Monday 31 August 2015

Games you can play on your next flight

There may be a time when you are stuck on a flight with nothing to read, listen to or watch. This is when you have to find a way to entertain yourself! From the traditional games to the plain weird, here are some games you can play on your next flight.

1. How long can you last without putting your seat back?

Everybody’s hand is always hovering over the button, just waiting to squeeze. The moment the person in front of you caves and leans their seat back, you’re forced to hit your button too. See how long you can last before the seat in front of you touches your nose.

2. Can you stare out the window without making the person with the window seat uncomfortable?

It’s nice to have the aisle seat for the legroom, but a glance out the window won’t hurt. Your challenge is to look past them subtly without making the person with the window seat assume you want to talk to them.

3. Order something using another language

A foreign flight is the best time to test your French, especially since you last spoke a word of it thirty years ago. When the flight attendant replies to your order in your own language though, that means you’ve lost the game.

4. Visit the tiny bathroom

It doesn’t matter if you have to use it or not, just get in there! The game element occurs when you try to get up before anyone else. Sometimes someone in a row ahead might beat you there, leaving you awkwardly standing with everyone staring at you. This is when you know you’ve lost the game.

5. I Spy

Be warned, if you do decide to play I Spy, try to play it with another person. If you play alone, it’s just looking at things and you’ve missed the point completely. Plus it may be a bit creepy for the people around you.

6. How many times can you press the button for an attendant?

Flight attendants have an incredible amount of patience and calm, but just how much? Find out yourself by pressing the call button every ten minutes, try playing during a night flight when everybody’s asleep. The flight attendants will simply love you.

7. See how long you can ignore the stranger who wants to talk to you

Oh no, the person next to you looks like a nervous flyer. The best thing to do is try and pretend you are completely absorbed in your book. If they try to talk to you, hold your nerve and ignore them. At least try and see how long you can hold out!

Do you recognise any of these games? Next time when you are bored on your flight, try some of these and you may be able to entertain yourself without getting into too much trouble.

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Monday 24 August 2015

8 Crazy travel accessories of the past

These days, when you travel all you need is your smartphone with some apps and your travel accessories are sorted, but back in the day travel was only done by the rich and the travel accessories were pretty crazy.

Here are some of the things travelers would bring along with them that would probably raise an eyebrow or two…

Pomanders – Pomanders were what ladies carried around to protect themselves from the horrible air diseases in the middle ages. People knew little about bacteria and viruses then so they assumed an orange with cloves stuck in it would ward off the Black Death.

Hat Boxes – Sometimes it’s really hard to decide what hat to wear. If you’re a Victorian lady you probably had to carry around a different hat for every day of the week.

Steamer Trunks – Huge trunks were all the rage when people had servants to carry everything around for them. If it wasn’t for the baggage limits, you’d be doing the same.

Anything Made out of Bone – Before we realized that we could make plastic, humans had to make everything from bonafide bone, such as hair brushes, toothbrushes and compacts.

Smelling Salts – Smelling salts help revive people when they are unconscious. People used to pass out when they went on really long journeys, so smelling salts were apparently the best bet instead of just taking a selfie of their unconscious body.

Portable Urinals – You may complain about the small toilet that was on your flight, but just be grateful you didn’t have to carry around a portable urinal.

A Man – Do you think people carried around all these travel accessories by themselves? Nope. Sometimes it was a butler or a servant, but mostly a slave would be brought along to do it for you.

Sedan Chairs – Sedan chairs were strictly for the incredibly lazy travelers. While they were getting carried around in an ornamental box these travelers could eat and do whatever they pleased.

Modern travel is full of comforts; you can even pay for extra legroom. But back in the old days, the rich folk needed to bring along their crazy travel accessories.

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Friday 21 August 2015

You should always pack these items when you go on a business trip!

Packing for a holiday is easy and exciting, just throw in a few swimming costumes and flip flops and you’re ready to go! But, packing for a business trip is a completely different story. What should you bring and what can you expect??

Here are the items you should ALWAYS pack for a business trip:

1. Business Cards
This one is obvious, you should always pack a few cards at the ready when you are away on business.
2. Breath Mints
Don’t let potential clients walk away with your business card and a foul smell in their nose. Always carry breath mints to chew on regularly.

3. Antibacterial Gel
This is a necessity given all the people you’ll meet and all the hands you’ll shake.

4. A Name Badge
Create and laminate a badge for yourself, that way you know you’ll always have one.

5. A Pencil and Pad
This is an obvious item, but you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to forget! Make sure your writing utensils are always close at hand.

6. Pants, Jacket and Shirts
In some circumstances you may need strict business attire.

7. Two Pairs of Shoes
You should always bring a comfortable pair of shoes for walking and a slightly more dressy pair for important dinners.

8. A Charger
You’re definitely not going to forget your cell phone, but make sure you always have a charger.

9. Your Laptop
Your laptop, iPad or tablet is something that you need to have. You shouldn’t rely on the computer or operating system a business centre provides.

10. USB Flash Drive
Keep all your presentations at reports at your fingertips by keeping a handy USB flash drive in your pocket.

Remember that a business trip is a very important time; you need to be prepared for anything! Keep this list close at hand and make sure your trip goes exactly as planned.

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Wednesday 19 August 2015

How to tell if you’re vacationing with a travel snob

Travel snobs these days like to carry on about the local culture and experiences, gone are the days of five-star hotels and all-inclusive deals. Because of this, everything genuine about travel has become rather generic.

Here are five signs to help you figure out if you are travelling with a travel snob, because you most probably are!

1. The first obvious challenge will be picking a destination

The travel snob says they’re an “authentic” traveler, so they would never be caught dead in one of the blacklisted tourist destinations. Good luck navigating through all of those and picking a place.

2. Leave the guidebook at home – they’re so unfashionable

If you manage to sneak a guidebook into your bag, it’ll probably be thrown out the window or burnt in the fireplace. The travel snob says that the place you are going is so off the grid and undiscovered; no information is written about it in any guidebook.

3. All-inclusive? No thanks!

If doesn’t matter if you have found an amazing bargain at one of the most luxurious hotels, the travel snob would rather experience the “local culture” by sleeping with the rabid dogs and cats in an alley than stay in a place like that.

4. Any kind of tour or pre-booked excursion…

Mention a bus tour, cruise or group excursion with other tourists and travelers and you will be met with eye rolling and a lecture about being a “serious” traveler.

5. Heaven help you if you look at fast food

The travel snob will tear you limb from limb if you so much as glance at a fast food establishment, so don’t even bother trying to venture into the nearest Burger King for a snack. Don’t you know you have to be on a strict street-food diet for the entire trip?

We all know a travel snob; they will probably pick a fight over the dinner table about whether tourists are real travelers. This is there way of traveling, and you can either love it or hate it. Either way, these signs will help you to see if you’re traveling with one.

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Wednesday 12 August 2015

10 things you should never forget on a trip

Is it about time for you to take that holiday you’ve been waiting for? Or maybe you just have to go on a business trip. Either way, all you have to do is throw some clothes in your suitcase and make your way to the airport!

Not so fast. Packing for your trip is important and you need to make sure you don’t forget the essentials.

1. Phone Charger – The good news is that you’ll be able to find a replacement phone charger at the airport. The bad news is that it’ll cost you an arm or a leg.

2. Laptop Power Cord – This is a must have item if you’re bringing your laptop along for the trip.

3. Meds and Potions – Bring enough medication for your entire stay to avoid having to get your prescriptions refilled and make sure you have some handy medications, like headache pills, just in case.

4. Sunglasses – You probably won’t have trouble finding a new pair of sunglasses, but why waste money on a new pair when you can just bring your own.

5. Long-sleeved shirt – Have you ever had goose bumps during the summer because a place decides to put their aircon on full blast? That’s why you should always pack a long-sleeved shirt.

6. Bandages – It’s better to be safe than sorry.

7. Passport or Driver’s License – Don’t risk missing your flight because you have to run back home to fetch your identification.

8. Hand Sanitizer – You’ll feel a lot better knowing you have hand sanitizer when everyone is coughing and sneezing around you in the plane.

9. Extra Cash – You can avoid all ATM fees at your destination by withdrawing enough cash and more before you leave.

10. Snacks – Pack some yummy snacks in your carry-on so you don’t get overcharged at the airport.

No one wants to spend the start of their holiday or trip shopping for all the things they left at home. Be organized ahead of time, make a packing list and enjoy your trip!

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