Bleisure’ Travel – Adding Leisure to Business Travel

‘Bleisure’ Travel – Adding Leisure to Business Travel
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Business travel can be a nightmare for many. Blurring lines between leisure and business travel — often referred to as ‘bleisure’ travel — has become more popular over the past few years. As long as it’s not forbidden by your company, fly to a desired destination to spend the weekend, and then head to your business meeting. 

Francesca so why ‘bleisure’? 

Many destinations are too expensive to go to otherwise so as long as your company allows, it makes sense to combine the two and get some site-seeing in.

Traveling to a destination ahead of time will give international businesspeople a window to adjust to a time change before their workweek starts.

Get to the meetings refreshed and with a positive attitide – making them them more successful in their business meetings.

Tips 

GET TSA PRE-CHECK OR GLOBAL ENTRY

For frequent travelers, TSA PreCheck or Global Entry is essential for expediting the security check. You don’t need to remove your shoes or belt, and you can keep your 3.4-ounce liquids in your bag and your computer safely in its case. TSA PreCheck costs $85 for five years and Global Entry is $100 for five years.PACK SMART AND CHOOSE QUALITY LUGGAGE

If your a regular business traveler/frequent flyer quality and space economic luggage is KEY (especially if you plan on extending your trip.) TRS Ballistic Luggage for example uniquely allows one to connect and roll multiple luggage pieces with one finger (think briefcases to suitcases) and has four wheels so no airport cart needed – making it time and space economic. See here.

REACH ELITE STATUS IN AN AIRLINE’S LOYALTY PROGRAM

If you don’t have status on an airline, get that first. Elite status in a frequent flyer program gives you airport lounge access, priority boarding, complimentary upgrades and more. When you’re on long-haul flights or visiting multiple cities, these luxuries can make travel a better experience.

Saving money with holiday travel is possible!

Saving money with holiday travel is possible!

It’s not too late to save some money when it comes to traveling over the coming holidays. Here are some great money saving tips to help you save both on booking and on getting from A to B….

Sign Up For Flight Alerts and use your miles

Use flight tracking apps like Hopper and sign up for flight alerts which will email or ping you notifications as prices drop or when deals become available and ultimately let you know the best time to book. Also It’s never too late to become a frequent flyer. Take advantage of your unused points to get flights or hotel stays for the holidays. Some credit cards will even get you special rates on rooms and upgrades, and a points-purchased business class flight could even be a gift to yourself for the holidays.Posted On:By: misstravelguru

Don’t Fly Straight To Your Final Destination 

While a straight shot to your destination may seem like your best bet, you may be surprised to find out that it might be cheaper to create your own layovers using one-way flights. Consider building your own itinerary which can be cheaper than basic roundtrip fares and also consider surrounding airports. (Added bonus – if you cancel or change one leg of the trip you’re only dealing with the one way ticket!)

Be Mindful When You Rent A Car

Use rental sites to compare prices and book the cheapest car available, then try to negotiate for a free upgrade when checking in at the car rental counter. And you can skip the rental car insurance to save even more money. Many credit cards cover the cost of car rental insurance. Depending on your destination, this could save you hundreds of dollars.

Consider your travel days and return home

A big way to cut costs when traveling over the holidays is to fly on the holiday itself. Also don’t be in a rush to get back especially if you are looking to come back over a weekend (when flights typically run higher.) Consider as well taking your holiday days AFTER the holiday rather than before which will not only will it save you some money, but you could opt for slower travel options, like taking the train or going on a road trip.

Pack light

An easy way to save money on holiday travel is by not checking bags. You’ve likely seen swarms of people with stacks of suitcases and bags waiting to check into their flights. Instead, ask yourself a critical question before you start to pack – do I really need to bring all this stuff? Get smart with your luggage too (in every sense) and look at brands like Dagne Dover which create bags that are both stylish and perfectly practical for travel – like their Landon Carryall made of durable and light weight 365 neoprene.

The Best Flight Tips

The Best Flight Tips

This summer, many of you will be doing your fare share of flying. While flying doesn’t come however without its fare share of stresses and strifes, there are great ways to make the most of your transport time, and hey, even enjoy it! So here are some tips to help you get from A to B at your best.

DRINK BEFORE YOU GO

The humidity on planes is only around 10% and this dry air can cause headaches and groggyness, so down at least 10 ounces of H20 preflight. In flight consider some seltzer water with a splash of ginger ale to keep you hydrated and and travel sickness at bay.Posted OnBy: misstrave

CREATE A CATNIP KIT

Stow in your carry on a neck pillow, noise-cancelling headphones, and eye mask and a (lightweight) microfibre blanket. You will use them all at one stage, trust me.

EXERSIZE

Flying can cause feet to swell and the body to ache, so every hour walk the length of the cabin to rev circulation. Once at your destination, see what your hotel/accommodation has to offer fitness wise, rent a city bike to explore or utilize a national gym chain if applicable. Keeping healthy and fit when traveling keeps your immune system going and your mood positive.

SNACK SMART

Cut out the carbs which can make you bloated during pressure changes, and instead opt for nuts, dried fruits or cheese. If you do get a sandwich, pull out the meat and veggies for energizing protein without the drowsy causing refined carbs. Equally when drinking steer clear of the sugary drinks that will leave you tired on arrival.

MEDITATE

It can be tempting to watch your favorite series re-runs but flying can provide you time to do what you might normally put off or don’t have time for at home. Jot in your journal, go over your monthly calendar, or take some time to meditate (download tranquil music and from toes to head imagine each part of your body relaxing one by one.)

STAY COOL

Yes flying can be stressful but have perspective. Cancellations and delays can happen, but the most important thing is that you are SAFELY. Focus on extending love to other travelers even in the midst of small agitations or annoyances and offer assistance; it will leave both you and them with a smile and good sense of well being.

Holiday Travel Season – How To Keep Your Health Up!

Holiday Travel Season – How To Keep Your Health Up!

Whether you are visiting family or heading abroad for a vacation, it’s easy for your health to be compromised when you’re traveling. But is it really is possible to avoid all those travel germs, indulge in the holidays (all that food and fun) and get in some exercise in – without depriving yourself? Here I help solve some usual dilemmas, so you can make it through your holiday travels without compromising your health!

Weight gain – It’s super easy to gain weight several turkey helpings later or after that third piece of pie, but as long as you stay active you should be fine to indulge a little. It may not be easy to reach a gym while you’re away but try fitting in walking, hiking or promoting family outdoor activities (think flag football) that get everyone moving. If you’re on vacation somewhere new, site seeking is also a great way to get those steps in.

Getting sick – Pack Vitamin C and/or a multivitamin and no matter what you’re eating keep a note to drop in fruit and veg where you can. If you’re flying, pop some Neosporin under your nose (an old trick for warding away traveling viruses) and pack hand sanitizer. Also be sure to wash your hands when traveling under hot water for at least 30 seconds, especially before eating or after using the toilet. If you are going abroad somewhere that your doctor recommends getting vaccinated for, then do so. In general, prevention is always better than the cure so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Sunshine/Snow-shine – Ski trips and winter sun trips are popular over the holidays, but sunburn on the beach or the slopes can seriously ruin a good travel experience – so pack on minimum SP15-30. Also stay well hydrated if you are traveling in a country or region with a hot or tropical climate, and cover up with loose clothing or even a hat to prevent heatstroke.

Keep your immunity high – Getting enough sleep is key when traveling. If you are flying longer distances, comfort is essential so it’s worth investing in a good travel neck pillow. Be sure to adjust to the time zone if there is a change in your geography, and don’t overdo the booze (especially if you have to fly a long distance) which automatically knocks your immunity. Finally, keep your stress levels down, no matter how much holiday hustle and bustle there is, and you should be a much healthier and happier person altogether!

I need a vacation from my vacation’ – Self-restoration and travel

‘I need a vacation from my vacation’ – Self-restoration and travel

We’ve all been there. Long trip, maybe a delay, jet lag, dehydration….travel can be glamorous but it can also take a toll on your body. Ever heard of vthe phrase ‘I need a vacation after this vacation?’ Its a thing. So what can we do the other side of our trip or even in preparation for our journey to aid the above? Whether preventative or restorative here are some great options to aid your travel aches, pains and fatigues. 

HEAL YOUR BODY:

Hours in any position, never mind in an uncomfortable or unusual position can cause our bodies to cramp and muscles to pinch. Aside of hydration (mentioned below) a GREAT way to end your journey is with a massage. This will help relieve toxins, re-energize you and prep you for whatever lies ahead on your trip away or on returning home from your trip. A great option in NYC is Exhale Spa. Try a deep tissue which focuses on those overworked muscles living well below the surface with this intensely therapeutic massage. Designed to relieve pain associated with muscle knots, heavy physical activity, and everyday stress, this therapy is deliberate and customized, targeting specific areas in need of relief. Starting at $120 and WELL WORTH IT See exhalespa.com/

FIX YOUR LOOK:

You can do everything but no amount of makeup can hide a post travel-groggy feeling. However, there is one part of your look that can really change everything – your hair. Scrap the foundation and trying to put makeup on in an airplane toilet. Instead, buy some great sunglasses and get a blowout before your journey or on arrival the other end. It might sound crazy, but it will completely change how you feel about yourself traveling, and no matter what anything else looks like, your hair will be stellar and ready to go! A great NYC option is DreamDry where for as little as $45 and in 30 minutes you can choose from a selection of easy breezy blowouts. See dreamdry.com/

HYDRATE YOURSELF AND YOUR SKIN:

It goes without saying – hydrate hydrate hydrate. It will completely change how your feel the other side of your journey. Air travel in particular causes havoc on skin as it dries it out faster. Drink plenty of water throughout your journey, limit alcohol, or don’t drink at all, and carry some cleansing wipes to freshen up on arrival at your destination. A good, natural all-in-one cream for your hands, face or body is a great tool to carry along. Essentiel by Adele, is a new all-in-one moisturizer that can help you stay fresh-faced, radiant, and completely hydrated with essential oils to tone, balance, relax, cleanse and invigorate the skin, even at 32,000 feet. TSA approved travel  bottles starting at just $13 can be purchased at EssentielByAdele.com

Stay safe and calm this holiday travel season

Stay safe and calm this holiday travel season

Traveling over the holiday season can be a little overwhelming for many. Large crowds, lots of gift-filled luggage and general holiday madness. Staying safe is on the top of many traveler’s worries, so below I have laid out some basic travel tips and tools to put your mind at ease….

Make copies and secure your valuables

Share your itinerary with a friend or neighbor at home. Also make copies of your passport and your credit card and any other important documents. You can also get smart with protecting your electronics from hackers (yes cyber hacking is a thing) with certain bags and covers like these GoDark Farady Bags from Tarriss that protect phones and laptops alike ($40-$60.)

Tag your luggage

One way to stay safe during the holiday season is to use luggage tag covers or to put your office address on your luggage tag instead of your home address. And if you do decide to go for the carry on route, pack a few travel essentials in case of flight delays or such like a toothbrush and toothpaste. A couple of my favorites are GoTravel’s Sonic Traveller Toothbrush ($18.95) and Lebon’s Organic Travel Size Toothpaste ($10.50 from J.Crew.)

Check-in for your flight as soon as the airline allows

Checking in early can really make a difference whether you’re going to get on that flight or not. As more airlines are overbooking flights, making sure that your seat is secure is pretty much essential at this point.

Get to the airport early and un-flustered and please please pack a travel pillow!

It’s not so bad being at the airport early anymore because they’re basically like big malls. Just do a little bit of shopping and go grab a light meal. Then (if you can) plan to take a nap on the flight. The holidays tend to be crazy so this may be your last chance to catch those Z’s! GoTravel’s Ultimate Memory Pillow ($34.95) will make you feel as snug as a bug on that flight.

Lebon

Lebon’s Travel Toothpaste

GoTravel

GoTravel’s Ultimate Memory Pillow

GOTravel

GOTravel’s Sonic Traveller Toothbrush

Go Dark Farady Bags from Tarriss

Go Dark Farady Bags from Tarriss

All natural beauty bargains under $50 for the holiday traveler

All natural beauty bargains under $50 for the holiday traveler

As we sink into to the thick of the holiday season, our lifestyle becomes one ‘on the go’ from parties to gift shopping and travel plans. Keeping up our beauty routine in the mayhem can be taxing – never mind lugging around products in purses, travel bags and desk drawers (we’ve all done that work-to-drinks party fix in an office toilet.) When it comes to traveling we also have an additional problem with baggage and liquid allowances. So how do we keep our holiday look clean, convenient and stress free? Below I list some of my favorite natural beauty products that fit perfectly into any ‘on the go’ lifestyle.

RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer – $38: This little pot of organic goodness is your holiday glow in a perfectly sized jar, that is both portable and compact. The Luminizer is the ultimate illuminator for creating a sensuous, sheer glow that enhances the skin’s natural youthfulness without being sticky, greasy or glittery. With a translucent, satin-pearl finish, this highlighter works great on all skin tones, making this a must have beauty product for the holiday season.


Captain Blackenship’s Dry Shampoo
 – $24.00
: There’s nothing worse than trying to revamp day old hair for a night out or maintain your locks after traveling. A miracle worker, this chemical free, talc-free dry shampoo (made with organic arrowroot, white clay and scented with essential oils) is the perfect solution to lifeless, unwashed hair. A powerful combination of powders absorbs oil, adds volume and gives life to your hair, plus it smells like the beach. Sprinkle a little in whenever your hair needs an instant pick me up. The best part is, because its powder form, this dry shampoo is both light in weight and safe to travel with…bring on fresh hair – without the wash!

Meow Meow Tweet’s Migrator Kit – $48: An all-in-one kind of deal this natural and organic travel size kit comes with everything you need this season, including a complete facial and body care regime to cleanse, moisturize and nourish your skin. Available in Citrus and Lavender, indulge in products from the geranium palmarosa toner to the lavender and lemongrass body oil or bergamont deodorant stick. Complete with a little exfoliator pack and a whole lot of natural aroma, this travel pack is the perfect mini spa for you or a loved one (if you can bare to gift it away.)

Vapour Beauty’s Atmosphere Luminous Foundation $49 and Aura Multi Use Classic Stick $36: Vapour’s luxury natural and organic makeup line produces some of the best pocket friendly products around. Their Atmosphere Foundation’s Luminous formula in a compact precision stick is an Allure Best of Beauty Award winner – it perfects texture, smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and delivers moisture. Made with organic and wildcrafted antioxidant-rich ingredients (including Frankincense, Tulsi and Lotus) this liquid free, no hassle, foundation is the perfect travel companion. Finish your look off with Vapour’s Aura tool to create fresh pop of color anywhere from you cheeks to your lips, and you’re ready to rock your holiday look.

Taking the anxiety out of Thanksgiving travel!

Taking the anxiety out of Thanksgiving travel!

More than 54 million people will hit the roads and skies this Thanksgiving, the largest number since 2005 (according to AAA.) In fact the TSA says it’s expecting more that 25 million travelers between Friday, Nov. 16 and Monday, Nov. 26 – which is nearly a 7 percent increase from last year.

So with all this hustle and bustle how can you make your Thanksgiving travel relatively painless?

When to travel

According to a good deal of travel sites, prices are lower, lines are shorter and crowds are lighter if you travel ON the holiday itself. The second most affordable day would be the Monday before.

When it comes to driving, the most clear on Thanksgiving Day, Friday or Saturday, AAA reports. Roads are expected to be busiest on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when most drivers are returning home from the holiday. It also seems that the busiest destinations to fly to happen to be the warmest (except NYC) from Florida to California, Mexico and Hawaii.

Pack smart

Keep security in mind if you are flying, including your liquids are compliant with TSA standards. Be prepared to remove your electronics from your bag, and consider leaving bulky jewelry, scarves and jackets in your checked baggage so you have fewer things to carry through security.

Leave EARLY

Whether you’re flying or driving, make sure to allow extra time to go through security or sit in traffic. Keep an eye on the weather, which will impact you whether you’re on the roads or in the skies, so plan accordingly and check the forecast for both your current location and your destination. If driving, use an app like Gas Buddy or Waze to find the cheapest gas on your route.

Keep YOU and the kids busy

Bring a book, magazines, games, music, the iPad…anything that will keep you and your family entertained. Consider downloading a podcast too – there are some great ones out and it will keep you and them busy (especially if you are the designated driver!)

So you waited to book your holiday travel….now what?

So you waited to book your holiday travel….now what?
  • If you’re flying all is not lost – you can still track your flights using flight tracking apps like Hopper for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year to find the best deals and (AND if you have flexibility on where you would like to go – you can also explore the most affordable destinations for you.)
  • If you don’t make Thanksgiving travel bookings in time (usually the biggest travel day of the year) it’s still not too late to book Christmas or New Year’s travel. Use sites like Skyscanneror com to find some of the best prices on the web. Fares are currently averaging $307 round trip, down 19 percent from a year earlier, but beginning in mid-November, the cost is due to up about $3 a day and then spike in the final two weeks before Christmas according to tracking apps.
  • Consider booking your holiday travel after or even on major holidays, where you will often find the best deals. This year the cheapest day to travel is Tuesday, Dec. 18 and returning on Christmas Eve. However, if you don’t want to interrupt the actual Christmas holiday, the next least expensive day to return is Friday, Dec. 28. Also consider timing; flying at undesirable times like 4 a.m., instead of 10 a.m. will help you beat the holiday crowds and peak prices.
  • Consider compromising – maybe try traveling this year via car or train and choose ONE not all three holidays to travel for. No questions it’s hard telling your family or friends that you can’t make it for every part of the holiday season, or your family that the ski trip and trip to grandmas on Christmas day are just too much, but hey, getting out of town for even one of these holidays is a win!

Labor Day – How to find some last minute travel deals!

Labor Day – How to find some last minute travel deals!

Check for last-minute deals –  If you want to travel but you haven’t made plans yet, find last-minute sales on HotelTonight.com or the mobile apps Booking Now or Last Minute Travel Deals, and keep in mind that Hotels.com matches prices. If you don’t have a specific hotel chain in mind, try Hotwire.com or Kayak.com to save as much as 60% off regular hotel prices.

Track flights – Too late to fly away? Nope. Track flights using a flight tracking app like hopper which will notify you of when your ideal flights go up and down in price, and when the best time to book them is. It’s also a great tool for being able to explore different destination and seeing where if affordable for you to go this Labor Day weekend.

BUT be aware of the best dates to travel – When trying to pick which days to travel, generally your best bet is to leave on Sunday, September 3rd and return on Tuesday, September 5th. The most expensive day to travel? Leaving on Thursday, August 31st could cost you over $150 moreon airfare.

Compare car rental prices – Use CarRentals.com to compare prices on car rentals, and then review deals available through warehouse store’s travel sites. “Warehouse stores aren’t just a great place to buy oversized bottles of ketchup and a month’s supply of tissue paper—you can also use that membership to save on travel bookings.

Go camping or take a road trip – Forgo hotels and enjoy the outdoors while the weather’s still good, and/or make the journey part of the experience! You can often pitch a tent at a well-equipped campground for $20 to $30 a night. CampgroundViews.com is a great resource. Roadtrippers.com is also super helpful when it comes to planning your ideal road trip.