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TRAVEL SAFE and TRAVEL SMART

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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(New Albany, Ohio) – Leading travel management company, ATG, has launched TRAVEL SAFE and TRAVEL SMART as part of their Guardian Services program.

“Yesterday’s events are a prime example of why ATG’s Guardian Services is the perfect complement to a company’s Duty of Care program,” said Tammy Krings, CEO of ATG. “Within ten minutes of the announcement about the Ebola patient on a Cleveland to Dallas flight, we had already tracked thousands of our travelers and ensured each of our clients that they had no employees on that aircraft.”

As the newest addition to ATG’s Guardian Services lineup, TRAVEL SAFE and TRAVEL SMART, are designed to prepare either a new or seasoned traveler about their upcoming destination. Passengers will have the country’s specific safety, health, cultural and security information right at their fingertips, preparing them for a safe and successful trip.

When a traveler books an international trip to any of the 41 countries currently designated as high risk by the U.S. Department of State, they will automatically receive a TRAVEL SAFE email informing them of best travel practices for their high risk destination. The traveler will also receive printable wallet cards that contain critical contact information relative to that country.

When a traveler books an international trip to a country they are visiting for the first time, they will automatically receive a TRAVEL SMART email highlighting facts, cultural ‘Do’s & Don’ts’ and general health and security information specific to that country. A traveler will receive a TRAVEL SMART email each time they visit a country for the first time and every third time they travel to that country. 

TRAVEL SAFE and TRAVEL SMART are the latest addition to ATG’s around-the-clock Guardian Services program which also includes:

  • TRAVELER TRACKING – global location and outreach services
  • TRAVEL ALERTS – highlighting travel ‘hot spots’ and noting affected travelers
  • TRIP ALERTS – real-time mobile trip notifications

For more information, please contact ATG.

5 Tips to Finding Your Car When You Return to the Airport

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Have you ever had trouble finding your car in the long-term parking lot? If so, you are not alone. During the hustle and bustle associated with preparing for a trip, a traveler can forget to note where they left their car. However, upon returning from a long trip, the last thing any traveler needs is time lost looking for a vehicle. We put together five tips to help alleviate the hassle of looking for your car.

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1. Write down the name of the parking lot.
When you pull into the parking lot you are provided a ticket. Once you have parked, write down the name of the lot or garage, the level and row where you have parked your car, and then take that ticket with you. Even better, some parking lots offer special machines that will stamp the information on the ticket for you.

2. Park near an identifying landmark.
Try to park near a landmark that is easy to remember, for instance a specific sign or the elevator. Ideally, the landmark should be something that can be spotted from a distance.

3. Know your license plate number.
Parking officials take inventory every night. If you cannot find your car, provide a parking official with your license plate number and they will be able to tell you immediately where your car is located.

4. Park away from the crowds.
Many travelers want to park as close to the entrance as possible; however, parking at the farthest edge of the lot makes it easier to spot your car because there are fewer cars surrounding it.

5. When in doubt, there’s an app!
Thanks to modern technology, our smartphones can help locate a lost car. These five apps were designed to take away the burden of losing your car in the maze of parked cars.

How do you keep track of where you parked when traveling?

How To Get An Upgrade – Infographic

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Infographics | 0 comments

We all like being upgraded when we are traveling on an airplane, but do you know how to make it happen? Here are some ways that might help you get a better seat, a cheaper fare, more legroom or maybe even a free cocktail. Take a look!

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6 Tips for Healthy Snacking While Travelling

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

From managing packed agendas to rushing to your next connection it is easy to grab the closest junk food offering at the airport gift shop. In order to stay in peak shape, physically and mentally, it is important to make sure your food choices while travelling are not only easy but also nutritious. There are ways to make healthier choices when your schedule leaves little room for thought. We put together some tips to help you make smart food choices on your next trip.

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1.    Pack your own snacks
Airlines often offer peanuts or other unhealthy options as the inflight snack. Packing your own snack can eliminate unwanted calories. Our favorite alternative to peanuts is chickpeas. These versatile beans are loaded with protein while containing fewer calories and fat than most nuts. Flavor them with anything from cinnamon and sugar to cumin and cayenne. Our favorite is this Smoky Paprika Baked Garbanzo Beans recipe.

2.    Skip the sugary drinks
Sodas and juices are loaded with extra calories. Choosing tea, water or sparkling water during meetings or while waiting at the airport will keep you hydrated and energized throughout the day.

3.    Book a fully-equipped hotel room
Travelling does not have to mean eating out for all three meals. Choosing a hotel room that is equipped with a refrigerator and microwave, or a kitchenette, will allow you to prepare your own healthy meals. Stock up on healthy microwave meals from the local natural foods store or fill the fridge with one of our favorite snacks, Hummus and carrots.

4.    Scout your choices
From kiosks to full-scale restaurants, the airport is filled with food options for every type of traveller. You do not have to limit yourself to buying your meal or snack from one place. If you have the time, walk through the airport to explore your food choices. Take the time to choose healthy options from several places to customize your own meal. For example, brown rice from the Chinese buffet and mixed veggies from the pizza place combined with turkey slices from the deli.

5.    Speak up
Often, employees travel in groups or meet up with groups once they arrive to their intended destination. Breaks from long meetings typically include a meal. Speak up when it is time to order lunch or go out to dinner and suggest a restaurant with healthier options. The Eat Well Guide can help you narrow down your search.

6.    Use an app
Food labels can often be misleading. “Low-fat” and “low-sugar” often means an increase in sodium or other ingredients to improve flavor. Thanks to wonderful advancements in technology, there are plenty of apps available to help navigate through the hype and help you make a healthier food choice. This list provides several great apps designed for healthy eating. We especially like Fooducate and Good Food Near You.

Flying Etiquette

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Blog, Infographics | 0 comments

Next time you travel, follow these simple rules and your flight will be easier for everyone, including yourself.

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Top 10 Airport Restaurants

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Airport food doesn’t have to comprise of plastic wrapped sandwiches, fast food and trail mix. We’ve discovered lots of delicious eateries throughout our travels.  Here are our top 10 favorite airport restaurants.

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Pappadeaux’s famous Crispy Salmon, Jumbo Crab & Shrimp

1. Columbus (CMH): Vino Volo – You’ll find your own personal wine country in the middle of Cbus, featuring first-rate charcuterie, cheese, and eclectic wines.

2. Houston-Hobby Airport (HOU): Pappadeaux – You might not think the airport is the place to get good seafood, but Houston’s beloved Pappas brothers offer specialties such as their Crispy Salmon, Jumbo Crab and Shrimp which is served over sweet corn and smokey bacon in a lemon butter sauce.

3. Los Angeles (LAX): - Ink.Sack -An order at Ink Sack comes in a black paper lunch bag and is perfect for a quick bite at the airport or to take along on a flight. Options range from spicy miso cured albacore tuna with Sriracha and mayo or the Jose Andres, aka The Spanish Godfather, layered with Serrano ham, chorizo, lomo, and manchego cheese.

4. Chicago O’Hare (ORD): Tortas Frontera - Created by Chef Rick Bayless, Tortas Frontera features specialties like Braised Short-Rib Tortas a la plancha, hand-shaken margaritas and a guacamole bar. Yes, a guacamole bar.

5. Newark Liberty (EWR): Gallegher’s – This vintage steak house offers the best USDA prime dry-aged steak.  You might want to try the classic Rib Eye and Creamed Spinach or the Veal Chop Parmigiana.

6. Austin-Bergstrom (AUS): The Salt Lick  - For authentic Texas barbecue The Salt Lick is what you’re looking for. Take some of the Prime Rib with jalapeno-tomatillo horesradish sauce on your next flight. You’ll be sure to make lots of friends on the plane.

7. New York-Kennedy (JFK): Shake Shack – This modern day “roadside” burger stand serves up the most delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer, wine and more. And as the only Shake Shack in the country that serves breakfast, it’s red-eye-friendly.

8. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL): One Flew South – The Terminal E restaurant serves southern food with an Asian vibe, featuring premium ingredients from regional farmers and purveyors. Specialties include Corn Meal Dusted Trout or the Concourse E Burger with goat cheese and shitake mushroom spread.

9. Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP): Shoyu – The noodles and dumpling wrappers at this terminal favorite are made fresh daily in a glass structure that juts out onto the terminal, engaging travelers with a unique, inviting experience. Our favorite is the Wild Mushroom Soba with shitake, enoki, tamagoyaki and spinach.

10. Washington Dulles (IAD): Matsutake Sushi - A sushi bar in the middle of the airport might sound strange to some, but fear not, Matsutake offers the freshest of the fresh in sushi delights. Try the chirashi and the deep-fried soft-shell crab.

Travel Warrior Workout Tips

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

image of man and woman  stretchingIf you are a frequent traveler, then you know how difficult it can be to keep up with your fitness routine.  Your days are filled with business meetings not to mention all the travel time it takes to get to and from your destination.  But don’t despair because our ATG travel warriors have learned that staying in shape does not have to be a lost cause, you just need a little planning and dedication.

Here are some of our favorite travel workout tips from our friends at the Mayo Clinic.

Pack for fitness

Before your trip, research the hotel or nearby fitness facilities and pack accordingly. Your travel workout essentials might include:

  • Athletic shoes
  • Exercise clothing
  • Swimsuit
  • Jump-rope
  • Resistance tubing
  • Tennis racket
  • Hand grips
  • Music and headphones
  • Exercise video or DVD

For a different type of travel workout, you might ask the hotel staff about renting in-line skates or a bicycle.

Work out as you go

Wear your walking shoes when you travel. If you’re traveling by plane, stroll through the airport terminal. When traveling by train walk through the cars occasionally. Walk outdoors when the train stops to let passengers on and off. If you’re driving, take frequent breaks to get out and stretch.

Get started

When you arrive at your destination, set the tone for your trip by working out right away. If that’s not possible, schedule a time for your next workout and treat it as an important appointment. Get creative and squeeze in activity whenever you can. For example:

  • Check out local parks and trails. Ask the hotel staff about safe routes for walking or running.
  • Use the halls. Walk up and down the hotel halls — or, if possible, to one of your meetings. Skip the elevator or escalator and take the stairs.
  • Get wet. Swim laps in the hotel pool.
  • Skip rope. Use a jump-rope in the hotel’s fitness room or at the edge of the parking area.
  • Do jumping jacks. Try a few sets right in your room.
  • Try aerobics. Play an exercise video or DVD.
  • Use resistance tubing. These stretchy tubes offer weight-like resistance when you pull on them. You can use resistance tubing in your travel workout to build strength in nearly any muscle group.
  • Take advantage of your own body weight. Try pushups, abdominal crunches and leg squats.

Listen to your body

If jet lag or schedule changes leave you exhausted, make your travel workout shorter or lighter than usual. It’s OK to take it easy once in a while. Remember, however, that regular exercise can help reduce stress and feelings of low energy, which might be just what you need to get down to business.

 

 

What Can ATG Do For You?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The wide variety of services offered by ATG Travel Solutions ranges from Corporate Global Travel Management to Meetings and Events and our legendary round the clock service.  Here’s a look at what ATG can do for you:

 

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Packing It All In

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Infographics | 0 comments

 
If you have to sit on your suitcase to get it closed, you may want to take a look at these packing tips.

 
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Sights of #GBTA2014

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Blog, Inside ATG | 0 comments

From Kobe to Kevin Spacey… it could only have been #GBTA2014! Take a look at a few of the sights we saw at this year’s GBTA travel conference!