Travel Tips

Fun in the Sun Holidays

This Virtuoso Sun & Sand Travel Catalog is packed like a beach bag with sun-drenched destinations.

Click here or on the magazine to flip through these pages and be on the beach of a fabulous resort-spa tomorrow. Keep browsing for exclusive packages, promotions, and enticing trips for this year and next.




Travel Tips

Just in time for the next fall vacation, and to answer inquiries about best service, Travel & Leisure Magazine has a list of where one can enjoy the most polished service around the globe. Click here to read. Note that Cloisters at Sea Island comes in at number four in the United States, where I was previously Head Butler, establishing a 65 butler strong butler department comprising of men and women from the United States and beyond.

While globetrotting, it is helpful to be aware of local etiquette. Our FCW Consulting customized solutions help corporations or agencies develop that all-important business etiquette intelligence and our interactive on-site sessions, led by highly trained and credentialed training facilitators, will help you build on your unique combination of experience, acumen and intuition.

Wherever your travels may take you for personal or professional reasons, you can prepare yourselves prior by attending a cultural briefing conducted by FCW Consulting in a location of your choice.

Culture Briefings give you current, in-depth information found in no other single source on the customs, culture, traditions and ways of life of people in cultures around the world. In today’s increasingly smaller world, understanding the ways of the world’s other peoples is an essential skill.

Culture Briefings show the enduring qualities of a people as well as their present preoccupations. They analyze a country’s culture and show why things are the way they are. They delve into a people’s character, values, beliefs and customs. You discover the people’s home, family and religious life as well as how they make a living, educate their children and spend their leisure time. You find out about the culture’s artistic endeavors and its political ways as well as learning of the problems the people face and how they handle them.

FCW Consulting offers one-on-one or group cultural briefings focusing on protocol and etiquette surrounding the countries that your team are visiting.

Areas of specialization include:

  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe

For more information on our programs or for a proposal, please contact us.


Packing Your Bags for the Airport: What you Should Leave at Home

As more airlines add luggage surcharges, business travelers must become more careful about what they put into their suitcases. Packing luggage and carry-on items efficiently is a higher priority than ever. So is being up-to-date on changing rules and regulations about baggage sizes and contents. Many full or partial bans on what you can pack are based on safety concerns and are taken very seriously by airline, airport and government personnel.

Checked baggage can contain liquids, sharp objects and some other questionable materials; but anything considered explosive or flammable is strictly prohibited and may result in delays or even arrest.

The days of carrying large boxes or heavy cases onto an airplane becomes more problematic as the size of overhead storage bins shrinks. Strict limits on the weight of bags also apply, so the lighter the better. A number of airlines have strict weight limits for carry-on luggage and don’t appreciate delaying a take-off because a bag has to be checked in.

Baggage handlers are often careless or hurried, so try to avoid packing anything fragile or very valuable. Find alternate ways of getting them to your destination instead. By planning ahead and shipping or leaving some items at home, you can reduce stress and confusion on your next business trip.


Ever wonder what is on your hotel’s magnetic key card?

Answer: A lot!





a. Your name
b. Your partial home address
c. Your hotel room number
d. Check-in and -out dates
e. Your credit card number and expiration date!

When you turn them in to the front desk at check-out, your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner.. He or she can take a handful of cards home and use a scanning device to access your personal information onto a laptop computer so they can go shopping at your expense.

Hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest. The new guest’s information is electronically ‘overwritten’ on the card and the previous guest’s information is erased in the process.

But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it’s usually kept in a drawer at the front desk—with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!

The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER turn them in to the front desk when you check out of a room. It’s illegal for them to charge you for them, and you’ll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any scanning device card reader.

For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up through the electronic information strip!

Or if you have a small magnet, pass it across the magnetic strip several times. Then try it in the door, it will not work because the magnet has erased everything on the card.

Information courtesy of: Metropolitan Police Service.