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3 Ways to Make Your Business Look High Class Without the High-Class Budget

Office

Every business wants to have the appeal of a high-class company, but most can’t afford the budget that comes with it. Well, who says you can’t act the part for much less? There are so many ways that you can promote your company’s image in a sophisticated way without going into debt; you just need to be creative. Check out some of the three ways you can make your business look high class without the high-class budget.

Marketing

Marketing is going to be your ally in this situation. With the right marketing, you can make anything possible. Get your marketing team working on ways to creating branding and advertisements that demonstrate your quality. Everything from signage, to logos, to swag, to digital marketing can be done to create a certain appeal, and thanks to technology, it can now be done quickly and cheaply. Obviously, you’ll need to spend some money here, as there’s a huge difference in standard computer paper versus a high-gloss cardstock. However, you don’t need a million dollar budget to look the part.

Luxury CarTransportation

Make a statement when you arrive by opting for higher class transportation. Instead of driving your Kia to the next business meeting, consider renting a luxury car or opting for an Uber Black. These rentals are more cost-effective than you think, especially since you don’t need to rent them for extended periods of time. When you arrive at an event or meeting with a luxury car, it says a lot more about your business than you would ever imagine.

In addition to general car travel, consider stepping up your game when it comes to air travel too. Instead of flying coach, consider upgrading to business class. It may cost you a bit more, but with all the perks and the available travel rewards cards out there, you can earn free flights and other incentives that make it worth it.

Depending on your needs, you can also look into the top private charter flights. These are a lot less expensive and can be the perfect way to make your business stand out.

officeOffice

Your space says a lot about you, so it’s important to get one that screams luxury. Unfortunately, renting that office in that highrise with the great view is often out of budget, and that’s okay. You have two choices: you can either spend the money sprucing up your own space, or you can opt for a virtual office.

To spruce up your space, you’ll need to spend money on furniture, décor, and possibly construction. Open concepts that use glass and lots of light are so much more impressive than standard cubicles and Ikea furniture, so if you can work this into your budget, do it.

On the other hand, if you can’t afford to tackle a major overhaul, consider the perks of a virtual office. These are spaces typically in luxury buildings that allow you to rent conference rooms and offices when you need them. They’re typically fully staffed with a receptionist too, so you can create the look of a high-class office without the high rent.

Don’t waste time swimming with the other midsize businesses out there and instead use these tips to get in with the big dogs and show off your company in a way that will attract the right people.

 

How to Pack & Prepare for an Extended Outdoor Adventure

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Extended outdoor trips require more preparation and packing. Unlike other trips or vacations, you don’t always have access to a general store or outdoor gear shop in case you forget something. Follow these tips to prepare for your next extended outdoor adventure.

Research the Gear You Need

The gear you’ll need for your trip depends on the environment, the time of year and the activities you’ll engage in. Once you’ve confirmed your destination, length of trip, and the dates, make a checklist of the gear you’ll need. If you don’t know where to start or if this is your first long-term outdoor trip, find someone else’s list online.

Above all, take what you need and leave what you don’t. Compare prices, read the descriptions, compare specs and, most importantly, read reviews of others who have used the same product. You don’t need to buy everything brand new. A general rule of thumb is that if it comes into close contact with your body, things like tents, sleeping pads, clothing and shoes, purchase it new. Otherwise, look into renting or purchasing lightly used outdoor gear.

back packingFind the Perfect Pack

The perfect backpack will be comfortable, durable, protective and long lasting. Look for packs with multiple compartments, an internal frame, a padded back, hip belt, shoulder strap and are made from water resistant material. Not all backpacks are the same size, so before purchasing, head into an outdoor gear store and ask a sales representative to assist you in finding your size and try one on. The pack should be proportional to your body to ensure proper weight distribution.

Invest in Good Footwear

Unless you need specific footwear such as rock climbing shoes or snowboard boots, you should survive your extended outdoor trip with two pairs of shoes. One pair for resting in (like flip-flops, loafers, Teva sandals, Birkenstocks, etc.) and another pair that you’ll be putting your miles on, like hiking boots. Choose a pair of boots that are made for long distances, extended wear, and that provide support and protection.

Layer Up Your Clothing

Your destination dictates the clothes you’ll need to pack. If you’ll be spending most of your time in a tropical place, layers are not as important (although bring plenty of sun protection). Packing layers for anywhere else you go is your best bet to stay comfortable.

Layering generally involves three steps. The base layer should be wool or synthetic for moisture management. The mid-layer should be wool, fleece or down to keep you warm. The shell layer is meant to protect you from the elements such as wind, rain or snow. In addition to your three layers, you’ll need hats, gloves, bandanas, undergarments and socks.

backpackPack Light & Efficient

Put everything you think you’ll need in a big pile, then cut that pile in half and pack just that. The biggest regret you’ll have during your trip is over-packing. You’ll be in the middle of nowhere and you’ll be lugging around those pairs of jeans you never wear, all those extra toiletries and any makeup or jewelry you thought you’d need. Only pack items that are essential, have multiple functions or pack extremely small.

 

5 Items To Pack For Your Next Tourist Destination

multi-tool

It’s vacation time! Which means, it’s vacation packing time! Which means, it’s time to make a list, check it twice, think about time, space, and money, and then you should be good to go. But, depending on how experienced you are at traveling, you may not be super confident in your packing choices, especially for things other than clothes.

So, to help you out, consider the list of the following five items: a good multi-tool, a camera other than your phone, extra chargers, your favorite snacks, and medicine that you’re most familiar with.

A Good Multi-tool

You won’t be able to have it with you as a carry-on, but buying a good multi-tool and packing it to go with you is going to be a good idea. You never know when you’re going to need basic tools for things out on your vacation, so it’s very smart to have easy access to a small knife and basic gadgets like a screwdriver, can opener, bottle opener, etc. Especially if you’re going somewhere exotic, keep that tool with you at all times!

CameraA Camera Other Than Your Phone

Many people think that just having their phone camera on vacation is going to be fine. Well, if you don’t mind running out of batteries, or missing shots because your phone is slow, or running out of space, or losing quality because of automatic adjustments, that totally fine. Otherwise, look up some good digital cameras and buy the one that fits your budget and your intended quality goal, and spend the money early so you can practice a bit.

Extra Chargers

Having extra chargers for your phone is an absolute must. You don’t always know where outlets are going to be, so knowing you have a few battery sticks means that you can avoid a tremendous amount of anxiety. Make sure you use the batteries a few times in advance to see how long they last, and how long they take to charge as well, because every brand is different.

SnacksYour Favorite Snacks

There can be a bit of a nutritional shock at tourist destinations as well, and even if you don’t bring a lot of food with you, it’s not a bad idea to at least have a small collection of your favorite snacks. And these can either be for the trip itself, or for when you get to your destination and are just getting your bearings.

Familiar Medicine

And finally, sometimes it’s tough to tell what kind of medicine they’re going to have at foreign locations. So if you have preferred medicines like pain killers, or cold and flu medicine, or allergy medicine, be sure to bring that with you as well, to avoid potential trouble.

 

Five Places To Travel To See Some Amazing Art

Luxor Temple

If you are inspired and delighted at the sight of amazing art, whether it’s a beautiful painting or a beautiful building, there are many places around the world that you can travel to see art of all kinds. There are so many places you can go that there just isn’t room for them all in this little article.

Maybe you enjoy seeing statues, and learning about the culture behind them and behind the buildings of which you enjoy their architecture. Or, maybe you like to look at pottery and paintings. Whatever your love of art revolves around, you can base an entire vacation on traveling to various places just to enjoy the art that they are home to.

Detroit, MI

If you want to stay in your own backyard, or country anyway, Detroit offers much art and culture for art lovers. From an art museum, to beautiful classic buildings, you’ll fall in love with this city. Detroit has been down on it’s luck for some time, but is now the comeback city.

You can find art down barren streets as well, depending on your view of what is artistic and what is vandalism. Detroit is also home to some wonderful art galleries, including Park West Gallery that offer a unique way to view art.

LouvreParis, France

Paris is home to much art and history, and if you ever get to France you really need to make sure you go there. From The Thinker to Mona Lisa, Paris is art culture at its finest. You will find small galleries and large galleries.

Even if you never set foot in an actual gallery or museum, you will see art simply walking through the streets of paris. However, if you are truly an art aficionado, you will want to visit the art history museums as to not miss some amazing works.

Luxor, Egypt

If ancient Egypt has always been an attraction of yours, then visiting Luxor will be your coupe de grace. You will see pyramids and mummies, and you will get your fill of hieroglyphs. The Luxor Museum is a one stop shop for all things ancient Egypt.

An eight hour drive from Luxor to Giza can finish off your visit with the amazing view of the Sphinx.

Rome, Italy

Rome is another place full of art history that you will remember for the rest of your life. From outdoor sculptures to indoor museums, you can find ancient Gods and Goddesses and more. You may also enjoy a visit to the ruins of the Colosseum.

Rome is a great place to roam (pun intended) if you are a lover of the arts. Do not forget to take your camera with you on this wonderful trip back in time.

krakowKrakow, Poland

Krakow is not just home to many art museums, even off the wall small ones, but it is also host to a lot of cultural festivals, allowing you to see art in motion. Some people actually refer to Krakow as the city of art, so it is a must stop on your art vacation!

5 Health and Safety Tips For Your Next Tourist Trip

Doctro

Yes, vacations and tourism plans are all about fun, enjoyment, and pleasure, but that doesn’t mean that you can leave health and safety behind! In fact, it’s not a bad idea to put health and safety at the forefront of your next trip so that there aren’t going to be any unfortunate incidents that turn the vacation into an expensive waste.

People get injured on vacations. They get sick. They get food poisoning. It’s important to know what to do in all of these instances, so consider the five following tips during your planning process, including knowing how to reach a doctor, taking care of prescriptions in advance, having info about your health insurance provider, keeping a first aid kit, and avoiding doing dangerous things alone.

Know How To Reach A Doctor

You may not exactly trust the medical staff at a hospital in a remote tourist location, which is why being able to contact an online doctor may be the best thing that ever happened to you if you get injured or are sick while out on vacation. A few clicks and some pieces of information about your situation, and a trained doctor can give you the basics about what to do next.

PrescriptionsBring Your Labeled Prescriptions

You don’t want to have to mess with getting new prescription drugs while you’re out traveling as well, so be sure to have them in their properly labeled containers when you take off for your next journey. If you’re flying, be sure to follow airline rules about prescription drugs so that you don’t end up getting stuck in customs for some reason or another, at your departure or at your destination.

Know How To Contact Your Health Insurance Provider

Being able to contact your health insurance provider is a big deal as well if you’re out traveling. Depending on the country you’re in, you may have fewer choices when it comes to medical care, which is why you need to have a phone number, web address, and basic insurance info at the ready.

First AidKeep a First Aid Kit With You

And it’s a smart idea to buy a small first aid kit while you’re at your destination as well. Even things as simple as bandaids and ointment will help keep down the possibility of infection if you get scratched when you’re out on a jungle tour.

Avoid Traveling Completely Alone

And a final tip, in terms of vacation health and safety, is that you try to avoid doing too much when you’re completely by yourself. Always have a partner, a guide, or some sort of people around, because having a medical emergency alone somewhere remote spells serious trouble.

 

5 Tips for Checking House Safety While Buying Property Abroad

Property abroad

There are always safety checks that you should go through when buying a new house, but when that house is abroad, it’s even more important that you handle that kind of business either up front or right away when you move in.

Some of the most common checks will be taken care of when you go through the following five tips, including checking wiring and electrical outlets, being aware of weather-related damage, talking to the neighbors, looking up local home regulations, and being aware of construction laws.

Check the Wiring and Electrical Outlets

The last thing that you want to do is buy a home and then have some accident involving bad wiring, which can cause serious personal damage as well as the potential for fires. So, have a professional work through your electrical systems and check everything out. This applies to electrical sockets, breaker boxes, outlets in wet areas, and making sure, especially abroad again, that the right current and amps are going to the right places.

Be Aware of Weather Related Issues

Different areas of the world have different weather and different types of housing structures. If you’re unfamiliar with an area, you may not know about thing like a propensity for sun damage, or the chance a roof is rain-damaged, until you make it through a whole season. So, as part of your safety check, research weather patterns and typical problems that people in the area might have with homes that have been around about the same time as yours has.

Housing regulationsTalk To the Neighbors

And one way to get some of this regional information, as well as going through other home and neighborhood safety concerns, is by simply talking to your new neighbors. Especially if you’re in close quarters, you want to make friends with them as soon as possible, and they’ll be able to fill you in, even about things like the history of the home, and if it’s ever had problems before.

Look Up Local Regulations

There are also local safety regulations to consider when moving into a new home abroad. Consider that there may be different stipulations about bedrooms in basements, or smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, or the number of people that can park on the property. It’s better to know in advance than be surprised later.

Be Aware of Construction Laws

And finally, if you purchase a home abroad, there may be different laws regarding construction of additions. There are some areas where you can’t construct anything new until something else gets torn down, and you can’t tear something down until you tear everything down. The point of being aware of these construction laws is so that you understand the potential future of the property.

 

Things to Look For in a Vacation Rental Home

vacation home

When traveling somewhere for a family vacation, it is sometimes nicer to rent out an actual home instead of a hotel. Hotel’s aren’t bad, per say, but you never really know what you’re going to get from hotel to hotel, and nobody gets to have their own space.

It can be very challenging to share 2 beds and 1 bathroom with an entire family and if you have a family greater than 4 people, you’re forced to rent out more rooms anyways, which just tacks on to the hassle and cost.

Hotels also don’t have much storage, nor do they have kitchens for you to cook in. This means you usually have to spend crazy amounts of money going out to eat every meal. The little things add up, which is why it’s an even better idea to simply rent out someone’s house for the time you’re vacationing.

Here are things to look for in a vacation rental home.

country homeAppropriate Amount of Space

Your vacation is all about relaxing, having your own space, and enjoying wherever you are with your family. You don’t want to end up in a similar situation you would have ended up in if you just stayed in a hotel.

There should be enough home rental options wherever you are going to give you options. Sure, your children might be able to share a queen size bed, or you can easily put someone on the couch, but just be sure to select the house that will comfortably fit everyone, all the while giving each person the space that they need. Also keep the number of bathrooms in mind. Cleanliness is happiness.

Check out the Deck and Backyard

Wherever you’re traveling, your number one priority is probably going to be spending time outdoors. The deck of the home you choose should exude space and sophistication. Does the deck include patio furniture for you to lounge in while your kids play in the backyard?

It may sound silly, but a great outdoor space is important to your vacation rental home. It would be a shame to have to spend your days indoors when you’re trying to build up your suntan.

country kitchenNice Kitchen and Family Area

When you stay in a hotel, you don’t have a kitchen. The nice thing about renting a home, as mentioned above, is that you do. It’s like home away from home. Vacations are all about family, so it’s nice to have a good sized, open concept kitchen and family area that allows you to have family meals and family entertainment nights. You’ll also want to see if the home has a nice television because what is movie night without a big screen tv? If they don’t have one, don’t worry, you can rent those too, so it’s not a deal breaker.

In conclusion, a home is better than a hotel, so try it out and see if you ever go back.

Fun Things to Collect During Your Travels

collectable bowls

Have you ever gone to a foreign country only to enter one of their tourist shops and find that everything there is overpriced, cheaply made and extremely lame? Everyone seems to think that all that tourists want is a shirt, a sweatshirt, a useless little knick knack, a keychain, or a pen.

Not only do they provide you with these options that lack originality and creativity, they also like to charge you way too much for them. There has to be a better option for the traveler who wants to bring something home that holds more value than 10 cents worth of plastic.

Luckily enough, you can be creative enough to make up for every tourist shop in the world. Here are some fun things to collect during your travels that are much cooler than anything you would find in a run of the mill tourist shop.

spicesSalt and Spices

If you love to cook, or if you just love the way that different spices look while displayed in your kitchen, then this is a great option for you. Surprisingly, spices and salts do not come in one biological package. Each salt or spice is wonderfully diverse and colorful, and brings a life of it’s own to whatever food it garnishes.

Salt has been used for many different reasons throughout time. Did you know that if humans didn’t eat salt, they would die? Obviously doctors warn against too much salt because salt naturally dehydrates anything it comes into contact with, but it’s essential to the function of the body and ecosystems all around.

Salt, in particular, is very cheap to buy as it is extremely abundant in the world. If you take to collecting it on your travels, you’ll have a decorative, inexpensive hobby, as well as a resource that won’t deteriorate with time, as long as you keep it in a cool, dry place.

currencyCurrency

Though a common medium to collectors, currency is extremely fun to obtain. Each country has money that drastically differs from the rest of the world. Sometimes they make their money out of paper, sometimes out of metal. Sometimes it’s very colorful, and sometimes it’s not.

In any form, it will be fun for you to pull out your bag of money and go through each piece with the children and grandchildren as you recount your stories and adventures of traveling the world. You also never know when the currency you’ve collected will skyrocket in value. It’s always smart to have money in other forms such as gold, silver and foreign currency. You don’t know when the world market might crash and your collection literally saves your life. It’s extreme, but not impossible.

Practical Souvenirs to Buy on Your Travels

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It’s fun to buy souvenirs from wherever it is that you’re traveling, but it’s not always fun to spend the kind of money you can put out on tacky souvenirs that will more than likely collect dust on a shelf, or get thrown away once a couple years pass and the house gets overrun with clutter.

There is no reason to forgo buying souvenirs all together, as you definitely want keepsakes for the time you spend all over the world. Each item should speak of the culture from whence it came as well as breathe timelessness, and it should also be a practical item that you see yourself, or whoever you’re giving the gift to using it for years to come.

Here are ideas for practical souvenirs to buy on your travels.

collectablesHome Decor Items

Though home decor isn’t necessarily in the realm of practical, certain items that could be viewed as home decor certainly are. For example, you might think to purchase a beautiful statement piece for your dining room table that serves a practical function, as well as a decorative function.

Examples of such could be an authentic tablecloth, candlesticks, or even placemats. Items such as these will get used in the home, be seen by guests, and serve as a topic of discussion for years to come.

Treats You Can Eat

You will never go wrong when purchasing treats from another country to bring home and enjoy after your travels. Who doesn’t appreciate foreign wine, chocolate, and cheese, among other things? Every country has its delicacies that it’s famous for and you don’t want to miss out on them if you don’t have to.

Bring the romance and delectable delicacies home with you. You can even use the packaging for home decor once all the goodies have been eaten. It’s a foolproof plan. Nobody will be complaining if you bring them something that their palate will enjoy. Anybody who eats the treats will feel like they’re in whatever country that sweet surprise came from.

textilesTextiles for Those Cold Nights

Textiles are things that will never be underappreciated. They are not only beautiful and well made, they also serve to keep you and your loved ones warm during the coldest of times. You could buy a Scottish wool blanket or a sheepskin throw from Israel. No matter what you choose, these items will prove far more useful than a tacky souvenir any day.

In your search for these items, you’ll even place yourself in more circumstances where you will meet great people, see beautiful things and learn about the very cultures you’re visiting. It sure is a beautiful thing, so happy traveling.

Travel Tips for Making Flight Affordable

flight

Flight is the best way to travel. Though some may not agree, or even like to fly, the benefits of flight far outweigh the cons. For example, flying is actually way safer than traveling by car. The odds of dying in a car per mile are 1 in 100,000. In contrast, the odds of dying in a plane per mile are 1.6 in 100,000,000,000. Put into comprehensible terms, the odds of you dying in a car are 625,000 times higher than flying in a plane per every mile.

The statistics pile up very fast and dramatically point out that flight is safer than driving. However, you can’t fly to your job, or across town. To do that would be preposterous. You shouldn’t avoid cars altogether, but you should consider doing all of your long distance trips by plane. Not only will you be less likely to die, you’ll also get to where you’re going much faster, and in today’s world, time is money, and money is everything.

With this being said, flight can be somewhat expensive. Here are some travel tips for you that will make flight a little more affordable.

airline milesGet an Airline Miles Credit Card

Benefit credit cards are a fantastic thing to have. That is, if you choose the right ones that hold the right benefits for you, and you’re able to make your monthly payments in full. This is a great option for anybody who feels confident that they can manage their spending and money so that when the bill comes, they can pay it off in full and not put themselves in a situation where the balance is increasing right along with the interest, and there is no hope of paying it off.

Airline miles cards give you points per every mile you fly, and as the miles stack up, you can earn free flights and other cool benefits! It’s a pretty cool value when you’re planning to fly a decent amount, and the savings can really stack up.

Claim Your Military Benefits

If you or someone in your immediate family serves in the military, then there is a really cool option available for you. You can have all of your travel details worked out by a company that will book the most affordable flight for you, and then let you finance out a payment plan to make over time.

This is great for people who need to travel a lot but don’t have the immediate cashflow to make payments. You’ve given so much for your country, so let others make it up to you. This option gives you the ability to fly anywhere you want without need for immediate recompense.

If neither of these options work for you, continue to do research. There is a lot out there that will  help make your traveling dreams a reality without breaking the bank.