TRAVEL WELL

Destination: Hilo

Whether you’re headed to the Big Island of Hawaii for business or pleasure, here’s an inside tip: Give Hilo a chance. For decades, sun-and-surf-starved statesiders would scarcely set foot in the capital city of the 50th state, such was their haste

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Grounded? Visit These Flight Zones

What better way to appreciate aviation's colorful past while experiencing its present than with a stroll through one of the 30 museums of flight located within or near a major US airport? Here are three must-see aviation museums well worth a

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Destination: Nantucket

There’s something surprisingly authentic and arguably timeless about Nantucket, the understated oddball island sister who splits the coastal Massachusetts tourist trade with her more cosmopolitan siblings, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. Perhaps

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Traveling Abroad? Try These 7 Tips to Stretch Your Dollar

One of the great things about a career in event planning is the opportunity to visit foreign countries. The personal growth and insights that come from immersion into other cultures cannot be equaled online or in the classroom. That's why postcards

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10 Don’t-Miss Attractions in Cleveland

It’s official: you can now add Cleveland to the list of the nation’s nouveau-boho, must-sip trendy destinations. As unlikely as that seems, this perennially overlooked, underrated Ohio river city has been dually ordained among today’s best places to

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Starwood and Marriott Move on Cuba

Planners on a quest to come up with new and exciting destinations have had their eye on Cuba since late-2014 when President Obama announced plans to normalize long-strained relations between the U.S. and the Caribbean island. But by and large the

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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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5 Ways to Stay Fit on the Road

Whether you’re ramping up for a big event or are already on-site getting ready for kick-off, a planner’s day can get very, very long—but then nobody gets into the planning business for the regular hours. With our crazy schedules, it’s often tough to

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6 New Buzz-Worthy Hotels

Like the search for world peace or a palatable enchilada in Alberta, the quest for the perfect hotel room remains one of life’s most elusive pursuits, best savored for the adventure and not the attainment. As Paul Simon once observed, “The nearer

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7 Tips for Better Sleep on the Road

If there’s one thing planners need, it’s a good night's sleep. But it’s not always easy to do when there are hundreds of event details swirling through your brain at 2 a.m. Head out on the road, add an unfamiliar bed, a few time zone changes and an

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The wholesale charm of Burlington, Vermont

In my youth, I had the pleasure of living in Burlington, Vermont shortly after a Brooklyn-born, University of Chicago socialist transplant named Bernie Sanders put an end to the city’s long run of Democratic mayors by 10 votes and founded what

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The World’s Wildest Golf Courses

Since the dawn of organized assembly, meeting planners have set about their task by first asking a question more suited to F&B: Will that be with or without golf? So widespread and synonymous has Scotland’s addictive “good walk spoilt” become

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Jamaica’s Fabulous Eco-Tourism Experiences

The next time you plan a meeting or retreat in Jamaica, guests will welcome the opportunity to go off the beaten track. Here are five unique ecotourism experiences that will give them an opportunity to explore. Explore the Cockpit Country The

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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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Group Favorites: Maui

If you’re looking for a destination with beautiful weather year-round, notable accommodations, and unique entertainment and adventure options for your next group, Maui should be at the top of your list! Hawaii’s second largest island, Maui boasts a

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Brooklyn, Old and New

For at least a couple of generations, when planners thought about New York as a meeting or incentive program destination, it invariably meant Manhattan with its theaters, museums, high-end shopping, fine dining and, not coincidentally, its rich

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Destination: Austin

It's best to know going in that Austin is a state of mind – or more specifically, a playlist. Austin first won my heart with the Outlaw movement, when musical compadres Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings fled Nashville to create their Hill Country

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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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One City, Four Experiences? Here’s How…

As brands like Kimpton (now part of InterContinental Hotels Group) and Autograph Collection (from Marriott International) have increased the number of independent hotels they manage in a major group destination in the past few years, planners have

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