Posts Tagged ‘travel’

April 23, 2013 11:30 am

Packing in a Pinch with Jessie Holeva

In our upcoming Personal Styling course, you’ll find articles from Jessie Holeva of as well as some of our other favorite international style bloggers. To give you a sneak peek at what you can expect, we’re sharing Jessie’s stylish, smart, and travel-savvy article with you here on the blog. Read on to hear what she has to say about packing in a pinch, and to learn more about our favorite Philadelphia blogger. – QC


Think of packing as a fashion challenge. Each piece is hand-selected for your trip and strategy is definitely required. The three challenges you face are:


Whatever the season, be sure to check out what the weather will be where you’re traveling. It’s hard to look your best when shivering or sweltering. Think weather appropriate. You can’t go wrong with layers, and something like a motorcycle leather jacket adds function, style, and can go with jeans or a frilly frock. Scarves are an excellent addition, work well for travel, and can accessorize your look. You can use a scarf as a blanket on a chilly flight, tie into a turban or even wrap and belt one to create a unique skirt.


Every destination calls for different wardrobe pieces. For example, what you’ll bring to a wedding will be much different than on a spring break. Ask yourself what you’re planning to do while away from home and think of how many outfits you’ll need. From there, think about the style and function needed within each outfit. A wedding calls for cocktail attire, so think little black dress, some jewels, and heels. Touring a city requires more comfort, and jeans, a tee, and a jacket will work with a cute pair of flats. Keeping in mind which pieces can overlap and be used in more looks is also a helpful practice. For example, you can use the clutch from the wedding as your wallet for sightseeing and the heels can be added to your casual look for a dinner date.


Clothes wrinkle. Some fabrics just do not travel well, while other items just don’t always offer a ton of mileage. Those sparkly heels may look great with your cocktail dress, but will they work for morning brunch? Probably not, so really think about versatility. A pair of dark-washed boyfriend jeans can go with a button-down blouse for daytime sightseeing, plus you can cuff them, add heels and layer on some bling for a night out.

Some Stylish Packing Suggestions…

1.Roll clothes to save space and prevent wrinkles.
2. Use your hotel hair dryer to freshen up garments. A little hot air goes a long way with wrinkle release!
3. Play dress up before you start packing. The more outfits you come up with using the few pieces you pack will ease your mind and excite you to wear the looks you’ve created.
4. Overload accessories. Jewellery is small, easy to pack, and can change up a look with ease.
5. Save the samples you collect while traveling! Those mini shampoos and other free samples are perfect for packing.

Meet Jessie Holeva, Blogger behind Trend Hungry.comJessie Holeva Trend Hungry

Always abreast of the latest trends, she does the digging so you can score the deals. As a nationally recognized, budget-fashion expert and the founder of, Jessie’s made a name for herself with her effervescent attitude and on-point style advice. Frequently on various TV shows, she thrives on helping real women with real budgets find their style.

This bubbly, yet carefree fashionista may be obsessed with fung shui and positive thinking, but owes much of her success to hardwork, dedication, and a daily candy bar to fuel her fashion fire. She’s had the pleasure of working with various fashion companies such as Shopbop, South Moon Under, Little Black Bag, and currently blogs for Simon Malls as their King of Prussia Style Setter.

A former radio DJ turned fashion aficionado, Jessie takes her trendy, not spendy approach to the airwaves with her weekly syndicated trend forecast “Trend Hungry Tuesday,” that can be heard on various radio stations including New York’s WPLJ.

Jessie’s skinny-budget style has landed her in The Wall Street Journal, SheKnows, eHow, Gal Time, and on Nicole Miller’s Blog Nicole Daily to name a few.
A serial-entrepreneur in the making, Jessie is heavily involved in the blog community and founded an elite network for fashion & beauty bloggers in Philadelphia called Philly FABB. She’s shared her blog insight with the NEPA Blog Conference, Independent Fashion Bloggers, and Social Times.



The life of a travel agent sounds ultra glamorous and filled with fun travel. Everyone knows at least one travel agent, whether they be a friend or family member, who always seems to be jetting off on vacation or traveling somewhere beautiful for “business”. It makes you wonder – is a career as a travel agent really all it’s cracked up to be? Is “travel agent” really a good career?

Our answer is simple: yes, it is. Although it may not be as glamorous as it sounds, as it certainly demands a lot of work and sufficient training, but the rest is pretty accurate. Travel agents are able to score incredible travel deals, help out family and friends with companion discounts, jet away on “fam trips” to become familiar with a new resort or hotel, and meet thousands of people over the course of their careers.

Like any career, you get out of it what you put into it. You’ll earn more if you work more hours, work harder, and learn to service your clients better than your competition. You’ll enjoy more rewards if you earn more income (some places even offer commission). And, unlike most jobs, everyday involves new challenges, new people, and plenty of excitement.

QC Travel School offers two online learning programs in travel consultancy. The first is Travel + Tourism and the second is Travel + Tourism plus GDS Training. Personally, I always recommend prospective students go with the second option and choose Travel + Tourism plus GDS Training. This particular course will prepare you fully for your career as a travel agent, consultant, or employee at a travel planning shop. While you’ll still need to check local regulations and likely earn yourself an official license, this course is an amazing stepping stone and will set you that much further ahead of other travel agents who are just beginning their careers.

To learn more about the course, please click here. To chat with someone right away, email or call 1-800-267-1829. Our student support team is available Mon-Fri from 8am-6pm ET and would love to hear from you.



April 17, 2013 8:55 pm

Today we’re dreaming of…Sicily!

From the natural beauty of Mount Etna (where any adventure-seeker can hike to their heart’s delight) to the cultural gem of Palermo, Sicily is an exciting mix of the old and the new. We find that island culture is always a bit more interesting than its mainland counterparts, and Sicily is no different. When you go, make sure you check out the following attractions.

Have you ever been to Sicily?

1. Fontana Pretoria

In the heart of Palermo is this massive fountain, surrounded by historic churches and buildings. The circular fountain features several sculptures of nymphs who seem to be standing around, simply enjoying the day. It’s great spot to add some iconic pictures to your travel album.

2. Orto Botanico

Also in Palermo, you’ll enjoy explore all that this stunning garden has to offer. Think the beauty and wonder of The Secret Garden… if it were set in a tropical paradise. The roots of the fig trees emerge from the ground in impressive patterns (as seen above), and the indoor greenhouses are flanked by interesting bottle trees and outdoor fountains. Make sure to visit during the day – as darkness comes, so do the bugs!

3. Teatro Massimo

Take in some culture at the magnificent Teatro Massimo. Even if opera and ballet aren’t your things, we still suggest a guided tour of this 116 year-old building – it’s open to the public for tours four times a day from Tuesday to Saturday.

4. Castle at Mussomeli

The province of Caltanissetta is peppered with old castles, but this one is probably the most spectacular – a castle perched atop a craggy rock in Sicily’s mainland. Once you’ve taken your gorgeous panoramic snapshots, take a look inside: grand halls, dungeons, and chapels are among the treasures you’ll find. The castle is surrounded by ruins from empires past.


March 29, 2013 8:11 pm

Today We’re Dreaming of…Portugal!

Portugal seems to have it all – white sand beaches, a bustling European metropolis, old stone castles, fishing villages, good food and drink, and not too many tourists. We think it would be the perfect destination for someone looking to experience the flavor of Europe, in a laid-back, quiet way. If you do go to Portugal, here’s what you need to experience:

1. Belem

If you’re a history buff (and even if you’re not) you’ll definitely appreciate Lisbon’s 16th century stone tower. A UNESCO World Heritage monument, the top of the tower offers breathtaking views of the Tagus River.

2. Alfama

The Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood and certainly its most interesting. Tourists will love getting lost in its winding, mazelike, cobblestone streets. This is the kind of neighborhood where women hang their laundry out the windows. It’s also the birthplace of the fado – traditional Portuguese music that can be heard on nearly every corner.

3. Azores

A cluster of nine islands nearly 1000 miles from Portugal’s mainland, the Azores Islands are a little slice of paradise. The lifestyle is definitely slower than on the mainland, but visitors will enjoy exploring the breathtaking scenery, and participating in village life. On Sao Miguel, the natural hot springs are a special treat – the volcanic ground is so hot that you can cook an entire meal underground (another thing to do if you go!).

4. Porto

The birthplace of port wine, in Porto you’ll eat very well, you’ll relax in its laid-back atmosphere, and you’ll fall in love with this old, historic urban center. With a mixture of the medieval and the modern, Porto always offers something to admire.

5. Algarve

The Algarve is a region in southern Portugal offering sun-seeking visitors a Mediterranean climate amidst breathtaking natural landscapes. It’s Portugal’s most popular vacation spot with its secluded beaches, top-notch resorts, and vibrant city life.

What country are you dreaming of? Let us know in a comment below.


Does it take guts to travel? Almost everyone says they dream of traveling; they want to see exotic locations, take a break from their everyday lives, and get a change of scenery. So, what keeps people from doing it more often? There are a million travel excuses that keep people from living their dreams. Here are just a few excuses, with some very practical solutions:

1. It’s too expensive

Yes, it costs money to travel. But everything costs money! It’s all about priorities. If you make it your goal to take a trip this year, you can save a lot more money than you think just by not eating out as often, or not buying as many unnecessary personal items. Online tools make it easier than ever to compare pricing, and get the best deals. In addition, a travel agent is an expert at planning your perfect trip for your perfect budget – consider hiring one.

2. I’ll do it next year

Procrastination is always our worst enemy. It works well when we have an unpleasant task, like cleaning the windows. But travel isn’t a chore, it’s an experience! If you leave it for tomorrow, pretty soon years will have gone by and you’ll be wishing you could turn back the clock to do all the things you wanted to.

3. I don’t have the time

Everybody is busy, and often it feels like we barely have the time to call an old friend. That’s why if you’re serious about traveling, you can’t wait until your life dies down – you have to make time for it! The people in your life (coworkers, family, friends) will be so happy for you. They know you need a break, and they can’t wait to see all the beautiful photos you take.

4. I don’t speak the language

Maybe this is the perfect time to learn! In all seriousness, you will definitely not become fluent in Spanish during your two-week stay in Spain, but if you try, you will probably pick up enough to get by. This excuse is more about a fear of the unknown. New places can be scary, but if you do your research, go prepared, and open yourself up to new experiences, you’ll be so much better for it.