10 Tips For International Business Travel | Gadling.com

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International business travel is a different animal when compared to a quick domestic trip. Flying for extended periods of time alone presents its own unique challenges for those who have not done it before. Still, international business travel does not have to be the grueling sort of ordeal that first-timers anticipate by following a few simple guidelines.

For our purposes here, we assume a) you do not have a huge corporate travel department taking care of the details for you, b) you care how much elements of the trip cost and c) can accept a seat in coach.  via www.gadling.com


Check Your Passport Today!

Time to make travel plans for the holidays. But before you book your international flights check your passport. In a recent conversation with the staff of the Los Angeles Passport Agency one of the most common issues they run into is passengers dashing over from LAX looking to get their passports renewed. These are passengers who have been denied boarding due to an expired passport.

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So check your passport before making plans to travel outside the US. This includes Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, even if you are on a cruise ship, you will need a passport. And don't just rely on your memory, Agency staff suggest you put your hands on your passport and check it when you start making your travel plans. They often see individuals who say they have lost their passport, "I thought my passport was in my desk drawer" only to discover it is missing.

Parents also need to be reminded that even if their passports are valid the kids may have expired. Adult passports last 10 years while it is only five years for children.

One last thing, if your passport has less than six months validity on it, investigate your destination an make sure it isn't one of the countries that requires at leas six months remaining before you passport expires. Safe Travels. TB


Saving Seats at the Pool: OK or Not OK? - ABC

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Last spring I was on vacation with my husband at the Four Seasons, Nevis. As you might expect, it was a lovely vacation at a lovely resort. But there was one problem.

Among the beach chairs the hotel had set up, there were two that were clearly prime seating. They were front row, set apart slightly from the others and under one of the few trees growing out of the sand.

Every day, we wanted to sit in those seats. And no one else was sitting there. So why couldn't we sit there? Because despite the fact that every morning we arrived at the beach no later than 9 a.m., someone else had already put their belongings – towels, sunblock, a book – on the chairs and claimed them. But no one ever arrived to actually sit in the seats, at least, not in the hours we were there. Watching. MORE:  abcnews.go.com


Pluses of travel outweigh hardship, business travelers say - USATODAY.com

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Business travelers may grumble about the hardships of the road. But a new, extensive survey of their views of life on the road that's out Tuesday reveals that most appreciate their transient lifestyle.

The survey of 1,001 business travelers, conducted by market research company TNS for Marriott's Fairfield Inn & Suites, finds that 92% are satisfied with how much they travel.

Most say business travel has positively affected their professional reputation and career opportunities. A small percentage — 13% — says business travel has negatively affected their emotional health, and 20% say it has affected their physical health.  More...


Revolution Chasers Redefine Adventure Travel - ABC News

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Forgive travelers like Ali Caldicott who see countries in turmoil as irresistible adventures.

Egypt, Somalia, Afghanistan, take your pick. The bigger the upheaval, the more tempting, as far as these adventure travelers are concerned.

"Curiosity, mainly," Caldicott, 33, said matter-of-factly, explaining his risky travel preferences.

Among his destinations, which he has charted in a series of books from some of the world's most difficult locations: Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, the Palestinian territories, parts of Colombia and Myanmar, to name a few.

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Disappearance of European passport stamps - Gadling.com

In the late 1980s, an American spending a summer traveling across Europe with a Eurailpass would see his or her passport stamped possibly dozens of times. With a few exceptions, every time a border was crossed, an immigration agent would pop his or her head into a train compartment, look at everyone's passports, in most cases stamp them, and move on. Every Eastern Bloc country required visas, some of which could be obtained at the border and others of which had to be applied for in advance.

Today, an American can enter the Schengen zone in Helsinki, fly to Oslo and then on to Amsterdam, proceed by train through Belgium, France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland, then by bus to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, and then by ferry back to Helsinki before catching a flight to Athens and landing in Greece without once needing to submit a passport to a border guard's scrutiny.

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10 great motorcycle trips - USATODAY.com

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Fall is the perfect time for a two-wheeled road trip, says Gary McKechnie, author of Great American Motorcycle Tours (Avalon, $21.95), the country's best-selling travel guide for riders. "This is when you get those beautiful bright-blue skies, and the air is crisp." He shares some of his favorite rides - which are also great in cars - with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

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