Such a major part of one's schedule also causes considered expense. In fact travel is one of the largest expenses a company can incur. A person traveling for work related purposes has many things hanging on their minds, and since they do not really have much time to focus on other tasks, and this may lead to careless spending during their travels. Keeping a careful track of such expenses has numerous benefits. Firstly the obvious financial side is kept in check which is especially important for new businesses. Secondly a proper documentation of expenses can help on an accurate tax return. If your company has a policy for reimbursing you after your trip, then keeping a record will help you get your money back properly.
Do not worry, be app'y:
With modern technology making our life easier day by day, there is no reason to guarantee that this convenience does not extend to traveling. With smartphone's in our pockets, life is probably more organized (if not easier in the truest sense). There are several smartphone applications (yes that is a terrible pun in the heading) which you can use to keep track of your travel expenses. The best thing about them is that most of them are completely free. Such apps include Expensify, inDinero, Mileage Log +, BizXpense Tracker, Concur Mobile and Shoeboxed.
Business in the Cloud:
For those who just use their phones for the phone's core purposes of calling, there is another option. If they are not partial to their phone, business or corporate officers, without exception, use a laptop. And that laptop has programs which can help them keep track of travel expenses. Microsoft Office's spreadsheets is one example. Microsoft Office Online is another tool that saves data in a cloud storage ensuring that it is safe and also easier to share with your coworkers.
It's the simple things in life:
This point is very trivial but most people do not care for it anyway. Keep track of your receipts. This will help you later when you are trying to figure out where that couple hundred bucks got to.Make a note each time you get a receipt on your phone or a small notepad and take a photo of that receipt. This might sound too much but when you're back in the office trying to ask the company to repay you, you'll be glad you did it.
Organization is key:
Being organized never did do anyone harm. You should embrace it when traveling. An hour at the end of each day before turning in, keeping and maintaining a list of the expenses for that particular day. Also be sure to be up to date on your company's travel policy – it has details on things it will refund you for and for those it will not. That expensive bottle of whiskey might just come out of your own pocket. Here read first. …
A vacation to Hawaii can be sheer fun if quality transportation and accommodation facilities are available. Hawaii has an array of assets to make your visit memorable. It ensures that the visitors' plate in Hawaii is always full of experiences.
Hawaii tour is exciting and thrilling for anyone willing to go to different places of the island. Things to do here surpass what one would expect of a typical tourist spot. Hawaii provides an opportunity to enjoy some wonderful time, visit exquisite beaches and serene landscapes, and meet people from different cultures. Hawaii is a potpourri of old and new. While the exterior and life of the Hawaiians seem to be modern, people here are still imbibed with tradition and cultural values.
One of the must-visit places to visit while on Hawaii tour is Oahu island. The place has plenty of beautiful scenic vistas that resemble some of the best movie sets you have ever seen. That's because some movies have been shot in these islands out of which Jurassic Park and The Lost World are the most popular ones. Due to the unique landscape of the island, tourists can have wonderful views of different places of the island.
For many tourists, Oahu is a wonderland, filled with charm and beauty. The impressive sea life and underwater beauty offer immense pleasure. Oahu offers plenty of activities which never allow you to get bored. You get to see serene aquatic life including an encounter with water animals ranging from sharks to dolphins. You can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, swimming, jet skiing, para sailing and wave running. People have immense pleasure riding the waves of Oahu.
For couples celebrating their weddings and anniversaries in Hawaii, an area that stands among the top destinations for romantic getaways – the term romantic vacation has a totally new meaning. Through the tropical land of Oahu, loving couples can enjoy long romantic swims in insular bays and coves, or hit the beach for aquatic fun in the company of other water lovers.
Some attractions in Oahu such as Iolani Palace tell visitors the meaning of royalty. It is the only one of its type in the United States. This makes the Iolani Palace a national treasure and a must visit place. At one point in time, it was considered the political front and property of Hawaii. The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, located in southern Oahu, is a must go for all swimmers. It is one of the best known destinations for snorkeling. The bay offers colorful tropical fish, coral reefs and clear water. Pearl Harbor is the site where Japan attacked US naval base in the Second World War. There are several memories here reminding of the most infamous date in the US history.
Hawaii is well-known for its accommodation and transportation services. Standard of transportation services is quite high with some quality transport companies offering excellent taxi and limousine services Oahu Circle Island Tour . Greeting the visitors at the …
The title of this entry suggests that I eat at the restaurant in question quite often. Actually, I do not. I was at the hotel for four nights, but only ate at the restaurant twice. That's how I survived it without compromising my gluten free diet.
The point of this article is not to rant against the hotel, but to illustrate what can go wrong at a restaurant, and how to deal with it and remain gluten-free.
The Problem with the Restaurant
I was a hotel attending an intensive course to help me with the direction of my life and my business. Because I have a gluten allergy and given that there would be no time to look for food outside the hotel, and anticipating challenges in finding food to suit my allergy requirements, I mostly bought my own food. I ate at the restaurant twice, and this was not a happy experience.
Because the course I was attending involved a lot of people, they had a buffet arranged for us. Before buying tickets for the buffet, I told the hotel staff what my allergies are, and asked if I could be accommodated. I was told this was possible.
Luckily, I only pre-purchased the dinners. When I showed up at the buffet, it turned out that I could really only eat the salad! The first night, Cindy, a really service super-star, was able to arrange an alternate meal for me. The second night she was not there, and the staff came up with something that technically I could eat, but really was pretty unsatisfactory.
Bringing My Own Gluten-Free Food
Breakfasts and lunches did work really well because I bought my own gluten-free food.
I do not eat gluten, but I can eat oatmeal. I brought a one-cup immersion heater to boil water, and added that to a bowl of instant oatmeal. Adding walnuts and almonds made it a pretty good and complete breakfast.
For lunch, I bought rice cakes, and canned meat (which I found at an Italian store in my home town). The cans have pull-tabs, so they are easy to open, and do not stink like fish, so that worked very well.
Planning for Next Time
I have another similar trip coming up in March. This time I will bring dinner as well as breakfast and lunch.
I have not planned my meals yet, but I have purchased a single-burner electric stove which I can fit in my suit-case. Some camping pots and implements will complete my kitchen. I will probably have rice with something out of a can – not exciting but better than restaurant food. If I can, I will try to come up with something interesting, but it will all have to work as airplane luggage, so there will be challenges. I'll add more when I have worked out the details.
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A few people have been asking what an immersion heater is. You put it in to a cup or mug …
During times of a major economic downturn many people decide to change their career. Usually a major career change will require that you go back to school. Going back to school can be a tough decision especially if you have already started your career. To help decide which career type you should follow we have created a list of careers that are best suited for each of the 16 Myers Briggs personality types.
Military, business administrators, managers, police/detective work, judges, financial officers, teachers, sales representatives, government workers, insurance agents, underwriters, nursing administrators, trade and technical teachers, mafia dons. Natural leaders, they work best when they are in charge and enforcing the rules.
Business executives, administrators and managers, accountants, police, detectives, judges, lawyers, medical doctors, dentists, computer programmers, systems analysts, computer specialists, auditors, electricians, math teachers, mechanical engineers, steelworkers, technicians, militia members. Similar to the ESTJ, they have a knack for detail and memorization, but work more behind the scenes instead of up front as a leader.
Home economics, nursing, teaching, administrators, child care, family practice physician, clergy, office managers, counselers, social workers, bookkeeping, accounting, secretaries, organization
leaders, dental assistants, homemakers, radiological technologists, receptionists, religious educators, speech pathologists.. They do best in jobs where they can apply their natural warmth at building relationships with other people.
Interior decorators, designers, nurses, administrators, managers, secretaries, child care/early childhood development, social work, counselors, paralegals, clergy, office managers, shopkeepers,
bookkeepers, homemakers, gardeners, clerical supervisors, curators, family practice physicians, health service workers, librarians, medical technologists, typists. Tradition-oriented and down-to-earth, they do best in jobs where they can help people achieve their goals, or where structure is needed.
Sales representatives, marketers, police, detectives, paramedics, medical technicians, computer technicians, computer technical support, entrepreneurs, comedians, agents, race car drivers,
firefighters, military, loan sharks, con men, auditors, carpenters, craft workers, farmers, laborers, service workers, transportation operatives. They have a gift for reacting to and solving immediate problems, and persuading other people.
Police, detectives, forensic pathologists, computer programmers, system analysts, computer specialists, engineers, carpenters, mechanics, pilots, drivers, athletes, entrepreneurs, firefighters,
paramedics, construction workers, dental hygienists, electrical engineers, farmers, military, probation officers, steelworkers, transportation operatives, hit men. With the ability to stay calm
under pressure, they excel in any job which requires immediate action.
Actors, painters, comedians, adult entertainers, sales representatives, teachers, counselors, social workers, child care, fashion designers, interior decorators, consultants, photographers,
musicians, human resources managers, clerical supervisors, coaches, factory supervisors, food service workers, receptionists, recreation workers, religious educators, respiratory therapists.. Optimistic and fun-loving, their enthusiasm is great for motivating others.
Artists, musicians, composers, designers, child care workers, social workers, counselers, teachers, veterinarians, forest rangers, naturalists, bookkeepers, carpenters, personal service workers,
clerical supervisors, secretaries, dental and medical staffers, waiters and waitresses, chefs, nurses, mechanics, physical therapists, x-ray technicians. They tend to do well in the arts, as well as helping others and working with people.
Teachers, consultants, psychiatrists, social workers, counselers, clergy, sales representative, human resources, managers, events coordinators, politicians, diplomats, writers, …
Some people like to plan their vacation a few months in advance while others like to wait for the last minute offers. Which one is the best way to make sure that you will have a wonderful vacation?
There are those people that plan their vacation a few months in advance. They usually go to a travel agency and talk about possibilities even when the weather outside is cold and snowy. However, they might have the right key for a successful holiday. Some agencies offer great deals if you book and prepay your vacation. Also, an advantage for taking this course of action would be the fact that you can book your flight in advance so you will pay considerable less than if you book you flight with only some days in advance.
If you decide to spend your holiday in May or September then you can be sure that you will pay less for accommodation and transport because the season is either just starting or ending. So the hotels and the travel agencies are willing to offer discounts. Also, the prices in the resort you are going will be more reasonable than in the months of July or August.
On the other hand, there are those that like to wait for the last minute offers. These offers are actually a great way to spend your holiday because they are actually cheaper than a normal booked holiday. All you have to do is make sure you check what the travel agencies have to offer regularly. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to make some connections in order to make sure that you get all the information on time.
The most important advantage for this type of vacation is the fact that you have all ensured at almost half price off. The last minute offers include transportation and accommodation at so reasonable prices because either the agency hasn’t managed to book all the seats for the holiday or the season is over and they need to respect the contracts made with the hotels and the travel agencies.
However you choose to spend your holiday just make sure you have the time of your life!…
Florida is the most famous for it beautiful sun soaked white sand beaches with the clear blue water of the sea touching the shore rhythmically. Irrespective of the age group you belong to, the work you do, your likes and dislikes, you can not help but get enchanted by the scenic beauty of Florida. At a place like this what can be more enchanting than a spacious and tastefully decorated room with a patio or verandah overlooking the beach.
The entire tourism industry of Florida thrives on the presence of the beaches here. Therefore, it is no surprise that the entire beach line is dotted with a number of hotels, resorts and motels. You will find tourist accommodations that will suit all sizes of holiday budgets. Yet, the majority of the accommodations are expensive and then, extremely luxurious.
A number of these hotels can accommodate even those tourists who are visiting on less than extravagant budget. These hotels offer you the beautiful gardens from where you can soak in the breathtaking view of the sea and the powdery white beaches. You can also rent cottages which are fully furnished and at times they also provide you with the luxury of a Jacuzzi and / or a swimming pool. A number of hotels provide you with bicycles so that you can pedal your way through the beautiful places in this idyllic setting.
Some of the hotels are strategically designed with large windows so that the guests are not left bereft of any chance to soak in the exhilarating beauty of Florida even while they are within the concessions of the hotel. These hotels are more often than not surrounded by small establishments which offer exquisite Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Lebanese, Caribbean and Indian delicacies. The fact that the beach is a few steps away from your hotel room makes your stay very refreshing and relaxing indeed. …
As both a dog lover and a vacation rental home owner, I have often encountered the subject of traveling with a approved pet. While just a few short years ago, it was relatively rare to find hotel accommodation that would welcome, or at least, put up with my well behaved and lovable Boxer, Ouzo. Occidentally while we traveled up Interstate 5 in California, we would stop at the beautiful Harris Ranch. One, because it's a great stop over with beautiful accommodations and superb food, mid way for us on our drive as well. But also, they treat Fido the way WE treat Fido, with love and care! They even provide a small sign to put on your door so people know there is a dog in the room.
Personally, I know that one reason I loved traveling with Ouzo (now passed on) is because he was so fun to be with! Not at all a hassle, and always very well behaved in any new place. So, when I became the owner of a great vacation beach rental home, it was a no brainer for me to accept dogs. I know that for the most part, if people want to be with their pets, it's because the pets are nice to be around, and are well behaved.
What should you expect as a pet owner who is traveling through California or who wants to rent a fun vacation property rental? First off, most hotels, motels and California holiday rentals will require a small pet deposit, which will be refundable upon your departure as long as no damage was done. (We know your precious pooch would NEVER damage anything, it's just like insurance is all!) In over ten years of renting out to dog lovers, I have never had to retain the $ 50.00 per pet deposit I collect.
Dog friendly may mean different things to different people. Be sure you know just what to expect before you book the hotel room or holiday home. Ask questions about things such as floor coverings, as this can be important for your dog's comfort. Plan to bring along some of your pet's familiar things to make them feel at home – toys or bedding for instance. Many pet friendly places do provide dishes and water bowls for your pet, but think about bringing something familiar here as well, to add to the comfort and lessen the strangeness of new surroundings.
Check out in advance a good place to walk the dog, the owner or booking agent should be able to provide that info. Our vacation home offers a beach accommodation. If your visit is to a beach vacation house, make sure you know in advance that the beach is dog friendly, as well. Many California beaches do not allow dogs. Our beach, Dillon Beach, in Northern California, allows dogs to run free at water's edge, which they just love! Nothing like a day chasing birds at the shore to make for a tired and …
United Kingdom has always been regarded as a promising city which reflects a history of colonisation and a past which reveals the power and influence of Great Britain. The culture, language and tradition of united Kingdom has spread over to many countries. United Kingdom has played a role of a ruler in the past centuries and it has been a pioneer to propagate its cultural richness and heritage. United Kingdom due to its historical significance has been a popular destination for tourists from all around the world. The distinctive monuments and architectural beauty enchants the travellers to no end.
Travellers can experience the scenic beauty of United Kingdom and feel the sophistication and decorum of its cities as well as the hospitality of its friendly citizens. In order to provide comfort and luxury to the prospective travellers there are several travel package providers which excel in making your trip a memorable and enthralling experience. Travel package offered in United Kingdom take complete responsibility of delivering the best in terms of accommodation, touring, entertainment and dining. These packages aim to give their tourist undivided attention and a homely treatment. These package take the trouble of planning the trip in a wise way and arrange for cheap and affordable accommodation, they explore attractive locales which simply leaves the traveller spell-bound and makes him want to visit the place time and again.
So if a tourist attaches himself with a travel package then he would be entitled to enjoy the best facilities and would also be saving up his time as well as money. An independent traveller on the other hand would not be privileged with such comfort and convenience. He would have to invest a whole lot of time trying to get the best deals in areas of accommodation and transport. He would also miss out on some of the attractive spots and feel that his trip has been incomplete. He would also fall short of the basic information and detail required to visit the country. Therefore it is advisable that a traveller should surrender himself to a travel package provider, sit back and enjoy the extraordinary landscape and wondrous monuments. Some of the travel package provider will make you tour UK by coach, making the trip immensely fun and informative. Tourists will visit the popular spots in Scotland and Ireland.
They will also view the soaring mountains and see the Georgian houses in Dublin and public buildings as well as tour the grand Ring of Kerry. Travellers will stay in well furnished hotels where they will be provided breakfast and dinner. Evening will be made lively with entertainment programs and various other activities. Some package include a ten day tour known as the British Regency Tour. This tour will pleasantly surprise the visitors with its touring of some of the most popular places such as Shakespeare’s birthplace, St. Paul’s cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, York Minster. The package offers first class hotels in London and exotic meals which make the travelling experience extremely …
A family vacation to Mexico might just be the ideal family getaway. You and spouse can unwind from a hard year of while your children go on the adventure of a lifetime. With hundreds of exciting attractions, splendid beaches and extensive amenities, Mexico is a great spot too vacation with the kids. A large number of resorts in Mexico have tons of hot deals on family vacations. Here are a few vacation packages that have a family-friendly ambiance.
Barcelo Resorts. These resorts in Riviera Maya, Mexico, include a number of four all-inclusive hotels that are ideal for a family vacation in Mexico. Situated in Barcelo Maya Complex, the hotels all share a mile of beach. The guests staying here can enjoy all of the extensive facilities offered by all four of the resorts.
Palace Resorts. These two all-inclusive resorts are also located in Riviera Maya, and are a great choice for a family vacation to Mexico. They offer special deals for families at certain times of the year. If you stay for at least three nights, you will get unlimited tours to a few of the beautiful Mayan ruins, as well as a vouchers for spa, golf, and car rental.
Superclubs Breezes Resort. This splendid resort is part of the famous Costa Do Sauipe complex, which owns five miles of beach. Come here with your kids and they will love the diverse entertaining programs, which include trapeze, circus, horse-riding, surfing, windsurfing, golf and lake recreation. At certain times during the year they offer a 40% discount on their vacations packages.
Aeromexico. This Mexican airline is the number one choice for a family vacation to Mexico, they offer multiple vacation packages to various destinations in Mexico. They also have their own website, where you can check for special deals.
United Vacations. Another popular choice for a family vacation to Mexico, United Vacations offer several attractive promotions all through the year and includes family-friendly hotels in a variety different locations.
Mexico is a beautiful place that is full of excitement and adventure for both the kids and their parents. Many resorts have extensive programs to keep the kids entertained through your vacation. This allows you to enjoy a quiet stroll on the beach, or spend a romantic evening with your spouse at one of the many fine restaurants in Mexico. Many of the resorts in Mexico also offer infant care services. …