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Travel With ecbc - the gift we make to ourselves

In the introduction of this series a reference is made to the concept of Holistic Travel which embraces the practical aspects as well as attitudes and philosophies affecting us during travel. As this series develops, please remember that central to this view are these overlapping aspects. Although each aspect of the journey is important, the total experience is determined by everything simultaneously – practical and conceptual. It can turn a blind outing into an amazing expedition. Having traveled the world most of my life, military and civilian, I’ve garnered a wealth of experience. Meeting people and experiencing diverse cultures has the potential to enhance your life. It certainly has mine.

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Vintage Airline Experience

Traveling via an airplane is getting more and more common with the increase in flight routes, and society’s desire to step beyond their backyard. Statistics from the International Air Transport Association, or IATA, show that around 3.1 billion people flew in 2013, surpassing the 3 billion mark for the first time ever.  Originally however, airplane travel was strictly an extravagant luxurious privilege. Airfares were set by the Civil Aeronautics Board and were quite pricey, though with that price came perks that are long gone in today’s air travel. At the same time, we’ve seen improvements to the industry so extreme that travelers today couldn’t fathom it any other way. It’s amazing to realize all of the changes that have occurred in the last 50 years of airline travel. Below are some of the major changes.

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It's About The Journey

It's About The Journey - Part One 

 Life is a journey. During this journey, we travel. It can be a hard journey or it can be made a lot easier through a little forethought, planning and preparation. The word travel originated with the term travail. The journey was once extremely difficult. With advances in travel, technology and comfort afforded by ergonomics, it can now be an experience of pleasure and wonder. Often in our modern age, humanity forgets the beauty and enjoyment that travel can be due to the fast-paced mentality we’ve acquired. Whether we’re traveling for business or pleasure, we’re in a hurry. The journey needs to be pleasant. We need to pay attention. We need to stop and smell the flowers. If we’re wise or skilled and understand how to be in tune with the world around us, the journey can be absolutely memorable.

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Voluntourism - ECBC Travel With Impact

Ever have one of those self-evaluation moments where you wonder if all of the time and effort you’re putting into your daily activities is really worth it? Will the rewards pay off? How long down the road do you need to go before you begin seeing the benefits? One way to combat this feeling is to step back, take a vacation and recharge your body and spirit.  Feel even better after your vacation by embarking on a travel volunteer program (popularly called voluntourism.)  

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TSA checkpoint ecbc FastPass

On July 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security directed TSA to enhance security measures. As a result, on July 6, TSA sent out a press release stating “During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones.  Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.”

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Chelsea Amaio

The person who travels for business is often envied by outsiders. It's imagined they're seeing lots of exotic destinations, experiencing new cultures, trying new foods and having far more vacations than the average person. Sounds glamorous, right?

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Air Travel

Chelsea Amaio

 

Vacations are fun, but booking one is often another story. How do you know you are getting the lowest price on airfare? As a result of relatively recent  US. Department of Transportation rules concerning tax-included airfare advertising, tried and true flexible search engines where one can see an entire month's matrix of options have become quite limited. Similarly, with the plethora of search engines available and weekly specials flooding your email inbox with “Today Only!” specials, the piece of mind knowing you are locking in the best deal possible when booking is becoming a feeling of the past. Below are some tips on how to land the cheapest airfare possible.

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TSA

Chelsea Amaio

We are all quite familiar with the fact airline companies are increasingly finding ways to charge customers beyond the initial ticket price. Gone are the days of free checked luggage on most domestic flights. Here, and likely to stay, are the days of packing all belongings into an appropriate carry-on sized bags, all while meeting the ever-increasing stringent limits by Transportation Security Administration on what can and cannot be permitted in a carry-on bag.

In an attempt to reduce costs and frustrations, here are tips on purchasing the most travel-smart carry-on bag to make your travels  fee and hassle-free.

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Feel at Home Travel- ECBC

Chelsea Amaio

Adventurous travelers get the reputation of having an uncanny ability to detach themselves from the comforts they know and love and become completely malleable and adaptable to their surroundings. The truth is, however, even the most rugged traveler has comforts they consider unbearable to live without. Below is a list of essential items to pack on your next trip to make things feel a bit more like home, no matter how luxurious or rugged your travel will be.

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Chelsea Amaio

Traveling is fun. Traveling safe keeps it fun. Check out these tips from ECBC's Chelsea Amaio how to stay safe while traveling about the globe.

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