TRAVEL education and inspiration,
written by and for:
SAVVY BUSINESS TRAVELERS • MEETING PLANNERS • LUXURY JETSETTERS
In 2007, the State Department began requiring citizens to carry passports for travel to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. If you're one of the 18.6 million who applied for a blue book that year, be prepared for longer renewal times as the ten year expiration date approaches.
Internet access during travel makes our lives abundantly easy, from mobile boarding passes to transportation apps... But today's security threats can quickly make it your worst enemy. For the sake of your safety, err on the side of caution.
In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act which set Federal standards for the issuance of identification for our nation’s citizens, such as driver’s licenses. Savvy travelers Dave & Carol Porter of The Roaming Boomers give us the dish on how this affects travel next year.
Currently a KickStarter campaign, this impressive little number by BauBax, LLC has a built-in neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, earphone holders, drink pocket, multiple impressive tech pockets and yes, a place to store your iPad.
Initiated by Delta and American Airlines, real-time luggage trackers should definitely be an industry standard.
It is no secret that an emotional connection to a product or service is key in shifting consumers from users to brand advocates. How is it done? When a brand gives users exactly what they need before they know they need it.
Virtuoso just published an inspiring video filled with visions of adventure, discovery and, of course, exclusivity that only a Virtuoso travel advisor can turn into reality.
If there's one thing we know about incentive travel, it's that each year's trip has to top the year before. If you leverage this concept properly, it can be a successful tool in achieving your organization's objectives.
We all love the combination of warm weather and clear blue water, but if you agree that the typical beach incentive trip is becoming redundant, we found a destination that offers more than sunbathing and snorkeling.
With the state of the incentive industry stronger than ever, we're seeing changes (good ones!) in reward trip budgets and the types of experiences your attendees really want. We've pulled our top five.
A corporate award/incentive gift has to be memorable, meaningful and reflect well on your band's philosophy. It's a lot to add up to, but we think these high-end, versatile travel bags make the cut.
It's now a requirement to pay for trusted traveler programs. Plus, here's what your Government ID, Airplane Ticket, Known Traveler Account and Frequent Flier Account should have in common.
Marriott just unveiled a groundbreaking virtual reality service to connect with experiential travelers and inspire guests to "travel brilliantly."
Introducing the fancy new custom-designed domestic accommodations, set to launch on 200+ aircrafts. Hello, comfort!
While most business travelers have an innate superpower for hailing a cab, Arro, a free app for iPhone and Android, allows you to focus your superhuman strengths elsewhere.
Over the summer, we welcomed San Diego State University's Hospitality and Tourism Management students to apply for a give-back trip to Fiji in January 2016. We narrowed it down to our final three, and you picked the winner!
Appropriately called the "I Heart Road Trips" kit, we've found the perfect little collection of Drybar faves to keep your hair gorgeous while traveling.
"The O.G." overnighter by Lo & Sons got a real life test run this week during a fast-paced business trip in Philadelphia. Tracy Judge, Director of Business Development for Cadence Meetings & Incentives, gives us her honest opinion.
Start your day with yoga on the cliffs above the Aegean sea, embark on a romantic sailing excursion, then relax poolside as you admire panoramic views of the sunset with local wine and gourmet dining. Are you living in a Greek fairy tale?
As the hospitality industry grows in popularity, young professionals are entering a career full of traditional processes and technology. And it's making them go stir crazy.
Lacking excitement for your year-end event? High-tech projection mapping is the immersive experience your guests have been waiting for, and AV Concepts is leading the way.
Already one of the largest resorts in the world, the iconic Las Vegas property is reinventing itself as one of the forerunners in the meetings and events space with a $70 million expansion, all under MGM Resorts International's commitment to a minimum of LEED Gold standards.
This smart little travel kit is like having your own personal bartender packed in your carry-on.
Remember when hotels wanted your business? Ok, maybe that’s a little extreme, but times certainly have changed. As occupancy continues to climb at a record setting pace, many meeting planners are feeling the effects. The solution? Adapt.
“I’m still a bit of a rebel, always saying that we cannot sit still. Every morning you’ve got to wake up with a healthy fear that the world is changing, and a conviction that, to win, you have to change faster and be more agile than anyone else." - Ingra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi
Historic, cultural Cape Town is one dreamy destination, and not just because there are exotic animals nearby. Laree International, guru of traveling in style, tells us why.
Matching travelers with local photographers in destinations around the world, Flytographer is a game changer for vacation photos.
A passport that tells you the best venues in the city but doesn’t require a hideous photo or a painful renewal process? Count us in.
The award winning event planning division at Cadence joins forces with one of Southern California’s most innovative production companies to launch the San Diego Creative Space for corporate meetings and events.
After being ranked the number one hotel brand in the ‘Best in Business Travel’ survey from Travel + Leisure and Fortune, the rest of the world knows what we know: Ritz-Carlton knows how deliver to the business travel market.
Move over man buns, we’re starting from the ground up with the refreshingly eclectic fashion accessory that is the sock.
Known for his jet set luxury fashion staples for men and women, Michael Kors has launched the "Watch Hunger Stop" campaign to join the fight against global hunger.
The newest models of rental cars have state-of-the-art Bluetooth technology feature that makes driving safer, easier and more entertaining. But there's also a huge risk involved.
For a fee, most small dogs are allowed to travel in a carrier underneath the passenger's seat. But what are the perks if your human has elite status?
Sure, it’s Vegas at its finest… and sure, there is free booze. But despite the influx of excitement and information, even the youngest attendees come back educated and inspired.
Dr. Peter Drucker once said, "Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems." In a world with limited resources, we must continue our evolution to drive results (and profits) by cultivating advantageous partnerships.
After our Meetings & Incentives team took in a stunning 8pm summer sunset over the ocean at a potential beachfront event venue, we immediately put it on our list of local spots to recommend... But there was one small problem.
Imagine an "easy button" that clarifies event communication, creates excitement long before registration and encourages participation prior to check-in day... Giving your attendees a better experience and boosting your ROI.
For curated luxury on the West Coast of the US, look no further than the Belmond El Encanto. Whether it’s business or pleasure (or that happy medium where both meet), El Encanto is expertly positioned to offer a unique and luxurious home base in the heart of elegant Santa Barbara.
Even the world's most beautiful destinations have a reality that contrasts their picture perfect exterior. What if the incentive travel industry could actively give back to the tropical getaways some call home?
In anticipation of the Cuba travel ban being fully lifted, JetBlue has added a charter service between JFK airport and Havana on their 150-seat Airbus 320. But what exactly does that mean?
JetBlue finally caved, but Southwest is still holding strong with free first and second bags. Do you know how much you're paying to check your luggage on your next flight?
Offering someone a piece of gum is always a nice gesture. But having Project 7's specialty treats on hand can be complete conversation starter.
Text messaging is easily the preferred form of communication for most smartphone users. It's quick, concise and totally fits the mold of what hotel customer service should be.
Cadence Travel Specialists and husband and wife team David and Carol Porter had set their hearts on retiring at age 50, and indeed they did: they sold their mortgage business and set off to see the world.
A year after gracing the cover of Luxury Travel Advisor, Wendy Burk was featured in the industry magazine's exciting follow up of cover stories throughout the past decade.
When you're distracted by the excitement of visiting a new place, it's almost unfair how easy it is to turn into the bright red version of yourself by the end of your first vacation day.
Tracy Judge, CMP recently attended the 2015 Four Seasons Incentive Partner Summit, where she was pleasantly reminded that meaningful engagement makes for better events.
As a corporate meeting planner, do you feel important enough to be in the room but not enough to sit at the table? Tracy Judge, CMP gives her best insight to feeling empowered.
DAL and DFW are joining the list of airports who have lifted the ban on ride sharing services like Lyft and Uber, and Southwest is showing their support with a generous Lyft discount.
It's no secret we'd recommend using a travel company (Cadence, in particular) for your corporate travel reservations. But it may be for different reasons than you think...
This month's Cadence Staff Pick will make someone the office hero... Or just make for a very efficient Starbucks run.
One of our favorite luxury hotel chains has launched an app as an extension of their famous service philosophy. The new technology aims to ensure customized service can be further delivered ‘on demand.’
"While alongside the wildebeest trails we came across a tower of giraffes feasting on nearby acacia trees. This calf was in constant visual contact with the vehicle as I focused and captured his innocence."
When it comes to tropical destinations for corporate meetings, you can't go wrong with white sand and tequila. Throw in the luxury Four Seasons brand and you know you're in for impeccable service, delicious cuisine and fully equipped event spaces.
Sometimes the hardest thing about finding a better way to do something is taking time away from doing it the wrong way... Trust us, there's so much to learn!
The Professional Convention Management Association brings industry leaders and creative thinkers together for a day of advanced-level learning
Need a good read? This month's staff pick for literary gems will keep you busy (and sane) during your memorial day travels. Bonus: books don't drain your battery!
A new research report commissioned by Amadeus reveals that you are most likely one (or more) of six traveller tribes. Who are your people?
Business travelers, rejoice! We've found the best way to apply for TSA Pre✓™ and it may actually make you smile.
You can't strategically plan a meeting around your attendees if you don't know who they are... Here's our most entertaining picks of attendee types from our years as corporate event planners, and some tips on how to turn them into happy participants.
Southern California travel management company opens doors in Philadelphia to create local presence for current and future corporate meetings clients.
For travelers who don't swear by carry-ons (or whose bag gets bumped to checked luggage because someone tried to fit a mattress in the overhead bin), Delta is showing a little love with a new baggage service guarantee.
Travel partner Greaves Tours explains the tradition behind this joyful celebration that makes March one of the top months to plan an India vacation.
Technology is amazing, except for when it's not. Our travel specialists recently launched a support program dedicated to helping our clients get over the inevitable roadblocks of online booking tools.
Note: this isn't a blog post about how to pack snacks for the airplane. Check out our top fitness app picks, tried and tested by Cadence travel specialists!
Time travel might be a few lightyears ahead of us, but having your crucial travel details immediately streaming on your watch? We'll take it!
Corporate Social Responsibility is hot for incentive travel in 2015- but it's so much more than a meeting trend. It's the liaison that connects your attendees to the world... and each other.
Cadence travel specialist, Margaret Stein, shares her Asia cruise experience with Regent Seven Seas, starting with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner non-stop from San Diego, CA.
The life of a busy business traveler: you'll travel halfway across the continental U.S. for a corporate meeting but can't actually see the screen.
Susan Morley of Cadence was recently named one of twenty Virtuoso travel specialists selected to manage Private Expeditions bookings for National Geographic
Looking for a luxury travel host agency to further your travel career? From a recent article in Travel Market Report, Wendy explains why enthusiasm plays a huge role in whether a travel specialist is the right match for Cadence.
A world cruise is an extended journey (up to 100 days!) across the seas, filled with a lifetime of destinations. Featured in Seabourn® Insider, Cadence Travel Specialists Karyn Farr and Don Berkebile tell all.
In our anticipation of the U.S restoring relations with Cuba, our travel specialists are dreaming of a future incentive trip that takes you back in time... Starting with your group driving fifties sport cars on historic Havana streets under the Caribbean sun...
Out of all the people who care what shoes you are wearing, mother nature is not one of them. (Cue ongoing blizzard on route from cab to meeting venue). Let these stylish all-weather options save your professional look.
If you've been maintaining your elite airline status through the practice of mileage running, prepare for new policies as airlines fight back.
The standard rolling carry-on gets a technology makeover, powered by an app that syncs with TripCase... So when our travel specialists update your flight information, your suitcase tells you what to pack. Hello, 2015.
Travel specialists at Cadence joined together to raise funds and make costumes for the little princesses and superheroes at Rady Childrens Hospital.
As a member of the Ritz-Carlton STARS Society, Cadence has the pleasure of offering pretty incredible amenities (complimentary upgrade and free breakfast, anyone?). With free internet in 2015, it's getting even better.
Recent reports show that Millennials are consulting travel specialists more than ever before- and more than any other generation. Do you know why that is?
Our travel management company knows a thing our two about tired, achey feet... And we found a new product to minimize the painful distraction!
Tested by our Cadence travel specialists: this must-have travel app does so much more than a standard GPS.
Our travel specialists love to make restaurant recommendations, but what happens when you're out for a spontaneous bite? We found a travel app that shows your current destination's local restaurants so you can avoid chains and tourist traps.
Travel app, Breather, gives you access to beautiful spaces to work, meet or relax.
In the form of convenient travel app, your wardrobe is cleaned, ironed and waiting at your hotel. (And you can leave it there for your next trip).
Penguins, polar bears and lots of ice! Cadence travel specialist, Melita Hein, talks about her experience sailing across the Drake Passage from Argentina.