“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” Susan Heller
What I’ve learned from participating in a guided tour of France, in no particular order:
- make sure that you bring an adapter or two for electronics, because French electricity is 230-240 volts as opposed to American electricity at 110 volts
- expect small hotel rooms, and really small hotel rooms in Paris
- a towel on the floor of a tub or shower stall will provide needed traction
- say “Bon Jour” when you enter any shop, regardless of what the shop person is doing at the time
- tip 10% at restaurants, making sure it is in cash
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Anonymous
If you travel frequently and you’re like me, you probably worry about having a packing list so you don’t forget anything important. Although you can check online, it can be difficult to anticipate weather or temperatures so you know what you’ll need. And if you travel to another country, you need to check numerous sites if you want to know dialing codes, currency conversion and even time zone differences.
Well, have I just learned about an online tool that will make traveling (especially international traveling!) so much easier. It is the one-stop Universal Packing List.
According to its website:
The Universal Packing List is a … Read the rest “Tip #627: Make Travel Easier”
“Is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun. ” G. K. Chesterton
Even after all of these years of setting up training rooms to engage as many senses as possible, I still get nervous about how well it will be received by certain audiences.
A case in point: I recently facilitated a two-day Technical Trainers’ Toolbox in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. My client was the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA, pronounced IKBA) and the participants were from many different countries: Pakistan, Tunisia, Syria, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Greece and Great Britain are those that I can remember.
This is a serious and well-respected organization. Let me tell you what I learned about … Read the rest “Tip #556: Everyone Appreciates It When Learning is Fun”
“Travelers, like poets, are mostly an angry race.” Richard Francis Burton
This is a story about an air travel nightmare. Future flyers, take note!
My daughter and I made plans to visit my mother for her 91st birthday party on Saturday, November 22nd. In order to save money flying around Thanksgiving, I booked our flights and rental car through Expedia. The downside was that we needed to take three flights to get from Madison, Wisconsin to McArthur Airport in Islip, New York. We needed the rental car to drive an additional hour to Greenport, New York.
We were supposed to leave on Tuesday, November 18th. Our flight from Madison was scheduled to leave at 6:35 a.m. That meant we … Read the rest “Tip #547: What I Did On My Thanksgiving Vacation”
“I know [canned music] makes chickens lay more eggs and factory workers produce more. But how much more can they get out of you on an elevator? ” Victor Borge
I’m going back to Nairobi, Kenya the second week in August to conduct a 5-day Train the Trainer program. I’ll be teaching 15 trainers how to facilitate the 22-day Business Management for Health Practices training program I designed (working with subject matter experts) and partially piloted in Nairobi late last year.
When I was asked if I had any special requirements for the training room, I had to come up with a diplomatic way of requesting a room with a solid floor (no huge tiles cracking apart and tripping us), … Read the rest “Tip #528: You Have to Have a Sense of Humor”
“You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.“ William Hazlitt
- Make sure to sit in an aisle seat on long flights, so you can easily get up to stretch and walk.
- It helps to have your own earphones if you want to watch an inflight movie. Yours may be much more comfortable than those available on the plane.
- Take time to write about your day every evening, so you will have a record. If you are on a long trip, it will be easy to forget what you did or saw if you don’t write it down as it happens.
- Your family and friends will appreciate “coming”