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4 Reasons Why Limousine Services Are An Eco-Friendly Option

los angeles limo, limo service LAAre you concerned about the environment? A limousine service may be the perfect solution for you. Compared to many other forms of ground transportation, limousine services can be quite environmentally friendly — in addition, of course, to also being very fun!

1. Limousines don’t prowl around for passengers — they go directly from point A to point B.

When you book a limousine service, your limousine picks you up at the designated time and then drops you off. If it’s needed to pick up multiple people, your chauffeur will figure out the best way to pick up everyone as you desire. A limousine will never circle around the block looking for fares or otherwise travel unnecessarily, and this protects the environment. Limousines are also rated on a flat or hourly fee, not by mileage, so they have no reason to stretch the amount of miles they drive (and thus the fuel they use).

2. Limousines can fit a large group of people, rather than each taking individual modes of transportation.

Instead of having to take multiple vehicles, a limousine lets you take everyone to their destination at once. Like carpooling, this is an incredible way to reduce gas emissions and even to save money. The more people who take the limousine, the better it is for the environment.

3. Limousines are exactly as large as they need to be — and can be customized based on your needs.

Have you ever been in a larger form of transportation — such as public transportation — and been the only person in it? Naturally that’s happened to everyone, and it’s an incredible waste of fuel. Limousines can be ordered to the size that you need them (buses are even available, for those who need more space!) so that there is no waste involved.

Everyone knows that limousines are clearly the most convenient and luxurious of travel options, but not everyone realizes that the above factors make limousines one of the most environmentally friendly methods of traveling as well.

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3 Things to Consider When Booking a Limo For a Large Group

los angeles limo, limo service los angelesAre you going to be bringing a large amount of guests with you in a single limo? You might want to consider a few tips for making your ride as comfortable as possible. A large amount of guests requires slightly more logistical planning than just a few.

1. Does everyone need to be picked up and dropped off?

A large limousine service is almost trivial if everyone is being picked up and dropped off at the same place… but it can be more problematic if people need to be picked up and dropped off at different places. No matter how quickly the chauffeur is able to get from place to place, that’s still a lot of traveling to do. In these situations, it may be best to get multiple limos.

2. Is everyone on the same schedule?

As an addendum to the above, do some people need to leave a lot earlier than others? If so, don’t worry — the limousine can, of course, simply drop them off while the rest of you have your fun! Just remember that you’ll need to keep your scheduling straight so that the limo driver can return in time to take care of the rest of you.

3. Do you have an accurate count?

It’s easy to fit fewer people in a larger limo… it isn’t so easy to fit a larger amount of people in a smaller limo. Make absolutely sure to get your RSVPs in so that you know for certain exactly how many people are coming. If you aren’t sure, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and get a bigger vehicle rather than a smaller one.

Don’t forget that you can always ask if you aren’t certain about the plan that would be best for you and your friends! Sometimes it may be best to book two or even three limos rather than a single one for better maneuverability and timing.

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3 Reasons Why Employers May Want to Fear “Bleisure” Travel

los angeles limo, LA limo service, limo service los angelesNew reports indicate that employees are confused as to what is and isn’t allowed on business trips, and this has lead to an increase in “bleisure” travel. Bleisure doesn’t just mean taking some time out from a business trip to relax. Bleisure denotes trips that are taken with an employee’s entire family… and often without the employer being aware.

1. Employees May Be Distracted… Really Distracted

It’s one thing to be concentrating on work from home — it’s another to be stuck in a hotel room with your spouse and your kids while trying to focus on typing up a report. Regardless of how dedicated an employee is to their work, they are bound to get distracted when their children are begging them to go down to the pool with them.

2. Employees Have a Higher Risk of Accidents and Injury

Employees traveling with their family members are going to do a greater deal of travel. They may drive around the town, go hiking or take part in activities that could put them out of commission for the rest of their trip. Since they are technically on a business trip, driving around produces additional liability — one reason out of many why a car service should be used.

3. Employees May Not Be Available When Needed

It’s already very hard to keep a tight schedule with just a business trip — but it’s even harder if an employee is scheduling their business trip and their leisure time with their family. With bleisure travel, your employee may not be available when you need them and may struggle to juggle both aspects of their trip. And because they may not necessarily want to admit their difficulties, you may be left unaware of the situation.

Having very clear and discussed guidelines regarding bleisure travel is essential for companies that wish to limit or otherwise control their liability and increase their employee productivity. Many employees who take “bleisure” vacations do so because their employers either have no policy or do not enforce their policies.

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4 Ways to Use Social Media to Your Advantage During Business Trips

sedan service LA, los angeles limoSocial media is a fun pastime, but did you know that it can also be an extraordinarily effective business tool? Before you go on your next business trip, you might want to consider some ways in which social media can be used to improve your visit.

1. Research the People You’re Meeting With

It’s always a good idea to take a gander at the people you’re visiting with. Look for hobbies and things you have in common and update yourself on their company’s social media pages. They will be impressed that you took the time to do some research! LinkedIn is a fantastic resource for looking at a person’s work history and finding things in common professionally.

2. Find the Best Resources through Rating Sites

It’s easy to be mislead by advertising, but review and rating sites give you the real information you need to make a good choice. When doing business lunches and dinners, make sure to look at review sites in advance — and not just for ratings but for tips. You might need to know that parking is hard or that reservations tend to run late.

3.Get Updates on Any Potential Travel Issues

Social media tends to work much faster than news networks, radio stations and other notification systems. By following social media, you’ll be able to find out if there are traffic jams, flight delays and other problems. Make sure to follow anyone you need to in order to get updates. Many states even have their own Twitter accounts!

Of course, social media is also a great way to remain connected with your family when you’re on long business trips — don’t forget that! Facebook messenger is a fast and easy way to connect while Google Hangouts lets you video conference with your entire family at once. Don’t forget that you’re allowed to have a social life too!

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Singapore Airlines’ “Suites Class” May Set the Bar for Luxury Travel

limo service LA, LA limo, limousine service LA, sedan service LASingapore Airlines is known to be one of the best airlines in the industry — often topping charts for customer satisfaction and timeliness. The “Suites Class” is their luxury travel option, which is something that has to be seen to be believed. A ticket on the “Suites Class” nears $20,000 but there is nothing similar throughout any of the other airlines.

The “Suites Class” offers fliers their own personal cabin, in which is placed a flat screen television and a large bed. It’s essentially a flying hotel, with some turbulence potentially provided. Boarding takes place separately, ensuring that you don’t need to wait, and, of course, the attendants are at hand to take care of your every wish.

Suites Class also goes beyond the flight itself. The Suites Class tickets come with a private room to relax in, champagne and some special items to take home. But there are more than just a few Suites Class rooms aboard each plane — in fact, the Suites Class hall contains nearly a dozen such rooms, each of which takes up the footprint of perhaps six first class seats. So you can see that luxury travel, provided that the seats are filled, may be quite profitable for some airlines.

Luxury food and Givenchy clothing is provided, in addition to newspapers, magazines and other entertainment. But, given the $20,000 ticket expense, it’s understandable! Interestingly, frequent flyer miles can also be used for this type of ticket — for those who want to experience it but don’t have the cash at hand.

Of course, if you’re interested in luxury travel, you may be better off simply splurging on the hotel room and chauffeured car service —  rather than a flight that is the same price as a new car. The flight, after all, only takes a few hours.

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Keeping Up Business Productivity During a Heat Wave

los angeles limo, limo service LA, LA limo, sedan serviceLos Angeles and the surrounding areas have been experiencing a major heat wave, and even North California residents have found themselves in a bit of a quandary. While you’re trying to do business around town during one of the hottest months, there are a few things that you’re going to need to do to ensure that everything operates smoothly.

Keep Everything Charged — And Keep Your Options Open

When the city is in the throes of a heat wave, one of the major concerns is that the electricity will go out. To that end, you should always have other options open. Keep a spare laptop battery charged and, if you work on a desktop, make sure that you have a battery source connected so that you won’t lose all your work when the power goes out. When going on site for client meetings make sure that you have more than enough power to complete the meeting — even if the lights go out. Don’t forget that electricity usually takes out the Internet.

Arrange for Transportation in Advance

The last thing you want to happen during a heat wave is to get stuck in traffic. Make sure that you’ve arranged transportation well in advance and try your best to travel outside of the major rush hour times. Los Angeles traffic is certainly nothing to scoff at, especially as the heat soars.

Consider Moving Towards Electronic Meetings

When the power is up, electronic meetings are far preferable to slogging yourself across the city. If you go this route, try to complete your phone and video conferences over 4G or 3G Internet rather than WiFi; this will ensure that your meeting continues even if your Internet service or electricity goes down.

Take solace in the fact that the heat wave likely won’t last long. In the mean time, you may want to consider delaying any non-essential meetings until after the weather has balanced out; after all, few meetings go well when everyone is exhausted and hot.

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Tips For A Successful and Relaxing “Bizcation”

limo service Los Angeles, Los Angeles limo, sedan service, LA limoGoing on business trip after business trip can be stressful — but it doesn’t have to be. The newest trend in the world of business is the “bizcation.” Bizcations blend productivity and relaxation without compromising on either. With a little planning and work, you can have the best of both worlds.

Take Your Vacation Days During Your Trip

Do you have dozens of hours of vacation days accruing, but no time to spend them? Consider adding your vacation days on at the beginning or end of your business trip. If your company is sending you to France for a seminar, just add a few vacation days on the tail end. Your company still spends the same amount of money flying you in and out and you get to spend some time relaxing abroad at no travel cost to you.

Maintain a Healthy Work and Play Separation

You can’t be on the job all the time — even when you’re traveling for the job. Make sure that your office knows when you’re off limits, and turn off that phone! Once the evening hits, you’re on your own time, and you can enjoy the city. Trying to continue your work late into the night is just going to wipe you out and kill your productivity. The same goes for when your business trip ends and your bizcation begins; when you’re off the clock, just say “no” to the business meetings!

Take Advantage of the Weekends

If you don’t have any vacation days saved, consider taking advantage of weekends — especially three day weekends. By positioning a business trip around Saturday, Sunday and (sometimes) Monday, you can get a three day destination vacation without spending any of your vacation time. In fact, if you’re going to take a week long business trip, you could take both weekends, allowing you a total of four days of relaxation and rest — all you need to pay for is your hotel and your ground transportation.

Most companies will be more than happy to allow an employee a “bizcation,” especially since it costs them nothing. If your employer is hesitant, consider looking up the flights on the dates that you want. You may be able to show them that flying in a little later (or flying out a little earlier) may actually save the company money.

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How Business Travelers Will Be Able To Use Wearable Technology

limo service LA, los angeles limo, sedan serviceWearable technology is the newest thing in not only the tech world but the business world. Whether you’re trying to make sure that you get a flight on time or simply locate the closest restaurant for a business lunch, wearable technology will likely make it much easier for you to get the job done.

Get Price Alerts Straight To Your Watch

When you’re trying to save the company’s budget, every dollar counts. You or your assistant can get price alerts anywhere you are straight through a smart watch device, such as the Pebble. Of course, this also works excellently for providing you with essential business news in a timely manner. Of course, smart watches aren’t the only example of wearable technology that can help: smart glasses can send alerts directly into your field of vision.

Track Your Ground Transportation Through Your Glasses

Are you curious as to whether your driver has arrived? In the future, you’ll be able to track your drivers via GPS easily as they make their approach to pick you up in time. This makes it very easy for you to ensure your schedule on-the-fly. When there are unavoidable delays, such as traffic that is beyond the control of the driver, you can watch your driver as they near so that you are constantly kept in the loop.

Know The Weather All The Time

If you’re in an area where the weather frequently changes, it can be very useful to be alerted to the changes within minutes. Smart glasses like Google Glass applications can give you information regarding weather issues right away. Everything from a light shower to a flash flood warning can be automatically broadcasted to you.

As wearable technology becomes more common, you can expect to see even further advances in the way that it can affect how you manage your travel and transportation needs.

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Thanksgiving Travel: Book Now Before It’s Too Late

sedan serviceThink it’s too early to plan your Thanksgiving and holiday travel? On the contrary: you will want to book now before it’s too late. While booking last minute may be a great way to get deals during the off season, it’s more than counterproductive to attempt the same technique during peak booking season. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for the travel industry and deals are hard to find.

Try to Set Your Own Rate

Booking early is the perfect time to use “set your own rate” sites like Priceline. Figure out your ideal travel budget and then request notification if your budget is met. If a plane ticket comes up that’s within your discounted rate, you’ll be able to book it immediately — if not, you can still book early at low rates. These websites don’t just offer you discounts that are already available; many of them can actually negotiate lower prices with vendors.

Make Sure to Complete All Your Arrangements

In addition to booking the larger portions of your trip — such as flights and hotels — you should also make sure the rest of your arrangements are made. You don’t want to neglect to make ground transportation arrangements only to find that everything is booked last minute; all of your deals and savings could fly out the window as you end up paying premium prices for last minute travel. Make a list of everything you’ll need to arrange for a successful vacation in advance.

Don’t Forget the Price Matching

Have rates gone down suddenly just following your booking? While you’ll have limited success with airlines, you can usually negotiate lower rates from hotels. Simply contact the hotel that you booked with and let them know that you want the less expensive rate. After all, if the hotel refuses you can always cancel your reservation and make it again immediately.

The Internet offers many tools for price tracking, so don’t forget to keep on checking those numbers! If you start early, you’re all the more likely to happen upon a great deal.

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Travel May Be Picking Up For LA Business Travelers as LA Drops on Convention List

Business tripLos Angeles business travelers may find that they will be traveling farther for conventions, seminars and expos, making it necessary to take a look at the company’s travel budgets. While Los Angeles has previously been one of the most popular travel destinations for conventions, it has recently dropped down to the 19th spot, behind cities like Boston and Houston — likely due to expense and congestion.

Where Are The Conventions Going?

The top five cities for business and expos were listed as: Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta. With Las Vegas aside, this expo list shows that the trend is moving towards less expensive venues — and Atlanta is no surprise, as it is a central hub of air travel.

As more businesses attempt to cut their convention and expo costs, it becomes vital to position these conventions in less expensive areas. Travel costs, such as ground transportation and flight costs, tend to be relatively inflexible while the actual cost of the convention, lodging and other local arrangements may vary greatly depending on the city and the state

What’s The Good News?

For Los Angeles business travelers, this may actually be a relief. Los Angeles may have some of the most high tech and expansive convention centers in the world, but it is definitely a congested city and conventions can be rather expensive. The ability to move conventions outside of the city also means that Los Angeles companies can more readily network in other areas.

And, of course, for those who love to travel for business, this may be fantastic news. Los Angeles employees who are interested in traveling more may want to look into the company’s convention list for additional opportunities.

Conventions moving away from Los Angeles does mean that companies are likely to send their employees to travel more often, but many other major convention centers are fairly nearby — such as San Diego. Ground transportation services will make these convention centers just as accessible as Los Angeles conventions, if properly arranged.

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