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  • Travel Enriches Life: A wealth of experiences

    Photo Courtesy: Ron Stern, Magellan's Travel Contributor Photo Courtesy: Ron Stern, Magellan's Travel Contributor

    Travel can make us a better and more interesting individual: a better businessperson, leader, parent and citizen. Travel creates experiences we otherwise wouldn't have had if we stayed in our familiar backyard – experiences that can broaden our outlook on life and make us more effective and valuable to others.

    The simple act of witnessing how things are done by other cultures can lend new perspective to a wide variety of interactions, from everyday matters to sensitive issues in the workplace or community activities. So what’s the best way to make your travel experiences count? It all starts with planning and an open mind.

    Start by deciding what’s important to you. Where do you want to go and what do you want to be sure to see? Learn as much as you can on the Internet or in guidebooks before you leave. Talk with people who have been-there-done-that and ask questions. First-hand experience beats sanitized promotional material. But do consider the source: it may be that your co-worker’s goals are different from yours; or leisure and relaxation take the back seat when compared to your lust for culturally-diverse interaction. Continue reading

  • Traveling with Kids: Make it enjoyable...for everyone


    Worried about traveling with kids?  Enjoy the en route time with your family with tips from today's guest blogger, James Sullivan, a Magellan's team member.

    Christmas is coming, and so are a lot of travel plans.  For some of you, that will involve traveling with kids, a task that isn't always easy.  I have traveled around the world and have experienced many things: I have skied the Jungfrau Region of the Alps; spied over the Cliffs of Moher on Christmas Day; cruised on a moped with my wife on the Island of Mykonos; snorkeled the reefs of Bora Bora; viewed the palace of King Kasyapa on the top of Sigiriya. But all the travel experiences in the world can't prep you for the unpredictable things kids will say and do when traveling.  In all the adventures with my 8-year-old, 5-year-old and 3-year-old I have learned a few important tips that just might help you through your holiday season travels.

    Be Creative with Games

    In the airport, there are many games that you can play to pass the time while waiting for your flight.  I have installed line tag on many decorative airport floors.   The same decorative tile or carpet can also be used as an A to B game where my kids have to get from one side of the airport to the other while facing many obstacles and only touching selective colors or patterns. Continue reading

  • Tips and Tricks for Packing a Jacket

    Overstuffed baggage isolatedThere are two things travelers need to know about jackets – you need one, and they can be a real pain to pack. Short of learning origami, how do you pack a jacket? Magellan’s polled our veteran travelers for ideas, and they came up with some great solutions to the travel jacket dilemma.

    Number one on the list wasn’t much of a surprise – don’t pack it, wear it. Jackets have pockets, and pockets hold a lot of stuff you want to keep handy when you travel. They’re simple to slip off and on at security and make a comfy and warm blanket or pillow in-flight.

    If a jacket is too warm to wear when you leave, but you may need it on the plane or when you land, fold your jacket and tuck it into a pouch in your carry-on or lay it on top of the bag’s inner contents for easy access. The jacket pockets can be loaded with things you might need onboard or when you arrive like gloves, a cap, sunglasses, tissues, lip balm, small change, and a map and driving directions to your destination. Continue reading

  • Christmas Without the Cold: Great Places to Spend a Warm Holiday Season

    St. Regis Hotel in Punta MitaSome people’s idea of a white Christmas has more to do with sand than snow. If you’re one of them, you've come to the right place for tips on warm holiday destinations and ideas for great gifts to start the trip off right.

    U.S. citizens can avoid the hassle of customs and passport worries when they head for two of our favorite sunny climes – Hawaii and Florida.

    MiamiWinter in Florida can have chilly moments, but the farther south you head, the better the chances of finding a sun-drenched beach to enjoy. Miami offers something for everyone, from the seaside resorts of Miami Beach to the culinary delights of Little Havana. If you want to be doubly sure of catching rays, take a trip south to “Margaritaville.” The Florida Keys are reachable by car, boat or plane. The drive is breathtaking, and the long 160-mile haul from Miami to Key West can be split into two segments with stops overnight in Key Largo, Islamorada, or Marathon. Air service is available to Marathon and Key West, and passenger ferries operate from Miami, Marco Island and Ft. Meyers to Key West’s Historic Seaport District. Buses, cruise ships, and private boat charters are also available. Continue reading

  • Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving Airport Traffic

    crowded-airport-Every Thanksgiving, the airport is mayhem, no matter what airport it is! Hordes of people are packed together in security lines. Flights are delayed or cancelled. Travelers are frustrated. Thanksgiving travel doesn’t have to be a holiday horror story. Armed with smart strategies, you can arrive at your destination and return home again, having retained some holiday spirit.

    Timing is everything (well, almost). Flying out early on Thanksgiving Day and returning Saturday used to be the way to avoid overcrowding. But the flying public caught onto that strategy. Today, travel strategists recommend flying as far in advance of the holiday as your employer and in-laws will allow. Continue reading

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