Can You Hear Me Now? The Debate over Cell Calls at 35,000 Feet

So far at least, it has remained the one dependable amenity in today’s constantly changing airline cabins: once wheels are up, cell phones are off. Seats may have gotten narrower, leg, arm and head room tighter, carry-on storage space tinier and food

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Should You Consider Paying for Expedited Airport Security?

For anyone who has to fly on a regular basis, shuffling snail-like through a long security line has become a regular and often exasperating routine of travel. Who hasn’t experienced the anxiety of re-packing in a flurry after a security check, while

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Computer Shortcuts: Save Yourself 19 Hours Per Month

One great irony of our times is that the very machines that once seduced us into believing they’d have us all sitting on a Mexican beach by now instead of muttering through rush hour traffic have turned out to be daily time sucks themselves, further

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How the Hotel Majors Stack Up

With Marriott International’s huge acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide now six months old, planners are reasonably wondering 1) how the ranking of the world’s largest hotel companies stacks up and 2) and, probably more importantly,

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7 Ways to Stop Forgetting Stuff at the Hotel

For many planners, discovering new cities or re-visiting old favorites is one of the more appealing aspects of the job. Accidentally leaving personal items behind at the hotel however, is not – but it’s an all too common occurrence in the rush to

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Magical Maui

Long before bucket lists became a baby boomer obsession, I inadvertently knocked a whopper off of mine by viewing sunrise from the crater rim of Haleakala, Maui’s highest volcanic peak at just over 10,000 feet. Although I was vaguely aware that

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JFK’s Iconic TWA Terminal To Become Airport Hotel

It’s one of the most architecturally stunning airport terminals in the world, yet no one gets to experience it. Terminal 5 at New York’s JFK airport has been sitting largely unused since 2001, when the mid-century modern masterpiece by famed

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Get Connected: Best and Worst Airports for Wi-Fi and Cell Signals

If you’re hoping to get some work done during your next layover, or pass the time by catching up on your favorite Netflix series, you may be in luck… or not. Depending on your airport, public Wi-Fi and cell connections are an uneven proposition that

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Destination: Savannah, Georgia

For a richer appreciation of the diversity of cultures that comprise the American South, I suppose you could audit a few college history classes, comb through a few dusty library tombs and maybe watch a documentary or two. But it’s quicker, easier

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6 Notable Trends for Meetings This Year

  If future-predicting, crystal balls existed just for meeting planning, most of us planner types would be sure to have one. How great would it be to have all the answers before we even started planning? But alas, such crystal balls don’t exist,

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Disney’s Four-Season Calendar for Groups

Thinking of a meeting at a Disney resort? Or a theme park event during your next Orlando or Anaheim conference? The obvious advantage of a Disney-inclusive meeting is the built-in entertainment. Special group activities are easily accommodated by

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Eco-Friendly Venues for Your Next Meeting

Who isn’t on board for an eco-friendly meeting these days? Attendees appreciate it, knowing their carbon footprint is kept to a minimum. And corporate bosses get to tick another box on their company’s CSR agenda, adding to their brand’s

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Feeling Sluggish? Check Your Office Lighting

It hardly takes a TED Talk to appreciate the impact of lighting on our workday. Simply unchain yourself from your ill-lit cube or windowless day cave, grab a go-cup at the office trough and stroll through the joint. Why do the bosses’ offices feel so

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Work It, Girl: 4 Incredibly Useful Phone Accessories

As a smartphone-addicted planner, I’m always on the prowl for problem-solving accessories for my trusty iPhone which, much as I love it, I do, on occasion, still want to throw out the window. In our line of work, iPhone ownership is not without its

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Should These Airline Patents Be Cleared for Takeoff?

The next time you find yourself sentenced to the middle seat on an overstuffed flight to Dallas, Des Moines or Dubuque, take a moment to offer pleas to the airline gods that most of the patents being sought by kingpin carriers never take wing. The

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Life Lessons from The Daily Stoic

Have you ever had a book fall into your lap from out of the blue that speaks not only to the times we live in but the very moment? Such was the case for me with The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance and the Art of Living by

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7 Sanity Savers for Long-Haul Flights

As most of my work trips are of the easy, nonstop, six-hour variety from New York to the West Coast or Europe, I enjoy flying. Like most time-pressed planners, I value that time in the air. It’s ‘found’ time to catch up on work, eat, watch a movie

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Outdoor Adventures: Get Your Group Thinking Outside the Box

We’ve all been there: Sitting in the glow of yet another PowerPoint on day X of a meeting, wishing there was a window to stare out of, at the end of your energy reserves and the limit of your caffeine intake. Meetings can be a fun few days of quality

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Get Smart: The New Tech-Savvy Hotel Room

It can be difficult at times to warm to the fast-approaching robot apocalypse, which inevitably reasons out to look like a classic Dantean contrapasso, in which we humanoids are sentenced to suffer the opposite for our shortcomings. For example,

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10 Capital Treats to Savor in Washington, DC

Admittedly, it feels a bit redundant to be recalling favorite destinations in Washington, D.C., having spent much of the past month mentally resident in the nation’s capital as the history-making administration of POTUS 44 Barack Obama decamped and

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