Here are a few rules of the road business travelers can follow when it’s time to unplug.
1. Schedule for sanity
We rigorously adhere to our schedules 99 percent of the time. Yet, when it’s time to travel for business, we completely disregard our normal wake and sleep cycles in a rush to save $50 on airfare.
If your employer allows any wiggle room in your travel budget, choose a flight itinerary with reasonable departure and arrival times. Consider leaving a day early or staying a day late if it prevents a red-eye flight. Or, try to schedule your itinerary with arrivals no later than 6:00 p.m. This gives you enough time to retrieve your luggage, get to the hotel, unpack, have dinner and turn in at a (relatively) normal hour. Departures before 10:00 a.m. will only stress you out and leave you sleeping the night before with one eye on the clock.
2. Pack proactively
Add a few sleep essentials to your travel kit:
- Disposable foam earplugs
- A sleep mask
- A large binder clip
The earplugs block out most ambient noise, but still let you hear your alarm or wake-up call. They’re perfect for dampening the sound of slamming doors and noisy late night hotel guests.
The sleep mask helps tune out other distractions and of course, block light.
Why the binder clip? Because hotel curtains never seem to close completely. Binder clips are perfect for securing curtains panels together to keep the light out.
3. Choose your room
You take time to choose your hotel; it’s time to get just as picky about your room. All hotel rooms are not created equal. Experienced travelers know which real estate to avoid:
- Rooms near the elevator
- Rooms near the vending or ice machines
- Rooms close to the lobby or breakfast area
For obvious reasons, all of these locations tend to be noisier than average. Also steer clear of rooms close to delivery areas or dumpsters, or your wake-up call will sound a lot like a service truck.
Depending on how full the hotel is, most clerks will happily work with guests and oblige special room requests. Don’t hesitate to make your preferences known—it’s a quick and inexpensive way to significantly increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
4. Get defensive
Once you’re settled in your room, there are a few simple things that can defend your peace and quiet.
- First, make use of the Do Not Disturb sign. Housekeeping staff start their rounds early and you don’t necessarily want to be first on their list.
- Second, check that bedside alarm clock. You’d be surprised how often alarms programmed by previous guests aren’t turned off as part of the room cleaning routine.
- Finally, run just the fan from the AC or heater unit to create a little white noise in your room. This can help block out any hallway and parking lot disturbances through the night.
5. Remember your routine
Business travel not only throws off our sleep and wake cycles, it disrupts nearly every routine we have. Sticking to a few constants like exercise, diet and regular work hours can help with relaxation. Avoid the more common pitfalls that come with travel—overeating or over-caffeinating and pulling all-nighters to catch up on work.
Our hyper-connected world often works against us when it’s time to sleep. Digital devices can disrupt rest in a couple of ways.
- First, there’s the temptation to answer e-mail, read texts and check social networking sites 24/7 because these resources never shut off.
- Second, the light from our digital devices interferes with how our minds prepare for sleep. Our cycles of sleep and wakefulness are called our circadian rhythms and they’re regulated in part, by lightness and darkness. Plugging in right before bed tells our bodies that it’s not time to rest. Try powering down a full hour before you turn in for the night—it’ll help promote the proper rest that precedes quality sleep.
Rest can be hard-won even when we’re not on the road. Learning a few methods to unwind and making space for sleep is only becoming more important as our lives get more complex. Remember quality down-time and a deep, rejuvenating sleep is the basis of true productivity. Now, shut off your computer and get some shut-eye.
Kentin Waits is a freelance writer and marketing specialist based in Portland, Oregon. His work has been featured in US Airways magazine and top-rated blogs such as Wise Bread, the Consumerist, and MSN SmartMoney. When he’s not writing, Kentin runs a small online antiques business.
Thanksgiving will be here awfully fast and it’s a legendary time of traveling home for the holiday.
According to this article in USAToday there will be 2% fewer people flying this year. Not much of a drop. So if you’re flying home, be sure to take your time and pack lots of patience.
Are you going somewhere or will family come to you this year?.
The Europeans know Argentina — it has been one of their playgrounds for decades. Travel and tourism accounts for better than 10% of the GDP of Argentina, and it holds real bargains for the North American traveler.
The distance from Argentina’s northern tip to Tierra del Fuego in the south runs 2,264 miles.
- Patagonia is a nature lover’s dreamscape. The spectacle of whales and penguins on the Atlantic Coast against a backdrop of the peaks and glaciers of southern Patagonia is nearly without equal.
- Hikers travel from all over the world to trek Patagonia. The terrain includes amazing granite spires, enormous glaciers, and dense forests.
- The wine country of Mendoza has come into its own. Luján de Cuyo is home to the Malbec, Argentina’s signature varietal.
- From the wine regions it is possible to drive west into the Andes. Wild mountain roads will take you to the base mighty Mt. Aconcagua.
- The Argentina Lakes District is one of the world’s great mountain vistas and offers the traveler adventure activities as well as scenic drives.
- Buenos Aires is home to more than 40 percent of the population. This South American metropolis has a rich, passionate history that is inseperable from its character.
- Buenos Aires resonates as an almost European city. The colonial architecture was built by French, Italian and Spanish immigrants echoes of its European culture are distinct and everywhere.
- The tango has its origin in Buenos Aires. Each year in February and March the annual Tango Festival holds sway for 6 days. Tango lovers from all over the world mix with locals. Both experts and beginners are in attendance at the many dance salons.
- Argentina’s Presidential Palace, known as the Casa Rosada, is the site of Eva Peron’s famous balcony. The iconic pink building was once a Customs and Post Office before being converted into a presidential residence.
- La Recoleta Cemetery, burial place of Evita Peron, is a tourist attraction of note. The monuments of Argentina’s ruling class are visited daily by thousands of travelers who leave flowers at Peron’s grave.
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We just had another wonderful experience with our group to St George Utah to the glorious outdoors and Red Rock country – this is our 8th visit to the Red Mountain Spa and we plan to do again next year – why don’t you join us. From pampering at the Sagestone Spa to Rock climbing , hiking, lectures and cooking classes – there is something for everyone..
Much is made of the rich and famous who come to Anguilla to hide in plain site. No doubt there is plenty of luxury to be found on this small Caribbean island, But for every celebrity there are the thousands of visitors every year who come for the warm hospitality of the people, the brilliance of the beaches and the quiet, idyllic return to a more elegant, simple yet rich existence.
Anguilla is more than a destination. Anguilla is an experience, a special feeling found nowhere else. Anguilla represents the ultimate in escape from the ordinary, the opportunity to leave behind the busy everyday to wrap oneself in the very essence of relaxation. Visitors come from all over the world to Anguilla to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. As they say in Anguilla “Feeling is believing.”
- Anguilla is the northernmost of the Leeward Islands. It is situated 146 miles east of Puerto Rico and eleven miles north of St. Martin/St.Maarten.
- The island is sixteen miles long, and three miles wide at it’s widest point. In total, the land mass measures 35 square miles.
- There are more than 40 miles of coastline on which its many spectacular beaches are situated. Anguilla is a mostly flat island, with its highest point at 213 feet above sea level.
- The island does not have any natural rivers, streams or lakes but several large salt ponds dot the landscape.
- Situated in the centre of Anguilla is The Valley, the nation’s capital.
- Numerous fishing villages, like the ones at Crocus Bay and Island Harbour embody centuries of Anguilla’s maritime history and nautical traditions.So ingrained is the love of the sea that boat racing is the national sport.
- English holidays such as the Queen’s Birthday, Whit Monday and others are celebrated, but English speaking Anguilla maintains a unique balance of all the historic influences that make this island a truly individual nation.
- Anguilla’s fortunate location in the Leeward Islands means that for much of the year there is a constant breeze cooling the air and affording very little rainfall or humidity. The subtropical climate and temperature tends to be constant year round average of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Average annual rainfall is 35 inches with the “rainy season” running August through November.
- Throughout the island, a visitor will encounter the simple, yet elegant architecture of the Anguillian people. Make sure to emphasize to your clients that they will want to take special notice of the shops painted lime green or pink or a school of aquamarine. Of special note are the churches, nearly one church for every two square miles of island.
- Anguilla’s turquoise waters boast five marine parks: Dog Island, Prickly Pear/Seal Island, Sandy Island, Little Bay, and Shoal Bay/Island Harbor. Dive sites include wreck dives, shore dives, mini wall dives, night dives and heritage diving. Other activities include parasailing, paddle boating, windsurfing, water skiing and glass bottom boats.
It’s hard to believe today, when Australia’s wines are world famous and fine vintages are readily available in every pub and café from Wagga to Oodnadatta, but it was not until the 1970s that Aussies really began to appreciate the virtues of the grape. Thanks to the post-war waves of immigrants from Italy and Greece, Aussies shifted away from their traditional passion for beer, port and rum and began what experts have dubbed the Great Wine Revolution. By 1985 wine consumption had tripled. But even many Australians don’t realize that the local wine industry is actually as old as white settlement itself.
The first vines were brought from Brazil and South Africa on board the very first convict fleet in 1788, and planted in the British Governor’s private garden. Twelve years later, a pair of French prisoners-of-war from Napoleon’s armies were purposely sent to Sydney to provide a little Gallic know-how. Although these two clumsy Frenchmen produced wines of “very indifferent quality,” by the 1820s Aussie farmers were gamely sending their best wines back to European wine competitions, with mixed success. (The persistence with which wine growing was pursued in the colony is hardly surprising, given the importance first settlers placed on alcohol as a panacea for loneliness and isolation; although rum was preferred, and even became the effective currency for many years, any drink was accepted).
Some of the great names of Aussie winemaking – Thomas Hardy, Dr. Henry John Lindemann – got their start in the mid-19th century in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney and Barossa Valley north of Adelaide, but production was hampered by a small local market and the dreaded phylloxera disease, which wiped out many vineyards in the 1870s. Today, there is no looking back, with some 1,500 wineries now scattered across every Australian state. Travelers will find wineries in some improbably remote regions, including the Margaret River in south-western Australia, the Yarra Valley near Melbourne and Tamar Valley of Tasmania – each offering a broad range of tastings to visitors, and many complete with their own elegant restaurants. Destinations have stories. We bring them to life. What Globus story might you discover in Australia next? Contact Preferred Travel NJ and start planning!
I have been on two and will never forget what a wonderful experience it was. The first one was to Kenya for two weeks. the animals were amazing and this trip was truly devoted to all safari events. The second was to South Africa – a VERY deversified country – you can visit France – in the winelands – play golf at a gorgeous resort called Pezula in Knysna along the Garden Route with wonderful beaches and visit Capetown – which is very much like San Francisco – then take a safari in Kruger National Park.
This video gives you an idea of what a Safari is really like.
Join Preferred Travel and Viking River Cruises for a fun evening at Sandi Point Restaurant on Shore Road in Somers Point at 630 PM for a Great Wine tasting sponsored by Circle Liquor and presentation by Viking River Cruises – rsvp to 609-645-8000 – donation of $10 at door for local Humane Society Chapters.
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