For The Business Traveler In Maui

What better way to see Maui than on the company payroll? If you are planning a business trip to Maui, you can still take advantage of the opportunity to have a mini-vacation and enjoy the magnificent Maui without sacrificing the work you know you are there to do.

There are many different things that you will need to take into consideration if you are planning a business trip to Maui. First, you will need to know if your company will be booking the travel and accommodations for you. Some companies that deal a lot in travel have travel agents that will take care of this for you. Others will expect you to make the plans and arrangements yourself and you will then be compensated for the expenses.

If you will have a role in choosing some or all of your business reservations, then the more you know, the better decisions you will be able to make. You need to know how to book your hotel or living accommodations as well as your travel (including to your destination and how you will get around once you are in Maui) as well as food and other necessities that you will have during your stay in Maui.

Accommodations

Every business traveler knows that your office is very important and this includes your “makeshift” office while visiting in Maui. You will need a full range of services and facilities and accommodations that can provide that to you will be at the top of your list. Accommodations that provide that for an affordable and reasonable rate are even better.

So, if you need accommodations with business features that include up-to-date communications capabilities and much more, then you need to know where to look. There are hotels, condos and more in beautiful Maui that offer solutions for your global business right at your fingertips.

There are many state of the art facilities with full Internet connectivity and real-time video conferencing services available and much more. Maui is home to one of the seven National Supercomputing Centers as well. Maui isn’t just for honeymooners and families; there are even great features for the business man or woman as well.

What to Wear

If you are planning a business trip to Maui, you might be wondering what to pack. Well, what you where will depend on your profession, your business and the company’s dress policy but most companies that send you on a business trip to Maui will say “casual dress”.

However, you know that business is very important and you are not just some tourist. What you wear will be very important even if it is to be considered “casual” dress. So you need to know what is appropriate to wear. The climate is of course warmer in Hawaii and the atmosphere pretty laid back so you will find most people in shorts. Your best bet is to go with some nice, dress shorts such as khakis. You will see many businessmen in these shorts as well as Hawaiian print button front shirts. If you are having trouble knowing what to wear or what is in style, you can check with some of the local shops and stores in Maui. Most upscale shops also have sales associates that are qualified to help you in your decision.

There are some restaurants and facilities that require you to dress upscale and elegantly with men in long pants and proper shoes. However, due to the climate you will find that most places in Maui are perfectly suitable to wear shorts. However, you will want to have some nice clothing from an upscale shop or boutique and be sure the clothing fits you well.

Dining

Your dining options will depend on the meal and what you are doing. For example, if your company is footing the bill, they may have specific places they want you to dine at or they may have a specific budget for meals. This will place some facilities and restaurants out of the list unless you are paying for it yourself.

If you are planning on taking a client to dinner or meeting business partners in a restaurant, or in some other way doing business through the restaurant, you will want to be choosier in the place you select. Your choice of restaurant can say a lot about you and your company. You want the other parties to be comfortable in the place that you choose but you will also want to choose something professional and impressive that shows you know and understand good tastes.

It can be tricky ground so you should ask for advice if you are unsure about a particular restaurant. You might even decide to go by and check it out yourself before holding your business meeting there.

Whatever it is that brings you to beautiful Maui, you can enjoy your stay while you are here. Proper planning ahead of time can ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable business trip to Hawaii.

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How To Save Money When Traveling

We all want to have a nice, relaxing vacation from time to time, if possible on a sunny beach in a foreign country. When we finally manage to get it, we find ourselves confronted with other issues - apart from the usual hotel reservations, flight, etc. When you travel to a foreign country, you feel the need to tell everyone back home how things are, assure them you're alright and you're having fun. Unfortunately, it's not always that easy. And here's why:

If you have a cell phone with you, you may surprisingly find that it's not working properly, because the cell phone operator in the country that you're in uses a different technology or you don't have international calling activated. And if all the above doesn't apply, you may find yourself in an area with poor or no network coverage at all...

If you don't have your cell phone with you, the only thing left to do is to try to call from a local phone or from the hotel.

In both situations, you're at a disadvantage, mainly because it involves huge costs - international calls are charged with much higher rates because of the technology involved and depending on the agreements between carriers and operators in different countries. Plus, hotels always charge you extra for using their lines.

So what's the solution? It's very simple - get a calling card before you leave. Nowadays, calling cards are the easiest and most affordable communication way when you're traveling. When you buy it, you receive instantly a PIN number, access numbers from all international locations and dialing instructions. Most of the time, you'll also have special local access numbers in cities across the world - you'll get a lower rate when using them. 

Plus, you can get a call back feature - meaning that not only you'll be able to call home, but also your friends and family can call you back! And all this at a very low cost, enabling you to do more of the things you like during your vacation.

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Australia Travel Cautionary Measures

Mildred Didrikson was voted number 10 among North American athletes of the 20th century according to ESPN in 2000. Also, in 2000, Didrikson, from Beaumont, Texas was named by CNN/Sports Illustrated as the second greatest female athlete of all time (second to the incredible Jackie Joyner Kersee).

Babe Didrikson as well as other sources claimed that she won 17 consecutive golf tournaments in 1946 and 1947. However, she didn’t actually, after winning 13 straight; she lost in the very first round in Spokane, Washington at the National Open in 1946. She conveniently erased this particular tournament when she spoke of her 17-win streak.. After her loss in Spokane, Babe won four more golf tournaments. Nevertheless, at 13 tournaments in a row for victory, Babe Didrikson Zaharias’ legend can not be denied.

Travel warnings are issued by governments and are decided based on the information they gather. They serve to inform citizens of the situation in that particular country, and whether any travel there is safe or not.

Travel to Australia is generally regarded to be safe, though things have changed lately, in keeping with the changing situation worldwide. Though Australia has not directly experienced terror attacks, the threat of one has definitely increased, with the recent blasts on the Indonesian island of Bali, which lies close to Australia and is frequented by Australian tourists. The only travel warning against Australia is from Japan, whose tourists and travelers pump in about $2.7 billion into Australia’s economy every year. This travel warning warns against the rising rate of crime, including theft and muggings, in Australia.

As regards issuing travel warnings for other countries, Australia employs a ranking system that indicates the specific country’s perceived safety situation. The rank provided to each country can be either of these options – be alert to own security, exercise caution, high degree of caution, reconsider your need to travel, do not travel, with the ‘be alert to own security’ being the least dangerous and ‘do not travel’ indicating high levels of danger.

Australians are expected to take the greatest care when traveling to countries that make up the ‘reconsider you need to travel’ and ‘do not travel’ lists. In fact, just like the names suggest, travel to these countries should be either reconsidered or avoided at all costs.

The countries that currently find a place in the ‘reconsider your need to travel’ list include Angola, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Indonesia, Israel, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Yemen.

Countries listed by Australia that are the most dangerous in general, and for Australian citizens in particular, find a place in the ‘do not travel’ list and comprise Afghanistan, Burundi, East Timor, Iraq, Ivory Coast and Somalia.

Books on Australia Traveling

There are a wide variety of travel books available for anyone who wants to gain some information before setting out for a trip to Australia. These travel books offer a range of information that includes local destinations, attractions, transportation, accommodation, facilities, various costs and other basic information.

With Australia being a popular tourist destination, most bookstores around the globe are bound to have a number of travel books on the country. These books provide prospective tourists and travelers with general and specific information about Australia. Such information normally relates to the Australia’s geography, culture, customs, society, the best time to visit the country, visa procedures and other formalities required for entering and exiting the country, information about bringing in plant or animal life, local cuisine, safety tips, etc.

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Are You Traveling With A Disability or Medical Condition?

Traveling with a disability or a medical condition will be easier if you plan ahead of time.

    * Provide advance notice to your airline or travel agent if you require assistance at the airport. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can only assist you with the screening process. Your airline will assist you through the airport facility and the screening queue line.

    * If you require a companion or assistant to accompany you through the security checkpoint to reach your gate, speak with your airline representative about obtaining a gate pass for your companion before entering the security checkpoint.

    * The limit of one carry-on and one personal item (purse, briefcase, or computer case) does not apply to medical supplies, equipment, and mobility aids, and/or assistive devices carried by and/or used by a person with a disability.

    * Pack your medications in a separate pouch/bag to facilitate the inspection process. Ensure that containers holding medications are not too densely filled, and that all medication is clearly identified. It is recommended that passengers refrain from packing any medications in their checked baggage that they do not want exposed to X-rays. Instead, send larger quantities of medications to your destination by mail or any other way preferred.

    * If you have medical documentation regarding your medical condition or disability, you can present this information to the Security Officer to help inform him of your situation. This documentation is not required and will not exempt you from the security screening process.

    * Make sure all your carry-on items; equipment, mobility aids, and devices have an identification tag attached.

    * TSA recommends that you bring all the necessary tools and/or appliances that you require to put on or take off your prosthetic device (e.g. wrenches, pull sleeves, etc.) should you need to remove your prosthetic device for any reason. TSA allows these tools to be carried through the security checkpoint once they have been screened.

    * If you have a medical device (on the interior or exterior of your body) check with your doctor prior to traveling to determine if it is safe for you to go through the metal detector or be hand-wanded. If your Doctor indicates that you should not go through the metal detector or be hand-wanded, or if you are concerned, ask the Security Officer for a pat-down inspection instead.

    * Your personal supplemental Oxygen will need to undergo screening. Check with your Doctor prior to coming to the checkpoint to ensure disconnection can be done safely.

    * If your Doctor has indicated that you cannot be disconnected or if you are concerned, ask the Security Officer for an alternate inspection process while you remain connected to your oxygen source.

    * If you need an Oxygen Supplier to meet you at the gate, check with your airline well in advance of your departure about their procedures for allowing suppliers to meet you at the arrival’s gate since these procedures vary from airline to airline.

A little prior planning can make your trip easier for you and for the security personnel.

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Planning For Road Trip Travel

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a novice newcomer to the world of interstate travel, planning a road trip can be more time-intensive than you think. If you are about to embark on a cross country adventure or a coastal tour of the Atlantic, there are a few important things to consider before you hit the road. With a little planning and forethought, your trip should go off without a hitch.

Preparation for a road trip should start weeks in advance. Beyond saving up your money for the trip, you must also make sure that all of your bills are paid and animals are taken care of while you are gone. You should begin contacting possible house-sitters well in advance, especially if you are planning to take your trip during vacation season. At the least, you will want to arrange for someone to pick up your mail, and to give the appearance that your house isn’t just sitting empty for weeks at a time.

Another thing you should do in advance is to make sure that your car is in good working order. Most automobile service shops offer trip checks that include checking your brakes, tires, transmission, belts and hoses- all of the things that could leave you stranded if something were to go wrong. They will also change your oil and fill up all of your fluids to prepare your car for putting on a lot of mileage. Once your car is checked out and ready to go mechanically, you should then make sure it is legal. Make sure you have an up-to-date copy of your insurance card in the glove box, and make sure your registration sticker is current and properly placed on your windshield. Also, it is a good idea to bring an extra set of keys in your wallet or purse just in case you accidentally lock them in your car.

Planning where you are going is the next step in preparing for road trip travel. There is a lot of flexibility in this step, because it is all up to you. One of the beautiful things about a road trip is that you can go wherever you want whenever you want without being confined to other people’s schedules or destinations. If you are adventurous, you could just get in your car and start driving wherever the road takes you. Just be sure to bring a good map in case you want to find your way back. However, if you are a planner by nature, you might want to plot your route out on a map. Consider how long you’d like to be gone and what you would like to see, and you can use mileage charts to figure out how long it takes to get from one place to another.

Once you are finished with the preliminaries, it is time to start packing. If you are not sure where you are heading, it would be wise to bring a variety of clothing choices, both for hot and cold weather. That way, you won’t end up in a snow storm with only Bermuda shorts to wear. However, if you know you are driving to the desert or the beach, be sure to plan accordingly. Pack sunscreen, cool clothes and several jugs of water for those long desolate stretches.

You should also remember to bring a camera and several rolls of film or memory sticks to document your journey. Once you are back in the real world, you will only have photographs and memories to remind you of your trip. Also, be sure to bring along a wide variety of music, as even your favorite tunes can start to get old after several hours of driving.

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