Pet Friendly Corporate Housing Eases the Burden of Business Travel

Pet Friendly Corporate Housing Eases the Burden of Business Travel

Gene Brown missed having a dog around. A traveling radiologist, Brown lived in corporate housing and was often on the road between assignments.

Pet Friendly Corporate Housing Eases the Burden of Business Travel

“I would see other technicians, who traveled with pets, and think, ‘I wish I could do that,'” he said.

Pets can be accommodated by most corporate housing providers, although some properties carry breed restrictions such as no pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, or chows. Other properties require pet interviews, which can be difficult for traveling professionals to do if they are unable to see the property before taking occupancy. Taking the time to attend obedience classes with your dog will benefit you in any number of ways, but especially in the case of a pet interview.

If you own an aggressive breed of dog such as a pit bull, you may have an easier time accommodating your pet if you choose to rent a private furnished property over renting corporate housing at an apartment complex. Your corporate housing provider will be able to advise you how to proceed in such circumstances.

“One time we had this client whose dog kept escaping from the apartment,” said Erin Connelly, Operations Manager for the corporate housing provider Almost Home USA, “So we asked the complex to put a special lock on the door and they did.”

Finding housing that will accommodate a pet is only part of the challenge, there’s also getting them from point A to point B without causing them undue stress. Here are some helpful tips:

If you’re taking your dog or cat by car, begin by taking them on shorter trips first. That way you can gauge the level of their anxiety and speak with your veterinarian if you feel that tranquilizers are necessary.

Make sure the dog is always in the back seat of a car (although never in the bed of a pick-up truck) because passenger side air bags deploying can cause a pet damage. What’s more, dogs should not be allowed to stick their heads out of the window. According to the Humane Society, “Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or become ill from having cold air forced into their lungs.”

To help a pet deal with motion sickness, the Human Society suggests taking along ice cubes, which are easier on a pet’s stomach than water.

Never leave your dog alone in a parked car. According to the Los Angeles SPCA, a parked car can heat up to 160 degrees in a minute, potentially causing stroke, brain damage, or even death.

If you’re traveling by plane, make sure that the dog or cat’s crate is clearly marked with all of your contact information. Make sure that the animal is wearing a collar with a legible tag, and a rabies tag.

There are pet transportation specialists who will, for a fee, make sure that Fido gets to where he needs to go with great efficiency, but online reviews of these services are …

Vacation Options For Families – How Your Family Vacation Can Be a Sweet Dream Instead of a Nightmare

Vacation Options For Families - How Your Family Vacation Can Be a Sweet Dream Instead of a Nightmare

Vacation Options For Families – Traveling with kids can be a virtual nightmare or it can actually be a fun experience that creates lifetime memories. Great family vacations don’t just happen; they take forethought and planning.

1) Try to travel by air or even car/bus during non-peak times and get to the bus station or airport early. It’s tough trying to sprint through an airport with little kids. Also, if traveling in the evening, you may get the kids to sleep off part of the trip.

2) Make sure your kids go to the bathroom before leaving on a trip. When traveling long distances on a bus or other vehicle that will not stop on demand, have the kids wear diapers even through age five or so, and if kids older than that have had problems controlling their bladder, have them wear Goodnites. They may gripe but it could save a bigger humiliation for them.

3) Bring hand sanitizer for the many times there is no water available, and baby wipes/handi-wipes also prove invaluable.

4) Go to the Dollar Store before your trip and buy a bunch of little things that will excite each child and place them in separate bags. Allow the child to pull out a new toy or game once every hour or so.

5) You may not be able to fit serving trays on a plane, but they work great in a car or bus. Kids can use them to play with puzzles, board games, and play dough.

6) Bubbles, Game Boys, and MagnaDoodles are all helpful things to occupy kids while waiting in lines or sitting in vehicles. Also, visit the Hidden Mickeys website and print off some Hidden Mickey pages for the kids to have fun with.

7) Especially during the heat of the summer, kids do better with getting to a theme or amusement park first thing in the morning until lunch time. Then give them a rest time in the hotel room and/or pool during the hottest part of the afternoon and return sometime after 4:00 p.m. for several more hours of fun.

8) If you’re trying to keep track of several young kids at once, put all your stuff in a waistpack or backpack. That way, you’ll have your hands free to keep the kids in tow. In the pack, keep chilled juice, camera, rain ponchos, Monsters candy dispenser, etc. Another thing that proves helpful when walking all day is a stroller for the younger kids—even five- or six-year-olds.

9) Place a card in your kids’ pockets on which you place name, address, and cell number for officials to call if your child gets separated from you. It is usually safer to tell your child to show the card to an obvious official or a woman. That might be safer than just handing it to a male passer-by.

10) To offset the constant whining and badgering of kids to buy things, give each child a set amount to carry for anything …

Useful Tips When Planning a Holiday

Useful Tips When Planning a Holiday

If you want to plan a vacation this year on your own, the following tips will be perhaps helpful.

Useful Tips When Planning a Holiday

One of the most important thing is to choose destination. It must be the right choice for you and your fellow passengers. First determine what type of holiday you would like to have. Once you determine your wishes go to select destination.

Next thing is to choose hotel or hostel where you will stay. There are many forums and sites where you can look at reviews or comments of other people. In this way you will learn practical information about the hotel that you chose.

Look for your ticket at one of the sites that contain various airlines. So you can see that price of the ticket varies from one airline to another. Also, you can book your ticket online. It is sometimes cheaper to travel by boat or by train. My personal favorite is a combination of these. Simply getting there is not always the best thing to do. In this way, you can maybe visit some interesting places along the way. Try to enjoy while you are traveling.

Make inquiries about everything that interests you regard accommodations, food, sights and nightlife. It is useful to buy or get a map of destination because it will save you plenty of time and simplify the organization of sightseeing during the trip. After you have selected the places you want to visit, you can arrange in advance free time so you can do everything you planned. If you want to go from city to city, check types of transportation or rent-a-car before arrival. All countries have different regulations and laws.

At the end make a list of things that you will need and make sure that you have your passport if you are traveling abroad.…

Tips to Better Vacation Experiences

Tips to Better Vacation Experiences

If you’ve always wanted to take a fun, safe, adventurous and relatively inexpensive, but luxury packed vacation here are some tips on how you can make it happen.

Tips to Better Vacation Experiences

Before you get to the fun stuff, answer this; Are you the type that doesn’t care about the kind of hotel you stay in? If you don’t then proceed without caution!

But if love your creature comforts, magnificent views from huge balconies maybe a Jacuzzi on the balcony to watch the night go by with a Margarita in hand and a great location then you must read on!!

Expensive, Sound extravagant, must have a high end Budget? NOT AT  you know where to book and who to book with. Two of my best vacation experiences in Mexico were done for less than $1700 with a car rental, tickets to major parks, Fantastic Spa visits and yes, this was for two.

What’s the Secret?

Choose the right Travel agency. Travelocity comes to mind. You get what you pay for Period. The Hotels and rooms actually look like the pictures you viewed! Take 3-4 hours looking carefully at vacation packages, with car rentals (if you are the driving adventurer) Read all the details on the rooms offered and then look at what you can upgrade to for next to nothing!

Find out as much as you can about the local attractions. If you have included a car, don’t book the attraction online, do it when you get there for a lot less. (I recommend this way for single couples) If you’re taking the family, especially young children, book it online and relax aboard Top of the line tour buses as you venture out.

If you love to try new foods, you will save a bundle and experience some of the best food you will ever have by eating “Off the Street” as I like to call it.  Don’t worry; finding an Ice cold beverage of your choice is easier than blinking! Just stick to cooked food and getting sick need not be a worry

Safe to go out and about day and night? Catching a Cab or the bus in Cancun or Puerto Vallarta for example is safer than in any US city I know. They pride themselves on tourist safety and cops are never too far away. Midnight strolls are a must, sleeping on the beach even better.

Why go to Florida and deal with the same old stuff you can get at home on crowded not so pretty beaches when less than an hour away you could be on beaches of clear white sand, waters so blue it’s almost unbelievable and views that simply take your breath away.

Want more Tips; Check out my articles on hotels, fun flights and more.…

Travel with Friends

Travel with FriendsIf you are trying to plan a trip with friends or if you are thinking about it, traveling with friends is almost always fun. However, there is a modicum of trust that needs to exist in order for everyone to enjoy themselves and part of this has to do with how responsible each person is financially for their share of the trip as well as for their personal behavior during the trip.

At no point in our lives to we get the travel bug than when we are young and in college. Suddenly, we’re planning weekend road trips to the beach with our friends and making bigger plans to spend spring break in some place like Miami. I can still remember when I was in college and a few of my friends (myself not included) decided that they wanted to spend our spring break at Myrtle Beach. When they came back a week later, I was subjected to all of the wild stories of what went on- how they ran out of money and had to hitch hike back to their beach house as well as an even more disturbing story about how they were at a party one night and were too drunk to drive home. As they started to leave the party, a couple of guys that they had never met before offered to give the three of them a ride back in the back of their pick-up truck late at night. Needless to say, this was not their smartest idea. And while nothing happened, there is nothing to say that something couldn’t have just as easily happened.

Travel with people you trust and respect. You should never plan on being irresponsible when you are away from home. Also, make sure that wherever you are traveling to- even if it is around the block- that you have enough expendable cash as well as some other backup should you need it. Make sure that you have the contact information of all of the people that you are traveling with (if it’s a small group). In the event that something happens and an emergency contact needs to be reached on your behalf, it is always a good idea to exchange this kind of information prior to the departure for your trip.

Another reason that you want to make sure that you travel with people you trust and who are responsible is to make sure that you are always looking out for each other so that no one gets left behind, lost or put in harm’s way. Too often we hear stories about young men and women disappearing while on spring break with their friends or while enjoying a brief weekend getaway. Traveling with other people doesn’t always guarantee you safety in numbers no matter what the age. Plan ahead, and somewhere in that planning phase, plan on being responsible for your actions lest you live to regret it later on. The practice that you experience with travel while you are …