How to Travel with Your Coworkers (and stay sane)

If you have to travel for your job, you might not always have the luxury of traveling alone. It’s highly possible that at some point your coworkers will join you. If you’re used to flying solo, traveling with a group might come as a surprise. We’ve assembled 6 tips to help you prepare you – and keep your sanity – for traveling with coworkers.

1. Sit separately on the plane
Don’t insist on sitting with your coworkers on the plane. You’re going to be together for long enough without forcing more time at the beginning or end of the trip. Also, some people enjoy making conversation on flights while others just want to use the time for themselves to relax. Because you’re unlikely to know exactly which your coworker would prefer (and guessing wrong could be awkward), it’s best to simply leave it be and not put yourself in the situation in the first place. Southwest is one of the only airlines to allow people to pick their seats; if your company flies Southwest, it’s a probability that

2. Don’t be the last one out
Some companies tend to rent only one car on business trips, which means coworkers must ride together in the mornings on the way to meetings or work. If this is the case for your company, it’s important that you aren’t the last person to the car each morning, for several reasons. First, being late (or even simply last) does not create a good impression – and you certainly don’t want to be “that guy” who makes others later either. Second, if you’re the last one to the car, you get the last pick of the seats. Make it easier on yourself and be outside and ready to go early.

3. Be social in moderation
If you have the type of coworkers who want to hang out together each night, humor them for a bit. After all, traveling together can be an excellent way to get to know your fellow employees better, which will probably help you work better as a team. Even if you’re the boss or a little antisocial, don’t be afraid to join your coworkers for a drink – because if they’re all together and you’re not there, you’ll seem standoffish and they will be less willing to work with you. However, if it’s night three and you’ve had a long day, it’s okay for you to politely bow out of a get-together. Just make sure to be a part of the group at least once or twice before the trip comes to an end.

4. Set aside some time for yourself
Yes, it can be important to be a part of the group. But it can also be important to have some time for yourself. If your coworkers are getting on your nerves or if you’re exhausted after a long day, retreat to your room. Use the time to enjoy the quiet, watch a mindless episode of TV, or call your family back home. Your coworkers will understand because at some point they’ll probably be doing the same thing.

5. Take charge of the schedule
If you have any ‘control freak’ in you whatsoever, do your best to be in charge of the schedule. This doesn’t mean obsessively planning each detail of how you’ll spend your time or being inflexible when it comes to where the team will eat dinner that night. Planning the schedule is really more important if you have a flight to catch or other things that occur at a very specific time. You can’t be late to catch your plane, and if you’re all riding together, your coworkers can’t be late either. Take charge of planning what time everyone needs to leave by, what route you’ll take to get to the airport, and include extra time for whatever ‘just in case’ that might pop up.

6. Keep your regular routine
If you’re the type of person who gets up at 6 am to go on a run or who won’t eat red meat, don’t change up your routine just because you’re with other people. Follow through on the things that make you happy or feel good. Otherwise, a potentially stressful situation only becomes more stressful as the things your body is used to are tossed out the window – and replaced with people with whom you’re forced to spend your time. Nobody wants that.

Follow these tips and you just might make it back home with your sanity intact.

Nine Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip

If you often find yourself in a new location for work, you might feel like a travel pro. However, it’s all too easy to become bored with business trips and fall into a rut of monotony. We’ve compiled nine tips on how you can break up your routine and have some fun along the way.


1    Plan ahead – If you’re driving to your destination, know your general route ahead of time! Look up construction along the way to predict which areas will be backed up. If you’re flying, be sure to get to the airport at least two hours early for international flights or even for domestic flights at large airports like LAX. For smaller airports, arriving one hour early is probably okay, unless you’re traveling during a peak time like during the Christmas holidays.

2   Don’t be rigid It’s okay to be flexible, so long as you get to your destination on time! Especially if you’re driving, there are sure to be side stops along the way. It’s not every day you get to see the world’s largest ball of yarn or the place where Abraham Lincoln is buried. If you have the time, don’t be afraid to make a stop at something interesting along the way, just to shake up your routine, give you a short break from the road, and give you the chance to see something new.

3    Eat Local Don’t eat at chain fast food restaurants for every meal. Not only does your body deserve better, but you might as well experience the local cuisine. Use websites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, or Zomato to find local favorites. If a place looks particularly popular, make a reservation to ensure you have the opportunity to give it a try! Sometimes it can even be fun to ask the waiter for suggestions to try.

4   Take advantage of new places If you’re in a city to which you’ve never been before, go exploring! Even if you often find yourself in the same pattern of towns, there’s sure to be something exciting you haven’t yet discovered. If you’re in a large city, find time to visit local museums, stores, or parks. You’ll be rewarded with a breath of fresh air that is well worth it!

5    Don’t be afraid to relaxMaybe you’ve had a long day of work and want nothing more than to climb into bed. If that’s what your body is telling you to do, listen to it! Of course, exploring new places can be very fun, but it can also be exhausting. Sometimes it’s nice to stay in and order takeout.

6   Take a piece of home with you Especially if you’re traveling for extended periods of time, bring a piece of home with you. Cozy blankets are a good option, as you can always snuggle up in them on your night-in. Pictures are also good options for a smaller suitcase. Being away from home can be hard, so bring a reminder to make it easier.

7   Bring extra cordsIt happens all the time: your phone charger is still plugged into the wall even after you’ve left the building, leaving you hoping that your battery will make it through the day. Pack extra chargers so when you leave them plugged in somewhere, you’re not left without a backup. Try to carry a charger cord on you at all times – because you never know when you’re really going to need it.

8   Be prepared for the weatherDepending on the location, it can be cold, hot, rainy, and snowing all in one day. Look at the forecast beforehand, and wherever you go, always make sure to bring at least one light jacket and an umbrella. It’s always better to be over-prepared than underprepared.

9   Pack a water bottle or travel mugYou never know where your day will take you, or how long you’ll be on the move. Always have a drink with you. Invest in a trusty insulated water bottle or travel mug – preferably for water, but even for coffee – to keep your thirst quenched no matter where you are.


Keep these tips in mind, and even the most tedious of trips can turn into an enjoyable experience!

5 Mouthwatering Parker, Colorado Restaurants

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Located just 25 miles outside Denver, Parker is a fantastic place to experience all of the gorgeous scenery and rich culture Colorado has to offer.

This suburb offers hundreds of acres of gorgeous open space, miles upon miles of trails, and a large variety of world-class restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for hearty bowl of Tom Yum soup, or a slice of pizza, you won’t have to drive to Denver to find it. Check out five of our favorite Parker, Colorado, restaurants.

Indochine Cuisine

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Indochine Cuisine owners Jeff and Yume weren’t avid cooks when they decided to open a restaurant in 2003. In fact, they didn’t cook their own meals for the first three years of their marriage, according to the restaurant’s website.

Flash-forward nearly 15 years, and Indochine Cuisine routinely tops local best-of lists. The eatery serves a variety of classic Thai and Vietnamese dishes. You’ll even find a few handmade sushi rolls on the menu.

The best part of visiting this restaurant as a tourist? You can take your favorites home with you. The restaurant bottles 14 of the sauces they use in their dishes so you can recreate that amazing curry at home.

  • Cuisine: Thai and Vietnamese
  • Address: 19751 E. Mainstreet, R2
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-9 p.m. for dinner, Sundays dinner-only 4:30-8:30
  • Price range: Dinner entrees start at $12

Jozi’s Kitchen & Shebeen


Though Jozi’s Kitchen & Shebeen is considered a South African restaurant, Chef Angus Hicks draws inspiration from all over the world.
Jozi’s started in a popular booth at The Big Wonderful festival in Denver and gained a passionate following once it became a food truck. Today, you can visit a brick-and-mortar restaurant and savor the global flavor.
On the menu, you’ll find a variety of curries, burgers, grilled chicken, kebabs and more, all made from fresh, local ingredients.
If you’re craving something spicy, you won’t want to miss the Peri-Peri sauce. But beware — this sauce isn’t for the faint of heart, according to Yelp reviewers.

  • Cuisine: South African
  • Address: 10971 South Parker Road
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Price range: Entrees start at $9.95

Colonna’s Pizza

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Colonna’s Pizza has been slinging New York-style pies since 1977. In addition, the restaurant serves a taste of the East Coast with an array of cheesesteaks, pasta, and calzones.

If you’re seeking gluten-free fare, you won’t be disappointed. Colonna’s offers a full range of options, including a pizza crust made from buckwheat and tapioca.

  • Cuisine: Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, calzones
  • Address: 11215 S. Parker Rd
  • Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. every day
  • Price range: Slice starts at $2.75, Small pizza (14”) starts at $13.50

The Chicken Shack


The Chicken Shack offers classic American fare. From sandwiches to wings, this eatery lives up to its namesake. You’ll also find burgers, fries, and homemade chili. We especially love the buffalo chicken fries.

  • Cuisine: American
  • Address: 11211 S. Dransfeldt Rd., Suite 134
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Price range: Chicken sandwich combo is $8.29

Casa Mariachi

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Locally famous for their margaritas, Casa Mariachi serves up all of your Mexican favorites. Here, you’ll find classic dishes like tacos and burritos, healthy options, and gluten-free dishes. Casa Mariachi also serves a south-of-the-border twist on the surf and turf, with a charbroiled skirt steak and fish fillet grilled with a creamy Portuguese sauce paired with rice, beans, and avocado.

  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Address: 9771 S. Parker
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11-9, Friday-Saturday 11-10
  • Price range: Combo plates start at $9.29

Is your mouth watering yet? Check out our list of places to stay in Parker, and plan your trip today.
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Your Guide to Some of the Best San Diego Beaches

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One of Southern California’s biggest draws is that you can head to the beach year-round. Sure, the water might get a little chilly in winter, but head to any beach in San Diego County and you’ll see that doesn’t stop people. San Diego’s beaches and their surrounding communities range from the super upscale digs of La Jolla to the more youth-oriented, laid-back vibe of Ocean Beach, and everything in between. Here’s our rundown of some of the best San Diego beaches. Continue reading “Your Guide to Some of the Best San Diego Beaches”

Tee Off at the Best Golf Courses in Las Vegas


We all know that Las Vegas lies deep in the desert, surrounded on all sides by vast, dry landscapes. But you’d never know this from the well-maintained fairways of the city’s many golf courses. For a desert city, there are an astonishing number of golf courses in the Las Vegas area — dozens, in fact. This is great news to golfers visiting the city on business. To help those looking to tee up while in town, here’s a bit more about golf courses in Las Vegas to help out.

According to Golf Magazine, Las Vegas holds its own against other golf destinations thanks to the ability for golfers to play a high-quality course for a reasonable price. Three Vegas-area courses made it onto the magazine’s list of the 100 best courses open to the public. Let’s take a look at each. Continue reading “Tee Off at the Best Golf Courses in Las Vegas”

Your Guide to San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Restaurants


For many visitors, San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is the crown jewel of the city. The San Diego Convention Center brings in folks from around the globe for huge events like Comic-Con and business conferences of all kind. When the conference lets out for the day, many visitors walk across the train tracks to Fifth Avenue, the primary stretch of the Gaslamp. How do you choose from dozens of restaurants within a short walk, and how do you avoid those that are overpriced tourist traps? The guide to Gaslamp Quarter restaurants will help. Continue reading “Your Guide to San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Restaurants”

Hit the Road For These Gorgeous Spring Drives

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Flying is definitely convenient, but there’s no better way to see America than by hitting the road yourself and taking in the sights. Now that it’s officially spring, lots of places across the country are looking particularly beautiful. Travel & Leisure has put out a gorgeous slide show list of some of the best spring drives across the country. Here are a few of the spring drives you should try to work into your travels:

See the Texas Bluebonnet Spring Bloom

Are your travels taking you in or around Austin this spring? If so, you’re in luck, because not far from the quirky Texas capital are some stretches of highway surrounded by gorgeous bluebonnets, the official state flower. Just head west from Austin on Route 290 to Johnson City, and then north to Burnet, which has the distinction of being the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas. Continue reading “Hit the Road For These Gorgeous Spring Drives”

5 Las Vegas Casino Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip

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It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time on the Las Vegas Strip or your 50th — it’s easy to end up stuck in a tourist trap, lost in a huge crowd of folks. Here are a few Las Vegas casino tips to help you navigate the Las Vegas Strip like a pro.

Learn the Games

This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many folks put money down on a table because the game looks interesting — but they don’t really know how it’s played, let alone how to bet wisely.

Most of the big casinos actually offer free gambling lessons. You can find a schedule here. This way, you’ll know what you’re getting into when you pull your wallet out. Even if you think you’re already a pro, it might be worth swinging by a lesson to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered. Continue reading “5 Las Vegas Casino Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip”

4 Fun Things to Do in La Crosse, Wisconsin


On the eastern shores of the Mississippi River, just across the water from Minnesota, lies La Crosse, Wisconsin. This city of roughly 50,000 is not huge, even by Wisconsin standards. Though it may be somewhat smaller, it is full of character, quality-of-life and business opportunities. So, if business travel brings you there, here are a few things to do in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Continue reading “4 Fun Things to Do in La Crosse, Wisconsin”