Category Archives: Travel

Thank a Ranger Day

Sometimes it’s worthwhile to take a minute to acknowledge some of the more unsung roles in our society. Taking a moment to thank your local baker for his hard work is never an unpleasant gesture, as well as giving props to the garbage collector or street cleaner in those early morning hours.

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U.S. Government Touches Gulf Coast

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will meet with the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, La., today. Locke already visited the Gulf Coast in June to speak with local businesses, regarding the impact of the oil spill. At that time, eight grants had been written for the Gulf…

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Riley Experiences Travel Support Abroad

Hello! My name is Riley Roche and I am truly thrilled to be an Editorial Intern at Smart Meetings magazine. Through this internship, I’m learning a great deal about the publishing process, marketing, and utilizing social media. This is my first foray into the blogosphere—so here goes… In the July issue of Smart Meetings (look…

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Greener Grass—On Your Side

The adage “the grass is always greener on the other side” is curiously vague. The other side of what exactly? The planet? The fence? The pillow? The bottom line is that we all can have the tendency to idealize that which we are lacking. And so in the doldrums of professional life, one might fantasize…

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LA Live

A few weeks ago I had a chance to take a tour of LA Live, and as its name says, this sprawling entertainment complex is alive. Much like a pedestrian-friendly, West Coast version of Times Square, L.A. Live has larger-than-life TV screens rolling at every turn, bright lights, big-name restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues and…

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On Chicago’s Cloud 9

As they say, there’s a first time for everything. For me, yesterday held many firsts. I took a flight to Chicago and actually left the airport, I celebrated Earth Day by drinking organic green tea, I ate Ohmi Gyu beef (apparently the best in the world—and I will not disagree), and I came back to…

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Lights Out Saturday

What began as a local movement in Sydney in 2007 has grown into an international movement for our planet. Earth Hour started when the lights were turned off for an hour in 2.2 million homes and businesses in Sydney as a visible symbol of their support for our shared planet. It is now organized by…

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Sleep Well on the Road

Travel is often both a requirement and a perk of our industry. Exploring new places, new hotels, restaurants and convention centers can be a lot of fun. But traveling to a new place every month or so, also means sleeping in a new place. Your body needs to adjust to that new environment before it…

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