Cheap Travel Deals

There are a few ways to get cheap travel deals and make sure you get your relaxing vacation this year. Here are a few tips to help you get your dream vacation without spending too much this summer.

First, if you have the option to be very flexible with your destination and time frame, then you can start watching expedia, priceline, hotwire, southwest, and other travel sites for great last minute deals. I have seen package deals for different destinations for as low as $25 a night for the hotel and $49 a way for the flight. You can jump on these deals and save a ton of money, but you have to be willing to go to the destinations they have discounts on and travel last minute. These are usually deals that you can book about a week in advance.

Second, if you are not able to be quite as flexible, but you can get 2 weeks of vacation, you might want to check Greyhound for bus fares. Sometimes if you book in advance you can get bus fares for very cheap. This is not my favorite way to travel, but if I know that spending 20-30 hours on a bus is going to get me to my destination for very cheap and I am going to be able to spend 10 days or so there, then I am willing to spend the time on the bus. It usually gives me time to catch up on my reading and get a little bit of sleep.

Last, you can package your flight, hotel, and rental car all in one to save yourself money. This is a great way for 2 to 4 people to travel because you will get a reduces rate on the hotel, the airfare, and a bit of a discount on the rental car. I was able to travel with one other person for 5 days and 4 nights from Chicago to Orlando for about $350 per person. This included our 4 star resort hotel, our flight on Northwest with one stop each way, and our rental car, which was a nice 2008 model.

Use these cheap travel tips and get cheap travel deals this summer. Don’t allow the oil companies to keep you from getting the great relaxing vacation you deserve. Be flexible, take advantage of last minute deals, check into bus fares, and package your entire trip together and you will be able to save money while getting the vacation you deserve.

Tips For Leaders on Cross Cultural Communications

Leaders and followers need to understand the nature of communication in developing a good cross communication strategy. When communicating with people abroad, you’ll need to know both the strategy and structure in cultural and communication patterns. As we encounter the possibilities of wars, it appears that some international disputes could be resolved by effective cross-cultural communications.

There are many cultural questions that need to be considered by a leader. Have we developed a strategy to foster cross cultural ideas and opportunities? Do we have a respectful and humane system and procedure to identify and resolve cross-cultural conflicts? What do we need to know about each other to communicate with excellence cross culturally? How do we respect differences in our communication?

Some people have difficulty with other countries due to lack of understanding about cross-cultural communication. There are guidelines all leaders must consider before doing business in another country.

o Select an individual that is capable of working in foreign culture. Train them on how to read and speak the foreign language and understand cultural sensitivities and ways that are different form their own experience.

o Learn the culture of the country. Leaders must understand the non-verbal communications of the foreign country, because foreigners tend to use the silent language. That’s why leaders need to incorporate the cross-cultural training to be effective not only in one country but also to the other country that has the different culture.

Leadership is an opportunity given by a deserved individual. Maintaining this position can be possible if you are going to consider the cultural and communication process of your co-leaders and the country or organizations you are going to lead. Being a leader is a privilege and obligation and continual professional development is necessary to be a successful leader.

Here are helpful suggestions for leaders to consider.

o Learn how the source of culture best receives the communication. It can be done by instructing leaders to find the best way to communicate the message.
o Regularly train the leaders. It is important that the leaders be taught in orientation sessions and in ongoing training so that it can avoid misconceptions and inappropriate conduct in the workplace.
o Practice the non-verbal communication. It helps leaders to be able to communicate and understand the silent language of other people.
o Never hesitate to ask for help when developing policies and procedures. Guidelines help us find sure-fire ways for leaders to speak directly with colleagues and clients from diverse cultures.
o Avoid Jargon and slang. Jargon is definitely a challenge. This is the reason why some leaders have a difficulty in leading an organization because the members cannot clearly understand them.
o Stick to business. The best way to create an environment that all people of all cultures can participate in is to ensure that the company’s mission and goals are communicated clearly.

Top Celebrity Chef Restaurants in London

After viewing your favourite TV Chef in action on the TV, have you ever wanted to be there to savour those delicious dishes? Why not come to London to visit the famed restaurants that the celebrity chefs run. Find here our guide to the best celebrity chef restaurants in London.

Antony Worrall Thompson’s Restaurants in London:

3 London restaurants:-

Barnes Grill, 2 – 3 Rocks, Barnes, London, SW13 0DB
Tel 0208 878 4488

Tuesday to Friday there is a set lunch menu of 3 courses for £14.95 or 2 courses for £12.50.

Notting Grill, 123a Clarendon Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 4JG
Tel 0207 229 1500

If it’s steaks you are after, this is the house speciality. Most expensive is a 9oz aged fillet that costs £22.50. Open Tuesday – Friday 12 – 2pm and Saturday and Sundays 12 – 4pm.

Kew Grill, 10b Kew Green, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3BH
Tel 0208 948 4433

Located opposite Kew Gardens you will find a relaxed dining experience. Open Tuesday – Friday 12 – 2.30pm, Monday – Friday 6.30 – 10.30pm, Saturday 12 – 4pm & 6.30 – 11pm & Sunday 12 – 10pm.

Brian Turner’s Restaurant in London:

Brian Turner Mayfair, Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HP
Tel 0207 596 3444

Here you will find some great British dishes such as Rib of Aberdeen Angus with Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Lincolnshire duckling with pear and apricot stuffing. Set 2 course lunch is £24.50, 3 courses £27.50. Weekday’s lunch is available 12.30 – 2.30pm and dinner 6.30 – 11pm. Not open for lunch on Saturdays however dinner is available 6.30 – 11pm.

Gary Rhodes’s Restaurants in London:

2 London restaurants:-

Rhodes Twenty Four (24), Bank, 24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ
Tel 0207 877 7703

Catering for the city workers, this restaurant serves the best of British food Monday to Friday and is closed at weekends. Average meals cost £50 per person. Lunch is served 12 – 2.30pm and Dinner 6 – 9pm.

Rhodes W1 Brasserie, Oxford Circus, The Cumberland Hotel, Great Cumberland Street, Marylebone, London, W1A 4RF Tel 0207 479 3838

Restaurant serving Modern European food with a British twist. Open daily for lunch 12 – 2.30pm and dinner 6 – 10pm.

Gordon Ramsay’s Restaurants in London:

Gordon Ramsay has three sleek London restaurants.

Maze (Gordon Ramsay), Bond Street, 10-13 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 6JP
Tel 0207 107 0000

Fine Dining restaurant that serves French cuisine with an Asian influence.

Gordon Ramsay on Royal Hospital Road, Sloane Square, 68 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HP
Tel 0207 352 4441

Probably Gordon Ramsay’s most popular restaurant, where you usually have to book 2 months in advance to get a table. The menu is typically French with a 3 course lunch costing around £40 per person and ala carte 3 course meals is around £85 per person. Open for lunch 12 – 2pm and 5.45 – 11pm.

Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, Bond Street, 53 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 5DS
Tel 0207 499 0099

Another fantastic Ramsay restaurant serving fine French cuisine. Dinner and drinks costs around £72 per person. Fixed price 3 course lunch menu £30 per person. Open midweek for lunch 12 – 2.45pm, 12 – 3.15pm Saturday and dinner served daily 5.45 – 11pm.

Jamie Oliver’s Restaurants in London:

Fifteen (15), Old Street, 15 Westland Place, Shoreditch, London, N1 7LP
Tel 0207 251 1515

This restaurant has been set up as a Charity Foundation to give 15 trainees from unpriviledged backgrounds the skills to be chefs. All profits go to the charity. Dinner and drinks will cost £35 per person. Open for lunch 12 – 3pm and dinner 6.30 – 9.30pm Sunday – Thursday, 6 – 9.30pm Friday & Saturdays.

Barbecoa, 20 New Change Passage, London, EC4M 9AG
Tel 0203 005 8555

Latest restaurant from Jamie Oliver that he has set up with Chef Friend Adam Perry Lang. The menu is centred on cooking meats, seafood and seasonal accompaniments in the new and exciting ways. Open daily 12 noon – 11pm.

Ken Hom’s Restaurants in London:

Yellow River Cafe, Highbury & Islington, 206 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RQ
Tel 0207 354 8833

Yellow River Cafe, St Johns Wood, High Street, St Johns Wood, London, NW8 7NG
Tel 0207 586 4455

Yellow River Cafe, Canary Wharf, North Colonnade, 10 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4EY
Tel 0207 715 9515

The Yellow River Cafes offers Chinese cuisine with some Thai and Malaysian influences.