1Jun
Climbing the wall

Climbing the wall

Last week in an attempt to keep the bulge at bay I signed up for an intensive 2 hour rock climbing course. Like many things in life, rock climbing is better if you have someone else to share the experience with...if nothing else they can hold the end of the rope...which really makes a difference if you happen to fall! So with this in mind my little brother Stefan came along too. It's really quite rare that we both have the time after work to catch up and socialise...so I was really looking forward to the course and catching up with Stef. We headed on over to Warwick University's Bear Rock indoor climbing wall, which is considered to be the best indoor climbing facility in the Midlands. I have to admit to being slightly nervous, not knowing what to expect. I definitely didn't expect the...

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13May
Hate eating alone? TripLinks is here to help

Hate eating alone? TripLinks is here to help

There’s no doubt that the prospect of eating alone can be one of the most intimidating things about travelling on your own, whether you’re on a business trip or backpacking. Just Google “eating alone in public” and you will be greeted with a plethora of people offering advice on how to make it through a meal for a one. The fear of eating alone in public, or solomangarephobia (yes, there’s even a name for it) can be genuinely debilitating. We’ve heard countless stories from friends and family who’ve been sent away on business to wonderful new cities they may never normally get to visit, and who, after having spent all day enclosed inside an office or at a conference, wanted to get out, explore, and experience what the place has to offer, but didn't feel comfortable or...

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12Apr
Lost luggage

Lost luggage

I was watching Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents the other day. I hadn’t seen it in years and could only vaguely remember the plot. If you haven’t seen it, Ben’s character Greg ‘Gaylord’ Focker travels to meet his girlfriend Pam’s family before proposing. From the outset, things go wrong when the airline loses his suitcase containing all his clothes and the engagement ring. It’s the stuff of travel nightmares…in fact I once had a dream where I had to give a presentation to the whole company in my pyjamas! I laughed out loud when Pam’s dad Jack (played by Robert De Niro) tells Greg that he should have taken his case as ‘carry-on’ rather than stowing it. When I started travelling for work, an older, wiser colleague once told me that the best way of avoiding this age...

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10Mar
Business Etiquette: What they don't teach you at business school

Business Etiquette: What they don't teach you at business school

Business Etiquette – the things they don’t teach you at business school Whenever I hear the words ‘business etiquette’ I always think of another word ‘meishi’ which is Japanese for business cards and also refers to the ceremony of exchanging them with clients. In Japan, a business introduction starts with a bow and then the presentation of a business card. The card should always be facing upwards and towards the recipient. Offering the card with both hands shows great respect and this is reciprocated by the recipient accepting it with both hands too. It should then be carefully inspected and placed in a business card holder. The business card is considered to be the ‘face’ of its owner, so stuffing it in your pocket or worse, your back pocket, is seen as a huge...

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28Jan
First Steps...

First Steps...

Hello, my name is Tom and I’m an intern for TripLinks. A bit about me – I graduated in physics from the University of Warwick last year, I’m originally from Wales and I always like to keep a few magic tricks up my sleeves… literally! I am looking forward to meeting you all through TripLinks. Yesterday I was sat in Burger King waiting for my train back home. I had a Texas BBQ sandwich with fries and a drink – all seems normal. However, there was an uncomfortable gap between the stool and table, so each time I leant over to take a bite it became a battle to stay on the stool. Of course a successful connection from mouth to food was formed and I consumed the entire meal rather happily. Making the first steps can be hard. It’s the beginning of bridging a gap over the unknown,...

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