Traveling with a family is unlike traveling solo. In fact, it’s unlike traveling as a couple. Whether you’re traveling for business and bringing the family or relaxing on vacationing with them, keeping everyone in good spirits takes a little added planning. These days logging frequent flyer miles with your whole family has become a lifestyle and for many families, here are some ways to ensure the journey is as enjoyable as the destination.
Be Kind to Fellow Travelers: Just because you’re traveling with your family, doesn’t mean that everyone else is too. While your family takes priority, being aware of travelers en route to your destination makes the experience pleasant for everyone. Extending a little advanced courtesy to fellow passengers while on your flight or train ride will make them more accommodating should your children burst out into tears or a full-on sibling squabble.
Find Family-Friendly Accommodations When you’re traveling with the whole family, budget friendly stays are essential, which makes a hotel stay nearly unaffordable. But choosing extended stay accommodations means that you’ll save big by having the flexibility to purchase groceries and prepare some meals in the rental’s fully-equipped kitchen.
Walk Everywhere: Sure renting a vehicle may seem like a great idea, but nothing beats touring a new city on foot to soak up the local culture. Although you may not cover as much ground as you would in a car, your family will truly get to experience a new city in a very up close and personal way. For families with older children, bicycle rentals are also a great way to get around and explore.
A Room of Your Own: Hotel rooms are short on space and when you’re traveling with your family, a little extra wiggle room can be essential to keeping the peace. A short term apartment rental offers additional living space, along with the option for separate bedrooms. In addition, amenities that families may require during their stay including swimming pools, fitness areas and other recreational facilities will keep everyone occupied even when you’re not out exploring. What’s even better? These amenities are included in the cost of your rental.
Enjoy the Adventure: Without a doubt, things will go wrong. But family vacations aren’t about perfection but rather about enjoying life as it happens. Missing some spots on your tourist map? Relax, that just means you’ll have more to explore the next time. Keep it simple and enjoy the journey!
Whether you’re taking your family on vacation or traveling solo, your next holiday doesn’t have to empty your bank account.
Here are five tips for traveling on a budget.
1) Make a Budget. From transportation and accommodations to meals and entertainment, decide the amount you want to spend and plan your vacation accordingly.
2) Choose Accommodations Wisely. Renting from a short-term housing provider adds value to your vacation in more ways than one. By offering you a fully equipped kitchen to prepare some meals as well as having access to on-site fitness centers and swimming pools, you’ll enjoy value-added entertainment without spending extra money.
3) Be Adventurous. Considering destinations that are a little off-the-beaten-path will help you maximize your budget as these locations are often looking to attract more tourists. For instance, traveling to smaller towns close to metropolitan cities, give you the opportunity to explore lesser-known areas while still enjoying tourist hot spots.
4) Make A Deal. Contact the travel and tourism board in the city you’re traveling to. This is a great resource for scoring deals on everything from theatre and sports tickets to finding out about the latest restaurant openings and family-friendly dining spots.
5) Go Local. Be on the look out for music festivals, street parties and carnivals that are often held during the summer months. These events are often free to the public and offer a variety of entertainment for all ages. Check the municipality’s online calendar before you travel to find out more about events wherever you’re heading.
Inevitably you can’t plan for every situation when you’re traveling the open road. That said, plan for those extra expenses by keeping a few dollars stashed in a safety fund. You’ll be happy you did when you find for those last minute concert tickets you just can’t pass up.
These days we all want to be more eco-conscious in how we live, work and play. But making environmentally friendly choices isn’t always as easy as we’d like; especially when you’re traveling. Whether you’re packing your bags for a weekend road trip or a month long getaway, here are five practical solutions for minimizing your carbon foot print wherever your travels take you.
ONE: Free Refills
While there’s nothing like bottled water to keep you well hydrated, we all could do without adding another plastic bottle to the landfills. Packing a refillable water bottle in your carry-on bag is not only an easy eco-friendly fix but it’s also a cost-friendly one too. By filling up at public water fountains in airports or at tourist attractions, you can be sure you’re doing something good for you and the environment.
TWO: In the Shower
Keeping simple practices that you have at home, like turning the tap off when you brush your teeth and sticking to a shorter shower, goes a long way. Before anyone in your family takes a shower, make sure everyone is aware of where to hang their towels and face clothes to minimize the need for daily laundering. This helps keep local water costs in check. And when you’re packing hair and body products, make sure that you’re opting for biodegradable ones which minimize the impact on the local environment.
THREE: Choose Local
When you’re making dinner reservations, choose restaurants that serve local fare. With the movement towards local and organic cuisine, an increased number of restaurants are advertising partnerships with local farmers and food providers as a means of attracting eco-conscious travelers. Local ethnic and farmers’ markets are also terrific places to purchase foods that are prepared close to home, but also offer a taste of the local culture.
FOUR: Curtain Call
Using your window coverings to regulate temperatures in your suite does the environment good at any time of the year. By keeping the windows covered during mid-day will help keep your space cool, especially when you’re not in your short term rental. Before you flick the air conditioning switch in the evening, open the windows to increase the natural air flow.
FIVE: Use Your Power
Instead of driving your vehicle or renting one at your destination, consider renting a bicycle or take walking tours as a way to experience your surroundings as a local resident. For business travelers commuting to and from work, making use of public transit systems is an eco-friendly way to get around without the added hassle of looking for parking.
Between shoveling snow in the winter and mowing the lawn the rest of the year, if you own a rental property and your own home – finding the time to maintain it can be a tough call. And when tenants give their notice (yet again), well, let’s not even think about how exhausting it can be to find replacements. But what if there was a low-maintenance way to guarantee your property would be leased for several years? Does this sound like a dream? Well, as it turns out, DelSuites can make it a reality.
Through the DelSuites Guaranteed Lease Program, homeowners will benefit from the ease and convenience of having a fixed term lease including a secure income stream. Homeowners are given the option for customizing a lease agreement with DelSuites that is set for either a three, five or 10 year term. Providing both short and long term rentals, DelSuites’ clients are reliable individuals and families, many of whom are business travelers regularly staying at one of DelSuites’ condominium suites or home rental properties.
By partnering with DelSuites, homeowners have the benefit of a dedicated team of staff with more than 15 years of expertise which not only ensures that the property provides a consistent source of income, but that it’s also exceptionally maintained and inspected professionally throughout the duration of the lease agreement. As part of the agreement, DelSuites will fully furnish the home according to the company’s branded design standards – an added benefit that means homeowners aren’t responsible for maintaining warranties on furnishing or the home’s electronic features. Along with this stress-free lease agreement, homeowners are also able to take advantage of a five percent discount on all DelSuites rental properties. This means that accommodating your spouse’s family or your college roommates just got little easier. Find out how you can make your long-term investment a hassle-free experience by signing up here.
Working with the right long-term housing professional can be the difference between finding the best accommodations and having more trouble than it’s worth. But if you don’t know which credentials to look for, deciding on the best person to work with you or your staff can be a daunting task.
With a varied real estate portfolio, the long-term housing professionals at DelSuites possess the Certified Corporate Housing Provider (CCHP) designation – the nationally recognized standard within the corporate housing industry. Combining their knowledge of the Greater Toronto Area’s housing industry with the CCHP’s competence and professionalism means that the DelSuites team is able to offer a high-degree of expertise to guests before, during and after their stay.
Offering knowledge in three key areas including; operations, finance, sales and marketing, housing professionals who possess this designation have the ability to provide a well-rounded understanding of the dynamic housing industry. Along with finding a housing provider that complements your needs, the CCHP certification also ensures that staff are keenly aware of the details required when making a move to new location. Whether you’re in need of information about short term insurance, protection policies or other financial arrangements, the long term housing professional at DelSuites are able to apply their extensive knowledge to meet your needs in a timely manner. Having this level of expertise is imperative, so the Delsuites team can develop and deliver exceptional services and programs that not only satisfy new guests, but go beyond their expectations.
As a proud member of the Certified Corporate Housing Provider Association, and recipient of the Association’s Tower of Excellence Award, DelSuites continues its ongoing commitment to achieving excellence. Whether you’re in the market for a new housing provider for your company or searching for a long-term family housing solution, the CCHP certification represents knowledge, professionalism and quality service.