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!



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!


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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.

Passports, ID and ticket

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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road trip essentials

Road Trip Essentials

While flying to your destination is always fun, there’s just something about taking a road trip and driving where you need to go that creates such a fun and lively experience. Depending on where you’re headed, your drive is set to be longer than a flight might be – making the essentials you have to bring along with you a little bit different. On the plus side, you don’t have to split your luggage up in items you can bring with you and once you’ll have to check; although it can be said that some of your items being in the trunk might have the same effect. Nevertheless, there are always going to be specific things that you can bring along for the trip to make the whole experience that much better. Here are just a few road trip essentials to get you from point A to point B and everywhere in between. (more…)

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Are You A Frequent Flier?

You might travel a few times a year, but some travellers are truly frequent fliers. Not only do you know your home airport like the back of your hand, you also have tons of cool information and knowledge about the rest of the world as well. You might not know it, but there are a handful of ways to tell if someone is a frequent flier, and it might be things you do on an everyday basis without even realizing it! Here are just a few of the signs that you’re a frequent flier! (more…)

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South Africa On A Budget

South Africa is one of the world’s most beautiful countries, so it makes perfect that sense that plenty of people want to visit In addition to being beautiful, it’s also one of the most expensive places in the world to go. If you’re flying there from anywhere in North America, you can already count on paying around $1500 and spending about a day to travel there. With all of that said, it’s more possible than you might think to have a trip that’s affordable without having to miss out on any of the great things that the country has to offer. Here are just a few ways that you can explore South Africa on a budget. (more…)

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Global Holiday Gift Ideas

If there’s one great thing about traveling the world, it’s the ideas for great gifts you get from the different destinations you go to or just from travel in general. Think beyond the plastic takeaways that are usually available at the airport or hotel lobby, most countries around the world have all of their own amazing finds in stores and markets. If you’re travelling anywhere during the fall or early winter, that means you’re going to have plenty of chances to buy holiday gifts for your loved ones no matter what you’re celebrating. How else can you share the gift of new destinations with everyone? You might not be able to bring them all with you, but it’s more than possible to bring a piece of said destination back home to them. Here are just a few of the very best global holiday gift ideas to help you on your way. (more…)

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