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5 Budget Destinations for Winter

5 Budget Destinations for Winter

While many people associate traveling exclusively with the warm months of the year, the truth is that winter can bring its traveling jollies as well. In fact, there are a lot of pretty amazing places to visit during the winter too- and this stands just […]

How to Enjoy the Best of Paros

How to Enjoy the Best of Paros

Paros is an island in Greece, specifically in the Aegean Sea, that is unique compared to other islands in the area. Unlike Mykonos and other islands, Paros offers a more traditional ambience that blends really well with the modern holiday amenities. If you’re travelling to […]

Christmas Gift Ideas When You’re Overseas

Christmas Gift Ideas When You’re Overseas

Whether you’re living overseas or simply on a holiday during the Christmas period, it can be challenging thinking of what to get your family from afar. I’ve spent many Christmases overseas, so have become used to shopping for family from a distance. One of the greatest challenges associated with sending gifts overseas is working out how best to ship them. Shiply offer great shipping solutions, especially if you’re buying something from Ebay that’s listed as collection only. When you’re overseas during the holidays, make a little effort to send something to your friends and family at home to let them know you’re thinking of them. Here are my top gift ideas when you’re overseas:

  1. A Physical Gift off Amazon or Ebay

This will vary from person to person, but I really love buying things that are either self care for the women in my life, such as body scrubs, face masks, etc and something more practical for the men in my family. Suggestions for men include things like a nice professional looking backpack or travel set, beard care, new pieces of technology such as an Apple TV or new phone. What you will choose depends on who you’re buying for, but it’s good to focus on something they may want but might not set aside money for, for themselves. I suggest buying any physical gifts in early December so you’re sure they’ll arrive in time.

  1. A Voucher

Consider buying a voucher for their favourite restaurant, a fun activity or something unexpected like an Escape Room. Vouchers make for easy gifts when overseas as many can be purchased online and you don’t have to worry about delays in getting the voucher to your recipient. It’s instant! I like to focus on experiences because it’s a really fun memory and something different.

  1. A Trip to See You

If your budget can afford, why not surprise a close family member or good friend with a trip to visit you, wherever you are overseas. This could be the best Christmas present for both of you as you’ll get to spend some time together and create some memories together. Obviously this will depend on your budget, but if you’re too far away for this to be realistic, you could consider meeting somewhere in the middle to help cut costs down. This would be especially great if you have your own children and would like to spoil a grandparent with some quality time bonding with your children.

  1. A Skype Call

While this isn’t really a gift, sometimes the best thing we can give someone is our time. This can be harder when we’re far from home, but technology has made some things a lot easier. Schedule in a Skype call with your loved ones so you can properly wish them a happy holidays and catch up on everything going on in their lives. This will take only minutes out of your day, but could easily make their day.

What are you planning to get your friends and family for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Looking for a vacation destination with a difference?

Looking for a vacation destination with a difference?

Are you sick of the same-old same-old vacations? Maybe you really want to get off the beaten path or see some ancient history? If you’re looking for a vacation destination with a difference, your next vacation should be to Israel. Here’s why:   The Food […]

How Important is Great Customer Service?

How Important is Great Customer Service?

A recent survey by www.contactcustomerservicesnumber.co.uk revealed some interesting information. 600 respondents gave their opinions about customer service, and it turns out that almost 75% agreed that good customer service is important when they’re dealing with a business. Personally, I’ve dealt with customer service in many […]

Plan Your Next Business Trip Efficiently

Plan Your Next Business Trip Efficiently

If you need to travel somewhere on business, chances are that you will be flying out there. It’s much faster than the other methods of transport and time is money in business.

However, traveling by air has some limitations, particularly about what you can bring with you. So you need to plan ahead. While you are planning what to bring, you can go ahead and plan the whole trip altogether.

Packing

First of all, make sure that you know what kind of clothes you will need. A formal business suit is a must, but don’t forget your more casual clothes for informal meetings or leisure time if you have it. Get to know what weather you can expect, and plan accordingly.

If you are going on an international flight, make sure that you have your passport, and check if you need a visa as well.

Airport Transfer

You will need to get to the airport somehow. In big Californian cities like San Diego or LA, getting anywhere in the dense traffic can be a nightmare, so taxis probably aren’t your best bet. On the other hand, hiring a car lets you relax in a luxurious car and let your driver think about the traffic. Just make sure that you set off on time. You can find out more on this link https://sdairporttransport.com/los-angeles-transportation-from-san-diego-lax/.

Online Flight Booking

Although you can buy tickets at the airport, it is much easier, and usually much cheaper to purchase them online. Just remember to bring your voucher with you. In the past, you needed to print it out, but with the advent of mobile devices, you can simply show them your voucher on your phone and you should be good to go.

Online Hotel Booking

The same goes for accommodation booking; you can wait until you arrive at your destination to find a place to stay, but it is much more efficient if you do it prior to the trip. There are great hotel booking services online, and if you prefer a certain hotel or hotel chain, you can contact them directly.

Make sure that you call and confirm your reservation on the day of your trip to avoid any nasty surprises.

Medical Concerns

In most cases, you only need to think about medical issues if you are traveling abroad. There are areas of the world that are affected by some contagious diseases which you should vaccinate yourself against. The CDC has a comprehensive list of things you should do to protect your health abroad, depending on the region you are visiting.

Your Itinerary

Business trips tend to be as short as they need to be because all parties involved are busy and need to return to work. That’s why you should plan your itinerary prior to your departure. Share it with the people you are meeting there and make sure that you accommodate any changes they suggest until you reach an agreement.

Once the plan is made, share it with your assistant or a colleague so that they can explain your absence to anyone who asks, as well as to know when is a good time to call you without interrupting any important meetings.

Cultural Differences

Once again, this is mostly related to international travel. If you are visiting a country which is significantly different than the USA, like Japan, it is useful to get to know some basics about the culture as well as some traditions, as not to offend anyone while you are there.

Case in point, spitting in the USA is considered rude and will get you some cross looks. Spitting in Singapore can land you a hefty fine.

Traveling for business can be made simple by just tweaking some of the things you need to do anyway, so book your airport transport, book your flight and book your hotel online before you set off.

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4 Fun Things to do While in Paris

4 Fun Things to do While in Paris

Paris is a destination many of us dream of, after all it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world. There’s so much to do and see in Paris, that you’ll never find yourself with a bored moment, but perhaps you’re […]

Five Things To Do In The Great City Of York

Five Things To Do In The Great City Of York

York is the perfect place to spend an extended weekend as the historic city is full of heritage and architecture making it one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations. Whether it is long walks, shopping, or sporting activities, York has a bit of everything. […]

Milan: the Shopping Capital of the World

Milan: the Shopping Capital of the World

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Being the birthplace of renowned brands such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada, it is hard to dispute the view that Milan is a strong contender to be the fashion capital of the world. If you haven’t spoilt yourself in a while, and want a different experience to your usual peruse in high street shops, then Milan is the city for you. Widely thought to be one of the best shopping experiences in Europe, it is time to swap the crowds in Primark for an intimate shopping experience in some of Milan’s most luxury establishments. 

A great place to start on this quest is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of the most elegant and oldest shopping malls in the world. As well as housing some of Italy’s most prestigious brands, shopping aside the building itself showcases some of the most awe-inspiring works of human talent, including incredible artwork and sculpting.  Especially notable are the mosaic floors and numerous arches that grace the building. Understandably, all this grandeur brings with it exorbitant prices, so expect any stop for a drink or bite to eat to be considerably expensive. It also goes without saying that shopping here does not come cheap, so perhaps a stroll soaking up the atmosphere will suffice for those on a budget. For those that have money to burn, other famous shopping streets in Milan include Via Montenapolene and Corso Venezia.  

Of course, shopping isn’t for everyone, and Milan has far more to offer for those that are more interested in sports, history and art. To begin with sport, football fanatics can choose between watching AC Milan or Inter Milan at the famous shared San Siro stadium. If you are really lucky, your trip could be timed with a clash between these local clubs. Latest odds at bet365 tip AC Milan more likely to win Serie A at 7/1, as opposed to Inter’s chances at 12/1.  


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History wise, well Milan is one place where you can’t miss it. Being the 5th largest church in the world,  Milan Duomo makes quite an impression on the eye. Decorated with gargoyles and statues, it is hard not to be in awe of this gothic masterpiece that took 6 centuries to build. This certainly proves that hard work pays! For a fairly modest 12 euros, you can explore the entirety of the Duomo site, including the terraces which offer fantastic views of the city as well as the intricacy of the Duomo’s architecture.  For those that just want to see inside the cathedral, it only costs 3 euros. 

Moving onto Art, a trip to Milan is unfinished without visiting Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous mural painting, ‘The Last Supper’. You can find this masterpiece at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Beware; due to its popularity, it is extremely wise to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Visitors that prefer modern art could instead visit the Gallery of Modern Art or the Museum of the 20th Century, both located in the city centre. 

Milan and shopping are often used in the same sentence, and this is for good reason. But it is also a city rich with history, making it a very interesting city break destination.

4 Reasons Yosemite is a Great Place to Live

4 Reasons Yosemite is a Great Place to Live

You may have heard that expression “I live where you vacation” and if you’re from Yosemite you know there’s some serious #ZipcodePride for the residents of Yosemite. It’s such a beautiful place, known around the world for the striking nature found here. I wanted to share […]