We’re about to head into the holiday travel season, which – combined with everybody at the office trying to figure out how to use all their available vacation days before the end of the year – results in a whole lot of people going out on vacation at about the same time.
You could head out to the same old destinations you always do, but have you thought about doing something a little different, and maybe save some money doing it?
The other day, Web Watch was chatting with friends who were about to embark on their very first weekend trip to Las Vegas.
Being recently out of college, they were concerned that they wouldn’t have enough money to have a decent hotel room, food other than a $0.99 foot-long hot dog, some gambling, some clubbing, taxis… well, you get the drift.
One of the questions they asked us was for recommendations on saving a little bit of money – but not to go all crazy. After all, this is VEGAS we’re talking about, and they really wanted to live it up BIG on whatever money they could afford to spend.
Chances are, if you’ve stayed at a fancy hotel, you’ve called down for a pizza at night or a made-to-order breakfast for the morning. Not everyone has the time to head downstairs for the $18 buffett when all you’re looking for is two eggs and some toast. Why not have it freshly made and at your room so you can eat on your schedule instead of theirs?
Sure, you have places that you’d love to stay whenever you have the opportunity to do so on someone else’s dime (spa resorts in far-flung cities come to mind), but what about for your own personal travel itineraries?
When YOU are totally in control of where you stay, what hotel chains do you prefer to stay in when the choice is up to you?
Stealing things from hotels can be a compulsion for some.
Sometimes, it’s the principle of the taking. When a luxury hotel charges you $400 (or more) a night for a suite, you sometimes feel obligated to take advantage of as much of the freebies as you can grab.
If you are a frequent traveller, you may find yourself needing to select your hotel based on a myriad of online travel websites (like Travelocity, TripAdvisor, Expedia, AAA, Yelp, or others) that not only offer you the lowest price for booking your hotel stay, but also offer what should be the best crowdsourced advice on whether that specific hotel will meet – or not meet – your needs.
Travelling for business has one set of needs; travelling for pleasure has another. Travelling with kids? You may need to avoid staying at a high-end hotel if only because the kids won’t appreciate it as much as you would. Travelling alone? Maybe quiet, security and safety are your primary concerns.
And as always, accurate reviews of hotel location in relation to local attractions or transportation is always a help.
And you all know people who travel with a Ziploc bag in their luggage, specifically to use with the TV remote control, as Web Watch has mentioned that the TV remote in a hotel room is pretty much germ central.
But it ends up that the hotel room TV remote is NOT the dirtiest item in your dirty hotel room.
Bed Bugs are making the news all over the place this year, especially with the warm weather that has been seen all across the country this past winter.
So we shouldn’t be surprised that ORKIN, one of the largest pest control companies in the country, is considered an expert on how to control bed bugs.
And now that it’s Spring Break, unsuspecting college kids and high school seniors are going to be traveling all over the country, and may end up bringing home a special friend or two (or three thousand) with them if they’re not careful.
And that’s one reason why Orkin decided to release their list of the TOP 50 BED BUG CITIES in AMERICA for 2011.
A few years ago, Web Watch was visiting Las Vegas with some friends. As is the case when traveling with a large group of people – especially in Vegas – we all found ourselves staying in different hotels.
And as is the case with different Las Vegas hotels, cleanliness standards can be a bit different from hotel to hotel, company to company.
So while Web Watch was enjoying our crisp, clean sheets, one member of our brigade found herself being transferred from one dirty hotel room to another until she ultimately asked to be checked into a different hotel across the way.
Apparently, maid service doesn’t always check to clear the room of used.. (ahem) … from underneath the bed.
Then again, we also agree with our friends who say that “a little Las Vegas goes a long way”. In other words, these people don’t necessarily enjoy the entire gambling, casino, nightlife, gambling aspect of Sin City.
Web Watch knows people that took a vacation out to Nevada and other points west, and their Las Vegas experience consisted solely of driving down the Las Vegas Strip. They didn’t stop, they didn’t browse. They had lunch as a nearby McDonald’s (not even at the In-n-Out!) before continuing on their merry way.
We don’t blame them. There are aspects of Las Vegas that we don’t appreciate either. But to each their own.