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That peaceful land, that beautiful land…
There are six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island. You’ll find each island has its own distinct personality and offers its own adventures, activities and sights. Mark Twain called Hawaii, “That peaceful land, that beautiful land… the climate, one long delicious summer day, and the good that die experience no change, for they but fall asleep in one heaven and wake up in another.”
Getting a visa can be a very complicated process and your UNIGLOBE Five Star Travel consultant is here to help. Through our preferred partnership with CIBT we can offer you the expertise to know precisely what is required to get you the document you need. Visiting a consulate or government agency often means standing in long lines or having to deal with limited hours of operation. In addition, CIBT liaisons maintain close relationships with government employees and consular staff enabling them to process last minute requests that you may not be able to accomplish on your own.
With more than 50 years experience, CIBT and subsidiaries have become the largest and most well-established travel visa and passport company in the world. Last year they assisted nearly one million people in obtaining the documents required for international travel.
This is the fast and easy way to obtain a travel visa, passport, and other documents for travel anywhere in the world including popular destinations such as China, India, Russia, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.
CIBT alleviates the confusion for customers and clients by maintaining a proprietary database that has the most up-to-date travel visa requirements for over 200 countries. They offer the tools, experience, and global network necessary to effectively reduce the time associated with obtaining travel documents and legalizations.
How to organize the details for your first business trip
|All of the information needed for your first business trip can be overwhelming, so staying organized is critical! It is simplest to keep all of your travel-related logistics, such as hotel, flight, and car rental information, together in one centralized location. There are several apps that will keep track of this information, including the UNIGLOBE Travel Companion app. These apps will monitor your reservations and alert you to any changes, allowing you to focus on the business at hand.
It’s also helpful to make sure you have your work-related addresses, directions, and contact data handy. Some travelers prefer to print out their information, some use list-keeping apps such as Evernote, and others keep notes in their phones. Regardless of which method you prefer, it is best to gather the information together prior to your trip.
|From May 12 to May 17 one of the largest terminal moves in the history of aviation will begin at LAX. Delta will be moving from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3, and 20 other airlines will be moving as well. While ultimately a good thing, this may cause some challenges to travelers during the transition. We turned to business travel expert Road Warriorette for the best ways to manage the change.
What changes are happening?
Over five nights in May a total of 21 airlines will be relocating their operations. Some airlines, such as Delta, will be moving to an entirely new terminal, while others will simply be moving their check-in counters. The moves will happen overnight, and organizers are hopeful daytime operations will be unaffected.
What is the motivation behind the change?
The end goal for the moves is more efficient operations between partner carriers, as well as planned facility improvements for Terminals 2 and 3. Delta is planning to spend almost $2 billion on the Delta Sky Way at LAX, modernizing, upgrading, and connecting Terminals 2 and 3, with this move as the first step.
How will I know where to go?
As always, check your flight times and gate information before leaving for the airport. At LAX, the first digit of the gate number will indicate what terminal you are in. For example, gate 65 is in Terminal 6. Once you arrive at the airport flight and gate status is on the display boards in each terminal, as well as plenty of signage with clear directions on where you need to be. In addition, all ground transportation (buses, taxis, Uber, etc) will be updated on the transition and where all the airlines will be located during and after the move.
Will the airport assist passengers affected by the change?
The airport is very focused on making sure affected passengers have all the information and help they need. There will be 500 additional signs, along with staff on hand to answer questions and direct customers to the correct location. If a passenger needs to transfer to a different terminal there will be shuttle buses between Terminals 2/3 and Terminals 5/6. In addition, the “A” bus will also be available, free for passengers, departing every 10 minutes and traveling between all terminals.
Keep in mind: some flights will require check-in at one terminal but will be departing from another. This means it is crucial to allow extra time at the airport if you need to check your bags. If you are carrying on, you should be able to simply check in online and use a mobile or printed boarding pass to get through security like normal.
For more information please see the LAX transition website.
1. Water and snacks
I never board a plane without bringing my own water and snacks. You never know when your plane might experience a mechanical issue and you don’t want to get stuck on the tarmac without something to eat and drink. Never depend on the airlines to feed you. Many of them don’t even offer peanuts or pretzels anymore. Buy a bottle of water before you get on the plane and carry non-perishable snacks. It’s best to avoid anything with a strong odor (like that Philly cheese steak sandwich) that would offend other travelers.
2. Noise-cancelling earphones
Use your time in the sky to relax. I use earphones to avoid the roar of the engines and relax with my favorite music, or learn new lessons with a book on tape or podcast while traveling. A good set of earphones will block out the sound of a restless child or a chatty couple seated behind you.
3. Comfortable socks
For a long flight or use in the hotel, I like a nice cushy pair of socks. They keep your feet warm and make it much easier to relax. On longer flights, you might even want to bring your own pair of portable slippers. They will keep your feet clean whenever you visit the lavatory.
4. Emergency kit
I always carry a small bag of emergency supplies while traveling. Build your emergency kit once and throw it in your bag every time you travel, replenishing supplies as you use them up or they become out of date. Include Band-Aids and triple antibiotic cream, pain relievers, sleep aids, antacids, emery board and vitamins. Tote any current prescriptions, in their clearly-identified prescription bottles, in your carry-on bag.
5. Phone charger
Always have your phone charger with you at all times. You never know when you will need to use your phone at length or have to spend extra time at the airport due to a delay. The last thing you need is a dead battery in an emergency.
6. Wrap or jacket
One of my favorite travel items is my pink cashmere Pashmina. It can serve as a wrap when I’m cold, a pillow, a blanket, a formal wrap, or a cover-up, as well as a scarf. It is light, packs well and can add a pop of color to any outfit. Men should never leave home without a sweater or lightweight jacket. Just in case your baggage gets rerouted or lost, carry along an extra set of undergarments and an extra outfit.
7. Alternatives to the purse or wallet
As a woman, it just doesn’t look right to carry my large purse to an evening event, so I pack a smaller black purse that will match any outfit. The smaller purse can also serve as a jewelry carrier en route. Men: leave the bulky wallet at home and just carry what you need in your pocket. A stylish money clip with a card case will lighten your load and is the way to go.
It’s a good idea to carry on some sort of entertainment, whether it is an intriguing book, magazine or a tablet. Use earphones and keep the volume low in respect for your fellow travelers.
To avoid high baggage handling fees of up to $35 or more per bag (Kayak) and the outside chance that your checked baggage may not arrive when or where you do, with a little creativity, you may even be able to use your carry-on as your only luggage. These items will help you become better prepared for any unexpected situation and make your trip less stressful.