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It’s “iPhone Known” for “Parts Unknown” star Anthony Bourdain

September 23, 2016

Ask people who has the most interesting job in the world and there is one name that is sure to come up — and probably with significant regularity. That would be Anthony Bourdain, the star of the CNN program Parts Unknown. The program is a travelogue, of sorts. There is nothing that makes a person worldlier than traveling and immersing oneself in local culture. All of this has made Anthony Bourdain one of the world’s interesting people. And in this modern age, one of the most valuable portals into a person’s life is their smartphone. Leave it to the Wall Street Journal to come up with the idea of asking Anthony Bourdain to share with its readers some of the contents of his phone. Bourdain assented to the idea, and here is some of what WSJ Magazine found on his iPhone … (click on the headline to continue reading)

The 10 bestselling retail products at airports

September 10, 2016

Go to any airport and what do you see? A lot of people traveling. But you also see a lot of shopping going on. Many airports have become veritable shopping malls. For what, though, are travelers forking out all that cash for? Now we know, thanks to Hudson Group, North America’s largest travel retailer, with more than 950 stores in airports and transportation terminals. It recently issued a list of its bestselling items. No surprise that eight of the 10 most purchased items by travelers are beverages. Topping the list is good old-fashioned, hydrating water. Airplanes circulate notoriously dry air that will turn a human being into the equivalent of beef jerky in a matter of hours unless one hydrates. That supplemental bottle of water is pretty essential, but judging from the Hudson Group list, some fliers find water a bit boring and favor drinks of a more flavored and sugar-leaden variety. Here is the list of the top 10 items travelers purchase at airport retail outlets while waiting to board their aircraft … (click on the headline to continue reading)

The facts and figures that add up to Labor Day

August 23, 2016

Americans are a hardworking lot. Consider that researchers found that only South Koreans work more hours than Americans. Meanwhile, the Economic Policy Institute reported last year that productivity rose by 72.2 percent between 1973 and 2014. And the U.S. economy continues to be an economic powerhouse, even in these times of economic displacement and slowing worldwide growth. It is that kind of effort we celebrate the first Monday of every September, otherwise known as Labor Day, a national holiday that is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. We hope you all have some travel or recreational plans for the holiday. One of the unfortunate side effects of the Americans hard work and long hours is declining summer vacation time. Some 56 percent of American workers took weeklong vacations during summer 2014 (the most recent year we have statistics for), which was a new low-point in a steady decline that began in early 1980s, when more than … (click on the headline to continue reading)

10 foolproof packing tips for travelers

August 10, 2016

One of the more stressful and compulsory activities of taking a trip is packing suitcases and travel bags. We often worry that we’re going to pack the wrong things, or that we’re going to forget to bring certain essentials. And then there are concerns about our clothing coming out a wrinkled mess on the other end — especially business clothing. There are ways to take some of the stress out of packing for your trips. There is a process to effective packing, and there’s plenty of good advice out there from the experts. One of the places you can find that advice is in USA Today, which probably writes about travel, lodging and hospitality more than any general interest newspaper in the country. One of its articles took this subject head on by offering 10 packing tips that it says every traveler should know. Here is what USA Today says experts have to share with us … (click on the headline to continue reading)

7 ways to avoid workload nightmares

July 26, 2016

We are proud to operate a hotel that attracts both business and leisure travelers. But whether you are a business or leisure traveler, you work for a living, and you no doubt have been affected by the speed and intensity of work. We work in an age when interactive mobile technologies have us on duty 24/7 — and that often includes while vacationing. This is why Insights for Professionals, a business research organization, has warned that employees can easily find themselves inundated with heavy workloads, high-pressure jobs, and, unless they take measure to prevent it, eventually burnout. IFP addresses what it calls the “evolution of the workplace” with a report titled 7 Ways to Avoid Workload Nightmares. We might find its prescriptions valuable for your own situation. The seven prescriptions include … (click on the headline to continue reading)