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Jill Stone

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Get Lucky at These Innovative Hotels


In just a few days we’ll be seeing green and looking to attract a bit o’ the luck o’ the Irish! Here is a look at some hotels that are so innovative and trendy, those that are fortunate enough to have a stay will be counting their lucky stars. Mama Shelter: Perhaps a windfall of[...]

ID Please


Fellow travelers hear this – as of January 22, 2018, “passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act (and has not been granted an extension) will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight”. Basically,[...]

Fly Dine Drive

fly dine drive

Last week I shared some awesome apps for finding a great place to stay and for finding your way around. This week we are going to look at some other travel apps that have come onto the scene. Fly Looking for a fly on the cheap, check out Dealray. This app requires a $9.99 per[...]

Stay Your Way: Apps for Your Next Trip


As a big fan of apps, I am always on the lookout for the new and noteworthy. Here is a collection of apps that can help you to better customize your next stay away. If you want to stay in a home, but wish the experience was more like a hotel stay, check out Oasis.[...]

Women Traveling Solo

Women Traveling

With more and more women traveling alone, whether it’s business or pleasure, it’s important to prepare and stay safe. I recently came across a great BuzzFeed article that addresses just this and shares 46 Travel Safety Tips for Women. The information outlines helpful apps and sites, along with a healthy dose of to-do’s. Here are[...]

Totality Awesome! The Great American Eclipse of 2017


Where will you be on August 21, 2017? If you’re lucky you will be somewhere in the band across the United States that will experience a total eclipse of the sun. I’m super excited as I live right in that band! In fact, residents of Jefferson County, Missouri are expecting over 800,000 visitors, making Highway[...]

Safety Features Part 1


Most meeting planners are frequent travelers, jetting about the country and the globe, to coordinate wonderful events. Among the skill set of all meeting planners is one that is most valuable and this attention to detail. No detail goes unnoticed by the savvy and organized planner. The detail we will explore today is an important[...]

Take Back Travel – There Are Apps for That

Travel Apps

For those of us who have been in the meeting planning business for a few decades, we often find ourselves talking about the good ole days of travel. The days when travel felt like a treat! It was a fun and stress-less adventure with accommodating airlines and happy passengers. Yes, much has changed. But maybe,[...]

Travel Hacks from Expert Crystal Washington

travel hacks

With summer vacation upon us – and if anyone deserves a vacation, it’s the meeting planners – now is the time to catch up on the latest resources and ideas for making the most of your vacation! For some expert advice I turned to Crystal Washington. Crystal has a reputation for taking complex web and[...]

Tipping the World


In the USA we tip; we tip wait staff, bartenders, baristas, drivers, hairdressers, hotel staff, dog groomers – if it’s service oriented, it probably calls for a tip. Some services, especially those that work in the tourism and restaurant industries, rely on tips as their income. These folks may only make around $2.50+ an hour,[...]