Do you do a lot of traveling? Whether you travel for pleasure or for business this article may be able to benefit you greatly. There are some things you should keep up on if you are an avid traveler. One of the things, which can help you keep up to date on a lot of information, is a business traveler’s guide. In this article we will tell you what the business travelers guide is and why you should never leave home without it.A business travelers guide will keep you informed on airlines and what is going on with them. This way you are always aware of what is going on in your local airports and destination airports you are traveling to. It will tell you which airline is lowering or raising their prices.It will also give you traveler’s tips. It may give you some things you should do and those that you should not. It may offer you helpful advice on what to do or not to do when traveling to certain cities. These offer great information and let you know what is going on at your next destination.There may be a travel blog. It can be on different topics like travel safety for example. It may give you some tips on keeping safe during your travel experience. You can never receive enough tips on safety. There may be something there, which you never thought of.With the travelers guide you will also be able to easily find topics you want to browse. It can be airlines, airports and/or car rentals. It can tell you about flights out of different airports. It may give you information about car rentals. So you can find the best place to rent a car. There are always helpful and instructive topics to choose from.There may be different articles to read on different topics concerning traveling. These can be on a wide array of topics. For example there could be one on ‘How to save room when packing’. Or ‘Green Travel Tips’.There can be videos for you to watch also. One video example might be, ‘How to avoid Jet Lag’. Another one they could have would be, ‘Tips for traveling with a laptop’.There are many sites, which you can go too and read a traveler’s business guide. If you type it in several options will come up. Places like biz-Journals and WHY Go business travels can easily be found. There is also a business traveler’s guide in places like the newspaper. The New York Times has one and a lot of other papers do as well.If you are an avid business traveler or even one who travels for pleasure, the business traveler’s guide will be an advantage for you. It will keep you informed about a lot of your traveling needs. It will also help you find some great traveling deals. It can tell you how to earn points while flying. Tell you about the best hotels in the city you are traveling too. The possibilities seem to be endless.If you have never checked out these business guides, I would advise you to do so before you take your next trip.
Decisions, Decisions: Where Should Single Travellers go?For the single traveller, planning the next trip can be an exciting experience.Wouldn’t it be nice to go on a single traveller’s cruise and meet new people, visit exciting places and have a good time?There are so many options to choose from.Where would you like to go? What place to visit next?
travel to Costa Rica?
a visit to Europe?
a cruise to Jamaica?
What are your goals?
Are you looking to relax and unwind to take your mind off of work?
Are you looking for excitement and adventure?
Or is it romance that tickles your fancy?
Some places offer a cultural experience that is nothing at all similar to your lifestyle, but completely fulfilling and exciting to indulge in, taking your mind to a new world. Others stand out more because of the people and their pleasant attitudes and welcoming atmosphere. Finally, some may offer the exquisite experience of a more adventurous kind:
Go on a Jeep or even bicycle safari (an option only for the most daring solo travellers); see the wild animals really close up in their natural environment.
Go white-water rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon with other lone travellers.
Go horse trekking in Argentina with singles groups.
Take the long difficult journey on foot, along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu; the perfect choice for meeting other people travelling alone.
Whatever the case may be, for the lone traveller, travelling alone is the most exciting way to travel; a time to get to know your likes and dislikes by exploring new things, mingling with new people, and visiting new places you’ve never been before.Each travel destination can offer something unique to the single traveller.The food, the language, the landscape, the music, can all play a part in the experience to come, so having a goal in mind of what it is that you want out of the experience can be helpful.But don’t overlook spontaneity. If you have a sudden urge to visit a romantic culture or adventurous landscape, traveling alone may allow you to have more flexibility in your schedule, as well as the last minute, spur of the moment, excitement in a far off world.Besides transportation and accommodations, there are things such as historic sites, festivals and holidays that may influence a lone traveller’s decision. And let’s not forget that the single traveller (when traveling alone, of course) is more apt to find romance in the air than a family vacationer.
If you reflect on the earlier industrial model on how work was structured and how we did it, you would have to agree that life was quite simple and straightforward.A job was a job. A customer was a customer. A client was a client. A student was a student. A patient was a patient. We came to work every day and didn’t think much about the environment around us. The rules and regulations that applied were straightforward and uncomplicated.But it seems that the working world for every profession has become more complicated. For instance, while patents have long been used for inventions, the concept of intellectual property as it applies to logos, names, images, artistic, musical or literary works has become more prevalent.Companies and individuals alike want to own, sell and protect what is rightfully theirs. As a result, we have seen licensing of software products become commonplace. Every day, professionals need to ask themselves whether what they are about to do at work may be restricted due to copyright, trademarks, patents and/or other exclusive rights. On the other hand, personal privacy has become a critical issue in the workplace because technology has facilitated a growing intrusion into the private lives of citizens. Let’s face it, companies of all kinds and from every industry sector are busy reviewing their online customer lists to help them strategically target sales according to customer buying habits.Employees increasingly encounter issues related to personal privacy. Prior to employment, candidates are faced with background and criminal checks while security and surveillance techniques such as monitoring keystroke counts, e-mails, telephone calls and hand/facial recognition techniques upon entry or exit confront employees every day. The result is a much more conscious effort to protect individual privacy through corporate policies as well as legislation.These workplace initiatives have created an interesting “protect and serve” work or business/service environment. And while much of the direction is truly related to the concept of protection of business or service interests, in my opinion there is also the danger that the philosophy is slanting too much toward “control” rather than “serve.”This control aspect, for instance, is being seen more and more in business as employees at all levels of an organization are being increasingly compelled to sign restrictive non-compete/non-solicitation agreements as part of their employment contract. In some cases, companies try to enforce these agreements even if the employee was laid off for lack of work.The issue of control is also found in the debate and controversy over “who owns the client/customer” and “who owns the file” that swirls around professionals such as insurance brokers, sales agents, financial planners, consultants, lawyers and physicians.These professionals believe that their business investment would be injured if the client/customer switched service providers. While that may be the case, we need to keep in mind that it’s the clients and customers who decide which service provider they want to work with. It’s clients and customers who have the right to choose whichever service provider they feel will best serve their needs.Organizational leaders who forget this basic rule for customer/client service relationships often act out of fear and self-protection. Their ego starts to get in the way and impacts their ability to lead effectively. They think only of themselves and their personal goals and are unable to view their role from the perspective of the client. When ego starts to get in the way, the leader starts fighting over who is in charge as they try to enforce their superiority.In the case of the potential loss of a larger client base, a leader may also begin applying political tactics and “kill the competition” games rather than working towards a win-win solution that works for the client and everyone else involved. Unfortunately, this type of dysfunctional, ego-driven leadership has the potential of poisoning not only customer relationships for the long term, but it will also have an impact on employees.At the same time, service providers who lose touch with their clients often get stuck in what is called a “parent-child” script. This is a one-way power trip where a “mother knows best” attitude colours the client/service provider relationship. Instead of seeing the relationship as one of equal solution partners, the vendor takes the role of an “expert” whose opinion and/or solution is perceived to be superior to anything else that is offered.Positive and quality relationships with key stakeholders whether they be funders, vendors, customers, clients, students, employees and/or health-care patients, for that matter, is critical to the success of any business venture. This requires a conscious, systematic and routine effort that begins with having the right mindset. That mindset includes a belief that relationships are important, that you think well of others and that you demonstrate professionalism, integrity, caring and knowledge in everything you do.But what is a meaningful relationship? It’s one where trust and rapport are strong and where meaningful, truthful dialogue can take place. In other words, when someone talks, you listen instead of being immediately skeptical and always looking for a hidden agenda. If clients are unwilling to share their problems with you, then you can’t help them even if a solution exists.At the same time, if you don’t listen effectively to what the client problems and issues are but instead attempt to automatically apply your own prescribed solution, then you will not be able to develop a positive, meaningful relationship. In other words, you have also failed as a service provider. Times have changed and the business environment has changed, but what will not change is that the customer/client will continue to make their own decisions.Source: The Relationship Edge in Business: Connecting with Customers and Colleagues When it Counts, Jerry Acuff with Wally Wood, John Wiley & Sons, 2004; Beyond Ego, Influential Leadership Starts Within, Art Horn, ECW Press, 2008.