Are Air Miles And Hotel Reward Schemes Worth The Lack Of Sleep?

There are many pros to frequent travelling, such as the great benefits to be gained from membership of the numerous frequent flier and hotel reward schemes which soon mount up if you are always on the move. But, an intriguing article recently appeared in the New York Times that points out the real disadvantage of being a member of the frequent traveler’s club, namely lack of sleep on long-haul commercial flights.

The NY Times has found that, after poor customer service, the biggest complaint coming from frequent travelers is that they can’t catch enough sleep while they are flying. In fact it is becoming such a problem that travelers are resorting to extreme action to get a few hours of shut-eye. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are becoming very popular, thanks mainly to the fact they are now a third smaller than they were a few years ago and therefore easier to carry onboard. The machine works by pumping air through a mask, keeping the user’s airways open while they sleep, preventing sleep apnea and other similar ailments.

Other frequent travelers resort to alcohol in an attempt to bring on sleep. According to the N Y Times one un-named passenger on an 18-hour flight to Asia said: “I watched two movies, ate three meals, got drunk twice, slept for five hours and I still wasn’t there! Plus, when I did arrive I had a hangover.” Indeed, it is that hangover element, combined with the fact that alcohol-induced sleep is not fulfilling, that prompts sleep expert Greg Belenky, director of the University of Washington’s Sleep & Performance research center to dismiss it. He instead suggests that other drugs such as prescription sleep tablets or natural remedies such as melatonin supplements should be used to get a good rest.

However, taking a prescription sleeping drug that lasts seven hours on a five hour flight could prove a problem, so should only be used for long haul flights. It is generally acknowledged that sleeping in a vertical position causes the body to produce adrenalin-type compounds in order to keep the blood supply flowing and they prevent fitful sleep, so bagging an upgrade to flat-beds in business or first class is the best solution for frequent travelers; but that is an expensive option that many bosses will not sanction.

So, while frequent travelers may have trouble sleeping while they fly, they should be able to catch up using one of their numerous free night’s accommodation acquired through their hotel reward scheme memberships; either that, or beg their boss for an upgrade to business or first class while they fly!

Getting Canines In Shape For Travel And Staying At Dog Friendly Hotels

Obesity is not just an issue for humans- it can also be a problem for canines. To prevent consequences that require drastic measures, dog owners should take the weight of their pet seriously. Prior to traveling, canine owners should get their dogs in shape for plane rides and stays at dog friendly hotels. Healthier dogs are better travelers, creating a more pleasant experience for the owner and the pet.

Statistics vary by country, but a general estimate is that 20 to 35 percent of dogs are overweight. Up to ten percent of domestic dogs may be overweight enough to be classified as obese. The average life expectancy of an obese dog is shortened by at least 15 percent. Issues resulting from canine obesity include heart disease, diabetes, and joint and bone damage. Getting the canine into shape requires diligence on the part of its owner.

Keeping the dog healthy helps travelers in many ways. Pets that weigh less have a greater chance of traveling in the plane cabin with their owners. A small breed dog that is under 18 inches long and weighs about 11 to 15 pounds can travel in the cabin, while an obese dog of the same breed may not meet the weight requirement for plane cabin travel. Dog owners who want to keep their pets nearby should consider this before feeding a pooch too much “people food.”

Obese pets are afflicted with many problems, some of which can affect travel. Joint damage may make it difficult to get the pet in and out of the hotel room and digestive issues can cause messes on the floor. Obese dogs with diabetes will require more attention while traveling because some need insulin shots. Coat and skin issues may necessitate that the dog be bathed during travel, something that can be quite inconvenient if a grooming facility is not nearby and the hotel bathtub is tiny.

Since dogs do not have sweat glands, they regulate their body temperature by panting. It becomes more difficult for an overweight dog to regulate its body temperature, resulting in heavy panting. This causes anxiety and stress, which can lead to other issues including heat stroke. When a dog is in a stressful situation, it tends to pant more, worsening the issue.

Healthy dogs have increased stamina and are better able to tolerate various weather conditions due to their improved ability to breathe. They are more equipped to handle travel and a stay in a new environment that may feature temperatures very different from those at home. Once the pet arrives at the destination, it will be ready to explore, not ready for a nap.

Dog friendly hotels may have activities for canines but only those dogs that are healthy will enjoy them. The dog will be prepared to play, run, swim, and explore with its owner. This makes the vacation an enjoyable, not stressful or tiring, experience for dog and owner. Upon arriving home, the dog will be ready for the next adventure.

Ten Convention Travel and Attendance Tips

Whether you are planning to attend a Convention for business or for personal, a little pre-planning before you leave will help you manage your time so you can get the most out of your event.

Ten Convention Travel and Attendance Tips:

Before you leave for your Convention, there are some fundamental basics you should consider.

1. Are you flying to your Convention? If so, have you looked into the rules and regulations about the amount of luggage you are allowed to travel with. If you plan to shop while at your Convention, remember to consider duty, taxes and how your shopping items will contribute to increased luggage on your way home.

2. Do you need a passport to travel to your Convention? There are new rules these days about travelling to other countries. As an example, effective January 23, 2007, Canadians will need a passport to travel to the US. At the moment the date for needing a passport to drive into the the US from Canada is January 1st, 2008. As well, US citizens travelling outside the US may need a passport to get back into US. So whatever your situation is, ensure you’ve examined your passport requirements. Getting a passport can be a lengthy procedure, so plan ahead and allow the time you need to acquire your passport before your scheduled trip.

3. Are you traveling outside your own country with health coverage protection? Ensure you have purchased any additional health travel insurance you may need. Understand exactly what you have purchased, and what you are obliged to do should you have to use this insurance. As an example, you may be required to contact you health insurance provider within a 24 hour period of an incident occurring. Know the details ahead of time.

4. Have you thought about your need to get office work done while you’re attending your Convention? Although we don’t pre-plan to sit in our hotel room doing office work, there may be an instance (or two) when the office wants or needs you to resolve a matter (or two). Technology today allows you to remotely access your PC from anywhere in the world. Although your work or home PC won’t physically be with you, you can still access your PC files, databases, networks and emails from your convention, either from your own laptop or other PC. Remote PC is a service offering you a free trial to judge whether it’s a tool suitable for your needs. Just don’t forget to have it in place before you leave.

5. Have you Pre-registered for your Convention and Convention Classes? Some conventions allow you to do this. By pre-registering for your convention classes you not only save time, but you also ensure yourself a spot in classes that most interest you. The intangible element to this little tip, is the time you save by knowing your schedule.

6. Do you have Maps of where Events, Classes, and the Hotel are? Yes, I know this sounds so “basic”. But how many people actually think ahead to how their time will flow from the point their alarm clock goes off in their hotel room to the next event, and the next event, and so on. One of the biggest wastes of time is trying to depend on someone else for directions, times, or even “what’s next”. Don’t let this convention be a convention controlled by someone else’s knowledge of “what’s going on”. If the convention you plan to attend has a website, visit that site and map out your event BEFORE you leave. Yes if you have your laptop with you, you can do it while you’re there, however how much time will you take to “get organized” while at your event if you actually didn’t do it before you left? Sorry, chances are you’ll continue with the last minute mentality while there as well. So, take control of your time and map-out your event schedule.

7. If your Convention Classes are not being held in the same hotel you’re staying in, do you know how you’re getting there? Will you be renting a car, taking a cab, bus or car pooling with friends? Know this before you leave. Have a map of direction to these classes, in your hands, before you leave for this trip. By pre-planning your convention schedule, you have essentially respected your own time. Also, get ready, others at the convention may get wind of your efficient pre-planning, and ask you “what’s going on”.

8. Do you know where you will be eating while at the Convention? You may not want to eat in the hotel the entire time, so have a map of restaurants that are close by your hotel, as well as restaurants close to your convention classes. Again, don’t count on the knowledge of other people to steer to you to places to eat. Planning your eating locations not only provides you with the convenience of knowing ahead of time where you could eat your meals, but it also gives you a measure of control over your food budget.

9. Alrighty then, what supplies are you taking to attend these Classes? You may require books, writing tools, markers and of course your maps. Consider using a small briefcase that pulls on wheels. There’s nothing worse than hauling heavy supplies around all day. Also remember you may purchase items while there, so having a slightly larger briefcase on wheels is an even better idea.

10. Are you planning to immediately review new ideas with your work team back home? If so, Online Meetings may be a useful service for you. Often times the excitement of something new is better expressed at the time your feeling it’s impact. You can pre-schedule online meetings, or run them “spur-of-the-moment”. They are easy as pie as to hold, and this service is very affordable. Use the free trial to determine if it’s a tool you need.

In summary, being organized ahead of time is your top Convention travel tip. Yes, it’s work to pre-plan, but it can be a lot more work if you don’t.