TRAVEL ARTICLES WRITTEN BY AND FOR JET SETTERS, ADVENTURE SEEKERS, SAVVY TRAVELERS AND MEETING PLANNERS.
According to BTN's Corporate Travel Index, the average per diem costs for corporate trips were up 3.9% last year. Is your most frequented city in the top ten?
Waiting times at the airport are going to be brutal in just a few short months. What can you do about it? For starters, make sure you've brushed up on our five recommendations for avoiding (or at least enduring) the long lines.
FlightRadar put together a fascinating one-minute clip of a full day's worth of flights on April 1, 2016. Out of the 164,209 flights tracked, 76,329 flew over the U.S! It's a must-watch.
Pop quiz: what was the gate change for your flight? Oh, you already know, because TripCase just notified you. And when your flight lands, you'll be the first to know which baggage claim number to head to as well.
From the newest nonstop flights out of LAX to getting extra leg room on your next flight, we threw some recent air travel tidbits into an infographic to keep you smart and savvy on the road (and in the air). Enjoy!
There’s an old native proverb that goes, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” As an organization of hundreds of passionate travel planners, we fully grasp the need to protect the world we’re so eager to explore.
The days are heating up... and so are the savings: Celebrity Cruises® is including free drinks for a limited time!
Did you know that no one else but Club Med has all-inclusive resorts outside Mexico and the Caribbean? In fact, they have 65 resorts worldwide... Meaning simplified budgets, legendary hospitality and unparalleled energy for every reward trip theme you can dream up.
Today, leaders from across the meetings and events industry will come together to support the very first Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), a initiative to showcase the real impact that our industry has on people, business and communities.
For our leisure travel specialists, a host agency with an entire Meetings & Incentives division is bound to deliver something pretty amazing as a top producer reward trip.
As a result of a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor, it is likely that financial services firms will be forced to eliminate certain incentives or significantly change compensation structures, reducing the opportunities to motivate and reward top-performing employees and agents.
2016 is a major year to get ahead of renewing your passport. If you're one of the 17 million Americans applying, we've get the scoop on its new look.
Forbes just added 42 new hotels to its prestigious list of hotels and resorts around the world, and Cadence holds elite status with every single one. Check out the full breakdown, including the amazing VIP treatment you'll get.
The next time you’re considering selling your soul to get out of the middle seat, pull out your smart phone and place a bid on Seateroo.
According to a recent article featured in Conde Naste Traveler, you could lose your flight by looking for a refund.
Having one of those days where you need to feel like a true polar explorer? We're fascinated with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to camp overnight in a tent in Antarctica.
Be the first to discover the new Zen Oasis at Club Med Punta Cana all-inclusive resort. This adults-only area gets its own private cottages, wellness bar and beach, all designed with serenity in mind.
Compressed towel tablets are a fun clean-up solution, whether you just got off a plane, catamaran or elephant.
Chatty Kathy can be tough to tune out while traveling... which is especially frustrating when you are trying to catch some much needed shuteye on your flight.
Besides road warriors and vacationers, there's two types of travelers in the world: those that unpack their wardrobe at hotels, and those who keep everything in their suitcase.
We may have just found both the perfect travel shoe and the most inspiring airport security line video ever made.
For once, we're not talking about free breakfast from our elite partnerships. For savvy travelers, the MOGICS Power Donut is one deliciously appealing travel accessory.
This vintage video of Linblad Expeditions bringing some of the first citizen explorers to Antarctica is the best thing you'll see all day.
Whether you're traveling with your colleague or companion, there's a key to getting just the right amount of privacy and togetherness.
They say there are few things you can depend on in life, but expedited screening really should be one of them. Here are a few helpful suggestions on consistently getting selected for TSA Pre✓®.
With all of the costs associated with getting from Point A to Point B, you'd think being financially conservative would be smart... beneficial, even.
Who What Wear interviewed a former TSA Agent of LAX with five years of experience in security line wardrobe malfunctions.
In between business class and economy seating, there is a heavenly balance between comfort and cost called "extra leg room." Find out which airlines offer this mini-upgrade, and which have the biggest bang for their buck.
After a unique wine tasting on shore, you'll end your first night soaking in a scented bath drawn by your private butler. No need to tip- gratuity is already included.
Wondering why Windstar was voted the #3 cruise line in the world on Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious 2014 Gold List? We'll explain.
In attempt to improve operations and passenger experience, the airline industry is toying with the introduction of artificial intelligence (yes, robots) to terminals.
It turns out lower fuel prices don't lower the cost of airplane tickets. There's not much the rest of the world can do about but accept the price change, but we did find a silver lining.
In a time as digitally focused as now, Internet access is widely acknowledged as one of life's more important details. In fact, sometimes we forget how connected we usually are until we find ourselves completely lost without Google.
VIP service is making its way out of the airport lounges and into pretty much every other part of your airport experience. Here's how United Airlines is taking a stab at earning loyalty this year.
Have you ever wondered what happens after a Shark Tank episode? Once Mark Cuban flashes that famous smile and agrees to back the next great invention, he'll be spending the rest of his time on the road making sure his investment is a success story. (Translation: lots of flying).
"Is it just me or does it feel like we were off to the races as soon as the ball dropped this year?" Tracy Judge, Director of Business Development for Meetings & Incentives, reminds us it's never too late to reflect on accomplishments.
It doesn’t get much better than sipping wine in the Mediterranean climate of Cape Town, the trendiest resort in the south of France. Unless, of course, you’ll soon be jet setting to South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge.
What do you do when you're known for being one of the most exquisite cruise lines in the world? You go even bigger.
Did you know the Sahara Desert has a higher humidity level than an airplane? If that doesn't make you thirsty, keep in mind that upping your H20 intake can lessen the effects of jet lag and reduce headaches while traveling.
We get it- you invest in an incredible hotel room only to see an old docking station. Skip the FM radio static- we've found your travel-sized solution.
If your airline forgot to add USB charging ports to your seat (we're so sorry), you've got one extra backup thanks to this designer handbag with a secret.
Sure, traveling to new places is all about abandoning your comfort zones, but you can still get there in comfort. Check out these amazing cashmere travel goodies.
Since it's the year of renewing your passport, why not grab a fancy new cover while you're at it? We love this metallic style by Michael Kors.
We are gearing up for 2016's travel topics for corporate planners, hoteliers, and other partners. Tell us what you want to hear about and you're automatically entered to win our favorite travel product of 2015!
The United Kingdom's version of a Known Traveler Number is a must for expedited screening. Apply for the "Registered Traveller" service to avoid filling a landing card and get through UK border control faster.
United is always working to enhance the MileagePlus® program. Now the airline is offering even more Premier qualifying miles for flying First or Business class in 2016.
What does this suitcase have that yours doesn't? More like what doesn't it have. Kickstarter's latest success story is another product that makes a traveler's life easier.
For those who are torn between the comforts of business class and the practicality of economy, this new seating class might just be the ticket.
We know you have a lot of lists on the brain right now- from gift shopping to groceries to New Year's resolutions. Tell help out, we've got your travel list covered, and our recommendations are anything but boring.
We get really excited when we find travel accessories that are both stylish and efficient. When we stumbled upon a travel scarf that discretely holds your essentials in a hidden pocket, we just had to share.
There are few guarantees in air travel these days. Delays, cancellations, diversions, and misconnects are never within our control, but having a place to make the most of your time in the airport is. If you need a place to relax, be productive or even freshen up, we've found the answer.
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.
As our Meetings & Incentives division quickly grows, we are expanding our new business development efforts and increasing our focus on account management with our most recent addition.
In our commitment to provide innovative and proactive tools to our clients, we have expanded our team to include an expert in event technology.
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.
Funded by KickStarter, 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.
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?
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.
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!