Business Travel Tips!

When you travel the world around you, it changes the world within you. That was one of my quotes a few years ago from my travel blog when I was blogging the World Tour. It holds true to this day, in my opinion.

I have traveled a lot these past 3 months, in particular, and am often asked how I do it. How do I maintain my energy, my focus, my connections, my health. So here are my best travel tips – try them, you’ll like them.

TIP #1 – MAINTAIN REGULAR SLEEP HABITS. This is normal for me, anyway, whether I am travelling or not. But when I am on the road, it is critical for me to get my sleep. I adjust to the time zone I am in and go with it. I ensure the room is dark, cool, quiet and normally, when at conferences, for example, I always room alone. I know that many people find great joy sharing a room when attending events. That doesn’t work for me because I get enough stimulation during the business days and meetings – I don’t need the additional stimulation of someone in my room wanting to de-brief for the next few hours. It’s my down time so that I can get mentally ready for a restful sleep. That also means limited electronics or TV.

TIP #2 – GET REGULAR EXERCISE. These days, that can mean just counting your steps in the airports – they are so HUGE! It takes a lot of time and a lot of steps to get around. I hired a personal trainer this year and, when I am at home, it makes a huge difference. When I am on the road, I stay accountable, get my exercise and post photos for my trainer so I show evidence of my commitment. At a minimum, I do some Yoga moves which helps with stretching after long plane rides. I bring my exercise DVD with me, too – me and Jillian Roberts – look out world!

TIP #3 – I MAKE GOOD FOOD CHOICES. There’s not really any reason to look at a menu when I travel. I know what I regularly eat for breakfast, lunch and supper – now, remember my 80/20 rule. When I am somewhere special (like in Africa – I WILL have the chocolate croissants… just sayin’!) – I will try different foods. But for normal travel – I stick with my regular food choices – and rarely will I have a drink when I am on the road. It ruins my sleep. I know it. So why do it?

TIP #4: I KEEP MY GRATITUDE JOURNAL. Next to my exercise clothes, my Gratitude Journal is the one thing that goes in the suitcase. It IS when I travel, that I realize and recognize what a blessed life I live and I want to keep my attitude of gratitude.

TIP #5: KEEP A SENSE OF HUMOR. Travel these days can be frustrating, challenging and difficult. There are many things beyond my control. It is so important to keep a sense of humor – and I do that by people watching. I love it! Most people have their face glued to their electronic devices – I just sit, with my latte, and watch. It’s great for keeping stress levels low. (good quality chocolate and a Starbucks latte makes me a happy traveler! – find your happy place, too!)

I have travelled a lot and will continue to do so. My travels tips are not rocket science – they are pretty basic and yet they work. Try them – you’ll like them too.

Travel Tips For India

India has always intrigued and mesmerized the rest of the world and will continue to do so!! Welcome to India- where splendor bedazzles, traditions speak and variety delights It is a haven of tourism delights, a nation to tour through. Tourists come to India for its wealth of tourist attractions, cultural enthusiasm, and variety of terrain and in search of that unique something, an added punch that only India delivers.

While visiting this exotic abode, you must know some basic facts.


The first thing is to know about visas to India. Citizens of all countries, except Nepal & Bhutan, need a legitimate national passport or legitimate travel documents and a legitimate visa granted by Missions abroad for entering India.


India is well linked to international countries and it has a wide internal transport network within. The Rail network in India is largest in the world. You will not face any difficulty while traveling in India through rail and road. All the major metropolises in India have an international airport and are well connected through the rail network.


The Indian currency is called Indian Rupee (INR). The Rupee comes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Sites like Finance India have currency converters that are a great help. The site helps convert US dollar into India rupee within seconds.


India is a conservative country .It is advisable to dress modestly. Although safe travelers should guard against theft and beware of unscrupulous agents, travel guides etc.There are many who will try to overcharge you, so arm yourself with information as to standard rates before leaving the hotel. You will also come across many street beggars. It may seem heartless but it is much safer to ignore them. If you give alms to one then you will be overwhelmed by all the beggars in that area.


The Indian subcontinent has eight climatic zones. India has such varied temperature zones that with in a couple of hours, one is able to see a drastic temperature changes from the cold crisp air of the mountains to the burning dry heat of the Rajasthan Desert. So, bring clothing according to the weather of the place you are going to tour.

In addition to the above there are some general rules of travel that all tourists should follow –

  • Carry back all non-degradable litter such as empty bottles, tins, plastic bags etc. These must not litter the environment or be buried. They must be disposed in proper dustbins only.
  • Observe the sacredness of holy sites, temples and local cultures.
  • Do not play loudly radios; tapes etc. in nature resorts, sanctuaries and wildlife parks.
  • Value people’s privacy while clicking photographs. Ask for prior consent before taking a photograph

Keeping these tips in mind will ensure you have a hassle free enjoyable trip.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: The Benefits Of a Change Of Pace

Did you know that getting out of your “normal routine” is actually good for you? Summer typically is a good time of year to experience a change of pace. Many schedule that change of pace with a vacation. Whether you have a vacation planned or not, there are real benefits to changing things up, even if just for several hours and it doesn’t always require a plane ride.

Warmer weather provides opportunities to get outside and explore and experience new places. Getting out of your “normal routine” is rejuvenating for your mind and spirit. Not only is it rejuvenating, but you often appreciate your life a little more when you get a chance to step away from it for a little bit.

So whether you already have a trip scheduled for the summer or you spontaneously explore a place closer to home, I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new this month!

Where you can go:

Go to an amusement park and have some fun riding roller coasters.
Have a picnic at a state or local park.
Go to a local festival.
If you live close to one of our National Parks, then take some time hiking, exploring, and really enjoying it.
Go to the beach or a lake nearby and explore the beach or enjoy floating in the water.
Try a water park, they are a lot of fun even for adults.
Go to a new restaurant while traveling or in your own city. Experience the outdoor seating.
Plan a weekend getaway.
Go camping.
Venture to outdoor community events.
Sit by a fountain and dive into a novel.

There are many benefits of getting out of your “normal routine” and traveling or exploring new places:

You’ll feel refreshed.
You’ll relax a little more because you are away from your regular life.
You’ll often become more present to the moment because you are experiencing something new.
You’ll widen your perspective because you are out of your normal routine.
You’ll feel more comfortable with change. The more you stay doing the same old, same old, the harder it is for you to go with the flow of change.
You’ll create great memories.

Now give yourself permission to get out there and explore something new this month and reap the many benefits your body and mind will receive from getting out of your comfort zone. Happy Exploring!

Northrend Zones

In World of Warcraft’s Wrath of the Lich King, there will be several new zones added for your game playing satisfaction. The game creators have worked diligently at creating a more “user friendly” access when it comes to entering certain areas within each zone. Currently, there is quite a bit of information available regarding these particular areas. In this guide, I will introduce you to the new zones in World of Warcraft’s Wrath of the Lich King!

Storm Peaks

This is an area that is relatively mountainous in nature. You can find this area in Northrend, on the northeast side. It is said that this particular area is relatively harsh as far as weather is concerned as it consists of cold, violent winds and ice. If you are interested in encountering one of the new beasts in Wrath of the Lich King called “Storm Giants”, this is the place to be. There are many dangers that await you in this new zone. Steep cliffs, bright sunlight reflecting off of the ice, torturous winds, and strong, vicious monsters are just some of these dangers.


Known as the “Magical Nation”, Dalaran can be found just south of Lordamere Lake. It is not uncommon for the area to appear misty as it is in an environment that is known for low pressure. The air, naturally, is relatively cool and often described as “damp”. There are many secrets contained within the city, and it is very difficult to uncover any amount of the mystery that surrounds the area. You will stumble upon a dome that is magical and mysterious in nature, and many empty paths. You will find a number of troops there, due to the fact that it is important that the city does not fall to the control of the Scourge. This is considered to be the area that is farthest north in Northrend.

Icecrown Glacier

The ever-popular Icecrown Glacier is located in the area that is referred to as “Icecrown”. As you may have guessed, this is a frozen glacier that rests in the central area of Northrend, slightly to the north. It is important to note that this is a seriously dangerous location. This is where the ominous Lich King is stationed. It is also believed to be the center of power that he holds. Scourge are just roaming everywhere on this particular glacier in Northrend. You can find the ever-popular Icecrown Citadel located here. This is nothing more than a dead, wasteland that is composed of ice and the undead.

Lake Wintergrasp

In Lake Wintergrasp, all you will find is an immense lake that has turned to solid ice. If you happen to indulge yourself in the endeavor of going beneath the surface of the ice, you will find water. However, it is believed that the waters that flow beneath the ice stop at nothing to retrieve the heart of the person, or creature that it comes in contact with. You can find this mysterious lake on the area that is south of Wintergrasp.

Borean Tundra

You can find the Borean Tundra in Northrend, on the west side of the continent. Here, you will find several frightening creatures. The Undead Scourge and the Blue Dragons reside here. In addition to this, you have the Tuskarr, Naga, and the Trolls that are Drakkari. On the most part, this area is simply ice, but you may stumble upon an unfriendly camp or beast on your journeys in the Borean Tundra. In the east area of this particular zone, you will find small traces of forests. This area is also for both the Alliance and the Horde as well.


Dragonblight is a mysterious, yet ominous area in Northrend. This is the resting place of Dragons, when their lives end. The ever-popular plague that initially struck down the humans started in this particular zone. It is a sad and desolate location where the massive and mythical Dragons come to meet their fate, once they have accepted it. Surrounded by forests that are large and dense, this is another vast wasteland of ice and snow. There are many different legends and rumors of the magic that surrounds this particular zone in World of Warcraft’s Wrath of the Lich King.

Howling Fjord

You can find this particular zone in the continent of Northrend, on the south side towards the east. This is where you can find the popular Utgarde Keep, as well as several animals, such as Frost Wolves, Nerubians, Wendigos, Iron Dwarves, and Murlocs, just to name a few. There is a base here for both Horde, as well as Alliance.

Grizzly Hills

This too is located in the area of Northrend, in the south, and towards the east side of the continent. Grizzlemaws, Scourge, and Thor Modan can be discovered in this particular zone. This is an immense forest of evergreens that are ever covered in snow. There is no summer, spring, or fall in Grizzly Falls – it is always winter. Fortunately, this is more of a tropic area compared to the other zones for the simple fact that it is not completely covered in ice and snow – there are still traces of life, and “green” in this area of World of Warcraft’s Wrath of the Lich King.

Sholazar Basin

This is actually an area that is considered to be both a jungle, and tropical in nature. It is located in Northrend and can be found near Icecrown Glacier…so, it is really odd that is has such a tropical basis when it is surrounded by wastelands of ice. There are vents that emit hot, dangerous steam and even potent geysers in this particular area. Here, it is unlikely that you will see any Scourge as the natives work terribly hard to protect the area. This leads to the question…is the Lich King causing the ice over Northrend because he is so evil, and will it eventually go away if he is conquered?

Crystalsong Forest

This is an amazing zone in Wrath of the Lich King. This is because it is a forest that is composed entirely of crystal! Even the ground is composed of this substance! These are magical crystals in that they sing, and create beautiful songs for all who enter to experience. It is believed that old, ancient type magic is responsible for this particular area. There is a “Great Tree” in the forest that is heavily protected and cherished. You can find the Green Dragons here. In addition to this, it is not unusual to discover Crystal Golems and even Storm Giants!


This is considered to be a winter filled countryside that hosts a number of creatures in the continent of Northrend. Here, you will find Ice Trolls that are Drakkari, and the king that acts as the master of the Trolls, named Malakk. It is extremely cold, and considered to be populated in a dense fashion. This area is particular good for parties and guilds that are looking to attack together. The lone traveler will not fare very well in this particular zone in Wrath of the Lich King.

Here, you have been introduced to the new zones of World of Warcraft’s Wrath of the Lich King. If you are looking for something new, or want to power up that new Death Knight, these areas are just right for you!