Archives for April 2007

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How to Find Time for Travel

Increased connectivity through cell phones, computer networks and email has made us more productive but at a cost. We are working longer hours, and creating an on call culture where employees are in constant contact with the office.

I’ll take some time off when this project is complete.

If the company can let me take three weeks off they probably do not need my position.

It is too hard to catch up after a long vacation.

These are just a few of misnomers that keep people in the office rather than recharging their batteries for the year ahead. A study prepared by the Families and Work Institute, Overwork in America, found that over a third of employees do not plan to use their full vacation entitlement. How do you avoid being part of this terrible statistic?

The simple answer is planning, look at your schedule and determine the optimum time to take your vacation and get your boss to approve the time off.

Block the time off in your calendar, and decline or reschedule any requests for your time during your planned vacation.

Book your travel as soon as possible after agreeing the vacation plan with your manager. He will be less inclined to cancel your vacation when you have invested money in your plan.

Next week: How to Enjoy your Vacation without Worrying about Work.

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Do you prefer Sleepy Flight Crews or Flight Delays?

Reuters is reporting a British Airways crew in New Delhi delayed their flight’s departure by 13 hours because they did not get sufficient rest in their noisy hotel rooms. Passenger fury at the crew’s decision surprised me, placing their schedule ahead of personal safety

Should the crew have continued the flight despite their unrested condition?

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Travel Photographs – Vatican Museum

Each week I post a few of my personal travel photos to inspire your travel dreams. This week I chose my favourite shots of our first visit to the Vatican Museum in Rome:

Vatican Fresco

Laocoon's death from snakes sent by Athena

Anubis at the Vatican

Vatican Walk to the Sistine Chapel

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Wine Tasting and Hot Jazz in the Yakima Valley

The Yakima Valley‘s growing reputation for great wine and friendly vintners is a good reason to visit this under appreciated area of Washington State. From 20-29 April, the Yakima Valley Spring Fling Festival welcomes the visitors with hot jazz and the fruits of the season.

Spring Fling begins with Prosser’s Wine and Hot Jazz Bash, 20-22 April, grab your swing partner and corkscrew through Prosser tasting the best local wines between sets.

Bike rides, a Cherry Festival and Toppenish’s Centennial celebrations provide enough entertainment for visitors and locals to enjoy the Yakima Valley. A tasting journey through the local vineyards a perfectly delicious way to complete your visit. Pick a designated driver and book your accommodation today.

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Legend of the Motorcycle: Concours d’Elegance

After a successful inaugural event in 2006, the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for the first week in May at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California. For motorcycle enthusiasts, Legend of the Motorcycle is an opportunity to see some of the most desirable and rare motorcycles ever built. This year the organisers are featuring bikes ridden into history at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races. The collection represents a 100 years of racing at the Isle of Man TT, and includes the MV Agusta 500 ridden to victory in the 1966 Junior TT by the unstoppable Giacomo Agostini.

The events run over six days beginning with an invitation only reception in LA followed by a ride from LA to Half Moon Bay on May 2nd. The Concours Day May 5th includes motorcycle and charity auctions and awards presentation including a Lifetime Achievement Award to Willie G Davidson, Senior Vice President & Chief Styling Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Tickets are available now, pull out the leathers and polish your ride for a great week-end of motorcycling elegance.