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Monthly tips to improve the business and practice of members of The Society for the Advancement of Consulting, LLC - Issue #20: May, 2005

vacation advice

Since life balance is important, some vacation advice:

  • Keep a photo copy of your passport and driver's license in a different place so that you have ready temporary ID in case of theft or loss of the originals.
  • AT&T, MCI and others offer international numbers which can be used in virtually any hotel or office in the world to access the Internet using your local credit card account.
  • Most over-water planes now have power outlets for computers at the seats, though the adapters vary according to the plane and your computer.
  • You have your choice of obtaining a cell phone which operates globally, or renting a phone which works in certain countries for the duration of your stay.
  • In many airports, there are special, quicker security lines dedicated to first class and business class travelers.
  • Think about sending your luggage ahead of you via international courier.
  • Generally, any sun tan lotion above a rating of 30 SPF is only marginally better, if at all.
  • Two good business books to take along: The World is Flat, by Thomas L. Friedman, and Freaknomics by Steven D. Levitt. Two good fiction books: Saturday, by Ian McEwan, and Villages by John Updike.
  • Contact the hotel concierge or manager before you arrive and ask for dinner reservations at preferred or suggested restaurants. Not only will you get the reservation, but you'll usually get preferred seating and favored treatment.
  • Don't expect any air connection of less than 60 minutes to be reliable, especially internationally.
  • Don't sweat the small stuff and focus on enjoying yourself. Losing a few dollars because the hotel exchange rate isn't as good as a bank is minor compared to the hassle of always trying to get the "best" deal.
  • Spend the money to call the office or voice mail once a day in the evening. You can ignore everything if you wish, but there just may be that one opportunity of a lifetime awaiting your call.
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