business travel

3000 Miles and A Few Lessons Learned

3000 Miles and A Few Lessons Learned

Have you ever take a trip across the country, only to realize that you might have found a new opportunity that is both completely unexpected and refreshingly personal? This perfectly describes my adventure as the newest member of the Fire Starter Brands team, joining our sales mission to meet with tour operators in Chicago last week. With less than 10 days in the office, I had to hit the ground running. 

Here's a taste of what I learned...

Hunting for the Best Carry-On Bag

Hunting for the Best Carry-On Bag

How do you know when it’s time to replace your carry-on bag?

For me, here were the signs that perhaps my boxy black Samsonite, circa 2003, was reaching the end of its road: The handle was held together by Super Glue and several layers of frayed duct tape; the outside pocket had a six-inch rip along the zipper, exposing its contents (my underwear, typically) to the rest of coach class; the once sturdy wheels were stripped down to nothing from years of clattering over cobblestones, bumping over tree roots and bouncing down subway stairs.