Just in time for stuffing your own stocking or that of a traveling friend, here are three items that will make their way into someone’s stocking this holiday season:Delta Amenity Kit

  • (1) Brand new, never opened Delta Tumi business class amenity kitGoGo TripIt Pro
  • (1) Trip-It Pro – one year membership in the Pro version ($49 value, must enroll by 12/31/14) and includes all of these features
  • (2) Two GoGo inflight internet passes, each good for one flight (to be used by 6/30/15)

Ok, so that’s really four things into someone’s stocking with this travel giveaway!

To be eligible, simply enter a comment below with your answer to this:

If I could give someone the gift of travel, I would give them _________. (destination, product, experience … anything that comes to mind)

It’s that simple.  My answer is easy. Antarctica.

Entry to the contest will end on Friday, December 19, 2014, at midnight Eastern time. One entry per person please, age 18+ with a U.S. mailing address.

The winner will be chosen by random drawing on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The winner will need to provide their name and address for shipping.

Good luck to everyone, safe travels and happy holidays!

Carol

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I love predictions as much as anyone but of course, the further out the event, the greater the speculation. Well, the year 2015 is literally only a couple weeks away but there is anything but consensus about the direction of airfares.question_mark

This source, citing AmEx Global Business Travel, says prices will rise next year. Expect to pay more for airfare, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation.

Not so, according to another article. International Air Transport Association (IATA) says airfares will Read More…

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A couple months ago, the city of Orlando decided to take on Uber and Lyft, seeing the ride-sharing services as a threat to the existing taxi services. The city said it was all about safety but of course, it was really all about money. Orlando has now issued final regulations, effective February 1, that may have a far reaching impact for other cities.

Uber

First, the city reduced the Read More…

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The more I travel to specific locations, the more friends I make. Okay, maybe the word ‘friends’ is used a bit loosely but I make a point to get to know people wherever I go.

For example, I know certain gate agents and even flight attendants recognize me from time to time; some I will have coffee or lunch with. Frequent visits to the airport lounge means they don’t ask for Read More…

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Phew, it’s my last business trip of the year! I’m now making my way to Veracruz, Mexico for a few days of meetings, then home for two weeks!
This last business trip of the year comes with a multitude of thoughts:

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1. I am sooooo looking forward to being home for a couple of weeks.

2. I’m dreading January as the business travel kicks in on January 3rd for at least five straight weeks. Ugh!

3. I have several complimentary drink coupons that expire the end of this year. I will give Read More…

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Yesterday I posted Part 1 of So, You Want to be a Blogger? Here is Part 2.

Do you read the other BoardingArea blogs?

I read as many as possible because like most readers, I come here to learn. This means everything about travel including miles/points, deals, travel tips, industry news, and trip reports. So yes, I try to keep up with BoardingArea like most people.

Do the bloggers know each other?

Many of us know the other bloggers personally, mostly because of Read More…

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If you use the optional standard mileage rate when calculating deductible costs of driving your vehicle (vs. actual costs) for business, the rate per mile is going up on January 1, 2015. The new rate will be 57.5 cents per mile vs. 2014’s 56 cents per mile.

Details are at IRS.gov as to the rates and eligibility for this deduction.

With the lower gas prices of late, I’m a bit surprised by the raised rate, especially since the rate actually went down in 2014 (56 cents) from 2013 (56.5 cents). If you’re interested, Gas Buddy shows the average retail price of gasoline over the years.

 

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Three copies of my book, Business Travel Success: How to Reduce Stress, Be More Productive and Travel with Confidence! will soon be mailed to the three Business Travel Successnames selected in this giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Using a random number generator, the winning entries were selected. Winning travel tips included:

  • Pack your meds in a bag that travels with you.
  • Book early for best pricing and flexibility.
  • Always pack a change of clothes in your carryon.

I have emailed the winners. If you were not a winner though know of a business or leisure traveler who could benefit from tips on packing, health, taking care of the kids while away and a ton more, just click the photo of the book. Jack Canfield’s (Chicken Soup of the Soul co-author) Foreword is reason enough to get the book as it could change your next flight delay dramatically.

Thanks again to everyone who entered!

 

 

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From time to time, I get questions about blogging like why I do it, how long does it take, and how can someone become a blogger. I thought I would try to wrap up all the questions in one post. Well, actually it will be two posts because there are so many.

Why do you do this blogging?

Fair question, I have moments where I ask myself the same thing. J

But seriously, I do it because I love doing it. I feel very fortunate that I can Read More…

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On Monday, I posted about a drawing for three winners to each receive a copy of my book, Business Travel Success: How to Reduce Stress, Be More Productive and Travel with Confidence!. This is your last reminder to enter for your chance to win.

To enter, go to the official drawing page and post a comment. Entries will be accepted only until midnight tonight, U.S. Eastern time. Please note, comments posted on this reminder will not count.

Good luck!

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Ornaments, magnets, postcards, spoons, shot glasses, maps, coffee mugs – whatever it is that appeals to you, create a habit of always bringing home a “special something” that can instantly bring back your great memories of your travels around the country or around the world. Many travel souvenirs cost little in money though return value over and over again as you fondly recall a city, a beach, foods, time with family and friends.
Souvenier Ornaments

When I reached my 50th U.S. state in the Summer of 2012, I was ecstatic to have visited each and every state. Though it was also bittersweet because I do not have mementos or souvenirs from each of the states.

So wherever your travels may take you, bring back that special keepsake that will keep each trip alive in your mind forever.

What are your favorite mementos to bring home from a trip? Obviously from the photo, Christmas tree ornaments are a fav of mine.

 

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