Guest Post: Marjorie McMillan at Come on Get Well
While traveling for business can be exciting at times (especially if you are going to a place you've been dying to visit for the longest time); it can also be quite a draining experience if you're not mentally and physically prepared for spending time away from home for work purposes.
If that's you, and you've been dreading your next work trip because you simply don't have the energy for it, here are some helpful tips on finding joy in business travel just as any other vacation.
Make the necessary preparations
If you want your business trip to go smoothly with minimal interruptions, then it's best to plan ahead in advance so that you can cater to any unexpected surprises along the way. So, for example, you'll probably want to book your flight tickets at the most convenient time instead of having to be booked on the last available flight.
Also, it may be a good idea to create an itinerary of what things you have to do as per the objectives of your business trip, not forgetting to include the things you'd like to do when you're not busy to make your trip that much more enjoyable. Furthermore, creating a comprehensive itinerary will be particularly important if you have lots to accomplish on your business trip and you want to avoid the possibility of one event clashing with another.
TripIt is a helpful app that can help you put all your business travel information in one place to access it more easily later on. Additionally, you may want to book your accommodation sooner rather than later, as this will give you peace of mind that you will at least have a comfortable place to stay upon your arrival.
But if you'd prefer to skip the planning part altogether and have someone help do it for you, you could always enlist the help of a travel management company to help you get on with the finer aspects of planning your trip more effectively and cost-efficiently than you might do on your own if relying on online research alone.
What's more, if you are planning on making a business trip on a budget, then be sure to calculate what tax deductions you can make on hotel accommodation and food expenses to help drastically reduce your business travel expenses. For example, you can probably deduct the full cost of your travel and accommodation expenses and half your meal expenses, as far as claiming for business travel expenses goes.
Don't neglect your eating habits
If you are planning on moving around quite a bit on your next business trip, then it's important that you don't neglect your eating habits by opting for fast food over healthy food. This is sure to affect your energy levels quite drastically, especially if you're used to eating healthily. Therefore, you should pack a few protein-rich snacks and fresh fruits (or even dried fruit) to keep the hunger pangs at bay for longer.
Also, be sure to stay well hydrated, keeping a bottle of water on hand at all times so that you can stay more focused and feel more energized throughout the day. Also, you should try to eat a well-balanced nutritious breakfast daily consisting of whole-wheat toast, oatmeal, Greek yogurt, and fresh fruits, for example, before you start the day so that you don't begin the day on an empty stomach.
Don't skimp on sleep
Granted, your business trip may consist of one corporate event after another. But however busy your days are, it is vital not to skimp on sleep if you want to be your most productive during the day.
Suppose that you battle falling asleep in a new place, then don't hesitate to implement measures to make your room and the atmosphere more pleasant to fall asleep in, even if you have to rely on aromatherapy diffusers and natural sleep aids to help you relax and fall asleep quicker.
Suppose you do implement the above steps when your business trip turns out to be more fun than you imagined, then don't forget to share your memories on social media for your friends and family to enjoy it too. With a free online Instagram story template, you can create custom posts by utilizing the templates available to add to your Instagram story.
All you need to do is just upload your photos and edit these according to the designs, colors, text, and fonts you want and then just add them to your story to highlight your adventure on Instagram.
All in all, your business trip can be exciting, provided you don't forget to have a bit of fun in the process. Moreover, you can certainly achieve this by doing things that don't necessarily have to do with work and work alone.
If you are ready for your next trip, reach out to Allen Batista Travel for assistance in making travel planning a breeze.
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By Marley Merrihew at Allen Batista Travel, Inc.
If you’re looking for a vacation with the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure, the Maldives is the perfect destination for you. The sun-soaked beaches perfect for down-time and warm waters made for play provide a balanced getaway that you won’t forget.
And though the official language of the Maldives is Dhivehi, most Maldivians can speak English with no problems as it is the language taught in their schools, but it’s a nice gesture to learn some common greetings and phrases (Source: ClubMed)
The current exchange rate is 1 USD to 15.35 MVR and doesn’t fluctuate much. The USD is accepted as legal tender throughout most places in the Maldives.
Covid-19 Entry Requirements
Travelers to the Maldives do not need a negative test to enter the country. There are health screening procedures in place upon arrival. If a person tests positive, then they will be forced to quarantine as well as any of their close contacts, according to U.S. Mission to Maldives.
In addition, the CDC does not know the risk level for Covid-19 in the Maldives at the moment, but they say less than 0.05% of cases are reported from travelers at resorts.
Start off your trip to the Maldives with a snorkeling adventure! Coral reefs are the dominant ecosystem in the Maldives, making up the seventh largest coral reef system in the world – so if there’s one thing you have to do while on your vacation, it’s snorkeling.
According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Maldives is home to 1,100 marine species, including fish, sharks, turtles, whales, dolphins, and mollusks. So not only will you be able to see the beautiful and vibrant coral reefs while snorkeling, you’ll also be able to swim among the reefs’ many inhabitants.
Looking for a more relaxing day? Try dolphin watching! Grab a pair of binoculars, sit back on a boat, and watch those majestic creatures leap high out of the bright blue sea.
For couples wanting something a little more romantic, try a sunset dinner for two on the beach followed by a romantic cruise to finish off the perfect day.
Try some Maldivian cuisine at your sunset dinner that comes included with your travel package from Allen Batista Travel, Inc. The three main ingredients that make up the cuisine of the Maldives are coconuts, fish (mainly tuna), and starches.
Savor popular dishes such as Mas Huni, shredded smoked tuna with grated coconuts, lemon, and onions, or Gulha, an evening snack similar to a dumpling that’s filled with tuna, onions, chili, and grated coconut.
To help travelers uncover the magic awaiting them in the Maldives, Allen Batista Travel, Inc. has not one, but three packages available for you to choose from, starting at four days and three nights for $1,000 per person. Book now to experience the trip of your life.
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Guest Post: Lindsay Denton
"Hey, I've been thinking; do you maybe want to go to Europe next month?" - and it's an automatic, 10/10 "Let me pack my bag. When do we leave?" response. So, why do we love Europe so much? Why is the second smallest continent in the world so irresistible to a non-European? It's not just its rich history; the answer lies in its diversity.
Europe is the single most important melting pot of culture, art, and architecture. We admire its seamless evolution as a continent, an age-old patina effortlessly blending with the contemporary. Europeans are masters of doing incredible work.
Visiting Europe is very much like experiencing a symphony of multi-layered cohesion. The only issue one could have with Europe is that you'll want to see all of it. Time is of the essence. So, let us help. These are the seven European cities you need to visit at least once.
Please, have your passports ready. Thank you
So, where to? How do you plan an unforgettable itinerary? Fifty countries to choose from. Not an easy task. Let's see if we can help you decide.
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" - has anyone seen the movie? Thanks for the tip, Woodie Allen. Only a handful of cities across the globe offer a "two cities in one" unique experience. What sets Barcelona apart?
Due to its Mediterranean coastline position, it's considered one of the best beach holiday spots. But the beach is nothing but a mere bonus; it's the art that makes your heart pound like a caged beast.
While on your Barcelona tour, be sure to visit:
Summertime is just perfect for visiting the beautiful North. Why do we love Stockholm? It's a city of harmonious contrast - an eclectic mechanism designed for a supreme holiday experience.
World-famous technology, design, and innovation were invented and built here, right on its medieval roots, a preserved heritage coated with all shades of contemporary. Stunning museums, 17th-century architecture, and wild nightlife are why you'll want to visit this Northern city. Things to explore:
Ah, Roma! One of the most beautiful and appreciated cities in the world. The good people of Italy understand the importance of legacy and its preservation, hence, Rome.
What a fine specimen. The epicenter of archeology, religion, art, and history. The womb of the Catholic Church, world-famous monuments, and - oh, let's not forget about the food - it's what you call proper blasphemy.
Every piazza, building, and alley is a precious micro piece of this one majestic living and breathing museum. If you're traveling to Italy, visit the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the Tuscany region.
Book your Rome tour now and don't forget the must-see places:
Berlin is one of the most welcoming European cities you must visit at least once. This buzzing metropolis is the place to experience nightlife at its best—a completely new tier of party excellence.
The versatile city of Berlin will accommodate all of your needs, from some of the most important historical landmarks to numerous beautiful parks, intricate cuisine, and, of course - beer! If you prefer multicultural, open cities, this one is for you. Don't miss:
But if you think you might do that, consider renting a storage unit while traveling to Europe. It's always a good idea to protect your belongings while away. With these European cities you need to visit at least once, there’s no telling how long you will stay.
We've all heard of the infamous Red Light District, magic mushroom stories, and other curious occurrences. But, there's much more to Amsterdam than one might suspect. Its history is rich, the architecture is simply stunning, and the Dutch culture is undoubtedly impressive even though under the radar. Ideal for romantic getaways,
Amsterdam will knock you off your feet (and we're not talking about legal substances). Mandatory sights:
Ancient Greece is the cradle of Western civilization, the motherland of philosophy, democracy, medicine, science, theatre, and The Olympic Games. Nothing special, right?
Add Mediterranean climate to the equation. Beaches. Mouth-watering cuisine. Some of the finest open markets in Europe. Bustling nightlife. One of the friendliest nations you'll ever meet. We can do this all day long.
Or you can book a tour and experience your personal mythology coming to life. Absolute must:
Charming hospitality + cultural heritage + Guinness. This picturesque medieval city has some fascinating stories to tell. Dublin is the place to be if you enjoy casual repartee with friendly strangers.
The Irish exude acerbic wit, it's in their DNA, and we love them for it. It has been a world-renowned sanctuary for intellectuals and writers for many centuries. And the cognitive elite keeps returning.
If you're an avid admirer of the following: literature, mountains, sea, historical sites, street art, and finest beer, you know where to go. One mustn't leave Dublin without witnessing:
Which is the first of the European cities you need to visit on your list?
The list of European cities you need to visit at least once is long; Petrarchan sonnet-long. And, the chances are, you'll fall in love with each and every one of them. The best strategy is one at a time. Let all the beauty sink in.
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