TRAVEL WELL

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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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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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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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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San Francisco’s Bay Area Beauties for Group Events

As attractions and activities go, the San Francisco Bay Area can claim an embarrassment of riches. World-famous sights, Michelin-starred restaurants, stunning nature, beautiful architecture, year-round mild climate, endless cultural and outdoor

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Sleep hacks: How to get a good night’s sleep while traveling

The thrill of staying in that swanky four-star suite quickly fades when you find yourself staring at the ceiling at 2am waiting to fall asleep. But there’s some good news here (of sorts): it’s not you, it’s science! Studies have shown that most

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Travel Planning: Getting the Most From Google Flights

If you’ve ever done a random search for flights on Google, you’ve probably come across Google Flights. It’s in that grid near the top of the results page, letting you directly search flights without going to Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak or one of the other

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Hot Spots for International Travel

It’s not a huge stretch to characterize meeting professionals as modern-day explorers, smartphone-toting, latte-juggling adventurers committed to discovering bold new experiences with which to entertain, enrich and engage their audiences. Whether the

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Helpful Travel Apps That Don’t Require Wi-Fi

Travel apps can be an indispensable tool for navigating smoothly through almost any situation you find yourself in life on the road, allowing you to avoid inconveniences or giving shortcuts and insights you might otherwise not have access to. And

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Destination: Key West

Whether it’s your beach bucket or bucket list you’re looking to fill, simply follow these directions for an unparalleled experience: Deplane at MIA (Miami International), slip into flipflops, point your rental car south on Highway 1, then savor one

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