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.
As you plan and pack for your family vacation, you go through a lot of effort so that your whole clan will enjoy their trip. By the time you reach your destination you’re all looking forward to enjoying a little extra quality time. Even still, you want to be certain that your children are safe at all times, especially if they are young.
As a parent, it’s reassuring to know that when you’re staying at a Delsuites furnished apartment in Toronto, your family will be in an environment that’s as safe as your own home.With a few simple adjustments such as cabinet latches, edge guards for tables and outlet safety covers, your fully-furnished suite can instantly be transformed to fit your family’s needs.
When you’re speaking with the Guest Service Team, it’s important to let them know what child-friendly items you may need during your stay. Right from the beginning of your stay, your complimentary airport pick up will be equipped with comfortable CSA-approved child car seats, making your journey a safe and comfortable ride for everyone.
For infant bedtime, cribs and rocking chairs will help parents transition their babies into a new environment while bed rails and water-proof mattress help to ensure that toddlers and older children are sleeping safe and sound. Child-friendly step stools offer your little one the independence they need to brush their teeth and wash their face at bedtime and in the morning.
Among the other family-friendly services, a professional child minder can also be scheduled should you need in suite child care.
On arrival, each child also receives an age appropriate welcoming gift, a simple touch that offers parents the assurance that you’ve chosen the right home away from home for your family vacation.