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When it’s time for yet another trip, if you are like us, you’re getting excited right about the time that HR hands you your ticket. But for so many others, getting ready for a business travel often seems like getting set for a long period of stress. I mean, there’s the stress of packing, the possibility of an impolite airline crew, uncomfortable hotel rooms, annoying crying babies (usually in the adjacent airline seat) and long delays at the airport.

Business travels are always hectic, but it can be made a bit less miserable with the aid of some of these tips:

1. Don’t mess with your health.

Being in a poor state of health can transform any journey from a “wow” trip to an “Oh, not now!” disaster. So before embarking, be sure to go for a proper health check. Better yet, if you travel quite a bit, going for regular checks is advisable. Take routine health preserving medication before embarking on these trips.

Related: How to Stay Healthy While You’re On the Road

Depending on how long your trip is intended to last and your present health condition, you should take basic tests. You should also check to ascertain that your blood pressure is normal, and that no traces of illness-causing parasites are present in your system.

2. Get some information.

Not all business travels are within one’s home country. Many times you will have to travel to countries and cities you’ve never been to before.

To avoid getting frustrated or stranded upon reaching your destination, it’s important you make proper inquiries, before embarking on your trip. You should also ensure you get a travel guide for the particular city or country you are going to, before you leave. For instance, this travel guideproves to be helpful if Costa Rica is your destination.

Some vital information you should always get include:

The cost of a hotel room: Hotel charges vary depending on location. It’s good to build a reasonable budget before you travel, so you don’t appear uninformed at the front desk, exclaiming, “That much for a room?!

Internet access fee: Having to pay $30 a day for an internet connection in a $300-a-night hotel is not unusual in some travels. So buying an international data plan for your mobile device may be cheaper than paying daily local rates. Then, use your mobile device as a hotspot for data.

Related: A Guide for Using Mobile Devices When Traveling Abroad

Other basic costs: Information such as the cost of a good meal (yeah, sure!), and the cost of transportation in the city you intend traveling to are also necessary.

3. Pack smart.

As a business traveler, you need to learn to pack like a minimalist. You aren’t going to a fashion show. Therefore, packing only what’s needed will definitely help to minimize the stress of carrying excess baggage.

No matter where you go, you will probably be able to purchase items there. If you’re unsure about whether or not you will need something, leave it at home and buy it if you need it.

Other tricks: instead of folding your clothes, roll them. This saves you space and prevents wrinkles (win, win). You can also pack things like socks or underwear in your shoes.

Make sure you don’t forget the little vitals: adapters, chargers, USB cords, etc.

4. Pick the right security line at the airport.

The best line is usually not the shortest one. To choose correctly, check the efficiency of the personnel manning the line and the mix of travelers ahead of you.

5. Create an efficient on-boarding routine.

It’s also wise to create an on-boarding routine. This is particularly important for long-distance flights. For instance, you could organize all your reading materials in a separate carry-on bag before you get on the plane.

When you reach your seat, take the bag out and put your carry-on away, so you don’t waste a great amount of time rummaging through your bags to find all the things you want for the flight, while fellow passengers steam in the aisle waiting for you to sit down.

Related: 8 Rule-Bending Travel Hacks That Help You Fly Like a Boss

6. Meet someone new.

While on the plane, you don’t need to look as serious as someone who’s been threatened with a lawsuit or someone awaiting a death sentence. Say “hi” to the person seated next to you. It won’t be out of place if you get to know each other better, crack a bit of a joke, exchange business cards and even share a repast.

I have often arrived at my business venue in high spirits just because I had a thoroughly invigorating conversation during my flight, and have just met a new friend, too.


6 Tips to Avoid Business Trip Travel Hell

by savvytraveler1 in Travel Tips

We’ve all heard that “90% of success is just showing up”, however that adage doesn’t always hold true when it comes to the gym. While fitting gym time into your hectic schedule is often a tiny miracle in itself, you need to make sure that you are spending your time wisely while you’re there.

We asked fitness professionals about the top mistakes made at the gym, and according to them, there are many. Some are fairly obvious, but other mistakes you may be committing without even realizing. Read on to find out the top 20 gym no-no’s that could be holding you back from your fitness goals!

Lack of focus on movement quality: Sometimes it is easy to want to speed through all of your reps or quickly perform a move; however, this kind of sloppiness won’t help you. According to Darrick Truong, head trainer at Fitwall La Jolla, movement quality can be more important than movement quantity. So remember to take your time and focus on correct form and execution for each move.

Forgetting to stretch: Just like it can take a cup of coffee for you to get moving in the morning, your muscles need to be woken up before you start working out! Marcie Fyock, assistant professor at George Mason University, points out that forgetting to stretch before exercise is a big no-no that can lead to stress on the muscles as well as injuries.

Lack of resistance training: Workouts should always be varied, so don’t forget to add in some resistance training! According to Matt Fellows, director at Iron Works Elite Fitness, resistance training is a crucial element in any routine. Plus, there is much more variety with resistance training, so you won’t be stuck with the same moves over and over.

Using teeny, tiny weights: Those tiny pink weights are undeniably cute and girly, but they are simply a waste of time. Fellows suggests that less reps using larger weights is actually more effective than doing a ton of reps with your poweder-puff dumbbells. Many women shy away from weights out of fear of turning into Arnold Schwarzenegger, but in truth, heavier weight builds muscle faster, toning your body and raising your metabolism! woman at gym


Not using full range of motion: Once again, it is important to remember that form and accuracy are crucial. According to Michael Spitzer, author of, “Fitness After 40,50,60 and Beyond”, doing a move half way will not lead to the results you’re after, and is in fact, a total waste of time.

Too much emphasis on machines: According to Kusha Kawandi, author of, “Nutriscribe” and creator of the Exerscribe app, women often spend too much time on machines such as treadmills or ellipticals. While they can serve a purpose, they can also be unchallenging, leading to frequent plateaus.

Doing too much too soon: So you’ve decided to start working out again, and you dive in head first, signing up for the, ‘Advanced CrossFit’ class. Bad Idea. Hooman Melamed, spine surgeon and director of scoliosis at Marine Del Ray Hospital, says that doing too much too soon can actually lead to injuries. While some soreness is normal after a good workout, if there is excessive pain, you may have pushed it too far.

Not treating existing injuries: So you did too much too soon, and scored an injury. Don’t make it worse by ignoring it! According to Fyock, treating injuries is crucial to your wellness and overall fitness, so get better before you begin working out again, or you could just make matters worse.

Stopping before you’ve done all of the reps: If you feel the burn, you’re doing something right! Mike Clancy, lifestyle coach and personal trainer, states that many women stop a move before all of the reps are complete. While we know that it’s tempting to skip those last couple of reps, unless there is extreme pain, keep going hard and finish strong.

Too much intensity: Sometimes you may feel like Superwoman who can take on any workout, but even then you need to proceed with caution. Truong suggests that you always be aware of your physical limits, and avoid barreling past them.

Improper Technique: So you’re taking your movements slowly and intentionally, but are you even doing it right? According to Truong, without proper form, the exercise is simply a waste of time and will not help you reach your goals. So research your workout well or even enlist some professional help but whatever you do, make sure you know what you’re doing before you even start.

Overworking yourself: It is always satisfying to complete a challenging workout, but keep in mind that you also need rest. While keeping your weight in check and living a healthy lifestyle is important, try not to cross that line between motivation and obsession.

Workouts that aren’t personalized: We are all unique individuals. Every body is different and so is every metabolism! For the best results, Truong suggests that exercise be tailored to each individual’s goals and preferences. Trying a ‘one size fits all’ type of workout may have worked for your best friend, but that doesn’t mean it will work for you.

Wasting time: In this technology-obesessed world we live in, it can be easy to get wrapped up our phones, but once you hit the gym you need to turn it off! Simply being in the gym doesn’t count as working out, so make sure that you are making the most out of the time you have dedicated to it! Spitzer states that not only does texting and snap chatting friends cut into your workout time, it is also bad gym etiquette.

Lack of progressive overload: You may be training smart and easing into your new workout routine but unfortunately that’s not always enough. Truong states that there needs to be “progressive overload”, or a gradual increase in the amount of intensity in your workout, in order to be successful. Sticking with the same routine, reps or sets is a sure-fire way to hit a plateau.

Poor coaching: Perhaps you aren’t able to stay on track on your own, and you decide to hire a personal trainer for assistance. According to Truong, poor coaching is not only an expensive waste of your time, it could also be keeping you from reaching your goals. Research and interview trainers before you make a commitment, and if the fit isn’t right, move on ASAP.

Exercising too many days a week: According to Spitzer, rest is just as important to your success as exercise is. Always include 1-3 rest days a week to allow your body to recuperate and function properly.

Gripping handles too tightly: This is one small mistake that may have never crossed your mind; however, Melamed points out that clutching too tightly to the handles on the treadmill, elliptical or even your weights, can cause an unnatural torque in your back and lead to additional strain.

Lack of cardio variation: Cardio is an important factor in any successful workout, but like any exercise, it must be varied. Kawandi suggests that clients vary exercises in order to pump up their heart rate and keep their metabolism guessing. By doing something as simple as adding in a few intervals, you can actually burn more calories in much less time.

Too many fitness classes: Sure, fitness classes are a fun way to try out a new type of exercise, but eventually, you need to branch out. Classes usually maintain the same routine, so while attending that class every week might leave you with a few new friends, it’s not likely to lead to any progress. Kawandi said that becoming stagnant in your workout can cause major set backs, so make sure to switch up your routine from time-to-time.

Staying in shape is a struggle for everyone, and life can often make fitness a last priority. By following these tips, you can create a plan for yourself to stay on track and get the most from every workout!

8 Things You’re Doing Wrong at Them Gym

by savvytraveler1 in Articles
Sick Traveler

Is Business Travel Making You Sick?

We recently read that 45% of Millennials want to travel more for business.

Are they crazy? I mean, I get it. Travel is an opportunity to do something different — to have an experience. But as someone who spent considerable time in seemingly endless business travel, I understand the frequent (non-recreational) flyer’s lament.

While it’s necessary in moderation, it takes its toll — studies show that frequent business travelmakes us age faster, not to mention, more prone to cardiovascular disease. And as if that weren’t enough, constant flight exposes us to what the Harvard Business Review calls “pathological levels of germs and radiation.”

It doesn’t have to be that bad — there are ways to stay healthy on the road. By turning these tips into habits, you might not only decrease your chances of getting sick, but business travel can even become an exercise in prioritizing effectively, sleeping better, and learning to make time for yourself.

(Note: These tips are not intended to be substitutes for medical advice — they’re for educational purposes only. Consult your healthcare professional before making any health, medical, or other decisions based on the data within these tips.)

Why Business Travel Is Making You Sick (And What You Can Do About It)

You’re not eating healthily — which is trickier than it looks.

While your brain might require more calories during these intense periods of travel — and want to reward itself with airport junk food — you have to feed it the right kind of sustenance. That means consuming healthy snacks, and not the salty, sugary ones that we usually find on the road.

HubSpot’s VP of Marketing Meghan Keaney Anderson recommends packing healthier options for yourself. “They don’t take up much room,” she says, “and will get you through those long trips.”

Back when I had to travel nearly every week for work, if I didn’t have any meals planned with colleagues or clients, I would bring homemade freezer meals: Portable containers with grilled chicken strips, green beans, and sweet potatoes that I would freeze and throw in my carry-on when it was time to leave.

Make-ahead meals like that are especially helpful if you’re going to be on the road for several days — just call your hotel ahead of time and ask if there’s a refrigerator or microwave in your room. If there isn’t, you can request one — hotels are usually happy to oblige.

You don’t know what’s nearby.

To piggyback on the importance of healthy eating, it helps to know what’s near the place you’ll be staying. That might not be up to you — it’s often up to your client and boss to dictate lodging, especially when you have to stick to places that have a specific corporate rate.

However, with the help of sites like Yelp and Google Maps, it’s easy to make a spreadsheet or list on your phone of what options are available near each hotel you stay at.

If you are able to pick where you stay, “book hotels in downtown areas,” Anderson recommends. “It might be tempting to book the hotel closest to the airport, but staying downtown will minimize your reliance on cabs and let you see the true city.”

You’re not working out.

The benefits of exercise aren’t exactly a secret. Not only can it help you stay healthy on the road — especially if you find yourself tempted by food that you wouldn’t normally eat at home — but exercise can even mitigate the effects of jetlag.

Depending on how early your day starts — and any evening obligations you might have — that could mean getting up at 4:00 a.m. to fit in a workout. That can be tough if you’re out the night before, trying to impress your boss and schmooze with clients.

But there are ways around that. Try to sneak in a workout after dinner, especially if you just can’t bring yourself to get up so early the next day. (Don’t like going to the gym? Toss some 2-lb dumbbells into your suitcase and find some short exercise videos online that you can do from your hotel room.)

These workouts can be quick — my colleague Lindsay Kolowich has some tips for effective spurts of exercise that add up when you do them throughout the day, even if you’re stuck at a desk (and won’t make you look weird).

Finally, try not to drink too much with dinner. Not only can alcohol derail your efforts to eat healthily, but it’s known to impair your sleep quality by messing with your sleep cycles, especially the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage — that’s crucial to things like learning and balancing your mood.

(And if you’re being pressured to get boozy with colleagues or clients, maybe it’s time consider a career change.)

You’re not sleeping enough.

This step can be tough — see above.

Some people just don’t sleep well in hotels, and that’s completely normal. It’s actually the result of what researchers call the “first night effect,” and it results from a tendency of mammals — like dolphins and whales, for example — to sleep with just one half of their brains at a time, while the other half stays awake and alert.

Humans do this, researchers believe, when we’re in a new environment — we’re more alert, so we can respond to unusual stimuli, or “signs of danger.”

When I noticed that was starting to happen to me, I found it helpful to do something completely unrelated to work before turning in for the night. It can be hard to step away — after all, that’s why you’re on the road. But as a start, don’t look at any of your devices, as that’s been known to disturb your circadian rhythm and keep you awake.

Instead, take advantage of the hotel’s free HBO, or read something relatively mindless — for me, that was usually a home and garden magazine. At the very least, it distracted me from any stress leading up to my commitments the next day, like a big meeting or presentation. And since stress often leads to sleeplessness, as it does for 33% of adults, that helped to mitigate the “first night effect.”

You need to chill out.

We’ve already covered how important stress management is when it comes to your quality of sleep. But remember all those healthy eating tips we shared? Stress can seriously hinder those efforts, too.

There’s a reason why phrases like “stress eating” and “comfort food” are common in our vernacular — in the period of one month, nearly every two in five adults admits to overeating or indulging in unhealthy foods as a result of stress. Combine that with being in a less controlled environment — where there’s a stocked mini-fridge, for example — and we’re much more likely to turn to unhealthy snacks for relief.

But between packing your own food, getting a workout in between client obligations, and getting enough sleep, how the heck are you supposed to find time to even breathe, let alone relax?

Well, here’s where you might have to switch around some priorities. If healthy eating is more of a priority to you than fitting in exercise, then you can use that time to unwind. Maybe the hotel has a pool where you can decompress for a bit, or even a spa that you can use to your advantage.

Otherwise, fit in the relaxation where you can. It might sound impossible, but studies have shown that even 16 minutes of relaxation exercises can help people more effectively cope with stress.

Plus, there are several stress management apps that make it possible to take a mini-relaxation break anywhere. Check out our rundown — a lot of them are free.

You’re not planning your time wisely.

We’ve all heard about the benefits of time management — and I don’t know about you, but I feel better when I have at least a rough idea of what my day will look like.

I use a technique called time blocking, which means I put appointments in my calendar for my own time — things like working out and taking a coffee break, for example. According to some studies, writing down your goals like this can actually improve the likelihood of you actually achieving them.

So while our plans might go awry, scheduling things in advance, at a minimum, gives us a better idea of how much time we have to get them done.

That’s why time management is so valuable during business travel. There’s a lot to fit in during a condensed period of time — by planning these items out on a calendar, you can better prioritize what’s most important to you, whether that’s exercising or using that time for relaxation.

And if you’re having trouble setting priorities, try this two-minute test that will help you determine them.

Time to hit the road …

It might seem like a long list. And it might seem like way too much to take care of when your time is already limited. But it’s okay if you have to pick and choose different tips here, and that’s why we keep harping away at prioritizing. If you have to skip a step, don’t beat yourself up for it — when it comes to correcting less-than-desirable habits, self-forgiveness is much more effective than guilt.

Before you head out, know what’s available to make your trips a little easier. Find out if your hotel offers things like laundry service, in-room yoga, or something as simple as an in-room coffee maker. Having those resources on hand will reduce the amount of time you have to spend looking for them or retrieving them elsewhere.

Happy trails! We’re here to provide tips wherever we can. Do you have a favorite business travelhack? Share it in the comments.

by savvytraveler1 in Articles

Hey, remember when business travel was a novelty and it was just so exciting to get away that you looked forward to every trip?

Don’t get me wrong–I still enjoy the incredible places I get to visit for work but let’s face it, living out of hotels gets tiresome, especially once you have a family.

More than that, though, it gets expensive. No one ever looks forward to a Saturday night business stay over.

I do a lot of business travel, so I try to keep my business commitments to weekdays, with weekends to spend with my awesome wife, our son, and our extended family.

But the Saturday Night Rule makes this challenging.

The Business Travel Budget Killing Saturday Night Rule

In case you’re not familiar, it’s a rule airlines employ in an effort to segment out their business from leisure travelers. As the theory goes, people who travel for business are generally heading home Friday or Saturday for the weekend. If someone stays in a destination over the Saturday night, they’re more likely a leisure traveler.

And leisure travelers get cheaper airfare.

That’s right–even without flying business class, people who travel for business purposes often pay more because of this stupid rule.

It sucks, and it makes it really difficult for entrepreneurs and executives to find the cheapest way to travel for business.

( Sidenote: the airline actually got rid of the Saturday Night Rule in 2006, and business travelers everywhere rejoiced. In 2008, they brought it back and crushed our spirits once again.)

I have a couple of speaking engagements coming up that demonstrate this.

In October, I’m heading to London for two marketing industry events:

Each takes place over a Monday and Tuesday.

I really don’t want to stay over a Saturday night, because it cuts into my family time big time. My wife is a crazy busy heart surgeon and we have a two-year old–I’m literally taking my life in my hands by staying away a few extra days (Kidding! Love you, honey.)

But WOW, it’s expensive if I do such a short trip! I’m looking at a $3,200 fare for the first trip alone.

And another $3,200 for the next week’s trip:

Basically, the airlines are completely comfortable screwing me over, because they know I’m a business traveler who just needs to go there and come back quickly.

They know I’ll pay up to avoid having to be away any longer than I have to.

Here’s a crystal clear demonstration of the Saturday Night Rule in practice: if I leave just one day earlier, on the Saturday, the price plummets to $1,267.

It’s WAY cheaper than the $3,200 Sunday fare, but then I lose my weekend with my family.

What are business people to do? Do we pay up, or fly one night earlier?


We’re going to keep the dates we want (no Saturday night stay-over) and not pay the ridiculous price.

Here’s how.

The Cheapest Way to Travel for Short Business Trips to a Common Destination

Kayak does this thing called Hacker Fares, where they pair a couple of one way flights to create a discounted return. What we’re going to do is a sort of DIY hacker fare, where you still get the flights you need but send different signals to the airline about what you need.

Now, this works for people who travel to the same place(s) more than once every few months. So if you have clients, colleagues or other business in a particular city you visit a few times a year, try this out.

You book two long trips. The first trip is your original departure for the first trip. Instead of booking a flight back for the next day, book the return for your NEXT trip the following week. The price in this case fell from $3,200 to just a little over $1,000.

Then on the second trip, I booked the reverse trip (London to Boston) from the first flight, followed by the departure for my original second trip.

The price for that trip dropped to $684!

My total cost for the airfare for these two trips was reduced by 73.5% and I saved over $4,700 booking them in a different order. This is by the far the cheapest way to travel for business that I’ve discovered.

If the airlines are determined to gouge us with crazy high fares because they think we’re forced to pay it, we have to get creative.

Saturday Night Rule = Hacked!

Saturday Night Business Stay Over – Hacked

by savvytraveler1 in Articles
Travel Hacks

8 Travel Hacks For A Crazy Affordable Vacation

The benefits of travel are as innumerable as they are indisputable. The chance to get out of town, out of your comfort zone and out into the world shouldn’t be a luxury we can’t afford. And yet, for many of us, a third to be exact, according to the Project: Time Off initiative, that’s exactly how it feels. As a result, U.S. workers let some 658 million vacation days go unused each year.

But there’s an open secret amongst frequent fliers whose Instagram accounts you envy: No one is flying full-fare to backpack through Peru. From North to South America, to Europe and beyond, you can get to the places you never thought you could afford, thanks to regional air carriers and smart hacks for cheaper fares.

Don’t let yourself get suckered into believing you don’t have enough to travel. With some online legwork, planning and willingness to wake up early, you can bring those far away destinations within reach.

In the neighborhood

Southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and a surprisingly short flight from most U.S. cities lies the lush tropical paradise that is the Caribbean islands. In the time it takes to drive from New York to Washington D.C., you could be sipping a fruity rum cocktail on the sunny beaches of Jamaica. The proximity means eating into fewer vacation days. But the best part? It will cost you no more than a flight to Florida or L.A.

Spanning all the way from the coast of Florida to South America, the islands include the spectacular beaches of Cuba, Aruba, Grenada, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Guyana, Barbados, Belize and hundreds more. There’s a common misconception that the Caribbean is an expensive destination. But Caribbean Airlines — and Norwegian Airlines — offer low fares for round-trip flights to Dominican Republic; Puerto Rico; St. Thomas; St. Croix; Curacao; Guadeloupe; Trinidad and Tobago; St. Lucia; Tulum, Mexico and the Bahamas to the tune of $300-$400.

A bit further

South America has a lot to offer travelers on a budget. Sure, the beaches of Brazil, Chile and Uruguay can be expensive destinations, but neighboring Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador offer some of the most breathtaking panoramas and world-class wines. Vineyards, jungles, Inca ruins and Spanish colonial towns dot the coast, and with a few days at your disposal, your vacation will be the envy of all your friends.

While it can be stupid expensive to fly from small cities like Cincinnati or South Bend — on a straight search, you’ll find prices at $1500 — you can more than halve the expense by taking a short domestic flight to a central travel hub. The best cities for the best deals are New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando and Washington D.C. For $300-$500, you can find round trip flights from airlines like AeromexicoAviancaLAN, and TAME.

Even further, cheaper!

Yes, there’s Venice — and Paris and Vienna and Rome, and none of them would seem to be remotely accessible on less than a $5000 budget. But you’d be wrong.

The best places to fly from are Chicago, Ft. Meyers, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. From there, you’ll find yourself with options to get to just about any European city your heart may desire. German-owned Airberlin, Canada-based Air Transat and Condor can get you to many a major European travel hub for between $400 and $1000. And that’s round trip! Ultra-cheap Norwegian is currently the winner, with round-trip offerings to Barcelona at $189, Paris from $175, London from $159 and Stockholm from $178.

Once you get to a main hub like Paris, London, Frankfurt or Glasgow, you have ultra-low-cost airlines like Ryanair and easyJet to get you to the most remote parts of the continent. Ryanair routinely flies between literally every major European city for less than $30. For instance, flights from London to Sweden are currently at $6.63 one way, to Denmark for $13.27 and Alghero, Italy, for $13.27.

Meanwhile, EasyJet offers flights and hotels at unbelievable prices, like seven-night stays in a golf village in Algarve, Portugal, for £152 per person; in the Mediterranean Bay in Mallorca, Spain, for £253; in Costa Dorada, Spain, for £177; and Cyprus for £116. That’s including flights, and hotel! And a double-room occupancy! All for the price of just one night in a Holiday Inn in New York.

The thing to know about budget airlines and online deals, is that you have to book early and prices are subject to frequent change. Also, some of the best flights are found at odd hours of the morning. So as long as you don’t mind waking up at four a.m. for a six o’clock flight, it’s worth all the money you’ll save. Think of it this way: an early flight means an early arrival … and the whole day ahead of you

by savvytraveler1 in Travel Tips
Makeup Remover wipes

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Make-up Remover Pouches

Makeup remover wipes are really nothing new as far as cleaning your face or removing stubborn makeup goes. What is different however is, what’s in and on the wipes that you use. Most women that have skin sensitivity prefer Vegan or Hypoallergenic wipes that tend to eliminated addition irritants that can make skin issues worse.

I can scarcely remember the last time I was at a checkout counter where I couldn’t buy a pouch of cleansing wipes.  Last night I ran a last minute errand at Dollar General to pick up school supplies for a specific class my son is taking.  As I scan the rack filled with impulse buy items that would neatly tuck in my purse or my son’s backpack, I noticed a 20 count pouch of makeup remover wipes. I’ll admit 20 wipes for $1 was pretty tempting. What kept me for spending a dollar on something I could readily use at almost anytime? I remembered the following 5 things that most people didn’t know about makeup remover pouch wipes.  Open touch pouch



Opening and removing a single wipe from a top close or peel pack pouch can cross contaminate the entire pouch of wipes. Moreover if you are removing makeup or dirt from your face or body and use a second wipe to “get all the dirt” you actually introduce micro organisms to the entire pouch. which can further irritate your skin or cause breakouts. Carrying pouches in your handbag with other items can further introduce bacteria into the pouch that does deal properly seal.


Most wipes, no matter what the brand is, contains about 98% water. The remaining 2% is what you should be aware of and what ingredients are included. This is what will make the difference in what is working and what is not. Luxury Beauty wipes tend to cost more because the ratio to water and active ingredient tends to be higher and more effective because they’re usually designed for the specific purpose of cleaning makeup or oil based mascaras which tend to contain ingredients that water just can remover very well.



Just like tHAT pack of cheese you shredded to put on your tacos, not to mention that tasty margaritas you had last Saturday night, opening and closing the package will allow air to get in and dry out much faster than a single packed wipe would. In the end saving money on something you’ll buy more often isn’t really saving. More air in a pouch over time makes the wipes nearly bone dry and they won’t achieve the result you originally intended when the impulse to buy them in the first place over took you at checkout.



I admit that I’ve been guilty of using baby wipes to clean my face or remove makeup. While they are gentle on your baby’s bottom, they are designed to clean urine and feces from your child’s skin. Think about that for a minute. A product designed to clean human waste will include ingredients and chemicals strong enough to reduce blossoming organicism and bacteria that can be introduced to skin. Yes, there are organic and vegan baby wipes, but they tend to cost more, because they do not contain these more aggressive chemicals ( just ask Jessica Alba). No, I don’t want to clean my face with poop cleanser thank you very much. Stick to products that are designed for the purpose you intend to use them for.


Nearly everything is made in China. There is nearly no way around it. There are a handful of US manufacturers that still produce wipe products. The FDA strongly regulates what ingredients and claims can be made of products that go on or in our bodies. While bulk buying is virtually a standard for the US. Convenience and the desire to get more for your money is prevalent in our culture, you get what you pay for. Regulations and quality not as important to you as saving a buck or two? Then bulk pouches are for you. Single pack wipes, while a bit more pricey when made in the USA but offers more convenience and sanitization.

by savvytraveler1 in Germ Facts
Airline Stewardess

10 Things Flight Attendants Would Love to Tell You

With their expertise in hospitality and  friendly smiles it’s easy to put all of our trust into flight attendants when boarding a plane.

However, a new thread on Quora has revealed that there are some secrets about flying that the cabin crew keep from their passengers.

A user on the open question forum asked ‘What do flight attendants know about flying that they don’t tell passengers?’ and the results were very revealing.

Flight attendants have taken to Quora to share the secrets about flying that they have never before revealed to passengers

Both air hostesses and frequent flyers joined the thread in order to reveal their insider knowledge of life in the air.

From the three-day old food to tips on when is best to fly we reveal the most surprising confessions.


A frequent flyer named Anya revealed that those who wish to avoid uncomfortable turbulence should aim to fly earlier rather than later.

She revealed: ‘One of the things, that flight attendants won’t tell you, is that morning flights are better because the air is less bumpy.

One shocking revelation revealed that seat belts and tray tables are the most unhygienic things on an aircraft

‘Obviously, the airline wants you to book at any time of the day. There is also less chance to hit thunderstorm, as these tend to happen mostly in the afternoon. So set your alarm clock early!’


You would be forgiven for assuming that the toilets would be the most unhygienic section of the aircraft but one cabin crew member claims this is not true.

A flight attendant, revealed that ‘the most unhygienic thing in the aircraft is your seat belt then the tray tables’.

Last year Travel Math sent a microbiologist to test the surfaces aboard aircraft’s and the results confirmed the confession.

The results showed that tray tables were the dirtiest of all the locations and surfaces they tested having found an average of 2,155 colony-forming units (CFUs) per square inch.


Being served food at 40,000 feet you would hardly expect a gourmet dinner service but you might hope for something fresh.

Male PassengerHowever, another confession revealed that this is unfortunately not the case aboard many flights.

A cabin crew member revealed that: ‘you get served frozen food which is kept for up to 72 hours .’

One flight attendant revealed that in flight meals can be up to 72 hours old

However, they added that sometimes cabin crew members have to go without their own food in order to feed the customers if they have under catered.


Any regular flyer will be well aware that airplanes are littered with no smoking signs and there are frequent verbal warnings against the habit.

However, one confession revealed that most aircrafts do have ashtrays fitted on board.

A flight attendant revealed: ‘There are ash trays on the lav doors beside the no smoking sign , for those passengers who are adamant and still decide to smoke so that they won’t just trash the lit cigarette in the bin which could lead to a fire .’


While most of us would never let a common cold stop us from jetting off on holiday air stewards have warned it could be detrimental to your health.

One steward with personal experience in the matter shared their confession in the thread.

They wrote: ‘Avoid flying if you have severe cold . It can damage your ears drums and you may lose your hearin

‘Happened to me once , I couldn’t hear properly for a week and it hurt like hell.’


It can be hard to predict whether you will suffer from travel sickness ahead of a flight but one air stewardess suggests taking medication beforehand if you do regularly suffer.

She said:  ‘If you have air sickness , taking a medicine in flight will never help you . Although we still give them because apparently reassurance is the last thing one would want when they’re throwing up throughout the flight . (Took me 3 months to get over with the problem itself , so I know the pain ) .


by savvytraveler1 in Beauty on the Go
Almost Nothing is More Frustrating than Preparing for a Getaway than having your Newly Manicured and Polished Nails Stained.
 Removing stains from your freshly manicured nails is nothing short of a pain in the butt. While you likely have no interest in getting polish remover on the rest of your nails, you can do the deed, simply and safely, with Nail Polish Remover Wipes.  Each wipe can typically remove polish of all ten nails, so one nail is in your wheel house of DIY. Removing stains from your nails can be tricky, depending on the stain, but there are some tried-and-true methods that work. Begin by gently wash your hands to remove any debris or stray fibers that may attach themselves to your other nails. Using an acetone nail polish remover gentle wipe the stained nail without scrubbing.  Once you’ve removed the stain or blemish, repaint with a Gel top coat. Next repaint the nail with the new or original color, let dry and then add a second top coat.

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Easy Tips For Removing Stains From Your Nails| Part One

by savvytraveler1 in Beauty on the Go

Recipe: Cardamom Coffee

Cardamon Coffee

The early winter mornings are dark and quiet. Although your warm bed beckons you to climb back inside, starting your day before the day can leave you enlightened and ready to meet life’s later requirements that rise with the sun. It’s not a time to get ahead at work or skim your social media feed—those can wait, as can the laundry, the shopping list and the call to your mother.

Diana Yen, author of A Simple Feast: A Year of Stories & Recipes to Savor & Share (and a regular contributor to Kinfolk), talks about cooking with the seasons and teaches us how to make a delicious spiced coffee.

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by savvytraveler1 in Articles
Early Sunsrise

Before the Day Starts

Making the most of morning’s predawn hours can be the best way to start the day, whether it’s for reading, ruminating or romanticizing. 

The early winter mornings are dark and quiet. Although your warm bed beckons you to climb back inside, starting your day before the day can leave you enlightened and ready to meet life’s later requirements that rise with the sun. It’s not a time to get ahead at work or skim your social media feed—those can wait, as can the laundry, the shopping list and the call to your mother. These things will get done, but the predawn hours offer you the chance to do something for yourself and should therefore be protected.

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by savvytraveler1 in Articles