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Travel Tips

Open any travel related periodical or insert, and chances are that, in addition to glowing enticements to visit sites far or near, there will be some degree of tips from supposed experts. Sometimes the expertise is limited to lessons learned by the author about specific destinations; sometimes it’s more general ‘rules of thumb’ (not the green kind).

Case in point: the spring edition of CAA (Canadian Automobile Association) Magazine devotes several pages to recommending travel locations for 2018, with brief comments from CAA travel specialists. Some remarks are more insightful than others.

For example, in considering potential travel to Sweden, the CAA representative observes that a trip timed in fall or winter provides a good opportunity to see the Northern Lights – which one may well witness also in northern Canada or Alaska at a much less cost of time and money.

On the other hand, the commenter on a trip to Ireland makes the less obvious suggestion to not depend on a smartphone quality camera if one wants pictures which do the lush, green landscape justice.

In relation to venturing to South Africa, the advisory makes the practical points about the need to have some cash on hand, due to ATM access limitations, and to check with one’s bank concerning the use there of debit or credit cards.

Accepting there is value in guidelines about specific locales, there are some more generic versions of advice out there which one may encounter…

  • When traveling to a country where the native language is not one’s own, understand that it’s not incumbent upon native speakers to cater to one’s delusions
  • When traveling in groups in less secure locations, be wary of dependence on the ‘buddy system’, lest one be the buddy left exposed in the face of danger
  • There may be sober reasons why ‘the road less traveled’ is in fact less traveled
  • Ancient archeological sites are not customarily invitations to tourists to uncover souvenirs
  • There are countries where ‘the web’ refers to lodgings of large members of the arachnid family
  • Accept that being a ‘green’ footprint minimizer involves more than simply being in steppe
  • Make sure local water looks as see through as the picture on a water bottle
  • Remember that drivers of small cars overseas do not necessarily have matching size tempers
  • Stonework should not be cut from foreign roadways simply because it would make a nice backsplash in one’s kitchen
  • If renting an attic apartment, be wary of rooms where concave dimensions are the motif

Adding Value

The proposition of ‘adding value’ has been an underlying foundation for success in service-oriented businesses for many years.

If one wants to generate a positive, lasting and loyal, relationship with customers, providing those extra ingredients of value is vital. This could be indirectly related to business, i.e. taking clients to lunch, paying for tickets to events, etc., or more directly, such as keeping in regular contact, or going the extra mile in solving problems quickly, or obtaining more helpful data for decision making. (more…)

You Know It’s Time to Move On

I have a friend who is being compelled to move from her longstanding residence shortly, due to a very unfortunate set of circumstances. She is quite unhappy, having to give up the apartment, albeit in a creaky old house, given its scenic, multidirectional view, but the environment has become untenable.

One of the constants of life is change – but some changes are much earlier to adapt to than others. (more…)

TOP 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

It may be a new year, but there’s still baggage on the horizon…

  1. Lose weight by trimming your bling or dysfunctional cosmetic implants, whichever is heavier
  2. Get brochures or postcards of travel destinations you would have gone to if they were more affordable
  3. Set up a dart board with images of individuals or businesses which would benefit from getting the point
  4. Post a list of resolutions in declining font size and brightness so the later ones can be overlooked more easily
  5. Use a business card with a chip which allows for it to be remotely dissolved if the cardholder proves unworthy
  6. Invent a new species and become its trusted advisor in bilateral negotiations
  7. Memorize the first and last lines of book chapters so you sound like you are well read
  8. Develop a new social networking site which functions strictly to vote and comment on other social networking sites
  9. Eliminate any references to ‘trumped-up’, since that expression now has an inescapably deflating political connection
  10. Take back-to-back courses on empathy and callousness, then have a point-counterpoint debate with yourself

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TOP Craft Show Products of the Future

The year-end holiday season is the ripest time of the year for most retailers, providing more customers the chance to satisfy their gift buying goals.

While the ‘bricks-and-mortar’ version of the typical retail establishment has become increasingly usurped by on-line alternatives, there remains an important factor in favour of the former: the tactile experience of checking out items in the flesh. There are times you need to feel or examine a potential purchase before being truly satisfied the cost/benefit analysis works in your favour. (more…)

The Untapped Insurance Market

The year-end issue of The Insurance & Investment Journal continues its core mandate of covering the inexorable evolution of these integral aspects of personal financial planning.

No matter what the product or service being offered, WIIFM (What’s in it for me?) is always paramount for the prospective buyer, or, put another way, the cost/benefit analysis needs to favour the latter part of the equation.

But what of products or services appealing to limited, niche markets? (more…)

10 Alternate Strategies for Self-Reflection

In a recent posting, The Look of Reflection, it was noted that the human impulse to making comparisons seems pervasive. Therefore, finding effective strategies helps us to cope, and hopefully in time thrive.

It’s worth considering that there are many other available strategies to reflect on, for uncovering and energizing the ‘better you’. (more…)