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Episode 10: Island Vacations

 

Show notes:

 

 

    • Molokai
      • Molokai: The Novel by Alan Brennert
      • Kalaupapa tour (Sandy likes the airplane option vs the daredevil donkeys) – historic location where Hansen disease (lepers) patients were relegated in the early 1900s
    • Hawaii Island, also known as the Big Island

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    • Tip: take Toilet paper with you – you can’t rely on it to be available at tourist stops, restaurants or on bus tours
  • Iceland
    • Blue Lagoon hot springs
    • Be prepared to pay a lot for most food; lamb and seafood are the way to go as they are native
  • Indonesia – Lombok
    • Black “Sand” beach

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  • Australia – Sydney
    • Bondi Beach

 

 

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    • Sydney Harbor bridge climb

 

 

  • French Polynesia
    • Bora Bora

 

 

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Episode 8: Candor

 

 

Show Notes:

  • Not all cultures have the same challenges with being candid.
  • Kim Scott’s Radical Candor book addresses “caring deeply and challenging directly”.
  • Candor requires courage in the moment – believing it’s worth it to say what needs to be said.
  • Reframing and getting curious about behavior helps us get at the “thing behind the thing” in a more authentic way.
  • Candor is not shooting from the hip – it requires preparation.
  • Some techniques can help us have a candid conversation like using I vs You language.
  • Our candor role models are very interested in what we are thinking but might not be saying and are willing to probe on it when he/she is attuned to the non-verbals.
  • Effective candor requires a person to be good with neutrality and desire to see things another way.
  • It might require some time and space – perhaps postponing the conversation – until you can get to a curiosity mindset before having the conversation.
  • The highest level of listening is listening with the intent of having your mind changed – not trying to think through your rebuttal.
  • Amygdala hijacks can be avoided if you position yourself to avoid the emotional threat response.
  • The DDI STAR and STAR/AR models are great models for sharing specific information for positive and constructive feedback.
  • Book recommendations:
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Tip 100: Favorite Tips (part 2)

Thanks for helping us celebrate the last of our #100days100traveltips

Here’s a quick summary of our favorites:

Top booking/reservation tip?
  • Rebecca – when using discount sites, like Priceline, be aware of the cancellation policies as many are non-refundable
  • Michelle – no need to get insurance through rental car companies; your insurance should cover you
  • Sandy – booking directly through the provider (as opposed to a wholesaler) is helpful if reservation changes need to be made later
Top travel technology tip?
  • Rebecca – Hotel electronic keys via your phone are becoming more common and are very convenient
  • Michelle – make sure you have chargers and if you forgot it they have extras at hotels
  • Sandy –  keep a small travel technology bag stocked with extra charging cords, a back up portable charger and earbuds
Top global travel tip?
  • Rebecca – Google translate is amazing, especially for visually translating menus and signs
  • Michelle – Exchange roughly $200 USD and make sure you get some small bills/coins to use right away
  • Sandy – Explore your international calling/data plan options before you travel internationally
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Tip 99: Favorite Tips (part 1)

We appreciate anyone who read all #100days100traveltips that might have just taken a bit over 100 days.  But anything good is worth waiting for, right? 😉  Here’s a quick summary of our favorites:
Top Airport tip?
  • Rebecca – don’t expect USB charging ports to work – the hardly ever do – so you’ll want to carry a wall plug and find an outlet near a seat or in a restaurant
  • Michelle – buy a snack – you never know how long you’ll be on the flight
  • Sandy – bring a refillable water bottle

Top Hotel tip?

  • Rebecca – join the rewards programs and take advantage of dual reward credit earning with other travel partners like the rental car
  • Michelle – ask for a better room or upgrade, the worst they can say is no
  • Sandy –  be aware of resort fees!

Top Road trip tip?

  • Rebecca – look at the gas gauge to know which side to fuel up your rental car
  • Michelle – take lots of snacks, especially for driving at night
  • Sandy –  Look for fun opportunities to make fun pit stops along the way at unique places
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Tip 97: Best of (part 1)

As we round out our #100traveltips, we are reflecting on our favorite trips and recapping them here.

Favorite European vacation destination?
  • Rebecca – Munich, Germany Oktoberfest
  • Michelle – Salzburg, Austria
  • Sandy – Santorini, Greece
Favorite beach vacation destination?
  • Rebecca – Catalina Island, California
  • Michelle – Maui
  • Sandy – Maui

 

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Tip 98: Best of (part 2)

Hello! We are rounding out our #100traveltrips with a list of our favorites:

Road trip destination?
  • Rebecca – Chicago
  • Michelle – Nashville
  • Sandy –  Memphis
Cruise destination?
  • Rebecca – Cuba
  • Michelle – Alaska
  • Sandy – The islands of French Polynsesia

Favorite trip of all time?

  • Rebecca – tie between Ireland and Australia (Australia was a work trip or it would probably win hands down)
  • Michelle – French Polynesia
  • Sandy –  Ahhh….I cannot pick one!  French Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand are at the top of my list.