Traveling abroad for business involves a great deal of coordinating and organizing. It is easy to be so focused on the business aspect of your trip that you forget to check the specific rules of entry for your destination country. We’re here to help you stay focused on your work—use our checklist below to make sure you’re ready to meet travel guidelines for international travel.
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Packing for a flight is an art form, a game of Tetris that requires you to balance being prepared for the unexpected with being efficient. You want to avoid over packing or leaving behind essential items.
When it comes to packing a carry-on bag, things are even more difficult. Mistakes can cause you time, money, and productivity. Plus, you have to keep security checks in mind (we have your back on this front too. Read our post about packing with security in mind).
To help you make the best out of your next trip, we suggest you avoid the hotel experience and opt for the comfort of home by staying in one of our luxury vacation rentals—PC Housing has units across the country and Canada—reach out to us today! And we’ve taken the time to compile a list of essential items you must pack in your carry-on bag.
Read on to make sure your next trip goes smoothly.
This summer, discover some of the best waterside vacation spots the US has to offer. We have compiled a list of the top beaches and lakes you should consider visiting. We think you’ll find that some, or maybe all, of these spots should be on your bucket list.
If you’re flying somewhere, you’re going to go through a security check. For some reason, the vast majority of people seem to deny this fact until the last moment—it’s baffling why so few plan accordingly. Here are a few quick and easy tips to help you breeze through your next encounter with the TSA (or whichever international equivalent you’re to be scrutinized by).
Hotels are the norm for travelers, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with their hassles. There are so many new ways to live well when you travel—don’t settle! Here are 5 reasons to consider alternative housing options next time you’re out of town.
The Windy City has a penchant for heavy foods (perhaps so its inhabitants aren’t carried away by a wayward gust). Between Chicago-style hot dogs, deep-dish pizzas and Italian beef sandwiches, it’s fair to say that Chicagoans are pretty grounded when it comes to cuisine.
Steakhouses are a lesser-known facet of Chicago cuisine, but they’re no less influential. Next time you visit Chicago, get your carnivorous fix at the six best steakhouses in Chicago.
Even when you’re ensconced in your own bed, getting a good night’s sleep consistently can be tough. Any business traveler knows that being on the road only compounds this issue. Luckily, a few lifestyle tweaks can serve as “sleep hacks,” allowing you to get the Zs that can be so elusive when you’re away from home. Try a few (or all!) of these changes for sleeping better on your next business trip.
San Francisco culture is known for being a bit eccentric, and its food scene appropriately avant-garde. Do yourself a favor and try one (or all!) of these unique eats next time you’re in Golden Gate City. You won’t regret it.
A lot of things change after college, but you’ll always enjoy a good vacation.
With fuller pockets and a wealth of worldly wisdom, your adult self is poised to have an even better (though probably not crazier) time than your collegiate self. So take a week off of work, pack your bags, and get ready for some sophisticated fun in the sun.
Mardi Gras might be over for the year, but that doesn’t mean New Orleans is down for the count. The Big Easy has nightlife, live music, and food down to a science; the whole ensemble can be a bit overwhelming for a first-time visitor. Whether you’re in the region for business or pleasure, do yourself a favor and explore some of these iconic New Orleans destinations.
The French Quarter
There’s not a Louisiana travel guide out there that doesn’t make mention of the French Quarter, and for good reason. This is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, dating back to the city’s founding by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville in 1718. Today, the sector offers abundant food and drink options as well as a historical feel unmatched in the United States. Be sure to have plenty of time on your hands when taking on this district. A number of iconic destinations fall within the confines of the French Quarter, such as…
The St. Louis Cathedral
As a general rule, the world’s grandest cathedrals reside in Europe. With a majestic and weathered cathedral of their own, New Orleans is one of the few US cities to defy this standard. Officially titled the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, this towering building is a true spectacle. It emanates both beauty and history, and is magnificent in the sunlight as it is cloaked in dusk. The cathedral is located in the French Quarter, so be sure to pay it a visit when you’re making your rounds. If you prefer branch and leaf to brick and mortar, you may also want to check out…
While Hurricane Katrina took it out of commission for a while, the New Orleans City Park is back and as beautiful as ever. This 1,300 acre swath of land plays host to abundant walking and biking paths, sprawling lawns, children’s attractions, and the oldest grove of mature live oaks in the world. A walk through this park is an excellent way to clear restore energy and work off some of the heavier New Orleans dishes. If you like a dab of history with your nature intake, you’ll probably enjoy New Orleans’ very own…
Where the French Quarter is by turns exciting and jam-packed, the Garden District is a bit more serene. Known for some of New Orleans’ most famous architecture, the foliage-laden streets are the perfect place to escape bustling tourist districts. 19th-century mansions capture the eye and the imagination along each street. The area rewards desultory meandering, making it a great place to recover from a few days of strict itineraries. When you’ve had your fill of oak and ivy, you can stroll to the nearby intersection of Prytania St. and Washington Ave, where you’ll find the world-famous…
Commander’s Palace Restaurant
Established in 1890, the Commander’s Palace Restaurant was inducted into the Culinary Institute of America Hall of Fame in 2008 and is regarded as New Orleans’ most famous eatery. It’s upscale take on Creole cuisine spans from turtle soup to crawfish risotto. And don’t forget the wine — it’s expensive but decadent. While the popularity and price range of this restaurant run on the high end, it’s well worth it to take a bite out of New Orleans’ history. If you’re hungrier for history than food, you can get your yesteryear fix at…
The National WWII Museum
Even if you’re not an aficionado of history, the National WWII Museum has a lot to offer. A moving recollection of a devastating era, this massive tribute to the second World War is as educational as it is chilling. Some of the exhibits may be too disturbing for children, but don’t let that deter you from seeing it for yourself. You’ll need about 3 hours to see the museum in its entirety. Don’t forget to check out the award-winning 4-D film Beyond All Boundaries before you leave; it is widely regarded as the museum’s prominent feature. If you want an engaging day-trip minus the morbid undertones, consider visiting…
Mardi Gras World
Bummed that you missed Mardi Gras? Head over to Mardi Gras World for the next best thing. Their tours take you behind-the-scenes of Mardi Gras, offering a look at the creation of the fantastic floats and costumes that are iconic of the holiday. They also offer samples of king cake, an iconic treat that is consumed in droves during Mardi Gras. This type of pastry is notoriously difficult to find in the off-season, so getting the opportunity to try one is alone worth the cost of tickets.
The Big Easy has a lot to offer visitors—too much to capture in one article. There are a number of culinary and cultural hotspots that you’ll discover organically as you wander the city’s bustling streets. You’re going to want to settle into private and comfortable lodgings at the end of a busy day. Whether you’re on vacation or on the clock, treat yourself to a luxury vacation rental in New Orleans. Contact PC Housing today to find out more.