Author page: Kate Downes

Resurrecting and Improving the Lost Art of the Icebreaker

The icebreaker is a time-honored tradition. School assemblies, camp, work retreats, family reunions… we’ve all experienced them at some point or another. And it’s not as though no-one uses icebreakers any more. It’s more that we have ceased to appreciate them. Sometimes they are fun, but other times they are just something to get through, clenching your teeth in a grimace-like smile so that Karen from payroll doesn’t call you a stick in the mud.

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Smart Ways to Use Your (Smart) Phone While Traveling

As much as we all might enjoy complaining about the absurdities of the modern phone (why does it need to be that big? What if I knock myself out when I answer a call?) they can be a very useful tool. Several useful tools, in fact. While I would never recommend that anyone rely solely on their phone for traveling, there are a number of ways in which they can make your journey easier.

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Good Morning, Sunshine: Beating Your Jetlag

Nothing is quite like that first day in a brand new, exciting location. Unless, of course, you spend it sleeping. Jetlag is the natural result of your body’s natural rhythms (circadian rhythms if we want to be fancy) which are set to the time zone in which you live. Traveling to a different time zone requires a good deal of adjustment. In order to get the most out of your trip, you will want to make that adjustment as quickly and easily as possible. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you along.

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Winning the Battle Against Seasickness

Seasickness can spoil even the nicest day. Nausea, dizziness, and a variety of other symptoms can strike those with even the toughest constitutions. And, sadly, unlike other forms of motion sickness, you don’t have the assurance of being able to stop and take a break. Yet people continue to take boat trips and cruises every year! So there’s got to be some way to beat it, right?

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Arranging a Travel Sabbatical

The old myth that you should travel exclusively between college and starting work is finally dying out. Many people are waking up to the fact that waiting until you have established yourself in your career can give you the security and freedom you need to achieve your travel dreams. The travel sabbatical is on the rise – and about time, too. Here are a few tips to help you arrange yours with as little fuss as possible.

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Enter the Checklist: Stress-Free Travel

You’re about to set off on your glorious new adventure; the last thing you should be doing is wondering whether you remembered to unplug your hairdryer before you left. And who wants their poolside time to be interrupted by emails from their house sitter? Enter the checklist: that heaven-sent shortcut to organization and efficiency. Here are some samples and suggestions on creating your perfect travel checklist. Stress-free travel, here we come.

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