Don’t Let Parking And Traffic Get In The Way Of SuperBowl Fun

superbowlSuper Bowl Sunday is February 2, 2014 at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium

The Super Bowl is only a few weeks away. Between limited parking and giant crowds, traffic will be a nightmare around the stadium. Consider letting BostonCoach handle the hassle for you. We can get you to the game on time and home safely.

Sedans are available at our standard rate of $79/hr (10 hr minimum) for both Saturday Feb 1 and Sunday Feb 2. Rates are also available for limousines, mini-buses and motor-coaches.

Enjoy the game!

Call 800-672-7676 to book a ride.

Letter To A Chauffeur….

Letter

BostonCoach chauffeur, Chris DiFlumeri, was touched to get this very thoughtful letter from a young client. It was a good reminder of what a great business we’re in. It gives us the chance to do things like being part of a fun trip for this family. And we’re lucky to have wonderful clients who go out of their way to thank us!

Travel Tech: Find Me Coffee

coffeeEvery jet-lagged, overworked business traveler knows the importance of staying caffeinated while on the road. Sometimes finding that necessary cup of coffee in the morning (or anytime!) isn’t as easy as it sounds when you are traveling in an unfamiliar city. The Find Me Coffee app is a simple answer. Doing its part in keeping users awake and energized, this app finds the nearest place to pick up a cup. Including independent shops as well as the big brand stores, Find Me Coffee points you in the right direction. Check their website too for longer reviews, recommendations, maps, coffee products for sale and even a coffee blog. The app is free and available for iOS, Android, Windows phones, Blackberry and Kindle.

Travel Trend: Airport Spas

SpaWith travel stress at what is possibly an all-time high, travelers are seeking relaxation in droves. This has given rise to a new trend: the airport spa.

Instead of squeezing one last meeting into their schedules, business travelers are booking appointments at airport spas to rejuvenate. Services can range from facials and neck and back massages to mani-pedis and oxygen treatments. This new trend is a great way to reduce the stress associated with long boarding lines, unpredictable delays, and tedious layovers. Travelers can forgo connecting to Wifi so they can continue to work, and instead just take some time for themselves.

Here are some of the world’s top airport spas, according to a list on CNN Travel:

Timeless Spa – Dubai International Airport

Absolute Spa – Vancouver Airport Hotel

d_parture Spa – Newark International Airport

Elemis Travel Spa – London Heathrow Airport

Back to Life Space – Amsterdam Schipol Airport

Qantas First Lounge – Sydney and Melbourne International Airport

OM Spa – Hong Kong International Airport

XpresSpa – JFK International

OraOxygen – Calgary or Detroit

The Ultimate Transit Haven – Singapore Changi Airport

 

Image credit: Dennis Wong on Flickr

The Road Warrior’s Guide To Slaying The Jet Lag Dragon

Dragon (PSF)Business travel is a necessary evil in today’s corporate world. A traveler’s body and mind take a beating both mentally and physically. For road warriors, the Jet Lag Dragon is always lurking in the shadows, slowing you down.

Studies have been conducted proving that extensive traveling impacts your job performance:

The business travelers showed reduced mental capacity, diminished communication skills, decreased ability to concentrate and engage others, reduced tolerance levels and an increased risk of ill health. It corroborated earlier research by Mark Rosekind, the former director of NASA’s fatigue countermeasures program who is now a member of the National Transportation Safety Board. The average executive’s productivity and performance while traveling drops up to 20 percent, largely because of insufficient sleep, according to Dr. Rosekind’s research.

Be proactive as you prep for your next business trip with these helpful tips:

  • Go to sleep earlier (or later) a few days prior to your trip. It will help your body adapt to the new time zone.
  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine before bed.

While you are on your flight, be sure to follow this advice:

  • Stay hydrated; drink as much water as you can.
  • Get comfortable. Bring along a C-shaped pillow if you have one, and take off your shoes to improve circulation.
  • Nap when you can.

When you arrive at your destination, be sure to get some exercise, avoid alcohol and nicotine, relax and get your rest.

Taking these measures will improve your performance, productivity and health — and help you slay the Jet Lag Dragon once and for all.

Employees Not Catching Enough Z’s Costing U.S. Companies Billions

tired-worker[1]Feeling sluggish? Has your FIFTH cup of coffee worn off already? Are you starting to resemble an extra in a zombie movie? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’d better get more rest, because you might be costing your company money due to lack of productivity.

The Wall Street Journal’s story on workforce sleep deprivation may keep you awake at night (pun intended).

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 40.6 million American workers, or 30% of the civilian workforce, don’t get enough rest. And the Harvard scientists estimated in 2011 that sleep deprivation costs U.S. companies $63.2 billion in lost productivity per year, mainly because of “presenteeism,” people showing up for work but operating at subpar levels. One example, from a separate team at Singapore Management University: Workers waste an extra 8.4 minutes online—checking email, refreshing the TMZ.com home page, and so on—for every hour of interrupted sleep the previous night.”

Employers are beginning to realize that lack of rest not only affects productivity, but also customer service. Workers tend to project their “grumpiness” and frustration onto the company’s clients.

“If we treated machinery like we treat the human body, there would be breakdowns all the time,” said James Maas, a former Cornell University psychologist and author of “Sleep for Success.”

Corporations like Proctor & Gamble and Litebook Company Ltd. are trying to help the sleep-deprived workforce.

P&G is in the planning stages of instituting a program in “rest education.” Litebook offers products that help regulate the body’s melatonin levels. Currently, the NHL uses this technology to help athletes cope with jet lag and fatigue.

So what is your company doing to help you get more rest?