Eight Smart Travel Tips to Save Money and Fly Safer

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or sometimes traveler, these useful travel tips will help you save money on flights, hotels and rental cars and travel more safely on the road or in the air.

Booking hotels for the weekend is all business. Hotels that cater to vacationers generally raise rates on weekends, while hotels designed for business travelers tend to lower their weekend rates. By booking where business travelers stay, you may be able to save a good chunk of change, especially in the larger cities.
Sign up for flight status notifications. To know if your flight is delayed or on time before you get to the airport, go to FlightStats.com or TripIt.com and sign up to receive email and/or text notices.
Know the skinny on your seat. Seatguru.com is a site that provides information and ratings on various airlines’ in-flight amenities and seating, such as legroom, so you can make an informed decision about the seat you choose. Tip: JetBlue earned above average for seat comfort in a Consumer reports survey.
How to cut corners on a rental car. Rental car rates are going up. To save money, look on Autoslash.com for coupons and discounts and rent from an off-airport location. Also, beware of additional offers from the rental car company – you may already have accident insurance through your own car insurance or credit card. And you may want to pass on the prepaid gas offer – you’ll likely overpay, especially if you return the car with gas left in the tank.
Know the safety rating of your rental car. Vehicles vary in their head-on collision and side, rear and rollover impact ratings. Find out the safety rating of the car you’ll be driving at sites such as safercar.gov or IIHS.org/ratings.
Take advantage of free apps. Go to gateguruapp.com for an app that gives you a heads up about a given airport’s food, shopping and service options. The Flysmart and goHow apps give information on airport restaurants, shops, ATMs, restrooms and other amenities inside each airport as well as arrival and departure times.
Get e-mail alerts for sales and specials. Follow your favorite airline on Twitter for special rates and deals and sign up for e-mail alerts at Orbitz.com, SmarterTravel.com and TripAdvisor.com. Also, the best time to book is Tuesday at 3 p.m. EST since most airline sales campaigns start late Monday night.
Other helpful travel sites: Inside-Trip.com rates airline “TripQuality” based on 12 factors, including leg room, aircraft age and on-time performance. Gogobot.com offers trip advice from real people on Facebook and Twitter. Tripit.com turns your hotel, flight and other travel confirmation emails into mobile itineraries for your phone or PDS. Jetsetter.com is a beautiful site that offers its members deep discounts on exotic vacations. Room77.com ranks hotel rooms on various criteria such as price and room view.

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Commercial Real Estate Tips To Keep You On Top

Commercial real estate is a market where many people have found success. There’s no magical formula for success. What is needed is industry-related knowledge, experience, and much hard work. Read on for some advice about how to be successful in the field of commercial real estate.If commercial property is something you’re thinking about investing your time and money in, take the tax advantages under consideration. As an investor, you might receive interest deductions as well as depreciation benefits. Sometimes an investor will get a bit of money that is taxed even though it is not received. Take this possibility into account when drawing up an investing plan.Bigger is better when you are thinking of purchasing commercial real estate. If you are considering buying a five-unit building, remember that managing 50 units is just as easy as handling five. Both require commercial financing, and a larger building will cost less to finance per unit.When you are purchasing a piece of commercial real estate, know in advance what you plan to do with it. Do you want to start your own business there or do you want to lease the space? You can save effort and time by defining your commercial property needs before you set out on your search.Understand how the firm you’re looking to work with conducts its business and measures results. There are a number of details that will affect you critically, such as methods of negotiation, property selection criteria and the amount of space you need. Find out exactly how these sorts of considerations will be determined. Knowing these things before signing with them can be very helpful.Before being occupied, your new purchase might need some improvements or remodeling. The changes could be rather cosmetic. Sometimes it is as simple as painting a wall or moving some furniture. In many cases, it may be necessary to move walls or rearrange a floor plan. Be sure to negotiate who is responsible for these changes ahead of time so that you do not have to pay for the full cost.When you are hunting for a permanent home for your growing business, keep in mind that size matters. You should rent commercial properties that will allow your business to grow.If you are selecting a broker, ascertain the amount of experience they have had within the commercial real estate market. Verify they have experience in working with the type of properties you are interested in. You and this broker should enter into an agreement that is exclusive.If you plan to finance your commercial investments, you must first ensure that you are backed by a competent legal adviser. If a complication arises relating to your real estate transaction, you should be represented by the best person in order to set everything straight.Having the right approach is one key to succeeding with commercial properties. Take that you’ve learned in this article and use it in your business strategy. You don’t want to stop here though. You want to continuously expand your brain with knowledge that you can use and apply. As your experience grows over time, so will your success.

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Healthy Lifestyle Change

Here is what I have learned about meshing the extreme athletic bodybuilding lifestyle together with the longevist/vegetarian/holistic lifestyle by focusing on making the inside healthy first, primarily by focusing on the acid/alkaline balance of my blood, since the release of The Healthy Lifestyle Coach Feb. 15, 2005.

My body composition stats on Feb. 15th, 2005:

Body Fat % = 7.6

Weight = 208

Waist = 33 1/8

Time in ½ mile sprint- 3 minutes and 18 seconds

My body composition today Aug. 28th, 2007:

Body Fat%=6.5%


Waist=32 9/16

Time in ½ mile sprint- 2 minutes and 51 seconds

I am very excited to find out through the preparation of this update that I have lost 2 lbs. of fat, gained 8.89 lbs. of muscle while dropping my overall body fat percentage and my waistline. I improved my ½ mile time as well as my flexibility and range of motion in several joints (at the age of 42 I am by far in the best condition of my life). This has happened since the release of the original press release “The Healthy Lifestyle Coach” on Feb. 10th, 2005 while implementing this unique combination of two different lifestyles. How exciting for me it is to have proof that you can have a healthier inside and a more muscular, toned/ripped physique with enhanced athleticism, at the same time. It’s the best of both worlds, if you will. I have implemented the holistic changes listed at the end of this update consistently since Feb. 15th, 2005.

Common sense would tell us that the foundation is the most important part of any structure. It is the starting point. Therefore, to have the ultimate body, we must focus on the health of our organs, blood and cells. What good is an amazing body with ripped abs if it comes at the expense of being unbalanced and is only short-lived because the foundation is not firm.

In my opinion, I believe even more strongly now than ever that we can have the best of both worlds: a ripped physique and a holistic, healthy inside. I know that we can LIVE STRONG, AND LONG. I promise you that I will continue to bring you what I have learned, and what I am learning as I siphon through the onslaught of information and use myself as a guinea pig. I feel privileged to be your coach, your leader by example, if you will.


The quality of your life is based on the quality of your cells. In order to both survive and prosper, cells must have:

o Oxygen

o Water

o Nutrients (potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium and zinc, among others)

o The ability to eliminate their own waste.

Without these four things, which are dramatically affected by the quality of your blood (your river of life), your cells cannot survive. When any one of the above four is compromised, your cells cannot thrive.

When you break our body’s cells down to the smallest particles (atoms, protons and neutrons) you will find that each particle has an electrical energy that keeps the particles in motion. Our bodies literally have an electric energy that is measurable. When your atoms have high electrical energy, your energy is high, your cells can function optimally and your red blood cells don’t stick together. When your atoms’ energy is very low, your cells cannot function optimally and your red blood cells stick together and move more slowly, and so do you. When your atoms have no electrical energy, neither do you, and you are dead. In order to give your cells the best chance of being completely healthy, our blood must have a precise chemical balance. Alkalinity/acidity is measured on a scale of 1-14, with 1 being pure acid, 7 being neutral and 14 pure alkaline. Your blood must maintain a slightly alkaline pH of 7.365.

To check the PH of your blood can quickly and in evasively

When there is a disturbance to this balance, the red blood cells begin to clump together. When that happens, they are no longer able to efficiently able to travel through the capillaries and feed the cells throughout the body. The pH stands for potential for hydrogen. The pH of your blood is along the same lines as the pH of your pool or your hot tub. When the balance is out of whack the water gets polluted. It’s the same thing with your blood.

Everyone’s bodies are being pushed to their limits. They, to some extent, are toxic and acidic. The modern fast-paced lifestyle has brought so many things to the table that our bodies were not designed for. Our fight-or-flight stressor hormones like cortisol are at an all-time high. People are not slowing down to rest like they used to. With all the technology and the to-do lists, we are stressed out more than ever. Put on top of that the highly processed convenient foods for the masses with all the chemicals and preservatives and you have a severe problem.


When given the correct internal environment, the human body is an incredible self-healing machine. The more acidic that our blood becomes, the less ability our body has to fight off infection, disease, and premature aging. It is not very difficult to lower acidity of the blood. The following are some areas to focus on if you find that your blood is below 7.36:


o Emotions Anger, fear, overwhelm, frustration, inadequacy, and low self-esteem are all acidic emotions. These emotions induce more negative hormones like cortisol. We have all heard it before, but believe me: the mind is much stronger than we ever know. Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Watch the words that come out of your mouth. Chances are you are not even aware of how many times you say, “I am sick and tired, I have no time, I am overwhelmed, back to the grind,” etc. Even if you feel it, do not speak it.

o Nutrition Eliminate highly processed convenient foods that are full of chemicals and preservatives, and replace them with foods that are fresh and organic. If it doesn’t spoil, don’t eat it. All food has an electrical energy. If we are constantly eating foods that don’t give energy back, we will become toxic and acidic. Some foods that have electrical energy include: most veggies, lemons, cucumbers, most grasses (wheat) and almonds.


Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), the Father of Medicine, who compiled a list of over four hundred herbs and their uses.

It is absolutely a certainty that we must strive to live a balanced life and eat as high quality natural organic foods as we can get our hands on. WE MUST, ONLY USE PHARMACUETICALS (DRUGS) AFTER EVERY OTHER NATURAL AND HOLISTIC REMEDY IS USED. Then we must try to release as much stress as possible and focus on health, energy, laughter, and longevity and wait as long as we can. At this point and only at this point, if the symptoms persist, should we consider drugs. GET OFF AS MANY DRUGS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

o Healthy lifestyle choices Get plenty of rest, the right amount of exercise, and keep acidic addictions such as coffee, tobacco and alcohol to a bare minimum. If you are presently using one of them, do not cut cold turkey. Cut usage in half and seek some social support. Hire a trainer, go for walks, hang around a health club, etc. Eat less per meal, eat more meals per day, and start moving/walking more. Keep it simple.


Candida albicans is a microbe known as yeast, and it is a normal inhabitant of the body. For a variety of reasons, it can become a pathogen–a disease-causing fungus that feeds on the body and weakens the immune system, which the medical community often views as the source of allergies, AIDS, chronic fatigue (Epstein-Barr), herpes and many other illnesses.

The naturally occurring yeast resides in the gastrointestinal (G.I.) tract. The primary diet of the yeast and fungi that live in our bodies is sugar, grains, and glueten for energy and protein for development and growth. They (the yeast and fungi and their mycotoxins) greatly contribute to the over-acidification of our systems, thus producing a myriad of disease and symptomlogy.

Candida is quickly becoming recognized by holistic medical practitioners as “the disease behind the other diseases”.

I believe that bodybuilders (we are all bodybuilders) who are eating clean need to learn this concept just as much as the average under-active American who is eating highly processed garbage. As extreme athletes, we are pushing our systems to the limits. We are tearing our bodies down daily, and this includes our muscles, as well as our nervous, hormonal, endocrine, elimination and recovery systems. We are releasing incredible amounts of lactic acid into our systems, adding to the already acidic system.

I have a personal regimen that has worked very well. When I get up in the morning, I take a serving of L-glutamine and a serving of green drink. The green drink is usually a mixture of different kinds of wheat/barley grasses, and I take it with warm water to help with absorption. This L-glutamine is a calorie free way to help fight catabolism, which is the process of your body using its own muscle for energy.

Then, I suck on an organic lemon as I drive to my club. I do some interval cardio, stretching, prayer/meditation, goal setting/incantations, and some visualization (with a vision board) before my first client at 6:30 a.m.

I wait one hour, and then I have my first meal, a 5-ounce organic breast and some green beans. Throughout the day I will eat every three hours with protein and carbs combined together. My 6:00 p.m. meal is almost always an organic salad with either fish or tuna. I eat very lightly at dinner, forcing myself to be hungry, and I eat a small protein snack at 8:45 p.m. Then it’s lights out at 9:00 p.m. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man/women healthy, wealthy and wise. Because of the gravitational pull of the earth, hours of sleep between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. are considerably more valuable at helping the body regenerate than hours between 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

I think that taking in a minimal amount of chicken, fish and red meat is OK. It can allow us to build muscle and take advantage of an intense athletic/fitness routine, while still allowing us to keep the internal system alkaline and balanced. But the key is organic and high quality. Any food that is prepared for the masses is going to be low quality and create a toxic environment in our bodies.

Another key is this: As hard as it is to slow down, try to socialize with family members, laugh and be in a light-hearted mood when eating. Dinner time is a great time in my house. It is a very important time of reunion and talking. On the health side of things, the bottom line is that if you eat food in a hurried, stressed state, the body will break down, assimilate, and process the nutrition in a vulnerable state. The cells cannot do their job to their full capabilities and will transfer that emotional stress into the cells. Do yourself a favor and slow down at least once a day, visit, laugh, and enjoy the conversation.

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