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Jill Stone

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A Blog by a Bedbug

Hi, I am a bedbug, and I would like for you to hear me out. Halloween is in a few days, and I know that this is a time when people like to celebrate what goes bump in the night and other creepy crawlies – I think you would consider us in this category. We[...]

Let Us Carry-On, Shall We?


Airlines are implementing stricter baggage regulations, and if a carry-on is your choice for travel, it’s crucial to choose one that meets both size requirements and your personal needs. Let’s explore the key factors to consider when selecting the perfect carry-on luggage to ensure a hassle-free journey. One Size Does Not Fit All: Each airline[...]

Running for That Plane

Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” saved the universe in Season 4 of Stranger Things. For some of us, no matter the season, we seem to always be running for that plane. Here are some that items that can help any procrastinator still make it to the gate on time: Tile: This tiny device is[...]

Flight-y Stocking Stuffers

It’s beginning to look a lot like travel during the holidays. It’s also the time to give some travel related gifts! Here is a roundup of some of my new faves, all perfectly sized and priced as stocking stuffers for flight-y friends! Instant Stain Remover: Tide To Go is the perfect travel companion in the[...]

Conference + Family = Winner!


For many families, an impactful result of pandemic living was how it transformed homes into virtual work spaces and educational centers. Our worlds got smaller and more compacted. Household inhabitants were vying for bandwidth, spending every meal together and, well, spending almost every minute together. That said, about one-third of Americans cited that being able[...]

Happy Valentine’s Week (yes, week!)

Valentine's Week

Starting today, celebrations of all things lovey-dovey kick off, it’s Valentine’s Week. Each day has its own focus and we are taking this a step further with an amazing itinerary on where to celebrate each day. Rose Day, Monday February 7, 2022 First stop is Pasadena, California, home of the famous Tournament of Roses Parade![...]

Travel Gifts

travel gifts

Who do you know that loves to travel? Part of the joy of travel for some is owning cool travel gadgets and goodies that make travel easier and more enjoyable. Get out that credit card, you are going to want to buy these for your most mobile buddies, and maybe even add one to your[...]

Travel Safety: Cabin Air

cabin air

In the last blog I shared all about masks, and how they are a primary factor in keeping meeting planners and attendees safe from COVID-19. Now we’re going to talk about another safety factor concerning cabin air. Though a crowded plane seems like the perfect environment for spreading the virus, the risk is quite a[...]

Travel Safety Data for Meetings and Events: Information About Masks

safety in travel

Travel safety during the pandemic is a top of mind subject that I will address over the next few blogs. HelmsBriscoe has assembled a one sheet with data and information that supports safety in travel for professional meetings and events. Please feel free to share this valuable document with your staff and attendees. It was[...]

You Can’t Sit (on our Plane) with Us: COVID Testing for Air Travel


Not that the airlines are going to go all Mean Girls on us. But these days, proof of a COVID vaccination and/or a negative COVID test is necessary for gaining access to your seat in the plane’s cabin. Airports are stepping up to the challenge by offering rapid COVID testing on the spot. For many[...]