Hotels often hang in the balance of falling to one of two extremes: They can be magical just as easily as they can be a nightmare. Often the only thing standing between one and the other are the front desk attendants. Act kind and they might reciprocate. Rub them the wrong way and they’ll leave you to fend for yourself.
Unsold rooms will go to waste, so it is important to always ask for a room upgrade. Just don’t do it in front of other guests. Speak softly or wait until there is no one else nearby, and the attendant will be more apt to make an exception for you. If your room is particularly bad (stains, infestations), ask the manager to put you up in another hotel.
What To Ask For
While sheets and pillowcases are washed regularly, the blankets, duvets and bed skirts are not. Make sure to ask for clean linens so you can feel comfortable as you sleep.
Asking For Travel Advice
Don’t ask the concierge or the attendants behind the desk where the best places in town are. They often send you to the obvious tourist traps. Instead, ask the bellhop or kitchen staff — they’re more likely to give you an honest answer.
In recent years, Portugal has quietly become one of Europe’s top travel destinations. It’s inexpensive compared to some of its neighbors, it’s warm and sunny, and it’s easy to access from most U.S. cities. As a growing wellness destination, here are the country’s top spots for a relaxing vacation.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Just north of Barcelona’s bustling city center, the capital of Catalonia transitions from Gothic cathedrals, tiny alleyways and hordes of bike tours into a more livable neighborhood known as Poble Nou. Close to the coast, Metro-accessible and rife with local hang-out spots, this area has become a favorite of residents who seek solace from the masses of tourists that crowd the center.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
The small island nation of Iceland may have only one major “highway,” the 828-mile Route 1, better known as Ring Road because it navigates the entire perimeter of the country, but it can be difficult to traverse depending on weather conditions at particular times of the year. While a road trip around the island is a fantastic adventure that reveals unimaginably unique landscapes, it can be a considerable challenge for those self-identifying as anywhere from timid to even moderately adventurous in their travels. In these cases, a full-day Golden Circle tour is the perfect antidote to any FOMO experienced by foregoing the road trip.