Vacation Tips For Business Owners

October 1, 2013 by  
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For many business owners, the thought of planning a summer vacation can be complicated at best and unthinkable at worst.

Concerns about customer or client care and anxiety about missed business opportunities can make many small-business owners feel they cannot take any time off.

Despite these worries, more than 67 percent of business owners still expect to take a break for at least one week this summer, according to an annual survey by OPEN from American Express, the company’s small-business team.

“Small-business owners work very hard, and it’s important that they take time off to recharge,” said Alice Bredin, small-business adviser for OPEN from American Express. “Advance planning can make it easier for them to take a much-needed vacation and quell concerns about their companies running smoothly in their absence.”

The following tips may help business owners justify some time off this summer and save some money as well:

* Plan ahead to save money. Some credit and charge cards allow cardmembers to earn points toward everything from airfare to car rentals to hotel stays and let them redeem points at virtually any airline with no blackout dates or restrictions. By using a charge card like the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express throughout the year for business purchases, you can accumulate points quickly to help offset the cost of your next vacation.

* Brief key clients or customers. When possible, give them a minimum of two to three weeks’ notice. Identify your stand-ins and communicate your confidence in their ability to help should a problem arise.

* Take a day trip or a three-day weekend. Sometimes a long getaway is just not in the cards. In that case, a brief escape with a change of scenery can do wonders and allow you to return to work rested and refreshed.

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Trip Preps Seven Easy Steps To A Safer Road trip

September 27, 2013 by  
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Okay, you’ve made the decision: you’re going on a cross-country vacation, and instead of renting a car, you’ll be taking your own. Take these few simple precautions to ensure that your trip is as safe and enjoyable as possible:

1) Plan your trip strategically.

“Doing your homework” may not sound very exciting or romantic, but many an adventure has been derailed by lack of planning. Know where you’re going, the route you expect to take, and how long it should take you to get there. Travel-related Internet sites and your local AAA can help you to plot a course, find lodging and fuel stations, and avoid construction or heavy traffic. Have a good road atlas and maps in the glove box.

2) Make sure that your car is mechanically sound.

Before embarking on our trip, make sure that your vehicle is in top condition: engine, cooling systems, brakes, and other vital systems. Check the oil and other fluids before leaving. Lastly, make sure that your tires are in top condition and properly inflated; the experience of having to change a flat tire or wait on the roadside for assistance is not likely to enhance your vacation.

3) Be ready for common (and uncommon) roadside emergencies.

Forewarned is forearmed. Though it may seem unlikely, proceed as if you expect to get a flat tire or a radiator leak. Pack the standard essential items such as a tire-changing kit (including a spare tire), jumper cables, and road flares. Beyond that, let your imagination roam and prepare for the worst—carry extra windshield wipers, an approved gasoline container, motor oil, elastic tie-downs, or whatever else you could potentially need.

4) Carry food and beverages in the car.

Even if you plan to stop for meals, it never hurts to have provisions in the car with you. If you break down in an isolated area, you’ll at least have food and drink to sustain you until help comes.

5) Pack a standard first-aid kit.

Prepackaged first-aid kits come in a variety of sizes and levels of complexity, and are easy to just stow in your car. Packing your own kit, though, allows you to individualize its contents according to the medical needs of you and your family. Include standard first-aid fare like bandages, antiseptic ointment, an antibacterial cleanser, alcohol, tweezers, and fingernail scissors. For medications, include an analgesic, an anti-diarrheal, a medication for motion sickness, and an antihistamine.

6) Make frequent stops.

For reasons of health and comfort, it’s far better to make frequent stops. Individuals who are elderly or suffer from poor circulation should be able to get out of the car and move around briskly, about every 90 minutes if possible. Individuals who aren’t will still benefit from short, frequent bouts of exercise to relieve the stiffness and discomfort of sitting immobile for extended periods of time.

7) When fatigued, stop for the night.

Often vacationers try to “drive straight through,” making as few stops as they can manage. Sure, this may get you to your destination a little more quickly…or it may keep you from arriving at all. Fatigue dulls your senses and slows your reaction time, decreasing your ability to respond quickly and effectively to circumstances. The usual remedies for sleepiness while driving—rolling down the windows, turning up the radio, and drinking caffeinated beverages—only postpone the inevitable. Stop somewhere for the night, if you can. If necessary, pull over to the side of the road and revive yourself with a short nap. If your body’s trying to tell you that it needs rest, it’s best to listen.

Traveling With The Little Ones

September 23, 2013 by  
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My wife and I take frequent trips with our daughters across the country. The oldest is currently seven and the youngest just turned three. Needless to say it has been an adventure and learning process on every trip that we have ever taken.

The seven year old has been to Vail colorado snow skiing. Germany on a weeklong siteseeing tour, and of course to the children’s mecca Walt-Disney World in Orlando, twice. She is an experienced traveller in every sense of the word. She knows the airport shuffle as well as the in’s and out’s of custom’s and cabs.

Now the three year old is a totally different story. Since her arrival the budget has been more limited. Therefore her experience is listed to the standard beach week, trip to visit relatives in Houston, and of course Disney World. She is less acclimated and has a lesser temperment for spending times in planes, trains, and automobiles. She is a squirmer to say the least.

Now making a roadtrip with both of these diverse individuals takes planning and intent on my wife and I’s part. We have to plan our stops and the total travel time that we are going to experience. We must avoid the naptime for changes of venues. No airlines from 1:00 to 3:00 as the three year old is sleeping during this time.

We must plan to have adequate restroom breaks and stop to take them even when all is proclaimed to be well by the vehicles inhabitants. A three year old can turn in a minute from not needing to use to the bathroom to having a full emergency.

Speaking of an emergency, during our trip to Vail, and snowskiing. My daughter came down with an ear ache. So when you are traveling make sure that you always carry adequate medical information with you. We had to call my daughters doctor at home to fax her records to the doctor in Vail. This delayed a full day of skiing for my daughter as well as us while we waited on the documents.

While taking a long car trip to visit relatives in Mississipi my three year old who was at the time two, decided that a crying fit was in order. She screamed all the way to the Mercede’s museum. We took about a two hour break and walked around siteseeing, the whole time she was just glad to be out of the car seat. While it is not a problem for adults to sit for hours on end, two and three year olds need adequate playtime to exercise their legs.

So in short when planning to travel with little ones always plan time to take stops. Make sure that you have adequate documentation, and have great humor in the situations that arise.

Charles Cater

Traveling To Hawaii 5 Important Tips

September 21, 2013 by  
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Whether you are going on a family vacation, a spring break vacation with college friends, or even your honeymoon, Hawaii is a great place to visit at any time of year. While Hawaii is a great travel destination, you may want to know a bit about this place before you land. The following are some important tips that can help you have a great time while you are in Hawaii.

Tip #1 – No Touching a Nene – A Nene is the Hawaii state bird, and while they may look cute, they can be very defensive, especially if they have babies. These birds are also endangered species, so even if they look cute, touching or even approaching these birds are against the law. Be sure to keep this in mind when traveling to Hawaii or you may end up with a hefty fine.

Tip #2 – Get the Flower Lei Greeting – One of the most exciting experiences to enjoy in Hawaii is the flower lei greeting, but some vacation packages may not have this greeting included. Before you make your final arrangements for your trip, make sure that you will get the flower lei greeting when you land in Hawaii. It is a great experience and no trip to Hawaii is complete without it.

Tip #3 – Avoid Sunburn – When you are in Hawaii, chances are that you will be out in the sun a great deal. Many travelers forget to wear sunscreen and end up getting burned. It is best to wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn from occurring, but if you do end up with a burn, Aloe Vera gel and lidocaine are great for getting rid of the burn.

Tip #4 – Pack a Sweater or Jacket – While Hawaii is generally quite warm during the day time, at night it can get a bit cooler. You may want to pack a sweater or a light jacket when you go to Hawaii, just in case the night turns cool and you need something warmer to wear. If wearing a jacket is not your style, make sure you pack a few shirts that have longer sleeves and are a bit warmer than what you would usually wear during the day so you are comfortable during the evenings.

Tip #5 – Take an Umbrella – If you are visiting Hawaii between October and May, you will probably want to pack an umbrella. During this time of the year, Hawaii gets a great deal of rain, and although showers do not last long, more than likely you will get caught in one at some point. Unless you love walking or running in the rain, you will need to have an umbrella just in case.

Travel Saftey Using Intuition

September 19, 2013 by  
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“We’ve been robbed,” I told Ana. “All of it.” I grabbed the thief, who was no longer acting drunk at all. It was a lesson in travel safety.

It started when both my wife and I had a strong feeling we shouldn’t get on that bus in Cuenca. Neither of us said anything, because a taxi was two dollars, and the bus cost only twenty-five cents. It seems a bit TOO frugal now.

Ana found a seat, but there was no seat for me. I was packed in with the other commuters standing up. I noticed the drunk pushing his way through the crowd, randomly going this way and that, and I knew somethimg was up. I instinctively reached into my pockets to check on my money. I had just visited the ATM. The $170 in my pocket was the most cash we had carried during the entire trip. Still there. The old guy pushed against me like he was trying to find a place to stand comfortably. I checked my again.

Five minutes later some space opened up near Ana, and I moved over to her. When I reached into my pocket again, it was empty, and the other pocket was empty too. I never felt a thing. I told Ana, and saw that the old drunk was still on the bus.

We got off at the next stop, dragging the thief with us. An officer appeared, and a crowd formed. The thief was sober now, pulling his pockets out and insisting again that he was inocent. Search him, he said, and I did, but I understood now that his associate was long gone with the money, probably off the bus at a previous stop. His role had just been to distract me and push me into the right place on the bus.

He begged to be let go, and we knew we couldn’t get the money back. Nonetheless, we had the officer take him to the police station on his motorcycle while we followed in a taxi, paying with a twenty from under the sole of my shoe. Filing a complaint at least meant he would spend the night in jail, and though he would be released in the morning for a lack of evidence, his finger prints are on file now.

Travel Safety Lessons

Most likely, a money belt probably would have prevented the robbery. Closing pockets help too, although I had a wallet stolen from a zipered pocket once, and I didn’t notice until forty minutes later. Fortunately it was a decoy-wallet, put there for just such an occasion – another little travel safety trick.

Other travel safety tricks? Put your money in at least three different places, like under the sole of your shoe, in a pocket you pin inside your clothes, and in your shaving kit. Carry two credit or debit cards in separate and secure places. Carry a list of “lost or stolen” phone numbers in another place. In areas with much crime, leave expensive watches and jewelry behind.

Learn a few tricks and you can travel more safely. Our experience also shows the importance of learning to trust your intuition. That was our lesson in travel safety.

Travel For Senior Tips

September 15, 2013 by  
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Senior travel is growing in popularity. Instead of relaxing at home, a large number of senior citizens are making the decision to get out and travel. If you are a senior citizen and you are interested in taking a summer vacation, you may be wondering which summer vacation destination is best.

Senior citizens enjoy a wide variety of different activities. If you enjoy golfing, a golf resort may be an ideal location for your next vacation. If relaxing by the beach is more your style, you have a large number of beaches to choose from. In addition to on land vacations, you may enjoy taking a summer vacation cruise. Deciding what you would like to do while on vacation is the best way to find the perfect summer vacation destination.

While the activities that you’d like to participate in on your vacation are important, so are the activities that you’d like to avoid. Unfortunately, a large number of popular summer vacation destinations are targeted towards the younger crowd. If excess loud music, late night partying, and excess drinking is not on your “to do list,” then you may want to consider avoiding destinations that promote these activities.

Due to their price, domestic vacations are often the most sought after for seniors. If you are able to afford the cost of overseas travel, you may want to consider an overseas vacation. The preparation and travel required to have an overseas vacation is often long and large. You may want to examine your health and ability to withstand a long journey before booking an overseas vacation.

If an overseas vacation is possible and sounds ideal, you have an unlimited number of destinations to choose from. Popular destinations include France, Italy, and Spain. Many of these destinations are famous for their rich history. While vacationing overseas, you can visit a number of well-known tourist attractions. If domestic vacations are more your style, you can often find fun, but relaxing vacations at, the above mentioned, beach and golf resorts. Myrtle Beach, located in South Carolina, is a well-known beach that caters to visitors of all ages.

With a large number of vacation destinations designed with seniors in mind, you are sure to find the perfect location for your next vacation. Whether you choose to spend your vacation at the beach, travel overseas, or stay at a well-known golf resort, you are sure to make an unlimited number of memories.more info about Popular Summer Vacation Destinations please visit www.articlecillin.com

Top 10 Things To Do In Paris

September 13, 2013 by  
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1. Checkout the Markets — A daily Parisian ritual is to rumble through the open air markets to buy fresh food. A not to be missed market is on Rue Montorgueil beginning at Rue Rambuteau (Metro: Les Halles).

2. Flower Market in Ille de la Cite — There is no better way to make your home feel like yours than with fresh flowers purchased along the Seine.

3. Fauchon — Gourmet Shopping with over 20,000 specialty food items from all over the globe is a guaranteed way to hone your kitchen skills or bring out your inner chef.

4. Roam Montmartre — Yes, it’s touristy and by some standards overrated but it’s still Paris at its best so wander and enjoy the Sacre Coeur.

5. Six Feet Under — Bring flowers and pay respects to legendary Americans who called Paris home or in Jim Morrison’s case died in Paris. The most famous cemetery in the world Pere Lachaise is worth the visit.

6. Stroll the Seine — If you are fortunate to be sharing your apartment with someone, nothing rekindles a romance faster than a stroll along the Seine ANY time of day

7. Tea Time — England is famous for tea but a Parisian Tea Salon is an experience. Visit the Angelina or Bertillion and experience true tea time grandeur not a soggy watercress sandwich.

8. Write the Great American Novel — Thrive on the inspiration from lingering in a café exploring your inner demons and admiring the enchanting Parisians. It worked for Hemingway.

9. Opera — Visit one of the grand opera houses even if you don’t like Opera. The grandeur and people watching in the Bastille and Garnier are wonderful stories you can bring back home
10.Window Shop like a Parisian — The ultra expensive Parisian shops on Fauborg-St. Honore such as Hermes, Dior, LaRoche, Courreges, Cardin and Saint Laurent are a decadent treat…maybe one day

Tips For The Screening Process For Travelers With Disabilities And Medical Conditions

September 12, 2013 by  
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* If a personal search is required you may choose to remain in the public area or go to a private area for your screening. If you refuse either option you will not be able to fly.

* You should be offered a private screening before the beginning of a pat-down inspection if the pat-down will require the lifting of clothing and/or display of a covered medical device.

* You should be offered a disposable paper drape for additional privacy before the beginning of a pat-down.

* You may request a private area for your personal search at any time during the screening process.

* Your companion, assistant, or family member may accompany you and assist you during a private or public screening. After providing this assistance, the companion, assistant, or family member will need to be rescreened.

* You may ask for a chair if you need to sit down during the screening process.

* You should be allowed to raise you arms out during an inspection only as far as you indicate you can.

* You should be allowed to remain in your wheelchair if you indicate that you are unable to stand and/or walk through the metal detector.

* You may request a pat-down inspection in lieu of going through the metal detector or being hand-wanded. You do not need to disclose why you would like this option.

* If you have a disability, condition, or implant, that you would like to remain private and confidential, ask the Security Officer to please be discreet when assisting you through the screening process.

* You have the right to ask a Security Officer to change her/his gloves during the physical inspection of your accessible property, before performing a physical search (pat-down,) or any time a Security Officer handles your footwear.

* Medication and related supplies that are carried through a checkpoint are normally X-rayed. However, as a customer service, TSA now allows you the option of requesting a visual inspection of your medication and associated supplies.

* You must request a visual inspection before the screening process begins; otherwise you medications and supplies will undergo X-ray inspection.

* If you would like to take advantage of this option, please have your medication and associated supplies separated from your other property and in a separate pouch/bag when you approach the Security Officer at the walk-through metal detector. Request the visual inspection and hand your medication bag to the Security Officer.

* In order to prevent contamination or damage to medication and associated supplies and/or fragile medical materials, you will be asked at the security checkpoint to display, handle, and repack your own medication and associated supplies during the visual inspection.

* Any medication and/or associated supplies that cannot be cleared visually must be submitted for X-ray screening. If you refuse, you will not be permitted to carry your medications and related supplies into the sterile area.

Make sure you check for the latest updates at the TSA web site.

Tips For Booking Your Holiday Travel

September 7, 2013 by  
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Holiday season is in the air. We could already breathe in and feel it. Everybody wishes to have a break, unwind and have a vacation from the exhausting everyday activities and chores of work. Truly, we deserve to have a time out.

Make this holiday season different from what you have before. Why not take a travel?

Many people say that it is really expensive and it will really cost a lot to have a travel. May it be a land, water or air holiday travel; surely it will have a cost. Nowadays, there are plenty of ways to have a vacation you dream and crave of having at a cheap cost.

Here are some of the tips:

Early birds catch the early worm! Book your trips early. Spare some time to call your travel company or agency. The more early you booked your holiday travel, the greater amount you will save. Consider that the demands for travel and flights are greater as the holiday season approaches. Note that travel companies have a number of flights per month. They cannot and will not provide a flight just for you.

Another advantage of having early booking is that you will have the opportunity to have great deals and options.

Set your itinerary. Choose exactly the places that you want to visit. List your itinerary in a piece of paper and also, do not forget to book and reserve your visit especially if you want to go to museums etc.

Reserve the hotel where you will spend your days. Do this as soon as you booked your flight.

It is advised that you have your travel agency. Most of these agencies now have promos and discounts for their customers for the holiday season. Most of them give travel packages that are budget friendly. Others give freebies and other items for gimmickries to attract customers and tourists. Use this as an opportunity to save and have cheap deals.

Being flexible is also a key in a more convenient and cheap holiday travel. If you are flexible enough, you can get into different flights that are available. Make sure that your schedule is open and flexible to all sorts of situations that may come along. Also, by being flexible you need to be choosy and things will easily go without minding the hassle.

Booking at the peak of the holiday season should be avoided in order for you to have a cheap travel.

Holiday season is created for us to stop and pause for a while and to appreciate the hardships that we had in the previous months. This is just once in a lifetime experience; make the most out of your travel.

Time For Summer! Here Are The Top 20 Pool Tips To Ensure All Your Family And Friends

September 3, 2013 by  
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* A person must learn to swim and always swim with a buddy, never swim alone.
* Swim in areas accompanied my a lifeguard.
* Be observant and read and obey all pool rules and posted signs.
* Children or beginner swimmers should wear a floatation device in and around the water.
* Set water safety rules for the entire family based on their swimming abilities.
* Become informed of the water environment you are in and its potential hazards. This may include it’s deep and shallow areas, it’s currents, etc..
* Check out the local weather conditions and forecasts prior to swimming.
* When entering the water, use a feet-first method.
* Dive only when the area is clearly marked for diving.
* Do not consume alcohol while swimming, diving or boating.
* Know how to prevent, recognize, and respond to all emergencies.
* Never, never, leave children alone next to a pool. Children are very curious individuals and may fall within a fraction of a second.
* Install a phone next the your pool area and post a 9-1-1 sign in clear view.
* Learn how to perform CPR on all individuals and post the instructions in clear view for others to refer see and learn as well.
* Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin from UV Rays in very important.
* Drink a lot of water even if you don’t feel thirsty. This can prevent heat stroke.
* Always keep basic life saving devices near the pool, such as a rope, a pole, or a personal flotation device.
* Completely remove your pool cover before allowing anybody to enter the pool.
* Don’t leave pool furniture close to your fence, this would enable a child to climb.
* Don’t ever run near a pool, the wet ground can cause an individual to slip and fall.

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