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Attention Everyone – Is now the time to travel or at least…

Friday, January 15th, 2016

In the past three weeks I have noticed a trend that I really like. As most of you know I travel, and tend to travel a fair amount. Last week I booked a quick trip to Chicago and then did the same thing for New York and have a ticket on hold for Los Angeles. From my standpoint there is one great thing in common. Yes, they are all located in the United States, all major cities but that’s not it. All of the plane tickets were not only less than $200 each they were closer to $150! Shocking – I don’t ever remember flights being that reasonable… Oops – I mean inexpensive. To take it one step further, Marriott Hotel rooms in those cities are usually over $375.00 each and the same thing has happened. The rooms are also around $150.

So I say to you – time to book some flights and save some money!!

  • Have you noticed the same thing?
  • Am I crazy or are the flights/rooms this January a lot lower than prior years?
  • Do you think this trend continues the entire year?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Time to grab a flight – is it me or is it just not as much fun as it used to be?

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Many years ago I looked forward to flying. I loved the new experiences – perhaps a city, restaurant, stadium I have never been to before. I couldn’t wait to get there. For every vacation I would leave Friday right after work returning the last flight on the following Sunday always turning a week vacation into basically 9 days. Speed up to years later, it just isn’t the same. Flying isn’t as much fun! It could be because I am getting older, less patient, or not happy with constant airline delays.

Whatever the reason or reasons – it just isn’t as much fun. I don’t avoid flights, if I have to be somewhere I will go but probably not stay as long as I used too. Years ago I would chat to the person sitting next to me. I don’t really do that anymore, I choose to listen to music and kind of wonder into my own little world hoping the flight doesn’t have too much turbulence and no one is kicking my chair the entire time!

What about you?

  • Is flying fun these days?
  • How do you occupy yourself during the many delays?
  • What bothers you the most about flying?

I look forward to reading your comments.

40,000 feet……seriously?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Last month on a flight back to Dallas from Chicago I had the pleasure of being on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The plane was absolutely beautiful and still had the smell of a new plane. About 10 minutes after we took off the pilot came on introduced himself and spoke to us about the route and a few other things. One of those things was how high we were flying which was 40,000 feet. I was a little surprised because usually flights (at least the ones I take) are flying at about 31,000-34,000 feet. I don’t recall any other time where I was flying over that, let alone 40,000 feet.

Maybe the Dreamliner is more efficient flying at that level or perhaps there is some other reason.

  • Do you pay attention when the captain says how high you are flying?
  • Do you recall flying over 40,000?
  • I would be curious if any readers ever flew on the Concorde and how high that flew.

I look forward to reading your comments.

Hey guys slow down!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

So there I was at the airport early (before 6:30am) getting ready to board a flight. I actually like getting to the airport early in the morning. It’s kind of somber, quiet, and really gives me an opportunity to look around and take in everything.

As I was sitting there listening to music I noticed that a few couples walked past me and both of the men were walking ahead of their partners/significant others. As usual this gave me a chance to pause and think about it and I actually performed a test. As I was sitting there, I said to myself how many of the next 10 couples that walk by me are walking together or one person is 3-4 steps ahead of the other. Well the results are in and sure enough 7 men were ahead of their partner, 1 women was ahead of her partner, and the other 2 people were walking together. I decided to do it one more time to see if the results would change and they really didn’t. Men still walked ahead of their partners in 6 cases while the other 4 couples were walking together. I realize this isn’t a scientific experiment but it does make me wonder:

  • Do you think men typically walk faster than women?
  • Are men more impatient and anxious to get to their gate or baggage claim more than women?
  • Do men just have to take the lead?
  • In your relationship does one of you tend to walk a little faster than the other?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Just checked into a hotel….new trend?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

A few weeks ago I checked into a Residence Inn Marriott and as I was leaving my room I noticed something a little different. Two hanging door signs that a guest can use.

One of them was the standard “I am all set for the night” or “I need my privacy” something like that, but the other one was a little different. The other sign was “Four Legged Guest” there’s a pet inside. I think that is great, very respectful and strategic. If you think about it, now if someone from the hotel management or housekeeping needs to come in the room they are informed there is a pet inside.

  • Is this a new strategy?
  • Are doggy treats going to be a welcoming gift?
  • Will there be water and food bowls in every room?
  • Have you noticed hotels treating pets any different?

I look forward to reading your comments.

P.S. – What is the best pet friendly hotel you have ever stayed at?

Do you turn back the clock – yes or no?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

On my last trip to the east coast I decided to try something different and not change my watch to reflect the correct time zone. No matter where I go I always change my watch to reflect where I am going prior to getting off the plane. I have lots of friends and industry contacts who actually don’t change their watch and this time I decided to join that team.

I must admit it was a little different. I did like the fact I knew what time it was back in the office but didn’t really like it when I went to sleep and was setting my alarm. That part made me very nervous since my iPhone does change automatically and was a different time than my watch.

I probably will change my watch when I am in a different time zone but I am curious to know what you do?

  • Do you change your watch to the new time zone?
  • If not, have you always done that?
  • Do you do it so you know what time to call the kids or your spouse?
  • Do you do it to know what time you should go to sleep?

I look forward to hearing your comments.

Time to get in a cab…ugh…help!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

All of my close friends know I get motion sickness. On a boat, train, or cab the end result typically is the same which is I just don’t feel well and sometimes worse happens!

Well a few weeks ago I was in New York and I must admit really dreading a cab ride into the city. I find most… (not all cabbies) like to do the old, start and slam on the brake routine and all of those types of people seem to find me! Well this time I was going to try something different. I made a decision to not check emails, texts, or call anyone but rather put on my headphones and listen to music. As luck would have it – it totally worked! I was singing to myself, enjoying the loud music and it distracted me so I felt great for my meetings.

  • Do you ever get motion sickness?
  • What do you do to overcome it?
  • Have you tried music?

I look forward to hearing from you and letting me know if you have any ideas that can help me!

Vacation – is it really vacation? By guest writer Debra Semans

Friday, August 21st, 2015

As the earliest leaves begin to drop onto my lawn and the school bus is making test runs, I think back on the summer and those lovely vacations I took. Or did I?

Well, I did take about five days off for my son’s wedding. But, as much fun as that was, we were so busy it couldn’t really be called a vacation. And I was still responding to emails at least a couple times a day. We did get to the beach for a long weekend. But, yes, my husband and I were checking emails and worrying about internet speeds the entire time?

Sometimes it seems that vacations are almost not worth the bother. You kill yourself getting everything done before you leave, then you work while you’re away, and then you work hard to catch up when you get back (no matter how much you worked before or during!)

We’re no different from most employed Americans: a recent Randstad USA Employee Engagement study found that:

  • 49% feel stressed when they return to work after a vacation,
  • 46% worry about work while they are away,
  • 45% don’t believe their bosses help them disconnect when they are away from work,
  • 39% don’t believe their boss encourages them to take their allotted vacation days,
  • 38% believe taking fewer vacations makes them look better to their boss, and
  • 36% have had to cancel vacation plans due to work.

This is no surprise to any of you, I know. And in spite of all this, I remain committed to taking vacations, because I believe we all have to recharge our batteries – at least a little! So next month, we’ll be setting off on a road trip and in December heading back to the beach between Christmas and New Year.

So, help me out. What tips can you offer?

  • What do you do before you leave to make sure you can disconnect?
  • Do you work while you are on vacation and, if so, how do you keep it within limits?
  • How do you deal with the stress of coming back from a vacation?
  • What electronic devices go with you and which stay at home?
  • How do you manage your boss around taking time off?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Time to count…How many states have you been to?

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Last week I had the pleasure of going to Oregon for the first time. A big shout out to all the members of the H. family who were amazing hosts and hostesses and made my time special. Going there for the first time gave me a chance to pause and figure out how many states I have been to. When I was done, the answer was 42 states.

Now your turn. Please click on the quiz and let me know how many states you have been to.

Good Luck!

Click Here to Take The Quiz.

Natural Wonders

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Crater Lake (thanks M.D.) in Oregon. I must admit growing up on the east coast I didn’t know much about it but WOW! Standing above the rim and looking down on the bluest lake I have ever seen, with the mountains in the background it might be the most beautiful view I have ever witnessed. The people I was with said it was listed on the USA’s natural wonders – which again I was surprised that I hadn’t heard much about it.

Here are 10 natural wonders in the United States:

    1. Death Valley, CA
    2. Niagara Falls, NY
    3. Grand Canyon, AZ
    4. Mammoth Cave, KY
    5. Hubbard Glacier, AK
    6. Black Hills, SD
    7. Crater Lake, OR
    8. Yosemite Valley, CA
    9. Carlsbad Caverns, NM
    10. Old Faithful, WY
  • Which ones have you been too?
  • Which one is your favorite?
  • What other natural wonders should we add to the list?

I look forward to reading your comments.