Choosing the Best Accommodations on Business Trip

accommodations on business tripWhen you have to go out-of-town or even out-of-the-country for a business trip, you want to make the most out of your travel – after all, it’s a chance to go to places you haven’t been to without having to worry about all the expense. You can choose your accommodations depending on the duration of your business trip and, of course, your budget. If you are going to stay a little while longer after all the business matters are finished, you will have to consider that your remaining days in your destination might not be covered as part of your business expense. A little planning in advance can help you make the most of the time and money you have during your business trips. Consider these locations where you can book your accommodations:

Hotels – these are the most common type of accommodations for business travellers, especially if the event or business meeting they are attending is going to be held in the same hotel. These hotels are equipped with most modern amenities. The basic room would have a bed, a television unit, a phone, and a mini bar. The bigger hotel chains would also have in-room internet connection. The advantage of booking a room at a hotel is that everything you need is with reach. There would be one or a couple of restaurants right at the hotel, a boutique, a business center, and a recreational facility in most hotels. Butler service, transportation, and tour guides are also often provided for you.

Serviced Residences and Apartments – those who intend to stay for days or weeks at length can choose to rent serviced residences or apartments. These are complete residential units contained in a building. Your unit will have its own kitchen, laundry area, dining room, living room, and bedrooms. Serviced residences have maid service so you do not have to worry about cleaning up. You do, however, have to take care of cooking your own meals. This type of lodging could be less expensive than hotel accommodations. But, you are basically left to attend to your own needs.

Private Villas or Chalets – some businessmen who want to incorporate rest and recreation in their business trips can opt to rent private villas or chalets. These are stand-alone homes that you can rent for the duration of your stay. It’s like your home away from home. You can make arrangements for a local to stock up your fridge and pantry for you every day. In some cases, you can hire someone to come on certain days to cook your meals for you. The attraction of these types of residences is that there often is some kind of recreational activity that you can engage in during your stay. Examples of this would be villas near a lake where you can go boating, beachfront homes that allow you to go for a dip in the morning before you head out for your business meeting, and ski lodges that give you a magnificent view of the slopes.

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10 Extraordinary Swimming Pools

We woke up at 28oC. Whew! This hot and sticky feel at 7 in the morning is unusual. Obviously, global warming is the cause of this stifling summer… the reason also why almost all resorts and private pools are fully booked. We went to 9 Waves last Sunday to celebrate my FIL’s birthday. We were surprised to see the huge number of people and to think that it was just 7am. If only we have a swimming pool of our own but apparently, we can’t afford to have one even if there are discount pool pumps and all.

So for now, we will just visit nearby resorts, out of town beaches and dream of these resorts and hotels with extra ordinary swimming pools to alleviate the hot and sticky summer-feel.

The Icebergs – Sidney Australia (by Gary Hayes)

The Badeschiff – Berlin, Germany (by maurizio.mwq)

Rio Calma Fuertevertura – Costa Calma (from the web)

The Pimalai Resort – Koh Lanta, Thailand (by gkamin)

Atlantis Palm Resort – Dubai (from the web)

Harbour Plaza Hotel – Hong Kong (by PVCG)

Intercotinental Hotel – Hong Kong (from the web)

San Alfosno del Mar – Algarrobo, Chile (by Thiago Graca Couto)

Golden Nugget – Las Vegas (from the web)

The Joule Hotel – Dallas USA (from the web)

 

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Our Favorite Place

We love parks. We love to spread mat on the grass and laze on it, watch the sky, the birds and the pines. We love to feel the cold wind brushing our face, breathe fresh air and to be away from the noisy busy streets of the Metro. We love fresh vegetables, strawberry jam and Good Shepherd’s halaya. In other words, we love Baguio City. The place that is close to our hearts. No, it’s not our hometown and I do not have relatives there. But this is the place where Rhonnel and I spent our first vacation together before we got married. It is also the mute witness to our honeymoon and it’s the place for RJ’s first out of town vacation. The place is relaxing, the foods are superb and the people are nice. Most of all, it’s the most accessible and affordable destination for a long “us time”.

Baguio City is our favorite place for vacations but of course we cannot go there every week. So if we want to unwind and breathe fresh air for a while we either go to Quezon Memorial Circle (the nearest park to our place) or U.P. (on Sundays only for the car-less oval). I just sprawl on the mat while watching Rhonnel and RJ play.

But we spend most of our free time in our small home, watching movies the whole day. That’s the best time I have with my family.

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