All seasoned business travelers know that falling ill while traveling is just a part of the job. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 22%-64% of travelers have travel-related health issues. If you travel by plane you are sharing air and space with other travelers who may get sick. If you are on the road for your job, you may be stopping at rest areas and gas stations that attract germs too. Any public space could be housing germs that may get you sick during your business travels. If you are afraid of coming down with a flu or cold during your next business trip here are a few ways to help prevent getting sick so you don’t miss that big meeting. [Read more…]
Americans spend billions each year on taking international vacations all over the world. From tropical islands to ancient kingdoms. Instead of taking a look in their own backyard, people travel far and wide.
Little do some know, there is so much beauty right in the comfort of our own country! North America has an incredibly vast variety of geographical qualities. From rainforests to crystal clear water with white sandy beaches. [Read more…]
Imagine the sound of the waves as they lap on the shore. The smell of the fresh beach air. The feel of the sand pressing through your toes as you walk to the water. You’re ready to pack your bags after a long work week, right? Not so fast, you’ve still got a couple of things on your job list to do. Before you get yourself looking good for sitting in the sun, you need to get together a couple of things to help you get your work done. What do I need to get around so I can get those last few boxes checked?
If you don’t have a mobile Hotspot as a part of your service, contact your mobile provider and add that service to your plan. Make sure you walk through the process and test out your setup. It is important that your laptop is authorized for your hotspot and that are password protected. Good security protects your access point, so you can sit in the sand and finish off those last few emails without worrying about someone accessing your connection point. [Read more…]
Hitting the wilderness and tuning out the world for a few days is some people’s ideal vision of a vacation. Some people find true bliss in nothing but a tent, some bug spray, and a few cans of beans. But what if you are self-employed? Unfortunately, work doesn’t pause just because you’re paused. Follow these tips to successfully “switch off” without having to completely flip the switch off on production.
Bring a Mobile Wifi System
If you’ve ever tried to access wifi on a campground before, then perhaps you’ve noticed how frustrating it is to connect. These campground wifi networks are there simply for uploading a photo or two, or perhaps using a search engine. Their internet speed is not equipped for someone trying to get work done. Rather than tear your hair out with the slow campground wifi connection, or battle with your non-existent 3G on a mountain top, opt for a mobile wifi device that functions as a hotspot wherever you are. In addition to making it possible to get some work done, you can also easily connect to a show on streaming if you’re traveling with children.
Wake Up Early
The earlier you wake up the longer your day is. The longer your day is, the more time you have for work and play. By giving yourself an extra 2-3 hours in the morning, you are getting your work out of the way so that you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your surroundings with loved ones and not losing the value of your trip by working the entire duration.
Make a Schedule
By mapping out your entire day’s activities in a schedule, you ensure that you will be that much closer to getting everything done. People who schedule every part of their day, even going as far as scheduling their showers and mealtimes, tend to be much more efficient at completing tasks on time than people who do not. You may not be able to follow the schedule exactly as it is written; because let’s face it, life happens, but as long as you’re within the basic parameter of your timeline, you’re much more likely to succeed.
Give Yourself One Day Off
Allow yourself one day off from work to enjoy the pleasures of your surroundings. Go for a swim in the lake. Make some s’mores and tell ghost stories. Try that fly fishing rod your dad gave you for Christmas. Whatever you do, make sure you are totally immersed and not distracted by emails or pending tasks. If possible take your day off at the end of your trip, after being able to get as much work done as possible. This way, even if you are a bit behind after your day of rest, you have the reassurance that you’ll be back in your home office the following day and on track again.
In the excitement of travel, it’s easy to forget things. It’s always stressful to be on your way to the airport to catch your flight, or to be up in the air or arriving at your destination and remembering that you forget an important item at home, or even worse, you left the fireplace or iron on. In that moment, the panic that settles over you isn’t easy to combat. You end up having to call a friend and have them break into your house to solve the problem and put your stress to rest.
For situations like these, it’s important that you have a checklist of sorts that you cross off before you travel somewhere. God forbid you come home to have your house burned down or you arrive where you spent good money to get to and realize that you forgot your medications or your contact lenses. Those are the kinds of things that ruin a vacation. So to ease your worry, here are the things to put on a list to not neglect before you leave your house to travel:
Exterior House Needs
If you’re a snowbird or you’re just heading off for a couple of weeks or months, it’s important that you take care of all of the exterior needs of your house. This includes checking the gutters to make sure there isn’t debris piled up that could catch fire while you’re away, and this also means checking to make sure that your roof is fixed up and in good shape.
When you’re not home to see if there’s a leak starting or getting worse, you’re going to come home to some serious water damage, and nobody wants that. Other things to think about are the blowing out of sprinklers and the wrapping up of hoses so that water doesn’t freeze in the line if it’s winter time.
Interior House Needs
If you’ve checked off the exterior house needs, it’s time to address the interior. Before you leave to travel, make sure your windows are locked up tight, that the doors and all other access points of the house are secured, and make sure that heat and air conditioning are off. In addition to this, unplug all appliances from outlets.
You don’t want anything to be a fire hazard, and you certainly don’t want anybody seeing that you’re gone and breaking into your house via an unlocked window. It’s best that you ask a neighbor, a close friend, or a family member to watch over the house while you’re gone.
While you’re out and about you’re not going to have the normal luxuries that you’re so accustomed to so close at hand. Make sure you’re stocked up on your medications, your contacts, your personal care items, and that any other personal needs are taken care of before departure. There would be nothing worse than to arrive to your vacation destination and only realize that you didn’t bring something that was critical to your health.