Hotels From Hell?

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A job in a hotel can often seem like the perfect thing for someone who loves to travel. How else to share the love than by helping others enjoy their time away? You get to surround yourself in that fun holiday atmosphere all day, every day. But, that doesn’t mean it will be all fun and games. In fact, hotel work is a lot tougher than you might realize. We’re going to look at a few of the realities before you decide this is the career for you.

THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT

We’ve all heard this old saying. Most of us who have worked in a customer facing role know that it’s rarely the case. Even so, we’re providing a service, so we smile and agree to the most absurd accusations and claims. When working in a hotel, this phrase will come back to haunt you. Mainly because you’re dealing with customers for extended periods of time. They don’t enter your space for half an hour; they move in. Worse, everyone will have a different idea of how things should be. You’ll soon reach the stage where you realize that the customer is never right, but you have to please them anyway. Of course, some of your guests will be easy going. But, some will become your nightmare. They’ll expect you to read their minds, and will let you know if they aren’t happy. Some will take insult if their towels aren’t folded the right way. And, you’ll have to grin and apologize. If you want help preparing for this, it might be worth getting some experience. Browse hotel management courses to see if any suit. If you can’t beat them, you should at least know how to deal with them.

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DISCRETION IS ESSENTIAL

 

Hotel work may not seem like the juiciest career option, but you can guarantee you’ll see some sights. That’s why discretion is important for the role. It may be that you hear heated goings on in some of your rooms. You may even have to check in men with women who are quite obviously not their wives. But, you have to let it wash over you. Even gossiping about these things with colleagues is a risk. You don’t want the guest in question to overhear you! You need to let these things go over your head. You are there to serve, not judge.

 

THE WORK NEVER ENDS
To guarantee great reviews for your hotel, you will need to be on call at all times of day. It may seem unfair, but your guests are there all the time, and they won’t see why you can’t be. This is a full on job. Of course, just how full on depends on your role. But, if you’re in an important position, you’ll be expected to drop everything if a guest requests it. Even if it is your day off. Remember, the customer is always right. If they say you should be there, it must be the case.

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Stay Safe While Enjoying The Great Outdoors

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When the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to start enjoying the great outdoors again. Whether it’s hikes, dog walks or bike rides, if you have some gorgeous scenery nearby or don’t mind a drive to the country it’s a chance to get some light exercise and fresh air after being cooped up for most of the winter! However, there are a few safety precautions to bear in mind when you’re headed into the great outdoors. Here are some things to kit yourself out with before your next trip.

 

Bug Repellent

If you’re going to be walking around marshy or boggy areas, woods or in long grasses, then an insect repellent is a good idea. Midges, fire ants, ticks, and leeches can all bite and cause unwanted symptoms. Use common sense too, don’t walk through ants nests and generally keep an eye out for creepy crawlies when you’re out and about.

 

First Aid Kit

Hopefully, you’ll never need it-but if you do, you’ll be glad you brought it along. Some plasters in case you get a blister, antiseptic cream and wipes for bites and stings are useful for minor injuries. Some gauze and bandages to halt any bleeding and create a sling in case of any more serious injuries can be useful too. A small first aid kit containing a few essentials won’t weigh your backpack down too much.

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Sun Protection

Protecting yourself from the sun when you’re going to be outside all day is crucial. If there’s a bit of a breeze, you might not even realize you’re getting burned until it’s too late. Protect yourself with a sun lotion with a high SPF, being sure not to miss any areas such as your neck and the backs of your hands. Wearing light, long clothing items such as full-length sleeves and trousers is also useful (these are handy to stop bug bites too). Go with a breathable material like cotton, so you don’t feel too warm. A hat to protect your head and shade your face and some sunglasses to protect your eyes are also important.

 

Suitable Footwear

When you’re out in the great outdoors doing a lot of walking, you need the right footwear. Sturdy walking boots that comfortably support your feet and provide good grip on the different types of terrain. A good trick is to wear two pairs of socks in your walking boots, one thick and one thin. That way the layers rub together as you walk, rather than the boots rubbing against your feet.

 

Compass and Paper Map

Mobile phones have GPS and maps on them these days, but what if you go somewhere where there’s no signal? To prevent you from getting lost, these essentials will allow you to work out where you are and where you need to go. From a safety point of view, making sure you keep some charge in your mobile phone is useful too. If you wanted to get away from technology, just switch it off and keep it in your bag.


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One Size Fits All? How To Pack For Your Specific Trip

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Packing for a trip is one of those things that we all know that we need to do, after all, how are you supposed to take a trip with no clothes? But it’s by far one of the most boring parts of any trip. Unless you’re the type of person who specifically enjoys packing, it can be an arduous, time-consuming experience that leaves you to feel frustrated and annoyed. One of the biggest sources of frustration is trying to figure out exactly what to pack. One of the major mistakes that people make when trying to pack for a vacation is that they don’t think about the specifics of their trip. Sure, there are always going to be things that everyone needs to pack, underwear is important no matter where you are, but there are other things that are going to be specific to your vacation. These are the things that are not only more likely to be forgotten but can also have some pretty serious consequences if they are. With that in mind, here are some simple tips to help you pack for any trip.

 

What documents do you need?

 

Don’t assume that just because you have your passport that you’re automatically going to be given access to the country of your choice. Many countries use a visa system that required you to apply and be approved well before you take your trip. America, Canada, and Australia all use this method already, and Europe is going to start using a similar method in 2020 called the ETIAS. For more info on it check out etias.com. You should also check the expiration date on your passport. Even if it hasn’t yet expired, if it’s too close to the date then you could still be denied access to some countries.

 

Think about the weather

 

What is weather like in the country you’re visiting? More specifically, what is the weather going to be like while you’re visiting it? One of the biggest mistakes that many travelers make is that they assume what the weather is going to be like. Sure certain countries might be known for their beautiful sunny weather, but if you don’t do your research, then you could turn up during monsoon season. If that happens then shorts and a t-shirt aren’t really going to do you much good are they?

 

What will you be doing?
You’ve probably got an itinerary planned for your trip and if that’s the case then look at the kinds of things that are on it. What kinds of supplies are you going to need? Will you be doing a lot of walking and hiking? Then some boots are probably a good idea. Planning on doing anything particularly risky? Then you’re probably going to want to bring a first aid kit along. Being able to think about what it is that you have planned throughout your trip is a great way to give yourself a much better idea of exactly what it is that you need to bring along.

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Stop! Make Sure You Do These Imperative Things Before Your Next Trip…

If you’re the kind of person who likes to plan trips as often as possible, you’ve come to the right place. Everybody wants to make sure they have an incredible time wherever they travel, and the tips in this post will help you. Enjoy!

 

Find The Perfect Place

There are probably a handful of different places you want to travel, but finding the perfect place for you right now is a must. It’s up to you how you do this. You could steadily work down your bucket list, or do something fun, like point to a world map poster with your eyes closed! How daring are you?

 

Get Excited

Take plenty of time planning your trip, and most importantly, make sure you get excited! There’s a lot to remember, and this can daunting when you’re visiting anywhere in the world. That being said, you should still use this time to mentally prepare yourself for all of the fun and new experiences you’re going to have. Imagine who you could meet and the things you could do!

 

Have The Correct Documents

Make sure you’ve got all of the correct documents you need to get to your chosen destination without hassle. You may need a visa. Make sure you do your research and apply for things well in advance to avoid any trouble. Some people forget about visas and end up being denied entry!

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Speak To Your Bank

Tell your bank where you’re going, especially if there’s a possibility of you using your card while you’re on your trip. If they suspect anything when it comes to your purchases, they may block your card. This can cause a lot of problems while you’re trying to have fun on your trip!

 

Check The Situation Of Countries Before Visiting

Although pointing to a map is fun, you should probably check the situation of the country first. This is going to keep you and the people you’re traveling with as safe as possible.

 

See A Doctor

You might need to see a doctor to have the correct vaccinations to make sure you don’t catch malaria or any other nasty diseases on your travels. Make sure you speak with them in detail about where you’re going so you know exactly what you need.

 

Get Insurance

Travel insurance is a must. No matter how chilled you think this trip is going to be, something could easily go awry. Focus on having fun, but be smart and get the correct insurance cover.

 

Read Books

There are so many books out there that can teach you all about the experience you could have. If you have lots of time before you trip, it’s a good idea to choose a few of these and get inspiration. You can also find a ton of articles online, so make sure you use the resources available to you to prepare yourself.

 

Pack Sensibly

Make sure you pack sensibly. You don’t necessarily need to pack light, but you should be selective about what you take. You’ll need sensible clothes that will keep you comfortable, and the right temperature for your trip. Things like hats, sunglasses, and comfortable shoes are really important. Bear in mind you don’t want to stand out like a sore thumb or offend anybody either!
Most of all, make the most of your trip and have the time of your life!

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Get A Piste Of The Action

Whilst it is incredibly exciting that Spring is only a few short weeks away it does, unfortunately, mean the ski season is coming to an end.  We know, we feel it too!

 

However it isn’t too late to head out and enjoy a few more weeks of adrenalin fuelled fun and, with a few little tweaks, you could make this a little bit more luxurious than your last ski trip.

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Heading out to Aspen is a fantastic idea.  The tail end of the season does mean you might lose a little snow quality as the main bulk of tourists have been going hard on the slopes for a few months now and fresh snow is falling less and less, however it does have the added bonus of meaning there are a few last minute deals to snatch up.  If you are in a position to hightail it out of work with 24 hours notice, you could save yourself a small fortune.  Hurrah!

 

This little saving might give you just enough to invest in some pretty awesome airport transportation, rolling into the resort in chauffeur driven style without lugging your skis and bags on a shuttle bus or into a hired car.  Also, who needs a hired car on a skiing trip anyway?  

 

If you have got a great deal on accommodation then you may feel tied to one resort, but the best thing about Aspen is you have so many options and so much access.  If you have been lucky enough to bag a week or two in Snowmass then you are probably not going to want to head off anywhere else.  You have 5547 acres of skiable area, so even though it is renowned as a family resort, there is plenty of space to get away from the crowds and ski your own route.  There is an average of 300 inches of snowfall and it boasts a vertical drop of a whopping 4406 ft.  With some of the best black routes on offer you can test your skills or take a more peaceful approach on one of the novice runs.  

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Travel is essential for keeping us healthy of mind and increasing our acceptance. You learn so much about culture and other people.  Skiing in Aspen is no exception to this rule, there is a gorgeous town with pretty little streets and vibrant colourful buildings.  You will find some great bars and brilliant restaurants to spend your evenings in and get to know the locals, who adore the tourist trade.  If you fancy trying something a little different, and give your ski boots a rest, then head off on a dog sleigh adventure.  Everything is provided, even the food, so all you have to do is turn on and tune out.  Enjoying the incredible scenery with only the sound of galloping paws surrounding you.  
We don’t know what you are waiting for? Get online and hunt down those end of season deals.  This time tomorrow, you could be on the piste!

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Daily Grind Getting You Down? Great Ideas To Get Away From It All

The daily grind can definitely have an effect on our mental and physical health. For one thing, we are often left exhausted after a long week at work. And we can be so stressed that we need to find ways to relax. If you are lucky enough to have a long weekend, you need to make sure you use it to refresh before going back to work. Here are some great ideas to get away from it all when the daily grind is getting you down.

 

Head for a spa weekend

 

One place which will definitely help you to relax and unwind is the spa. As it says on http://spas.about.com/od/choosingaspa/tp/spareasons.htm, it’s the best way to relax. After all, you can let go off all your stress and worries and just chill out for the weekend. Go for a package which enables you to stay overnight, or even two nights, to enjoy all the facilities that are on offer. For one thing, spending time in the pool is a great stress-buster, so you will feel relaxed when you get out. Also, you should book in for a couple of treatments during the spa weekend. A lovely massage and a pedicure will help you rejuvenate after a busy few weeks at work. And the best thing about going to a spa is there is no rushing around. You and a friend can go and have a chilled out time without having to worry about the time.

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Go on a camping weekend

 

There’s no better way to escape from everything than going on a camping trip. After all, you are in the middle of nowhere enjoying the open air and nature. And getting out in the fresh air can do you a world of good if you have been feeling stressed. You can go on walks aplenty which will be refreshing for your mind and body. And there’s something about sleeping out in the open air which can help to relax you. In fact, you can get a great tent which is suitable for you and a friend from sites like http://tentsandcampgear.com/best-2-3-person-tents/. That way, you can ensure you have a great night under the stars during your long weekend. And if you are afraid of being away from your tech for too long, check out our previous blog for some tech essentials for your camping trip.

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Go on a city trip

 

You should also consider going on a city trip if you fancy getting away from it all. After all, discovering a new city allows you to meet a wealth of new people and see some amazing sights. And it can help you to relax if you sit in one of the many restaurants and bars that the city has to offer. You can also do a spot of retail therapy which will be a great way to let go of some stress in your life. And you deserve a treat after working so hard!

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Also, going to the beach for the weekend would be an excellent way to get away from it all. You can relax with a good book while enjoying the sunshine bearing down on you! And listen to the calming waves hit the beach will help to calm your mind!

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Camping Essentials for the Tech-Savvy

Nowadays, travelling is becoming more important for a variety of reasons. It’s a great way to relax in our own time, it’s a good way to learn new things and it can even affect our future career choices. However, many of us camp for the sake of getting some time to ourselves and relaxing our bodies, and as such it’s important to treat it like a leisurely trip to melt away stress.

 

Adventuring into the wild is a great way to connecting with friends and family and spend some much-needed quality time together. However, it doesn’t have to be all about sleeping in tents and becoming one with nature. Nowadays, there is so much technology around us that it almost feels like we can’t even go outside without carrying a phone in our pockets.

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Some people would scoff at the idea of bringing electronics to a camping trip because it doesn’t “feel” natural, but devices like smartphones can play a huge part in remaining safe and connected to the rest of the world when you’re out in the wilderness. If you want to bring some more tech on a camping trip, then here are a couple of great suggestions.

 

Lighting

 

Whether it’s a small torch or a floodlight to keep your campsite illuminated, companies like Nightsearcher will have you covered. From small torches and floodlights to solar-rechargeable lamps, there’s a huge variety of different lighting options to take with you on a camping trip to make yourself noticed, feel safer and also to make it easier on you when you wake up at night to go toilet.

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Smartphones

 

In addition to GPS being an extremely helpful tool to guide you throughout the wilderness, smartphones also come with many other useful features such as the ability to keep connected via the internet, take photos and record videos, and even have some fun and entertainment while you’re out in the wilderness. A lot of people go on camping trips to explore nature, take pictures and hike. However, what will you do in the evening when it’s dark but still too early to sleep? How about bringing out your phone and watching some films, listening to music or even reading a book?

 

Pressure Shower

 

Although it’s not as fancy as a smartphone or special lighting arrangements, pressure showers are a much-needed essential in camping. If you plan to stay out for a couple of days, then it’s a good idea to invest in a pressure shower. These are just bags that you can hand on a tree branch. When you fill them with water, you can give the pump a few squeezes and you’ll have access to a simple and hygienic way of cleaning off dirt and mud from hiking trips.

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Water Safety

 

Drinking water in the wilderness can come with some very nasty side effects. Luckily there are several ways you can ensure that the water you drink is nice and clear. For starters, you can buy a water testing bottle that uses UV lighting to show you if the water you want to drink from is contaminated or safe. You can also buy water filtration systems that clean water to make it safe to drink.

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