TRAVEL WELL

What to Pack in a First-Aid Travel Kit

There are certain niggling details in life that are easy to overlook, but can ultimately prove important, like flossing, or saving receipts. For planners on a trip, packing a first-aid kit is another. You’ll probably never need it, but if or when you

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Survival Tips for your Next Redeye

Sometimes it’s just unavoidable. Your meeting in L.A. doesn’t finish until five, and you absolutely, positively have to be in the office in New York tomorrow. Which means the only flight that fits your schedule doesn’t arrive until the next morning;

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7 Laptop-Ban Workarounds—If It Actually Happens

Recently, the prospect of a possible laptop ban has been generating quite a few headlines. Whether or not it actually comes to pass, the possibility of a ban has certainly gotten my attention, not to mention the attention of millions more

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Urban hikes for an easy nature getaway

Sometimes you just have to veer from the itinerary and get outside. Maybe your attendees’ eyes are glazing over from too many meetings and cups of coffee, and need a quick and much needed break to recharge their batteries. Or maybe you don’t have the

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Where To Stay & Play for Your Miami Meeting

  As American cities go, Miami is an outlier, whether in climate, culture or geography. It holds such a place in our teal and turquoise dreams you sometimes wonder if it’s real. Even after you’ve planted yourself on one of its soft sandy

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Gadgets That Take the Worry Out of Travel

While traveling for a meeting or FAM can be an exciting part of your life as a planner, there are sometimes niggling safety issues to being on the road that can put a damper on all that fun. By investing in a number of stress-reducing travel gadgets,

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The Latest and Greatest in Travel Apps

There’s no shortage of travel apps out there to choose from, all of them promising to make your travel experience better, cheaper, easier, or some combination of all three. But finding what apps are most useful, and what will end up merely eating

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Know Your Passenger Rights When Bumped from a Flight

We’ve all seen the recent videos from the not-so-friendly skies, incidents of air passengers being bullied in the name of airline rules and efficiency. Shocking, yes, but fortunately the exception – most passengers comply with such rules, albeit

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The Best of Barcelona

Europe abounds with intriguing ports of call that easily meet any footloose American’s wish list: Ideal year-round climate, world-class beaches, fabulous local cuisine, friendly peeps, wonderfully walkable bohemian neighborhoods, unforgettable

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Explore the Riches of San Juan, Puerto Rico

I’m standing in the sentry box at one of San Juan’s centuries-old forts, enjoying sweeping views of a rose-tinged sunset casting its hues over the rocky bluffs of the city’s historic old town. With the swells rising and crashing along the shore, I

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10 Ways to Wow Your Group in Los Angeles

It’s been said, only partly in jest, that to book group activities in Los Angeles is redundant. Given the embarrassment of diversions available in the world’s reigning entertainment hub, this mad mecca is itself a nonstop group activity, and one that

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Airport Hotels That Will “Perk” Up Your Layovers

Faced with a long layover or early-morning flight? Exhausted and fidgety in an uncomfortable chair amid the constant commotion of a typical airport? Sure you can take refuge in your airline’s club lounge, around $50 per day if you’re not a member,

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Places for Perks: A Who’s Who of Hospitality Rewards Programs

For those of us planner types who spend a lot of time on the road, where we bed down for the night matters: high levels of comfort, business-friendliness, cleanliness and amenities are, of course, non-negotiable. Perks and points accrual helps too,

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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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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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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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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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