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Travelling Alone

Dr. Linda Hancock The Eleventh Year Travel and Leisure

Often people are shocked when they hear that I love to travel alone. Some state that they would be afraid to do this while others imply that they just don't think they would enjoy the trip without having people accompany them. Well, there are several advantages to going solo: Planning is much easier. You just think about where you would like to visit and start researching your options. You can open an email with flight offers and book whatever grabs your attention at the time without having to consult or compromise. 2. Travelling is more flexible. If you miss a...

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Amish Values

Dr. Linda Hancock The Eleventh Year Travel and Leisure

In August, I decided that I needed a rest! My son suggested that I go to a spa. I really wanted to go where I had never been before and told him that one of my goals had been to go to Amish country. Everything that I had read about the culture seemed inviting and I thought that I would benefit from the relaxing style and simplicity of being around their simple and relaxing culture. Coincidentally, I had also been working on my family tree and was intrigued by the fact that my fifth great-grandfather, Conrad Eichelberger, had immigrated to...

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Enjoyment Comes with Planning

Dr. Linda Hancock The Seventh Year Travel and Leisure

This fall I will be travelling to India for the first time. Even though I have been to several other destinations over the years and didn't know what adventures were ahead of me when I chose them, this trip to the other side of the world requires much more planning and commitment. The flight alone is twenty-three hours each way! I realize that I cannot plan every detail (and don't want to as that would take some of the excitement out of it) but also know that doing my research and preparing will not only ensure that things will go...

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Three of My Favourite Places to Visit

Dr. Linda Hancock Travel and Leisure

I have been very fortunate to have had an opportunity to travel to many interesting places. Whenever I am asked by others about which was my favourite, I find it difficult to give one answer. In fact, I usually talk about four cities that had I really enjoyed. Seattle, Washington - One lovely afternoon I took a walk along the wharf and admired all the beautiful yachts and ships. A city tour provided me with the interesting tales of this area which boasts a significant number of billionaires. The Pike Place Market was a fun place to watch fresh fish...

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A Checklist for Packing Your Luggage for a Business Trip

Dr. Linda Hancock Business Business Travel Business_And More Other Business Travel and Leisure

It never fails that when my adult son travels with me, he forgets something. Because of this I always pack an extra tube of toothpaste just knowing that he will show up at my hotel door to see if he could borrow some of mine. Airlines are becoming more restrictive about the weight and number of bags that you can bring with you, so it is important not to over-pack. At the same time, however, you really want to make sure that you have the basics, so you won't have to waste time shopping for necessary items. Perhaps you might...

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Tips for Travelling to Workshops and Conferences

Dr. Linda Hancock Business Business Travel Business_And More Other Business Travel and Leisure

So often I meet up in elevators as people are hauling their luggage to the hotel desk during a coffee break or stating that they need to miss sessions of their meeting or workshop because they have commitments at home. I always feel badly for them because they are not able to fully focus on or enjoy the event that they are at. Over the years I have probably been at hundreds of conferences and organizational events outside of my city. I have learned a few things that help me to derive full value from my registration fee and time...

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How to Handle a Cancelled or Delayed Flight

Dr. Linda Hancock Travel and Leisure

I am always so surprised when I am in an airport and see distraught people who are running around and swearing because their flight was cancelled or delayed. They frantically pull out their cellphones to call family and co-workers with the news and both words and tone reveal their state of mind. There is really nothing you can do about a cancelled or delayed flight but there are things that you can do while you are waiting for your next scheduled flight time: 1. Consider how fortunate it is that you weren't in the air when the mechanical problem was...

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O Canada

Dr. Linda Hancock The Third Year Travel and Leisure

Often, I hear Canadians complain about our country and it not only surprises me but also throws me into a more pronounced form of patriotism.  Although I have always been proud of my homeland, my feelings in this regard have strengthened over the years Spending dozens of unscheduled hours in airports because of weather conditions reminds me that we are not constantly facing the havoc which tornadoes or tsunamis have brought to other countries.  We do not have to leave our houses because of cyclical problems such as “hurricane season” or unexpected crises including earthquakes.  Our country is not threatened...

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The Psychology of Travel

Dr. Linda Hancock The Second Year Travel and Leisure

I have been on as many as eighteen flights in a month! It is very easy to determine who the "seasoned" travelers are and who the "first timers" are. Airports are designed to not only control the flow of traffic but also meet the needs of the passengers. I use the Calgary Airport, for example, as a type of shopping mall. Whenever there is a layover of a few hours, I am excited. This gives me an opportunity to have a pedicure at the spa, purchase best-sellers at the bookstore and have dinner in a nice restaurant. Dressing appropriately is...

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