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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Healthy Travel Tips


Many employees look forward to taking business trips out of town. It gives them a chance to travel, see new places, and experience new things at a minimal cost. Too much travel, though, can quickly burn out anyone and take its toll on the health. Here are some tips on how to keep healthy the next time you travel:

1. Get regular exercise. Traveling entails a lot of sitting when you're flying or driving to a destination.

To counteract these long periods, make you take time to use your body, especially the lower part. Even walking down the plane's aisles can help.

2. Maintain a healthy diet. Keep your energy levels up by eating the right foods. Don't skip meals, even if you end up sleeping late.

Food that is easy on the stomach such as eggs, oatmeal, or fresh fruit is good for your digestive system, especially when you are stressed. Stick to light foods when travelling.

3. Explore the place you are traveling to. Make the most of your business trip by enjoying the local sights, sounds, and culture. This should lift your mood after a day of stressful work and get you going for the next round. It's also a great way to make new friends.

Though majority of your time will be spent working, who says you can't mix business with pleasure? Still, if you find you are too tired to go out and explore the area, you can lessen your stress by staying in the hotel and perhaps cleaning out your email or writing those letters you need to. This way, you'll free yourself for exploring the next day.

Whatever you do and however you do it, just remember when you travel to eat healthy, get some exercise, and rest when you can - the basics for staying healthy.

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Ever come home to a house that has been decimated by your pet dog? Your dog is so cute but can destroy the inside of your home withing such a short period of time. Make your home dog proof using a Indoor pet fence thus preventing your dog from entering certain rooms or areas in your home.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Frugal Travel Tips For Airfare


A critical part of the travel budget is transportation and this often includes airfare. The frugal traveler does more than keep an eye out on the internet for discounted flights. He or she looks for more creative ways to stretch the travel dollars.

Using Free Stop Overs

When the hubby and I traveled to Australia the first time, we flew Air New Zealand. Why? Because the airline offered a free stop over in their hub in New Zealand. We had never seen the country and were planning to tour it anyway. This way, we didn't have to pay for airfare to and from.

The second time, we traveled to Australia, we flew Air Tahiti Nui. This airline offered, you guessed it, a free stop over in Tahiti on the way to or back. Another place we always wanted to visit.

Hidden Cities

Free stop overs are a benefit openly offered by some airlines. Hidden cities are not only unadvertised but are actively discouraged by the airlines. However they can be great savings for the frugal traveler.

An example of this is a trip from New York City to Las Vegas. Sometimes a flight from New York City to Los Angeles is less expensive, even though this same flight stops in Las Vegas to pick up more passengers. So what is to stop the frugal traveler from getting off early, at the destination he or she really wants to visit?

A few things... Luggage will be sent to the ticketed destination so this trick is for carry on only passengers. Also the flyer must remember that the return ticket should start at his or her real destination.

Getting Bumped

For the flexible, easy going traveler, being bumped for a flight is like winning the travel lottery. There is usually compensation plus you're allowing someone else, who really needs to, to get to his or her destination on time.

Travelers knowing the rules know the compensation offered (check the carriers website), know the next flights out (be wary of carriers with once a week flights), and can weigh that against the pain of disrupted plans. The hubby and I always decide before arriving at the airport (early so we have a boarding pass to give up) whether or not it's worth it. That way we can be the first to offer up our seats.

There are ways to increase the chance of being bumped, the simplest being booking an already quite full flight (usually a flight later on in the day).

Air travel doesn't have to blow a travel budget. With some monitoring of discount sites and using some creativity, the frugal traveler can receive more for less.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Frugal Travel Tips For Chicago


Chicago offers many free attractions for the frugal traveler. These free sights offset more costly splurges like deep dish pizza, the entrance to the famed Shedd Aquarium, and a trip up the Sears Tower.

Free Trolleys


From Memorial Day weekend through the Labor Day weekend, between 10am and 6pm, free trolleys operate every 20-30 minutes to Chicago's most popular tourist destinations. There are stops along Museum Campus, Michigan Avenue (The Magnificent Mile) and Navy Pier. Do a few of the loops to get a sense of the city. Drivers often give out bits of information about landmarks.

Street parking downtown is often free on Sundays.

Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, and Millennium Park

Buckingham Fountain (seen in the opening credits of the tv show Married With Children) in Grant Park, close to the waterfront, was designed to emulate the great fountains in the palace of Versailles. It consists of three basins, surrounded by four bronze seahorses.

More modern art can be found in the adjoining Millennium Park. The Crown Fountain has two giant glass towers with projections of faces on them. Water squirts out of the faces' mouths, much to wading children's delight. Cloud Gate resembles a giant stainless steel jellybean, warping the reflection of onlookers.

Navy Pier
Navy Pier hosts a street carnival type of environment. There is a classic styled 148 ft Ferris Wheel, a musical carousel with painted animals, a children's museum, a museum of stained glass, and a funhouse maze. Add seasonal street performers, food vendors, and face painters, and travelers can people watch for hours.

The Old Water Tower

The Old Water Tower, situated on the famed Michigan Avenue near the John Hancock Center, is one of the most famous survivors of the Great Fire. Designed to resemble a tiny European castle, the Old Water Tower is now a visitors center.

The Art Institute Of Chicago

With great American masterpieces like Grant Wood's American Gothic, the Art Institute Of Chicago is a must see for art lovers and a freebie for the savvy traveler. From May 31st to August 31st, admission is free after 5pm on Thursday's and Friday's.

There are many other free or frugal attractions in the Windy City, window shopping on the Magnificent Mile, facades such as Dearborn Street Station and others.

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