Travel Ease

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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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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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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Travel Insurance: What To Know Before You Go

For many of us, preparing for the holidays involves rousting lights and wreaths from their attic lair, immersing ourselves in Ina Garten’s cardio-be-damned dessert recipes and judiciously tapping our myriad air miles for our annual journeys to share

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Smooth Sailing: Sage Advice for Novice Cruisers

  You never forget your first cruise. The question is, will you remember it for the right reasons? Upon casting off in one of today’s towering, palatial ocean liners, most first-time cruisers are stunned by the scope, scale and

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Instant Stress Busters for the Travel Weary

Need to recharge during your journey or before your business meeting? Need a quick relaxer at the end of a long day? Well-travelled medical writer Sandra Paton prescribes these quick exercises to revive and repair you following the taxing trials of

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The Prebiotic-Probiotic Prescription for Healthy Travel

Most meeting planners at one time or another have been blindsided by the event peril that dare not speaketh its name: gastrointestinal party time! This shouldn't come as a complete surprise. After all, what part of late nights, early mornings,

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Going Somewhere? 7 Tips for Joining the Global Entry Program

Though I’ve always liked the idea of the Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Traveler Global Entry program, signing up seemed like such a hassle that I just never got around to it. Instead, to get through airport lines a bit faster, I relied

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Travel Products for Time-Crunched Planners

If there’s one thing planners don’t have a lot of, it’s time to spare, so anything that will save us a few minutes worth of travel-related hassles is a welcome addition. Here are a few problem-solving, time-saving must-have innovations to help make

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6 Ways to Make Your Hotel Room Feel More Like Home

Whether you’re spending 5 days on the road or 50, as Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ said, “there’s no place like home.” While she does have a point, if you’re a planner, home is rarely where the work is, so it helps to create a bit of home wherever

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5 High-Tech House Sitters for Worry-Free Travel

Meeting planners never really leave home, do they? Some part of your brain is always flipping through that mental list of home settings you overlooked in your haste to pack everything you need for a business trip and catch your train, boat, or plane

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Layover Lifesavers: 4 Apps Bound to Ease Your Travel

Bluntly put, layovers suck. Big time. You know it, I know it, the airlines and airport staffs know it. Question is, what can you do about it? The answer is, plenty. Thanks to the fingertip magic of mobile apps, that seven-hour layover at

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Expedited Airport Security Programs: Are They Worth It?

As a frequent traveler, I like to spend the least amount of time possible sitting in the airport. I give myself enough time to get through security without feeling rushed, which usually amounts to arriving at the airport just over an hour before the

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9 Apps for Easier Travel

"There's an app for that" became an eye-rolling meme long before Internet shorthand like "ridic" (for ridiculous) and "obvs" (for obviously) wormed their way into the Scrabble dictionary. For many, the explosion of apps has made the more tedious

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7 Airport Innovations That Really Should Take Off

If meeting planning has its own version of Hell, it almost certainly resembles an international airport terminal, at rush hour, on the eve of a national holiday weekend. Fortunately, a whole tarmac-full of clever innovators out there have been

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Is it Time for Fitness Wearables?

I asked a meeting planner recently what device she used to track her fitness. She gave me that grin exclusively reserved for clueless male questions and replied, "My heels!" Point well taken: Of all the jobs the world over, meeting planners

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Meet Healthier In Paris

For years, Paris was the place to be if, among other things, you wished to indulge in fine wine, food, and Gitanes. While fine dining continues unabated, fortunately, le smoking is on the wane. In fact, in the last few years, smoking in public

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Travel Hub: Layover Lures

Frequent flyers linger longer in airports these days, whether due to security, scheduling, or the overall quickening of our daily lives. While some airports seem resigned to remain merely sleepless purgatories between point A and point B, others

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