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Top 10 Things to do Before Leaving on Vacation

June 5, 2014

Organization is the key to travel success. When your schedule involves frequent business trips, having a set plan will ease the frantic pace that can be an unwelcome part of the journey. While you know that a short term rental has been the secret to a smooth and seamless stay during your travels, it’s sometimes a little more challenging to have peace of mind that you’ve left everything at home in working order. Here are 10 quick and easy things to do before leaving on vacation that will help keep you on track the next time you head out the door. By using this checklist as a starting point, you won’t have the feeling as though you’ve left something (or someone) behind.

1)     Keep an emergency folder. Include a copy of your flight or train itinerary, the address and contact information of the furnished apartment at your destination and personal information such as your credit card and passport. Having these resources available at your office and home not only ensures that your colleagues and family members will be able to reach you if needed, but that you’ll be able to have access to the information you need should you lose something during your travels.

2)     Home sweet home. Ensure that one or two of your closest neighbours are aware of your departure dates as well as when you’ll be returning. Keeping neighbours in the loop means they’ll have a watchful eye on your home should any unusual activity occur. Arrange to have a close friend or family member check in on your home while you’re away, collecting any mail and double checking that your home is in order – just be sure your neighbours are aware that someone will be stopping by.

3)     Phone home. Have your home phone number forwarded to your mobile device. This will ensure that you’ll be available, and give the impression that you’re in the area to prevent your home from being compromised.

4)     Pet Care - KennelOrganize pet care. Whether you’re having someone come into your home to pet sit or bringing your pup to a kennel, it’s important to have the arrangements made well in advance. Along with keeping additional pet food and treats available, you may want to purchase a new toy or two for the caregiver to give to your pet. During the first few days you’re away it may be a difficult adjustment period for your pet and a surprise may be a good distraction.

5)     Rearrange plants. Keep your plants in a sink during the time you’re traveling will not only make it easier for the person who is watching your home to water, but it will also ensure they don’t forget to keep plants well hydrated.

6)     Electric reduction. Turn off any electronics and unplug small appliances such as your blender or coffee maker to help reduce your home energy consumption.

7)     Clean your kitchen. From the fridge to the compost to the dishwasher, clean your culinary space from top to bottom. Freeze any leftovers, pitch the perishables and make a list of what you’ll need when you return. While it may be a bit of a chore to do before you leave, you’ll be happy you did once you’ve returned from your travels.

8)     Refill prescriptions. Even if you’re mid-way through your current prescriptions, having refills in your carry on is essential. You’ll be happy you did if your luggage containing medication gets delayed, or worse – lost.

9) Landscape    Hire outdoor maintenance help. Keeping freshly cut grass or a shovelled driveway is a good indication that people are home. Hiring someone to do your yard work while you’re away will help you keep up the appearance and illusion that the house isn’t vacant.

    10)  Contact your credit card company. Keeping your credit card company aware of your travels will help prevent any potential fraud that can happen while you’re traveling.

Keep DelSuites’ top ten things to do before leaving on vacation in mind and we know you’ll have a stress and worry free trip. Happy travels!

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DelSuites Supports the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada

May 24, 2014

Cardiac Health Walk of LifeIt’s that time of year again where many prepare for the Walk of Life in support of the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada.

For DelSuites furnished rentals, this is an opportunity to become involved by supporting this great cause.  And with our support, the funds raised increases awareness and is used for “Prevention, Education & Cardiac Rehabilitation”.

The 30th Anniversary Toronto Walk of Life will be taking place on Sunday May 25th at Evergreen Brick Works. You can still register in person on Sunday at 8:00AM.  Together we are making a difference!

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TripAdvisor Honours DelSuites with 2014 Certificate of Excellence

May 22, 2014

Tripadvisor3 TripAdvisor® has honoured DelSuites with a 2014 Certificate of Excellence. This great achievement honours hospitality excellence and is presented to organizations that attain top ratings from TripAdvisor traveller reviews.

TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees which takes into account reviews ratings. To qualify, companies need to maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of five, as reviewed by travelers. Additional criteria include the recency of reviews in the last 12 months.

“Winning this Certificate of Excellence is a accurate source of pride for the entire team at DelSuites and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Dan Henderson, General Manager at DelSuites. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

View the DelSuites TripAdvisor press release.

 

 

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How to Efficiently Pack a Suitcase

May 2, 2014

Open suitcase on bed elevated viewWhen traveling, the last thing you want to worry about is your luggage. In fact, ensuring a well-packed suitcase is critical to avoiding an additional cost of overweight luggage at the airport.

Finding it impossible to fit everything you need into you luggage or carry on? It’s not! With these four packing tricks, you will learn how to efficiently pack a suitcase so you won’t have to worry about carrying extra weight – you might even have a little extra room.

Check the Weather
While you can plan for unexpected weather conditions, having a general idea of the climate you’re visiting will keep you from packing winter boots when all you really need are loafers. Although you could check the weather online, when you’re staying at a short-term rental, consulting with the guest services staff offers a personal, real-time evaluation of weather cPortrait of beautiful smiling girl wearing yellow raincoat lookionditions. But, even if you’re expecting sunny skies in the forecast, keep in mind that temperatures fluctuate during throughout the day. Having a neutral sweater or blazer on hand is essential, so you can interchange it with your attire if needed.

Stay Wrinkle Free
While executive suites are usually equipped with small appliances including an iron and ironing board, keep your work attire fresh by packing your suitcase right. Keep items such as pants and skirts on the bottom while lighter ones including dress shirts and blouses that crease more easily should be layered on top. Store extra shoes in plastic bags and use the inside of your shoes to store socks and underwear which gives you extra space.

Plan Accordingly
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Will you have a few formal events to attend? Will there be time for site seeing? Knowing your itinerary will help you optimize the space in your suitcase accordingly. If you have meetings with different clients that won’t see you twice, one suit and a couple of different shirt and tie options may get you through your trip. Packing different accessories including scarves, light cardigans and jewellery are great ways to create multiple looks without extra attire.

Extend your Wardrobe
Did you know that booking a short-term condo rental instead of a hotel can keep your even luggage lighter? It’s true; guests have access to an in-suite washing machine and dryer, a convenience of home that many business travelers might overlook. Even if you’re away on business for a week or more, you can easily launder your clothing without having to needlessly lug you’re entire wardrobe.