Should You Correct Others When They’re Giving Incorrect Travel Information?

I’ve always had the inspiration to jump in when I hear someone giving wrong information. Doing that when you’re younger  tends to get you tagged as a “Know-It-All” or a “Smartypants,” so you eventually learn when it’s appropriate to jump in with corrections and when it’s not. You know, sorta like how it’s not wise to correct your boss when in a meeting with the regional directors.


I’m going to share more than I probably should but here goes. My first memory of feeling bad when jumping in to correct someone was with my dad. We were at Disney World and he was telling some other guests something that was SO WRONG! I mean it was killing me inside. Did I mention I must have been like twelve years old at the time (but I read the Birnbaum Guide to Disney World cover to cover every year when it came out so I knew what I was talking about)? So I just jumped in and corrected him. I was embarrassed and so was he. My need to be correct didn’t help anyone, except maybe the other guests who now had correct information. But who were we to them but just a family on the bus offering travel tips to strangers.

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The Most Honest Airline You’ll Never See

When you see a commercial for a product or service – doesn’t matter what it is – they make it sound so wonderful and like it’s going to be such an awesome experience from beginning to end. You know the kinds I mean…the ones for places like dentist offices and used car dealerships. With big smiles and empty suggestions of pain-free everything…mouths, wallets, whatever. Yeah, they drive me nuts.

Anyway, I recently came across this commercial for the most honest airline ever. Unfortunately, it’s not a real company. But they took all the issues of a real airline, added some saccharine sweetness and Disney friendliness to it and, well, the intentional irony of it just made me smile. Maybe it’ll make you smile, too.

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