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Hiking Destinations Lake 22 Trail

Hiking Destinations Lake 22 Trail

Hiking destinations filled with beauty!

In Washington State there are tons of hiking destinations to get you out into nature. It’s one of the things I love most about the Pacific Northwest. My favorite adventures are the ones where you throw the dog and a pack in the car, and hit the road to the great outdoors–destination unknown.

I’m a hiker who loves a good workout, beautiful waterfalls, and the pay off of a stunning view at the top. This hike had it all. Lake 22 in the North Cascades, just off  Mountain Loop Highway is approximately five and a half miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1350 ft. The trail is wet in some parts, but well kept and well traveled by people and dogs alike.

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It starts in a damp, thick forest full of moss, ferns, boulders, streams and huge hemlock and cedars. As you move up the side of the mountain, there are beautiful waterfalls nestled alongside the trail, and a bridge to stop and enjoy the sound of the water rushing by.After a while the trail breaks out into a rocky area with switchbacks. It’s a good workout, but still the scramble up was no match for our fearless mountain dog.  Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the majesty of the vast wilderness make the climb more than bearable.

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The last stretch, just before the top, is very wet. It is best to wear good shoes for tromping through some mud and to bring a spare pair of dry socks. In case you’re graceful, like me, these will come in handy. The trail opens up to wooden walkways that lead around the beautiful alpine lake, Lake 22. The water, like glass, is nestled in the shadow of Mount Pilchuck. It is a perfect place to take a cool dip on a warm day, and to find a boulder upon which you can eat a well-earned lunch. It’s the kind of outdoor summer adventure that stays with you, and comforts you in the winter months when the mountains are calling, but the weather keeps you inside.

Written by World Travel guest blogger Viki.

 

Alaskan Cruise Adventure

Alaskan Cruise Adventure

A World Travel customer, MB,  blogs about her family’s Alaskan Cruise.

An Alaskan cruise had always been on my bucket list and in June of 2015, I finally got to experience it!  My eldest granddaughter, Katie, had just graduated from college in May of that year so as a graduation gift, this grandma took her to Alaska, which interesting enough was also a destination she’d wanted to visit.

We traveled with 7 other people, some of whom were family members so it made the trip that much more enjoyable.  Our Alaskan cruise began in Seattle, Washington and our ports of call included Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC.  As my granddaughter had never been on a cruise before, she was especially excited!  What made our cruise even better was having a balcony room.  It’s true what my cousin Lydia said, once you’ve experienced a balcony on a cruise ship, you never want to cruise again unless you have one every time.

We sailed on Princess and had a wonderful experience on our cruise. There was so much to do on board and age didn’t matter.  We all spent one evening dancing the night away together although our ages ranged from 21 years to 67 years old.  My granddaughter had confided in me after the cruise that she didn’t think there would be much to do but was amazed when the opposite was true.  She told me she couldn’t fit everything in that she’d wanted to do!  One of her favorite shore excursions was zip lining with the younger people in our group.  In addition to dancing and attending variety shows, we gambled, attended wine tastings, visited the spa, walked around the deck for exercise, swam in the pool, bought souvenirs in the gift shop and most fun of all, attended a tailgate party for the Seattle Seahawks, who were on board our ship for the duration of the cruise! We were all impressed with the attentive service we received from the waiters, room stewards and the Princess staff in general.

Of all the ports we visited, my favorite was Tracy Arm, where we witnessed first hand the majesty of the fjords and glaciers.  Their beauty is evident in photographs but to see them in person is breathtaking.  It was also the first chance we had to actually wear our jackets because prior to that port, the weather was warm enough to wear shorts and tank tops.

Thanks to our great travel agent, Heidi Nanigian from World Travel, our trip went off without a hitch and we returned with many fond memories and lots of photos!

Checking Sicily off the bucket list

Checking Sicily off the bucket list

Checking Sicily off the bucket list.

Tom Jackson has been traveling the world since 1952 and has visited 151 countries so far! A destination on his “Bucket List” was Sicily and recently, Tom and his wife Sharon made an in-depth visit there. Below Tom gives us a brief overview of their Sicily adventure planned by the Travel Advisors at World Travel.

Sicily is the largest Island on the Mediterranean Sea. The history and culture of this region of Italy is unique and engaging.

Our adventure started with a flight from Rome to Catania, located on the east end of the Island. We secured our rental car and drove north along the coast to the Greek founded city of Toaromina. This community is located on the coast in the shadow of Mt. Etna, a volcano that is still active with smoke drifting out of its dome 24/7. During our visit, spring, there was still snow on the volcano. One has to be there to see how dominating Mt. Etna is relative to the surrounding area. Its slopes, at lower levels, are dominated by vineyards for Sicilian wine production. Our hotel was the Grand Timeo placed above the city and harbor with spectacular views. Adjacent to the Grand Timeo is the Ancient Greek Amphitheater. In the late spring, all summer and early fall, performances are presented amongst these ancient facilities.

The history of Sicily is a mixture of diverse populations attacking and seizing the Island. These attacking groups include, Greeks, Romans, French, Normans, Spanish and Africans among others. This has created a multi-civilization core amongst the people of Sicily. The people here are very nationalistic regarding this region and state of Italy. The inhabitants would normally say they are Sicilians rather than Italians.

Our next destination was the largest city in Sicily, Palermo. The drive time from Taormina to Palermo was approximately four hours. The roads and auto-straddas there are good to excellent. Some freeways are toll roads and reasonably priced. By the way, we had a GPS system in our rental car and found it indispensable especially in crowded Palermo. The sightseeing adjacent to the city is the reason to come to this capital city. The western portion of the Island, around Trapania is loaded with so much history and culture, making it a highlight.

After Palermo, we preceded to the South Coast, between Sciaccia and Agrigento. Here we found a more relaxed, less busy region. Our landing spot was the Bellmont de Bureua Resort, a contemporary property on this coast with all the extras one would expect at a five star resort. The accommodations, food, and staff were all exceptional. The highlight of our time on this coast was a two hour, three course hands on cooking experience with the terrific Chef Alfredo. He explained details in depth and coached us with his tricks of the trade. Our menu included caponatta, homemade pasta called fusilli and canolli. This all took place at La Forestria Inn accommodation in the vineyards adjacent to the village of Memfi. La Forestria is owned and operated by the Plantera Winery Company. They have five different vineyard locations on the Island producing different varietals for both red and white wine.

We said goodbye to Sicily with a short and scenic drive to the airport in Palermo for our flights home via Rome and London. This wonderful trip was planned by the experienced travel advisors at World Travel. They continue to beat expectations for us trip after trip!

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Hawaii in the winter

Hawaii in the winter is filled with the Aloha spirit.

Wendy Swenson, CTC breaks down her Hawaiian winter adventure she took her husband on in early January of 2016.

It pays to listen to advice from your experienced travel agent.  When I told my boss, Thomas Jackson, President of World Travel Bureau, that I was planning a trip to Hawaii for my husband and myself, he immediately suggested that I go a week after the New Year, to avoid the crowds and enjoy the good weather.  We had always visited Hawaii in the summers, but this was our chance to come in the winter, to see the big waves that happen this time of year.  We were not disappointed!

We took off the week of January 9th, and our outbound flight to Honolulu was half full.  When does that happen anymore?  Waikiki Beach had plenty of beachgoers but it was not too crowded compared to summertime.  The sidewalks had people but there was room to walk, but the main drag, Kalakaua Avenue,  was crowded with traffic as usual. I really liked the way they configured the pedestrian crossing to have all people crossing in both directions while the cars waited and vice-versa.

The days were sunny and very comfortable – 77 to 80 degrees and the water temperature was listed as about the same. The breezes were very light and in the mornings, non-existent, and there was very little humidity.  There were no bugs, even when the wind stopped.

We stayed at the hotel we honeymooned in over 40 years ago, The Moana Surfrider, now a Westin Resort & Spa.  It’s right in the center of Waikiki offering easy access to beach activities such as surfing, outrigger canoe rides, sunset catamaran cruises, shopping and eating! New for this trip were the Stand up Paddle boarders.  Our room was in the old section of the hotel with an ocean view over the banyan courtyard.  Every night we heard music wafting up to our room.  Every day we saw photographers posing wedding couples all over the hotel. Sometimes we wondered if it was the same white tuxedo and same white wedding dress on each couple!  We even saw a guy in a white tuxedo riding the waves on a standup paddleboard, and falling into the water!

We took several drives to the North Shore to see the big waves, and they were beautiful, powerful and huge – about 20 to 30 feet.  Sunset Beach was big on one day, and Waimea Bay had the biggest waves on our last day in Hawaii. It was exciting to watch the surfers take off on the waves.  My phone camera could not do it justice as they were so far out there. One needed a huge telephoto lens.

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Now I was motivated to take my own surfing lesson at Waikiki, which remained very gentle while the North shore was wild.  It’s best to take your surfing lesson in the morning before the trade winds begin to blow.  I was taught a specific technique which guaranteed that I’d stand up before I fell off.  My instructor pushed me into the wave so I didn’t have to worry about catching it.  It was such fun, but after about an hour of attempts, I was exhausted!  I still need to take another lesson next time because I almost got it!

We visited the Bishop museum, which is a beautiful building, reminding me of our Orange County Courthouse in its stone construction.  Inside there are lots of historical, cultural, scientific exhibits including a history of the Hawaiian Kings and Queens, but my favorite was the Duke Kahanamoku exhibit. It included a surfboard which I could balance on, and an interactive video which responded to my foot movements on the board. I replicated Duke’s 35 foot wave ride of 1917!  It was a mile long, starting in front of Diamond Head Crater and ending at the Moana Surfrider hotel.  I didn’t even fall off!  Kids of all ages would love this exhibit, which has been extended until Feb. 28, 2016 according to their website (click here).

We spent most afternoons at the Moana Banyan courtyard enjoying our Hawaiian drinks and pupus, as we watched the surfers at Waikiki.  The biggest thing we had to worry about was where to have dinner each night, a perfect vacation!

Passport Applications to Increase in 2016

Passport Applications to Increase in 2016

The US Department of State passport services is predicting a strong increase in passport applications in 2016 and an even stronger surge in 2017.

One of the reasons for the increase in passport applications is due to the number of passports that will be expiring in the next two years. It is also thought that the strong dollar to euro ratio will encourage foreign travel. Peak time for the passport offices is January to August. During this peak time processing can take longer because of the abundance of passport applications. It is highly recommended that advance planning would allow your passport to be processed at an off peak time. It is also highly recommend starting the passport applications renewal process when there is one year of validity remaining on your current passport. Passport services is working towards an online passport applications renewal capability which they expect to have in place in the latter part of 2016.

There is also another major change with passports that begins on January 1, 2016. Page inserts for passports will no longer be available. For frequent travelers outside the US, you may request a passport with 52 pages. Another option is to obtain a second passport which will be valid for 4 years rather than the usual 10 years. To obtain a second passport you must show a reasonable need, i.e a letter from your company stating the requirement for recurring foreign travel.  A second passport would be very helpful in situations where your passport is sent to a consulate due to visa requirements and during that processing time you must also travel abroad.

Many travelers wait till the last minute to renew or obtain their passports and then find themselves in a bind. We urge you to allow yourself plenty of time so that there is plenty of time for the state department to properly process all the passport applications.

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program , STEP, is highly recommended and can be accessed at www.step.state.gov. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Guest Blogger Cheryl Breen shares her adventure!

Day Eight – Sept. 26

And this is why it is called Bwindi Impenetrable Forest! Well, we did it!! The gorilla trekking was everything that I had prayed for! We started our trek at 8:30 this morning, meeting just up the street from our lodge. We were joined by the family of 5, who were staying at our lodge, who are from San Francisco and Sacramento. We were given a brief orientation and told that there were 3 or 4 “trackers” who had been on the mountain before us tracking the gorillas and found them. So, they told our guide, Mele, who led us through the jungle, along with 2 armed guards in case there was trouble.  We were tracking 1 of the 3 gorilla families that are habituated here at Bwindi. The family was composed of 13 members, including 1 silverback, 9 females, and 3 babies.  There had been 4, but one had died they think from falling from a tree.

We had 2 porters, Isiah and Frida.  Frida (a woman) was officially assigned to Paul, but since she followed me she spent a lot of time pushing my keister up the hill while Isiah held my hand and pulled.  Paul and I were the oldest in our group of 7, and the most out of shape. So, we needed to rest quite frequently. The others were appreciative actually because the day before they were with a group that was going really fast and they were exhausted. We climbed to an elevation of roughly 6,000 feet, walking precariously up the thick mountain forest at about a 65 degree angle, for about 2 1/4 hours, stopping for 5 minute water breaks when needed. It was grueling! Paul and I were really huffing and puffing and I could feel myself getting really overheated. The guides took one look at us and said we needed another water break. Paul kept asking how much further and our guide really never answered the question. He would tell us that the trackers were with the gorillas and they were up ahead at the top of the mountain and we had to just moving forward. We were almost ready to give up, but the family support was wonderful. They kept reminding us of the reward up ahead, to see the mighty silverback and his family, and that it would all be worth it.

We were almost upon them and were given last minute etiquette notes and then we quietly headed towards them. We passed by their nests where they slept for the night, and each had a mound of fresh poop next to it. I guess that is how they start their morning before they venture out into their day, just like us! We had to walk carefully to avoid stepping in it, as we were climbing up higher and higher and then….it happened!  We encountered the silverback! He was sitting on the ground nestled among the foliage, his back to us. The guides encouraged us to come around to the front of him, for that special Kodak moment and they made some clucking notes to keep the gorilla calm as to let him know we were not a threat. We are supposed to not get closer than 7 meters (about 22 feet), but we were able to get within 10 feet of him! Gorillas tend to put their backs towards humans, a combination of being shy, protective, and nonchalant. We breathed in his majesty, as he stood on all fours, his silver back glimmering in the sun and his head bowed. Then he looked in my direction and our eyes met. It was magic, as he acknowledged our being in his world. Just by his mannerism, the guides knew that the silverback had enough of us and wanted to move. He decided to go and chose the path immediately in front of me! The guide told me to remain still. He stepped in front of me and brushed Paul’s leg with his magnificent body as he passed us! The guides said he was leading us to the rest of his family, so we followed closely as he meandered through the jungle. He broke branches and vines as he stepped, and our guides used machetes to widen the path for us to follow. We felt that the gorillas were probably laughing that we had to use iron tools to break the vines when they snapped them with one hand!

The rest were nearby, perched in the trees. They were eating leaves and swinging from tree limbs, periodically speaking to each other. The guides were imitating their grunts and interpreting them to say, “this is delicious!”  “Are you satisfied, yes, I am.” One of the mothers held her baby on her side, away from us, protecting it in case we would cause harm, but baby would show her face and peek out to see us.  When mom decided to move from one branch to another, we heard the branch snapping from her weight, and we all held our breath and simultaneously said, “oh no!  Be careful!”, as we all were afraid for their lives and the long pending drop from this very high perch to the earth below! Luckily at the sound of the snap, she stood perfectly still and then turned her direction to reach another branch that was more safe. She was talking to another gorilla below her, almost to say that she was safe and all was well.  Whew!  A sigh of relief for all of us!

We were able to squat or sit, albeit precariously on the edge of the mountainside within about 20 – 30 feet from most of the gorillas. We had to be very mindful of where we planted our butts as there were fire ants and other insects galore walking alongside us. I was so proud of Paul. With his acrophobia, he held up surprisingly well. There was one scary moment where we had planted our feet and sat, but the earth started to give way. We thought we were sliding down the slope, but luckily the guide was there to help us reposition before we slid too far.  After our scheduled hour of viewing these beautiful gentle giants we had to take our leave. That was the saddest moment of my journey. I hated to say goodbye as we had only just said hello! But the park has strict rules, to protect the gorilla’s privacy and way of life. We were the only ones who would visit this family today, and tomorrow other sets of eyes would capture their Kodak moments of encounter.

Our exit out of the forest was more swift, going down was certainly easier than hiking up. However, we still had to be very careful, our walking sticks firmly planted into the earth as we made our way back down to our starting point, which took about an hour. Once there, we were given our graduation certificates and asked to share our experience through social media and display our certificates proudly at our offices and homes as ambassadors for this great World Heritage Site.

Once home, we had a fabulous massage to work out the pains of our trek. We met new trekkers who had just arrived at the lodge and shared stories during dinner of our gorilla encounters, perking their excitement for their day ahead. A restful sleep, with all the memories of the day swirling in our minds… what an incredible and life-changing experience!!!


World Travel Travel Advisors are your Travel Specialists. Contact us today to get started on your travel planning and you can experience Gorilla Trekking.

 

Hilton South Wharf  – A WTBE Hotel Review

Hilton South Wharf – A WTBE Hotel Review

Guest blogger Diane Rudis is back and recently visited the Hilton South Wharf in South Wharf, Australia. Check out her review of the hotel.

The Hilton South Wharf is situated downtown along the Yarra River adjacent to the Melbourne convention center, making it convenient to attend the conferences while continuing to conduct business activities while you are abroad. The Hilton South Wharf rooms are quite spacious and comfortable beds and large walk in showers and separate tubs. The toilets are also separate from the rest of the bathrooms.  In our suite, we had a great view of the river and the downtown area. The suites are quite large, very modern / rustic feel which made us feel very comfortable.  Windows are floor to ceiling providing an unobstructed view. The rooms are equipped with a small, private conference table for conducting business. The living area can hold up to 6 or 7 people should you want to entertain before going out for dinner.

There are restaurants in the Hilton South Wharf hotel or you can venture out along the wharf to find a number of restaurants and eateries of many different cuisines. The wharf gets very busy in the evenings starting with happy hour and dinner; it’s definitely the place to be when the workday is over.

The amenities of the Hilton South Wharf hotel have an extensive list of offerings. From 24 hour fitness, shoe shining to conference room space, they also offer babysitting as well as tour information and the convenience of renting a car having it delivered to the hotel.

They do not offer adapters in every room for your electrics, so you will need to remember to bring your own. If you get in a pinch, the hotel will assist you.

Should you be a member of the Hilton Honors program or opt for the executive level club, the amenities are excellent. The club offers a large variety of foods for breakfast and evening cocktails as well as light snack for mid to late afternoon tea. Breakfast is a rather large continental type breakfast: you can squeeze your own juice. There is a nice selection of muffins including an egg type muffin. There is a nice selection of cereals, homemade breads with jams, butter and vegemite, and meats and cheeses in case you want to make a hot breakfast sandwich all of the fixings are there.

Drinks include sodas, still and sparkling waters as well as hot beverages like tea coffee and hot chocolate. There are usually cookies or pretzels to accompany them.

Evening cocktails and snack is also quite extensive. There are a few hot appetizers, a selection of meats and cheeses, sandwiches and a multitude of types of finger foods.  You can choose from champagne or sparkling wine, at least 3 types of red and 3 types of white wines, beer and more.

The Hilton South Wharf is truly a home away from home. With a great location, offering great services for a vacation/business stay with exceptional amenities, I highly recommend staying here.

Planning Travel for Business

Planning Travel for Business

This year, we urge you to be smart when planning travel for your company. Properly planning travel can help make sure that your money and time are efficiently used.

We all know that throughout the year you will have trips that are set-in-stone such as trade shows or annual meetings. You will also have trips that arise on-the-fly like procuring new clients out of your local area. Whatever your travel needs might be, it is smart to have a plan in place for all your travel scenarios. For instance, always waiting until the last-minute can get you stuck with higher costs when it comes to booking your air, hotel and car.

Planning travel is a daunting task for any business professional today. We feel your time is better served by being focused on your own work. It is even more daunting for companies that have multiple people traveling throughout the year as it is very common for companies to quickly throw a trip together and lose sight of being effective and cost efficient. Being in a rush when planning travel means that you cannot take advantage of important aspects such as use of frequent flyer miles, early booking rates, block room purchasing for cost savings.

The good news is that World Travel Business Elite can be your solution to managing and planning travel efficiently. We would start by evaluating your current process and then help create a custom plan for your company that will boast success. The plan we will create for you will allow you to get the most out of your travel budget. By allowing us to take the stress off your plate when it comes your corporate travel it will let you focus on your own business. Our travel advisors will be your advocates for all your travel needs to make sure all the minute details get handled and we will provide you with high-touch personal service so you have the confidence that all your needs are properly managed throughout the year. Make sure to check out our Services page on our website to learn more detail about what we can offer you and your company when it comes to planning travel.

Remember that whether you use our travel services or attempt to manage your travel on your own, we highly suggest you to have a plan in place. Don’t rely on handling it all yourself and relying on booking online. Online travel services do not possess the personal service attention that corporations need when planning and managing travel, nor do they have the capabilities of seeing the larger picture of what your company requires when it comes to planning travel.


 

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Travel Terms for the Business Traveler – Part 1

Travel Terms for the Business Traveler – Part 1

Today, there are so many travel terms and acronyms that most people have no idea what they mean. Below we have listed a few of them and in future blogs will continue to define more for your learning pleasure.

Here are a few to get you started:

CTC
CTC stands for “Certified Travel Counselor” and it’s considered to being an honored designation of a high-level certified travel professional. This certification can be compared to a “masters degree” within the travel industry. Usually you will find the designation after the travel professional’s name (ex. Carol Nosches CTC).

Airport Codes
Every airport has a 3 letter code that identifies them. For instance, John Wayne Airport in Orange County California is SNA or Los Angeles is LAX. If you want to find out a specific airport code we suggest visiting www.airportcodes.org.

Airline Codes
Airlines are also designated a 2 digit code by the IATA (International Air Transport Association). For instance, American Airlines IATA code which is “AA”. If you are interested in knowing what a specific airlines code is you can search it on the IATA website.

Reissue or Exchange
A “reissue” is when a new airline ticket replaces a previous ticket. Business travelers many times have to change their travel plans and this is an example of when a “reissue” comes into play. Simply put it is when the traveler asks to have their existing tickets credited and applied to new tickets. Usually there is a cost associated with this service and on average it can cost anywhere from $100 and up.

City Pair
Whether traveling by airplane or train the travel term “city pairs” is the combination of the departure and destination cities. Let’s say your traveling from Los Angeles to New York and then back home to Los Angeles, then your city pair would be Los Angeles and New York.

T&E
We all know that when traveling for business the expenses start to rack up. The term “T&E” stands for travel and entertainment expenses. It is smart to save all your receipts while traveling so that you’re able to write them off during tax time or submit them for reimbursement with your company.

Circle Trip
In travel terms, this refers to any trip that has more than a single destination but returns to the initial departure city.

Segment
A “segment” is basically a part of a journey (also known as a “leg”). What constitutes a “segment” is one take-off and landing during air travel.

Are there any travel terms you have always wanted a better understanding of what they mean and how they affect your business travel?

World Travel Business Elite is here to help answer your questions, inform you of travel tems and provide you with top-quality business travel solutions. Our travel advisors have the CTC designation, which makes them well equipped to give you the personal service and attention your company deserves when it comes to business travel.


 

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Business Travel to the United Arab Emirates

Business Travel to the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is such a focal point for business travel; it would appear not to be missed for those companies interested in growth on an international basis.

The country has seen amazing financial and physical growth over the last 20 years. While Abu Dhabi is the federal capital of the seven Emirate country, Dubai is the physical capitol with the most population and physical growth. The UAE boasts the tallest building in the world, the largest container port in the Middle East, the largest airline, Emirates in the world and a number of burgeoning cultural entities. At the same time, one of the ten largest Mosques in the world is in Abu Dhabi. By the way, the two city states are just some miles apart. The perfect time to visit, if one has the choice, is the winter/spring season which begin in November and last through April/May.

Every major hotel company in the world has a presence in the UAE. These properties are beautifully done architecturally and operationally. Several firms, such as Hilton, St. Regis, Ritz Carlton, One and Only, Hyatt, etc. have more than one location. While most things, like hotels and food are pricey, taxis are plentiful and very reasonable. As a result, one needs not be bothered with a rental car.

The infrastructure is massive, well developed, and new. Building is at such a pace that new buildings have to wait long periods of time once built to be hooked up to the electric grid. Water, here in the middle of the Arabian Peninsula, is limitless as the UAE has the largest desalinization production in the world. Businesses seem to flourish here under the government leadership which requires no taxation for individuals and corporation alike. This is the ideal platform for activity and growth oriented entrepreneurs. While traveling to and from by air, remember that the UAE has a 12 hour time change from the west coast and a 9 hour time change from the east coast. The air routing is truly over the top as the aircraft flies directly over the North Pole going to and from.

Shopping is a big part of this economy, there are literally hundreds of modern malls scattered through the Country. The two largest are in Dubai. The larger of the two is the Dubai Mall with over 1000 shops located in the city center. The other large one, the mall of the Emirates with over 500 shops, features an indoor ski facility. The ski facility is extremely popular in the summer as temperatures get as hot as 120 degrees. There are active original style malls which are called souks. These souks provide shopping in their traditional Muslim covered areas with the merchants beckoning you into their store from the outside. The most prominent Souk is in the Jumeriah Beach area in Dubai.

Business travel to the UAE is increasing as more companies are reaching out to this region to set up shop or to expand their reach to new clientele. If your business travel takes you to this part of the world be sure to add some extra time so you can explore all that it has to offer.

Tom and Sharon Jackson, owners of World Travel and World Travel Business Elite, recently visited the UAE.

Click here to check out some of the photos from their trip.


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