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Why You Might Need Temporary Housing

Moving out of state temporarily has little in common with moving to another state permanently to begin a new life there. However, in both cases you may need temporary accommodations.

Moving To Temporary Housing For The Period Between Arriving In A New Area And Finding A Permanent Home There

For one reason or another (end of the rental lease, sale of an old property, start of a new job on a specific date, etc.), you may be forced to move out of your previous home and to relocate to your new city before you have arranged permanent living accommodations for you and your family. If this is the case, temporary housing when moving may prove to be the best navigational tool for your relocation.

 Temporary housing is nothing short of a bridge to your future! (more…)

48 of the Hottest Things To Do in Charlotte this Summer

Charlotte’s sunny summer landscape beckons locals and visitors to get out and explore. From foodie expeditions to fun in the water and everything in between, we’ve put together the ultimate Queen City summer checklist for Charlotte-area adventurers. See how many you can check off the list and share with us on social media using #charlottesgotalot.    

1. Rent a boat, Jet Ski, kayak or stand-up paddleboard and spend a day on Lake Norman or Lake Wylie. You’ll find all the gear you need at rental companies like My Aloha Paddle and Surf, Inc., Aquaventure Watercraft Rentals and Boat Club and Pier 88 Yacht Club. Or go all out and throw a party on the water with Sniki Tiki Pontoon or Yachta Yachta Yachta Charters.

2. Pack a picnic basket, blanket and your favorite beverages and enjoy a Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops concert at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall.

3. Get a taste of the city at the three-day Taste of Charlotte food festival in Uptown. After sampling fare from Charlotte-area restaurants, enjoy live music and entertainment, street performances, family-friendly activities and shopping.

4. Experience a different kind of football in the Queen City at a professional or international soccer match. The USL Charlotte Independence take over the turf at the Sportsplex at Matthews, and Bank of America Stadium is a regular host of big-name soccer tournaments.

5. Escape from the heat and immerse yourself in a movie on the largest screen in the Carolinas at The Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre at Discovery Place Science. Films explore engaging topics, like animals in their natural habitats and scientific wonders, which seem to come to life on screen.


Confessions Of A Packing Expert: 9 Business Travel Hacks

Gillian Morris is the founder and CEO of Hitlist, an app that alerts you when there are cheap flights for places you want to go. Morris travels constantly — unsurprising for a travel startup founder — and one of the most important ways that she’s able to do it and keep her sanity is by carrying the tiniest bag you’ve ever seen.

“It’s small enough to count as a personal item even on the most stingy of budget carriers,” she says. “I never have to pay for baggage. I never have to gate check anything.”

  1. Get the right bag:Morris packs everything she needs — for business, for working out, for going out — into a small Cote & Ciel leather bag that she can sling over her back. This hybrid backpack-and-tote measures just 13.39 inches high by 9.45 inches wide by 0.79 inches deep. Another benefit? It doesn’t look like a suitcase, so she can walk right off a plane and into a meeting.


11 Strategies for More Efficient Business Travel

Whether you’re in sales or you’re an entrepreneur trying to make new connections, travel is a big part of your life as a professional. It only makes sense that how you spend time traveling can have a massive impact on your productivity, as well as your personal health and well-being.

To get the most out of your trips you need to learn how to travel efficiently. These 11 strategies are just some of the ways you can do that.

  1. Choose more efficient travel modes.  There are dozens of ways to travel, including land, sea and air. Before opting for one mode over the others, consider your options carefully, including any hidden advantages and disadvantages you might be neglecting — such as the ability to get more work done as a passenger.
  1. Choose better travel paths and connections.  Next, you can plan your routes with more efficient connections, layovers and city-visiting orders. For example, Luggage Council rates the four best cities to connect through, all of which offer massive, resource-packed airports and streamlined service, so you don’t have to worry about getting held up. Planning a trip with better stops and transitions will save you money and give you more time to work (more on that in the next section).
  1. Be picky with accommodations.  You have your choice of hotels, Airbnbs or other accommodations, so be picky. Think carefully about your wants and needs and shop around for the best possible price. You can easily save a few hundred dollars here if you know where to look.
  1. Know where to cut costs.  There are some areas to cut costs and some areas to splurge. For example, if Wi-Fi is an additional cost, it’s almost always worth the upcharge to give yourself greater productivity. Renting a nice car could also serve to make a good first impression with your new clients, if that’s your main goal.
  1. Keep a mobile device on you.  Most professionals do this anyway, but try to stay active and connected by having a mobile device on you at all times. Connect to available Wi-Fi when you can, keep your team organized and have a place to jot down notes as necessary throughout your trip.
  1. Have an agenda of work.  According to Productivityist, scheduling your work in advance not only helps you organize your thoughts and prioritize your goals, it’s also a way of motivating yourself to get more done. Make sure you know what you need to do while on the road, as well as how, when and where you’re going to do it.
  1. Catch up on communication at the right times.  You won’t be able to communicate with your team throughout the entirety of your travel, so schedule some time to “catch up” on your communications. Take a break to read your emails, listen to voicemails, and make any phone calls as necessary.
  1. Maximize your trips.  If you’re going to a city, you might as well squeeze in as much as possible while you’re there. If you have multiple clients in the area, see them all. If you have an extra day, take in some sights and share the experience on your brand’s social media page. Set a long list of goals to accomplish to get the most value out of every trip.
  1. Pack wisely.  As Mashable explains, how you pack can have a big impact on your mental health — and a number of other areas. Packing light means having to keep track of fewer items, remaining more mobile throughout your adventures, paying fewer baggage fees and living a minimalistic lifestyle when you’re in a new city.
  1. Give yourself time to decompress.  Travel can be stressful, so make sure you have time to de-stress and relax when you have the opportunity. Take rests before big meetings and don’t over-fill your schedule with things to do or you won’t be able to do any of them efficiently.
  1. Soak in your environment.  Even though you’re traveling professionally, you’ll be less stressed and feel better about the trip if you take the time to absorb your environment. Get to know the city. Visit some good restaurants. You won’t be disappointed.

All these strategies can help you travel more efficiently as a young entrepreneur or professional. However, they apply to a broad spectrum of possible routes and aren’t the only tactics you can employ. If you want to dig into more specific details or discover even better tips, try talking to people.

You aren’t the only professional traveling regularly, so thousands of people have already had the experience to find out what works and what doesn’t. Get to know your peers, pick up a mentor or two and always be willing to improve yourself.


18 Powerful Strategies to Avoid Travel Burnout

Travel burnout is something that usually hits after you’ve been on the road for a while, though that ‘while’ is very elastic. Some people suffer from burnout within weeks of leaving home, and for others it may take years.

However long it takes, chances are it will strike you at some point, especially if you’re traveling solo for any length of time.

The excitement of being on the road begins to dim, along with your curiosity and enchantment.

Don’t fret – this happens to nearly all of us!

18 fabulous strategies for chasing away those travel burnout blues

  1. Slow down, take your time
    Too often, travel becomes a question of miles traveled and sights ticked off a list. A good antidote is to slow down. If you’ve been hopping on a bus every second day, try it every third or fourth. Or travel one week, sit out the next. Throw out the itinerary.
  2. Or speed up and get moving
    If on the other hand you’ve been dawdling in town for weeks and are climbing walls, get into gear. Grab a seat on a bus or train and leave town sooner than you’d planned. It’s time to up that travel pace.
  3. Really stay put and get to know the neighborhood
    Putting down roots is a great way of beating travel burnout. After more than a year in Africa I was ready to settle down for a bit. I decided to call Bangkok home for two years and used it as a base for extensive travels in Southeast Asia. I became part of the city’s life, learned some Thai, found work and settled down until the urge to travel struck again – of course it did.
  4. Set up a routine and create a few habits
    Sometimes it’s the little differences that count. Something as simple as carrying a few familiar objects when you travel – mine were a small statuette, a photo triptych and a tiny doll – and setting them up in the same way each day. Other routines can include the sequence in which your day unfolds (get up, write, eat breakfast, work out or any routine that works for you). Having a routine is a way of building something familiar into an otherwise novelty-filled life and if your burnout level is low, this may be enough.
  5. Go to the beach and swing in a hammock
    And if it’s not the beach, head for some other relaxing place, somewhere you can swing in a hammock, read a book, and just chill. Find a way to relax, and do nothing. It’s a form of meditation, of clearing your mind to allow toxic thoughts to leave and new ones to come in. It’s basically a vacation from your travels!
  6. Change directions, go somewhere different
    That’s right – if you’ve been heading East, head North. Get somewhere different. Change the scenery. Ditch the plan. Go for the unexpected.
  7. Take a hike
    Literally. Go to the mountains, the river, the lake… find a haven of natural beauty and take a long walk. Enjoy your surroundings and get out of yourself.
  8. See people, make some friends
    Sometimes managing travel loneliness is part of our travel burnout. We’re not burned out at all – we’re just lonely. At least this is something you can change! Is there a friend or loved one back home who might want to join you for a week along the way?
  9. Banish the guilt
    Missed some key sights? Feel you’re not traveling ‘as you should’? Forget it, you’re not doing anything wrong. I missed seeing Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Iguacu in Brazil. But I did make it to a whole bunch of places that weren’t in my guidebook at all.
  10. Reevaluate your trip and find your original vision
    How did you envision your journey when you first began dreaming about it? Try to go back to that original vision if you’ve strayed. Following the guidebook instead of your heart may be what’s bothering you and making you feel at cross-purposes with your heart and soul.
  11. Pull out your journal
    You can write down what you feel – getting it on paper (or on-screen) takes it out of your mind. Acknowledging your travel burnout is a huge step towards getting rid of it. Write about or read back to how you felt when you started your trip, and why you’re even traveling in the first place. It may help put things into perspective.
  12. Help someone else
    Have you ever noticed how thinking of others helps us out of our own pain or self-indulgence? You won’t have time to think about your own problems when you’re busy helping someone else. There are plenty of opportunities for volunteer work overseas– or you can just walk into a local charity or school and ask if they need your help. In my experience, they nearly always do. Or simply look around you. Perhaps another traveler is sad and lonely and a few words from you could make all the difference.
  13. Stop and learn something
    Learning can help give your trip some purpose if you feel that’s lacking. You can sign up for a language course, or pull out that speed-reading book you’ve been meaning to get through. Travel is often sensual and emotional. Switch to an intellectual plane to shift gears.
  14. Travel differently
    Fly instead of taking the bus. It’s amazing what skipping a 24-hour trip with chickens on your lap can do for morale. Or take the train. Cycle. Rent a car. Whatever it is, do it differently!
  15. Not quite a Michelin star but – splurge
    If you can afford it, this is one of the most effective burnout banishing strategies. Take yourself out to a nice restaurant. Concerned about eating out alone? These solo dining tips will turn that challenge into fun. When I was backpacking across Africa and staying in mud huts (or worse), I would spend one Saturday night in a luxury hotel every month, sometimes at the cost of my entire month’s accommodation budget. No matter. That pressurized hot shower and the Sunday breakfast buffet chased away every shred of misery I might have been carrying around. And you’ll be obsessed with dreams of pancakes and scrambled eggs and fresh fruit and maple syrup for days beforehand.
  16. Pamper yourself
    Get your hair done. Different countries have different approaches to hair washing – in Burma I had a one-hour head massage as part of the service. Believe me, I saw the world differently when I left. If you have access to a bathtub, have a bubble bath. You don’t? This may be a good time to try couchsurfingif you never have – just make sure they have a tub!
  17. Stay in the day
    Your feelings may come from something other than travel. Maybe you’re worried about finding work when you get home, or how you’ll be welcomed by whomever you left behind. Try not to over-think. Stay in the moment and try to savor the details of your surroundings. The grain of that granite sculpture. The curve of that cherub’s wing. The texture of the tajine. Focus on where you’re at, not on where you want to be.
  18. Throw in the towel and go home
    This is the last resort and I wouldn’t recommend it because 9 times out of 10 you’ll be chased by regret and wish you hadn’t cut your trip short. But sometimes there’s no other way. If you’re truly unhappy and the thought of one more day of travel makes you tremble, this may be your only alternative. That said, the world isn’t going anywhere and will still be out there. Once you’ve figured out what ails you, you can travel again and pick up where you left off.

And yes, tomorrow is always another day.


Making a Temporary Apartment Feel Like Home

Living in a space with an expiration date on it is kind of a funny thing. Let’s say you’ve relocated for a job, and your new employer is putting you up in a temporary apartment while you find a more permanent home to settle into. Maybe your old house sold faster than expected, and you can’t move into your new one yet –- or perhaps you’re just in town for a few weeks or months for an assignment or obligation and need short-term housing, only to get the heck out of dodge once your time there is through.


10 Tips to Help You Win Every Negotiation

No matter whether you often handle negotiations for business, or negotiating the sale of your home, it “pays” to have strong negotiating skills. We’re sharing this article from Forbes to help us all brush up!


Being a good negotiator can make a big difference in your career. It can help you earn more money (by negotiating a better starting salary or a raise), a higher title (by negotiating a promotion) or even budget money (to take on a prominent project). How good are you at negotiating?


Job Relocation? 8 Tips to Make Your Move a Success

We understand the stresses of traveling for work for extended periods, and then possibly a relocation that changes your whole environment.  We’re sharing this article from Forbes to help you get a head-start if a job relocation is in your future, and to help you feel more secure in the big move.


10 Tips to Make the Most of Temporary Housing

Moving when your job requires it is hard enough, but what happens when you’re forced to opt for temporary housing between more permanent dwellings? It is possible to stay calm, organized and not get caught up in a host of unanticipated problems. The secret is planning your move and knowing what you’re getting into before you get to your new destination.