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The thought of travel right now has a major downside. It usually starts - and ends for that matter with airlines and lost luggage. I cannot remember how many times in the past 5 years that my luggage has gone awol. At least every second international flight. Given that I fly only with Oneworld and Delta Airlines these days, that says something.

It's no wonder that you will find few people in the world that will say that they absolutely love an airline. Maybe the praise all went down the drain with Ansett.

For the past week I have been travelling. Primarily in the US and now in Europe. Its been primarily for work.

Travelling always teaches me things that often I forget; patience, compromise, adaptability, breathing, sleeping, Facebook, good eating habits and the value of good friends.

The latter was particularly important, when on Sunday for the 4th day in a row I woke up dizzy. All of a sudden, I thought something was wrong. I had all of these symptoms that related to anemia, which I suffer from on an ongoing basis, but there appeared to be a few extra, which concerned me.

As I laid watching a movie on the coach with my friend Henry in  Atlanta, I started to feel chest pains. My immediate reaction was to panic. I quietly said that I had these weird pains, and Henry, being very technologically savvy with anything to do with Facebook or google, looked up on his ipad. I listed my symptoms, and you wouldn't know it, it came up as anemia.

Now, given that I don't eat red meat, I have few people to blame but myself. But I really had no energy. To lift a towel was an issue. He gave me some B12 tablets that were super strong, and in no time I was feeling better. My iron tablets by themselves were not working. Note: never take B12 before you go to sleep - we were up all night with me tossing and turning!

What this taught me was that technology is the answer to so many things. A simple medical website can now diagnose you better than your mother did!

Sure it doesn't beat a human hug - which I am a big fan of, but it does provide the answers to anything that you have a question for.

What apps or websites do you find are literally life savers?

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Mellissah Smith

Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.

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