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Eight Hacks to Get the Most Out of Your Hotel Stay

8 hacks to get out of your hotel stay

Hotels are traveller’s temporary homes. They have different amenities, like elegant interiors, cozy bedrooms, gorgeous bathrooms, relaxing balcony views, state-of-the-art public facilities, and warm customer service, which make their guests feel at home. Hotels make you feel nothing but bliss – until it’s time to see the bill.

Hacks for best hotel stay

Let’s admit it. Hotel accommodations are quite expensive. And we’re not just talking about the five-star hotels but all hotels in general. The only way to relieve yourself after spending a couple of dollars for a three-night stay is the fact that you got the best of what you have paid for.

From the tricks in receiving exceptional hotel experience at a lower cost to the list of goods and services you can get for free, here are eight hacks in making the most out of your hotel stay.

8 hacks for making the most of your #hotelstay

Don’t book on discount sites

Thinking of booking on discount sites? Then expect a discounted experience as well. According to Jacob Tomsky, a prominent personality in the hotel industry and author of Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, And So-Called Hospitality, reservations made through Internet discount sites are often reserved for the worst hotel rooms.

Hotels usually set aside a certain block of rooms for third-party platforms and save the best rooms and more variety for direct bookings. Additionally, you can negotiate if you call the hotel directly.

Use the time to your advantage

Great timing is key if you want to get the best out of the hotel’s service. If you don’t want to get upset that your room isn’t ready yet, don’t show up at 11 a.m. when your check-in time is 2 pm. For sure, you don’t want the housekeepers to rush in preparing your room. If you have a special request, don’t call between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for these are rush hours. Chances are receptionists are serving a long line of guests and they may not be able to process your request effectively.

Still hoping to score an upgrade? Checking in near the end of the day might work. Hotels have a greater sense of occupancy during this time and are more likely to offer available upgrades.

Ask for a corner room

“All rooms are the basically the same”- this is probably one of the top lies of a front desk agent. If you want to have a better room for the same price, always opt for a corner room. These rooms, no matter what floor you’re on, tend to have a square footage.

 Corner rooms also allow you to witness more scenic views from your balcony or windowpane. Just be discreet when asking for an upgrade, especially when other guests are waiting to be assisted.

Request a fresh bed as soon as you arrive

Most hotels wash the sheets everyday but blankets only get washed once a week. Bedspreads, on the other hand, are usually washed once a month, unless there’s a visible stain.

 Never pay for the minibar

Minibar fees are outrageous, and most guests choose not to touch the cabinet to avoid fees. However, you don’t have to pay for the items you consume (or steal) from the minibar. Why? Minibars are known as the most disputed charges on a hotel bill. Delays in checking and restocking, double stocking, keystroke errors, moving rooms and other mistakes make the charges of the minibar the most voided item.

Even if you claimed to never have touched those items even if you did, the hotel management will never accuse you of lying. They won’t go through your trash bin, searching for an empty bag of Lay’s you consumed yesterday.

Steal the toiletries

Or should we say, “take advantage” of the free toiletries? In contrary to what you think, hotels love it when you take home their soap, shampoo, lotion, sanitizer, and other stuff. That is why they put their business name or logo on them. If you want other free hotel stuff, all you must do is pick up the phone and ask.

However, you’re still not entitled to everything. Stealing the bathrobe, bedspreads, pillows, towels, coat hangers, and even toilet seat covers is a different story.

Be a smart complainer

Have complaints? Instead of hysterically talking to the front desk agent, respond in a calm manner, briefly outline your problem and ask whom you should speak with to have the concern addressed. It would also be great to offer a solution if you have one.

Another way to make sure the attendant won’t just nod and forget to solve your problem is by getting his or her name. Just casually say, “I’ll drop by at your desk later to make sure everything has been taken care of, James” and expect the identified employee to be as attentive to your concern as possible.

Tip wisely

The bellman, valet, doorman, and housekeepers can either be friends or foes. Take care of them and you’ll get a higher reward of service; treat them badly and you’ll get, well, nothing special. And since most of them are paid minimum wage, there’s only one word to make them happy – tip.

A decent tip may get a long way. Jacob Tomsky recalled, “when I feel that $20 (£12) you slipped me burning in my pocket, I will find that upgrade for you, as well as other options like late checkout, free movies, free minibar, room service amenities, and more. I’ll do whatever it takes to deserve the tip and then a little bit more in the hope that you’ll hit me again.”


Carmina Natividad is a writer who has always been passionate about giving in to her wanderlust and collecting mementoes from different places. She also enjoys writing for Holiday Inn, a modern hotel in Western Sydney known for their exceptional accommodation, service, and location, which appeals to travellers in Australia.

8 hacks to get out of your hotel stay


Awesome Rajasthan

Awesome Rajasthan

Rajasthan’, when one hears this word, one visualizes the land of deserts, palaces, and camels. Rajasthan with its ancient culture and civilization has made a name for itself throughout the world and not only in India. Tourists from across the globe throng this state of Rajasthan. So what is it that captures the mind of people across the globe and India? This article shall take you through the places of interest in Rajasthan.

Arts and crafts in Rajasthan
Arts and crafts

Countryside or rural RajasthanA few unusual places to explore in Rajasthan which otherwise might have gone unnoticed by you. Bishnoi and Pali are becoming hot spots for the people who want offbeat destinations in Rajasthan. People who are adventurous should not miss Bishnoi. Bishnoi is a community of nature worshippers. It just takes around 45 minutes to reach this destination from Jodhpur. The place of Bishnoi offers diversity in terms of weather conditions, religious conviction, language, civilizations, and attires. It has the world’s second largest desert THAR. You can take the Bishnoi Village Safari which is organized by Rajas and Maharaja of Jodhpur. This will allow a foretaste of rich cultural life about their state of Marwar. The safari is usually of one day or half day where one can enjoy the sight of snow, rainforests, giant Himalaya, long and beautiful seacoasts.

Pink city jaipur , Rajasthan

JaipurJaipur city should not be missed by the adventurous traveler because you can take the ‘Hot Air Balloon Adventure’. In the ‘Hot Air Balloon Adventure’, one can explore the Amber Fort, Jal Mahal, aerial view of Jaipur and Hawa Mahal. The duration of the hot air balloon ride is 60 minutes. The hot air balloon ride can be taken over Amber (near Jaipur). Jaipur which is often called the ‘Pink City’ comprises of palaces and forts which have magnificent views and ornate architecture. The tourists here can enjoy the remnants of a bygone era of the monarchy in its glory. Some heritage hotels in the city are transformed from old palaces to give tourists a regal experience.

Ballooning over Jaipur, Rajasthan
Hot air balloon ride

Udaipur Another attraction for tourists is the city of Udaipur. Udaipur is known for its Lake Pichola and City Palace. It is constructed skillfully with a military architecture of Rajput and Mughal style ornamental methods both combined together. The museum of this displays many royal heirlooms, family photos and other mementos which give you the feel of the culture and royalty of Maharanas of Mewar. The Museum consists of Mardana Mahal and Zenana Mahal which are King and Queen’s palaces respectively. It was constructed in 1559 and is the ancient and prime part of City Palace. Jag Mandir is another palace not to be missed which is one of the foremost palaces to be constructed in Lake Pichola. Lake Pichola is simply breathtakingly beautiful.

Udaipur, Rajasthan
Udaipur palace, Rajasthan
Udaipur Palace at night

PushkarThis place attracts the adventurous backpackers and hippie types. Puskar comes alive in the month of October/November with Camel Fair. The camels are dressed up and paraded. The icing on the cake is definitely the camel races, although the comical beauty contests which feature elegantly decorated and shaved camels are amusing. In addition to this, there is temple dancing, folk and classical music and arts and crafts bazaar as well. And, last but not the least; the fair would be incomplete without a mustache competition!

pushkar fair, Rajasthan
Pushkar fair
Awesome Rajasthan
Rajasthan culture tour

So what are you waiting for quickly plan your trip to the colorful, vibrant and awesome Rajasthan!

Awesome Rajasthan

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Solo Traveller

Solo traveler

Traveling is indeed, a wonderful teacher and the best entertainer. It makes me an improved person and enhances my horizon of thinking. It enables me to handle unforeseen challenges, makes me flexible, adaptive and follows the flow. It makes me a dreamer and gives me the vigor to take the road less traveled.

Solo traveller -Paisajes-2

Traveling is living, loving, learning and changing. It’s my life. I breath when I move. It makes me feel alive and rejuvenated. I truly feel my existence when I am on a journey. Traveling is my only dream and I can do anything to live this dream each second, every day, throughout my life.

“The more you wander, the more you wonder” unknown

Well said, I could not agree more on this.

Source: The Soaring Spirit: Confessions of a Traveler

By traveling alone, you can celebrate your independence and flexibility.  It is your opportunity to decide for your own. There will be no conflicts, nor complications. Make this experience something to remember for a lifetime.”

Some people are afraid to travel, especially first-timers; however, this is an opportunity in life that everybody should try even once in their lifetime.  You  may feel hesitant and afraid at the start, but with the proper planning and preparation, you will realize that there is no reason not to continue.  Below are some survival guides that may help you on your first solo travel.

Feel good about yourself.

Your attitude has a major impact on everything that you do.  Before leaving, invite a positive energy. Think that the best will come and happen. Smile at strangers, be positive, build a new friendship, meditate, pray, go around, explore and seize each moment.

Learn to make friends.

This is an opportunity to be independent and make self-reflections; however, you should also learn to connect with other people if you really do not want to be alone during your entire trip.  It could be with the locals, your roommate or other travelers.  There is nothing wrong being with strangers; however, you should know your limitations and how to protect yourself.

Refrain from over spending.

Since you are alone, you need to stick to your budget.  If you run out of money, there is no one that you can get help with.

Stay safe and alert.  

Safety and security will always be the most necessary.  Know safety precautions, especially if you are a woman.  Be safe when taking a cab or bus, when you go to bars or whenever you go to public spots. Refrain from going to dark and unguarded places.  Do not give personal information to strangers.

Celebrate life.

By traveling alone, you can celebrate your independence and flexibility.  It is your opportunity to decide for your own. There will be no conflicts, nor complications. Make this experience something to remember for a lifetime.

SourceSurvival guide of the solo traveler.

I agree that one must “Celebrate life.

These are some of the views expressed on Solo traveling by fellow bloggers.

Voyaging on your own is without a doubt a radiant ordeal. It offers you amazing chances to meet individuals, comprehend diverse societies, a bit of “personal time”.  Nonetheless, to appreciate the delights of voyaging on your own as a woman, you should take measures to secure yourself and your things.


Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t indiscriminately trust outsiders even though she is a woman.
  • Try not to acknowledge drinks from outsiders or other inn visitors.
  • As a solo traveler, it is imperative that you stay in contact with your family, relatives and close companions, so they are in know you are protected.
  • Leave a copy of your personal details with your close individuals (family). Send them messages all through your travel telling them where you are presently and where you will be.
  • It is better to have a ‘cell phone power pack’ in case your cell battery runs out in the event of any crisis.
  • Be that as it may, don’t utilize the phone while strolling or driving, as you ought to depend on and be attentive to your environment.
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We, as women, often contemplate before we go on a voyage on our own whether the place is safe to visit before going there. Ladakh is one such safe place for a woman who wants to voyage on her own.  Ladakh is a dream destination for someone who loves traveling. It has remarkable geographical features.

Nubra valley (Image source-flickr.com), Solo traveller
Nubra valley
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Delightful Gompas, framed by fluttering prayer flags, friendly locals and the mesmerizing Pangong Tso Lake. Some of the most well-known spots to visit in Ladakh are Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, and Nubra Valley.

Shanti Stupa,Leh,Ladakh, Solo traveller
Shanti Stupa,Leh,Ladakh

In the event that Ladakh intrigues you, then, here is the way you can chalk out your travel trip-transportation, accommodation, nourishment, and water.

Transportation – You arrive at Delhi. At that point, you have numerous buses that will take you to Manali. Pick a bus that will reach Manali early morning. While in Manali you can freshen up and have a reasonably priced meal. You can buy snacks and water bottle for the onward journey. From Manali, you can take a bus to Leh. There is a stopover at Keylong. At Keylong, you can have Momo for dinner. For commuting in Ladakh, the only option you have is to hire a shared taxi/van. You will get more information about booking at New Bus Stand in Leh. People of Ladakh are hospitable and will be glad to help you out.

Accommodation– Homestays have started in villages in some of the trekking areas, generating income for the villagers and also reducing the strain on the ecosystem caused by camping. Trekkers on trekking routes in Hemis National Park can use homestays as they trek from village to village. Trekkers could meet local people and experience Ladakhi culture and lifestyle. Three meals a day, bedding and safe drinking water are provided.

Local people basically tend to their own particular personal concerns and don’t trouble travelers.Undoubtedly, it is a prevalent visitor destination for women voyaging alone. Given the high altitude, travel light and practice general caution as you would at any other destination.

Do share your comments and feedbacks about traveling solo. 🙂

Why should you establish your business in Dubai?

why should you setup your business in dubai

Entrepreneurs who are interested in growing their businesses overseas are always looking for destinations that offer straightforward and hassle-free processes to establish a business. Whether they are interested in investing money in shares and real estate projects or finding a suitable location offering relaxations and tax benefits on venturing the whole setup, capitalists are ready to fly to that territory to launch their enterprise. Practically it’s not feasible for several entrepreneurs, even if they possess funds. For instance, with an aim to attract more investments for economic growth in the region, a territory is making captivating offers for entrepreneurs across the globe, still unable to gain the attention of investors due to economic and political unrest situations in that region. These factors play a crucial role in developing a positive image among the most desirable overseas destinations for commercial setups. There are several countries across the world listed as the most popular territories for a commercial setup launch.

freezone Dubai- business

After showing tremendous growth in infrastructure and economic and political stability, the United Arab Emirates has become the center of attraction. Sitting on the top among Gulf countries, UAE has earned the status of business and trade hub in the region of Middle East. Today more candidates from Asian and European countries are now competing to establish their setup in Dubai, UAE.

Here I am sharing a few reasons that are attracting millionaires from all corner of the world to become the part of Dubai business setup.

 Fast booming economy

Progressive market with growing economy is the primary reason pulling enterprise owners across the globe. Stable financial climate increases not only investor confidence level after ensuring them to overcome financial crisis quickly but also attract startups.  When they see, they could get loans conveniently to fund their establishments it becomes hard for them to resist an opportunity.

 Customized legal policies

In addition to criminal legislations, this territory has also implemented unique rules and regulations for foreign investors. They purposefully reduce the paperwork and increase the efficiency of documentation processing to facilitate overseas capitalists. Whether it’s obtaining a visa or a trade license, they get everything conveniently without unnecessarily complicated documentation process. 

 State of the art infrastructure

 Modern infrastructure facilities across the city are hard to ignore. They can be clearly seen with no efforts. The state Government has carefully invested petrodollars in building up the kind of infrastructure to provide lifestyle and trade facilities for everyone living and working here. An abundant availability of well-equipped commercial office space and uninterrupted supply of electricity, the internet, and telecommunication facilities makes it very favorable to run a commercial setup in Dubai.

 High standard of living

 After offering good career opportunities with handsome income and tax-free shopping facilities, the city becomes a haven for job seekers. This will directly benefit entrepreneurs looking for the skilled and qualified workforce. They will easily find several people willing to work here. Job seekers are expressing great interest in finding a job in countries that help them to enhance their status and provide a high standard of living. 

 Tactical geographic location

 Being located at the crossroads of three important subcontinents of Asia, Africa, and Europe, it has gained the status of the global trade hub. After identifying the importance of this location, the country has maintained a stable trade relation with the continents to facilitate traders coming from these regions.

 Recognition in international market

 Soon after opening a company in Dubai, owners get the privilege to serve international customers. Every year a huge number of tourists and business travelers are flocking towards Dubai and UAE, which eventually increases the total number of consumers as well. During their stay, they purchase and avail services from the local vendors. This gives recognition to local brands working in the city. Positive and negative customer feedbacks obtained from international consumers also help vendors to improve their product quality.

 Tax-free economic zones

 These economic zones are meticulously created by UAE Government to facilitate foreign investors to establish their setup in the city. When they see, they are getting 100% ownership of their company at flexible policies and reduced taxes, they don’t give the next thought and fly here to proceed and set up their business.

Summary: The visionary leadership of Dubai government foresees the potential and implemented policies to make it a popular among overseas business destinations.

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