Boston Travel Alert: Callahan Tunnel To Close

tunnelBoston’s Callahan Tunnel, a major route between Logan Airport  and downtown, will close Dec. 27 for much-needed renovation work. The tunnel will stay closed through March 12.

Travel times are likely to increase significantly within and around the city, so you may need a little more time — and patience — than usual.

If you need to make or modify a reservation, give us a call at 800-672-7676.

Wishing you safe and stress-free travels.

Travel Tech: Find A Hotel Tonight

HT_logo_whiteWhether because of bad weather, a missed flight or an unexpected change of plans, if you travel enough there is a good chance that you will end up stranded somewhere unexpected. When you find yourself needing a hotel room at the last minute, the Hotel Tonight app may be able to help. This app lists available, unsold hotel rooms in dozens of cities worldwide, often times at a discounted rate. Recently updated, the app now begins listing rooms at 9 am for night, meaning you can book earlier and at your convenience. Check out pictures of the properties and lists of amenities as you browse. Free for iPhone and Google play.

Traveling In NYC? Beware Of Gridlock Days

Car queue in the bad traffic roadDon’t let holiday traffic slow you down in NYC this season.    

Navigating New York City traffic is never easy. But a bump in holiday volume could make it even worse over the next couple of weeks. In fact, the city has issued a Gridlock Alert for specific days, including tomorrow, Tuesday December 3.    

If you’re traveling on any of these days, you may need a little more time —   and patience — than usual.  

Gridlock   Alert Days  
• Tuesday, Dec. 3  
• Friday, Dec. 20 through Tuesday, Dec. 24  
• Thursday, Dec. 26  
• Tuesday, Dec. 31

If you need to make or modify a reservation, give us a call at 800-672-7676.

Wishing you safe and worry-free travels.

To All Of Our Friends Stuck At The Airport

travel_insuranceWe are sending good wishes to all of our friends out there on the roads and in the skies today. We hope for safe and speedy travel, but in case you happen to be one of those people on a delayed flight today, click here for a few tips to avoid boredom at the airport.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Travel Tech: Minube Is Your Personal Travel Guide

screen568x568Minube is the travel app that uses the input of fellow travelers to build shared city guides. Users can add their restaurant reviews, sightseeing suggestions and hotel recommendations and even upload pictures of their top destinations. The app offers a search feature that can build destination recommendations based on what region or type of place you may want to go. Once there, input your own suggestions and reviews to share with other users. The guides are available in multiple languages and can be shared on Facebook and Twitter, all for free. Available for Android and iPhone.

Travel Tech: AroundMe App Helps You Find Whatever You Need

screen568x568screen568x568(1)Traveling in an unfamiliar city? The AroundMe app locates the closest restaurants, hotels, gas stations, pharmacies, you name it. Then the app gives you GPS directions to get you there quickly. The app also allows you to  book a hotel room or find show times at local movie theaters. Functioning in seven languages and available to use on international travel, this free app is the newest travel must-have accessory. 

Postcards From GBTA!

IMG_1199Amy Lindner, an Executive Travel Consultant with Safelite Auto Glass, stops for a postcard photo at the BostonCoach booth #237 at the GBTA exhibition in San Diego! We are still giving away Maui Jim sunglasses so come by for your chance to win!

Top 10 Cities with Terrible Traffic & Tips for Reducing the Stress

Top 10 Traffic CItiesWhether you’re commuting to work, driving to the airport, or just running errands, traffic makes everything more stressful. And if it seems to be getting worse, it’s not your imagination: According to a report last week by INRIX, a leader in traffic data reporting and services, 2013 is already more “traffic-ridden” than 2012 — up 6.7% in the U.S. for the period of January through March.

Here are some other highlights (or lowlights) from the INRIX 2012 Traffic Scorecard:

  • The national average time lost in traffic is 38 hours. In highly congested areas, drivers can lose up to 62 hours.
  • To date, 61 of America’s Top 100 cities have experienced increased traffic congestion. In 2012, only six cities experienced increases.
  • In the 10 worst cities for traffic in America (see list at right), drivers wasted an average of 42 hours a year in traffic — the equivalent of one week of vacation.

The best way for business travelers to avoid traffic-related stress? Don’t drive! Using a car service will free you from being confined behind the wheel and allow you to work, catch up on calls, read or simply rest. Consider the cost an investment in increased productivity and lower stress levels.

Here are some other tips that can help lessen traffic-related angst:

  • When possible, avoid peak hours where you’ll be trapped idly in your car. Leave earlier or stay later; your blood pressure will thank you.
  • Make the most of your time in the car. Download podcasts or audiobooks to learn on the go.
  • Prepare. Run through upcoming presentations or proposals in your head or aloud in the privacy of your car.
  • Pack a healthy snack. Studies show that stress causes us to eat more and choose unhealthy options.
  • Try a quick exercise: Grab the steering wheel and tense all the muscles in your fingers, arms, shoulders, and back. Do this for about 30-45 seconds, then release. Releasing the tension will cause your body to relax. Repeat as necessary.
  • Recall a positive moment from earlier that day. Often we replay negative situations, getting us stuck in a loop of stress. By remembering something good that happened, you’ll feel better overall.

Safety First Is the Rule for All BostonCoach Chauffeurs

Limousine with driverBostonCoach believes in safety first for all of our clients. Our training program, which includes over 50 hours of classroom and road instruction, is the most rigorous in the industry. Our chauffeurs are trained according to the Smith System® 5 Keys.

Smith System is the leading provider of collision avoidance driver training. The 5 Keys are as follows:

  1. Aim High In Steering – Looking further ahead than other drivers
  2. Get The Big Picture – Seeing more around you than other drivers
  3. Keep Your Eyes Moving – Being more aware than other drivers
  4. Leave Yourself An Out – Maintain better positioning in traffic than other drivers
  5. Make Sure They See You – Making yourself more visible than other drivers

These basic principles of being aware of your surroundings and thinking ahead dramatically cuts down on road incidents.

BostonCoach takes great pride in the “safety first” mentality and professionalism of our chauffeurs and drivers.