Sweat Pants For Everyday Life How To Pack Them For Travel Travel South Confessions Of A First Timer Dangerous Travel 101 Preparing For Your Next Flight

If you go to the gym, take a jog in the early morning or like to take your dog running in the park, sweat pants are probably a staple in your wardrobe. They are comfortable, flexible and are ideal for absorbing sweat; hence the term ‘sweat pants.’ These comfy wearables aren’t just for working out, however, as they are commonly used to simply lounge around the house or for a quick run to the grocery store.

Just throw on a crisp white t-shirt, some white sneakers and pair that with your favorite sweat pants.

There are a number of benefits to owning sweat pants, including their easy machine wash/dry care and their design that allows for flexible movement. If you are a busy stay-at-home mom with small children, then you can appreciate the need to move quickly and easily. The little ones are always on the move and you need to be comfortable if you have any hopes of keeping up with them. Their versatility and comfort are the two main benefits of sweat pants.

There are a number of ways to purchase sweat pants, including retail and online clothing or fitness stores. These are very inexpensive when compared to jeans and, best of all, they never leave a thin red line across your stomach as a more stiff, tight-fitting jean would do. Sweat pants are available in virtually every color of the rainbow, including solid black, white, red, shades of pink, variations of blue and everything in between. Most sweat pants have coordinating accessories, such as hooded jackets for a monochromatic look. The majority of individuals who wear sweat pants wear them with white socks and tennis shoes.

Just as there are accessories, there are variations in the design of sweat pants themselves. Shoppers can not only choose from a variety of colors, but may purchase sweat pants with or without side pockets. The presence of pockets is terrific for carrying keys or some spending money, while the absence of pockets reduces any look of additional bulk in the hip area. Others tend to look for sweat pants that feature an elastic ankle, while some individuals prefer a straight leg that falls naturally.

Because sweat pants are a little bulkier than others, they take up more room when traveling. If you want to minimize their bulk and maximize your space, fold your sweat pants one time so that they are half as wide. Then, begin at the waist and begin rolling them until you reach the ankle. Not only will this save on space, but it will prevent wrinkling as well.

Entertainment, food, nonstop activities and people willing to talk your ear off were on the menu del dia, and the waitstaff just kept coming. This year’s showcase, hosted by the Richmond Metro CVB, managed to pull my heartstrings more than a little and threaten to stretch my waistband a whole lot.

I was one of 35 media representatives from all over the US and Canada and, as a neophyte to both Travel South and to trade shows in general, I felt both privileged to be invited and more than a little humbled in the face of all the experienced journalists and photographers attending, not to mention all the sales reps, VPs, various directors, managers and other professionals who were all a lot more experienced than me. I even found myself, at one point, wearing a little more makeup than I usually wear so that I would look older.

I became more comfortable, though, as I spent time with everyone on the various activities the showcase had planned for us. Every meal was sponsored by one of the suppliers and each had its highlights. West Virginia’s luncheon on Tuesday featured a local actor performed a synopsis of a famous colonial survival story and a children’s choir performed. Louisiana sponsored a Louis Armstrong jazz band Monday morning and talked about the development in the state. I had to grab for a tissue a few times, and was not the only one.

Saturday evening was the first event I attended. Four hundred years of Virginia music and culture in two hours was not a short order to fill. Native dancers, bluegrass bands (both experienced players and up-and-coming talents) were featured, along with a shag band complete with gubernatorial harmonica support (Va. Governor Mark Warner made a surprise appearance to sing and play harmonica during the evening’s very confettied finale).

Sunday featured daytrips to different parts of the city (complete with performances by historical actors). It was a fun way to bring the city alive in a ‘multicenturial’ way, and a great introduction for those of us who had never visited the city.

Monday was all business for attendees. While suppliers, tour operators and buyers networked in the booth area, the reporters and photographers started the day at a press conference. A big topic was the redevelopment in the Gulf Coast area. The representative from Mississippi had to pause for a second, admitting that talk of the topic made him very emotional.

After lunch, press continued with another tour of the city (with snacks and local wine samplings). Afterwards, we continued onto a cooking class, where we made snacks and drank local wine samplings. After our cooking class, we went to dinner and, well, you get the idea. It felt like on-assignment Thanksgiving (but without the familial drama). Great food, fun activities. (I then understood Joey in Friends’ Thanksgiving episode. I wanted my fat pants, too.)

By the evening, everyone was feeling more comfortable with each other. After dinner, there was more food and drinks at the Mardi Gras party (at this point, I couldn’t even look at the snack table), along with great music and dancing.

It was a fun finale to my voyage to Travel South. In April’s issue of Leisure Group Travel (www.leisuregrouptravel.com), look for what’s new in the region in our Travel South/Southeast regional feature.

Be sure to tell us your stories from Travel South this year. Post a blog, or email me at Kelley@ptmgroups.com

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Adventure, uncertainty and speculation are always associated with traveling and more so when the destination chosen for visit is itself dangerous. Visiting the routine places that provides one with a great change of location and views may be appealing to some but to those seeking more of adventure and uncertainty, criteria for choosing destinations are totally different. There is a craving for excitement beyond ordinary and a lust to experience the increased flow of adrenalin in the body of the traveler. Even the thought of going to such places can make many of us nervous but for the adventurous this excitement is the motive behind choosing such risky destinations.

Moving away from one’s homeland and going to unfamiliar places in itself can be risky. At the hometown one is familiar with the customs, traditions, law and order of the ruling government and also the common dangers prevalent in one’s community. But at a foreign land things are different and ignorance about the communal system and laws predominant in there country can lead a person in hazardous situations. To make the situation worse once anyone is in problem there is almost none in a foreign land to help the person trapped in unsafe circumstances. Hence the best rescue from such situations is always to prepare before hand for all the dangers that may arise in due course of traveling. One must gather entire before hand information about the place where he is traveling, the nature of hazards possible like whether the place is prone to political instability, frequent communal riots or about any disease outbreak in that area.

Apart from traveling for joy and adventure many people need to travel to dangerous destinations as a part of their business trip. Many a times people at high-profile jobs need to travel to not so secure places, but very less can be done about this as the nature of their job demands such traveling. Employees need to travel long distances to overview and manage the situation at places that are remote from the main working area of the company. Many organizations also provide rating for the degree of threat involved at a particular place based on the political factors, crime rate, terrorism, communal volatility and other similar dangers. Travelers to such destinations practice extra alertness, precaution and prudence.

Knowing about the potential risks of the place helps a traveler take precautionary measures beforehand. The best way to avoid conflicts is to stay away form them. One should never indulge in any controversies in a foreign land specially when they relate to any political issues and occur because of rivalry between local leaders. One should always stay away from local demonstration groups formed for protest against any current issues. Apart from political security prevention against diseases at unknown destinations is equally significant. Having carefully planned meal and avoiding raw food helps greatly in preventing illness. Areas with inadequate hygiene and sanitation should always be avoided as an eating-place. Only water that has been properly treated with chlorine and other disinfectants should be consumed and to be on safer side bottled water is highly recommended. Keeping certain guidelines in mind one can definitely make even the dangerous destinations a cool place to travel.

Are you planning on taking a family vacation this year or a business trip? If so, there is a good chance that you will be flying. Flying is a relatively safe, easy, and convenient way to travel. However, before you leave for the airport, you are advised to start preparing for your flight, well in advance. Unfortunately, many travelers do not realize that preparing for your flight does not just include packing your bags. Thanks to new air travel rules and the enforcement of them, preparation now includes more than you could ever imagine.

As previously mentioned, it best that you start preparing for your cheap flights early. In fact, you should start preparing as soon as you buy your airline tickets, whether that be two weeks before you leave or two months. The first step that you will want take is to familiarize yourself with the airline that you are flying with and the airport which you will be flying out of. You can easily do this research online. You will want to determine how early you should leave for the airport and what items you will need to bring along with you, such as personal identification.

It is also a good idea to review the list of banned items. These are items that you are not allowed to have on the airplane or past certain points in most airports. The most commonly banned items include sharp objects and flammable items, but there other items included in these bans, items that you may have never even thought about before. That is why it is best that you learn what you can and cannot bring on your next family vacation or business trip. In the event that you try to bring along items that are prohibited, you may have them confiscated.

If you are planning on familiarizing yourself with banned items and other airline rules, it may be a good idea to print off a list of what you find. Printable lists of items that are banned in airports and on airplanes can be found online from a number of different websites. One of those websites includes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). A printable list is ideal, especially if you do not need to start packing for your trip right away.

After you have familiarized yourself with the air travel rules, including the ones that were recently implemented, you will need to start packing, whether you do so right away or not. When packing, you will want to remember everything that you learned, although, if you printed off a list, your packing will be much easier. In the event that you are not sure whether or not an item can be brought on an airplane, you are advised to leave it at home. Banned items can not only be confiscated, but they could cause you to miss your cheap flight. That is why you are advised against taking any unnecessary chances.

Once at the airport, it is important that you remain calm at all times, even if you are approached by airport security. In today’s world, it is not uncommon for you to be subject to a random bag check or search; therefore, you should not fret if you are asked. Instead, just remain calm and, in no time at all, you should be on your way to enjoying your vacation or your business trip.

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