The Art of Frequent Business Travel Being a frequent business traveler is a balancing act filled with incredible rewards but unique challenge. Sometimes you can’t wait to get out there
The Art of Frequent Business Travel
Being a frequent business traveler is a balancing act filled with incredible rewards but unique challenge. Sometimes you can’t wait to get out there to tackle the latest and greatest opportunity and other times the journey itself challenges every inch of patience you have. Delayed flights, car rental reservations lost in the system, no WIFI in the public WIFI zone, and the universal frustration of your smartphone letting you know that you only have 5% battery life left. But at the end of day, the job is done, you’ve got some new stories to tell, and let’s face it, it beats sitting at the same desk around the same people for 40 hours a week.
Frequent travelers are in a class of their own. They’ve mastered the art of getting from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible all while getting work done along the way. It’s an incredible skill when you stop to think about it and the only way to acquire it is in the trenches. They scoff at the novice traveler trying to figure out where to go for his connecting flight, “get out of my way you over packed rookie!” It brings to mind a New York City native pushing their way right through lost tourists trying to make sense of it all.
Traveling is a system best suited for the well-traveled and the prepared. Like any system, many of its moving parts are dependent on each other. One chink in the armor and boom, potential disaster! Have you ever thought the types of skills you have developed? Time management is the first skill that comes to mind. How do you make the most out of every minute and turn challenges into opportunities? Flight delayed? No time to fret, time to get the iPad out and shoot off those emails you were planning to send while you were waiting to depart. Now that’s done, which pushes up the proposal you were planning to review when you landed to takeoff. Before you know it that seemingly annoying delay has bought you more time and in the end you can watch the football game in the hotel tonight because you crossed every item off your to-do list with time to spare. Nice!
So, how do you do it? How do you keep it all together in the face of all the little things that could go wrong? If you have some golden frequent travels tips please do share!
One of the worlds most beloved and famed soccer players, David Beckham has big plans for Miami. Like many Englishmen, he wants more time in the sun and to plant some roots in this vibrant city. His plan is to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami and wants the city to help build a new arena in PortMiami. But there are few problems.
First, the world’s busiest cruise port also houses the world’s 2nd biggest cruise company, Royal Carribean. They argue that added traffic would interfere with their cruise line operations and add to congestion in the Biscayne Bay area. Coincidentally, the world’s largest cruise line and Royal Carribean’s top competitors, Carnival Cruises is owned by Micky Arison, the owner of the Miami Heat.
The second problem is tax payer funding but if they built an arena for the Miami Marlins you’d have to think they’d grant David Beckham’s wishes. David Beckham isn’t taking any chances and has even hired a lobbyist to help convince the Florida legislature to help him fund the project.
Miami has no lack of celebrity athletes but Miami always has room for more. Just take a look down the road from where David Beckham wants to build a stadium – the two-time defending champions Miami Heat, which features a super-star trio of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Celebrity wise, David Beckham is on the same level as Lebron James, if you consider they both raked in $42 million in endorsement deals in 2013, according to Forbes magazine. There have already been rumors circulating on the internet that Lebron James could join the ownership group headed by David Beckham. Would Lebron James team up with another major athlete? He’s already done it before (Dwayne Wade) so who knows?
First off, Mr. Beckham has to convince Miami-Dade to lease them the ultra-valuable space. He envisions the new soccer stadium ushering in a new commercial district that could house new hotels, shops, and retail space. I say, give Mr. Beckham his stadium and let him bring another major league sports championship to Miami. After all, he’s shown that he is an astute business man; already having negotiated a Major League Soccer franchising fee of $25 million (other owners pay $70 million). Only time will tell it Miami can finally become the soccer town that everyone thinks it could be.
Saint Patrick’s Day Miami Beach 2014
This weekend, everyone is Irish! Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t until Monday, March 17, but with a holiday America has centered around fun times, green beer, yummy food, and sing-a-long music and dancing, it’s sure to attract some celebrating the weekend prior as well as the holiday itself.
Miami has tons to choose from for St. Paddy’s celebrating, so you will need to narrow down your choices. Although there are a ton of activities and parties all over Brickell, Coral Gables and Tobacco Road, don’t rule out South Beach for having some of the best times for Irish Cheer this weekend and on Monday.
Here are some places around Miami Beach that are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with events, specials, music, and of course plenty of fun.
Playwright Irish Pub
Here it’s always Irish, so even though their main St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is on Monday, there will be the traditional Irish fare on menu, Irish whiskey and beers to pour, and the atmosphere will make you think you could be in a pub in Ireland. Try a night out for dinner Saturday, for a loud but laid-back time.
On Monday, stop by Playwright for an Irish coffee to start off your day, as they open nice and early. Fill yourself up with a traditional Irish breakfast. Of course they will have all the favorite Irish food like corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie, and plenty of green pints to wash it all down with. A classic rock band will hit their stage later to keep the celebrating going into the night.
This eclectic, cozy bar is gearing up for St. Paddy’s celebrations all weekend long. They will be having drink specials Saturday, Sunday, and Monday as well as a fun St. Patrick’s day contest. Here you can get an Irish Car Bomb or shot of Jameson for $5. Or try one of their tasty, unique cocktails on special too.
Monty’s Sunset is a casual restaurant right on the water even with their own pool. Even if you drive or walk, you’ll feel like you just got off a boat. Typically known for their seafood, Monty’s is feeling Irish with St. Patrick’s Day specials. They are offering a delicious corned beef and cabbage meal served with a tall, refreshing Guinness for $19.95. Another special for the holiday is $5 pickle backs.
The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) has been opening its doors to enlighten us with truly artistic expression on the silver screen since 1984. The internationally renowned festival has introduced us to promising filmmakers, and is a nice change of pace to the hundreds of commercial movies advertised to us more often than we’d like. Famed Hollywood actors come out in droves to experience this truly special event. Everybody from Viggo Mortensen to Kate Hudson has walked the MIFF’s red carpets.
This year’s MIFF kicked off on March 7th and will host daily viewings at multiple venues until March 16th. Luckily for us, many of the viewings are in walking distance from Chic Place at Lincoln! The Regal South Beach, located at 1100 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, is arguably the best place to be to experience the most of the this year’s Miami International Film Festival. MIFF films will be shown every day of the 10 day event at 4 of the cinema’s 18 theaters. To see the full schedule of all the viewings at the Regal South Beach visit the Miami International Film Festival’s official website.
For a truly special event, visit the Miami Beach Cinematheque on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. Renovated by the Miami Beach Films Society, this cinema hall is South Beach’s premier viewing destination. Many of MIFF’s special events such as the master classes, panels, and industry programs will be hosted at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.
If you find yourself outside of Miami Beach, there are a number of great venues to enjoy the Film Festival such as the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, the Paragon Grove in Coconut Grove, the Coral Gables Art Cinema, and the O Cinema in Wynwood.
With over 100 films being shown during the 10 days of the festival, it’s difficult to narrow it down but thankfully Miami NewTimes contributor Hans Morgenstern has provided us with some guidance. In his well-written blog “Five Must-See Films at the Miami International Film Festival This Weekend” he challenges his readers to catch all 5 of these films:
- The Congress
- The Immigrant
- The Sacrament
- Locations: Looking for Rusty James
- Young and Beautiful
If you can’t catch them all and want to narrow it down even further the Miami NewTimes article has trailers posted for each and a short description.
There are a variety of festival packages and tickets for everyone from die-hard movie buffs to first timers. To purchase tickets for the event visit the Miami International Film Festival’s website and if you would like to be in walking distance to the viewings, check room availability Chic Place at Lincoln.
Miami is always full of entertainment. There’s delicious restaurants, beautiful beaches, high-energy clubs, entertaining people-watching, and plenty of shopping. If you are looking for something else to get into this weekend, we have some suggestions.
There are a few big music names performing in Miami this weekend: Macklemore, Janelle Monáe, and Stephen `Ragga’ Marley.
Janelle Monáe will be performing Saturday November 23, 2013 at The Fillmore Miami Beach, which is just down the street from Chic Place at Lincoln Boutique Hotel and Apartment Rentals. This funky lady will be jamming out and singing starting at 8pm, but tickets (which are still available) are all general admission, so you might want to get there early to get a good spot!
Macklemore has gained a lot of fame and popularity recently, so it’s great to get a chance to see him in Miami. His show which also has tickets still available, is at the American Airlines Arena on Sunday, November 24,2013 at 7:30pm.
Stephen Marley is headlining at the Miami International Reggae Festival, One Love Nutrifest this Saturday, November 23. This day-long festival, which will have several other artists performing as well, will be held in Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park. The event begins at 1pm, and you will get in free if you come before 3pm with a food donation.
On Saturday, November 23, 2013, Florida International University (FIU) is hosting a beer fest where you can relax, mingle, and taste lots of beer. Local beer brewers have created some awesome craft beers, and here you will be able to meet them as they share their beer knowledge while you sip their tasty brews. Over 20 different breweries, brewpubs, and home brewers will be there including Miami’s own Wynwood Brewing, Miami Brewing Co., and Daddy Brews among many other Florida places. Get 50% discount on your ticket by going to http://www.sflbrewfest.com/ , clicking buy now and selecting “Day of the Event” ticket and type in coupon code “brewfest50”. All proceeds benefit Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The BrewFest event will be held at FIU’s Kovens Conference Center at the Biscayne Bay Campus.
There are a couple of home football games this weekend. Miami Hurricanes take on the Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday, November 23 at noon. The Miami Dolphins try to leave the negative media aside and concentrate on the field as they play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday’s 1pm game at Sun Life Stadium. The popular and talented Miami Heat will roar up some cheers as they play the other Florida team on Saturday night. The game vs. Orlando Magic starts at 7:30pm, where you can see LeBron James in action.
South Beach is full of excitement, shopping, sexy beaches, crazy nightlife, interesting people watching, unique culinary creations, and just about the best vacation spot one could ask for. Even those who are here on business find some time for fun while in this city. So while you are here, you might as well find a place to stay that is cozy enough to call home and have all the amenities you need while being close enough to everywhere you want to visit. What makes a hotel, vacation rental, or short term apartment the best place to stay?
We feel Chic Place at Lincoln is a perfect example of exactly what both vacationers and business travelers are looking for, and that’s why we think Chic Place at Lincoln is one of the best places to stay in South Beach. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.
Location, Location, Location
Steps away from the famous Lincoln Road Mall, Chic Place at Lincoln is in a perfect location for its guests. Lincoln Road has all the best shopping, restaurants, cafes, and of course people watching. The Miami Beach Convention Center, which holds numerous events for both business and pleasure is just down the street less than a mile away. Also within the same distance, are other places of interest for those appreciating the artistic and cultural side Miami has to offer: The Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, New World Symphony at the New World Center, and The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater. Just as though you are in your own neighborhood, you will easily find your favorite places to grab a bite, book stores and coffee houses such as Books & Books, and even the nearby Movie Theater… all this within walking distance.
If you are wanting to explore other parts of Miami, the location of Chic Place at Lincoln is perfectly placed to get to the mainland of Miami. It is half of a mile from the Venetian Causeway, or just under 2 miles to either i375 or i195, which will take you to some other great neighborhoods in Miami such as the up-and-coming Wynwood, Downtown, Coconut Grove, or Coral Gables.
If you want to stick to Miami Beach, there is plenty more to do in all directions, as Chic Place is centrally located. Of course you will want to take a trip to the beach! It’s just under a mile to reach that hot Miami sand. Take a stroll over there in just 15-20 minutes.
Home Away From Home
It’s nice to feel like you are at home even when you are traveling in a different city. One thing that can help you feel that way is having everything you are used to at your fingertips. Chic Place at Lincoln has a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and even a terrace to relax or entertain. It isn’t just a hotel room… Chic Place is a full apartment so you feel like you are right at home. Choose from studio apartments or for larger parties, you can stay in a two bedroom.
The private entrance with a secure gate is right next to the short term apartment building’s own parking lot so you can come and go at you please easily. Chic Place also makes sure their guest have bottled water and snacks available to them, because you never know when you might have some late-night cravings. And your place may even look a little better than home with the daily maid service.
Chic Place at Lincoln is all about being trendy, relaxing, and artsy. Some of the cool extras each of the rooms has is a built-in television in the ceiling above the beds! Where is the other TV? You may have mistaken it for the mirror, which transforms to your entertainment screen with a click. Each room also has an ipod dock to play music. The walls are decorated with fantastic art that you can even purchase. And if you want more space, you can fold your bed into the wall. This is the perfect combination for South Beach living.
You can also rent bicycles during your stay to check out your surroundings. Or if you’d prefer to stick around the apartments, there are hammocks and an area for lounging outside or even throwing your own little get together. Host a perfect party in your own backyard when you Chic Place at Lincoln.
Who doesn’t love Sunday Brunch in South Beach? It makes a great meal… maybe the best one you’ve eaten all week, promotes relaxation mixed with good company and even better conversation, and of course it gives a good reason to sip on some tasty beverages as the ones from last night are still wear off.
New to Sunday Brunch in South Beach
Sunday Brunch in South Beach has a new player on the block, and it is one not to be missed. Macchialina Taverna Rustica has been open just over a year, but is already a favorite eating spot to many, critics included… and here, you eat like a local. As Chic Place At Lincoln, a nearby short-term apartment rental, already knows, it’s great to feel like a local, even if you are just visiting. They have boasted about Macchialina in their SEE, PLAY, EAT section of their website.
Macchialina is a fresh take on a rustic Italian restaurant and gives a New York feel. Their delicious dinner menu has a wide range of antipasti and pasta along with other snacks, sliced meats, and entrees. Some fan-favorite plates including creamy polenta with sausage ragu and cipollini onions; or Mediterranean octopus.
But let’s move on to what we are really hear to talk about… BRUNCH! Their official debut of this fantastic meal will be this Sunday, September 22, 2013, after finally succumbing to peer pressure and giving the customers what they want. Talented chef and part owner, Michael Pirolo, who is responsible for this top-notch food menu was actually the one trying to hold off serving brunch… well because he loves going out to eat brunch himself. But now he’s finally agreed to cook up some magic for the rest of us brunch-lovers.
Macchialina will be open on Sunday from noon to 4pm, in typical Miami fashion of “who eats before noon on a Sunday?” A la carte options will be available, but the chef menu will rotate weekly to keep fresh options to future regulars. For $35 per guest you will be able to sample six sure-to-be-scrumptious dishes split between 3 courses.
Items on the brunch menu range from pastries and small bites to lavish meals. Maybe the simplest thing on the menu, a scone and muffin basket with jam and mascarpone butter, sounds quite delicious, but wait until you hear the rest of the offerings. To name a few: a breakfast pizza with pancetta, potatoes, fontina and sunny side up eggs; steak & eggs with an Italian chili relleno and beef jus; Maine lobster roll with celery, tarragon and mayonnaise; and sweet Italian toast made with Panettone, maple pecan butter and crispy prosciutto. Okay, still looking for a few more options? Try the whipped ricotta with grilled figs, honey and country bread; or polenta and eggs with crispy prosciutto and arugula.
Don’t forget the drinks! Peach Bellinis, Mimosas, or a Sicilian Kiss will be sure to do.
My mouth is watering… is it Sunday yet?