Feel Good Friday: Candyman

I recently came across a great ad for Enterprise Rent-A-Car about one of their shuttle bus drivers. It struck a chord with me because we had an experience with a shuttle bus driver on our most recent vacation that really left us smiling.

At the busy Newark Airport, hordes of exhausted travelers were waiting in the hotel shuttle area for their respective rides. To say that this situation is confusing is an understatement. You not only have your Holiday Inn shuttle, but your Holiday Inn Airport and Holiday Inn Express shuttles. It’s daunting, to say the least. And no one wants to board the wrong shuttle after being in airports and in the air for a full day…and then have to wait another half hour/hour for the shuttle to return them to the airport and start all over again. We saw this happen to a couple from overseas and we felt so bad for them.

Back at the Newark Airport…one shuttle driver took it upon himself (and you could tell he does this every single day of his life) to stand up and announce as loudly as possible every single shuttle that was pulling in. He answered everyone’s questions with a smile on his face and he was beyond friendly. His job was to serve one hotel. But, because he was a kind person, he helped everyone. These are the people who make travel enjoyable and bring feelings of lightness to a heavy journey. These people are everywhere, every day. And it’s nice to see one of their stories highlighted: FULL VIDEO HERE

Feel Good Friday: Snack Time!

According to a recent Travel Pulse article, Delta Airlines is looking to seriously up its in-flight snack game. Listen, let’s not pretend that we are all too good for beverages and snacks on a flight. We all know that is the best part of flying anywhere. Because, like it or not…yummy treats make a person feel warm and happy. You might try to appear uber-sophisticated and aloof, but we all know you are excited about the “free” food. Let’s keep it 100, folks.

Full Details HERE.

Feel Good Friday: Paid Vacation – Literally

Check this out! A company called The Motley Fool had trouble with its employees not taking their allotted paid vacation time, so it has now instituted a  type of “lottery” at each monthly meeting. The person whose name is drawn out of a hat must immediately take a two week vacation with absolutely no contact whatsoever with work during the break. And, as an added bonus, they are given $1,500 to use on their break. Are you kidding me? Where’s the application?

Full Details HERE.

Feel Good Friday: Acceptance

A new McDonald’s commercial is trending in Taiwan with millions of views.

As tens of thousands were out on the streets of Taipei marching in Asia’s largest gay pride parade, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen came out in support of marriage equality. In a 15-second video posted on her Facebook page, which has been shared more than 3,000 times, Tsai said, “In the face of love, everyone is equal.”

Learn more about travel in Taiwan from Lonely Planet.

Feel Good Friday: Airport Medical Clinics

“A boring layover can be a pain, but getting sick in an airport terminal can be even worse.

With cases like allergic reactions, dehydration or even heart attacks affecting travelers, having medical clinics at the airport might seem like a no-brainer.

Various walk-in medical clinics can be found in some major airports in North America…

Here is a handy list of airport medical clinics in North America.”

Feel Good Friday – Literally!

There’s a brand new travel app called Soothe that allows you to order a massage to your hotel room on demand. And, with some pretty decent pricing, it’s definitely something that frequent travelers will want to check out!

Full Story HERE.

Feel Good Friday: The Human Family

Have you seen the new iPhone commercial, based on a Maya Angelou poem? I just love it. It is absolutely stunning. It really reflects the beauty of international travel and how traveling and meeting people in other parts of the world helps to break down all kinds of prejudices, stereotypes and perceived barriers.

It reminds me of a quote from Andrew Solomon’s book, Far & Away – Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Countries.

“You cannot understand the otherness of places you have not encountered. If all young adults were required to spend two weeks in a foreign country, two-thirds of the world’s diplomatic problems could be solved.”

Indeed.

Feel Good Friday: Putting Mom’s Mind At Ease

“For wandering globetrotters, a big challenge can be letting parents know that you’ve arrived safe and sound … and that you’re staying safe for the duration of the journey.

Email and text are great for this. But Belgium-based traveler Jonathan Kubben Quiñonez has taken his check-ins to a whole new level, with sweet Instagram posts that assure Mom he’s more than okay.”

Click HERE to see the full story on Huffington Post Travel.

Feel Good Friday: The Happiest Part of Your Vacation

It’s Feel Good Friday again! It’s the day of the week where we scour the headlines of the latest travel news and share the warm fuzzies with you!

Today’s Feel Good Friday comes from Huffington Post Travel and features some exciting research about the happiest part of a vacation: the planning!

You can read the entire post HERE, but it comes down to this:

“According to a 2010 study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, just planning or anticipating your trip can make you happier than actually taking it.”

We couldn’t summarize it any better than Huffington Post. “It’s time to face the facts: Vacation is healthy, and more Americans need to be both planning and taking one.”