i got a twitter reply from Cameron Schaefer with a link to his blog on travel hacks.
one good one i like: Develop a Hotel Room Exercise Routine:
One of the best ways to stay energized and refreshed during long trips
is to exercise. Most hotels have some type of fitness center, but
there’s an even simpler solution — work out in your hotel room.
Push-ups and sit-ups are an obvious solution, but I discovered a tool
the other month that has made a huge difference in the variety of
exercise I can accomplish in a confined space: exercise bands.
I sent an email to a friend today and for the following message (name redacted to protect the innocent):
I'm [names]'s email bot. I'm here to tell you that [names] is off celebrating [an accomplishment] without the Internet or email. She will be gone until [return date] and decided to take an email sabbatical. This means that no emails received during her vacation will be stored, including your message. In other words, she will NOT receive your message. It won't be waiting for her because I've been instructed to throw everything away so that she can come home to a little less stress.
If you feel as though your message is still relevant post-[return date], you should email her again then. If it is uber urgent and you know how, contact her mother or brother.
For good reason, [names] believes that a vacation is spoiled by coming home to an inbox that is a mile high filled with requests for things to do. When [names] returns, she will be starting a new job and she wants to be at her best without such a crazy backlog.
I apologize for [names]'s quirkiness. She's definitely an odd duck. But I think that she deserves a proper break from the world. I hope you do too.
When I end up in a new foreign city as a tourist (or the
beginning of a business trip) I often seek out one or two people I can go to
lunch or dinner with.That way I learn
more about the city and really understand what’s going there.
Recently I had an opportunity to go to Ho Chi Min City
(Saigon) in Vietnam
for a few days.Before going I combed
LinkedIn to find people that were just one degree away from me (we knew someone
in common). I ended up setting up a
lunch with one person who know an entrepreneurial friend and another person who
knew a venture capitalist friend. These
people were enormously helpful to get a lay of the land, understand the city,
and get a good understanding of the culture.
I’ve done this in Santiago, Munich, and many other
cities where I did not know many people before arriving.
If you’ve done this (or you try it) let me know about
your experiences (I look forward to learning more).
there has been a lot of talk around last week's NY Times article Strangers May Cheer You Up (and thank you to the dozens of people that sent me the article).
but even more interesting ... and buried mid-way through the article ... is that "people take emotion cues from their own gender" according to Nicholas Christakis (physician at Harvard Medical School and author on the reported study).
if that is true, it could be really interesting in marketing. do people more heavily weigh over queues from their own gender too?
(Summation: read the study above if you want to get a better insight on how to make society happy)