Browsed by
Author: Joy

10 travel hacks that every business traveler should know about

10 travel hacks that every business traveler should know about

Traveling can become more of a chore than something to savor, if it’s business related. You get to pass through towns and cities, but you do not get to see many of the sights. You are too busy meeting with clients, or trying to secure new business.

travel hacks
Photo courtesy of blueorangetravel.com

The good news is that there are ways you can make traveling on business as stress free as possible. If you reduce the amount of stress and effort surrounding your travel, your business meetings are likely to be more productive. Experts like BlueOrangeTravel.com can help you to make this happen. Here are some of the travel hacks that they may urge you to think about.

Make sure you only have carry-on luggage

Having carry-on luggage only means that you can save time at any airport you travel through. This means that you have extra time to concentrate on business considerations, such as answering emails and taking phone calls.

Think about the benefits of a direct flight

If there is a direct flight which takes you straight to your destination, you should think about taking it. You can explain to the company you work for that although the flight is more expensive, it’s better value for money overall. If you only have one flight to deal with, you are less likely to be delayed. You will also arrive at your destination quicker, giving you more time for business activities.

travel hacks

Make digital and paper copies of your documents

No matter how careful you are, it’s always possible to lose important documents such as your passport, while you are traveling. It’s a good idea to make digital and paper copies of passports, tickets and any other important travel documents, to save you time and stress if you are unfortunate enough to lose the originals.

Why checking in late may get you an upgrade

Getting an upgrade can be a huge advantage, when you travel for business on a regular basis. It can make the whole experience more comfortable. You should never request an upgrade; it’s more important to act professionally and respectfully. It can also be a good idea to check in at the last minute, after all premier passengers have already boarded.

Make sure to think about the small stuff

It’s easy to concentrate on the big issues when you are traveling. But, you should never ignore concerns such as do you have a mobile charger for your phone and do you have a small amount of currency with you for emergency provisions, if you are traveling overseas.

Check-in online from home

Checking in at the airport can be a tedious task. The good news is that you can often use online check-in from home. Doing so can greatly reduce the amount of stress you are under while you are traveling.

Check out the availability of perks

It’s always good to secure a perk that can make traveling a better experience; such as a free flight upgrade. Many credit card companies offer perks like this for frequent travelers, so it’s worth checking if this is the case, before you leave.

Try to get your rental car upgraded

When you arrive to pick up your rental car, always be polite. It helps to get into a conversation with the staff. You may want to talk about how much a better car would help; without asking for an upgrade outright. If there are higher class rentals which are just sitting on the lot, you may just be lucky enough to get an upgrade.

Use travel apps to make life easier

There are apps out there which make travel a lot easier. You can get help with everything from travel budgets to navigation. Take some of the pressure off your shoulders by making use of technology when you can.

Combine business with leisure

You may wish you could spend more time in a place; to simply explore and relax. It’s worth asking whether it would be feasible for you to stay at a venue after the business meetings have finished. You may be able to get a good deal on an extra couple of nights’ stay, which you can pay for yourself.

Business travel can be a headache if you let it. We have provided you with several hacks that can help to lessen, or remove, the headache and make sure your business trip is as successful as possible.

 

Share Button
Destination Playa Blanca: Where Holidays are Fun and Relaxing

Destination Playa Blanca: Where Holidays are Fun and Relaxing

Playa Blanca

Let your holidays be warm and sunny this Christmas with a trip to Playa Blanca Spain. This quiet beach in Lanzarote Spain is one of the newest attractions in the island. Its secluded white beaches are known for their natural beauty and seemingly unique weather compared to the rest of the island. The naturally gorgeous beachscape and island attractions make the Playa Blanca villas a popular destination for those who want to have both fun and relaxation for their holidays. It definitely makes a good candidate for your holiday destination this season. Here are some more reasons to visit the island.

A perfect beach in more ways than one.

Flanking the Playa Blanca’s gorgeous white sand beaches are the Montana Roja and Femes mountains. Aside from adding beauty to the scenery, the Montana Roja also shields the beaches from the Atlantic winds. This makes the clear and shallow waters of the beach perfect for family swimming. Not to worry though, because there are also water activities for those who want some excitement. Playa Blanca is also known as the quietest beach in the area making it perfect for relaxation and sunbathing.

Underwater attractions.

One of the reasons why people go on an island tour or vacation is to get up close and personal with the marine life. Tourists can have their own underwater experience in three different ways. They can snorkel, dive, or go on a submarine tour. Whatever mode they choose, these underwater adventures are meant to be enjoyed.

Playa Blanca

Museo Atlantico or Atlantic Museum.

This is the first underwater museum in Europe. It houses more that 300 sculptures made by Jason deCaires Taylor whose work aims to raise awareness on oceanic issues and help people understand the threats that our waters are facing. This alone is reason enough to put this museum in your must see list.

Sight-seeing adventures.

Your Playa Blanca trip will not be complete without experiencing its arts and culture. The best way to do this is to visit historic sites and museums. Aside from the Atlantic Museum, the Castillo de las Coloradas and Faro de Pechiguera lighthouse are also worth seeing. If you want to get an overlooking view of the coves and beaches, then take a hike to the top of Montana Roja.

Playa Blanca

Unique tour experiences.

Tired of walking or riding the bus? Explore the island’s attraction using non-traditional modes like Segway, Quad Bike, and ATVs. This is definitely a refreshing and adventurous way to experience the island. First timers need not worry because there are instructors that can help you learn how to handle the vehicles. However, you should also consider your skills and physical condition before attempting these tours. Remember, always put safety first.

Shopping and Dining.

A visit at the Marina Rubicon gives you a feel of the life in Playa Blanca by observing the activities in the promenade. You can try the local cuisine at the restaurants or sample the street food from the stalls while people watching. Dine at the promenade restaurants to enjoy the view of spectacular yachts docked in the marina. As for shopping, there are designer shops that you can explore but don’t forget to visit the handicrafts stalls for your souvenirs.

 

 Playa Blanca - Calle Limones 15 ies.jpg
By Frank Vincentz – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Share Button
Christmas on the Slopes: Best Destinations for a Family Holiday

Christmas on the Slopes: Best Destinations for a Family Holiday

ski holiday

Christmas is the perfect time to enjoy an authentic winter with your family. It’s a fantastic time of the year to have some snow fun and the festive season is a great time to spend with family in this beautiful setting. There are many destinations to try when taking a family ski holiday at Christmas and as long as you are prepared even if you are new to this kind of holiday, you are sure to have a great time. Anywhere with a white covering of snow will feel more Christmassy but where are the best places to try to suit both families and those who love skiing? Here are a few places that offer an excellent ski holiday at Christmas time.

Courchevel, France

This large and popular Ski resort has everything you could ask for in a ski holiday destination. There are four villages Courchevel Le Praz, Courchevel Village, Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel 1850, ehich are all linked by ski lifts and pistes as well as a free bus service too.

The varied slopes and terrain make this a great choice for family skiing holidays and the snow is usually very good as the slopes here are north facing. There are kids’ clubs perfect for little beginners, where they can take ski lessons and enjoy some Christmas fun here too.  Depending on where you stay, there are different activities and options to choose from during your stay. Some chalets and hotels put on some great entertainment and activities for their guests during the Christmas period.

Although the highest village of Courcheval 1850 is an expensive place to stay. The lower villages are more affordable and also amenable for families too. The lower resorts still have access to all the same slopes and lifts, but it just might take you a little longer to get to the top.

Wengen, Switzerland

This village is especially designed for families and even more so at Christmas time. The streets are decorated for Christmas, and there’s a festive woodland walk to join on Christmas day. Swiss families usually go to church to attend Midnight Mass on Christmas eve and traditionally will gather to share hot chocolate and ringli or homemade doughnuts afterwards. You will really feel like you are joining in the Christmas spirit here.

Wengen is an excellent and pretty location to visit, whether it is the festive season or not. When it comes to Skiing the slopes are located under the north face of the Eiger and are covered by the Jungfrau lift pass. It’s a great place for beginners so children are very welcome. There are also a few exciting toboggan-runs, the main one being the run from Wengernalp which is 4.5 km.

Within the village, you’ll also find a snow playground curling and an outdoor ice skating rink too. So you know there will be plenty to do for the kids during your stay. Your hotels will put on some Christmas entertainment including excellent meals and activities for kids.

Beitostølen, Norway

This place is an excellent choice for those with young families, as although it is a smaller resort than those found in the Alps, there are a wide range of activities to keep the family entertained. The snow here usually falls early and due to the high altitude, it usually stays. Skiing here is excellent for beginners; the Ski school is English speaking and there are plenty of gentle slopes.

Children and adults will love to try the snowmobiling on a purpose-built track, a place where you can slide down the slopes in a big inflatable boat, husky dog sledding, and a massive 300km plus of cross-country skiing trails.

Christmas celebrations offer festive activities for the whole family including a visit from Santa himself. Local hotels put on their own entertainment too, you might find Christmas tree decorating, making gingerbread men and carols on the agenda depending on where you are staying. Wherever you stay in Beitostølen, you are sure to have a magical time.

Val Thorens, France

If you are travelling as a mixed party then Val Thorens is a great choice. This purpose-built resort has terrain to suit everyone from beginner to expert. As the highest Ski resort in the ‘Trois Vallees’ and in Europe, it means you are almost guaranteed snow from November and beyond. If you love to stay in a Ski-in Ski-out chalet then this is a dream.

As well as the great skiing you’ll find here, at any time of the year you can enjoy Val Thorens wealth of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, health and beauty centres and shops. But at Christmas time there are special events mostly put on by the resorts and hotels for their guests. This includes visits from Santa for the kids, extravagant dinners and lots of parties.

Not only can you enjoy Christmas here but stay to bring in the New year, the Val Tho Crazy Night. If you’re up for a party then this is definitely a way to see the New Year in style.

Zermatt, Switzerland

No list of Christmas Ski destinations would be complete without a mention of the famous picture-perfect Zermatt. The views of the Matterhorn, being surrounded by snow covered traditional chalets and the jingle of horse-drawn sleighs are right out of a Christmas fairy-tale.

The skiing here is top-notch too, offering a variety of slopes but mostly catering for intermediate to the more advanced skiers. You can also get off-piste with a variety of trails that are avalanche controlled.

Zermatt is not a cheap destination to visit, and this is even more apparent when visiting at Christmas time. One bonus however, is although the list passes are pricey under nines ski free, under 16s pay only half the price and there’s a 15% discount for under 20s.

As a car free resort, the atmosphere at Christmas is one of old time charm. For a truly festive time, visit the English church for a Christmas service, kids can enjoy sledging and snowy playgrounds and of course Santa is around, his sled being pulled by his trusty reindeer. It might be the best Ski destination for that exceptional Christmas feel.

Christmas at home versus away

Although it is lovely to spend Christmas at home it can be very stressful too. So much is expected as a family nowadays and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. A Ski break means you can still enjoy a festive family Christmas but without all the stress of organising things yourself.

Let someone else cook the Christmas dinner and do the cleaning and other housework. You can concentrate on enjoying the holidays with your family. Building snowmen, throwing snowballs, skiing tobogganing and taking a sleigh ride in the snow. Do all those things you hear about in the Christmas songs, bet you wouldn’t be doing that at home!

A family ski holiday at Christmas doesn’t come cheap so get ready to part with some cash when you book. But remember, the experience and the fun you get to have as a family is worth it and an experience you’ll treasure for years to come.

 

 

Share Button
Why You Should Travel To China Via The Trans-Siberian Railway

Why You Should Travel To China Via The Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian railway travels through different places. If you are planning to travel to China, taking the Trans-Siberian may be one of the best options you have. If you are not convinced, continue reading this article and find out all the reasons why you should consider this kind of trip.

Trans-Siberian railway

There are several reasons why you should travel to China via the Trans-Siberian Railway. The first reason is that it is one of the most affordable methods that a person is going to be able to travel throughout China. This means that you are going to be able to go a long distance without having to spend a lot of money. There are instances when it might be a little more expensive than an airplane ride but you will be able to see the scenery from a different perspective. Plus, you will get a chance to mingle with other travellers better if you are on a train than in an airplane. Check out China tour packages offered by travel specialists who specialize on Trans-Siberian railway trips and find a package that matches with your preferences.

The second reason is that you are going to be able to travel throughout the year along the railway. The most popular seasons are going to be spring and summer. The warmer months in China are going to give you more daylight so people are going to be a lot more social during this time. No matter what time of the year, you are going to be able to experience China in the best way without having to worry about being too hot or cold. During the winter months, the trains are going to be heated so you will be able to enjoy a warm and cosy ride.

The third reason is that it is a safe way for people to travel. Most of the time, people are going to be using the train to travel when they are visiting their relatives or going on a holiday. Therefore, there are going to be a lot of people that you will be able to socialize with while you are travelling. If you are travelling alone, then it might be a good way to ask for a compartment that is just for ladies or just for gentlemen. There are also compartments that will allow you to lock up your cabin at night and ensure that none of your valuables are left unattended when you are wandering around the cabin.

The fourth reason is that it will be an adventure of a lifetime. This is because you have the choice to share your carriage with a group of people who might have the same ideas as you as far as what they want to see. Most of the time, through these tours, you will be stopping at night for several destinations that you are going to be interested in. You can meet other people and even gain new friends.

Talk to a travel specialist offering Trans-Siberian railway trips and have a trip you’ll never forget.

Share Button
Five tips for planning your next cruise vacation

Five tips for planning your next cruise vacation

Planning any big holiday can be slightly nerve wracking- after all its both money and annual leave on the line! To help abate those fears, here are our five top tips for ensuring smooth sailing on your next cruise:

cruise vacation

Read the Reviews.

Reviews are the best way of getting the inside scoop on what you can expect whilst on board. After all- every company will say they have amazing service, but that isn’t always true! Cruise Critic or Cruise Mates are both useful to help you evaluate the best option. Look out for complaints that appear in multiple reviews- this is a major red flag!

Scanning the reviews can also help you identify the style of the cruise. After all, if you are looking for a romantic getaway, then any provider that targets families or college students is a no-go!

 

Sign up for mailing lists.

Cruise operators and travel agents will send mail outs with hot deals. If you are flexible on the timing of your trip, then waiting for a sale can be a good way to reduce the cost of your holiday. However, because these deals tend to get snapped up fast, it’s best to already have a good idea of what you are wanting.

 

Consider seasickness

Seasickness is any easy way to ruin the most well planned trip. Many consider the size of the ships prevention enough- although this isn’t always the case.  

If you are travelling with someone prone to seasickness, we recommend:

  • Targeting cruises that stay closer to shore- they are generally much less bumpy than those that head into international waters. Alternatively, perhaps consider a river cruise – that way waves won’t be a problem at all!
  • Choose your cabin wisely- windows or balconies are ideal for getting fresh air without heading to the deck.  If that’s not possible, aim for a cabin lower in the boat- the closer you are to the bottom, the less movement you’ll feel!
  • Pack some seasickness tablets- preferably the non-drowsy kind. Taking them a day or two in advance of your trip will ensure that they are in your system in time. Dramamine, Sturgeron and Sea Legs are common brands.

 

Investigate domestic options

Going overseas tends to add cost and hassle to cruising.  This is due to the need for visas, passports, flights, and (potentially) vaccinations.

Cruising domestically can be a good choice to avoid this hassle. A popular choice is cruising down the Mississippi with the American Queen Steamboat Company in a journey popularized by Mark Twain. Other domestic cruise options include to Alaska, or around the Hawaiian islands.

 

De-stress your trip

This may sound redundant, but there are some simple ways to make your trip as stress free as possible.

    • Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly- you don’t want to cut into your precious vacation time looking for where to buy a sweater. Similarly check if there’s any dress codes for events.
    • Ensure you can disconnect from work. Try and set yourself up to only be contactable in the event of an emergency. Just knowing that you may be contacted by work at any time adds stress.
    • Choose your travel companions wisely- you’ll be spending a fair bit of time with them!

 

 

 

Share Button