How to Stay Productive During Business Travel

If you have to travel for business, you may be forced to spend many hours in a plane or a train. While you may assume that you won’t be able to do anything other than sit and watch the scenery, there are many ways that you can stay productive while traveling to your next business meeting or conference. What are some things that you can do to stay productive while traveling for business?

Pick a Carrier That Provides WiFi 

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Krystal restaurant wi-fi poster in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best thing that you can do for yourself is to pick a transportation provider that provides you with an opportunity to use the Internet. When you have access to the Internet, you can stay in touch with those back at the office. This allows you to chat with your boss before a big presentation or review important files that you may need to help secure a new client account. On the way back to the office, you can submit a report or update senior management as to how the meeting went.

What Should You Do When You Cannot Access the Internet?

If you cannot access the Internet, you still have an opportunity to get work done while traveling for business. If you have your laptop with you, you can still type up a document or create a list of important points that you want to discuss with your team when you get back home. Even if you don’t have a computer, you should be able to obtain a pen and some paper to help you organize and write down your thoughts.

Create a Hot Spot

Those who have a smartphone or a tablet may be able to to create a hotspot. A hotspot is a place where devices can connect to the Internet even if there is no Internet access in the airport or in the train that you are on. In minutes, you can send, receive and download important files and documents that you can use to get work done after closing your hotspot. If you are going to make a hotspot, make sure that it is properly secured before using it. A hacker or identity thief could use it to get private information about yourself or your colleagues if you aren’t careful.

Is a Video Conference Possible?

If you or your company wants to look into aircraft charter or private jet charter, it may be possible to find a jet that has videoconferencing capabilities. This allows you to talk to those back home while flying on the plane. When looking for a private jet charter service to use, make it a priority to find a service that provides you and your employees with everything that they would need to get work done while they are in the air.

Don’t Forget About Your Phone

Your phone does have the ability to put you in touch with anyone you need to talk to even if there is no Internet surrounding you. Relying on basic functions such as sending text messages or talking to someone over the phone could help you get work done even if you don’t have any fancy technology while you are traveling. Depending on where you are traveling, you may only be able to use your phone to make phone calls for a limited amount of time.

There is a lot that you can get done while traveling to and from a meeting. If you want to ensure that you have time to work while traveling, use an aircraft charter company that will provide you and your employees with all the technology that they will need to hold a conference, make phone calls with ease and have access to all the documents that they will need to be productive while on the go.

Weird Travel Destinations on the East Coast

America is a big place, and if you know where to look, you’ll find that it’s full of delightful oddities, strange locations, and memorable sights. The East Coast in particular is a veritable treasure trove of quirky travel destinations; next time you’re thinking about a road trip, you may want to set aside some time to visit some of these strange locations.

Centralia, Pennsylvania

Located in Columbia County in eastern Pennsylvania, Centralia is a veritable ghost town. As of 2010, the population had dwindled to just ten individuals. So what exactly happened?

Centralia had been a successful mining town since the mid 1800s. In 1962, however, the town was the site of a catastrophic mine fire beneath the town, which led to the almost total evacuation of the population. The fire is still burning in the mines to this day; steam can still be seen leaving the ground in select locations. These spooky surroundings went on to inspire the setting of Silent Hill.

Salem, Massachusetts

If you’ve got a fascination with the supernatural, it might be worth your time to check out Salem, home of the infamous witch trials of 1692. If you’re feeling brave, you can visit the very fields and forests where those accused of witchcraft hit to await their fates.

If you should happen to visit in October, you can also take part in one of the largest outdoor Halloween festivals, complete with haunted houses and ghost tours.

Philadelphias Mütter Museum

If you’re looking for something just a little more macabre than your usual tourist fare, you may want to check out this remarkable museum. Located near Logan Square in Philadelphia, the Mütter Museum has been providing an unprecedented look at the human body and its inner workings for more than 150 years.

Considered one of America’s finest collections of medical history, the Mütter Museum is home to a beautifully preserved collection of medical specimens, instruments, and models. From humble beginnings in 1858, the museum has grown into a point of pride for Philadelphia residents: it has been featured in best-selling books and even a Discovery Channel documentary.

Dinosaur World

The name of this attraction might have you thinking of Jurassic Park. For better or worse, there aren’t any live dinosaurs here, but it’s easily the next best thing: Dinosaur World, located in Plant City, Florida, is billed as the world’s largest dinosaur attraction.

This outdoor museum is great fun for the whole family: it features startlingly realistic life-sized dinosaur replicas, caves to explore, hands-on activities, and much more.

Georgia Guidestones

If you find yourself traveling through the southern states of the East Coast, the famous Georgia Guidestones of Elbert Country is a can’t-miss destination. Sometimes referred to as the “American Stonehenge,”this 19-foot-tall granite monument is, to this day, a mystery.

Designed and built under a shroud of anonymity and secrecy, the Guidestones are comprised of six huge granite panels, astronomically aligned with great precision. The strangest feature of the installation, however, are the inscriptions: the stones are inscribed with ten principles, in eight languages, which provide guidance on how best to govern the world. These cryptic strictures include: “Be not a cancer on the earth”and “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”

Most Romantic Destinations in the World

With the annual celebration of love and commercialism we call Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, travel-loving lovers will be looking for a romantic destination to whisk away their special someone. But kissing under the Eiffel Tower, taking a gondola ride through Venice or (God forbid) heading to Las Vegas are such overdone cliches. I put out a query for travellers to reveal their most romantic destinations, so why not try some of these lesser-known gems?

Loveland, Colorado – recommended by Nicole Yost

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Love may be the grandest of feelings, but there doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some good-natured small town kitsch. Loveland, Colorado (named for William A.H. Loveland) is known as America’s Sweetheart City and nestled amidst the majestic Southern Rockies. Boasting a thriving art community, including the largest outdoor sculpture show in America and such prestigious accolades as “Best Places for a Long Life” (Money Magazine 2008) and “Best Place to Retire on the Water” (US News 2009), this is the archetypal slow-paced, small American town that we all know from TV.

As you might expect, the town decorates the town for Valentine’s Day, with many lovebirds strolling along the sculptures or around Lake Loveland for a romantic one-on-one date.

Probably not for the thrill-seeking traveller, but what’s so wrong with quaint?

New Delhi – recommended by Tanya Mlynarczyk

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By sheer serendipity Valentine’s Day lands bang in the middle of the Indian wedding season, and the whole country becomes more colourful and festive, with garlands of flowers draped across the wedding locations, wedding processions in the streets and music and dancing taking place throughout the night.

What makes this such an romantic destination for travellers is that, unlike western weddings which are considered private affairs, Indians will gladly welcome them to take part in the celebrations.

If you haven’t already travelled across India (why not!?) then you could definitely do worse than escaping the miserable European and North American winter and sharing in the romance of the Indian wedding season.

Canggu, Bali- recommended by Ren Jean &Marguarite Clark

Canggu, Bali

There were a lot of locations vying for most romantic beach destination, but Canggu in Bali was twice recommended for its white sand beaches and beautiful sunsets. Not a bunch to miss a trick, the Balinese tourist industry has picked up on the area’s romantic appeal and offers a range of Valentine’s Day activities. Most notable of all being a beach picnic in a four-poster bed.

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Porto, Portugal – recommended by Kristin Greenwood

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Veteran travel blogger Kristin Greenwood was kind enough to share her and her husband’s experiences of Porto:

“As we drove into the city during sunset, I right away knew why he loved this city so much. It felt as if your mind was an empty canvas. A canvas that was filled with one magical image after another the more you saw of it.View Torre dos Clérigos. In the middle of the painting you could see the tower, called Torre dos Clérigos. It is part of the Clérigos Church. When you stand at the top of the tower you can hold your loved one in your arms and enjoy many colorful views over the entire area”.

If you’re looking for a city break that has the beautiful architecture and romance of Paris but has a gentler, less touristy feel to it, Porto may be the romantic break your looking for.

Cannes – recommended by Michael Leahy

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Less of a recommendation more of a romantic anecdote, Michael Leahy let us in on a story that shows that love has no age limit:

“I was at the bar of the Carlton with some people in late January during the Midem festival. One of them happened to be an opera singer, who had decided to go rock. After a few drinks she was coaxed into singing an aria for us, much to the amusement of a quiet, elderly couple sitting nearby. I asked them where they were from. They paused and looked at each other. It turns out they were from different towns and had been meeting in Cannes every year for the past 20 years to get some spring sun and continue an affair.

“They looked so happy together. Romance does not have a sell-by date apparently. And the appeal of the Croisette does not diminish with age.”

I’m by no means claiming this is a definitive list, and if any readers have their own suggestions for romantic getaways then please drop them off in the comments below. I hope you all have a happy Valentine’s Day!

Author bio:

Jamie Waddell is a travel addict and writer who returns to the UK periodically to earn enough to leave again. He blogs at Which Offshore, a not-for-profit site that provides financial and lifestyle information for those looking to move abroad permanently.

Europe Travels

For the past seven months I was able to have what many would consider the experience of a lifetime. I was able to spent 7 months in Hamburg, Germany as an engineering intern for the aircraft manufacturer Airbus. While the job itself was not all that fulfilling, the experiences outside of the workplace were life altering.

Travelling and people. Those were easily the most important aspects of life for me. Having always lived and resided in the United States I have led what many would consider a sheltered life. Spending time abroad was like pulling the blinders off my eyes. I met people from every continent on Earth and made friends from the vast majority of European countries.

Having never left the US before my traveled experience would considered pathetic at best. During this time my passport count exploded from zero to five and my picture count grew exponentially.

One thing you learn about travelling, every city and culture has its own vibe. Speed of life, music, food, night life…everything is different.

Berlin

Berlin is a historical hipster city. The capital of Germany is a beautiful place where the people live a bit of an alternative lifestyle. A bit of an American comparison would would San Francisco where both have strong levels of entrepreneurship, green living and of course drugs.

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Berlin is a city of old and new. The history of the city is phenomenal. Throughout the city modern art and architecture intermingles with bullet torn buildings, WWII bunkers, and of course the Berlin wall.

London

Londoners live quite the life. The fancy cabbies and proper living complement the pub culture. Seriously, you won’t find many restaurants in the city, the stereotype is completely accurate. I found Londoners to be extremely friendly and outgoing and never seem to stop talking.

In addition to beautiful old buildings London sports massive amounts of commerce. The city boasts powerful banking infrastructure and financial industries. London has a fast pace of life akin to NYC and would be a place I would consider building my business.

Paris

Parisians and the French in general seem similar. Both love wine, fine food, and music. Throughout the city people feel alive and seem to genuinely love living life.

Paris has an enormous amount of history and amazingly beautiful architecture. Probably the most aesthetically gorgeous city I visited, I absolutely the buildings. Paris certainly had a feeling a love surrounding popular places like the Eiffel Tower if you could get past the obnoxious people selling touristy Eiffel Tower key chains.

Rome

Rome was amazing. The city felt phenomenally powerful and ancient. Throughout the day you pass ancient Roman ruins, centers of commerce and fine Italian restaurants. The city certainly caters to tourists but it was overwhelmingly awesome. Anyone who visits sees the fast pace of life at odds, religious devotion, and love of life. This love of life extends to pizza, pasta, people and all things soccer.

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Edinburgh

This may have been the most interesting city I visited in terms of culture. The Scottish have a manly tough culture of brotherhood and strength. I arrived in the city and was instantly shocked by the hills. Edinburgh is a leg busting city of extremely old buildings. A powerful castle in the center of the city is a beacon for the city and helps to define the culture.

Living in Scotland is challenging. In my jeans and massive sweatshirt I could not stand the cold and wind(and I am from New York). The Scots are super friendly, tough, and love their scotch and whisky. The party culture for the city extends to ruggedly loyal dedication to rugby, soccer and all things Scottish.

About Me

Hey guys my name is Matt Ward. I am a 23 year old engineering student and online business owner from Syracuse, New York. I enjoy sports, working out, movies, books and nature. Thanks for checking out my perspective on the city different cultures and if you want to get in touch you can check out my site or shoot me an email.

Modern Marvels

 photo ID-10087318_zps717d6568.jpgNothing has advanced human existence more so than its curiosity. We have developed innovative mechanisms and ways of extracting earth’s valuable resources, and have gone to great lengths (sometimes fatal) to acquire them. In terms of dangerous occupations around the world, mining has always ranked near the top of the list as both open pit and underground operations placed workers at great risks.

With the threat of injury and death, however, comes the promise of great rewards. Since the inspirational gold rush in the mid-19th century, which set the stage for mining operations in the United States, contractors everywhere have worked hard to seize their piece of the mining pie, as well as provide billions of people with the fuel source for energy they need to go about their daily lives.

It is only fitting to talk about the greatest of endeavors, the largest mines which trump their counterparts in terms of both sheer physical size and payload. These operations require only the best equipment; it is not uncommon for some excavation equipment to weigh in at a million pounds (give or take). We are talking about some serious machinery.

Though this heavy machinery is quite impressive, one should not forget about the technology that is working behind the scenes to keep mining jobs productive and profitable. Mining software, whether it is construction cost estimating software, mine planning applications, or project cost management tools, is used every day to make mineral extraction the lucrative business it has been for centuries. Now let’s take a look at some of the mining industry’s largest mines.

Three of the World’s Largest Mines:

Hull Rust: Located in the heart of the U.S.’s Midwest, this mine is near the town of Hibbing, MN. The surface area that this mine covers alone is very impressive. Spanning five miles long by two miles wide, there is no doubting the awe-inspiring views that this open pit mine provides. With a maximum depth of over 500 feet, there have been nearly ¾ of a billion tons of iron extracted from Hull Rust since mining operations began in 1895.

An interesting fact about the mine is that its dimensions have grown tremendously over the last century. As miners discovered the area’s mineral-rich assets, the town of Hibbing actually had to be relocated to accommodate the expansion of the mining operations. Enough material has been extracted from Hull Rust to fill a tunnel through the planet.

Bingham Canyon Mine: Visiting the Bingham Canyon Mine is not for the faint of heart, or for those with a fear of heights. This mine has earned the title of being the deepest in the world. As if its nearly 3 mile stretch from side to side is not impressive enough, the mine is ¾ of a mile deep as well. Imagine having to drive a dump truck down those steep ridges.

The mineral of choice in Bingham Canyon is copper, though there have also been impressive quantities of gold and silver extracted as well. In fact, gold and silver have been mined to the tune of 620 and 5,000 tons respectively. Located close to Salt Lake City, UT, Bingham Canyon’s annual profit yield is approximately $2 billion.

Berkeley Pit: To demonstrate the danger of the profession, the Berkeley Pit mine close to Butte, MN has also earned a world-wide reputation, though not necessarily a great one. To date, it is the deadliest open pit mine on the planet. Not in terms of lives claimed, but due to the fact that it is virtually no longer minable. Berkeley Pit was once a highly profitable underground mine, but operations ceased in the mid 1950’s, at which point it was converted to an open pit.

Over the course of the next three decades, miners drained Berkeley Pit of copper ore, silver, and gold. Then Mother Nature took over when water pumps were shut off, allowing untold amounts of acidic run-off (due to chemical erosion) into what is now essentially a lake of poison. The area is now so dangerous that no animal or plant life even lives in close proximity to the pit, giving the pit its reputation.

This article was written by an Expert at HardDollar.com

5 Unique Museums You Should Visit in the U.S

It is well understood that if you want to see museums in the United States the place to go is Washington, D.C. The area is full of museums that are internationally recognized as outstanding. But what if you’re looking to see something a little more unique?

Washington, D.C. offers a couple museums to satisfy this craving but there are countless museums across the U.S. that offer unique viewings. While it’s impossible to discuss them all in one article, let’s take a quick look at 5 museums that are too unique to pass up.

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International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum is one of the most frequently visited museums in Washington, D.C. It’s a museum that is great for the entire family as both kids and adults are entertained. As you weave your way throughout the museum you’ll learn about tools used by spies and some of the most recognized spy missions. The museum has interactive exhibits for all ages so this isn’t a museum where you need to be extra careful about what you touch. The International Spy Museum does more than just teach you about spies; it makes you feel like one.

National Museum of Crime & Punishment

Because Washington, D.C. is home to countless attractions it is only right that we present two from the area. The National Museum of Crime & Punishment is another unique museum that’s fun for the whole family. It has several interactive exhibits that keep you involved during your tour of the museum. The Crime Museum is dedicated to educating guests about the history of criminology. If you liked the show CSI and then this museum is perfect for you.

As you tour the museum you will get a behind the scenes look at the studio where the show America’s Most Wanted is recorded. Guests also get to uncover a murder scene and learn all about forensics, taking blood samples, and much more. If you like to solve mysteries this is the place to do just that.

UFO Museum and Research Center

Located in Roswell, New Mexico, the UFO Museum and Research Center is probably what you think it is – a museum committed to analyzing evidence that supports the notion that UFOs exist. It doesn’t matter if you believe in aliens or not; guests who visit are bound to have a good time exploring the idea that there is life outside planet Earth. One of the museum’s biggest attractions is memorabilia from the controversial flying saucer incident in Roswell in 1947. Guest can also explore the potential government cover-up of the Roswell crash and a lot more.

The Museum of Bad Art

The word unique certainly comes to mind when you hear people talking about the Museum of Bad Art. This museum has three locations and all of them are in Massachusetts. They’re located in Dedham, Somerville and Brookline. How this museum got its start is unique on its own. It started in a basement in Boston and now features about 500 pieces of the world’s worst art. What makes this museum even more unique is that it is always open to submissions of bad art as long as you feel it’s some of the worst work you’ve seen.

The Hall of Flame

While the Hall of Flame museum in Phoenix, AZ isn’t an odd museum, it’s certainly unique as it pays tribute to the history of firefighting. Guests get to tour 6 different galleries, including the National Hall of Heroes that lists thousands of firefighters that lost their lives protecting others. A 9/11 memorial is also featured at the museum since so many firefighters lost their lives following the attacks on the twin towers. In addition to learning about the history of firefighting and honoring those who have passed, guests get to check out dozens of fire trucks that have been completely restored. Some of them date back to the 1920s. With so much to do and see, it’s time you contact a travel agent if you want to get the best deals on U.S flights.

Fishing Vacations – Holidaying with Your Best Bunch of Male Friends

You must have visited the mountains and the seas for your vacations many times in your life. How about planning a vacation that is different from these general holidays and places? Think out of the box this time and plan a holiday with some of your best male buddies. Well, if you are still confused as what kind of vacation is being talked about here, here is the answer to all your doubts. Mentions are being made for fishing vacations. Sound interesting, doesn’t it? There are many destinations in the world that are perfect spots for such vacations. So, pack your bags and tie your shoe laces for a fascinating fishing vacation.

Before you leave for your fishing vacation destination, it is very important that you check that you have all the travel documents in place. One of the most important documents is the passport. If you do not have passport and need a new passport immediately thepassportoffice can assist you. The company also offers great services for lost passport, damaged passport and even passport renewal within a short span of time. Set all the important papers and documents in place and gear up for your grand fishing holidays. Here are some of the best destinations:

Limon and Puntarenas, Costa Rica

The name of the place means ‘rich coast’, but it has nothing to do with affluence. Many people have an idea that going deep-sea sportfishing is an expensive thing as it is required to have private yachts for the same. But it is actually not so. Anyone can enjoy deep-sea sportfishing without any problems. The greatest advantage of fishing in Costa Rica is that wide varieties of fish can be caught by the different coasts. Some of the popular fish varieties include mackerel, tripletail, land jack crevalle, tarpon, tuna, roosterfish, marlin, dorado and so on.

Amazon River, Brazil

It is a well known geographical fact that when it is winters in the United States, Brazil enjoys its summers. And it is during this particular time that peacock bass fishing in the Amazon River, Brazil is on a high. Until and unless you have the real life experience of fishing the peacock bass, you will not have an idea regarding the species. The aggressiveness of the fish is a thing to watch for sure.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Fishing in Cabo San Lucas is an experience which you will cherish for your lifetime. It is quite interesting to see that there are almost 3000 species of fish and other marine life in the Gulf of California. Some of the most common species that get stuck in the fishing rod or nets are sierra, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dorado and most importantly marlin. Catching marlin in Cabo will let you bring the fish back (which is not allowed in many places).

Victoria, Australia

This is one destination for fishing vacation that will not leave you disappointed in any manner. fishing enthusiasts can get hold of innumerable varieties of fish in the area. Some of the most popular ones being great hammerhead, shortfin mako, common thresher, oceanic blue whaler, gummy shark, spurred dogshark, seven gill and many more. If you get hold of grey and white nurse sharks, you will have to let them go as per law in the country.