I write and talk a lot about the benefits of travel on my public television show and weekend radio show. But I never really thought about travel as a way to get a raise.
Adam Galinsky is a psychologist at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He recently completed an eight-year study that found people who can identify with more than one culture had higher promotion rates, were more entrepreneurial , enjoyed better reputations, and were more innovative at work.
Adapting to another culture, Galinsky told journalist Frank Bures writing in Executive Travel Magazine , results in the ability to consider and combine multiple perspectives. Or what the psychologist calls “integrative complexity.” The more ideas you have, the more creative you might be at problem solving or coming up with innovative products or ideas.
So how do you do that?
When traveling, eat with a local family instead of at a restaurant, says Galinsky. Dive deeply into the culture of a new place—visit food markets or even grocery stores. Watch local television even if you don’t speak the language. Pick up ideas by noting how the locals do things differently than you do.
You don’t hear much about crime on cruise ships often because victims are reluctant to report incidents, says maritime safety consultant Randy Jaques. And he also said it’s not just crewmembers who commit crimes, but also fellow passengers, some of whom go on cruise specifically to do evil.
Besides the more run-of-the-mill theft of valuables from a cabin, sexual assault is something you should keep in mind when going on a cruise, says Jaques. Especially if you’re a woman or if you are vacationing with children.
Rapists and pedophiliacs consider a cruise ship a veritable buffet, says Jaques. Which means if you’re traveling as a family, stay together—there are stalkers looking for targets of opportunity. Never send children back to their cabin unaccompanied or let them roam a ship alone.
If you’re woman, beware of someone slipping a date-rape drug called “roofies” into a drink. Don’t accept invitation to a stranger’s cabin. Jaques tells of a woman invited by a couple back to their cabin for a drink. She was drugged, and when she awoke, she was being molested by both the husband and the wife.
Jaques loves to take cruises, but he also advises that we not leave our common sense at home.
Most of us think of taking a cruise as a vacation in a safe and secure environment where we can leave the cares of our everyday world behind. Not so fast.
There’s more crime on the high seas than you might think. And it’s sometimes perpetrated by people you might least expect. Maritime safety expert Randy Jaques has been closely involved with the cruise industry for years, and he describes with alarming specificity the crimes and who commits them.
Crew members come from all over the world, and it’s difficult to check their backgrounds for criminal records, though Jaques gives a special mention to Disney cruises that makes a big effort to do that. He says there are convicted criminals working on cruise ships, and the customs in their homeland may be very different than yours. He says he’s been involved in a number of sexual harassment suits because some crew members think nothing of walking up to female passengers and bluntly propositioning them.
He also warns about fellow passengers. I was surprised to learn there are bad guys who go on cruises specifically to target victims. Tomorrow I’ll discuss their favorite offenses.
I recently saw an ad on the Internet inviting me to sign up for a United Airlines credit card affiliated with Chase bank. The come on? Up to 40,000 bonus miles. But it turns out that number isn’t set in cement.
On the same day, I opened my mail to find an offer to apply for that same card. The come on? Up to 60,000 bonus miles.
The quick lesson: Shop around for bonus miles if you’re going to apply for an airline-affiliated credit card.
And read the tiny print. For example, one of the advertised benefits of the United card is that you and a companion don’t have to pay for your first checked bag if the reservations are made together. That’s not unlike other offers from cards offered by other airlines.
But—and this is a big “but”—in the case of, say, the Delta American Express card just having the card entitles you to free checked luggage. In the case of United, however, you must pay for your airline ticket with the United card to avoid paying for checking a bag.
That can be difficult if your ticket is being purchased by someone else, such as your company. I’m disappointed that United and Chase for adding that detail in small type at the bottom of their offers.
Want to know what really irritates people about other people at beaches and pools?
TripAdvisor surveyed 1,400 U.S. travelers and asked whether they thought their fellow sun worshippers violated common rules of courtesy.
Last year, 74% of people asked said, “Yes.” This year that number jumped to 83%, perhaps because it’s already been a long, hot summer in many parts of America.
The number one gripe of beach goers? People blasting loud music. Leave the boom box at home and take an MP3 player with earbuds.
The second biggest complaint was about people who don’t pick up after their dogs. What can I say? That should be Etiquette 101. In third place, people resent beach chair hogs. Those are inconsiderate folks who throw a towel and a book on a beach chair at a resort or private beach early in the morning and don’t return until mid-afternoon.
The top pool violations are, number one, pool chair hogging and in second place, loud music. Oh, and no one likes people to smoke around them. The weirdest complaint on the list was about people borrowing sunscreen or a stranger asking you to apply their sunscreen.