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A Christmas in NYC

Out of all the places you could spend Christmas, New York City is one of the most fun to be in. If you have fun meeting new people and discovering new places, you have come to the right city! You will be able to meet people from all over the world and taste some of the wildest combinations of food you can.

1) Visiting Christmas Markets

You can’t say you’ve spent your Christmas in the city of angels without paying a visit to the markets, during the festivities these places are covered in shiny lights and beautiful decorations. From uptown to downtown, there are many markets to see and many trinkets to buy!

2) See the Bryant Park

Visit the park with your skates to glide around the place for free! If you don’t own skates, they are only $20 to rent and they are worth every penny but even the clumsy people can enjoy themselves in this beautiful snow covered park. Start walking around and grab an apple cider for warmth, if you’re lucky you may even see the other clumsy people falling down on the ice!

3) See the Central Park

One of the most beautiful parks to be in during any season is the Central Park, its atmosphere is very romantic and it provides the best backdrop to take seasonal pictures. Strolling through this park with a hot beverage will rid you of all the stress.

4) Take a Walk to the Fifth Avenue

Start from the Central Park and start walking to the Fifth Avenue, you will the most amazing window displays and light shows throughout the streets.

5) Visit the Empire State Building

If you brace the very long lines, you may just be able to see the Empire State Building which would be drenched in red and green in the holiday season.

6) The Baked Goods

On the Upper East Side William Poll makes the best baked goods, you will find gingerbread houses and delicately put together sandwiches. If you’re a foodie, that’s where you want to be.

7) New York Botanical Gardens

Visit the Botanical Gardens to see miniature New York landmarks and impressive species of flora. Those of you who like to be in nature will appreciate this part dearly.

8) Nightlife

Go on a night out and try one of the many clubs, bars, pubs and the cozy hole in the walls to get a taste of the city that never sleeps. Join the party and get into the crowds, try all the cocktails that make people want more. New York lives to tell the tale of its night time adventures, listen to the stories and create your own!

“New York is a very big city with dangerous people you might come across. Protect your belongings from muggers and thieves by using Mimic Go and go drinking with your buddies without panicking about your bag.”

9) Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting

Make Santa proud and come to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree on December 4th, 2019 when all the lights will be turned on. You can’t leave the city without at least taking a picture of this magnificent tree. The lights turning on signify an unofficial start to the season.

10) Times Square

The big screens in the Times Square makes the already crowded city feel like a jungle to explore, the culture filled open air area is the right place to see the street performers and to take many pictures.

Every year in the Times Square there is a countdown on December 31st, join the fun and excitement this year and celebrate 2020 with the whole city!

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10 Ways to Improve Your Business Trip

In this day and age, we often forget to relax or even take a deep breath every now and then. Working hard to excel in your chosen career regardless of your gender is a fulfilling thing to do with your life but traveling all the time for business gives the illusion of a vacation without the benefits! Being a woman in a male-dominated career path alone is a tough situation already, not letting yourself enjoy what little time you can spare is not the way to go. Don’t worry, we’re here to help with that. Here are some tips to turn your stressful work trips into fun times that you get paid for!

1) Pack the Essentials

We often forget that even during trips our body needs to be taken care of in a proper manner. We are not invincible and it’s okay to remember that every now and then. Pack a small bag with your essential hair and skincare items, this will ensure that you don’t skip your routine and let yourself go just because you’re away from home. We like to deceive ourselves with the excuse that the trip will take a short time and that we will be okay without certain things, don’t do this to yourself. Skipping out on moisturizer will not make you a better businesswoman, it will only give you dry skin and more anxiety. Taking good care of your body will give you a reason to think about yourself for at least a few minutes during the day, this will ensure that you’re aware of your needs and in tune with your emotions.

2) Dress to Impress With Comfort

Buying clothes as a woman can be as tough as it is with all the societal norms and the media in our ears but don’t be fooled, it’s not about what the clothes look like, it’s about how you feel in them. You could be wearing the most luxurious and classy dress ever but if you don’t feel comfortable in it, it won’t matter. Dressing to impress can be the key to success in your career, as making you more comfortable in your skin will give a certain charm to your movement. Shop for clothes that are made with your body style in mind, look for colors that highlight your skin tone and eyes. If possible, have your business attire tailor-fitted, you will be surprised at what big of a difference this makes in the mirror.

“Looking great and feeling your best will boost your mood during the journey and help you in achieving the best results by the time of your return.”

3) Research

No matter how little time you will be spending at your destination, you should do a quick search of the area and the hotel you will be staying in. If you find yourself with some free time on your hands, this will ensure that you know how you could get the most out of it. Maybe you would rather take a nap, this is also okay, but what if your favorite author is doing a book signing event in the café next door? Wouldn’t you like to drop by for a few minutes to say hi to an old friend in that pub down the street? You’re not as busy as you believe yourself to be, take a few minutes to breathe and be efficient with your time. Stressing about being busy is only wasting the time you possess.

4) Think Before You “Not Eat”

You may be on a diet like the rest of us who like to stay healthy but following a diet doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying food altogether. Permitting yourself to indulge in the wonders of the culinary world surely feels like the gateway to paradise. Don’t go barging in just yet but permit yourself to do so every once in a while. During your travels, you will encounter local delicacies that you may not have the chance to taste later on. Let yourself have fun without a guilty conscience and have a laugh about it in the gym when you get back. There is no point in pressuring yourself about not eating that famous cake and then having daydreams about it during a meeting.

5) Stay Away From the Screen

Social media is addictive and we all know that pretty well by now. Don’t fall into its claws during these stressful days where you’re especially vulnerable to judgment and envy. Seeing the perfect looking fake profiles will make you question your very real life without the filters, you mustn’t forget that those things you see aren’t real. Don’t check your social media as much as you normally do and only communicate with friends through direct messaging and phone calls. Posting and sharing can be a great thing but the stress of having and keeping up with a virtual life can be exhausting while excelling in real life.

6) Make a List

Make lists of the contents of your bags and the things you have to do. No matter how well you think you can remember, being stressed takes a toll on the mind. Having a list will make things easier to remember and keep you more focused on your actual work. Distracting yourself from work because you have trivial things to remember is the most outrageous reason in failing to be productive. Make those lists and then make copies of them on your phone, this way you won’t be wasting time running around looking for the list you made to save time.

7) Drink Water

You should probably do this more whether you’re on a business trip or not. Hydration is the key to focus properly and to stay healthy. Working hard drains the body of precious energy and to keep going we tend to drink coffee or energy drinks. This is fine every now and then but having more coffee than water in your body won’t help you at all in your work. Do yourself a favor and carry a bottle of water on your person wherever you go. Take sips every 10 minutes, this will ensure that you stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water helps with headaches, proper digestion, sleep quality and much more. Be kind to your body so that it can carry you to the top as you deserve!

8) Ask Your Hotel

Don’t forget to ask your hotel if there are any parties or gatherings you should know about during your trip, if you don’t do this ahead of time you may end up in a crowd with no intention to participate. Be informed of events and maybe one of them will intrigue you enough to join.

9) Bring Out the Flats

Wearing heels can be very empowering which surely adds to anyone’s performance during work. Bear in mind that no matter how comfortable those heels feel, after a few hours they will turn against you. Always carry some ballet flats in your purse so that you can change into them with ease and still look fabulous at the end of the day. You may look shorter but it still beats having to bandage your battle scars later that evening.

10) Security is Important

Traveling alone can be dangerous and even more so if you are a woman. Be diligent, use Mimic Go for your belongings and secure your hotel room. Don’t stay out late and let your friends know of your whereabouts. Do not let your drinks out of sight even when you believe you’re accompanied by friends.

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8 Reasons Why People Travel More

There are many reasons why people like traveling around the world. Getting caught up in a busy career tends to put you in a routine in which you could easily get burned out. Traveling fulfills that part in your soul that itches to explore and experience things. This is a need rather than a whim, we all need to have fulfilling experiences and surely there is more to life than getting to a higher paying job position.

1) Cheaper Travel

Traveling isn’t as expensive as it was before, as time passes, new technological advances are made and the cost of travel decreases. We all want to see the world as much as we can and as long as we can. Leaving your job and loved ones can be hard if you are spending weeks apart but if it’s only for a week and reasonably priced, we’re sure you would visit those places on your wish list in a heartbeat!

2) Seeing Your Loved Ones

What travels around the world but stays in one corner? A stamp! Getting more stamps on your passport is one thing but seeing loved ones who live far away is one of the happiest times anyone can dream of. Spending time with loved ones is a good way to unwind and work on your relationships. Most of us go back home during the holidays and for celebrations. Having the opportunity to travel frequently and fast makes living or working further away much easier.

“Getting back to your loved ones in one piece is important as well. Be diligent and use Mimic Go, it’s an instant, portable security device which follows your lead and doesn’t get stuck in a corner like those stamps!”

3) Seeing the Sights

Traveling internationally can allow you to discover cultures that are very different from your own. This could be a valuable learning experience as seeing such diversity will surely broaden your horizons. Discovering beautiful places in the world will give you a reason to visit them again with your loved ones as well. This will allow you to enrich someone else’s life by showing them these wonderful places and sharing the experiences.

4) Inspiration

Whether you’re an artist with art block or a poet with a bleeding heart, traveling adds to the fuel of creation. Exposure to different cultures and their sense of art will give you new ideas and calm the turbulent seas in your soul. You might be taking in the wonderful view of nature or bathing in the bright city lights at night, no matter whatever floats your boat, you will be sure to catch some big fish out there.

5) Work

Some of us like to work away from our hometowns, surely being close to family is a great feeling. Being comforted by the fact that you’re not alone in your area is amazing but you can’t stay safe and sound in the comfort bubble of a child forever! You will surely find new opportunities and better job positions away from home if you choose to look for them. We all get nervous when leaving the safe environment of our home town where everyone knows everyone but keep in mind that there is a whole other world out there filled with diverse people looking to make connections and improve themselves.

6) Education

Throughout the world, nervous parents are searching for the best schools for their talented children to excel in and make it big someday. You may be one of those children or a parent yourself but no matter what age you are, you’re sure to find great opportunities away from your city or even country. The world is full of wonderful universities and learning experiences that you should do your best to benefit from regardless of your location.

7) Finding Yourself

Sometimes there is nothing left for you in your current location. You may be having a hard time finding a better job or a better place to live or simply feeling stuck. Regardless of your situation waiting for the world to find you instead of going out, there is a bad idea. Let yourself leave and you will no longer be stuck. Getting used to a place is a great feeling but if you know you can do better elsewhere, you should go and enjoy your life.

8) Wanderlust

Maybe it’s just the weather or maybe the winds are calling to you. Some of us have that itch to constantly be on the move and that is a fantastic life to live. Traveling to see new places and never staying in one place for too long can be tiring but it sure is the best thing to do when you’re young and free. Take this time in your life to enjoy the wonderful world and its secrets before you settle down in your favorite place or better yet, never settle down and always be on the go with the people you love! After all, you know what they say, home is where the heart is…

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7 Tips for Flight Attendants

Traveling around the world is a dream job for many people. Even though a flight attendant gets to see places some of us wouldn’t even dream of, let’s be honest, flying all the time can be hard. A flight attendant could be working for more than 10 days a month, which is a lot of time to be spending in airports and on planes. Most flight crews have recommendations that they share with their new co-workers, but today we will be revealing 7 tips that even the experts would appreciate!

1) Stay hydrated.

Often when we step on a plane, we forget that the air will become drier over time, and on top of that working as a crew member takes a lot of energy. Being a flight attendant requires a well-rested and alert mind. Dehydration will get you tired more quickly and you will be stressed when it’s time to enjoy your destination and rest. It’s very important to keep your body hydrated by drinking a glass of water at least every 30 minutes. Your body will thank you for it!

2) Pack lightly and efficient.

Most of us want to bring our entire closet on the trip but as we all know, there is a weight limit. As a crew member, you will need to pack only the necessary items but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fashion on your side!

Pack your favorite scarf, the scarf will protect you from the chilly air conditioner and provide a sense of fashion to the most simple jeans and t-shirt outfit.

“Forget about folding your clothes and start rolling them instead!”

The idea behind rolling the clothes into each other is that this way, you will get to have more space for all the other items that you deemed to be too large for that small suitcase.

3) Research

No matter where you may be going or how long you will be staying, research what experiences you can participate in!

You may be surprised at how much you can get done in just a few hours in a new city. Look into local restaurants and cafes and even street food for the different tastes you could never try in your hometown.

4) Journals

As a frequent traveler, you may get to go to a place more than once during your career. Keep a journal of the things you did and the things you didn’t get to do so that you can remember to experience a whole new side to the place you have already visited once.

5) Invest In Your Skin and Hair

Most of us like looking in the mirror and liking what we see. It is especially hard to keep up with your usual skincare and haircare routine during a trip but don’t worry, we have some good advice for you.

Invest in small travel size bottles of your favorite moisturizing products. Bringing a small bag of essentials could be saving you from not only judgmental looks but also time. Just a few pumps of moisturizer could save you from piling on lots of expensive makeup and the time you would spend putting it on. We think that time is better spent trying the local pastry products.

6) Get Some Rest

We often forget that there is a time limit to our stay while we’re enjoying a sip of that local drink. Don’t forget to recharge and spare some valuable sleeping time for yourself. Keep yourself rested for a stress free and safe trip!

7) Watch Out For Yourself

There is a reason why most thefts occur during a trip and that’s why you should be very careful with your items due to your frequent traveler status. Don’t be an easy target for muggers, invest in a backpack with hidden zippers and compartments and keep your electronics and valuables in a hard to access compartment in your bag.

Lost luggage is one of the most annoying and infuriating realities of traveling via plane. Keep track of your bags with Mimic Go during your flight and ensure their safety.

Trespassers are common during your stay in a foreign hotel, secure your hotel room and bags with Mimic Go and sleep with a peaceful mind.

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5 Things to do When You Feel Unsafe in Your Room

We have all traveled alone at least once in our lives. Flying around the globe can be a thrilling experience but having to rest in strange places could easily turn into the wrong kind of excitement. Here we present you with 5 things you can do to make sure that you’re safe.

1) Talking to People in Charge

I can’t stress this enough when I say, whether you’re staying in an Airbnb or a hotel room you need to ask the person responsible for the security of the building. Getting information on the security details will ease your mind in case you need help.  Determining if your room will be accessed by the cleaning crew can be as simple as a card on the doorknob, but you can make sure the crew skips your room by letting the receptionist know you don’t want to be disturbed.

Ensuring room safety gets harder if you’re staying in an Airbnb. If you’re unsure of your host’s security, you can install a door alarm. This will make sure you are notified when the door is being opened by an intruder.

2) Researching the Area

When traveling someplace new, we look into the nearest clubs and the best restaurants but we often skip the safety comments we see online. When lady luck leaves you alone, the information provided by locals could save your life in a pinch. From a street you should avoid to a bus you shouldn’t take at certain hours, the locals know their city the best. Talk to your host or receptionist to get information and do some research online, reading the forums will give you a better idea of the place you will be visiting.

3) Securing the Room

Sometimes when you’re getting ready for bed, you may feel like somebody is watching you. In most cases, this is just your brain playing tricks on you but sometimes it’s your instincts warning you. If you feel like you’re not safe, block your door with heavy objects like a chair or your luggage before you sleep. Close the curtains all the way and never forget to lock your valuables in the safe provided. Never dismiss the feeling of unease when you’re traveling, your instincts will protect you when it matters the most.

Investing in a personal security device is crucial to travel safely. Mimic Go is an on the go security device which will act as your personal watchdog when it matters the most.

4) Hiding Your Valuables

Some rooms may not provide you with a safe or a proper hiding place for your valuables. Carrying a passport and all of your cash on you at all times is just as risky as leaving it unattended in your room. Here’s what you need to do:

a) Buy an old ragged trench coat which isn’t too heavy.

b) After cleaning the coat properly, sew some hidden pockets inside the coat. If you can’t sew, your local tailor will take care of it in a short time.

c) Stash your cash and passport in different inner pockets of the coat and leave it in your suitcase like you haven’t worn it yet.

This will ensure your valuables cannot be found easily as thieves will be drawn to searching the pockets of the clothes you have worn and not an old trench coat you clearly haven’t even taken out of your suitcase.

5) Watch Out

Traveling alone makes you an easier target for criminals. Don’t let yourself be an easy pick by letting your guard down. Try to limit your alcohol consumption, you may feel invincible while having a few drinks at the new hole in the wall you just discovered but be warned, your senses will fail you if you drink more than you know you should.

Always watch your step and stay in bright places, don’t go into dark alleys just because it’s a shortcut! You’ll never know if you’re being followed back to your room.

Try to keep yourself safe with these tips but don’t let misguided people ruin your fun travel time, try to enjoy everything your destination has to offer!