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Always a notebook with a good binding. Always two or three pens specifically Lamy ballpoints. Driving in the deep South for my book, I always had bottles of wine in the back of my car and often food, for those late stops in remote motels where they have microwaves.

COULD USE: Probably a new hat, called the Voyager made by Lock Co. Hatters in London. Mine is very battered. You can roll them up and pack them.

TO GIVE: It all depends on the person. For a new friend, perhaps a book of mine related to a distant place, my novel “The Lower River” (set in Africa), or “The Elephanta Suite” (set in India).

MUST HAVES: I pack things that are easy to carry and fashionable at the same time items that make me feel good and look good, without complication or stress. A cozy black sweater. Elegant flats.

COULD USE: I’d love a warm, oversized bathrobe. It’s like wrapping yourself in comfort, wherever you are. To me, when I’m travelling, there’s nothing better to come back to than a soft, cozy bathrobe you can just sink into and relax in especially after a long day out hiking or sightseeing. One of my favourite bathrobe brands and styles is UGG’s Duffield.

TO GIVE: A great, versatile piece of luggage is the best gift I can imagine. TUMI luggage is my personal preference. I like the weight, expansiveness and style (like the Tegra Lite extended trip packing case). Walt Whitman once wrote, “every cubic inch of space is a miracle” and when you’re travelling, that’s certainly the case!IRFAN AHMAD: MY TRAVEL PARTNER IS MY PHONE

Ahmad created the Irhal app for Muslim travellers, which includes 90 plus city guides with halal restaurants, mosques and prayer timings for each city.

MUST HAVES: My No. 1 travel partner is now my phone. In the past, not unlike the 108 million fellow Muslims who travel every year, I needed a compass to find the direction of Mecca to say my prayers in a new city. Today, my phone with the Irhal app has a built in compass.

ALSO: My navy blue Sperry top siders the original two eye boat shoe that can look cool on the beach and casually elegant in any party I need to attend while travelling. And of course, for that unexpected formal event, a Polo Ralph Lauren navy blue sport coat/blazer with brass buttons that even makes a T shirt look respectable.

COULD USE: I need to replace my pull along bag which I use to protect my laptop while travelling. . I am looking for that perfect saddle leather antique looking, weather beaten bag with modern spinner wheels that glide across the aisle with ease. The perfect blend of rugged leather and modern comfort.

TO GIVE: A GoPro for the adventure seeker who loves bungee jumping or zip lining. A phone battery backup for the always connected millennial.


Magee is a hotelier and founder of Young Travel Professionals, with over 10,000 members globally.

MUST HAVES: Moisturizer. To go from a long plane ride straight to a day full of meetings, especially when it’s a red eye, I’ll use my favourite Fresh Umbrian Clay oil free lotion.

A sapphire blue Michael Kors Jet Set Travel saffiano tote bag is my signature and my saviour. It’s light and sturdy enough to fit everything from my laptop to my makeup bag plus, it slides underneath the seat.

I always pack a change of clothes in my carry on. My usual? A Black House White Market slip dress. The material doesn’t wrinkle and the dress can easily roll up into a tiny ball, perfect for a small bag. The retailer comes out with new patterns every season.

COULD USE: A technology company called Bluesmart is creating a carry on bag that connects to your phone. It can weigh itself, charge your devices in an easy to access front pocket, alert you if you are outside of a certain vicinity and track the bag if you can’t find it.

TO GIVE: Passes to the lounge, business class upgrades, hotel room upgrades or an excursion when they get to their destination. For ladies, a travel jewelry case. For guys, The Art of Shaving has travel kits that my husband can’t travel without.
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Childhood’s Simple Joys we visited the King Abdullah Park refugee camp in northern Jordan, outside of Ramtha. The weather is still cold, rainy and windy today, and it is hard to think that these conditions will only continue to worsen over the coming months. King Abdullah Park is a much smaller site than the Za’atari camp that we visited yesterday, and it is a more enclosed space that can only accommodate around 1,200 people. The site was previously meant to be a park for the nearby neighborhoods, but upon completion, the Syrian crisis elevated and the Jordanian government turned it into a space for a refugee camp.

Given the more manageable size, the conditions are slightly different from the larger Za’atari camp, which is in constant influx. Here, each family has a container with solid walls and floors, raised off the ground, which is crucial during the cold and rainy winter months.

There are around 450 children at the camp, and many of them are able to attend local Jordanian state run schools in the nearby towns. Everyday, Save the Children helps to transport the children back and forth between the schools and the camp, separately busing girls and boys to their different schools. To maintain a sense of normalcy and reduce the tension that the upheaval has caused, the Syrian children go to school in separate sessions from the Jordanian children. The schools and teachers have graciously accommodated the new children, and have taken on more hours and longer shifts in order to handle the increased need for schooling.

While at the camp, we had the opportunity to visit another child friendly space run by Save the Children. Similar to yesterday, we were met by dozens of happy, bright eyed children, who were eager to play, sing and dance. The space, albeit cold due to the weather, was brightly colored and filled with toys. Given the rain, the older children who are often able to play soccer and volleyball on the outside fields needed to be inside the space with the younger children. The teachers and Save the Children staff have the patience and attentiveness of saints, and were able to manage the large number of children with care, warmth and joy.

We also learned how selfless the staff is, as many of them have taken time off from their jobs elsewhere in Jordan to help aid in the refugee efforts. We met two men, one of whom is a physical education teacher nearby, and another who runs his own hair salon! They both now spend their days running around with a highly energetic group of children who are confined to the boundaries of their campsite and are in need of attention and activity. It is through acts of kindness such as these that you can truly see the generosity of the Jordanian people, who have accommodated so many people that have nowhere else to turn.

We stayed at the space for over an hour, having been immediately accepted by the engaging and friendly children and staff. We were able to partake in a number of different activities that the children were doing, including drawing beautiful pictures of Syrian flags, flowers, smiling faces, and hearts. They were also performing puppet shows that they had created themselves, playing ping pong, badminton and legos. There were also dozens of toys for the children to play with,
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and it was clear that the space provides a respite from the more tedious camp life that awaits them outside.

At the end of the morning session at the child friendly space, the children headed out to the school buses that were waiting to take them to the local schools. We followed them to Ramtha, where we visited a first grade girls’ classroom. The teacher was conducting a math lesson, and the eight girls (smaller class size than average due to the weather) enthusiastically took turns coming up to the chalkboard to practice arithmetic, happily cheering when they arrived at the right answers. Despite the hardships they have been through, their excitement and energy is contagious. They left us with a renewed belief that children everywhere deserve the chance to have a childhood, regardless of their circumstances.

Their lives are by no means easy, and their living conditions make their days even harder. All sense of normalcy they once had is gone, and even after months of living in the camps away from their homes and the lives they once knew, they face continuous adjustment. In a world where humans can do so much harm and cause so much destruction, the work that the Jordanian government and its people, Save the Children, UNICEF, UNHCR and other organizations are doing on the ground shows the best of humanity; and at the end of the day, that is all that we have.

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The Ultimate Mompreneur Julie AignerClark Gets Her Start

She never wanted to run her own business; she just wanted to be the best mom she knew how to be. But today, what began as a single children’s educational video that she filmed in her basement with a friend’s camera and her cat as a prop, has morphed into a billion dollar company that continues to be an industry leader. Julie Aigner Clark might not have predicted her own success with her Baby Einstein series of videos, but she was certainly happy to roll with it. Today, mothers the world over know this entrepreneur’s name, and love her for the intelligent videos she has brought to the market.

They were simply two young boys fooling around with motors in their garage; William Harley and Arthur Davidson were childhood friends who loved fishing, but hated the amount of time it took to get to their favourite fishing spots. And so, they decided to create a motorized bicycle that would help them get to where they wanted to go faster. Today, with over $1.5 billion in annual sales last year, Harley Davidson remains an American icon and an example of entrepreneurship at its finest.

A Fresh Face in the World Mary Kay Ash is Born

“Most people live and die with their music still unplayed,” Mary Kay Ash once said. “They never dare to try.” Ash was not one of those people. Raised in a time when few women were in business, let alone successful in business, Ash broke down barriers on her rise up to creating a multi billion dollar operation. Today, Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc. continues to be a leader in the industry, with outlets in over 30 countries that are staffed by 1.6 million employees. Barnum. He was a master showman whose rise to fame came in the 19th century thanks to his traveling “freak shows”. But Barnum was more than that; he was above all else an entrepreneur and a highly successful salesman. Barnum knew how to get people talking. Today, the legacy of his work lives on in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus, still billed as ‘The Greatest Show On Earth.’

King of the Online Jungle The Early Years of Jeff Bezos

When McKenzie Tuttle walked down the aisle to say “I do” to her husband to be Jeff Bezos, she thought she was marrying into a secure future. At the time, Bezos was in his 30s and serving as Vice President of an investment firm in New York City. As fate would have it, Bezos’ small garage startup would go on to become one of the leading e commerce sites in the world, with revenues exceeding $8 billion.

The Man Behind CocaCola The Early Years of Asa Candler

It has become such an integral part of American culture that when the Coca Cola Company tried to change the original formula for its flagship drink in the mid 1980s, the public backlash was overwhelming; the Old Cola Drinkers of America was even established and tried to sue the company. Today, Coke is sold in the stores, restaurants, and vending machines of over 200 countries. The company is one of the largest in America, and also the largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of nonalcoholic drink concentrates in the world, with over $24 billion in revenue and 71,000 employees. The man behind all of that growth is Asa Candler.

The Weight Loss Guru The Early Years of Jenny Craig

When Jenny Craig had her second child, she was thrilled. That excitement, however, quickly turned to depression when the weight she had gained during the pregnancy refused to go away. But Craig was not one to sit and while away her time being depressed. Instead, she decided to do something. Not only did she lose her own excess weight, but she created a business empire in the process. Today, with over 650 centres around the world, Jenny Craig Inc. has become one of the largest and most recognized companies in the weight management industry.

Direct From Houston Dell is Born

In 1999, Michael Dell was giving a lecture on the ABCs of entrepreneurship to a business class at his psuedo alma mater, the University of Texas. When it came time for the question and answer period, one of the students eagerly stood up and asked Dell why, despite being worth over $17 billion, he continues going to work each day. “You’ve got so much money,” the student said. “Why don’t you just sell out, buy a boat, and sail off to the Caribbean?” Dell stared back at the student and replied, “Sailing’s boring. Do you have any idea how much fun it is to run a billion dollar company?”

The Sandwich King The Early Years of Subways Fred DeLuca

Fred DeLuca was nothing more than a kid from “The Projects”, looking for a way to pay his college tuition when he opened up a sandwich store in Bridgeport, Connecticut. At the time, he could not even afford the $25 lawyer’s fee he needed to sign the lease. That was back in 1956. Today, his store has blossomed into the third largest fast food chain in the world. Subway remains one of the largest global privately held companies and earns revenues in excess of $9.5 billion.

The Cookie Connoisseur The Early Years of Debbi Fields

“I was really happy being a housewife,” says Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies. She did not have a business degree or the support from her family, but what Fields did have was a dream.

The Wine Giant How Ernest Gallo Got His Start

Ernest Gallo was not your typical billionaire. Up until the day he died, he insisted on keeping his home number listed in the public phone book; he wanted everyone to be able to find him. But it is exactly traits like that which continue to make this winemaker stand out. Today, the business he started with his brother back in 1933 with just $6,000 in capital remains the leading exporter of California wine, producing some 2.64 million bottles of wine every day.

Homeless But Not Hopeless Millionaire Chris Gardners Early Years

Chris Gardner wears a $10,000 watch on each wrist. On the right hand is a Cartier set to Chicago time, and on the left is a Roger Dubuis set to South African time. “I was late once and it cost me $50,000,” explains Gardner. “I figure it was cheaper to wear two watches.” For a man who not too long ago had only two suits to his name and could not even afford to pay rent, Gardner has come a long way. From living on the streets and bathing in public restrooms to owning a successful multi million dollar stock brokerage firm, Gardner is living out the American dream.

Americas BlueCollar Banker The Early Years of Amadeo Peter AP Giannini

Home mortgages, auto loans, installment credit they may be taken for granted today, but before this son of Italian immigrants came along, such things didn’t exist. to his friends revolutionized the banking world by focusing on “the little people.” Giannini passed away in 1949 at the age of 79. By that time, the bank he had founded, the Bank of America, had become the largest bank in the world, with $7 billion in assets and more than 525 branches in over 300 American cities. Today, Giannini stands out as one of TIME Magazine’s Builders and Titans of the 20th century the only banker to make this list of the century’s most 100 important people.

The Netrepreneur The Early Years of Netflixs Reed Hastings

He used to teach mathematics in Swaziland as an American Peace Corps volunteer. So, when 48 year old Reed Hastings decided to found his own software company, some eyebrows were raised. With over 10 million subscribers and sales in the billions, Hastings proved he was able to go from living in Africa, to living in affluence.
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