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For Hotels: You’re Home Away From Home Part I- Research

Whenever you are leaving the comforts of your home, be it for a vacation, business trip, or even just an overnight stay to visit family, it is important to maintain a certain standard of living. If at all possible I like to set a higher bar when I am away. It is my excuse to enjoy all of the riches of life that I can’t afford or surround myself with on a daily basis. For if you are going to break out of your routine you may as well step up your game a bit.

I always say I live better on vacation than I do in my real day to day life. Being that I buy all new clothes, bags, and wear jewelry and makeup! I want to look good in all of my photos after all and Lord knows there are going to be a lot of them. I will never understand people who do not subscribe to this way of living. For me, a vacation will provide me with new clothes for work and my wardrobe once I am home. It’s a good excuse to purge the old and bring in the new.

Besides clothing etc. the most important new thing I buy when planning a trip is a Frommer’s guide. This is where the key to my happiness will lie. If you have read my “For a Game Plan” blog series ( then you know that research helps you properly prepare for whatever is in store and there is no better way to begin than with a Frommer’s guide by your side.
Once you are trying to find the perfect place to stay, I find that location is not only the very first but by no means the last criteria I have when picking a hotel. I want the money I am spending to be worth it. Actually it’s my preference to walk in and be wowed. I want to get more than my money’s worth. I want excellent service, friendly staff, gorgeous rooms, helpful concierge, a popular taxi stand, and every amenity in those rooms you can think of. I want to be pampered mind, body, and soul. A perfect stay can make or break you and your trip. Believe me I know.

Now when deciding on a hotel, the first thing to consider is where you are going; are you leaving the country, just your state, or just your city? Secondly, have you been there before? If so was it a good experience? Once I love something I am eager to recreate the experience. If not then I will certainly know what to look out for next time I am away. Any detail that I want to avoid automatically rises to the front of my brain.

Another point of interest is whether you are staying in a chain hotel or all inclusive? I suppose motels also make a difference but they are not on my radar. For that matter I am also never staying in a hostel even though I hear they are being redone and coming back in style. If I don’t have money to travel the way I want to I stay home until I can (within reason).

Up next is:
For Hotels: You’re Home Away From Home
Part II-Within the United States


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