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10 Reasons to NEVER Visit Riga, IF you…

10 Reasons to NEVER Visit Riga, IF you…

1. Only like to experience overpopulated & polluted cities. Riga is quite the opposite – a real breath of fresh air!   2. Hate the thought of getting hot & steamy in Hot Tub!   3.  Think that having a party on a tram is NOT a suitable way to see the sights!   4. Are a…

Corporate Event Give Aways

Corporate Event Give Aways

Remember your photo albums, stacked full of pics taken during school trips, holidays, drunken parties and weekends away – out of focus, badly framed, eyes shut, or even worse red, as if cursed by the devil!!  Those photographs were far from perfect, but what they lacked in quality was made up in character and emotion! Back…

Response to Sinek’s Managing Millennials

Response to Sinek’s Managing Millennials

Simon Sinek’s interview on the challenges facing Millennials and their employers in the work place has certainly resonated with people of all ages. I would highly recommend spending the 15 minutes to listen to Simon’s views. Should your time be tight, I have summarised some of the key points with some of my own ideas…

The Baby, the Boss and the Brand – The Travel Out There Journey

The Baby, the Boss and the Brand – The Travel Out There Journey

Travel Out There has always been a Disruptive Innovation since the company was formerly established in 2006. Please find below a bite sized overview of our exciting journey to date.   Sharing Great Experiences with New Connections and having fun! In 2005, Austin landed on Baltic shores and started a ‘hobby business’ to connect with…

“My 13 Year Love Affair with Latvia!”

“My 13 Year Love Affair with Latvia!”

My name is Austin Nicholas, Founder and Director of Travel Out There, and I have a confession to make…. I am having a passionate love affair with Latvia that began in 2003, during a reconnaissance mission to Riga for a football tour. Pre-Ryanair and Pre-EU membership the country was on the verge of great changes….

How to Create a Perfect Pitch.

How to Create a Perfect Pitch.

It takes just one-tenth of a second for us to judge someone and make a first impression. Not only are people quick to form first impressions, they are also fairly accurate. Why making a good first impression matters. Enhance others’ perception of you, Project trustworthiness, Inspire confidence in your abilities Exude friendliness, Approachability and likeability,…

The importance of responding with a ‘Speedy’ Smile

The difference between responding with a first class or second class stamp could be the difference between you gaining that client or not. Responding in hours, not days, is a good way to generate trust and respect!   We would be very interested to hear whether you agree with this idea or not.  Kristian Sheglova…

Graffiti Workshop in Berlin

Graffiti Workshop in Berlin

Graffiti is a often, and passionately, debated topic. Some consider it to be art, other just sees it as vandalism. But no matter what opinion you might have about it, graffiti is something that has been present ever since the Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greek and Roman Empire. It is also really, really fun. Expressing yourself with…

Digital Detox Friday – Work and Home life balance

We have spent the last detox fridays talking about the impact that mobile devices has on our free time and personal relationships. This Friday we will look how to handle the work e-mails and phone calls after working hours and the balance between work and home. Many employers give their employees work phones, tablet or…

Why we need creativity

Why we need creativity

What do you think when you see this? Garbage? Useless? Well some people look at it and think this: Creativity and imagination is becoming crucial skills for making it in the business world today. We are seeing less and less of repetitive work and jobs were you simply wait around for instructions. If you want to make…

Digital Detox Friday – The NoPhone

Digital Detox Friday – The NoPhone

The NoPhone “The NoPhone is a technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact that allows you to stay connected with the real world.” No this is not a joke, you can actually buy the NoPhone. A plastic block shaped to feel and look exactly as an iphone. This product was launched as a Kickstarter project asking…

3 Kickstarter projects that will change the meeting industry 2015

3 Kickstarter projects that will change the meeting industry 2015

If you have followed a blog for a while you probably know by now that we are aiming to take connections to another level. To move stiff meetings and conferences out from the meeting rooms and shackles of the office, and turn forced team building activities into something really meaningful for both the individual and the team. That…

Georgia Meetings and Incentives Guide

Georgia Meetings and Incentives Guide

 The Ultimate Georgia Meetings and Incentives Guide – All you need for a successful event – Georgia is an amazing country full of natural wonders, an unique character and of course, the renowned Georgian hospitality. explore this unforgettable country and the magical Tbilisi. Georgia is also a new and exciting Meetings and Incentive destination and your conference…

Travel Out There Tip 8

Travel Out There Tip 8

This week Austin has handed over the mantle to someone a lot more experienced and knowledgeable – Dr Ichak Adizes, one of the world leading experts in improving the performance of companies through fundamental change. Below clip is more than a two minute tip, but it is a video worth watching for every organisation! When…

Vilnius Meeting and Incentives Guide

Vilnius Meeting and Incentives Guide

 The Ultimate Vilnius Meeting and Incentives Guide – All you need for a successful event – Great value for you money and a new and undiscovered destination. Come and experience Vilnius for yourself before this diamond of a destination becomes truly polished! We have put together the ultimate MICE guide (Meeting, Incentives, Conference and Events), containing everything…

BERLIN MEETING AND INCENTIVES GUIDE

BERLIN MEETING AND INCENTIVES GUIDE

 The Ultimate Berlin Meetings and Incentives Guide – All you need for a successful event – Simply put, Berlin is the coolest place in Europe right now! Which also makes it the perfect place for your next corporate event. We have put together the ultimate Berlin MICE guide (Meeting, Incentives, Conference and Events), containing everything you need for…

Meeting Energizers Tips

We have all been there. That long conference or meeting that just never seems to end. Bad air, poor lighting and monotone monologue. It doesn’t matter how interesting the topic or speaker, it’s simply impossible to stay awake, let alone concentrated.     With many years experience of organizing events and meetings, we have learned a…

The 5 P’s – Your Guide to Travel Exhibitions

The 5 P’s – Your Guide to Travel Exhibitions

How to get the most out of travel exhibitions using the 5 P’s IF one was to break down the Meetings and Incentive Industry to its bare bones i think it would look something like this: The Core of the Meetings and Incentives industry are people, and for many companies, 80% of your business comes…

4 Ways Event Apps are revolutionizing the Meetings Industry

Event Apps have recently been one of the mostly discussed topics among the meetings industry professionals. Indeed, there is an increasing demand for technology at events from the attendees. As people tend to spend more and more time on social networks, and with their smart phones, events are also expected to cater the need for…

7 Signs You Love Your Job

Are you a workaholic? Are you the first in the office and the last to leave? Are you casual ‘real world’ friends with your boss? It sounds like you really love your job. To properly diagnose your condition, read our 7 top signs that you are head over heels with your working world… 1. Your…

The Importance of Face to Face Meetings

  Just before the Easter break, the Travel Out There HQ in Riga had the pleasure of hosting Anne-Marie our local partner from Amsterdam. During the few days Anne-Marie was with us, we managed not only discuss developments and plans for Travel Out There but also gain a deeper level of understanding and engagement. ….

Budapest – The Culinary Capital of Europe

Budapest – The Culinary Capital of Europe

    Austin had the pleasure of attending a Budapest FAM trip in April. The expedition was very professionally organised by the Hungarian Convention Bureau and it gave Austin the opportunity to refresh contacts with many of Budapest finest 5 star Hotels as well as inspect some of Budapest Unique Venues suitable for both gala…

Life’s Balloons

Imagine a balloon represents each key area in one’s life and the air in side each balloon symbolises attention, time and energy: Work, Play  (if you think about your health & fitness as ‘Play’ it does not seem so daunting to maintain this habit). Family/Friends Learning / Self development  Which one of your balloons would…

The Hunt for the Hippest Santa

  Travel Out There are on the hunt for the Hippest Santa. We have a good idea who this person could be, but we have no way of finding him, hence we are asking for YOUR HELP! What we do know: He often travels on tram 6 or 11 and gets off at Gertrudes iela….

Get on the front foot by understanding what is your why?

Get on the front foot by understanding what is your why?

Yesterday, I was invited to do a guest talk at Riga’s International School, to a group of captivated Economic students. The age group of the students was around 17 years old and I went in with the mindset of giving them some career’s advice that I certainly never received when I was as school. I…