5 Thanksgiving Travel Tips

1. Plan ahead and arrive early

The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest so it can be really helpful to plan ahead of time to ensure your trip goes as smooth as possible. If you are driving, think about rush hour times and consider alternative routes. Scenic routes may be longer distance but can be much more enjoyable than being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. If you are flying, arrive extra early to beat the rush. It’s better to be at the gate enjoying a magazine and a latte than than having a panic attack in the security line because it’s taking so long.

2. Stay connected

Consider downloading key travel apps to your phone. They can help you identify any potential issues that may pop up and delay your travel. If you are driving our favorite is WAZE which connects you with other drivers to alert you to potential traffic, accidents, police traps and more. If you are flying, GateGuru has an excellent app that has detailed information of the terminal and real-time updates on your flight.

3. Prepare for the unexpected

Sometimes you can’t avoid every speed bump on your journey to turkey nirvana. Things like poor weather conditions, construction and last minute changes can undo all your planning in the blink of an eye. But don’t sweat it! If you plan extra time between the steps of your journey you will have the extra time if things don’t go according to plan.

4. Pack smart

By packing smart you can have the things you need close at hand should the need arise. If you are driving we recommend packing a small cooler that’s accessible to the cabin that can carry some drinks and snacks for your passengers and yourself. You never know what food options (or lack thereof!) lay before you. If you are flying avoid checking in bags as much as you can. If you do, make sure you pack your absolute essentials in your carry-on. Things like medications, toiletries, chargers and valuables should be kept with you at all times and can be a lifesaver should something happen to your checked luggage. We recommend packing a Riser Luggage Shelf in your carry-on to keep your essentials organized.

5. Relax

If something goes wrong, take a deep breath and relax. Some things are completely unavoidable so you should do your best to be flexible and patient.

Unbelievable Beaches That Will Make You Want To Travel This Spring!

For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to live in year-round warm weather, our favourite escapes often include white sandy beaches and clear water. Calming ocean waves and lots of sun (and a little shade) can be found in many places around the world, but some are truly beautiful spaces deserving of the word “paradise”, and make perfect places to visit, relax, party and everything in between. Here, we go through some of the world’s most beautiful beaches that will make you NEED to travel this spring.

 

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Amazing Reasons Why We Love To Travel – And Why You Should Too!

Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a month-long volunteer trip, seeing different parts of the world is beneficial for so many reasons. Amazing new food, and the opportunity to learn about new cultures and be inspired are all within your grasp every time you add a stamp to your passport. Here, we go through just a few of the reasons why we love to travel and you should too.

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Avoid These Common Travel Hassles On Your Next Trip!

Besides the more exciting aspect of travelling, there can be small snags that can put a damper on your journey; and most are totally avoidable. At RISE Gear, we want to try to make sure you can have the easiest travel adventure ever. In our latest blog post we will go through a few ways you can make sure you’re ready for anything and avoid these common travel hassles on your trip.

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Easy Valentine’s Checklist From RISE Gear

Are you planning out a romantic, memorable valentine night with your significant other? RISE gear has you covered with this quick, handy Valentine Checklist to help you plan and perfect your Valentine evening with that significant other in your life.

Dress to Impress

When you are planning out a Valentine party with your partner, remember to dress appropriately for the occasion and it is equally important for both the individuals. What you should wear will depend on what you are doing, for example if you are staying in vs. going out. If you are going out, dress up, but keep it warm and inviting. Details matter, cleaned and ironed clothing, unique dress socks, cufflinks, or a classic watch will help make you stand out and look more stunning than you normally would.

 

Turn Your Phone Off

While it may be tempting to take your phone out to snap some photos of the occasion, we don’t recommend it. We are on our phones 24/7 every other day of the year. Let us try to take the time to put our phones away and start engaging and interacting with that loved one in a meaningful way. If your significant other wants to take any photos or share any memories, let them do it. Unless you are a doctor on-call, don’t take out your phone and focus on your date.

Flowers are great; A Personal Card is even better

No matter how cliché, from outrageous bouquets to just a single rose, giving of flowers will never run out of style during Valentine’s Day. It is basically one way of communicating your feelings when words fail. While flowers are great, they are not enough. In fact, we think that the card can be just as important as the flowers itself.

Spend some time and go through the cards until you find the one that’s perfect for your loved one. Make sure you write something meaningful, special and personal. While many people would just sign the card and not give it a second though, it is important to consider a thoughtful thing to write. Include an inside joke, personal anecdote or special compliment to make it extra special. It is important to make it memorable, and share something from the heart.

 

Choose a gift to surprise them

This is an opportunity to show your beloved how much they mean to you. Plan out a romantic Valentines gift that leaves them feeling special. We agree that most people will love valentine chocolates, valentine soft toys, delicious cakes, or beautiful jewellery sets. However, if you truly want to stand apart from all the rest and get your loved one a unique, quirky and special gift that your significant other would love even more than the store bought stuff. You don’t even have to be good at making something for it to be appreciated… handmade items are always in style!

 

Time

It is about quality time, not quantity.

We all live busy lives and it is understandable that will not be able to spend as much time as we would want with our loved one. However, we really believe in quality time vs. quantity time. Quality time means having meaningful focused, intentional, and engaging time with our significant other. Our attention is undivided and all parties are benefiting from the increased interaction and shared-time. If you are not able to have quality time with your loved one on Valentine’s Day, another day nearby is also okay. After all, you should be showing that you love your significant other every day of the week!

 

Explore the Road Less Traveled – 5 Unconventional Travel Destinations To Visit

France. Italy. Mexico. Jamaica. The U.S. There are countries that are simply ubiquitous with tourism and travel, welcoming upwards of 84 million travellers through their borders each year (as was the case in France in 2013!)

Fast-paced metropolitan centers and well-known beach retreats are usually our go-to options when it comes to planning a getaway. But what about the rest of the world? Seasoned travellers  have long-championed many out-of-the-ordinary locations as their personal favourites, preferring less popular destinations as a way to truly experience a new culture and interact more with locals than fellow tourists. Here, we list a few unconventional travel destinations!

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Easy Ways to Fight Boredom on a Long Haul Trip!

There’s an anticipation that builds while en route to a far-flung destination that usually makes flyers forget the more stressful parts of travel. That sense of relief when you finally board your flight and settle into your seat usually comes with excitement as you mentally plan your first steps upon arrival at your destination. But then what? For long flights of 7, 8 or more hours (like New York City to Tokyo, Japan clocking in at 15 hours!) and worse, long layovers in other airports, it’s easy to get bored and restless. Here, we go through a few tips to fight boredom during long trips:

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Best Reviewed Airport Restaurants From Around the World

With early flight times, long layovers and delays, airports can be hectic places for even the most seasoned traveller. Even after meticulous packing & careful preparation, airports can be an exhausting experience (albeit a small price to pay for the destination that awaits you!)

To alleviate some of those stresses, great food is always the best remedy. Most airports offer traditional vending machine and franchise fast food fare; but a few offer dining experiences that rival top restaurants beyond the tarmac.

Here are some of the best reviewed airport restaurants from around the world to satisfy your globetrotting cravings and give you a reason to check in just a little earlier.
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Helpful Tips to Stay Organized During a Business Trip

 

Business trips can be stressful. Between travel reservations, baggage check, car rentals, and cramming in as many meetings as possible, it can be a challenge to manage your time effectively and stay organized. And if you’re not organized, it’s difficult to make a good impression on both clients and colleagues.

If you’re a frequent-flying business professional and occasionally find yourself scrambling to find your passport or running through airport terminals to catch your flight, you’re in luck, because we have some handy tips for you for how to stay organized during a business trip.

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When you’re travelling, making sure you have the necessary travel papers is a must. Thanks to online check-in, it has never been easier to get to your gate with time to spare. Printing your ticket in advance, as well as getting your ID and passport ready a day or two before your flight, is a great way to make your travel less stressful and give yourself more time to prepare for meetings.
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How To Travel Light, With Only A Carry-On

Flying Tips

If you’re someone who travels often by plane, you’ve probably become accustomed to finding sufficiency in only a carry-on, rather than a large suitcase or bulky luggage. And you might think that because you have such a portable bag, you’ll automatically travel light. Well, that’s not always the case.

Here are a few travel tips to help you stay organized while you’re on a short business trip or even a small vacation if you’re planning on using just a carry-on for the duration of your trip.

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