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.
With the newest Toronto location at 300 Front Street West, DelSuites is providing guests another conveniently situated, short term rental option.
In this 49-story high-rise condominium property, we will now be able to offer guests, especially business clients, accommodations that’s within close proximity to the city’s financial, fashion and entertainment districts.
With ample living space including fully-equipped kitchens as well as in-suite washer and dryers and free housekeeping services, each one, two and three bedroom furnished rental in Toronto allows guests to instantly feel right at home.
Located east of Blue Jays Way, this urban dwelling is within walking distance to many of Toronto’s restaurants, sports facilities and theatres; key neighbourhood features that enable guests to easily entertain business clients, without the hassle of transportation. Along with the prime location, some of the building features include a whirlpool, yoga classes and a roof-top pool with cabanas that offer a spectacular view of the city skyline and Lake Ontario.
When it comes to accessibility to bicycle and running trails, guests will be able to explore a wide range of Toronto’s parks and trails along with the extensive waterfront paths. In addition, this property offers pet owners the option of having their furry friends (either two cats or one dog) during their stay. Along with close proximity to the cities major highway systems, Toronto’s downtown and suburban areas are also easily accessible from Front Street by way of TTC subway, bus and street cars, GO Transit and Via Rail trains offering commuters with several transportation options.
Click here for more information on 300 Front St. West.
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.
While Toronto may not seem like your typical beach destination, as the temperature rises, there’s definitely no shortage of sun, sand and surf. Situated on the shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto’s shoreline is peppered with a variety of sandy beaches, each with their own unique atmosphere. In fact, the city even boasts a community that’s fondly known as The Beaches. So whether you’re living in the downtown Toronto core or a suburban area in your furnished apartment, pack your sunscreen, towel and swimsuit and check out one of these must-see destinations.
Bluffer’s Park (1 Brimley Road South, Scarborough)
Featuring a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario against the rugged backdrop of the Scarborough Bluffs, Bluffer’s Park Beach is a natural haven for picnicking with family and friends or enjoying a quite dinner at Bluffer’s Restaurant. Remember to bring your hiking shoes if you’re up to exploring this geographical diverse area.
HOW TO GET THERE: Travel South on Brimley Road.The area is pedestrian friendly but public parking is available.
Kew & Balmy Beach (2075 Queen Street East)
One warm weekends, this eastern beach location is heavily populated with a mix of locals and suburbanites who descend on Toronto’s infamous community known as The Beaches. From swimming and beach volleyball to picnicking and playgrounds, this kid-friendly location is ideal for young families. Want a break from the sun and sand? Take a stroll up Lee or Kenilworth Avenue and browse the local shops or tuck into a local eatery for a quick bite. HOT TO GET THERE: Street parking is at a premium, making streetcar transit the way to go (501 Queen Street) to Kenilworth and walk south towards the beach.
Lake Front Promenade (800 Lakefront Promenade Mississauga)
Combining beach and parkland the Lakefront Promenade is a summertime retreat that’s got plenty of activity. From playgrounds that feature splash pads to recreational sailing and boating, this area is also home to an abundance of wildlife.
HOW TO GET THERE: Traveling along the Lakeshore where public parking is available.
Even if you’re stay in your furnished suite in Toronto isn’t a vacation, you can still make the weekends feel like a getaway by getting out and exploring your local beach community. Who knew that summer in the city offered all the fun of a beach destination? Well, we did and now so do you!
A bustling mid-town location, DelSuites Republic short term rentals is situated in the hub of midtown Toronto’s Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood. With a robust population of young professional 20-somethings, the area has been unofficially dubbed “Young and Eligible”, but it shouldn’t be easily dismissed as only suitable for the youthful hipster crowd. The area is home to numerous corporate offices, restaurants, pubs and a variety of nightlife to please every person’s authentic style.
And while Republic’s midtown Toronto extended stay suites’, guests will discover a wide-range of local eateries, shopping and entertainment venues within walking distance, those that can’t get enough of Toronto’s downtown core, have easy access to both the subway and 24-hour bus routes.
Within the Yonge and Eglinton community’s pedestrian-friendly setting, the diversity of restaurants is a global culinary exploration. From continental cuisine at North 44 (2537 Yonge St.) to Il Sogno’s (1993 Yonge St.) Italian fare; the range of menu offerings are a foodie’s culinary dream. Even if you’re more at home in your own kitchen, Republic is a short walk from The Health Butcher (298 Eglinton Ave. West), which offers a wide selection of organic meats and poultry along with fresh produce and other healthy grocery options.
Beyond the budding food scene, Republic’s location means that live music and entertainment is around the corner. Whether you prefer the soulful vibe of Allycatz Live Jazz Bar (2409 Yonge St.) or a more organic (re: loud) listening experience at The Rose & Crown (2335 Yonge St.), you’ll find it all and more at one of the city’s most revered music stores, Vortex (2309 Yonge St.). And just for laughs, Absolute Comedy (2335 Yonge St.) features a regular line-up that includes both up-and-coming comics and seasoned comedians.
When you’re in the mood for shopping, fashion-minded guests have the choice of well-known Canadian brands including Le Chateau (2300 Yonge St.) or trendy locally based designs from Heidi Ho (2591 Yonge St.) or Honey (460 Eglinton Ave. West). It’s this eclectic blend of fashion offerings that contribute to the unique style sense of local residents.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Republic’s mid-town location, DelSuites extended stay guests’ will also discover a range of amenities. From salons and spas to tailors and dry cleaners, you’ll find that this central location makes it easy to locate those simple everyday essential services that will have you feeling like you’re right at home.