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Life Hacks When Traveling for Business

By | Travel and Tourism

 

As business travelers, you know that always being on the road is not always a glamorous affair, despite envious remarks from your friends and family. Business traveling can be quite draining, and often times you don’t even get to experience much of the city you’re in. In spite of the downfalls, however, there are some great things that make business travel worth it, and knowing some key tricks of the trade make it that much better. Here’s a list of some things you can benefit from knowing when on your next business trip.

man at airport

Rewards Programs:

This one might be a given; however, ensuring you’re making the best of rewards programs that are offered by airlines and hotels is a must. You’re racking up tons of points with your flights and hotel stays, so you might as well get something for it! Frequent flier points are available with most airlines. If you don’t want to stick with just one airline, opt for a credit card that is travel-based and gets you deals on your points.

Non-Stop vs Direct:

It might seem like common knowledge, but it’s easy to get confused with the technical terms. A direct flight is not the same as a non-stop flight. Direct flights might still stop, but you just don’t have to get off the plane at the stop, making it that much easier. However, having to transfer planes is far from fun and wastes time you could be spending at the hotel. Make sure you check before and book yourself a non-stop flight, getting you to your destination faster.

Tennis Balls:

hand tennis ballWhile you might not be a tennis player, or have time for it when traveling for business, bringing a tennis ball along with you on the flight is a great way to prevent stiffness. Rolling a ball under your feet or along your thighs is a great way to get blood flowing and prevent your muscles from getting sore, especially on longer flights. They’re light, easy to carry, and found mostly everywhere, so they make a great travel accessory.

Pack Light:

Developing a tactical and fast packing strategy is the best way to go when you’re traveling often for work. If your stay is luggagejust a day or two, try to pack so that you only need one or two pairs of shoes for your outfits, saving space and allowing you to take a carry-on bag rather than checking your luggage. If your stay is longer, be sure to pack more essentials like socks and underwear, as those things always come in handy when you least expect it.

Upgrades:

If you’re traveling during a non-peak season and business is slower in some areas, try your luck and ask for upgrades. At the check-in, the attendant might just get you that seat in first class. Also, try this at hotels when they’re not busy. If business is lagging, and they have a premium suite available, your chances of getting upgraded could be quite likely.

Try out some of these insider tips on your next business trip – you may just cash in big and get a luxurious experience!

Remember, Freeman Audio Visual has locations across North America, so no matter where your next presentation is, we can help you make it a memorable one!

Events in Our Cities

By | Event highlights, Event Trends, Travel and Tourism

 

We’re back with a quick guide to some events happening this winter in some of our favourite cities! While the winter months may not be cold for everyone, the countdown to summer seems to be forever on our minds. Distract yourself with some fun events in your own city, or take a weekend getaway to a neighbouring town. The cold doesn’t have to keep you indoors this winter. Check out the list below and have snow much fun!

Woman staring at ice sculpture

New Orleans, Louisiana:
You’ve probably guessed it! One of the most notorious events is happening in February this year in New Orleans – Mardi Gras! A festival that has really put New Orleans on the map, this outrageous event will be sure to have you planning annual trips. The parade starts on January 31st and goes until Mardi Gras day which is February 15th this year. There are a plethora of events leading up to Mardi Gras, as well as tons of dazzling parties after the parade. Grab a bejewelled mask, have a king cake, and let the good times roll! Check out this guide to help you get up to speed with the local jargon.

Mardi Gras Celebration

Hamilton, Ontario:
Winterfest is hitting the Hammer this February! Come check out some frosty delights from February 7th to 16th and enjoy winter like never before. Promoting community cohesiveness and support of local talent, hibernation isn’t a term known to Hamiltonians. Some highlights from this weeklong celebration include the Waterfront Festival of Lights, Darkroom Workshops, Knitting and Crocheting for Charity, a Winter Beard Competition, and much more! If you’ve never been to Hamilton before, now is the perfect time to go and see the city in full stride.

Blue Christmas Ornament

Prince George, British Columbia:

The 2015 Winter Games are coming to Prince George in British Columbia! Running from February 13th to March 1st, these Canadian Winter games are all about embracing the cold weather and getting outside to enjoy sports such as skiing, curling, and biathlon! So if you love sports and you love Canadian winters, gather around to watch Canada’s champions achieve their personal best and provide the most memorable Winter Games yet!

Quebec City, Quebec:

For over 60 years, the Quebec Winter Carnival or Carnaval de Quebec has provided a celebration of the winter months, with fun events to get you through those winter blues. From February 3 – 15 attend events such as snow sculpture competitions, flapjack breakfasts, and tour Bonhomme’s Ice Palace! There’s plenty to do to keep the chill away in Quebec!

You must be busy filling in your calendar now – winter has a whole new outlook. Enjoy these events, and if you’re planning your own event, contact us for audiovisual information and quotations.

Montreal as a meeting destination? “Oui, oui!” say event planners

By | Canada, Interesting Articles, Meeting Planners, Tourism, Travel and Tourism

Posted by Tourisme Montréal

Meeting professionals can be a tough crowd to please. They know exactly what they need and want in a destination, and it’s their job to organize the best experience possible for their clients and attendees. Our team at Tourisme Montréal collaborates directly alongside planners, and our reputation means the world to us. That’s why we asked top meeting and event planners what they love most about Montréal as a destination. From our creative venue solutions, to our innovative approach to client relations, they had nothing but positive words. But don’t take our word for it, check out what your peers had to say!

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Stop making excuses! When it comes to business travel, just do it!

By | Interesting Articles, Travel and Tourism

This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers and members share their business travel advice and stories from life on the road. The article below is written by Arne Sorenson, President and CEO at Marriott International (pictured left).

My number one suggestion on business travel? Just do it.

There’s nothing like meeting colleagues face-to-face, on their turf. It not only expands a leader’s perspective, but it also builds relationships that are the foundation of every company. But many business people don’t travel enough — or at all.

The top three excuses business leaders give for not traveling (according to Rhonda Abrams, the small business expert) are:

  • I need to manage everything at the office.
  • There’s no place I really need to go.
  • It costs too much.

These are empty excuses — and worse, costly. Let’s take them one by one.

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