The top 5 ways of getting over your jet lag

What you need to know to minimise jet lag: 5 tips for making your business trip productive.

Travelling for work may sound exciting, but there’s nothing glamorous about jet lag. Waking up at 1am with you stomach demanding breakfast or walking zombie-like from meeting to meeting clutching a large coffee as though your life depends on it.

It’s the bane of business travellers – unless you’re one of the superhuman few who it seems to completely bypass. For mere mortals, here are our tips for beating jet lag…

Jet lag is caused by disturbed sleep patterns, when your normal body clock is disrupted. One thing you may not know is that jet lag is worse when you move from west to east because the body finds it harder to adapt to a shorter day than a longer one.

Fact for the day – we have evolved from bacteria which float to the water surface when light is available! This has changed over time to form our own body clock, which is primed to respond to a regular rhythm of daylight and darkness. Our body clock is thrown out of sync when travelling and it can take several days to readjust.american airlines photo

What you need to do before you travel…

1. Top up your sleep: Make sure you’re fully rested before you travel. If you’re flying overnight and you can get a bit of sleep on the flight, it will help you to stay up until night time once you arrive at your destination.

2. Change your sleep routine. While this can seem impractical, it will help you hit the ground running. Start getting up and going to bed earlier (if you’re travelling east) or later (if you’re travelling west). If you’re unable to do this ahead of your departure, try to eat and sleep on the flight according to your destination’s local time. Setting your watch to your destination’s time zone as soon as you get on the plane can help too.  

…during your journey…

3. Stay hydrated and avoid caffeinated drinks. You won’t believe the difference that staying hydrated makes. Doctors recommend drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water a day. It’s a good idea to up this while flying.  Dehydration can intensify the effects of jet lag, and aeroplane cabins are notorious for having dry air pumped in. If you find water unappealing ask the cabin crew for tomato juice, which also keeps your vitamin levels topped up and tastes delicious. You’ll be in good company, German airline Lufthansa serve about 53,000 gallons of tomato juice annually! Avoid the temptation of alcoholic and caffeinated drinks (such as coffee, tea and cola), which can disturb sleep and act as diuretics. While it can seem appealing there is really nothing worse for you!

4. Investing in some good eyeshades and headphones will help to create the right conditions when preparing for sleep. Airlines may provide them for free, but the quality can be poor, especially in economy. The sunrises can be beautiful but if you’re trying to sleep, waking up at an unearthly hour can be very frustrating.plane sunset

…and at your destination.

5. Stay up as late as you can until is it a sensible time to go to sleep and have as much sleep in every 24 hour period as you normally would. Try to go outside as exposure to daylight will usually help you adapt to the new time zone much faster.

So there you have it, while jet lag will never be eliminated it can be minimised if you use these tips on you’re on your next business trip.

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4 must-have travel gadgets!

Heading for a getaway? Travelling for business, pleasure or both? Whether you are making your way by plane, train or car, no trip is complete without digital accessories! However, with so many travel gadgets on the market, it can be hard to choose which items are worth the money and taking with you.
Here are our top 4 great gadgets to help make your journey pain-free!

Belkin Mini Surge Protector

The Belkin Mini Surge Protector has 3 power outlets and 2 USB ports. It allows you to charge computers, cameras and smartphones all at once! Hotel rooms and airport terminals never seem to have enough power outlets to charge all the devices today’s traveller brings along. Now you can add outlets and keep all your devices charged!


Anker Portable Charger

The Anker Portable Charger is small, light and easy to carry around and, with 2 USB outlets, it allows you to recharge with no worries. Stay connected wherever you are!


The Selfie Stick

The Selfie Stick is a simple piece of technology but its ability to expand your selfie photos really makes a difference. With this amazing product you will have pictures your friends will be jealous of!


Shure SE-215 Noise Isolating Earphones

Travelling and unwanted noise seem to go together, whether it’s crying children on a plane or paper-thin hotel walls. The amazing Shure SE-215 Noise Isolating Earphones block out most ambient noise by themselves and, with some quiet background music, drowns out almost anything else. They come with three sets of rubber earbuds in different sizes!


Optimizing Business Travel: The top 5 apps that you must not leave home without.

If you are a business traveller who is constantly on the go, life can be hectic. With so many apps available to download that claim to help make business travel more efficient, which are the best ones to use? Here are our top 5 picks:

1. Evernote

Evernote is one of the best apps for business people who are constantly on the go. It enables you to create to-do-lists, take notes, organize documents and photos, and share content quickly with team members. It also serves as a digital assistant during your business travels. You can easily scan business cards and save them as contacts, keep track of travel expenses, and plan your trip by saving flight or hotel reservations. The Evernote app is free to download for Android, iOS, and Windows users.

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2. Uber

One of the most stressful things about business travel is figuring out how to get around a new city, especially if you don’t speak the language! Most cities have a comprehensive public transportation system and rental cars are another option, but they can be expensive. Uber comes in extremely handy in more circumstances! You can request a ride via your mobile device whenever you need it, and get your personal driver in couple of minutes. Furthermore, your account is linked to your credit card so you don’t need to worry about handing over cash at the end of your ride. The fare estimate and driver’s details (including previous reviews) are made available as soon as you request a ride. A nice little bonus, Uber Exec offers free bottled water, phone chargers and other cables to connect to your Spotify account! The Uber app is free and available on the App Store, Google Play for free.

Business travel - Uber app

3. Yelp

Even though business travel can be hectic and stressful, discovering new restaurants and trying new food is always fun and exciting. Thanks to the numerous amounts of review sites, it is easier than ever to find a good quality restaurant that will make your evening. Yelp is the go-to review app where you can not only look over reviews from customers, you can also get directions or a phone number if you want to make reservations. Yelp is free and available to download on Android, iOS, and Windows devices.

Business travel - Yelp app

4. Jambo

Business travel is notoriously lonely. Jambo is a community for busy, smart, successful professionals. Through its mobile application, it enables business travellers to network professionally and/or socially with like-minded people. Users connect with each other through activities and can find places to explore – finding trendy places to hangout is often half the battle, we’ve all been there! This great app has a clean, sleek design and is easy to use. It’s new to the market but don’t let that put you off! Help the team test and provide feedback, in return you will be granted Founding Member status. Download this great app today and put the fun back into business travel. Who will you connect with? Free to download on iOS. Android is coming soon!

Business travel - Jambo app


5. Expensify

Expensify is an app that simplifies travel expenses. You can import credit card transactions, scan receipts, and log billable expenses like mileage and time. The app can also manage your travel plans and keep you updated with real-time flight statuses. For administrators, Expensify is essential because it allows you to process thousands of reports with just one-click, reimburse employees, and establish reimbursement guidelines. Expensify has free mobile apps for iOS, and Android.

Business travel - Expensify app






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5 Steps to a Successful Job Relocation

Relocating to a new city for a new job is a big and rather stressful decision that requires a lot of consideration. It is known as one of the most stressful and complicated changes in one’s life, even if moving is related to huge  job promotion or an amazing opportunity.

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So what is it that makes relocating so daunting? The fact that you have to find a new place to live, break into new friendship circles, develop a new network of business contacts, build relationships with new colleagues, or simply create a good impression and maintain successful in your new job all at the same time?
We get it, we’ve been there! Here are some tips for a smoother and more successful transition:

1. Stay organized

Leaving your current home and finding a new one brings a lot of stress – there are a lot of logistics to manage. The most important tip is to stay organized and keep a to-do list for both arrival and departure locations. One of the best tools to keep yourself organized is an app called Trello. Trello allows you to create to-do lists, which you can colour coordinate according to urgency. This way you can stay on top of everything and minimize the stress levels.

2. Know what’s available to you

Many companies offer help to their employees through different relocation services and most are flexible in what they provide. For example, some companies will pay for things like apartment hunting expenses, transportation of your vehicle,  help figuring out how to rent a property, and event organizers to settle you into your new home.

3. Do your sums and know your costs before you make the leap

There are significant differences in cost of living among different cities. These differences should be compensated for in your salary, but it’s still important to check. Do the research and plan accordingly. The opportunity may seem like a ‘once in a lifetime moment’, the grass may appear greener or perhaps the work/life balance better, but make sure you can afford to live in the new city before diving straight in.  You’d hate to get there and not be able to lead the lifestyle you hope for.

4. Take time to get to know your new environment before you move

Take some time to get to know your new environment before you move and talk to people to get as much perspective as possible. This involves researching about different neighborhoods so you can make sure that this fits in with your lifestyle.

5. Build a social support network

When it comes to socializing, meeting new people in big cities can be very difficult. You have two options: 1) Approach it the same way that you may try to find a new job – network your heart out! or 2) Use Jambo. Jambo is a mobile application that enables you to meet other professionals on a social or business level that have similar interests or hobbies. Jambo allows you to become part of a community ( tribe) faster.  The quicker you are able to build a support network, the more at home you will feel and the happier you will be.

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Travel Vacation Destinations for 2016

It’s that time of the year already! Christmas and New Year are approaching and it’s time to start planning where how will spend your vacation and where you will travel to in 2016. Fancy a little bit of adventure? Here are our top 5 holiday destinations for 2016.

1. Australia

Our first choice and ultimate favourite destination is Australia. This magnificent country has the opposite seasons from the rest of the ‘western’ world. It’s breath-taking nature, wildlife and sites such as the 2,600 km long Great Barrier Reef means there is something for everyone. Furthermore, the culinary experiences that Australia offers with a vast array of cuisines are delightful! Tourism Australia has recently released a new campaign called, “Our Country is Waiting for You“ which highlights unique experiences travellers get when they come to Aboriginal Australia!

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2. Iceland

Our second choice is Iceland! It’s hard to reach, but once you are there you will see that it was worth it! This is a dream destination for the seasoned travellers. The tourist season is from November to March when the sightings of the Northern Lights are at their best. This luxury and rather exotic destination is currently extremely popular, make sure you book your cruise trips, northern light excursions and hot spring visits in advance


3. The Caribbean

The Caribbean is an attractive destination at any time of the year, it is not surprising therefore that we have it on our top 5 list. The most popular way to get to the Caribbean is with cruise lines departing from New York or Florida, however airlines such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operate regular flights from London, UK. This magnificent dream destination, with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters has been known as the therapeutic getaway place since 1751 when former American president, George Washington spent 2 months in Barbados to treat his half-brother Lawrence’s tuberculosis. He was just 19 years old. Today his House in Barbados is one of the main tourist attractions.


4. Fiji

Fiji is not easily accessible since it is rather isolated from the rest of the world, but what it lacks in accessibility, it makes up for in luxury and happiness. Fiji is made up of around 300 islands and is known for its amazing landscape of blue lagoons and palm-lined, white sandy beaches. Additionally, it is a top celebrity destination due to its luxury private island resorts. The most famous island is Likuliku Lagoon Resort, named 3rd Most Romantic Island by “Islands Magazine” USA. Its other major islands include Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

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5. New Zealand

New Zealand’s two tiny islands are a dream destination for those who enjoy the luxurious adventures and life changing journeys. This country reflects a feeling of being raw and untouched, which travellers cannot feel in many other parts of the world. There is an infinite list of outdoor and adventure activities to do at this magnificent destination. If you are an adrenaline junky there are more activities on offer than you will be able to get through in Queenstown such as bungee jumping, canyoning and skydiving. For the nature enthusiasts there care activities such as swimming with dusky dolphins and seals and an abundance of nature trail walks on both the North and South Islands. If cold weather is more of your thing, and the slopes in Europe have left you wanting more ski action, head to the South Island during our summer (June – October), the ski resorts have some good runs! Pretty amazing ,huh?

The famous sea rock of Hvitserkur.


10 tips for dealing with flight delays and cancellations

All airlines have a common goal for their flights to depart and land as scheduled as much for business reasons as for the passenger’s sanity. However, delays and cancellations occur more often than anyone would like. Unfortunately, if your flight is delayed or cancelled you are forced to spend extra time at the airport. Here are our top 10 tips for dealing with the situation.

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1. Travel early

Early morning airport flights may be unpleasant, but they are less prone to delays than evening or night flights. Each time a flight is delayed or cancelled, it will have an exponential effect on all the other departures. As a result, the flights towards the end of the day could be cancelled. The early morning departures give you enough time to react and find alternate flights without staying overnight. Also, you will be the first one in the queue at the customer service desk and have access to updates and flight information.

2. Look at other flights

Usually, the only information provided to passengers is that the flight has been delayed or cancelled without specific reason. In these situations you should do your own research by checking the flights around you to determine whether this is an airport, airline or weather-related issue. If the problem is airline related you should book a different flight asap to save time and get the compensation. However, pay attention to penalties and change fees.

3. Know your rights

In cases you have a flight delay, or your flight is overbooked and you have been left at the airport, it is essential to know your rights. Make sure you have the knowledge to claim what you deserve and get a solution to your problem. Delay of over 4 hours- or cancellation-related compensation can come in the form of travel vouchers, frequent flier miles and, if your delay requires you to stay overnight, a free stay in a hotel.

4. Keep your essentials handy

When packing your luggage, make sure you pack your essentials in your hand luggage. Having your toothbrush, a change of clothes and a cell phone charger on a long delay can make a huge difference while waiting at the airport or in case your luggage is lost. If by any chance you have a bit of extra space in your carry-on, we recommend packing a small pillow.

5. Book Travel Insurance!

Not getting insurance is a common holiday mistake people make when travelling. With travel insurance, every trouble you come across will be easier to solve, it is definitely worth the extra investment. Insurance has the potential to save you a lot of money on food, accommodation, missed flights, delays and cancellations as well as illness or injury./

6. Explore

Unfortunately, cancellations and delays often occur with only a few moments notice, but it’s good to look at the positive side in these situations. You could use this extra time to check fascinating sights and attractions or to do a sport of duty free shopping!

7. Make friends

Meeting new people and making friends is always fun and useful! Time will pass faster when talking to interesting people and on a more practical side, you could save money by sharing costs, such as of a taxi into town.

8. Gatecrash the airport lounges

It is worth trying finding a VIP room for Business Class travellers, in most cases they are not exclusive, and you can access them for a fee of about £30 pounds. This alternative is sometimes cheaper than having a meal at the airport bar.

9. Entertain yourself

Don’t forget to always carry an interesting book or an iPad so you can entertain yourself and kill time while waiting for your flight update – a great way to distract yourself form all the chaos happening around you.

10. Get some sleep

If your flight is already cancelled and you need to figure out how to kill some time, the best way it to get some rest and catch some sleep, especially if you have a long flight ahead. Packing a sleeping mask, and a small pillow or a blanket in your carry-on. Some airports have hotels you can stay at inside the airport so make sure you ask at the information desk.

The 5 Best Airports in the World


Singapore Changi Airport has been awarded the world’s best airport for the third consecutive year. It is one of Southeast Asia’s largest transit hubs that connects customers to over 200 destinations worldwide, with 5000 arrivals and departures a week. This amazing airport has unbelievable amenities including a rooftop pool, cinema, butterfly garden, hotels, spas and a four-story slide!



This airport is known as one of the busiest airports in the world. It is the largest airport in South Korea and serves more than 70 airlines. Incheon Int’l Airport was rated the world’s top airport from 2005 to 2012. It is known to be a museum of Korean culture, external views, restaurants and bars.



Munich Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany with over 150 retail stores and 50 places to have a drink or a bite while waiting for your flight. It is named the best airport in Europe offering travellers a wide choice of activities to do. The airport is aesthetically appealing due to the high ceilings made of glass. The airport is 45-minute train ride from Munich’s city centre.



Hong Kong International Airport is a former winner of the Airport of the Year Awards. It was awarded top airport for dining and baggage delivery and ranked among the top airports for cleanliness and shopping. This airport is best known for its amenities which include a nine-hole golf course – great for travellers who have long layovers!



Samui Airport holds the crown as the most beautiful airport. The design is in tune with its gorgeous natural surroundings. This is an unusual airport because there is no indoor area, no walls and passengers are taken to the plane in little tram like vehicles! The quaint pedestrianised shopping street is great for picking up last minute gifts.

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Top 5 Luxury Luggage Lines

Creating a professional image isn’t just about wearing stylish clothes, it’s also about choosing the right accessories.  It can be a minefield deciding which is the right luggage to purchase for both men and women. We have completed a review of the different brands and items available this season. Here are our top five luggage picks.

Bottega Veneta

Our top pick! No luggage countdown would be complete with a classic Bottega Veneta leather trolley. This Italian luxury brand has roots in leather good making since 1966. Bottega’s intrecciato VN leather is the iconic signature material well known for its durability and high-end quality. We recommend the Nero Intrecciato VN Trolley, which is specifically designed for endurance and resistance to wear and tear.

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Louis Vuitton

In second place is the beautiful Louis Vuitton Epi Pégase 45 for women. Carry your travel essentials in style. The brand choice ranges from signature Monogram pieces to classic multicolour designs. The brand recently presented the new season palate of its sophisticated 18 piece Epi Pégase 45 suitcase. The new colours include deep cherry red (Carmin), orange (Piment), purple (Figue) and blue-green (Cyan) in addition to the popular Indigo, Fuchsia, Electric Black and Black. This fashion statement is simple yet luxurious, perfect as a carry-on for a short trip.


Alfred Dunhill

In third place is the Alfred Dunhill Sherborne for men. If you travel often for business meetings, you’ll want to invest in a high quality luggage carrier to ensure you arrive in style. Dunhill’s timeless bag represents masculinity, heritage and character. The bag has high quality construction, English cowhide leather luxury details and preppy design.



Ralph Lauren

In 4th place is the Ralph Lauren Cooper Bag for men. Nothing beats the vintage appeal of American style luggage brand Ralph Lauren. This timeless and spacious peace, made of calfskin, has a detachable shoulder strap and internal pockets for a more practical use. Whether you are heading away for the weekend stay or have a short business trip, this leather luggage is always going to look the part.

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Last but not least is the Rimowa Salsa Deluxe, designed for both men and women. German brand Rimowa has been around since the 1950s and remains to be very popular. It offers a modern design and materials inspired by aircrafts. We love the Salsa Deluxe due to its burgundy-coloured shell, which adds to the stunning simplicity of the case. The product’s inner is designed to protect against humidity and temperature changes whereas the wheels have a noise reduced feature.



Top Five Business Travel Apps for iOS and Android

There are plenty of travel apps available on both the App Store and Google Play. We have conducted our own review and have come up with the top 5 apps that every business traveller needs for a stress-free trip!

In no particular order, here goes…

  1. Citymapper

    This app is absolutely essential when visiting a new city.  It is available in 14 different cities, from Rome to Tokyo and provides all the information you need to have a stress free trip. Citymapper allows you to find the most time, distance and price efficient routes for your journey. We definitely recommend this app! Free to download on iOS and Android.

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  1. Airbnb

This is an amazing app for people to list, find and book exceptional accommodation around the globe. Whether you need a long-term let in Paris or a single night in London, you are likely to find more than 700,000 listings on offer. Free to download on iOS and Android.


  1. GateGury

This app will allow you to navigate the world’s best and worst airports. It is a great resource for tips and lists of services available at airports worldwide. This way, your time spent at the airport will be more efficient and productive. Free to download on iOS and Android.


  1. Jambo

Business travel is notoriously lonely. Jambo is a lifestyle discovery app that enables business travellers to network professionally and/or socially with like-minded people.  Users connect with each other through activities and can find places to explore – finding trendy places to hangout is often half the battle. Download this great app today and put the fun back into business travel. Who will you connect with? Free to download on iOS. Android is coming soon!


  1. ExCurrency

This currency converter app is a great way to check currency exchange rates. This great app is a must when travelling to different countries. Free to download on iOS and Android.