The dinner conversation with my husband isn't like most homes. Oh, sure, now and then we'll ask, "How was your day, dear?" but most of the time we talk travel. Travel tips, travel products, travel tools, where we'd like to go, memories of where we've been, people we've met along the way - anything travel!Read More
When I think about the organizations that I worked for, I have to say that I didn't know there were travel managers at my companies either. I only heard from the expense people when something was questioned.
Do you think your travelers might say the same thing? Some of you might be shaking your head and saying "I know my travelers know who I am, because I'm always communicating with them." While others of you may be pausing to think "Do my travelers know I exist?"Read More
I recently flew out of Veracruz, Mexico. Going through Security, my bag got pulled to the side for a more thorough screening. My bag of knitting was extracted and I was told no knitting needles. No knitting needles? Sure, these were prohibited at our U.S. airports after 9/11, but I thought these were ok to travel with now. I learned otherwise, at least as far as the Veracruz Airport is concerned.Read More
Did you see this report on Top Causes of Anxiety for American Business Travelers?
I wish they had asked me and so many of my traveling peers. While these may be stressors on the actual day of travel, these are not the stressors that kept me awake at night either before or during a business trip.
With over 30 years of being a road warrior for the likes of Oracle, Deloitte and more while raising young kids, I have had a few stresses (make that a few thousand) during this time!Read More
Next time you're in a taxi - make that EVERY time - always get the taxi number. Whether this is the medallion number for that taxi, the license plate number, the name of the driver from their taxi certificate on display - get something that identifies that car and/or driver.
As I slide out of my car and offer the car keys to the valet, I wonder yet again: “Should I be tipping now or only upon retrieving my car?” After countless car rentals, hotel stays and parking experiences, you think I would have this tipping thing down pat. Alas, not yet. I keep looking for the hard and fast rulebook and it just doesn’t exist.Read More
Loneliness and business travel often go hand-in-hand, especially with frequent week after week travel. And that loneliness most often sets in when we’re alone in our hotel room, as this article on How to Stay Sane on a Business Trip by Steven Kurutz of the New York Times shares.
With 30 years of traveling for business, this feeling of loneliness is a nagging companion, always jumping out of my suitcase as I unpack, taunting me with “for now, you have no family, you have no friends - but you do have me!”Read More
Need to jump on a conference call right after your flight lands? Or make a few phone calls before boarding your flight? Or maybe just need a quiet zone to de-stress from work, from travel, from everything?Read More
Travel Execs – It’s Time to Have “That Uber Talk” With Your Business Travelers
I remember a walk and talk I had with my two middle-aged school kids. It was time for one of “those talks” so we did it while we did an evening walk around our neighborhood. My specific talk had to do with smoking. “I know you’ll want to try it. I did and I know you will, too. All I ask is then when you do, we talk about it.”Read More
Uh oh. You don't have your driver's license and you need it to board a flight?
Before freaking out (though you most likely are already in freaked out mode if you found this article!), know that you WILL see your destination or home again!