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Believe It or Not, Avoiding Jet Lag is Possible

For frequent travelers, jet lag can be their worst enemy. Besides fatigue and insomnia, a jet lag sufferer may experience a number of physical and emotional symptoms, including anxietyheadachesdifficulty concentratingsweating, coordination problems, dizziness, and even memory loss. Some people also suffer heartbeat irregularities and increased susceptibility to illness. This affects travelers everywhere.  We’ve got one question for you:

Do you think jet lag is preventable?

Jet lag is the extreme tiredness and other physical effects felt by a person after a long flight across different time zones.

Yes!

No!

Our bodies are naturally programmed to carry out a sequence of functions throughout the day and a major change in time zones can be highly confusing for our system. Fatigue, indigestion, insomnia, loss of appetite and concentration issues are some of the consequences we suffer as a result, often disrupting our time overseas.

It can take your body’s internal clock several days to adjust to the time change. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to be proactive and avoid the disabling effects of jet lag, allowing you to enjoy your travels to the fullest. Here are our top seven.

1. Be flexible with your eating and sleeping schedules. If you try to stick to your old time zone, you will experience the worst jet lag. Instead, allow your body to adapt. You may even want to start adjusting your schedule before you travel to hamper the onset of jet lag symptoms.

If you live in New York, and you’re traveling to London for a week-long business trip try setting your schedule 5 hours forward the week before. For example, if you usually go to bed at midnight, instead hit the sack at 7 in the evening. Then rise early, 3 or 4 in the morning if possible. Getting your body adjusted preemptively might seem silly at first, but by the time you arrive in London you’ll be perfectly fine with the sleep schedule.

2. Get as much daylight as you can. Light is one of the main signals helping to regulate our internal clocks, which reset each day to match the sun. So go out and catch some rays and you’ll be feeling better in no time. The one exception would be traveling to places where daylight never ceases.

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3. Get some exercise to boost your endorphins. Your body will love you for it. Doing this at your home is different than when you are on the go, as your routine is severely disrupted. What you need is a workout plan that you can do anywhere, and keeping it short and simple will probably work out well for you. There are several routines out there you could take on, but we suggest the 12-Minute Travel Workout which you can see below

4. Stay awake until your usual bedtime in the new time zone and try to avoid naps. Sometimes this can be painful, but it really is necessary to ensure that the remainder of your trip is enjoyable and productive.

5. Choose overnight flights if possible. This is the best way to maintain your normal schedule and reset your internal clock. Depending on the length of the flight and the number of time zones you cross, you’ll arrive at your destination in the morning or afternoon and continue with your day with at least a couple of solid hours of sleep under your belt. 

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6. Don’t stay up all night before you travel. You might think that if you don’t get any sleep, you will be exhausted and thus will be more likely to sleep restfully upon your arrival. But what will actually happen is that you’ll end up playing catch-up the entire trip and feel chronically under-rested as a result. So try to get a full night’s sleep before embarking on your journey. 

To avoid insomnia, our previous tips like exposing yourself to sunshine and exercising are extremely useful. Other tips include avoiding bright screens before going to sleep, opting for a book instead, and cutting down on the caffeine and alcohol.

7. When you get on the plane, set your watch to your destination time zone. That way, you’ll start to get yourself psychologically aligned.

The worst thing to happen when you are feeling tired from a trip (because, in spite of your precautions, you might suffer insomnia and not sleep at all) is having your luggage lost. At LugLoc we were thinking of this type of experience when we created our product, and we recommend traveling with our luggage locator to prevent this. It works everywhere in the world and is very easy to use. Come and look for yourselves, you will surely be interested.

Travel Healthy in 2016

Irregular schedules, crossing multiple time zones, exposure to new viruses. These will sound all-too-familiar to the avid traveler. Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle during a trip can be extremely difficult, although certainly not impossible.

Stress can completely ruin a trip. The stress of packing, the stress of being around so many people in tight spaces, and of course, the stress of getting where you are going on schedule. Travel health is as much about staying mentally fit as it is physical.

Whether you’re going on a business trip or on vacation with your family, if you don’t stay abreast on travel best practices, you can end up with some extra pounds, a terrible virus, or even a mental breakdown before, during, or upon your return.

Follow these tips for eating well on the road without suffering any adverse consequences.

  1. Plan

Start by answering the questions – where are you going, and how do you plan on getting there? Understanding these answers will provide the foundation for research on your travel health needs. You can save a lot of headaches on your trip by spending 15 minutes beforehand channeling your inner Sherlock Holmes.

If you’re planning on visiting a foreign country be sure to check out the U.S. State Department’s Alerts and Warnings page. Here you will discover helpful tips on any issues you might face visiting the country you are traveling to. Domestically be sure to search Google News for info on your destination, check the local weather, and airline website to make sure everything is in order for your trip.

  1. Pack

Fill your bags with healthy snacks that will prevent you from stuffing your face with whatever you find, which often ends up as unnecessary carbs or sugar. If you know you’ll be eating out a lot, look into which restaurants offer the healthiest selections. Bring workout gear, so you can try to fit in some exercise. A simple walk each day does wonders to your body.

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  1. One and Done

Whether your trip is part of your routine, or all about business, you may face temptations to stray from your diet, whether to reward yourself for finishing a grueling work day or because you’ve kicked into full vacation mode. If you give in, try to stick to just one sinful treat a day, enjoy it and move on. Otherwise, your not-so-healthy choices will soon catch up with you.

  1. Drink Water

Sometimes, when you think you feel hungry, you are actually just thirsty. Try to take a water bottle with you everywhere you go to stay hydrated.

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  1. Order Smart

Try to be strategic in your food choices. One option is to start off right by ordering a salad before moving on to anything else on the menu. Another is to choose what you’ll eat before you even sit down. Sticking to vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains will never steer you wrong. Order what will work for you. There is no one diet solution that fits all people. Each person is unique, and by sticking to what you know works best your body will adjust accordingly.

Alcoholic drinks are usually packed with sugary additives that are high in calories, so if you just can’t beat the urge, opt for a glass of wine or a light beer. And when it comes to desserts, it’s always better to skip the mountain of ice cream topped with a second mountain of whipped cream, and instead have a small piece of chocolate or cake.

Conversely, if you’re celebrating something, like taking in a wedding anniversary on a cruise, or a graduation of a close relative in a big city, obviously eating delicious food is part of the plan. Make sure to eat lighter fare earlier in the day if you know it’s going to be a large dinner, and plan for a decent wake-up time to do some moderate exercise. Bookending an indulgent meal with healthy initiatives will increase your body’s ability to recover.

Traveling healthy is possible; you just need to plan ahead and stick to it by making smart choices and avoiding the common pitfalls, like desserts and mixed drinks. Of course, being worry-free is another essential ingredient. To have the most relaxing trip and waste no time stressing about what happens to your luggage, there is LugLoc, a small device that works with GSM-GPRS Technology to track your baggage anytime and anywhere, and that’s surely one less thing you’ll stress about on your trip.

Must-See: 48 Hours in NYC

What wouldn’t you give to be, at this very moment, exploring the one and only New York City? As any traveler that’s been will tell you, the Big Apple has so much to offer it will blow your mind. With its vibrant arts, food, fashion, and nightlife, it really is the perfect city to visit.

While the city might be close to perfect for sightseeing and adventure, the airports can lead a weary traveler into despair quickly. The sheer volume of people can overwhelm at New York airports like Laguardia. While following the herd off a flight will most likely land you at the baggage claim, you still must be sure that it’s the correct one for your flight. Consult the screens mounted above the luggage carousels to match your flight number with the luggage terminal to confirm you are in the right place.

Airlines have been known to misplace a bag or two, and losing luggage on a short trip to NYC could frankly ruin it. To be safe, keep a LugLoc Luggage Locator in your bag, and run a trace if your bag doesn’t quickly show up in baggage claim. With the peace and mind of having your bag with you at one of the country’s biggest airports, you are safe to enjoy all this great melting pot has to offer.

There is so much to do and admire, selectivity is a must to staying calm and enjoying your trip. With that in mind here’s what we think you really can’t miss on a 48-hour NYC journey.

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Friday

Start your visit  with one of the most famous places in the world: Times Square. Plan to spend several hours here, if not the entire morning. Considering the marathon of a day you’ll be having, get up early and grab a coffee and breakfast at Junior’s on 45th St. Known for their cheesecake, they also offer an incredible breakfast. “Best French toast I’ve ever had,” James W. notes on a recent TripAdvisor review. This is the perfect spot to feel the rhythm and adrenaline of the New York City.

Next head up to Central Park to walk off those pancakes. If the weather is bad, consider taking the subway or a taxi. Central Park has appeared in countless films and the best way to attempt to see it all is by renting a bike. That way, you can see the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, Belvedere Castle atop Vista Rock, Bow Bridge and Imagine Mosaic within just a few hours.

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Heading east, your next stop is Fifth Avenue. The first thing you’ll notice are the shops everywhere. World famous for its luxurious brands and apartments, it is also home to various historical buildings that are worth a quick visit, like the Public Library, the American Radiator Building, the Bryant Park and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Just across the street, you’ll find the Rockefeller Center with its spectacular Top of the Rock observation deck, considered by many as one of the best views of the city due to its proximity to Central Park. This is a great spot to take a rest, order something to eat and soak it all in.

A helpful tip to visiting New York, take a minute to breathe. A trip to such a big and daunting city can quickly take it’s toll on your patience if you don’t take a few minutes to relax.

The last stop of the day is at the Empire State building, the most famous skyscraper in New York. Nearly two and a half million people visit the building every year and, when you get to the top, you’ll understand why: another breathtaking view of Manhattan.

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Saturday

Is there anything more authentic than going out for brunch in this city? If it happens to be a weekend, even better. There are now countless spots with fabulous brunch menus, so just choose one that is near your hotel and try to focus more on the eating than the chit-chat, since we have a lot more to see and time flies in New York!

Start the day by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most iconic attractions the city has to offer. If you’re on foot, you should plan to spend around an hour getting from one side to the other, which includes time for photographs. If you decide to start the walk on the Brooklyn side, you will end up in Lower Manhattan, where you can take a walk around the financial district and spot the World Trade Center and Wall Street. While you’re there you will certainly want to visit the 9/11 Memorial, where the twin reflecting pools and inscribed bronze panels commemorate the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Afterward, visit the glorious monument that has come to represent the country as a whole and New York in particular: the Statue of Liberty. To get there, you can take the ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island, located by the Hudson River. Finally, to end your short stay on a flavorful note, take a quick jaunt through Chinatown and Little Italy, and finish the day in SoHo, one of the most popular neighborhoods in New York.

Find out what parties, concerts, or art shows are going on to enjoy your last night to the fullest. You can check Timeout New York to find out about different events that are close by, and this is a great site to find out about concerts and recitals. New York is a night-life city, and while there are areas that have good views during the day, some are simply outstanding at night. Many neighborhoods that are active well into the night with several bars and clubs, as well as late night eateries. The Greenwich Village, Williamsburg, the streets of the Lower East Side, East Village, and Tribeca are all great examples.

 

If you still have any time and energy left, remember that the Theater District is home to a plethora of world-renowned productions. There are some great shows which run well into the night, so if you are still up to it then you should definitely consider it! If you want to relax, though, just make a note for your next visit!

After such an adventure, the stress that comes from the chaotic airports from New York like LGA, JFK and Newark may result in a rather disappointing end to your grand adventure. To counter this, ensure your peace of mind by using LugLoc luggage locator to track your luggage at all times.

Professions that suffer the most from Lost Luggage

Lost luggage is an inconvenience for anyone, but it can be disastrous for people whose work involves travel.

That’s because some jobs require the use of equipment that is not only vital to a person’s occupation, but can also be very expensive. Worst of all is that if an airline loses luggage with work equipment in it, the job can’t get done, affecting income and reputation.

Although all travelers and all professions share an equal risk of losing their luggage on any trip, below are five professions that involve traveling with costly equipment. The good news is you can take steps to mitigate your risk of lost time and financial setback. One great solution is a well-trusted product by LugLoc.

Photographers

One of the reasons people choose to become photographers is that they hope to see the world, capturing different cultures, and famous sites.

Most of us make do with the cameras on our phones, but professional photographers own multiple cameras with different lenses and lighting so that they can take high-quality pictures under different conditions.Taking pictures indoors or outdoors, during the daytime and the nighttime, or taking pictures of people as opposed to nature scenes. This all requires expensive equipment.

“When I have to do a shoot in New York, and I say goodbye to my cameras at the airport, I always worry,” says Miami-based music photographer Larry Marano, whose work is regularly featured in top publications such as ‘Rolling Stone’. “It’s not just that they are expensive, but I have been working with them for years and I’m always concerned about them getting lost or damaged.”

Replacing lost cameras while traveling can be a nightmare, not only because of the cost but also because photographers get comfortable with their cameras and don’t want to learn how to use a new one while on an assignment. The digital age means photographers don’t have to worry about their film getting lost or damaged, but any pro photographer is bound a let out a sigh of relief when they claim their cameras and lenses at the airport.

Musicians

Musicians dream of making a living by playing around the world, and that can’t be done without an instrument.

From rockers playing their favorite guitar across the country to orchestra players traveling the world with expensive string and brass instruments, musicians need to know their equipment is on the right flight and is being well cared for.

Small instruments such as violins and even some guitars can be carried-on, and some musicians will pay for an extra seat for their instruments weighing up to 165 pounds. But sometimes, instruments do have to be checked-in. And losing an instrument is no excuse to cancel a concert, because the show must go on.

Archaeologists

Based on the Indiana Jones movies, you might think being an archeologist is one job of constant discovery and adventure. Obviously, it’s not really like that, and there’s a lot of work with this job that doesn’t involve being at digs, but traveling to archeology sites require a vast variety of equipment, not just tools.

First-aid kits, boots, pack backs, hydration systems, and specialized clothing for all sorts of weather and conditions are needed for the job. It’s all required not only to get the work done, but to stay safe and protected from the elements. That gear getting lost isn’t an option, because replacing it all would be both expensive and difficult.

Artists

An artist who travels the world in order to paint an amazing image of the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben or the Colosseum, is going to have the check their tools because most artist’s paint comes in tubes that are too big to be checked.

Then there’s the matter of a finished masterpiece. Smaller paintings can be carried on, but larger ones can’t. To spend time creating a work of art, only for it to be lost by an airline would be heartbreaking for any artist.

Business Executives

So much of modern business is done with computers that it’s easy to forget that the tangible items people touch and hold are still part of business presentations.

There are advantages to using printed reports because printed copies mean the people doing the presentation are in control of distributing them as they wish, and aren’t at the mercy of other people’s computer skills. Samples of a product you may be pitching for are another element of presentations that cannot be done virtually.

And if these things are lost, they will take much time to replace. That is the last thing a businessperson needs is to worry about, lost materials prior to a key meeting or presentation.

The best way to make sure your luggage and equipment are on the right path is with a  LugLoc Luggage Locator. Please visit our website for more information on how you can travel, get the job done, and have peace of mind.

The Future of Travel is Here: 4 Trends of 2016

Granted we are not psychics, but there are plenty of indications that this year will surpass 2015 when it comes to innovation in the travel industry. So fasten your seatbelts. Here are four innovative travel trends to look out for in 2016.

Cloud passports

Imagine this: a digital biometric passport, or e-passport, with your personal information that allows you to travel effortlessly to certain countries and clear immigration via a SmartGate. For Australians, this may become the norm this year. Biometric data, a digital photo and voilà. Does it get any easier than that?

Less human interaction

Customer Service will undergo considerable changes as well. Apparently, in 2016 we won’t have to deal with actual humans nearly as often. Web chat, text messages, and Facebook Messenger will lead the way, ensuring access to a wide range of travel services, from local tips to recommendations to room service. No more picking up the phone to ask for clean towels or a midnight snack.

Handhelds for everything

More and more, we rely on our cell phones to plan our travels. Travelers increasingly start and finalize their plans on smartphones and tablets. Mobile devices are paving the way to a new consumer journey. For planning, booking and moving around, these devices have become an integral part of our travels, even for the more spontaneous of us.

Bleisure travel: business + leisure

Bleisure is becoming the new hot trend worldwide. As business travelers are mixing more leisure into their trips, brands are learning to adapt their products accordingly. In a 2015 trend report by travel website Skift, work travel is depicted as more of a lifestyle than a necessity for an increasing number of people. Instead of spending all of their time in conference rooms, they are adding personal time to their trips, giving them something to look forward to and a healthy dose of R&R before heading back to the office. Fortunately, businesses are also getting on board with this trend.

Must-have gadgets and devices

If you are traveling around the world and the jet lag is dragging you down, you may want to keep an eye out for Sleepion, a device presented at CES 2016 designed to help you get a good night’s sleep. It employs a triple-pronged stimulus of the senses with a speaker system that plays soothing sounds, a ceramic aromatherapy diffuser that emits relaxing smells and a light that flickers like a candle.

There may also come a day when you are visiting an Asian country and have no clue how to even ask where you can find a restroom. The iLi pendant is a wearable translator that hangs around your neck and translates between Japanese, English, and Chinese in real-time.

Finally, wherever your family or friends are taking you for the holidays, or your company is sending you on important business, perhaps the most important device you’ll need is the LugLoc. It’s not a GPS, but works with GSM-GPRS technology to locate your missing luggage within seconds in any airport or bus terminal. Travel carefree, no strings attached.

As it unfolds, the future holds exciting new possibilities for travel. So sit back and enjoy the ride.

4 Common Travel Mistakes And How To Prevent Them

Whether traveling on summer holidays or going to a new city for a stressful business trip, there are a few careless mistakes that we all make at one time or another. The thing is, these mistakes can turn your trip into a disappointing one. Luckily, they can be prevented so that you avoid falling victim to their unpleasant consequences.

  1. Relying too much on guidebooks. They are helpful and provide useful travel information, we agree. But there’s nothing better than interacting with other travelers and the locals of your destination. The hotel staff, taxi driver and tourist information center are your best sources and will help more than any book can. Don’t forget to explore and rely on your own initiative. There’s so much more to a place than a guidebook can possibly convey!
  1. Overpacking. “The more, the merrier” simply does not apply when it comes to what to pack for a couple of days out of town. The majority of travelers have this issue, so don’t be dismayed. Just keep in mind that if you don’t wear it at home, you probably won’t wear it while away. Pack only what you need and know you will use and, remember, you can always buy additional items once you get to your destination. Once you’ve made your packing list, check it again to see if you can cross anything off and reduce the load a bit more.
  1. Time zones and tight connection times. If you have the chance to visit different cities on the same journey, don’t neglect to check the time zones you will be crossing. Plus, be aware that not checking the connection time in advance can result in a very stressful and frustrating experience, and it might end in missing your second plane. In order to avoid the headache, give yourself at least a couple of hours between flights just in case.
  1. Having an overambitious itinerary. We know what it’s like to get that travel buzz, but keep in mind that you just can’t see five countries in ten days. Travel is about the experience, so try to take a step back and focus on where you’d really like to go. Setting high expectations is fine, but you also need to be reasonable, so that you won’t need a vacation from your vacations. Take things one day at a time and be flexible with your planning; don’t be afraid to alter your plans due to unforeseen weather or budget restraints.

Create your own unique experience and try to avoid these common mistakes in order to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

The Best Connected Airports in the World

The most important airports around the globe are growing slowly but continuously to become something entirely different from your common traditional airport. This growth stems from the consolidation of airlines and their quest for optimal connectivity, as well as larger aircraft models, which allow for higher quantities of travelers each year.

As a result, there have been certain innovations that have transformed these airports into more than just a stopover to your final destination. Flight delays used to be the worst nightmare for travelers. Nowadays, however, you can have a massage or reflexology treatment, do some shopping or have dinner in fancy restaurants while you wait for the plane to take off. It has become a new airport experience that many people look forward to.

The United States of America is the world leader when it comes to the biggest international airports, housing as many as twenty-two of the most connected hubs. For the last couple of years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been cited as the world’s busiest airport, with 90 million travelers passing through each year. At the same time, it has great business travel services, such as access to data ports, wi-fi and the ability to ship packages overnight. It also includes amenities such as spas, yoga rooms, art exhibits and putting greens, as well as a plethora of dining options, of course.

Although almost half of the best (and most connected) airports on the planet are found in North America, in the context of Europe, there’s no doubt that London’s Heathrow Airport is the number one hub. The city has one of the highest volumes of air traffic on the continent and five additional airports, but none compare to the busiest airport in the United Kingdom that can get you to Central London by train, tube, coach, bus, car or taxi.

Turning to Asia, Yakarta Soekarno-Hatta in Indonesia is in the lead with more than 51.5 million passengers visiting or passing through the city each year. Built by the same architect who designed the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, it has 150 check-in counters, 30 baggage carousels and 42 gates and each sub-terminal has 25 check-in counters, 5 baggage carousels, and 7 gates.

Size is one thing; connectivity is another. Outside the US, Brazil’s Congonhas, located in Sao Paulo, is one of the most important airports. Although it is smaller in terms of its operations, it has an incredible frequency. Airport infrastructure plays a key role in Brazil’s development model, connecting the country to other major business centers. Plus, it moves and leverages business opportunities, making transportation more agile in the capital city. In big cities like Sao Paulo, traffic can be extremely unpredictable, so the train and monorail connected to stations in Congonhas are essential.

The Importance of Being Connected

Being able to travel from one terminal to another quickly is always an advantage to keep in mind if you are in a hurry or just don’t want to lose time. Landing at one airport and then having to take a taxi to the train station that will get you to another airport at the opposite side of the city is exhausting and frustrating. Fortunately, this inconvenience can often be avoided.  

But imagine if, on top of that, when you get off the plane your luggage is nowhere to be found and you are further delayed. At that moment, you’ll wish you could have had more control of your belongings. With LugLoc, you can. This simple device uses GSM-GPRS technology to locate your luggage with just a tap on your smartphone. It’s the perfect luggage locator for smart traveling.

The low-cost air revolution

There’s no doubt that the revolution in low-cost airfare has changed the tourism market. It’s not just a forecast on the horizon, but a palpable reality in current figures showing that each day brings more and more adherents. In terms of the industry itself, economic crises around the world have not been the main driver of the phenomenon, but they have truly helped accelerate and expand it to the point that, nowadays, this business model -born under the airline industry wings- has spread to different economic sectors.

A new type of client

Since the turn of the new millennium, with the 9/11 attacks and the rise in crude oil prices from conflicts in the Middle East, airline companies had to rethink their commercial strategies. While the biggest carriers did not prove the frontrunners in this regard, the budget airlines started to wade in, expanding their business and even building exclusive airports for their fleets.  

According to recent trending studies, low-cost companies give consumers what they demand: lower prices, direct routes, quick online purchases and no intermediaries. Offering customized products with accurate pricing is essential considering that, for this type of consumer, pricing is the key.

Some of the main traditional airlines have now managed to enter this market by starting their own low-cost airfares with the aim of segmenting their market and adapting to this new type of client. Although the service and comfort are low-cost as well, fees are more competitive and become a great alternative for those who are not as demanding in their travel preferences and simply want to pay less.

Opportunities for every pocket

The fact that Internet is so accessible to the majority of the population has aided the low-cost trend substantially. It is a free medium on which to circulate promotions, as well as a platform for the potential customers to make reservations and buy tickets in the blink of an eye. Social Media is another new instrument that has recently come to scene to further bolster this revolution.

In any case, what is certain is that this revolution helps people with less purchasing power to have greater access to the tourist market, and that’s always a great thing. The future of low-cost tourism has arrived and there will certainly be new formulas and better possibilities for every budget. And remember that, whether you are choosing a regular flight or a low-cost one, you can always take control of what happens to your luggage while you travel using LugLoc and enjoying the journey.

 

Tips for low-cost flights

-Some of these flights take off from airports that are typically further from the city center. Make sure you take this into account when buying your tickets, so you can plan accordingly.

-The flight times may be unusual. Be aware that if public transportation does not run that early in the morning or late at night, you will have to take a taxi.

-Remember that low-cost flights may vary considerably in price from one day to another. You should take advantage of this if you are planning a trip in advance and check it day by day.

-In most cases, you have only one suitcase included in the price, which could be an issue if you have a lot to carry with you. Beware of the extra fees in low-cost flights.

 

 

Single Travel: Tips for Solo Business Trips

Maybe traveling alone was never your first choice, but sometimes you just have no other option. Taking solo business trips can actually be a great opportunity for you to handle yourself in a different context with new people. This list of tips will help you make the most of your solo business trips.

Talk to Strangers and Watch the World Around You

Traveling alone is the best time to be outgoing and strike up conversations with strangers. When you’re not in a meeting and can take a couple of hours for yourself, try to talk to anyone and everyone who looks friendly. Meet the locals, connect with them and, if you have time, see if you can take a free local tour to observe how people interact and how things work there.

 

Don’t Be Put Off by Dining Alone: Go Out and Enjoy Yourself

No business meetings at night? Go to restaurants with communal tables and ask a local to order for you, not just to start a conversation but to learn about the typical cuisine there. As the day comes to an end, the to-do list is all checked off and the next day’s schedule is ready, treat yourself to something nice: go out, find a pub, sit at a bar or even get tickets to a show.

Pack Light and Be Prepared

Making your luggage manageable is absolutely essential when flying solo. Initially, you might be inclined to take everything with you, but time will make you a better packer, don’t worry. Keep in mind that there’s almost nothing that you can’t buy abroad: so don’t overpack. Travel casual, drama free. Of course, important documents and papers, business cards and your smartphone for work are things you simply can’t leave behind. Plus, if you’ve ever had bad experiences with mishandled luggage in the past, another essential to consider is LugLoc, a small device that lets you know where in the world your luggage is. With just a tap on your smartphone (and the miracle of Bluetooth) alerts you when your luggate is coming out on the baggage carousel.

How to Reduce Business Travel Stress

The How-To for Reducing Business Travel Stress

Sometimes traveling for business can be really stressful (especially for those who do it quite often). Here are some tips that can help you to actually enjoy the trip and get rid of the stress once and for all. It takes time to perfect, but with a solid pre-travel plan, you can ensure your creativity and productivity abroad.

Plan Ahead and Make Checklists

There’s no doubt that planning as many trip details as possible in advance maximizes efficiency. This means including in your list the documents, files and devices you’ll need, as well as your essentials for traveling. Checklists have always rocked, and while they can take some time to make, they save you much more time during your travels. Saving time is a must to reduce stress on business trips, so checklists can turn out to be your salvation.

Get Better Sleep and Beat the Jet Lag

One common struggle in the business traveler’s lifestyle is missing out on sleep and battling the infamous jet lag. First of all, try to choose a good hotel where you know you’ll be comfortable: after a long day of travel, having a spacious room and a friendly face to meet you can make all the difference. If you  won’t be spending much time at the hotel, you might just want a small room with a big, comfortable bed and a good TV, which is becoming the mainstream for business travelers. And to avoid jet lag, experts say that staying hydrated on flights, exercising, and making sure your skin sees the sun are the best strategies.

Take Care of your Luggage

The last thing you need while traveling for business is to lose your bags and arrive late for your first appointment in the new city. It doesn’t matter if you’re going straight to a meeting or just to rest a bit in your hotel room: lost luggage just can’t happen. It brings intense stress to even the most seasoned traveler and, in some cases, the bags are lost for good. LugLoc absolves this stress by monitoring where your luggage is at all times. How? It utilizes GSM-GPRS Technology to locate your bags with a tap on your smartphone. A message is sent from the app to the device and once it is received, LugLoc communicates its location back to the smartphone. As simple (and stress-free) as that.

Eat Well, Eat Healthy

You need to manage your life abroad as you would at home. That also means eating well. Remember that when the trip ends you go back to your normal life, and the best thing you can do is to make good choices on the road and not to change your diet all the time, as this can really take a toll on your body. Take some liberties and go to restaurants with tasty, but healthy options, taking the opportunity to try out new places. Healthier meals will give you the energy you need to overcome time zone changes and the challenges of the life on the road.