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Christmas presents for business travelers

Christmas Gifts for Business Travelers

Buying Christmas gifts for business travelers is a bit tricky as it’s often hard to know what will make their lives easier and what will just be dead weight in their luggage. Have no fear. As a veteran road warrior who has been living out of a suitcase Monday-Friday for most of the last four years, I’m here to help you earn yourself a spot atop the gift-giving podium this holiday season with this list of presents that business travelers are sure to love. You may even find that frequent fliers who are traveling for fun instead of work will adore some of these too.

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Christmas gifts for business travelers  - what to buy business travelers for Christmas

Gifts for business travel carry-ons

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Winter travel tips

Winter Travel Tips from Expert Bloggers

Traveling in the winter isn’t the easiest thing to do – you have to pack way more clothing than you do in the summer and are often at the mercy of the weather – but it’s also incredibly  rewarding and if you plan on visiting German Christmas markets, viewing the Northern Lights, or planning a ski vacation, you’ll have to venture out into the cold. These winter travel tips from experienced bloggers should prepare you to face winter weather.

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Pick the right clothes to keep you warm

By Cat from The Compass is Calling

Kemi, Finland - Travel tips for winter

Photo courtesy of Cat from The Compass is Calling

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Surviving Solo Business Trips

So you’re going on your first business trip. Now what? Landing in a brand new city, grabbing a rental car, and setting off to somewhere new all by yourself can be intimidating at first. What if you get lost? Will you be bored in the evening? What about having to eat in a restaurant by yourself? I’ve been traveling for business regularly for three years now, and here are my best tips for surviving solo business trips.

Eating out alone

BBQ dinner dining out alone on a solo business trip

Would you want to miss out on this feast just because you were too self-conscious to go to dinner alone?

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Entrance to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland - Is it worth visiting?

Should You Visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s top tourist attractions. Its stunning blue waters contrast beautifully against the surrounding black volcanic rock, but its immense popularity leaves many potential visitors wondering if it’s too touristy to bother with. There are numerous pros and cons for visiting the Blue Lagoon, and you should weigh them all before deciding to buy a ticket or skip it.

Should you visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

Why you should visit the Blue Lagoon

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View of lake Tahoe from Van Sickle Bi-State Park

Hiking Your Way to a Spectacular View of Lake Tahoe

If you’re looking for a great view of Lake Tahoe, hiking in Van Sickle Bi-State Park might just be for you. What’s a bi-state park, you ask? It’s a park that crosses state borders – between California and Nevada, though Nevada’s park service does most of the management. It’s an easy hike in South Lake Tahoe that takes you partway up the mountain for a perfect view of the lake.

I hit the business trip jackpot when I landed a customer along the shores of Lake Tahoe, and I was determined to see as much of the surrounding scenery as possible. Because of the fact that I have to work during the day, I’m limited to evenings which makes day-long excursions off-limits. (Someday I’ll write about the exquisite torture that business trips like this bring to a travel junkie like me.) The hike in Van Sickle was perfect for me because it was both beautiful and relatively quick.

The best view of Lake Tahoe at Van Sickle Bi-State Park

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Gorilla Falls Trail at Disney's Animal Kingdom - Animal Kingdom tips for adults

The Grown-up’s Guide to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The youngest of Disney World’s four theme parks, Animal Kingdom has a decidedly different feel to it than the other three. With wider walkways and a variety of little nooks with hidden discoveries, it’s a park that’s meant to be wandered around and explored at a slower pace. With great food options and two of my favorite shows on property, there are plenty of things at Animal Kingdom for adults.

The rides

Lion on the kilimanjaro Safaris ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Steaming geysers at Iceland's Geysir area

Iceland’s Golden Circle in Winter

The Golden Circle is one of Iceland’s top tourist attractions. Easily accessible as a day trip from Reykjavik, it offers a taste of some of the truly incredible natural wonders the country has to offer. Encompassing three separate attractions, Þingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss, this well-trafficked area combines spectacular scenery, Icelandic history, and a chance to see geothermal action up close. Visiting the Golden Circle in winter not only helps avoid the crowds, but the snow-cover also lends an additional layer of beauty to already gorgeous landscapes.

Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park in Iceland

When heading northeast from Reykjavik, Þingvellir National Park is the first place you’ll pass on your Golden Circle route. Steeped in both human and geologic history, this was my favorite stop. The broad rift valley central to the park is the result of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates separating. Ever so slowly, the two continental plates are pulling apart, widening this rift. Adventurous visitors can even scuba dive in the rift, though I didn’t get to try that on my visit.

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Stained glass in Sainte Chappelle

Sainte Chappelle: Paris’ Hidden Gem

Everyone knows about Paris’ greatest hits: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe. But when planning my first ever visit, I came across one site that I’d never heard of: Sainte Chappelle. This hidden gem should be on any Paris Itinerary. Though it’s certainly less well-known than nearby Notre Dame, the inside of Sainte Chappelle is even more beautiful. Famous for its incredible stained glass, visitors are left in awe of this incredible royal chapel dating back to the 1200s.

The chapel, originally founded by Saint Louis (not the city) to house a collection of Catholic relics has survived a lot in its history. It was vandalized during the French Revolution, used for storage, and oiled up to protect it from WWII bombing. After lots of renovations, it’s now open to the public and should not be missed on your visit to Paris.

Sainte Chappelle’s lower level

Lower chapel in Sainte Chappelle

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Hiking the Dream Lake Trail

The Dream Lake trail was my absolute favorite hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. It branches off from the Bear Lake area and takes you up to a series three more alpine lakes: Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake. We stopped at Dream Lake thanks to non-ideal hiking conditions, but online photos make me think it’s the prettiest of the three anyway.

Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

The Bear Lake Trail

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Planes at LaGuardia airport - the future of travel

What Does the Future of Travel Look Like?

With cities pushing back against mass tourism, technology reshaping our world, airlines finding new ways to squeeze money out of fees, and social media influencers making destinations trendy with just a few Instagram pictures, there’s no doubt that the future of travel looks very different than its current state. I asked a group of travel bloggers to predict what the future of travel will look like over the next couple of decades.

Changes in communication will shape the future of travel

I think the biggest aspect that is going to change within travel is how we communicate. For decades, the way we’ve communicated with people has either been in English, or their own language. Who here is guilty of that being the former? I always try and learn at least a few words at a minimum (hello, goodbye, thank you and usually cheers!) in the native language but how will this change in the next few years? With technology expansion soaring into the space age – there are already tools on the market that will dramatically change travel, and communication in travel forever.

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