Myriam Borg – Owner, CreateAustralia.com

 

Myriam Borg is a New South Wales entrepreneur who successfully runs Create Australia, a pioneer in the lost and unclaimed money recovery industry. As CEO and founder, Myriam is dedicated to helping people realize their dreams to start their own businesses. She is also the author of The Refund Consulting Program, a cutting-edge business-in-a-box training curriculum that has benefited users for more than 15 years.

In her personal life, in addition to being the mother of three boys, she enjoys traveling, sailing, and fitness. She’s especially proud that her hard work and business success have afforded her family the ability to travel overseas and experience foreign cultures and beautiful locales.

Tell us about a favorite trip you’ve taken.

Travel has been a growing passion for me and my favorite spots are definitely warm locales with a beach and lots of local adventure, I love really getting into the local scene & getting into the none touristy spots, eating where the locals eat and shopping where the locals shop and I like chilly laid back places. There’s nothing better than curling up on the beach towel with a great book in hand. I recently traveled to Koh Samui with my family and we stayed in gorgeous resorts with absolutely fabulous beaches. One of the highlights was Koh Ma a little island in offshore from Koh Samui famous for its snorkeling, sailing, we kayaked around coral reefs & went into under water caves, my 8 year old was in awe, we stayed in Samui for 5 weeks and I intend on going to live there for at least six months next year, currently preparing visa’s etc.

What attracted you to the Koh Samui?

Surprisingly my taste in travel changes as I get older – I’d heard so much about Koh Samui in Thailand that I really was dying to see it. It did not disappoint. Being from Australia, I’m no stranger to wonderful coastlines, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel all around South East Asia and other places, but Samui is a different world. There were a variety of activities that could appeal to every type of traveler, so everyone in my family could find something they wanted to do, whether it was wakeboarding, snorkeling, sailing, eating delicious seafood, shopping, or lounging in the sun.

When did you travel there and who did you go with?

This trip was actually very recent and we just got back last November, that’s why it’s so top of mind. I went with my family. I have three boys, and now that they are older, it’s been exciting to get to take them on more adventurous vacations than was possible when they were younger. I’m very fortunate that my business allows me to work remotely and still be able to keep in touch with my clients and employees. Technology is absolutely fabulous, isn’t it?!!

Please share your memories from the trip.

I don’t know if you have enough space for me to share all the highlights, haha, but I’ll try my best. I stayed on Chewang beach as well as Silver beach in Lamai. One of my favorite daily activities was really peaceful, just getting up early every morning and doing pilates outside our hotel room and watching the sun rise on Chewang beach. It is really easy to stay motivated when you have such beautiful surroundings and it was a great way to start the day right.

As a family, one of my lasting memories will always be a boat ride we took when we were visiting a number of outer islands. We ran into a baby whale which was obviously amazing, and the water was this unbelievable color of aquamarine. We stopped for lunch at a secluded beach and grilled some seafood we’d caught ourselves from the boat.

Then there was being able to watch my boys take surfing lessons. It was especially rewarding to see my youngest struggle at first and then when he finally started to stand up on the board to see the level of satisfaction he gained from having accomplished something through hard work and determination.

One of the boys completed his PADI scuba license, so that was a busy few days for him, and he really enjoyed it- the water is very warm in Thailand so not wet suits for diving which is a huge plus.

Another highlight was watching the full moon rise one night over Ocean every night. I’ve never seen the moon look so big. I can’t believe how beautiful it was and the photos definitely don’t do it justice. That’s how you know you’ve had a great vacation when the pictures can’t tell the whole story.

And sometimes the things that stay with you are the simple memories, like being able to work on a laptop while drinking a coconut shake.

As a mother, I truly cherish the opportunities we’ve had to travel together as a family and grow closer and make memories that will last a lifetime.

What other places have you visited?

I’ve been lucky to experience a lot of travel to many amazing places. In addition to the places close to home in Australia and New Zealand, I’ve been to a lot of spots  in South East Asia Korea, India (Will never forget the Taj Mahal), Kingdom of Tonga, Tahiti, and all over Europe (Italy is a favorite), America, the Caribbean 23 countries so far, am a travel addict! .

What advice would you give to a first-time traveler?

Don’t wait until you’ve saved enough money for your “Dream Vacation.” Some of the best vacation spots are very economical and there are some great deals online. And you definitely don’t have to be rich to travel to some of the world’s most amazing locations. Figure out what your budget is and then start scouring the internet for deals and ways to save money. I’ve done a lot of work vacations where I stay in one place for a period of time and work while I’m there. You get to experience another culture and really learn about a place while still making money.

Of course, if your job doesn’t allow you to work remotely, you can take shorter trips. Even just a weekend away to the countryside can be totally rejuvenating. Another way to make trips more affordable is to visit cities and countries where you have friends there already. You might have a free place to stay plus a tour guide who can take you to all the lesser known but more ‘authentic’ places while avoiding expenses like car rentals and tour groups.

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Dr. Barry Friedberg, MD – Goldilocks Foundation, Founder

 

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Barry Friedberg currently lives in beautiful, seaside Corona del Mar, California, over-looking Catalina Island and spectacular winter sunsets.

On March 26, Friedberg began a clinical trial of using propofol to block ketamine hallucinations and using ketamine to prevent intra-operative pain all while avoiding the traditional use of narcotics like morphine or fentanyl during surgery. Narcotics are a class of drug most closely associated with postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). By 1993, Friedberg had solved the twin anesthesia vexations of PONV and narcotic requiring, postoperative pain. After Friedberg introduced 1998 FDA approved BIS brain monitor to measure patients’ brain response to propofol doses, he observed a nearly hundred-fold variation between patients to achieve the same level of hypnosis or sleep. The solutions became numerically reproducible, the basis of scientific method. This meant any other anesthesia provider who followed his paradigm would get the same dramatically improved results for his patients.

World-renowned PONV authority, Christian Apfel, originally published the four PONV predictive factors in the New England Journal of Medicine, a rare accomplishment for any anesthesiologist. Non-smoking, female gender, with previous PONV or motion sickness history, having surgery associated with PONV like cosmetic. This description perfectly fits Friedberg’s patients who despite receiving no prophylactic nausea drugs, had the lowest PONV rate (0.6%) in the literature in a in 1999paper by Friedberg. Apfel later cited Friedberg’s paper in his PONV chapter of the highly prestigious Miller’s Anesthesia textbook in both the 2010 and 2015 editions. The PONV chapter is found at number 86 of 89 chapters in Miller,’ indicating a low priority the anesthesia profession holds for this undesirable patient outcome. Although patients do not die from PONV, they only wish they were dead. Patient satisfaction suffers with PONV, and satisfaction now plays a role in third party remuneration for anesthesia services. One day Millers’ PONV chapter may find a place closer to the front of his encyclopedic textbook.

Friedberg remains a man on a mission, a mission to make brain monitoring a standard of care for major surgery under anesthesia. A 2009 mortality study showed one American death daily from anesthesia over medication, the natural consequence a giving anesthesia without measuring the brain, the target organ of the anesthetic drugs. This mortality study also showed 40% or 16 million of the 40 million American patients (many of whom are over 50) every year wake up from anesthesia with brain fog. Friedberg’s anesthesia colleagues remain mystified as to the reason why.

In 2000, Friedberg published a 30% reduction in anesthesia drug use when using a 1996 FDA approved, brain monitor (the forehead sensor connects to a computer that generates a number from 0-100). The lower the number, the more asleep the patient. At the 60-75 range, patients are asleep and do not remember their surgery. Most anesthesia providers are titrating doses in the range well below 45-60, levels considered adequate for general anesthesia. There should be little mystery about why brain fog happens in epidemic numbers in the US.

Tell us about a favorite trip you’ve taken.

Frontiers in Knowledge, a nonprofit education foundation, invited me to conduct two-day, solo educational seminars in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. These events ran for 8 hours of lecture each day for a total 32 hours of Friedberg speaking and answering questions. By the end of the second day, I could not speak above a whisper which was provident as the original plan was to continue for another two-day session in Dubai.

What attracted you to these places?

I was very flattered by the recognition of the value of my life’s work by an organization halfway around the world and intrigued by the chance to literally to go to the ends of the earth to share my knowledge for safer, simpler, better, more cost-effective and numerically reproducible anesthesia. The students were excited to hear about my novel Goldilocks anesthesia paradigm.

When did you travel there and who did you go with?

Kuala Lumpur lecture series happened on October 25 & 26.th The Singapore event was on the following days, October 28 and 29th 2010.

Please share your memories from the trip.

This trip was made without the company of my beloved wife, Shelley. To compensate for my absence, we used Skype to visit with each other while I was away.

Goldilocks anesthesia students in Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blue shirt color was not an accidental choice. Prior to my trip, I learned that superstitious Muslins use this color to ward off evil spirits. I wanted to convey a subliminal sense of safety for my students. When I shared this piece of trivia with them, they all agreed the color choice was a good one.

Dr. Donald Ng, a Singapore cosmetic surgeon (below) was so impressed with my work he gave me a return ticket on the once a day, business class flight of Singapore Air. It was the greatest act of selfless generosity I had experienced in my nearly 4 decades of private practice. My trip back across the international date line ‘only’ took 18 hours as opposed to my original itinerary that would have taken nearly twice the amount of flying time with two stopovers. Despite the better travel arrangements, it still took me nearly three weeks to get back on the proper time zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What other places have you visited?

I have presented my Goldilocks anesthesia paradigm in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada, Cabo San Lucas, Leon Guanajuato &Veracruz, Mexico, Haifa and Tel Aviv, Israel, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in addition to numerous surgery and anesthesia meetings in the US.

What advice would you give to a first-time traveler?

Pack lightly, prepare for the unexpected and try your best to keep your sense of humor. Nothing ever goes entirely according to your plans. There may be with hotel reservations and unexpected delays in plane flights or connections.

Janet Sirmon

As the owner of Janet Sirmon Fine Art, Janet Sirmon has become a prominent figure in the fine arts industry known for her specific expertise in 19th and 20th century photography, especially American Social Documentary photography and Czech photography of the 1920s through the 1940s. It was Janet’s lifelong devotion to the fine arts that served as the initial inspiration to found Janet Sirmon Fine Art more than 20 years ago, and the success she has enjoyed during the time since is a clear product of her passionate dedication to a beloved medium such as photography.

A longtime student of the arts — with a particular focus on photography and sculpture — Janet actually pursued a degree in economics during her undergraduate years, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the subject from James Madison University. Even though economics was her primary academic focus at JMU, Janet’s interest in the fine arts hardly wavered, and following the completion of her undergraduate degree, she earned acceptance to the Pratt Institute to study photography and sculpture.

With an MFA in photography and sculpture from the prestigious Pratt Institute — not to mention a degree in economics from James Madison University — the pursuit of an entrepreneurial endeavor involving the fine arts seemed to be an entirely logical step. After thoughtful consideration, Janet made the decision to open Janet Sirmon Fine Art in Los Angeles, and her business has thrived in its Southern California location throughout the two decades since its initial opening.

In order to meet the needs of a client base comprised of museum curators and serious art collectors, Janet travels to countries all over the world on a regular basis. Due to her status as an expert in Czech photography, Janet is especially familiar with Central Europe and is a frequent visitor to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Artists are inevitably influenced by their surroundings, so I deeply enjoy any opportunity to gain additional perspective regarding a particular artist’s work through my frequent travel.

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

I consider it a lifestyle, at least for the most part. My interest in the arts led to a deep desire to travel and to see the work of the world’s greatest artists in person.

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Prague, in the Czech Republic, is the most beautiful place I have ever been to.

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

Since I mostly travel on an as-needed basis, I don’t plan anything too far in advance.  However, Bali is next on my list.

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Inexperienced travelers might want to consider choosing travel destinations that possess a unique history or those that might offer a valuable learning opportunity.

6. Where would you like to go?

Sao Paulo, Brazil.

7. Where would you like to revisit?

I’ve only been to Japan once, and I would very much enjoy spending more time in Tokyo.

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

Yes, since I am usually traveling for professional reasons I mostly prefer to travel alone. On the occasions in which I travel for recreation, however, I like to bring along friends and family.

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Prague, Florence, and London.

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

My preference is to travel light, but this is usually possible only as I travel to my destination; the return trip often involves traveling with a number of carefully protected packages.

John Pryor

John Pryor RKS Trav

John Pryor, rugby expert and strength and conditioning coordinator of the Japan Rugby Football Union, is a leading authority on the subjects of biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports nutrition, injury prevention and operant conditioning. In addition to his work training the elite athletes of Japan’s national rugby team, Pryor also serves as director of JointAction, a company dedicated to improving occupational health and wellness through the prevention of common musculoskeletal injuries.

Given his role with the Japan Rugby Football Union, international travel is incredibly common for Pryor. Since joining the national team as its strength and conditioning coordinator in 2012, Pryor has traveled frequently from his home in Australia to work with the team in Tokyo, Japan, not to mention all of the time spent abroad during international competition. In 2015, Pryor traveled to England for the Rugby World Cup, where the Japan Rugby Football Union’s victory over the South African team during the opening weekend of competition is considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Rugby World Cup.

While his exploits in training elite athletes at the international level have brought him a great deal of notoriety, his work with JointAction has been every bit as impressive. Through the application of his extensive research in biomechanics, Pryor has developed educational materials for workers to utilize with the goal of reducing the incidence of musculoskeletal injury. Pryor has created diverse programs uniquely suited to all manner of workers across a wide range of industries, drastically improving health outcomes due to the specificity of his approach.

Pryor graduated from Southern Cross University with a master’s degree in biomechanics, and detailed research and analysis has remained an integral component of his approach to all of his professional endeavors. With both JointAction and the Japan Rugby Football Union, Pryor has always sought out new methods and advancements to improve the results his athletes are able to achieve.

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

I’ve found that each location provides an opportunity for you to learn something new about yourself.

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It’s a lifestyle, but it certainly feels like more of a recreational pursuit at times. I got started with traveling due to my involvement with athletics, and I’m absolutely grateful for the opportunity sport has provided me.

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Tokyo is a truly magnificent city, but I also became enamored with England during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

In 2019, Japan is hosting the Rugby World Cup, and that is going to be quite an exciting time for us.

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Always block off some extra time if you are traveling someplace on business, otherwise you might not get the opportunity to really experience the location if work gets in the way.

6. Where would you like to go?

I’d really like to spend an extended period of time in the Patagonia region.

7. Where would you like to revisit?

I’ve been to Dublin a few times before and would enjoy taking a return trip some time in the future.

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

Most of my travel is done with a relatively sizable group of rugby players and members of the coaching and training staff, so when I am not traveling with the team I do enjoy traveling alone from time to time.

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Tokyo, Japan; Dublin, Ireland; London, England.

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

While I travel light when I can, most of the time I have to pack up quite a bit since most of my travel involves a lengthy stay.

Rachel Kramer

Rachel Kramer RKS Trav

Charged with a wide range of projects of critical importance, Rachel Kramer’s versatile skill set has proven to be particularly advantageous in her responsibilities as business development representative for QASymphony. The Atlanta-based company focuses on software development and test management tools, both of which are included among Ms. Kramer’s vast areas of professional expertise. Over the course of her professional career, Ms. Kramer has earned a reputation for an exceptionally professional approach and is widely regarded for her ability to foster positive collaborative efforts within each company with which she has previously been associated.

Although Ms. Kramer is known for her expert insight on matters relating to test management software — and JIRA test management tools in particular — her role with QASymphony is quite expansive. As the company’s business development representative, Ms. Kramer is still able to offer her insight and expertise on a wide range of software-related issues. In addition to providing a great deal of software-related advice, Ms. Kramer is also charged with leading the effort to further develop and expand business operations in a way that ensures sustainable growth and long-term viability.

Ms. Kramer is able to draw on an extensive professional background as well as relevant academic experience in her role with QASymphony, and she holds several degrees earned from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Kramer currently lives just outside of the city in which she completed her degrees, so she is close to her place of employment but even closer to the national parks and recreation areas in which she frequently hikes and backpacks.

Although she elected to remain in Atlanta after completing her academic coursework, Ms. Kramer is an accomplished traveler and has visited some of the most unique destinations located inside and outside of the United States. Traveling for recreational and professional reasons, Ms. Kramer has visited every continent and has backpacked all over the United States and Europe on multiple occasions.

1. What is your favorite thing about traveling?

There is just so much that I enjoy about traveling, but I have to say I most enjoy the opportunity to meet new people.

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

I’ve always traveled, so it is a lifestyle for me. My family went on trips all over the world even while I was young, and I’ve had the travel bug ever since.

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

The Pacific Northwest is by far my favorite place to visit, and it is certainly among the most beautiful.

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I have a few short backpacking trips planned, including a section of the Appalachian Trail.

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

You don’t necessarily have to travel a great distance to have a life-altering travel experience.

6. Where would you like to go?

I think I would like to visit some of those tiny islands in the South Pacific, especially the ones that have been relatively unchanged.

7. Where would you like to revisit?

I would never turn down an opportunity to visit any location that falls between Eugene, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia.

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

Sometimes it is just the most practical way to travel, but I like having travel buddies too.

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Olympia, Washington; Eugene, Oregon; and Reykjavik, Iceland.

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

After backpacking so many times, I am just in the habit of packing light no matter what.

Ralph Slaske

Ralph Slaske HeadshotRalph Slaske is the owner and founder of Ralph Slaske Builders, a custom homebuilding firm serving clients throughout the Northwest Ohio area and beyond. Mr. Slaske, with prior experience as a project manager, an engineer and a construction professional, brings a rare degree of insight and expertise to his clients and goes to great lengths to ensure each project meets each client’s unique specifications from start to finish. A longtime advocate for a comprehensive approach to custom homebuilding, Mr. Slaske is able to offer exceptional custom services that include everything from the initial concept design to the interior decorating.

A graduate of the University of Toledo, Mr. Slaske began his professional career as an engineer before being elevated to a position as a project manager with a widely respected corporate firm. Though he earned the respect and admiration of his peers in each of these corporate roles, Mr. Slaske was inspired to pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor focusing on custom homebuilding after designing and building the home in which he currently resides. While the prospect of beginning an endeavor for which he felt a great deal of passion was certainly a motivating factor, Mr. Slaske also felt it necessary to make it possible for prospective homebuyers to have an option available to them that truly offered custom design and high-quality construction.

In founding Ralph Slaske Builders, Mr. Slaske sought to adopt an approach in which clients would not have to coordinate among several different contractors and subcontractors during the homebuilding process. The result has been of significant benefit for custom homebuilding clients, especially since Mr. Slaske has incorporated every aspect of the construction process from beginning to end into his operations. Clients often note that Mr. Slaske’s ability to streamline this homebuilding process achieves the rarest of all construction outcomes: an exceptionally constructed, cost-efficient home built in a short period of time.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

It’s the architecture that inspires me to travel, but it’s often the people I meet along the way that proves to be most memorable.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It’s a lifestyle that began out of the desire to see the architecture of ancient Rome.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Rome, Italy, and Athens, Greece, are certainly close in terms of sheer architectural beauty.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I think I’ll be heading down to Peru to see Machu Picchu within the next year or so. 

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

While traveling, try to avoid that which seems familiar. In my view, traveling should always be a novel experience.

Where would you like to go?

I’ve been interested in seeing the Canadian Rockies as well as different parts of the Andean mountain range in South America.

Where would you like to revisit?

As someone who is absolutely fascinated by ancient architecture, Rome and Athens are places I could return to again and again.

Do you travel alone? Why?

It depends on where I am headed and for how long, but I enjoy traveling alone or with company.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Rome, Italy, and Athens, Greece, should go without saying, and I would add the island of Java as well.

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I try to pack very little if possible, but there have been several instances in which I have both over- and under-packed.

Travel Profile: David R. Gray Jr.

A frequent world traveler who has spent extensive time traversing each of the Scandinavian countries, David R. Gray has returned to the southern part of Norway on several occasions and intends on returning there again in the near future. While David has expressed a clear fondness for the culture and the people of Scandinavia, he has certainly not limited his travels to Northern Europe and has indicated a desire to continue to explore a variety of unfamiliar locales all across the globe.

During David’s first trip to Northern Europe, he spent time staying in hotels, hostels and as a guest with several local families, a travel plan that allowed him to socialize in a variety of unique settings. Given his frequent return trips, it is clear that David found the south of Norway particularly appealing in spite of the difficult winter conditions that are relatively common to the area. Of course, David has also enjoyed trips to Sweden and Denmark over the years and has even developed a conversational understanding of Danish and Swedish in addition to his fluency in Norwegian.

In addition to his frequent travels to Northern Europe, David has also spent a lot of time in Australia and New Zealand. After business brought him to Auckland several years ago, David made a point to travel back for a personal trip for a more in-depth exploration of both New Zealand and Australia. Fascinated by the unique wildlife in both countries, David identified the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House as the highlights of his trip and even intends to give surfing another try the next time he visits Bondi Beach.

Travel Agents for Travel, Ralph Slaske for Homes

The internet has been around for multiple decades and since then, business as we know it has changed. Websites such as Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline make it more easy to book a flight, hotel, rental car than bobbing for apples and all it takes is just a few clicks of a mouse. Boom! Finished! Isn’t it interesting that even though we have these conveniences and technology to make it fast and easy, people are still hiring travel agents? They might not be as silly as  you think because working with a travel agent has some awesome benefits.

Why work with a travel agent? Probably the same reason you would call Ralph Slaske of Slaske Builders to have a home built. That one-on-one relation with someone can make all the difference in a clients experience. Travel agents are salespeople, not so much business owners, but they still are required to have an understanding of the services their agency provides and to be able to provide the best possible customer service. From travel dates to providing transportation, the travel agent is in charge of absolutely everything. The goal is to give you (the client) a stress-free traveling experience.

Travel agents are available at all times for any cause, so it doesn’t matter if you need to book travel plans for a large business trips or even just simply visiting a new area. You might be curious about those benefits I mentioned earlier. Working with a travel agent can get you some extra information. For example, there are those who are knowledgeable about geographical areas or might know your travel destination like the back of their hand. Also, travel agents work closely with vendors and if you happen to get lucky and get the right tagent, they can assist you in gett the best deals possible.

Travel and the Increasing Reliance on Technology

As someone who has spent many years traveling all over the world, I have long been accustomed to thoroughly planning trips well in advance. Preparing in this way has helped me determine how to maximize my time by prioritizing destinations and activities, and it has likewise been helpful in allowing me to recognize the obstacles I might encounter along the way. Since my friends all refer to me as “Jody Rookstool, World Conquerer,” I am often asked to help others plan out their travels as well. While I certainly enjoy offering my assistance, I find myself increasingly concerned over how technologically reliant travelers have become.

Obviously, technological advancements have made traveling so much easier for many, many reasons. This is true when traveling at home and abroad, and it is rarely the case that drivers are pulling over to unfold unwieldy maps or to ask for directions and advice. It is quite convenient to just pull out a phone, open an application and allow technology to do the work.

In most instances, relying on technology in this way is perfectly acceptable, but my concern stems from the lack of prior planning. We are not always able to count on technology to be available whenever we need it, and travelers who forgo planning in favor of just figuring it out along the way will likely find themselves wasting time while trying to decide where to go and what to do. It may seem silly or even antiquated to create a loose itinerary for a vacation, but a little planning can go a long way.

Hiking on Vacation Requires Proper Footwear

17_HikingThere are a great deal of travelers who find themselves taking long hikes while on vacation despite not really being used to this sort of activity. While it is certainly not ideal to go on a two- or three-hour hike when you haven’t been on a long hike in several years, many vacationers compound the mistake by wearing the improper footwear while doing so. Even if you are just doing some urban hiking through the city of San Francisco, California and its many inclines or even the relatively flat streets of Washington, DC, the proper footwear is of extreme importance to ensuring that your vacation is not ruined by an easily avoidable foot injury.

According to Dr. Andrew Carver, a podiatrist, there are far too many people who make easily avoidable hiking-related mistakes while on vacation. Trying to do more than you are used to is enough for you to ultimately require a visit to a podiatry clinic, but trying to do it while wearing shoes that are not designed for hiking makes an injury even more likely. The foot doctor points out that while it is possible to enjoy an injury-free hike while wearing a pair of sneakers, it is much less likely in a pair of sandals or some other inappropriate footwear choice. There is a reason that most serious hikers wear hiking boots on every hike they venture out on, and even the less rigorous hiking trails feature elements that make specialized footwear an intelligent choice.

Nobody wants to be laid up with an injury while on vacation, so Dr. Carver suggests reading up on the various reviews of any potential hiking trail to see if it will require specialty footwear. Even if it doesn’t require specific hiking boots, it is always best for you to just pack a pair of boots in case the need ultimately arises. If you do not have boots or they are not available, then you should at least make sure that you are wearing athletic sneakers and not a pair of sandals or a type of shoe that is clearly not appropriate for a lengthy hike outdoors. Abiding by these simple hiking guidelines should prove helpful if you wish to avoid dealing with foot pain or a foot injury during your vacation.