Easy Steps to Make Business Travel Easier

If you are business traveling this season it is more than likely that you will be traveling solo. Time away from family is not the easiest task to complete especially when you have to miss important events such as birthdays, anniversaries, games and performances. Business traveling can be stressful. Too much time away from family and friends can eventually takes its toll on you and the family. There are a few easy steps that you can take to make business travel easier. According to a business article, if you frequently find yourself taking business trips than you will want to have a routine plan or schedule that you can draw from so that you can stay on track and not forget anything. Always be prepared for the unexpected to occur. By always being prepared for anything ranging from layovers to cancellations, you won’t stress out as much because you will have a plan in place. In another article, it is suggested that you pack a small suitcase so that you don’t have to wait for your luggage or pay the extra fees. Be sure that you pack just what you need and nothing extra since you are only going to have one suitcase. As for your apparel, stick with one color scheme. Pick a dark color that will go with anything. By choosing dark colors any stains that might appear will be hidden better than if you packed white. Make business travel easier when you have a routine.

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MTDC to host its first Turtle Festival at Anjarle Beach

MTDC will be organisnig this festival to create awareness for the rare species – The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Maharashtra Tourism Developmnt Corporation (MTDC) will be organising the first Anjarle Turtle Festival in Dapoli district on February 6-7, 2016, with a number of activities that the visitors can participate in.

MTDC will be organisnig this festival to create awareness for the rare species – The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. With this, MTDC intends to alert the growing importance to save and safeguard the lives of these turtles.

Anjarle a small port, located in the Dapoli village of Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra, will also host a variety of engaging activities in association with MTDC. Tourists will be able to participate in activities like boating, back water tour, bullock safari, etc. Visitors can experience baby turtles struggling out of the nest and making its way to the water. Tourists can also make use of ferries to reach the Suvarnadurg Fort that is located on a small island in the Arabian Sea. A documentary featuring the Olive Ridley will also be showcased.

Commenting on the festival, Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia, managing director, MTDC said, “We are proud to host the first Turtle Festival for tourists at Anjarle Beach. MTDC has always worked towards creating and developing a sustainable environment in the state. Turtles, and especially ‘The Olive Ridley Sea Turtles’ are such important contributors to our ecosystem, but with time, this species has become rare and forgotten. We aim at promoting these unexplored marvels of Maharashtra. This festival is also a positive step in the direction of boosting tourists at Anjarle Beach

ndia Art Fair: Art, etc

Venturing beyond the realm of the conventional, the eighth edition of the India Art Fair attempts to encompass art in its myriad forms

AS YOU enter the ongoing India Art Fair (IAF) complex in south Delhi, the first thing that catches your attention is a car, a BMW to be precise, housed in a glass enclosure. Painted in a happy mix of colours, shapes and patterns, it looks more like a butterfly and less a car. The German luxury auto major calls it an ‘art car’ or a ‘rolling sculpture’. Only 17 such art cars have been created thus far, and the one on display (for the first time ever in India) is a BMW 730i designed by Spanish artist Cesar Manrique in 1990.

“The BMW ‘art car’ project was introduced by French race car driver and auctioneer Herve Poulain in 1975, when he invited an artist to create a canvas on an automobile. Since then, a total of 17 BMW art cars, based on both racing and regular production vehicles, have been created,” explains Philipp von Sahr, head of BMW India. Poulain’s art car was the tenth one to be created.

Inside the twin halls, where over 70 galleries have set up shop this year, you can’t miss the work by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, hosted by Galleria Continua. From a distance, the artwork, titled Terzo Paradise or the Third Paradise, merely looks like a huge ‘infinity’ sign drawn on the ground. Move closer, and you’ll see that the shape has been acquired by placing several glass bowls containing a medley of grains, spices and cereals. “It signifies the two big polarities of today—nature and humanity. While nature is in the grains and spices, the glass bowls are man-made,” says a representative of the gallery.

Move to the far end of the exhibition halls, and you’ll notice a special booth dedicated to the visually impaired. In a bid to make art accessible to everyone, while “also sensitising the sighted to an alternate sensory experience of art”, Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) Modern is hosting special sessions this year. These consist of a gallery walk, both for the sighted and visually impaired, and a 30-minute talk about the challenges and successes of the process of development of the gallery work. So don’t be surprised if you see SH Raza’s Jala Bindu accompanied by a specially-created 3D miniature model of the artwork, which one can touch and feel, besides some details in Braille.

If you’ve landed at the NSIC grounds, the venue for the fair, in the evening, chances are that you will also get to watch a “film” at the ‘Atrium’ —a new designated space that is focusing on films as a form of art for the first time in the fair’s history. The film programme, called ‘Moving Image Art’ is screening cutting-edge films and video art from Asia and elsewhere. It has been curated by Shai Heredia, founder of Experimenta, an international festival for moving-image art in India.

This year, the India Art Fair—now into its eighth edition—is going beyond traditional artworks, absorbing a variety of media and platforms, as it attempts to tap newer audiences. “One of the ideas behind the fair is to reach out to newer people and attempt some kind of cross-pollination. One of the approaches this year has been to look more inter-disciplinary in terms of programming, by bringing in a film programme or a literary event or music—that’s like an integration through which people with other interests are also getting more and more engaged,” says Neha Kirpal, founding director of the IAF.

Visitors are definitely getting engaged in more ways than one. One of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art’s displays, for instance, occupies a separate space in the middle of the twin halls. The large site-specific project by Belgian neo-conceptual artist Wim Delvoye, called Chapel, has been made from laser-cut steel and by adding subversive elements such as human X-ray images — combining the majestic with the macabre.

Another sculptural installation, titled Shunya Buddha, has two identical and iconic Buddha heads, one with a golden sheen and the other with dark patina finish. “It guides the viewer to enter into a dialogue with the universal symbolism of Buddha head as the embodiment of perfection and enlightenment,” is how artist KS Radhakrishnan describes his artwork.

The interdisciplinary approach is also evident as the IAF taps into theatre, literature, music and food. Former National School of Drama director Ebrahim Alkazi was given a special tribute, acknowledging his immense contribution to the making, dissemination and reception of modern Indian art on Saturday. On Sunday, the ‘Spotlight’ section will host a debate on whether the e-commerce industry can help grow the art market in India.

Speakers will include artist Subodh Gupta and GallerySKE founder Sunitha Kumar Emmart. The Speakers’ Forum also looked at the convergence between literature and art in conversation between lyricist Javed Akhtar and painter-writer-critic Gulam Mohammed Sheikh.

Britain’s spookiest places

THE UK is blessed – or cursed – with the greatest number of haunted places imaginable. From the crumbling battlements of ruined castles and grand royal palaces to cosy country pubs and individual houses, ghosts have been sighted, heard, felt and sometimes smelt the length and breadth of the land.

BORLEY RECTORY, ESSEX

Footsteps in empty rooms, a human skull in the library, lights in unoccupied parts of the building, slamming shutters, locking and unlocking doors, vanishing keys, ringing bells, mysterious voices, writing on the walls, a headless coachman and a phantom nun: Borley Rectory has everything you want from a haunted house.

Despite being burnt down and demolished in 1939 it still holds the reputation of being Britain’s most haunted place. Today the focus of paranormal activity has shifted to the nearby medieval church where organ music played by no living hand has been heard to entertain the empty pews.

2 THE TOWER OF LONDON

Charles Dickens called it “the stronghold of ghosts”. There have been reports of 54 separate hauntings at the Tower, from full-blown apparitions to some supernaturally unpleasant smells. The most famous ghosts include Henry VIII’s unfortunate wife Anne Boleyn – beheaded here in 1536 – and Sir Walter Raleigh, imprisoned for years in the Bloody Tower. The most heart-rending are the ghosts of the two young princes murdered in 1483 by Richard III and said to still walk together hand in hand.

The Wakefield Tower is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Henry VI and on the anniversary of his death his mournful figure is said to pace around until the clock strikes midnight.

The White Tower is haunted by the White Lady who has been seen waving at groups of schoolchildren. Her perfume lingers and the scent of it has made numerous guards physically ill.

The most bizarre non-human entity that has been reported was of a moving glass tube of swirling blue liquid seen in the Martin Tower. In 1817 it scared the life out of Edmund Swifte, keeper of the Crown Jewels, and his wife.

3 PENDLE HILL, LANCASHIRE

TV’s Most Haunted brought this hill to national attention with its Halloween special filmed in and around the area. Team members felt as though they were being strangled, one claimed to be possessed and presenter Yvette Fielding screamed as a seance went horribly wrong.

What brought them here was a 1612 witchcraft panic that had led to the hanging of 10 people on Gallows Hill near Williamson Park. Accused of murder by magic the alleged witches met at the now lost Malkin Tower in Pendle Forest but many other landmarks connected with the story are still standing and, like Lancaster Castle where they were incarcerated, are open to visitors. Every Halloween people still climb the hill looking for the Witches’ Sabbath meeting

4 BLICKLING HALL, NORFOLK

On May 19 every year a coach races up the long drive to this magnificent Jacobean hall. A headless coachman whips the headless horses and inside sits a queen, holding her head in her hands.

Anne Boleyn was born here and on the anniversary of her death she is said to return to roam Blickling until daybreak.

Anne’s father Sir Thomas Boleyn and her brother George, who was beheaded like Anne, are also said to haunt their former home.

Other ghosts include Sir John Fastolf – model for Shakespeare’s Falstaff – and politician Sir Henry Hobart. The National Trust describes Blickling as “the most haunted country house in Britain”.

5 THE ANCIENT RAM INN, WOTTONUNDER-EDGE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Built in the 12th century on the site of a pagan burial ground where human sacrifices were once performed (or so the story goes) this rambling inn is home to some formidable spirits.

The Bishop’s Room is thought to be the most haunted, claiming a murdered cavalier, a woman hanging from the ceiling, two monks, two nuns, a shepherd and his dog, and a frisky demon in the bed. Throughout strange sounds such as banging, dragging, clawing, panting and growling have been reported, as well as cold spots and strange dancing lights.

6 GLAMIS CASTLE, ANGUS

“The place,” said James Wentworth Day, a former Daily Express journalist and Ghost Club member, “is undoubtedly haunted.” He spent several harrowing nights in the late Queen Mother’s childhood home. Thought by some to be the most haunted castle in Scotland, Glamis claims a monster imprisoned in a secret room, the ghost of Earl Beardie playing cards with the Devil and the Grey Lady in the chapel. Outside a female phantom with no tongue rushes through the grounds, Jack The Runner races up the driveway, a spectre paces the Mad Earl’s Walk on stormy nights and a former Lady Glamis executed for witchcraft appears above the clock tower.

7 PLUCKLEY VILLAGE, KENT

This sleepy village, used as the backdrop for the TV series The Darling Buds Of May, is guaranteed to produce more than a restless night. With 12 spooks and 10 documented investigations it holds the Guinness World Record as the most haunted village in England.

Ghosts include a screaming man, a highwayman skewered to a tree at Fright Corner, a schoolmaster who hanged himself, a gin-tippling watercress seller who accidentally incinerated herself, a White Lady, a rare Red Lady and a monk.

8.CHILLINGHAM CASTLE, NORTHUMBERLAND

“It’s packed with troubled souls.” Before he bought the castle in 1982 Sir Humphrey Wakefield brought in a psychic. Of the ghosts he said that there were “far, far too many to deal with”.

Sir Humphrey ignored his warning not to buy it and is now the owner, not only of an imposing medieval castle with dungeons and torture chamber but also of the famous Blue or Radiant Boy, a White Lady, the ghost of Lady Mary Berkeley, mysterious whispering voices and more. The castle runs ghost tours and recent visitors have reported spooky goings on.

9 SKIRRID MOUNTAIN INN, LLANVIHANGEL CRUCORNEY, SOUTH WALES

Billing itself as Wales’s oldest inn, the Skirrid has been serving ale since 1100.

It is also claimed that more than 180 people have been hanged here, some of them possibly by the infamous Judge Jeffreys, the Hanging Judge. A hangman’s noose dangles in the stairwell where the grisly deeds took place.

Not surprisingly it is also believed to be haunted. Former landlady Heather Grant often had first-hand experience of the supernatural, including seeing shadows walking the corridors and dodging glasses thrown by invisible hands, while patrons have reported feeling strangled.

10 JAMAICA INN, CORNWALL

Lying on Cornwall’s lonely Bodmin Moor this 18th-century coaching house was once a den of smugglers and is still home to many lost spirits.

The sound of horses’ hooves still clatter in the empty courtyard, ghostly footsteps echo in the corridors, disembodied voices speaking Old Cornish are heard, a man in a green cloak walks through solid doors and the phantom of a murdered man has been seen sitting on the wall outside.

Visitors looking for a sleepless night should ask for either Room Four or Five, both said to be haunted.

Cruise through picturesque scenery on rivers of dreams

TRY a cruise with a range of activities from cycling to beer tasting, through peaceful rivers offering the ultimate relaxation.

 

ON YOUR BIKE

 

Pedal power rules on this trip with AMAWaterways (0808 223 5009/amawaterways.co.uk) through picture-postcard Provence, where you can ride towpaths bordering the River Rhône and pass through pretty vineyards lining the route.

 

Hillside villages, impressive Roman ruins and beautiful scenery are the hallmarks of this voyage through southern France on board AmaDagio.

 

This sleek 150-capacity vessel is chic and stylish with modern furnishings and cabins boasting French balconies.

 

There are easy-on-the-eye sights ashore too, especially in the evocative medieval city of Avignon dominated by its Gothic Palais des Papes, seat of the Papacy in the 14th century, and in Vienne, take a “mini-train” to visit the ruined Roman amphitheatre and medieval churches

 

A musician in her own right, Elisabeth will perform some of the most famous songs from the film and other pieces including Gregorian chants and even her own compositions.

 

One of the cruise stops is Linz from where passengers can visit the Sound Of Music city of Salzburg and see areas associated with the film.

 

One of the highlights is the chance for guests to take part in a singalong of the catchy tune Do-Re-Mi in the famed Mirabellgarten, where the original scene was filmed.

 

Meander down this famous waterway on board elegant ship River Beatrice in the comfort of lavish furnishings as you take in the fabulous views through the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

A TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE

 

Viking Forseti is one of Viking River Cruises (0800 319 6660/vikingrivercruises.co.uk) new longships with a contemporary and spacious interior plus an extensive sundeck with walking track and putting green.

 

During this sailing through deepest Bordeaux enjoy some of the fascinating excursions on offer including a truffle-hunting expedition.

 

This excursion is offered during a stop-off at Dordogne where passengers can visit Bergerac to learn all about truffles and why they are so highly prized by chefs.

 

Alternatively, cruisers can explore the medieval town of Saint-Émilion, famous for its atmospheric wine caves carved out of the plateau upon which it stands.

 

This is a region of rich cuisine, fine wines and a fascinating history tied to its love affair with the grape.

 

Wine tastings and château tours are de rigueur as visitors tick off travel treasures such as Margaux and Cognac.

The best hotel in the WORLD: Take a tour of the Indian palace

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What does it take to be voted the world’s best hotel?

India’s historic Umaid Bhawan Palace has been voted the best hotel in the world by Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2016.

Out of 743 reviews, the hotel scores 768 ‘excellent.’

Set high above the desert city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, the sandstone palace is a favourite with celebrities.

It even hosted Liz Hurley’s wedding to Arun Nayar

Guests are treated to dancers performing to live music, flower garlands and champagne upon their arrival.

The majority of guests even get their own personal butler who can cater to their every need.

Whether that be what they want for breakfast, to organising a soothing milk bath and even setting up an idyllic picnic for them.

Food is a huge part of the hotel’s hospitality, with staff ensuring they’ll cook anything and everything you desire to eat.

You’ll also be treated to an overflow of champagne.

Guests get a glass of bubbly at breakfast and in the evening during a tour of the palace and grounds.

The palace was built in 1928 for the Maharaja of Jodhpur Umaid Singh and continues to be home to the royal family. Now the family only use 10 per cent of the building for their quarters, with 80 per cent used as the 64-room hotel

Would you like to stay here?

Teen who climbed Great Pyramid of Giza is ‘BANNED’ from Egypt for LIFE

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Teen who climbed Great Pyramid of Giza is ‘BANNED’ from Egypt for LIFE

The Egyptian authorities reportedly issued the 18-year old with a stern warning, saying to stay aw

ay from the country or risked being banned for life.

Egypt’s Ministry of State for Antiquities allegedly confirmed the teenager has been banned from re-entering the country

But whilst a ban from the country may seem like a tough punishment, it’s actually quite mild compared to what he could have faced.

Climbing the 4,500 year old pyramid is a crime punishable by jail and the teenager could have faced up to three years behind bars.

The rules against climbing are in place to protect against excessive wear and tear

Despite the danger, Andrej decided to head to the top of the Pyramid and scaled the 146-metre structure in just eight-minutes.

Andrej managed to capture the stunning views after his climb before he was eventually caught by police and called in for questioning once back on the ground. The teenage traveller explained: “It took me about eight minutes to get to the top of the pyramid and I listened to music on the way up.

“After a few minutes climbing, I started to attract a bit of attention and some of the security shouted to me to come down in Arabic.”

He continued: ” I had asked locals what they thought of my attempt and they warned me that it was illegal to climb the pyramids, although I thought it would be fine, what with Egypt’s dependence on tourists.”

Andrej added: “When I got back down, the police were quick to take me to the station and question me. They also had a look at my camera to see what I had been up to. At first, they wanted to take me to the German embassy, but after a while I was released without anything further happening.”

Do you think Andrej’s punishment is fair?

EXCLUSIVE: ‘I quit my high-flying city job to travel the world… and HATED it’

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MAGS MacKean gave up her job as a journalist in London to find adventure travelling. But all she found were the same problems following her

THE STRESS of city living can often make you want to pack it all in, jump on a plane and find your true self in a sunnier climate.

But after Mags MacKean quit her jump as a journalist and decided to pursue her love of hiking and climbing around the world, she found herself just as stressed out and unhappy.

In 2005, Mags took voluntary redundancy from her job as a broadcast journalist for the BBC. Unfulfilled telling other people’s stories, she yearned to travel to find adventure for herself.

Having already taken short breaks from her job to navigate her way across the Pyrenees, scale mountains in Nepal and climb Aconcagua in Argentina, Mags believed she was ready to pack it all in for good and set off.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mags revealed: “I was ready to start a new adventure. I wanted to scale mountains and pursue my love of climbing and hiking.”

She flew out in April that year and soon found herself in New Zealand, scaling the alps. After being flown into Mount Cook National Park alongside her friend Gavin, the pair lived in a wooden hut, rising with the sun and going on long walks and hikes.

But Mags faced true terror when her friend Gavin suggested leaving the park on foot rather than by helicopter – which is recommended by safety professionals. The pair set off on a gruelling 22-hour journey.

Despite her love of climbing, the journalist was left terrified when she was forced to ice climb down hundreds of feet with no safety equipment. Slowly making her way down, Mags suffered temporary paralysis and vertigo.

She said: “I was petrified. Part of climbing and travelling is facing fear but this was something else.

“I realised that despite quitting my stressful job, I’d found even more stress and anxiety on my travels. I told myself if I ever got down from this ice wall alive, I’d never put myself through this level of danger again.”

Making it down safely, Mags put the terrifying ordeal behind her, returning to the UK shortly after following eight-months of travelling.

But after hearing from various friends about healing retreats in the Amazonia rainforest, Mags caught the travelling bug once again and flew out for a two-week and then six-month stint. In 2008, she flew out to the Amazonian rainforest to live, training in the medicinal plants and their healing properties.

But after spending the best part of a year in the extreme living conditions, Mags found herself unfulfilled and stressed once again.

She said: “I realised that living in a community day by day is where some of the greatest adventures can be had. I knew it was time to return to the UK and find some structure.”

Mags sold her flat in London and decided to move to Bristol in 2009, not knowing a soul there. Now 44, the journalist says she’s thrilled with her happy and comfortable lifestyle. She regularly holds workshops for people who yearn for change, showing them how they can channel this restlessness without ditching everything and flying across the world.

She revealed: “What I’ve discovered is that ordinary life is adventure.

“Taking my dog Rex for walks around Bristol, seeing the world through his eyes. My flourishing relationships with neighbours and friends. True adventure can be had on your doorstep.”

Top 10 things to do in Cape Verde

Cape Verde remains untouched, we look at the top ten things to do while on the islands

1)Go island hopping. Nearby Boa Vista has beautiful white-sand beaches, while Sao Vicente is home to musicians and writers.

2) Experience the beautiful marine life by going diving.

3) Take a quad-biking tour of Sal, to experience its rugged natural landscape.

4) Get active with a spot of wind and kite surfing – or, if you’re feeling lazy, relax on Kite Beach and watch the experts.

5) Try a spa day with a difference. Sal’s mineralrich Pedra Lume salt lake is the perfect place to rejuvenate sun-parched skin.

6) Visit Turtle SOS. Sponsor a turtle, and you can release it into the wild.

7) Book a whale-watching excursion between May and September.

8) Barter for fresh fish on the pier at Santa Maria.

9) Chill out with a good book on one of Sal’s gorgeous beaches.

10) Watch the sun set with a chilled cocktail in hand.

Fancy renting your own PRIVATE ISLAND for just £113?

DID you know Airbnb don’t just offer apartments and houses..

If you can’t face fighting with fellow tourists over the sun loungers or battling for a spot of sand of the beach, why not try a holiday spot that’s a little more secluded?

Aside from spacious apartments and lavish houses, rental property site Airbnb also offer private islands for you to rent.

And whilst you may think that sort of holiday is only affordable for the A listers, some of the luxury spots are available for as little as £113 a night.For a more bargain getaway, why not hire a cottage on a private island in Ottawa, Canada?

It sleeps six guests and is just £113 per night.

Guests can try canoeing, kayaking, sailing, boating in the surrounding waters.

Or if you fancy something a little more lavish, why not push the boat out with this private island in Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean?

Lap up the sunshine on the sand or try your hand at scuba diving and deep sea fishing.

The managers and staff on the island are on hand to help with your every need, including massages.

And they will prepare three tasty meals a day.

Would YOU like to stay on any of these islands?