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Tips for a Worthwhile Business Travel

advWhen you are traveling for business, it is best to iron out the basics-such as packing, hotel reservations, car services, plane tickets and what not-so that it is not another task that you have to do on top of the business that you have to take care of. If business plans are important, then planning your trip merits planning as well. If all these are mapped out smoothly, not only will you be able to have a worry free business trip, but it is also possible for you to have a fun time during your trip.

1. Research about the place beforehand. Knowing more about the city you are visiting could help you manage your time or maximize the vacant time that you have while you are there. Let’s say you are going to a convention. Knowing about the other events that will take place will help you go to as much events or conferences as you can during your stay there.

2. Packing light in a carry-on bag gives you one thing less to worry about. Not having to fret about your luggage check in

Ebb and Flow Is Natural and Beneficial to Your Business

davOver the past few weeks I’ve been enjoying going to the ocean and playing at the beach. Every 2 years pink salmon spawn going from the ocean back to the same river they were born. (I know, nature is just so darn perfect isn’t it?) Very predictable, they KNOW their path.

I’m right in the midst of putting together a year long program that is very INTENSE, so if I had my way I would work all day and night, but my husband has been saving me! Almost every other night we have been going to fish, since the “humpy” season will end here soon. The salt air, the sea and time away from creation gives my brain a rest and I feel completely relaxed and refreshed by the time I leave.

During these little trips I’ve been pretty much fishing with the boys, I’ve never seen so many boys (grown men) so focused on one thing before. It really is quite cute!

Of course the “girly-girl” comes out in me where I get bored from fishing and start looking for sea glass, cool rocks and the

The Importance Of Staying Hydrated On The Road

dAs a truck driver the last thing that you want to have to do is make a bunch of scheduled or unscheduled pit stops along the road. Many truckers intentionally curb or control how much they are drinking during the day limiting their intake of liquids often by less than half of what is recommended.

It is important to realize that dehydration can cause serious health issues over both the short and long term. It is also important to realize that not all liquids actually hydrate your body in the same ways and some can actually lead to an increased risk of dehydration.

Symptoms of Dehydration

In addition to health issues, which will be discussed later, people that are dehydrated also have various issues that can impact your ability to be a safe, effective driver. One of the key symptoms of dehydration is increasing drowsiness and fatigue, both issues that are problematic when you are driving professionally.

Other symptoms of dehydration include:
• Dry mouth
• Excessive thirst that may come and go
• Chronic types of acute or low grade headaches
• Stiffness and cramping of the

Staying Connected While Traveling in the 21st Century Mobile World

dvThe 21st century has become quite hectic. Our careers take us to more places than ever before to conduct business, whether we are in business for ourselves or for companies for whom we work. As hectic as that is, though, what makes traveling in business the most hectic is the fact that we are never far away from the office thanks to the power of the mobile Internet and our mobile devices.

Our smartphones and tablets are almost as essential in this day and age as are the luggage that carry our belongings from one city to another and the clothes we wear from place to place and meeting to meeting. Without our mobile devices, we cannot stay in constant contact with our superiors and with our companies to ensure we are getting critical business done. This is usually critical to ensure we have real-time data and updates on important business matters that often pertain to the meetings we attend and deals we are attempting to complete for the profitability and sustainability of our companies.

Thus, it’s vital that we ensure that our mobile devices are

Have You Ever Seen a Robin Weep?

dvNormally, it takes me about 30 plus hours to travel from my home in Grass Valley, California to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Because many airlines have canceled all flights to Sierra Leone, I had to fly to Washington, D.C., and layover for three hours. I then flew to Brussels, and had a layover of 14 hours in Brussels. Then off to Casa Blanca, have a drink with the ghost of Bogart (I would have preferred Ingrid) and sit there for five hours in a crowded airport section with returning Sierra Leoneans. Then I flew for four more hours to Sierra Leone with a guy beside me who after coughing up a storm, put on a face mask and rubber gloves. Finally, arriving at the Freetown airport, the airport security had us wash our hands in cold water and then took our temperature.

After filling out a medical questionnaire, I was able to get on the bus that takes you to a 15 person ferry to cross the bay to Freetown. Wouldn’t you know it, another guy sits next to me and puts on a mask and

The Importance of Wisely Choosing an Airport Transfer Service

dvYou have been travelling around the world for months, and now you are on your way back home. You have landed at the airport and collected your luggage. You are mentally and physically tired, and the long wait for your chauffeur at the terminal is only going to frustrate you more.

You keep on looking at your phone to see if there are any missed calls or messages by chauffeur service provider, to inform you that there will be a delay in picking you up from the airport.

After waiting for an hour, you hire a taxi from the airport, and rush back home. As soon as you reach home, you get a call from the chauffeur that the cab is waiting at the airport. Such things happen with people quite often. Thus, you need to avoid making some common mistakes while hiring an airport transportation service.

Mistakes made while hiring airport transportation services:

  • Not booking chauffeur service in advance: Not booking chauffeur service in advance could get in trouble. There are chances of not finding cabs in the peak hours, and you will have no choice but

The Economic Impact of Ebola on the Economy of Grass Valley, California

advThe title of this article would seem at first glance to be ridiculous. Really, how much of an economic impact can Ebola have on a small Northern California town? Consider this: I am a rough diamond gemologist living in Grass Valley and I earn my living working mostly in the DRC, Guinea and Sierra Leone. My normal business has been severely diminished because my clients are afraid to go into the bush in the DRC, Guinea and Sierra Leone because of Ebola. This means that I am delaying building my dream house on a gorgeous mountain property my wife and I bought recently. In addition, because I need a four wheel drive car for mountain driving, I wanted to buy a new Toyota 4 Runner, but have opted to buy a Toyota Rav 4 because I need to be financially prudent.

You may laugh because my small contribution to our economy is not of any great significance except to the sales people, vendors and contractors I would have done business with. Of course, there is a small ripple effect from these people. Still, I know

The Comfortable Way to Reach Your Destination

sdbIn the cities, we tend to travel half the route on our cars, and then take a bus, or board a train to cover the remaining distance. The problem here is getting a proper parking space for your vehicle, and also having to pay high parking fees in the city. Hence, it turns out to be expensive for you, because you pay for the fuel as well as the parking fee.

With that being the case, you could opt for a chauffeur driven car services to cover the 1st half of your route. These services are similar to the taxis, with the only difference being, you can arrange for yourself to be picked up, right from your home or wherever you are.

Benefits of choosing a chauffeur car service

Chauffeur car services have been getting popular these days. They offer quality services to keep their customers satisfied, and make them stay loyal for years to come. If you are new to a city or town, opting for chauffeur car services is the best choice.

Following are some of the benefits of using chauffeur car services.

  • Options to choose: Service

Things to Know About Flight Delay Compensation

downloadYou arrive at the airport, your flight is delayed or even cancelled? Flight delay compensation is an important topic travellers should know about, especially when it comes to business travel. Whether it is due to bad weather such as snow, a security alert or a strike, there are many reasons for flight delays and cancellations. But whatever the reason, it means you have to stay involuntarily longer at the airport before you can travel to your destination or back home. Plus, you may be entitled to flight delay compensation or a refund. Here are some important rules helping you to make sure you are not left out of pocket and make the most of the involuntarily gained extra time.

1. Know your rights

From getting refunded for all your food and drink expenses to getting a hotel or some alternative transportation, you should know what you are entitled to. So, if your flight is cancelled or heavily delayed, you’re protected by the Denied Boarding Regulation (EU rule 261/2004 and repealing regulation (EEC) No 295/91). Unless ‘extraordinary circumstances’ apply, you can claim a financial flight delay compensation

A Corporate Travellers’ New York Airports Guide

sdvNew York City is one of the most popular key travel destinations for corporate travellers worldwide. The city is the center of much that’s great, dynamic and profitable in America. It is home of one of the world’s principal financial centres (i.e. anchored by Wall Street), and a popular business hub for the publishing and entertainment industry at the same time. So, it’s no surprise it features three airports, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and J. F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). As a frequent corporate traveller you probably may have flown to one of the three New York airports at some point or another. With JFK being a major international gateway to the US, this city guide aims to provide some helpful travel agents tips for corporate travellers flying to or from JFK Airport.

New York JFK Facts & Figures

Located about 25km away from Manhattan in Queens, JFK Airport is the largest airport in the state of New York and one of the busiest business travel hubs (over 50 million travellers/year) in the US and internationally. It has six operating terminals

5 Surprising Travel Rules for an Exciting Nomadic Career

dvIn my experience as a digital nomad, I have become a very efficient traveler.

So here are my Top Five Tips for traveling while pursuing your nomadic career:

1. Don’t Get Tied Down – Let’s face facts: Having a nomadic career – in other words, having the ability to make money from anywhere – is easier if you don’t have a lot of personal responsibilities. If you have a wife and children, it becomes more complicated to pull up stakes and head off into the wild world. Not impossible, mind you. Just more complicated.

It has less to do with age than it has to do with commitment. Someone who is older and unattached has more freedom than somebody fresh out of college who is married and who has a child on the way. When other people are depending on you for their livelihood, it limits your freedom.

2. Beware of Material Possessions – Things are nice. People like things. They like to own nice things, like houses, fancy cars, expensive clothes, jewelry and so on. But when you are pursuing the nomadic lifestyle, the more things you

Duty of Care Is a No Brainer, Right?

dsvMore and more, Travel Risk Management is finally being addressed as organizations have realized the world is changing rapidly and what was done before, likely does not apply now. Cases are being litigated and lawsuits won due to a lack of knowledge and preparation on the sending organizations part. Much of the neglect is due to knowledge gaps, although some is due to cost (as it always is).

Many organizations are under the impression that they need to write policy for Travel Risk separately from other occupational safety and risk policies. This is not the case and it would make the task less daunting if organizations understood this. Rolling Travel Risk into a current security/crisis response plan would be much easier that trying to implement an entirely separate plan, although travel expertise is needed to write relevant and accurate travel policies.

We are asked to justify why Travel Risk Management should be as important a task as physical security of a building or safety measures taken on a factory floor. The answer we offer is in the form of another question; why would it not be

Global Wellness Day

dbvGlobal Wellness Day (GWD). GWD was founded by a woman in Turkey named Belgin Aksoy. It is intended to encourage healthier, happier lives. Ms. Aksoy is the creative director of the Richmond Nua Wellness Spa in Lake Sapanca, Turkey. For two years, this spa has hosted wellness day festivals now and then. The GWD, intended to become an annual event, is already backed by volunteers in at least 30 nations, with support from influential spa leadership groups, such as the Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS).

GWD will be celebrated on Saturday, June 13.

The idea of linking a single day to a grand goal of a better life seems fatally optimistic and hopelessly hopeful. Fortunately, GWD is not about dramatic conversions; rather, it’s intended simply to encourage more people to take modest steps that provide good experiences, both physically and mentally.

The leaders and those who support GWD have modest expectations. They do no think celebrating a global wellness day will bring peace to the Middle East or harmony and understanding elsewhere, or sympathy and trust abounding or other Age of Aquarius pie-in-the-sky outcomes. Nor will

Lifehacks to Make Your Business Trip Relaxing

dav5 Lifehacks to Make Your Business Trip Relaxing

Whether this is your first time to travel or you’ve traveled for more times than you can count, relax. Business trips can be fun. Of course, you have meetings to attend, business to take care of and employees to follow up with. Work does not mean you cannot see new places and meet new people. If you’re visiting a new city, you should take time to walk around and have fun. Here are the things you need to do to make your trip relaxing.

#1 Plan Your Trip

The words sound like a no brainer but seriously plan your trip. If you want to have fun, check events, restaurants, and places you are interested to see online and how close they are to where you intend to stay. You don’t want to spend your trip worrying about missing a meeting and definitely not exploring the city’s transportation system. Take some time before you actually travel and plan exactly where you want go. For directions, you can download Tripomatic: Trip Planner. This application comes with maps needed, so download it

Home Is Where the Heart Is, Book a Serviced Apartment and Come Home

sdvThat’s how the old adage goes isn’t it?

And well, for us, it’s never been truer than in today’s amazingly fast-paced, multi-cultural, media savvy world.

Businesses tend to focus heavily on productivity and the balance sheet but in order to have staff who are ready and able to work, it’s so easy to overlook the vital importance of a stable home life. In relocation and business travel particularly temporary accommodation is often relegated down the list precisely because it is ‘temporary’ but this is exactly the time when it’s most essential. Still very few companies focus on the emotional fallout that can occur before, during and after the move.

The first month of a relocation can make or break the move. And we should know… we deal with the aftermath of many a poorly planned and executed relocation! To the person (or people) arriving, everything’s new – the country, the job, probably the language, possibly the company – and even the most seasoned relocatee can find the first couple of weeks pretty stressful.

“International mobility reinforces the link between a happy couple and contributes to the dislocation of

Business Travel Tips!

avWhen you travel the world around you, it changes the world within you. That was one of my quotes a few years ago from my travel blog when I was blogging the World Tour. It holds true to this day, in my opinion.

I have traveled a lot these past 3 months, in particular, and am often asked how I do it. How do I maintain my energy, my focus, my connections, my health. So here are my best travel tips – try them, you’ll like them.

TIP #1 – MAINTAIN REGULAR SLEEP HABITS. This is normal for me, anyway, whether I am travelling or not. But when I am on the road, it is critical for me to get my sleep. I adjust to the time zone I am in and go with it. I ensure the room is dark, cool, quiet and normally, when at conferences, for example, I always room alone. I know that many people find great joy sharing a room when attending events. That doesn’t work for me because I get enough stimulation during the business days and meetings –

Top Tips To Stay Productive On Your Next Business Trip

sbWhile others might find business trips appealing because of free travel and accommodation, all business travelers worry about is getting the maximum productivity on their trip. This isn’t particularly easy. Because they are away from their comfort zone, it can often get very difficult to stay focused and keep a track of so much happening around them.

If you are a business traveler, here are some helpful tips for you to stay productive:

1. Become Tech-Savvy

If you are not, you have absolutely every reason to become one. Technology can solve a lot of your travel miseries. A lot of people complain that travel has become very complicated. The truth is, they haven’t made much use of technology to make their trip more convenient.

So where do you begin with? Firstly, you must pack all the gadgets you would possibly need. Now you may need a lot of things, but if you don’t intend to use them a lot there is no point in carrying all the weight.

Essentially, all business travelers need a laptop and a speedy internet connection. Because you will travel to different places, it is

Some Common Misconceptions About Business Travel

dssWhenever you come across a business traveler walking around the airport, there are many thoughts that cross your mind. Let me begin by warning you, a lot of these might be wrong.

Business travelers face plenty of challenges. Always racing against time, they are constantly going from one airport to another, catching one flight to another. Lack of sleep, longer than expected working hours and sometimes even skipping meals are what a lot of travelers can tell about their trips. Naturally, it is not easy to cope up with such a routine and only the toughest manage to survive.

Traveling faces a lot of misconceptions. Here are some of the top of these.

1. It’s Always about Pleasures

Typically, whenever you hear of business travelers a lot of people think this trip is all about pleasures. Of course, all they can think about at that time is a paid trip, free air travel and all the other expenses.

It’s true that most of the companies pay for the entire trip. However, it’s way more than free meals and a stay at luxurious hotels. A business travel person often have

A Brief Tourism Guide for Business Travelers

bVietnam is a booming center of global commerce, with a highly skilled workforce and strongly growing economy presenting great opportunities. However, if you visit this intriguing country on business but return home without spending a little time as a tourist then you’ll be missing out. Vietnam has a huge amount to offer, from stunning scenery to great food, and, of course, a strong sense of recent history.

Travel around Vietnam is somewhat complicated because of its geography. The two main cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) are at virtually opposite ends of this long, thin country which measures around 1000 miles from north to south, while being at times no more than 32 miles east to west. The distance between the cities is best traveled by plane, taking a little over two hours. Although a flight will mean missing out on experiencing the densely forested highlands of the country’s interior, Vietnamese trains are generally overcrowded, slow, and unreliable, and the journey will take up to a day and a half.

Vietnam’s capital Hanoi is situated in the north of the country, nestled in