Streamlining the Executive Lifestyle
RFID-secure wallets, travel with a purpose, golfer's paradise and office-seating tips.
Stylish … And Secure
It seems as though every advance in technology that makes life easier comes with a crook looking for an angle to exploit it. This time it’s RFID — Radio Frequency Identification — that makes it easy for us to just wave a credit card or bus pass to pay and be on our way. Many states are adding the chips to driver’s licenses and the federal government is planning to include them in passports. But the personal and account information continuously transmitted by those convenient little chips can be intercepted right out of your pocket by identity thieves with a cheap card reader.
The Sassy Traveler Web site (thesassytraveler.com) offers a stylish solution. Men’s and women’s Italian leather wallets and travel accessories by Kena Kai have fashionable looks and are lined with a government-approved shielding material that prevents your information from being transmitted. The line includes bifold men’s and women’s wallets in a variety of colors and embossed patterns, including crocodile, lizard and ostrich. For travel, there are passport and travel wallets. Prices range from $79.99 to $249.99. — Rosanne Dunkelberger
When Travel is a Virtue
Take the journey of a lifetime — and one that also makes a lifetime of difference to the people you visit. The Web-based Elevate Destinations (elevatedestinations.com) is for those who are mindful of the impact of their travel and who want to have a positive effect on the destinations they visit. A percentage of the company’s profits are donated to the protection of natural resources and community development in destination countries.
Although eco-friendly, the individual, group and family trips are custom-designed with aesthetics, amenities, service and security in mind. Itineraries include a Belize Green Honeymoon, an 11-day African Family Safari, 10 days at a private retreat in India and a $10,000 eco-tour of New Zealand.
The site also sponsors a blog with contributors whose recent musings include the provocative question: Isn’t the only truly environmentally conscious way to travel … not to travel at all? — Rosanne Dunkelberger
You no longer have to be a member to schedule a tee-time at one of Northwest Florida’s premier golf courses.
Camp Creek Golf Club, the award-winning Tom Fazio design located in Watersound on the Emerald Coast, has transitioned from private to semi-private, opening the doors for daily fee golfers. The $145-plus-tax rate includes cart, locker room access, range balls and use of the expansive practice facility.
SouthWood Golf Club — the award winning public course in Tallahassee designed by PGA Tour star Fred Couples — has unveiled the 2009 “Player’s Card,” providing local golfers a low, standard year-round rate. The Player’s Card is $99 and includes a $35 weekday rate (Monday–Thursday) and a $45 rate after 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, plus a complimentary round of golf and a SouthWood hat. — Rosanne Dunkelberger
Sit Happy, Work Healthy
The ideal working style mixes up tasks that include sitting and standing. But in today’s computer-based work world, most of us find ourselves seated and (horrors!) hunched over a computer. A six-page report commissioned by office environment company Steelcase studied office-seating options that maximize performance and minimize discomfort. Here are a few suggestions from that report:
- Avoid sitting all day and sitting without changing posture. Stand up periodically and perform a task other than computer work at least once an hour.
- Do not lean forward away from your chair’s backrest for more than a few minutes.
- Don’t tip your head back for sustained periods unless it is supported.
- Make sure workers know how to properly adjust their seating. Keep user guides and instructional videos handy.
Consider high-performance seating for conference rooms where meetings are likely to last more than two hours. Provide seating in areas where people need to wait for more than five minutes.
— Rosanne Dunkelberger