - and discuss meeting Kevin Bacon due to good swimming habits! Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:17 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 0:38 - Question from a listener! -> Stress management on the go?    Get your question featured by saying hi on social media:       Facebook.com/20minDelay      @20minDelay      @PiperJDrake      @GailCarriger Use the hashtag: #20mindelaypodcast 3:58 - Punching pillows? 4:39 - Gail's stress management involves water and TV, but not exercise 6:08 - Be kind to yourself! It helps to decrease stress 7:45 - Pop out of your car/airport/whatever for some fresh air to destress and wash away that stale air – – – 8:37 – Main Topic -> Exercising while Traveling Do you book a hotel based on the gym? If so, what do you look for? Pick the hotel that's a 5-15 minute walk from where you need to be specifically to get those extra steps twice a

  • Episode 12 Travel Snacks - To eat or not to eat?

    Episode 12; Travel Snacks - To eat or not to eat?

    09/04/2018 Duração: 30min

    Food is important while traveling.  Many (like Piper and Gail) would even say its the entire point.  Traveling means you're on the move though, so it's important to bring or grab snacks as you go? But there are so many options, what do you being and why? 0:27 - Intro 0:55 - Piper's Seattle Trip 1:45 - Tips for scoping out a new city that you're moving to 2:15 - SeaTac (Seattle airport) hacks 4:30 - Uber and ride-share tips for Seattle 6:20 - tangent about travel reward lounges (To use them, or not to use them?) 8:50 - hotel Monaco (Kimpton) 11:07 - Goldfish, Patricia Briggs, Alpha and Omega series 12:22 - England lets book stores and antique stores have cats/dogs, just like the California bookstore, "The Ripped Boddess" 13:39 - Borderlands bookstore has naked (alien) cats 14:11 - travel snacks!    The ladies discussion includes, but is not limited to: hardboiled egg (touch off custardy, touch of green is overcooked) old and young in different labeled bags (yolk is riskier over time)  jerky (overcorrected for

  • Ep 11 Prepping for Travel, a compendium of tips

    Ep 11; Prepping for Travel, a compendium of tips

    12/03/2018 Duração: 32min

    How does one prepare mentally and physically for travel?  Regardless of the reason for taking a trip, necessity, pleasure, work, illness, visiting family - irregardless of any of those reasons it's still important to be properly prepped to make the most of it. Main Topic -> Travel Preparation, the how and why Gadgets -> Face masks!    Gail - soothing infused paper    Piper - Tulasara eyemask from Aveda Special Thanks -> Artistic Whispers Production Inc for editing the audio for this episode AND of course, Jon Anealio for the use of his song "Steampunk Girl"

  • Ep 10 Frequent Flyer Loyalty

    Ep 10; Frequent Flyer Loyalty

    26/02/2018 Duração: 31min

    Travelers are constantly bombarded with "Sign up now!" loyalty offers and point earning systems. Are airline offers worth it? What do you get for your loyalty?   Time Stamped Show Notes: 0:11 – Intro (Steampunk Girl by John Anealio)    Host Introduction; Gail Carriger and Piper J Drake 0:34 - Where have the ladies traveled recently? San Diego! 1:16 - Piper's Trip 2:14 - Sparkly floors  2:33 - The PDX carpet 3:02 - The SouthWest airlines cattle call 3:50 - Question for the audience -> Can you walk to San Diego downtown from the airport? 4:23 - Gaslight district and San Diego Comic-Con 5:04 - Balboa park 5:14 - Mysterious Galaxy -> awesome bookstore 6:14 - Seaview -> cute bookstore with cafe near SFO 6:40 - Need listener help: What's the name of the Alice in Wonderland-esque speakeasy behind the brick wall (or bank vault?) covered in ivy in San Diego? 7:53 - military, retirees, and/or vacationers mean... Reader town! 8:36 - cocktails in San Diego; wine in Portland...lulz. 8:52 - Gail pisses off the audience. Wi

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