Are you a “road warrior”? Whether you travel for business on a regular basis, or just every so often we have put together a list of tips to help make your travels less stressful
Tip #1 Packing
Tip #2 Arrive Healthy
Airplanes are full of bacteria and viruses, but you can stop those germs cold.
Tip #3 Eat Smart
Don’t settle for a fast food diet just because you are on the road.
Tip #4 Power Up
Tip #5 Be Nice
Billed as an "ergonomic mobile workstation", the Bond St. TravelDesk is an innovative marriage of carry-on luggage and portable desk with a little Transformers action thrown in for fun. Our initial impression of the product was, "Hmmm, I wonder why nobody thought of this sooner...but does this work?" We're happy to say the answer is YES!
At first glance it looks like a typical carry-on suitcase, mounted on two wheels with a comfortable padded handle on top for carrying and a telescoping handle hidden inside a zippered pocket for use when rolling. It's well put together and exhibits great maneuverability whether dragging it behind or pushing it in front of you through a crowded airport.
A front zipper compartment unveils a large storage area with plenty of room to accommodate binders, magazines, personal organizer, books, magazines or files and also feature two smart-phone size pockets (one with a velcro closure). Unzipping the center case area reveals a large space boasting an impressive array of storage nooks and crannies including padded pocket for a laptop or tablet device with a Velcro strap to hold them in place.
It;s when you unzip the back pocket that the real magic of this rolling case appears - a cleverly designed pull-out desk for the ultimate in portable office convenience. Top put the desk in action you simply pull out a stabilizing base hidden at the bottom of the case, then lift up on the plastic desk top surface and flip it into a horizontal position. I locks in place and there you have it - an instant desk surface for your laptop or tablet. There's a little sway when typing, but overall we found the work surface to be sturdy and secure to work on. Granted, you wouldn't want to work an 8-hour shift from this portable desk, but hey, that's not what it's intended for. It's designed to orrer a comfortable work surface alternative to your lap when polishing up that big presentation at the aiport gate, your customer's lobby or physician's waiting room. Perhaps a future improvement would provide for an additional height setting adjustment, but overall we found the Bond St. Traveldesk to be a well designed and attractive solution for working on-the-go.
We give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
BND TRVW777 $ 278.99
Mobil Work Station
Quick access adjustable section for computers up to 17"
Padded tablet pouch.
Expandable file divider with accessory pockets.
Dual fron panel zippered pockets.
17"W x 11 "D x 20"H
If you're one of the 40 million or so Americans who travel at Thanksgiving, you know what a hassle it can be. But with a plan in hand you can ease some of the stress and strain by following these dos and don’ts.
Do Plan Your Flight Early. In late summer or early fall, sign up for airline price notifications. Be sure to include flights for surrounding airports, because even if it means a longer drive from your home or to your final destination, the savings could be well worth it. Keep in mind that early bird discounts are often first posted on Twitter or Facebook, so if you're not a social media fan, now might be a good time to start.
Don't Travel on the Busiest Days. The day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are the busiest travel days of the year. Avoid the chaos by flying out on Tuesday, or get a really good deal by leaving home on Thanksgiving morning. You can save 15-20 percent on airfare and still make it in time for dinner. If your schedule allows, return home on Friday when everyone else heads to the mall for Black Friday deals, or Monday when the airport crowds have tapered off.
Don't Over Pack. Since most airlines charge for checked bags, pack light and carry it on. Keep in mind that everyone else will have the same idea so take a bag that's small enough to shove under the seat if the overhead bins are full. Consider shipping bulky items or early holiday presents ahead of time versus lugging them onto the plane.
Do Put Your Smart Phone to Use. Everything you need is right at your fingertips! Keep track of your flight status, parking, weather alerts, airport volume, gate changes, restaurants, and last-minute shopping deals by loading up with all the relevant apps. Many airlines are using Twitter to keep passengers up-to-date about last minute changes, another good reason to be a follower.
Do Consider a Plan B - Driving. Driving to your destination can save you time, allow you to pack more, and eliminate airport headaches. It does, however, come with its own challenges. Highways, especially around major metropolitan areas, can become very congested, and the weather can turn dicey that time of year. Follow some of the same advice above: plan ahead, leave early and use technology like your smart phone or GPS system to stay informed.
Don't Forget to Secure Your Home Before Leaving. Do not post your travel plans on social media sites. Stop mail, newspapers, and deliveries and use timers to operate lights at various times throughout the house and day. You can ease your worries further by keeping an eye on your home using a web-based home security system that allows you to check your home via phone or laptop.
Happy safe travels and a wonderful Thanksgiving!
It's on the rise... the virtual office that is. Whether through travel, off-site working arrangements, or office-to-office interaction, our professional interactions are often happening from a distance. But all of this would be impossible without quicker network access, online collaboration tools, web conferencing services, and all the products that jump-start our professional mobility. We can literally act as if everything and everyone is an arm's reach away, because with smart phones, and the cloud, etc., it literally is... from any location!
When on the road or working remotely, it's important to have the tools and services you need to be most productive and better connect with your colleagues and customers. This includes usually having extra battery chargers, drives, etc. It's not just about getting your email any longer.
Here's what true mobility can give you:
Stuck at the airport with low battery life? In the past this was a thing of dread and an inevitable part of traveling on business. No longer. Nifty USB mobile chargers are sleek, compact, and give you the power you need when you need it, for phones, tablets, mobile printers, you name it.
Sometimes looking at your screen for hours on end makes you feel cross-eyed and crazy. Mobile printers are revitalizing the mobile landscape with their neat design, rugged construction, and battery-powered capability. No more waiting for the hotel printer. You may even never need to leave your room.
“Are we there yet? I need a bathroom. I’m bored.” Travelling with kids can be a lot of fun, but it can also be stressful as well. If you’re planning on going away with the kids this summer, keep them entertained while on planes, trains, and automobiles by making sure you’ve stocked your iPhone or iPad with these super handy apps for a stress-free trip. (Available on Apple iTunes store, itunes.apple.com. Whether it's kid-friendly videos to watch as the miles stream by, or an education game that lets them play and learn about the world around them,here are the TwistOP top must-haves!
It’s about the journey. Turn an otherwise long and boring car ride into a part of your vacation by pointing out scenic routes, historical landmarks, fun restaurants and hidden local gems along your route. Routes include inside information and history from locals and experts in each community. (Free)
Good for: Families driving for hours with a backseat full of bored and cranky kids.
Pack & Go Deluxe
Never again forget to pack the important stuff. Provides ready-made packing lists for different age groups and lets you customize and check exactly what you need— with reminders—so you’re never left without your essentials ($1.99)
Good for: Moms who want to be organized but don’t have the time to create handwritten checklists for every child and suitcase.
Plan your route and your pitstops. From suggestions for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives to Route 66 Attractions and Offbeat hotels – this is a one stop shop road trip app whether you’re using it ahead of time or on the road. Check out the website before you download for lots of inspiration.
Good For: Finding great kid-friendly restaurants and parks.
Mom Maps helps you find family fun places, kid friendly locations on the go! Search our extensive list of kid's parks, kid's playgrounds, kid's restaurants, kid's museums and kid's indoor play areas. Search by category or zip code, and you're good to go! In addition to a comprehensive kids play guide, you'll find contact information, reviews by parents, for parents and directions. (Free)
Good for: Conveniently finding nearby places to fill vacation downtime.
Airports aren’t exactly known as fine-dining destinations, but GateGuru helps find the hidden gems in your arrival and departure locations. Upload your itinerary and the app lists food options—as well as shops and other services like ATMs—along with where to find them and ratings from other fliers. The app also provides estimated wait times for security lines and last-minute deals on rental cars. Shows information about terminals and amenities in over 100 airports, pointing out valuable traveler hotspots, like ATMs, coffee shops and bookstores. Includes user reviews to help you decide where to eat and where to skip. (Free)
Good for: Making waiting times and those oh-so-annoying delays more bearable.
Rest Area Finder
Easily find the nearest rest stop. This app automatically finds your current location and displays all nearby rest areas and welcome centers. (Free)
Good for: Finding good pit stops for snacks and stretches on long and draining drives.
Ever wanted to take your picture next to a crazy large object on the side of the road? This is your app. Introduce your kids to the weird and wonderful across our United States of America. Editors review their favorites and you can check off which ones you’ve already visited. And there’s even a sunset alarm so you get the heads up for your last photo opportunities. They also make it easy to share your discoveries through Facebook and Twitter.
It’s OK if Dad said you couldn’t plaster a magnetic States map across your car. This app lets you mark off which states you’ve already been to. It’s a simple app but does the trick. And you can brag to your friends about where you’ve been by sending them images of your map.
Bridge the gap between the old school road trip fun you used to have when you were a kid and the digital age version for your own children. Type in nouns, take pictures or use photos from your smartphone or iPad’s photo gallery, and watch the comedy ensue.
Good for: Passing the time and getting the family involved.It even saves your story as a photo for recalling the fun after the trip has ended.
Entertain the little ones with illustrated children’s books for easy flip-through, and allows kids the option of reading it themselves or listening to a recorded narration. (Free-$2.99)
Good for: Keeping young readers engaged without over-stuffing your suitcase.
Create individual and automatic post cards—actual physical ones— from your trip photos and sends them to its recipient. (Free to download, $1.99 for the snail mail delivery)
Good for: Sending out customized souvenirs for friends and family of your summer trip.
Stream a huge collection of your favorite shows such as Arthur, Curious George, Daniel Tiger, and more. You will need to have an active internet connection to use PBS KIDS Video.
Good For: Those evenings when you’ve arrived at the hotel and are trying to settle the kids down at night. Or for those flight delays that have you sitting at the airport for hours!
Road Trip Bingo
A game for the whole family! A great classic travel game joins the digital age. This app allows 2 players to compete at the same time by providing 2 bingo boards on 1 screen.
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