Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Travel Destinations to Explore in 2018

Unless you know exactly where you want to go, there’s an entire world of destinations that you can explore.

Of course, that’s an overwhelming amount of places to choose from, so we asked travel agents to narrow down where you should think about visiting.

One hot travel ticket in 2018 is the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The games will take place from February 9 and 25 when 3,000 athletes from nearly 100 nations will participate.

“Just to say that you have been to an Olympics once in your life is at the top of some bucket lists,” said Suzanne Sneddon, senior sales and air specialists for “With brand new state-of-the-art facilities, all-time favorite events like figure skating, bobsledding, skiing and speed skating, plus some new and exciting additions, they are expected to be amazing games.”

Sneddon said that South Korea is a destination combining old and new while catering to global travelers by offering a step into the exotic and historic culture of the land.

“The Olympic venue is very compact, which is a benefit to those looking to attend multiple events,” she added.

If you prefer food and wine to sports, Maureen McKamey—an agent at A1 Travel, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate in Edina, Minnesota—suggests booking a trip to Spain's Castilla y Leon region in 2018.

“While most people immediately think of Barcelona, Madrid or Sevilla when traveling to Spain, you're missing out if you skip this vibrant section of the country's northwest,” she said.

McKamey added that Castilla y Leon is home to a number of Spain's best wine regions, including the famous Ribera del Duero:

“The area also offers Michelin-starred restaurants and a whole lot of history. See the incredibly well-preserved Roman aqueducts in Segovia, admire the gorgeous stained-glass windows in Leon's Gothic cathedral and sip MencĂ­a (with a view) at Palacio de Canedo in Bierzo. It's Spain at its most authentic, and it's definitely worth a spot on your 2018 travel calendar."

One of the most popular places to see lately has been Iceland and Muffett Grubb of Cruise Holidays in Knoxville, Tennessee agrees that it should be on your 2018 travel list too:

“Iceland is a place to visit for travelers looking for unique experiences. Top tourist attractions include the Northern Lights, waterfalls, geysers and a dip in the Blue Lagoon. I am seeing a huge rise in interest from clients who want to visit Iceland and take in some of the exceptional sights, especially for those seeking adventure or outdoor activities.”

Another destination that continues to keep travelers' interest is Cuba.

“Once the forbidden destination that you only sailed around and saw from afar on a Caribbean cruise, you can now visit and experience what this wonderful island nation has to offer,” said Sneddon.

“Opened up to cruise ships with mostly US citizens onboard in 2016, the requirements and regulations of visiting have changed quite a few times already. Initially, people to people programs were required, then independent travel was allowed, and now it is back to the originally organized tours to meet the locals and share experiences with official excursions."

Sneddon recommends you check the status of visiting Cuba before your trip so that you are prepared:

“Stepping off the ship in Havana is not only like going to a different place, it is like going back in time 50-plus years. You will experience historic architecture, grand plazas, cathedrals and churches, museums, promenades, theaters and more.”

She recommends seeing the parade of 1950s US automobiles that have been restored to their initial glory and proudly cruise up and down El Malecon in La Habana Vieja:

“Hiring a driver for a spin in one of these beauties is a must and very reasonable. Also, make sure to have at least one meal in a Paladar. This is a relatively new concept within the last 20 years that allows entrepreneurs to open up a self-owned restaurant in their homes, serving some of the best traditional and local Cuba food you will ever have.”

Finally, for all you Ernest Hemingway fans, Sneddon suggests visiting El Floridita: “Have a daiquiri and get a picture with the bronze statue of Papa, take a tour, a short ride outside the city, to visit Finca Vigia – his home from 1939 to 1960. And visit Cojimar – the small fishing village that was his inspiration for The Old Man and the Sea.”

If these destinations don’t inspire you to travel there, perhaps they have at least inspired you to book a trip to somewhere in 2018.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Technology Has Transformed Business Travel and Greatly Contributed to Productivity

Traveler Study by Carlson Wagonlit Travel found that technology has greatly contributed to productivity while staff members are away from the office. Business travelers are finding it much easier to remain productive while traveling for work and they are actively seeking out ways to get out of the office.

An overwhelming number of business travelers, 88 percent, believe that travel is easier to navigate today, while 78 percent are seeking opportunities to travel for business. Seventy-two percent of business travelers also say that traveling for business is stimulating.With Business travelers bringing more devices with them on the road, technology is contributing to this trend, allowing them to be more productive while they are away.

Key devices are tablets, laptops, and the smartphone, which is the one “travel tool they can’t live without”: Eighty percent of business travelers rely on their smartphone to conduct business.   Think about the advances where a business traveler used to have so much down time between a flight, taxi and hotel. Now, they can log in and work while on the plane or wherever they happen to be. With the continued emergence of the tablet, as well as numerous apps, travelers don’t feel out of touch as they carry out business 

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Traveling the World Doing Good While Traveling the World

Sometimes, finding the ideal travel job happens when you’re in the right place at the right time.

Just ask Tricia Donaldson—the director of operations of Trekking for Kids, Inc., in Washington, D.C.—who first became involved with the organization as a volunteer.

“I became involved with Trekking for Kids the first year they officially offered a trip, and I helped put together some of the logistics,” said Donaldson. “Besides trekking, we spend 3 to 4 days with the children at the sponsored home or school, helping to finish some of the projects we have helped fund, doing art projects with the children, playing with them, and taking them on a field trip.”

The expeditions range from 7 to 21 days, and Trekking for Kids offers people the opportunity to travel the world doing something adventurous and something good at the same time. Soon after Donaldson’s first trip, the organization wanted to hire someone to help plan their trips and she was the logical candidate.

“It was being in the right place at the right time and meeting the right people,” she said. “However, I feel like I have been preparing for this job my whole life.”

Donaldson started traveling the world at a young age with her family, then on her own during college and even started helping her college friends put together trips to Europe on a budget. She volunteered at an orphanage in India for a semester and got a degree in Anthropology.

“I used to coordinate volunteer projects for the U.S. Forest Service and the Parks and Recreation program in the city that I lived in. I have always loved hiking and being outdoors,” said Donaldson. “This was the perfect job for me.”

Her responsibilities include planning, organizing and leading many of the expeditions that Trekking for Kids offers.

“We offer expeditions around the world to some of the most iconic trekking places, and we give back to the area we are trekking in by either helping a children’s home or school for at-risk and disadvantaged kids with infrastructure projects such as new roofs, bathrooms, walls, furniture, computers and other educational materials,” she explained.

“In addition, we help with repairs to the home or school and income-generating projects, such as chicken farming or income saving projects such as solar panels, LED bulbs, etc.”

Donaldson finds the orphanage or school that the organization wants to help, manages the project budgets, acts as the project manager from afar and corresponds with the people who sign up for the trips. She also writes grants to help with some additional funding of the projects. Since Donaldson leads several of the trips each year that she plans, she has ample opportunities to travel.

“The Trekking for Kids expeditions have taken me to Nepal, Peru, Morocco, Spain, Guatemala, Ecuador, Romania, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, and Tanzania,” she said.

If you want a job like Donaldson’s, there are certain skills you must have: “They would need to be good at paying attention to details, have experience with organizing things, a lot of travel experience, good people skills, writing skills, and leadership skills,” she said.

“I get to see the world while doing something I love and, at the same time, help make a lasting difference in the lives of children all over the world. I also get to meet a lot of interesting people from so many different backgrounds and make some lasting friendships.”

There aren’t many cons to the job, she says, but setting limits to her workday is often hard:

“Since I work from home, I don’t have any set office hours, so I often find myself answering emails and working at odd hours of the day and often feel like any free time I have I should be doing something for Trekking for Kids.”

She is most proud of one project in particular: “That was helping rebuild a school in a remote village of Nepal that fell during the earthquake of a few years ago. This was a huge undertaking for Trekking for Kids and, to be honest, we were not sure how we would raise enough money to pull it off since it was a much larger project than we had ever done before.”

With the luck of some grant money and many generous donors, the school was built.

“This school is benefitting over 400 children from the surrounding mountain villages,” said Donaldson. “Some of these children walk several hours a day to get there. When the school fell, attendance was down dramatically. But now that they have a comfortable and safe place to go, there are more children attending now than ever before. Now these children can get an education and have a chance for a brighter future.”

Donaldson’s best advice for others who want to work in this field: “Don’t ever think it isn’t possible and just put yourself out there and get as much experience you can doing what you love,” she said.

All of the people who participate on the trips pay for their own travel expenses and commit to raising a minimum of $1000 in tax-deductible donations, which goes in its entirety to helping fund the projects at the school or children’s home. Since Trekking for Kids is a 501c3, part of the trip is also tax-deductible for the participants. Search All Travel Deals One Go With Best Search Technology and Save Up To 70% on Roundtr ip on AirFare and Hotels