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How to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays

December 2, 2022

Staying healthy over the holidays can be a challenge. The weather outside is cold and we spend most of our day indoors, breathing in recycled air and possible germs. The abundance of alcohol and sugary treats over the holiday season reduces our immune systems, making us more susceptible to illness. The stress and pressure of preparing for New Years’ events can decrease your health even more – making you a target for flu bugs, colds and much more.

However, there are a number of ways that you can keep yourself healthy over the holidays.

Keep Up Your Exercise Routine

It’s tempting to ditch your workouts and let your days fill up with parties, errands and holiday preparations. However, it is important to keep your exercise routine as much as possible. Staying active will give you more energy, help you deal with added stress, boost your immune system and help you manage your weight during the holiday season. Squeeze in a visit to the gym whenever you can and try to enjoy active holiday activities such as going for a walk in the snow with your family. When staying in your furnished rental in Toronto, you can utilize the gym in the downtown Toronto apartments which is included in your rate, so you dont have to pay extra to work out.

Reduce Your Alcohol Consumption

Healthy Over the HolidaysThe holidays bring with them a number of situations where alcohol is consumed, from a mug of mulled wine to cocktails and drinks at the New Years’ party. It’s fine to have a few festive drinks but be careful not to go overboard. When you drink too much it will reduce your immune system function, put a strain on your liver, raise your blood pressure and add a lot of empty calories. Try to alternate your alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones at a party or an event so that you can cut back and stay healthy over the holidays.

Fill Up on Healthy Food

If you are going to a holiday get-together where you know there will be a lot of sweets, cookies, candies and other unhealthy treats, make sure that you eat a full meal of healthy, nourishing food first. Then, you will be less likely to eat as many unhealthy treats.

Take Time to De-Stress

The holidays can be a stressful time. There are a lot of commitments to friends and family, a lot of events to attend and plan for as well as the financial stress of gifts. You might find yourself being stretched thin and feeling stressed. Make sure that you give yourself time to take a break and recharge. Allow time for yourself to enjoy activities that reduce stress, such as going for a walk, practicing yoga or listeniHealthy over the holidaysng to some calming music.

Stay Warm

When the weather outside is frightful, make sure that you keep yourself warm and bundled up. A warm coat is important, as well as a hat and gloves to reduce heat loss through your head and hands where you lose the most heat.

Keep these tips in mind so that you can stay healthy and make the most of this holiday season.

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Business Travel, Uncategorized

What Business Travellers Desire The Most When Relocating To Toronto (with stats from GBTA)

November 25, 2022

DelSuites has provided temporary furnished apartments for business travellers in Toronto for years, and we have noticed a pattern among our customers in recent years regarding what they desire from their relocation or travel programs with their companies.

Companies are realizing that their travel and relocation programs must now ensure travel safety, be more flexible to change and arrangements based on flight changes and cancellations, and the health of the employee as well. They have to be prepared for different outcomes all while limiting the amount of cost of the overall program.

On the other hand, their business traveller wishes for convenience, leisure, and personal time to provide their best work. According to the GBTA, business travellers have specific desires for how they want to travel now.

Here are the top 5 desires for business travellers

Booking With Their Favourite Travel Suppliers And Vendors

As business travellers, after a while, they tend to pick favourites when it comes to their stay, transportation means, meals and accommodations. According to GBTA, 46% of business travellers would love to be able to choose their own travel suppliers. This could bring more consistency in performance, fewer issues during their stay, more reward points and more overall cost, depending on the suppliers they choose. DelSuites is a favourite supplier amongst travel programs for its consistency, expectations and availability in some of the most convenient locations in Toronto.

Staying An Additional Night After Their Meetings

Business travellers facing timezone changes, long commutes, and even longer meetings, can experience heavy fatigue during a business trip, especially if they are flying into Toronto from quite a long distance away. According to the GBTA, 43% of business travellers would love to decompress after their time in Toronto after their meetings and fly out the next day. This could result in more cost for the travel program, but less fatigue and better morale for the business traveller.

Booking Outside A Corporate Travel System

Some pre-existing booking systems or relationships that many organizations have to limit the choices for business travellers to choose their accommodations. Instead of enjoying something like a fully furnished DelSuite that’s conveniently located where they need to be, they might be forced to book outside of the city in a hotel with minimal amenities, if any. That’s why, according to the GBTA, 39% of business travellers are looking to book their travel on their own terms instead of using a strict travel program booking system.

Building Leisure Into Their Business Travels

If you hear from business travellers, the trip sometimes is more focused on business than the travel itself. There have been many cases where business travellers will fly into an exotic country and not really see the light of day outside of conference centers, heavy meetings and long presentations, by the time the conference or business summit is done, it’s time to fly out, not being able to see what great aspects that area has to offer. According to the GBTA, 39% of business travellers are looking to couple leisure experiences with business travel and have the company pay for it. 

As you can see business travellers are looking for more personal experiences, something they can enjoy and not be stuck in a hotel somewhere outside of where they need to be. That’s why DelSuites makes a great solution for business travellers and travel programs. Our 30+ day short-term rentals, and fully furnished apartments in Toronto allow for flexibility, leisure, modern amenities and convenient locations to major shopping, business and travel hubs around the city. Making business travel easier and more enjoyable. 

Read the full story from the GBTA here.

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Downtown Toronto, Toronto Entertainment

The Best Holiday Events in Toronto To Bring You Good Cheer

November 17, 2022

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to be enjoyed with friends, family, and loved ones. It can be a chance to relax and recharge, spend quality time with those closest to you, and exchange gifts. There are also many fun events happening in Toronto to bring out your holiday cheer.

Here are our recommendations for the best holiday events happening in Toronto this year

The Distillery Winter Village

Happening from November 18 to December 31st, the Distillery District turns into a beautiful Winter Village with everything you need to get you in the holiday spirit. From restaurants, food vendors, cute shops for buying gifts, photo walls for Instagrammable moments and more, it really is a one-stop shop for the holidays. You can purchase tickets online. We recommend ridesharing to the Winter Village as parking is limited around the area. 

Our DelSuite property, Ten York at Harbour Street and York Street is a perfect option when visiting the Distillery Winter Village with our short-term rental only a 10-minute car ride to the Distiller District.

Canadian Tire Christmas Trail

Are you looking to enjoy an amazing light show all from the warmth and comfort of your own car? Happening from November 20th to December 4th, the Christmas Trail is a 1.5km journey that takes you through this beautiful driveway of bright lights and beautiful colours. The experience is great for families too as it has interactive activities for kids as well. Purchase tickets online ahead of time to reserve your spot.

Our DelSuite property, Alto At Atria at Victoria Park and Sheppard Ave is a great option for the Christmas Trail because it’s close to the highway and only takes 20-minutes to get to the lit-up gates of the Christmas Trail. 

Cavalcade of Lights

Are you looking for a visual spectacle of glowing lights with beautiful, colourful art that you can walk through and enjoy with your friends or family? Nathan Philips Square showcases a dazzling wonderland of thousands of light bulbs as they light up the heart of downtown Toronto. Enjoy taking pictures of the glittering tree, public skating, or just walking around and enjoying the winter wonderland.

Our DelSuite property, The Livmore at Bay and Gerrard Street is less than a 10-minute walk away from City Hall, so when it gets busy around the area, you won’t need to worry about calling for a ride or parking. 

Watching A Performance of The Nutcracker

If you are looking to enjoy more of a traditional holiday showcase, then how about a trip to the Opera? The Nutcracker by the National Ballet of Canada brings a cherished performance back to life for those to enjoy on a night out. The performance runs from December 10th to 31st and is a perfect date night for those who would like to sit back and appreciate a big, pronounced showcase of the holidays.

Our property Qwest, at Simcoe and Richmond Street, is only a 3-minute walk from the National Ballet Of Canada making it one of the shortest commutes in Toronto to enjoy the Opera. 

Ice Skating On The Bentway

If large public events and marketplaces aren’t really your thing, then maybe something more low-key like public skating at The Bentway would be more your pace. It’s a great way to spend a winter day, whether you’re a figure skating pro or this is your very first time on the ice.

Our property Element, located at Blue Jays Way and Front Street is only a 6-minute car ride or 20-minute walk to The Bentway, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the skating without sitting in traffic. 

Toronto is a festive place to be during the holidays with many holiday events going on. Whether you want to enjoy them by walking around or experiencing them from the comfort of your own car, there are so many options to suit whatever you fancy. 

DelSuites has many properties close to these events so you can easily take part in the holiday festivities if you need or want to spend it in the city. Our fully furnished, short-term rentals make it easy and convenient for you to enjoy all that Toronto has to offer during the holiday season!

Looking for a 30+ day furnished rental in downtown Toronto and experiencing all of these great events? Start your search for furnished apartments in downtown Toronto today with DelSuites. 

Lifestyle talk, Markham, toronto toursim

The Ultimate Markham Shopping Guide

November 16, 2022

There are a lot of reasons to live in Markham Ontario – and one of them is excellent Markham shopping.

This region offers plenty of choices when it comes to enjoying some retail therapy –  from designer brands to unique boutiques and enormous shopping malls.  No matter what you are looking for, you’re sure to find it here with this Markham shopping guide.

So, where should you start if you’re in the mood to shop? The following are some of the best options for shopping in Markham, Ontario:

Markham Shopping

King Square Shopping Centre

Billed as “Canada’s Largest Asian Shopping Centre” – King Square is the newest mall in Markham. It is located at 9390 Woodbine Avenue, near 16th and Woodbine. It has a dazzling selection of retailers, as well as shopping, dining and entertainment spaces.

Plus, it’s centrally located from the major highways, which makes it easy to get to. There are over 500 well-known brands to choose from and it’s open until 8:00 pm so you have plenty of time for shopping!

Pacific Mall

Located on the corner of Steeles Avenue and Kennedy Road, this mall is huge – encompassing over 500 stores. It has an Asian theme and the mall corridors are named after streets in Hong Kong – such as Hollywood Avenue, Nathan Avenue and Queen’s Avenue. This is a great place to find electronics, as well as hairdressers, jewelry and other accessories.

As well as the typical retail brands, you’ll also find Pacific Heritage Town, which has been built to resemble a traditional Asian marketplace packed with unique artwork, crafts and other items. Oh, and the food court also has a huge selection of juice bars, noodle restaurants and other great budget eats.

CF Markville Mall and Shopping Centre

Another one of the major Markham shopping centres, this retail hotspot has recently undergone a $110 million redevelopment. It is home to over 160 high-quality retailers including Coach, Michael Kors and Aritzia.

CF Markville Mall has many of the big name retailers such as Best Buy, EB Games, Apple, Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart. There are also plenty of other quirky smaller brands to discover, as well as amenities such as Good Life Fitness, dental offices and opticians.

Markham Shopping

Main Street Markham Shopping

Another great place to shop in Markham is along the historic and scenic main street. This is the original main street of the village of Markham, which is one of the oldest communities in Ontario and has a rich and storied past.

Today, the historic shop fronts along the street have been transformed into boutiques, art studios, cafes and other businesses. Strolling down the main street on a sunny day is a delight and there are so many interesting shops to check out. If you work up an appetite, you can treat yourself to a slice of Uncle Tetsu’s famous cheesecake.

Read on to find out some reasons to Live in Markham here. A city with culture and history!

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Business Travel, Corporate Housing, Lifestyle talk, Relocation

Relocating Employees – Common Mistakes Companies Make

November 1, 2022

If your company is looking to relocate employees for work, don’t make it too difficult for them. Relocating employees is a complex process and there are a lot of details that need to be taken care of. However, it’s essential that it is done right – because it can be quite a stressful experience for your employee if the move isn’t handled well.

Unfortunately, many companies drop the ball on this part of the contract, by not paying enough attention to supporting their employees during the move. Here are some mistakes that you should avoid so that you can help your employees make a seamless transition.

Common Mistakes When Relocating Employees

Not Communicating With The Employee

Do your best to keep the employee informed about everything that will happen during the move, including all of the details about where they will stay, how their belongings will be transported, and what paperwork they need to fill out when they arrive.  This will help to keep the employee in the loop and ensure that they are not confused when they arrive. Don’t assume that they will know what to expect!

Not Having a Clear Budget For Relocating Employees

Relocating an employee can be expensive, but it can be even more costly if you don’t have a clear picture of the costs. Having a budget is important, as it allows you to plan out how much you have to spend on each aspect of the relocation and accurately predict your expenses.

Remember, when making a budget it’s always a good idea to add on an extra 20% at the end, just to account for any surprises that might occur during the relocation process.

Not Helping Employees To Get Set up

There are a lot of things that your employee will need to set up when they arrive in their new location – destination orientations, school finder, settling services, legal services, temporary housing, bank account, phone number, internet, etc. Do your best to support them with this and help them to set it all up.

They will appreciate the help and it will assist them in making the transition go much more smoothly so that they can settle into their new home more easily.

Employee Relocation in Toronto

Finding Unsuitable Accommodation For Employee Relocation

Another mistake that companies make when relocating employees is that they don’t put enough thought into choosing the accommodation where the employee will stay temporarily before they can move into their new home.

As a result, the employee ends up staying somewhere in an unsuitable location and without the necessary amenities.

Our apartments are a great option for employee relocation. These fully furnished apartments offer a spacious living area, bedroom, and kitchen – so that the employee can settle in and feel at home. Plus the convenient location means they won’t be far from work.

RELATED: How To Make Your Relocating Employees Run Smoothly

To find out more about relocating employees to Toronto, contact DelSuites today!