7 Ways to Find a Cheap Vacation

7-ways-to-travel-cheapFor most Americans, vacations are an important part of the year. They give us something to look forward to, time to unplug and unwind, and a break from the monotony of our daily lives. Unfortunately, vacations also cause problems for a lot of people. Whether the stress of planning, the need to keep up with what your neighbors are doing, or the simple added expense of the vacation, vacationing can be as detrimental as helpful. To help ease some of that difficulty, here are 7 ways to find a great vacation on the cheap, helping you to maintain your budget and save yourself some stress.

  1. Book Early – If you know exactly where you want to go and when you want to be there, book as early in advance as you can. Companies will often offer lower rates far in advance, because they are not sure how many people will be there. As the date approaches, the plane/hotel/attraction will book up, and the company can then charge more. Booking early also means you will have access to everything, so if a hotel has various types of rooms or a flight has different classes, getting the cheapest is available when you book early.
  1. Book Late – If you don’t really care where you are going, wait until the last minute to book your vacation. Airlines and hotel chains will often offer significantly reduced rates right before a date if they are under-booked. An airline would rather sell a ticket at half

5 Great Golf Destinations in the US

great-golf-destinationsSome travel to golf, others travel and find golf to be a nice getaway from the family during the trip, but no matter the reason, golf is an extremely important part of traveling for many Americans. So with that in mind, here is 5 great golf destination in the United States.

  1. Hilton Head, SC – This should come as no surprise to any golfer. Hilton head has incredible golfing, a great climate, and clean, clear beaches for the family. Hilton Head is a favorite of both avid golfers looking for a good weekend getaway with friends and those looking for a great family vacation with the option to sneak off for a round at a world class course.
  1. Phoenix, AZ – Arizona is probably not the first place you think of when you think of great golfing, but Phoenix more than delivers for even the most seasoned golfers. There are over 200 courses to choose from, ranging from fun and inexpensive courses for beginners to PGA Championship courses right in Scottsdale. This means you could go here every year for a golf outing, and never need to go to the same course twice. And as an added bonus, Tucson is only a short car ride away and offers some of the most scenic courses in the country.
  1. Monterey, CA – Home to Pebble Beach, no list of golf destinations would be complete without Monterey. Beyond Pebble Beach, however, is a serious of picturesque courses, giving both veteran and novice golfers

Travelling With Pets

traveling-with-petsTraveling with pets can be an ordeal. It’s hard to figure out how to transport them, whether by car or plane, can be mentally fatiguing and scary to the animal, and can leave an owner feeling guilty. So before scheduling a flight or mapping a course, make sure you are your pet are ready for the trip.

Driving

While driving is generally much easier than flying with a pet, it can still lead to a number of problems. First, be sure you have an appropriate transportation device for the pet. This can be a crate, car seat, seat belt, or any other approved restraint. This will help to ensure the animal is safe in the event of an accident, but can also help keep your pet at east during the ride.

Next, plan a course and include rest breaks that are pet friendly. If you have to stop overnight, for example, be sure to book a hotel ahead of time that allows pets. The drive will be trying enough, you don’t want to find yourself in a state you don’t know trying to find accommodations.

Keep your pet hydrated and, if needed, medicated. Be sure you pet won’t get carsick, otherwise look into healthy medical treatments. Also keep the pet drinking fresh water.

And finally, don’t leave your pet in the car alone. A few minutes to you can feel like an eternity to the animal. Your pet is likely to already have anxiety, and adding loneliness is not a …

Surviving Thanksgiving Travel

surviving-thanksgiving-day-travelMost Americans who are traveling for Thanksgiving will drive this year, as they do every year. So if you are planning to drive any great distance for the holiday, you need to prepare or be ready to take longer than usual to reach your destination. If, however, you are flying, don’t expect a walk in the park, either. Though most will be driving, hundreds of thousands of people will still fly, meaning airports will still be crowded. So to help you with this, here’s a guide to surviving Thanksgiving travel.

Flying

If you’re flying, be prepared for the trip. Pack light, check-in early, expect delays, and above all, arrive early. The less you have with you, the less you need to keep track of. If you can avoid baggage claim when you land, that will make leaving at your destination much easier.

If you can check-in the night before, many airlines allow you to pick your seat and skip the check-in line at the airport. This will save you time and guarantee your spot.

If you’re prepared for delays, you won’t be as disappointed when your flight is delayed. Always assume a delay when traveling at peak times, otherwise, you may miss a connecting flight or transportation when you do, finally, land.

And you will always want to arrive early. Baggage check could be backed up, security almost definitely will be behind, and flights will not wait for you. The last thing you want to do is miss a flight …

5 Bad Habits to Avoid When Traveling or Working From Home

working-from-homeMore and more Americans are working from home every year. Whether as part of a company or as self-employed individuals, this trend is certainly on the rise. And it’s no wonder – there are countless advantages to working from home. Unfortunately, there are also some bad habits which can form if you aren’t careful about it. So if you recently transitioned to working from home, here are five habits you want to avoid.

  1. No Morning Routine – No one likes getting up before the sun to get ready for work, then sit in traffic for two hours to get to the office. But just because you don’t need to do this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some kind of morning routine. Get up at the same time every day, and follow the same routine. Be sure to include getting dressed and eating breakfast in that routine. This will help you to be healthier and to remain more focused throughout your day. It will also help you to get right to work as you will be following a customary routine and will not need to get into “work mode.”
  1. Unclear Hours – Many people who work from home start their day at different times every day, end their day at different times every day, take odd-hour breaks throughout the day, and work into the wee hours of the morning or on weekends. Unfortunately, this can be awful for productivity, forcing you to constantly switch between working and not-working. It also blurs

What to Look for in an Interview

traveling-to-that-big-interviewWhen conducting an interview, it is important to consider the applicant’s qualifications for the job. Obviously, if certain skills or experience are required, then an applicant who lacks this will struggle in the role and is not a good hire. But beyond the specific skills you are seeking, there are other things to consider in an applicant. How will they fit in with the team? Will they work up to their potential? Will they cut corners? And, possibly most important to many hiring managers, will they leave in 6 months for a better opportunity?

Ultimately, what these other questions ask is, what does the applicant bring to the table aside from their skills and experience. And overwhelmingly the answer is, character. All of these questions are, in one way or another, a question of the character of the individual being hired. So when hiring an employee, after you have screened for the requirements to perform the job, screen for character.

This can be done in a number of ways. You can watch body language, watch for eye contact, assess their ability to answer an unexpected question and ask them about their negatives. These can be great ways to uncover potential issues in an applicant. If they are slouching, not smiling, tapping a foot, and staring off into space, chances are, they are only partially engaged in the interview. If an interviewee can only remain partially engaged now, what will happen when they have the job?

Similarly, answers speak volumes beyond …

Tips to Successfully Work From Home And Travel Often!

working-from-home-officeA growing percent of the population is working from home. Whether as a small business owner or as part of a larger company, technology is making it easier than ever to stay connected from home. And while this appeals to many people, in theory, the actual practice of working from home can be very difficult for some. Some have issues with time management, others the lack of human contact and still others feel they become invisible to their company and ultimately have trouble moving ahead. So if you are considering leaving the traditional workplace and moving to a home office, here are some suggestions to successfully work from home.

  1. Designate a Work Space. While it may seem very practical to simply hook your laptop up in the living room so you can stay with the kids or keep an eye on the news during the day, those distractions will keep you from getting your work done and will blur the lines of “work” and “home.” Instead, designate a room or some isolated space to be your office. When you’re in your office, do not watch TV, listen for the kids, surf the web, or do anything “home” related. This will help you to stay on task during working hours and will help you to keep work off your mind during non-working hours. By mixing the two worlds of your home, you can create a situation where you either don’t do enough work, or you never stop working – and both