Travel Tips to Really Enjoy your Experience

1. Carry about $100 in cash. While most places in the US and many abroad will accept debit and credit cards, it is always smart to carry cash to use for food and at places like street vendors. If you are traveling somewhere you need to exchange currency, be sure not to carry all of your money at once but enough to get you through each day.

2. Have a general itinerary, but don’t over plan. Of course while traveling you will have specific tourists spots you plan to visit, but don’t let your plans prevent you from exploring and discovering new places and things. Have a plan for each day, but leave enough time between each activity to relax, shop, walk around, and explore.

3. Do your research. Understand a bit about the history and culture of a place before arriving. Learn about historic landmark to visit, famous tourist locations, and good places to eat. Also be aware of the safety of different cities and towns.

4. If you’re abroad, understand the cultural customs of a situation. For example, the dining experience is different around the world. Before going to a restaurant, know how to greet the server, place an order, and how much tip to leave.

5. If you’re abroad, study the language to learn common greetings and questions. While you should not let a language barrier prevent you from traveling, it is wise to have an understanding of some common phrases to help you get around and be polite to others.

6. Be aware of your surroundings and belongings. Especially in unfamiliar territory, it is important to be cautious to ensure safety. Always be aware of your surroundings and follow gut feelings of uncertainty or danger. Also be sure to always keep luggage and purchases under close watch, and lock up jewelry and money that you leave behind in the hotel.

7. Don’t sleep through your trip. While you want your trip to be relaxing, don’t waste time be sleeping in. Of course you don’t want to exhaust yourself, but the early morning walk around a foreign city may be worth more than the extra hours of sleep.

8. Try something new. There are so many activities to try while traveling; taking advantage of the opportunity to be adventurous! Even if you are scared, try taking a risk.

9. Be open-minded. Traveling exposes you to so many different customs and worldviews. Though you may feel uncomfortable with the unfamiliar, learn to appreciate another way of life and learn as much as you can first-hand.

10. Take pictures. Of everything! And don’t forget to take some of yourself and fellow travelers. While you want to be sure to capture all of the beautiful sights, remember to also get photos of your friends and family that you will treasure forever.

Fall 2016 Newsletter

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”

-H. Jim Bishop

FALL 2016 NEWSLETTER

 

IN ORDER TO MOVE

Autumn is the perfect time to use the Kon Mari Method to declutter before you move or stage your home.

IN ORDER TO LIVE

In today’s world data protection is becoming more important. We outline steps to help protect your data online.

IN ORDER TO WORK

A new job can add new stress to your life. We look at the best ways to balance life and work when you get a new job so you have the luxury of time.

 

Transitions

With the transition to shorter days and that crisp nip in the air, one thing is clear: autumn is upon us. This is a great time to clear clutter from our lives, and take advantage of the fresh start the change of season welcomes.

In Order To Succeed® facilitates life transitions – from moving, to starting a new job, or helping people organize their lives and transition into new living situations. We are a professional organization company offering services that make perfect sense as the seasons change:

We understand that sometimes help is needed during major life transitions. For two decades, we have provided senior services and worked with individuals and their families to develop and execute transition plans for seniors. We help people understand their options and assist in planning, organizing as well as health advocacy. In Order to Succeed® is there to ensure seniors experience the minimal amount of disruption during what can be a challenging time.

So whatever the need is you might have, our goal is to give you The Luxury of Time®. Let us know how we can be of assistance!

TESTIMONIALS

“I can’t say enough about the wonderful services offered by Denise Caron-Quinn and her team at In Order to Succeed. We recently moved our NYC office location with their help. We reached out to them when we realized how many details were associated with this move and how much valuable time we would lose doing it ourselves! From assessing the scope of the move, to working with building personnel in both the old and new buildings, creating a plan, directing staff communications, pricing movers and dealing with insurance permits, Denise and her team were an essential source of calm and professionalism. Amidst what would have been a chaotic move, In Order to Succeed was completely on top of all the details and truly saved the day. I would say to anyone who is relocating – home or office – or has a project to be managed, hiring In Order to Succeed is the best move you can make.”

David Lynch Foundation
Fredda Plesser, EVP

How to Keep your Information Private

In today’s technologically advanced world, it is more important than ever to keep your information safe and secure. You probably have absolutely no idea what kind of information is even being tracked about you on and offline, and the biggest mistake most of us are making is thinking we are safe when using the internet, (or not thinking about it at all). Knowing that over 2 billion users on the net at the same time as you makes us wonder, how safe can your security and privacy on the world wide web really be? Although living in the Age of Information is wonderful, the Internet has a darker side to it, and all internet users must understand how to protect their, and their family’s online security. Do you ever wonder why Facebook’s ads always seem to relate to what you were searching for online just the other day? Or why Amazon’s suggested items displayed a couch you were looking up in a random Google search? Companies, advertisers, hackers, scam artists and governments around the world are increasingly interested in knowing exactly what you’re up to when you browse the web. We hold our personal security and that of our clients with an utmost regard to ensure safety for sensitive data, and we have put together a list of tips, tips, and tools you can use to keep prying eyes off of your traffic. Even the most careful of us are vulnerable to imperfect technology and the constant “updated terms and conditions” on our beloved social networks and work spaces, so it is important to always read the small print before we anxiously click “proceed”. You might not think you have anything to hide, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the benefits of online privacy, or piece of mind knowing your identity will remain yours, and yours ONLY. 

For starters:

Third-party cookies are the most commonly used method for advertisers building a usage profile on you. What that means is, they pull information from these “cookies” about your browsing habits to keep tabs on your preferences and tendencies. Every major browser offers you the ability to turn off these cookies. This is a first step to be on your way to anonymous, but certainly not the end all be all of privacy measures. Check out this article from Digital Citizen about how you can go about disabling this feature on your browser.

Password Strength:

Next on our list is an obvious, but highly neglected approach; strengthening your passwords! If you’re an online shopper, seller, browser, business account member, blogger, services user.. basically anything requiring personal and/or financial information, you must understand how important not only the character make up of your password is, but also the frequency in which you change it. Major sites get hacked all the time, and once their code is cracked, access to any information you may or may not even know was saved, is free for the taking. It is always advantageous to use long phrases, include numbers, symbols, capital and lowercase letters. Make it memorable and unique, and try to stay away from names, birth dates, social security numbers, or anything the snooper either has already, or could guess. Experts also urge you to change your sensitive passwords at least every six months, and do not use the same password across all of your accounts. 

Anti-virus Protection Programs:

Online SecurityMalware (short for malicious hardware), is software designed and used by the darker side of internet users to infiltrate, access, or damage your devices without your consent. Malware includes many different methods of attack, such as viruses, worms, spyware, trojans, scare ware, etc. These days, it’s much more common to be blindsided by a trojan meant to steal your data rather than a virus meant to do damage, but the vast majority of top rated security programs include both aspects to protect you and your information. If you’re wondering which program out of the large amount of options is right for you, read this article from PCMag for more insight on which features will be the most relevant to your needs. Outlined is a full ranking and rating of the best of the best Antivirus Protection of 2016. 

Privacy Settings On Social Media:

Social media platforms are always tweaking and updating their privacy agreements. And it seems like topics such as whether or not information is kept on their servers, how it’s being used, and where it goes when it is deleted, are just some of those that are constantly debated amongst it’s users. But there’s more to it than that. Now there are countless apps and sites that have landing pages tailored to request access to your social media, (which is much quicker than typing in your email etc. to create an account). What you don’t realize, is that by authorizing the access, you are exposing your web habits and friend lists to that third-party company, and you probably forgot you did it an hour later!!! Worry not – we all do it. But now we’re going to tell you how to fix it. First, we recommend limiting your visibility on search engines. I’m sure you’ve noticed from time to time when you are searching a person, place, or business, a Facebook or twitter page appears for that search subject. Instead of allowing any person anywhere to find your personal page, disallow for that to be shared with the world. Here’s how you can do that on Google. It is wise for anyone and everyone to know that they have the choice of whether they would like to be publicly searchable on these platforms, and your first step is to check what your current settings are. To adjust your settings on Facebook, click on the top right “settings” icon and then select “privacy” from the left-hand column. From there you can manage “who can look me up?”. 

Remember, you must know what you are signing up for and know how to configure the settings, limit your information and where you’re saving your banking, make sure you are protected with a program. If it looks suspicious and feels illegitimate, don’t take a chance. If you are concerned about your online presence or would like to find out more information about how you can protect yourself on the internet, please reach out to us with any questions you might have.