Travel Gems for January 25th – 29th

Each Monday through Friday, a Travel Gem of the Day will be posted at These Travel Gems are tips that will help a traveler travel smarter, safer, handle home issues, be prepared and enjoy their journeys.

Here are last week’s Travel Gems:

Monday Jan. 25 – MyFax is on online service that lets you send and receive faxes over email. Best news – they have a free version! It lets you send two faxes a day, up to 10 pages each, without entering a credit card number of setting up an account. Go to and enter your contact information, and the name and fax number of the person you want to contact. Then upload and send your file.

Tuesday Jan. 26 – If you can only take one skin care item from home, let it be your cleanser. A change in cleansers while you are traveling can disrupt your skin’s acid balance and cause a breakout.  And remember my other tip of adding raw sugar (the little brown packets of sugar) to your cleanser to create a great facial scrub

Wednesday Jan. 27 – Add the phone numbers for every major airline, hotel and car rental company for easy access when on the road.

I needed an airline number just last week for an airline that I do not routinely fly, and luckily I had their number in my phone. Instead of standing in a long line of disgruntled passengers to get rebooked on a new flight, I called the airline, got rebooked through another city and was heading to my new gate.

Thursday Jan. 28 – Hotel room curtains letting the light in at night because they won’t stay closed? Do not be sleep deprived or feel unsafe. Travel with a ‘chip clip’ or other plastic clip that can be used to clip together the curtains (or small role of duct tape).

Friday Jan. 29 – To involve your family in your business travels, find local foods from your destination and make a meal with your kids before or after your trip. A local cookbook is fun to pick up also. It’s fun to create new meals with your family, and your kids will be trying new foods, learning about local cultures and food combinations from around the world.

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