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November 20, 2015

Super Ways To Get The Best From Your Travel Plans

Though many people consider travel to be stressful and unpleasant, it doesn’t have to be that way. Getting outside of your normal daily activity can be a rewarding experience, and one that can change your life in large or small ways. Following these tips will help make the journey a positive one. Do not bother wrapping gifts. A lot of people buy small souvenirs when traveling. If you are planning on bringing something back to a loved one, don’t bother wrapping it before you return home. On the off chance that your bag is inspected, it will have to be unwrapped anyway. If you want to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando on a budget, consider going around the beginning of December. Fees to the park do not go down, but this is when hotels in the area cut their prices and run promotions to attract local visitors. In addition, the park is less crowded, so you do not have to wait in line as long for your favorite attractions. If you are traveling to an area that has a high level of crime, consider purchasing your own padlock for the hotel room door. These locks are more difficult to […]
November 19, 2015

Cup’s Organizing Committee CEO works, plays along water

Cup’s Organizing Committee CEO works, plays along water CEO of America’s Cup Organizing Committee works, plays along water When the well-known philanthropist Mark Buell asked 39-year-old Kyri McClellan, a project manager in the mayor’s office, to be CEO of the America’s Cup Organizing Committee, she was surprised. The training I’d received through the Junior League started to pull back the curtain on this world a little, but it was daunting! Sitting recently at Waterbar restaurant, McClellan – poised, toned and smiling in an orange silk dress and silver heels – seemed like an obvious choice to wrangle the money, power players and egos involved with the 2013 America’s Cup. When San Francisco won the bid, Buell approached her and asked if she’d consider being the CEO of the organizing committee she’d help form. 101 Surf Sports, 115 Third St., San Rafael: Jimmy Spithill (a member of Oracle Team USA) said they were doing a fun paddle, and I’d only done it in Hawaii, but I went out – I did it all wrong, the paddle was backwards but it was really fun. China Camp, 101 Peacock Gap Trail, San Rafael: We can walk straight for our house, take the McNears […]
November 18, 2015

You Should Book Your Travel Packages Early

Traveling can be a special and fulfilling experience for you if you take advantage of it. Learning how to plan trips is not that hard, but it does require some research so that you don’t end up getting lost or losing money on something you don’t need. This list of tips should help you become a smarter traveler. Do some research ahead of time and look for dining credits and coupons for your destination. You can also save a lot of money by getting advice about where to eat before you depart. This is better than asking for recommendations when you are already hungry and in a strange place. If you travel to a foreign city, keep a lookout for people pretending to be police or law enforcement. Never hand over your original passport, as you might not get it back. If someone insists you must visit their office, then walk there with them. Don’t ride with someone you don’t know. Don’t let the bedbugs bite. Bedbugs have become prevalent at hotels and motels. When you arrive at your hotel room, instead of tossing it onto the bed or sofa, put your luggage on a hard surface like a dresser, […]
November 16, 2015

Travelling Made Easy: Simple Tips When You Want To Get Away

Whether it is for pleasure or business, traveling can be a lot of fun. It can also be more than a little bothersome. Planning for transportation, packing and finding a place to stay can add up and become incredibly stressful. Here are a few helpful tips to ease the burden a bit. When traveling internationally on a budget, consider taking flights rather than trains to your destinations. While trains are perhaps the more traditional mode of transportation for backpackers, many airlines offer discount flights that are much cheaper than train tickets. This way, you can travel to more places without adding to your budget. When you sign up for your passport, make sure you fill in the emergency information. You should always prepare for the worst and the unexpected. Should something happen to you while in a foreign country, it is important to have this sort of information available to contact friends, family, or loved ones. When traveling, even in developed nations, always assume your hands are contaminated. Don’t put your fingers in your mouth and avoid eating with your hands. Chances are good you’ve come into contact with hundreds of people and thousands of surfaces, any one of which […]
November 16, 2015

Julia Hartz – favorite hangouts in S.F.

Eventbrite co-founder invites anyone to check out her list of favorite spots, S.F. and nearby Yet the petite Hartz, in nude Jimmy Choo pumps, an oversize Chloe purse, and a company that recently passed $ 1.5 billion in ticket sales, could easily be mistaken for pretty cool. “The offline experience is the new luxury good,” she said over enormous egg and bacon sandwiches at Marlowe near Eventbrite’s SoMa offices. A mother of two, Hartz said her favorite places in San Francisco are “kind of boring,” before mentioning her husband’s flying lessons in Sonoma. Hartz’s favorite hangouts Rose’s Cafe: 2298 Union St., San Francisco: We live just a few blocks away, so it’s quite literally our second kitchen. Sonoma Horse Park: 7600 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma: Our daughter rides at Burgundy Farms in Sonoma, and we fell in love with the region. Near the park we found this huge old barn imported from New Jersey that had been retrofitted into a house, so we rented it and spent three months living there, working in the city, but getting out into nature, which for us is like ‘Oh, a bird!’ Kevin (Hartz, her husband) took flying lessons. On The Town
November 14, 2015

Prepare To Travel Today With This Advice

There is a lot of information out there about travel, and it is hard to go through it all. Luckily, this article has been put together with expert advice to offer tips and advice to make your travel time more exciting. If you are traveling overnight or into the early morning, get your doctor’s permission to take a sleeping pill after you board. Eat your breakfast and then drift off to dreamland, and you’ll sleep comfortably through the whole flight. Wait until you are airborne to take your pill though, in case your flight is delayed or must return to the gate. Sanitize your area. You may get a few sideways glances, but in the confined space of a crowded aircraft, you are just asking to get sick. Bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer or some sanitizing wipes and wipe off your tray table, armrests and any buttons, as soon as you sit down. Be sure to also use it on your hands and try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. If you are driving of flying with a toddler, be sure to bring along “busy” toys for him. Do your best to include some of the […]
November 13, 2015

George Revel’s eclectic tastes pay off for him

Owner of Lost Coast Outfitters fly-fishing store in San Francisco uses eclectic taste to reel in profits George Revel’s tastes might be more expected of a man twice his age, but the 25-year-old’s business profits from him being a bit of an oddball. Lost Coast Outfitters, Revel’s fly fishing store-within-a-store that opened in December, is the only fly-fishing store in San Francisco after Leland Fly Fishing closed shop in 2011. Revel began fly fishing at age 12 – “I was a fly-fishing prodigy, I guess,” he said – and traveled around the country fishing and working at trade shows. The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, 1232 John F. Kennedy Drive: It’s a total retreat in the middle of the city. Pacific Rod and Gun Club, 520 John Muir Drive: San Francisco is the only big city with a skeet-shooting range within city limits. Live jazz, great Manhattans, a potato puff with creme fraiche and caviar on top of it that’s pretty amazing. Ellen Huet is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. On The Town
November 12, 2015

Want To Travel Soon? Use These Tips For A Great Trip!

When you think of travel, do you see it as something that takes a long time to plan which location to the next you will be traveling to? If so, then you have a narrow view of it. Traveling is so much more and it can be customized so that it works with you. Read on to find out how. For more exciting, memorable travel experiences, consider cutting down your budget. Traveling on a shoestring, exposes you to novel situations and will show you people and places that you might otherwise miss. Restricting your spending to bare minimums will allow you to get a realistic impression of the way locals live, at your chosen travel destination. If you’re traveling to a country where you’re likely to want to enjoy a bottle of wine, bring along your own corkscrew. If you don’t know the area or speak the language, tracking down a corkscrew just for that impromptu picnic can turn a relaxing afternoon into a harried scavenger hunt. Look up reviews about hotels you plan to visit, but do not necessarily trust everything that is written. Everyone will have a different experience, so be forgiving of some negative reviews and do […]
November 11, 2015

Travel Does Not Have To Be Stressful

Traveling can be an important part of your life, whether for business or for pleasure. You need to do all of your research so that you don’t forget to pack something important, see what the best methods of transportation are, etc. There are some tips listed below to help you begin. If you really don’t want to leave your pet at home, try vacationing in a place where she can accompany you. An increasing number of accommodations are available for those traveling with pets. These include cat spas, dog daycare centers and pet-friendly cruises. Don’t leave your pets at home; just make sure you can bring them with you. When planning a flight and searching for the lowest prices, make sure you check the official website for each airline that has flights to your destination. Although some websites offer low prices, there may not actually be a flight to that exact location. To remain safe while traveling in a country stricken by poverty and crime, you should travel with a guide and a group of tourists. Avoid wearing jewelery and do not let anyone see how much cash you are carrying with you. Also, you should not trust anyone you […]
November 11, 2015

Where Viv&Ingrid’s Ingrid Chen hangs out

Viv&Ingrid designer loves a spa day in Calistoga, killer tacos in Oakland When Wang became pregnant about two years ago, they figured she’d take a nice, long maternity leave and return to work alongside Chen, the CEO, like always. Fortunately, the jewelry line – with its signature thin gold hoops rimmed with tiny gemstones, and barely there necklaces with delicate charms – is thriving. The locally made pieces are frequently featured in national magazines and sold in about 300 specialty boutiques in the U.S., as well as Japan and the United Kingdom. When she’s not wearing her own jewelry, Chen wears an antique brass tiger’s head ring with crystal eyes. Chen’s favorite hangoutsFlowerland Nursery, 1330 Solano Ave., Albany: I don’t have a green thumb, but I love to go there and sit on a bistro bench by the Local 123 coffee truck set up outside by the plants. […] we go to Ad Hoc for lunch or dinner, stroll around the French Laundry gardens and visit the chickens. On The Town