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Four Quick Tips for Traveling light

July 14th, 2010

If you like to be able to walk out the door in five minutes and be on vacation or minimalism is your style here are four quick tips for vacationing with the absolute minimum of stuff.

1. Leave the toiletries at home. Stay at a nicer hotel and then rely on the hotel’s comfort pack and amenities to fill the gap. Only care items you specifically need.

2. Limit yourself to two changes of clothes. Wear one set of clothes on the plane and pack the other. Make sure you can mix and match, so something that is casual can be dressed up with a jacket or accessories. A nice wrap or sarong works wonders for women and men can now purchase slacks that discreetly transform into shorts.

3. Buy what you need when you get there. If the bag is full ask yourself, do you really need to travel with this item or can you purchase it when you get there. This saves on weight too. All those gels and liquids carry a lot of water weight.

4. Plan ahead. Luggage tends to inflate with extras when you don’t know what to expect. So plan ahead, do some research on your destination, and eliminate the clothes and accessories you won’t need when you get there.

Now, all you really need is a shopping bag or briefcase and you’re ready to go.

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Orlando - Travel Like A Local

February 2nd, 2010

Websites where most of the content is user generated, like Yelp.com, Citysearch.com, Chowhound.com, are all good for getting several opinions about a restaurant, nightlife, shopping, etc., but these sites don’t ensure a local experience. As an Orlando local, I use sites like those to plan vacations – not to plan my Saturday in Orlando. Instead, if you want to paint your next trip to Orlando with a non-touristy brush, head to sites that locals actually use.

Here are a few of my suggestions:

  • Metromix: This site covers multiple cities with the claim, “Your one-stop local entertainment guide on where to go and what to do, from the hottest restaurants and bars, to the latest in music, movies, and entertainment.”
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Websites: This seems like the ultimate “Don’t” when you are trying to have a local experience, but when I want to mix things up, I head to my Orlando CVB’s site- they usually feature activities that I wouldn’t immediately think of and feature events in areas of the city I don’t frequent. Bottom line – the people maintaining and updating these sites live in that city – they are locals.
  • Restaurant.com: Here you can get “gift certificates” (more like coupons) worth $10, $25, $50 for a fraction of the price. Be sure to read the restrictions of each coupon. Sign up for their emails and you will never pay over $2. This won’t tell you which restaurants are local favorites, but it will save you some money.

Orlando specifically
It’s easy to tell you where the locals hang out, but I prefer to share local resources– you know the “teach a man to fish” saying. You can either check out their websites, or follow them on Facebook in the weeks leading up to your trip – you can always de-friend when you get back

ScottJosephOrlando.com: a guide to Orlando restaurants from someone who is paid to know. Scott Joseph is the former restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel. He’s since hung out his own shingle and hosts an active forum with news you can use about the Orlando dining scene.

Guyswithties.org: This philanthropic organization has chapters in 3 cities: Jacksonville, Orlando and Charlotte. They run everything from happy hours to full out parties. Most events require a donation, cash or toy, etc to enter. Some highlights include The Disco Ball, Annual White Party, Costumes for a Cause.

OrlandoEventSeries.com: This site host events around Orlando most of which raise money for charity. They have run everything from Wine-Walks, to Casino Nights, to an annual Bachelorette/Bachelor Action auction – all for charity. Typically these events have an upfront cost, $20 gets you a free drink and raffle ticket.

OTownHappyHour.com: Promotes special events in conjunction with local bars and restaurants. Typically, there is no cover or cost for OTown events – instead each event offers discounted drinks and food. Most recently the site is promoting a happy hour with a free buffet and drink specials.

I hope next time you’re in Orlando you take some time to escape the theme parks and see The City Beautiful like a local does. I’ll see you there.

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A Very Cool Tool for Business Travelers

February 7th, 2008

I am sure this tool isn’t the right thing for everybody but still, since it is all about sharing and I personally like it so much…

I am using the Blackberry Smart phone for many years but only lately I installed Worldmate live. It is very important to mention, the tool isn’t just for Blackberry, it is working on any smart phone. What this tool gives you is the option to manage all your travel needs in one place.

  • Itineraries - I have all my itineraries on my Blackberry and then just few hours before the flight Worldmate checks for the flight status online.
  • Flight Status - You can very easily check for any other flight status too (regardless if it is in your itinerary or not). I was just driving with my boss few hours before he had to take off and he said that his flight was at 23:00. I just opened Worldmate to verify and see that there are no delays. Surprisingly we found out that the flight actually takes off on 22:15. I literally saved him a lost flight.
  • Weather - Additionally, it includes a weather forecast tool for any city you choose.
  • Clocks around the world
  • Currency conversion

Here is a quick clip i found on Youtube that shows how it works.

And if you didnt get the point here is a real cool clip…

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New York City - Few tips for travelers…

January 30th, 2008

I just got back from New York lately and thought it might be good idea to share some of my experience. Probably the most important thing is to understand that no matter if you have been there once twice or more, this is a never ending city. I was in NYC many times before and I am willing to take a flight again right now…

Obviously , I could write a book on NYC but this is just a post so I have decided to limit myself to 3 tips only.

Broadways Shows - this is a “Must Do” in every trip to New York. Personally I saw this time Mama Mia which was awesome. A very professional show, great actors and singers. If you like ABBA, this show is really for you. We (me and my wife) could just see it again, prices on the web are between $90 - $200+ but here is the tip, go to the TKTS booth near Times SQ and you can buy it for much less. We paid for example $62 per ticket. For people who know the booth from the past it moved to the Marriott Marquis Hotel (West 46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue). The line there is really misleading, it looks like long but it goes really fast. If you wish there is a much less crowded booth, there is another one at the corner of Front and John Streets.

Museum - I am not going to recommend the Metropolitan or MOMA or Googenheim. They all really great and worth spending time (and money). I want to share with you a much less famous museum, it is called the Frick Collection. This is considerably small museum that was originally built at the beginning of the 20th century by Mr Henry Frick for his residence. All the art master pieces (mainly painting but not only) belong to Mr. Frick personal art collection. I consider this place more as a gate to a different era in New York History since any walk in the museum galleries simply let you feel how a rich man lived his life in NYa hundred years ago. Don’t take me wrong, the art pieces are very impressive too but this isn’t what I personally took from this place. All information (opening hours ,shop, prices etc) about the museum can easily found in the museum website. Few practical tips: take the audio guide ,it give a very nice explanation about what you see. Also, if your budget is limited and you cant afford the $15 admission, come on Sundays when you pay how much you want. The Frick is located at at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 70th Street.

Frick Collection

Shopping - no way to cover NYC shopping in this post. Still few places you should not miss.

  • B&H Photo - an AMAZING store for photography, audio and video equipment lovers. If you are one of those , you are going to thank me…you can visit their website but the experience in the store is something you will never feel on the web. Their rates are really competitive.
  • 34 St -simply go from 34 St & Fifth Ave. along the street and you will find all the brands…
  • SYMS - this store doesn’t look fancy but it is kind of an outlet for shoes and apparel (Men, Women and Kids). Extremely attractive prices. Highly recommended. Store is located at Park Ave and 54 St.
  • Toys R’Us, Time Square - The store in Times Square is phenomenal. if you go with kids limit them to one or 2 presents otherwise you will end up with bankruptcy. What is so unique in this particular store is its size and the fact that they place a big wheel inside the store (yes inside). If you don’t believe here is a proof…

Oren Hadar Tips, Travel, Travel Guide , , , ,

The Best Food in Amsterdam…

January 24th, 2008

Hi,

As it is my first post on our new blog, first let me introduce myself. My name is Michel and I am one of Lastminutetravel.com travel experts. I mainly deal with Europe, therefore most of my post will be on this beutifull and exciting area.

I don’t want to write here all the story of Amsterdam here (although I might do that sometime else…). It is more like few tips for travelers who are also  food lovers…

Street Food-

For Street food lovers my favorite for Amsterdam is Raw Herring and French Fries.

You must try some pickled raw- herring with onions like the locals do, you can find it everywhere in Amsterdam but I recommend the stall in the open-air Nieuw Markt , the taste of the North Sea is offered in bread like a sandwich ( EUR2,5) or just simple on a paper plate .

French Fries-

Is sold in large cones , with Mayonnaise , these fries they are big, crispy( but nit too much) , tasty.

The one in Reguliersbreestraat, not far from Rembrandtsplein, also offers a variety of sauces and toppings..

Please share with me your street food recommendations in Europe as I am on the road frequently and love to try….

Michel

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