What “Amenities” Really Means!

Secluded Hideaway

“Light and Airy”

I thought I’d find some travel humor to share with you for this week’s blog. I found the following “translations” on https://www.divetrip.com/humor.htm. See if you laugh, too!

Here’s an interesting tidbit from the Travel-L list. Jack Kolb posted the following definitions for tourists:………… TERM …………………………… TRANSLATION

Old world charm …………………………… No bath
Tropical ……………………………………… Rainy
Majestic setting …………………………… A long way from town
Options galore …………………………….. Nothing is included in the itinerary
Secluded hideaway ………………………. Impossible to find or get to
Pre-registered rooms …………………….. Already occupied
Explore on your own ……………………… Pay for it yourself
Knowledgeable trip hosts ……………….. They’ve flown in an airplane before
No extra fees ………………………………. No extras
Nominal fee ………………………………… Outrageous charge
Standard ……………………………………. Sub-standard
Deluxe ………………………………………. Standard
Superior …………………………………….. One free shower cap
All the amenities ………………………….. Two free shower caps
Plush ………………………………………… Top and bottom sheets
Gentle breezes ……………………………. Occasional Gale-force winds
Light and airy ………………………………. No air conditioning
Picturesque ………………………………… Theme park nearby
Open bar ……………………………………. Free ice cubes

 What funny things have you encountered in your travels? Share them here and let us know.
Anna Scheller is the founder of Capri Temporary Housing, headquartered in Del Rio, TX. Capri is a full service lodging company for project personnel including hotels and corporate apartments. Click this link to request more information! Let us help you increase profitability while giving your employees the best stay possible when they have to work away from home.
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10 Tips for Busy Business Travelers

I love to travel. Seeing new places, meeting new colleagues, making new friends are all part of the excitement of business trips. On the flip side, travel can be very tiring. Hectic schedules, late nights and close contact with other travelers on airplanes can run down a road warrior’s immune system, making him more susceptible to illness.Business Travel

In this blog, I’ve compiled top tips from 10 different sources to help you navigate the trials of business travel with less stress.

  1. Keep essentials packed at all times. If you travel a lot, you want to remember crucial items. The best way is to keep them packed in your suitcase when you empty it after your trip. Then you never have to worry about forgetting essential items when you drop onto your bed at midnight after a long day of travel. (courtesy of US News)passport
  2. Back up important documents in electronic form. Identity theft occurs more and more frequently. Passports, credit cards, and immunization records can be stolen, so keep a scanned copy on your phone or a cloud based storage site, like Dropbox. If something does happen, you will have your information at your fingertips. (Source: Independent Traveler)
  3. Charge up all devices before you go. Smartphones and laptops use battery quickly. Before you get on your flight or start driving, charge up so you don’t lose vital communication while you are traveling. Keep in mind, a dead phone can be confiscated by TSA as a security precaution, too! (Source: The Telegraph)airplane
  4. Know the difference between nonstop and direct flights. Did you ever find yourself on a flight, thinking there were no stops when the plane lands at another airport first? Direct flights take you to your destination, but make one or 2 stops along the way. Nonstop flights fly to your destination without landing at other airports. When you book your flight, choose nonstop if it is within your budget. (Source: Business Insider)
  5. Eat right. Healthy eating gives us the fuel to navigate the stresses of travel with more grace. Eating light and staying away from alcohol help make for more comfortable travel, and a better adjustment to your next destination. (Source: Fast Company)healthy snacks
  6. Always hydrate. Dehydration plagues most travelers. You might be too busy to remember to drink or that Starbuck grande latte is the only thing keeping you awake. Plan ahead to bring a water bottle, and fill it up after you go through airport security. Avoid alcohol to reduce loss of body fluids. You want to feel your best when you get to where you are going. (Source: Forbes)
  7. Get enough sleep. When children need sleep, they get cranky. The same goes for adults. Adults require seven to eight hours of sleep to function well. Find ways to get sleep so you are at your best for your meeting or new job assignment when you arrive. Need some help? Read this article for some great tips: “Sleep Well While You Travel”Sleep for health.
  8. Pack a spare change of clothes in your carry on. Unexpected situations can cause delays, so your checked luggage doesn’t always get off the same plane you do. Undergarments, and clothes for the event you are attending give peace of mind in the event you baggage arrives at the airport later than you. (Source: Huffington Post)
  9. Take your time getting off the plane. Tempted to stand up when the plane stops at the gate? Relax. Take your time. Sometimes, it can take a while to open the door, so you could be standing for quite some time. Slowing down a little can help you get centered, and open up the opportunity for a random act of kindness. That alone can help you feel better! (Source: NY Times)
  10. Fully Furnished Short Term ApartmentLook for alternatives to hotels. More and more business travelers are looking for more home like accommodations. “Apartments or rooms in private homes are where the savvy travellers rest their heads these days,” says Sam Baldwin, travel editor for Skyscanner.

 

Companies like Capri can help you find more space to stretch out in, as well as save you money. Check out our offerings in South Central Texas. Not headed there? No problem, we can set you up anywhere in the country! Click here to tell us your needs, and let us help you on your next business trip!

 

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10 Things to Know About Short Term Rentals, Pt 2

Can I just call to let someone know when I’m leaving?

No. Send your notice in writing! Your lease requires it. In writing can mean a physical letter sent to the provider, or an email. Check with your provider to make sure they will accept email. The notice becomes effective on the date the notice was received by the provider. Get confirmation from your provider that they received it,    DON’T TEXT! Text does not serve as official notification.   short term no call

 

What are all these fees?

Apartment communities charge various fees for the application. There can be an application fee and an admin fee. Additionally, there are installation fees for cable, electricity, and other utilities. Is your security deposit refundable? That’s important to know, too. Your corporate housing provider will often include all those fees in your monthly rental charge, so you just write one check every month. Stress free, right?

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I don’t want to move my furniture twice. What about furniture rentals?

Furniture rentals for individuals can be pricey. Unless your company has an account with a nationwide furniture rental company, you will pay more for furniture. When you work with a corporate housing provider, you will get a better deal on furniture that is included in your package.

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Should I get renter’s insurance?

Renter’s insurance is always a good idea. In your furnished apartment, your provider is responsible for the furnishings and housewares, however your personal property is not. It often costs just a few dollars a month, to have peace of mind that you are covered.

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I can save money by setting up my own temporary home, right?

Of course! You could, but every choice has a hidden cost. There is the cost of time: the time you spend coordinating the utilities, the cable, furniture rental. Time from work to oversee the delivery of rented furniture and installing the cable. Instead, you could be using that to focus on your work or taking care of your family. The choice is yours!

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Corporate housing is more than just a furnished apartment. It’s people who ensure you have a worry free stay. You can  do all the work yourself, or leave it to us.

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10 Things to Know About Short Term Rentals

Why is it so hard to find a short term rental?

Let ‘s face it. Most people rent investment property want sure money. If you are only staying 2 or 3 months, that means a landlord has to find someone else to fishort term lease rentalll the property. Keeping this in mind when you are looking for something short term will help you in your search.

 

 

Why do short term rentals cost more?

Rental property is a business, just like Microsoft or Nike. If there is no profit, there is not rental property. Short term leases usually mean higher vacancy, which leads to additional fees so the property can continue to short term leaseoperate. This additional fee is worth the convenience of being able to leave after 2 or 3 months without obligation.

 

 

 

If my company is signing the lease, why do I have to undergo a back ground check?

Understand that background checks are standard in most rentals. If your company hires a corporate housing company like Capri to set up your rental for you, the credit check can often be waived, Background checks are to ensure the safety of the coshort term lease backgroundmmunity that you will be living in. Find out if you need to fill out any paperwork to expedite your move in date.

 

 

Why can the rent quote from a corporate housing provider only be good for a short time?

When you receive a quote from a corporate housing provider, they may only be able to promise the price for 72 hours or less. Many property management companies have adopted a pricing model that varies the rent to compensate for seasons of high vacancy.  An apartment could cost $1500/month for a 3 month lease one week, then soar to $2600 next month for the same lease term. To lock in a price, often it is necessary to make a decision quickly.

 

How much advance notice do I have to give when I leave?

In most metropolitan areas, apartment communities require a 60 day written notice to vacate. Your corporate housing provider will very likely have the same provision in your lease with them. Whatever that period is, know that you are responsible to pay the rent through the notice period. Put the date on your calendar so you can plan ahead, and avoid any unpleasant surprises.

 

Hope you enjoyed these first 5 steps of the 10 Things to know About Short Term Leases, next week, we’ll talk about the remaining 5. Stay in touch!

 

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Getting Ready to Travel Tips

Every travel must be worthwhile! It could be a travel intended for work or pleasure but either way, it should be an experience worth remembering.  For some, the challenge in travelling is not the “actual travel” itself but the time prior to it or what we travelcan call as the “getting ready” stage. In order to get tthrough this stage easily, we must know about the things we need to do or prepare before we hop on that plane or in that car.

 1. SECURITY AND KEEPING DETAILS SAFE

– Make sure to bring and keep Passport, tickets, ID’s and ATM cards securely.

– Inform your family or friends about your destination and even your itinerary.

– Make sure you have access to important nos. like banktravel (1) numbers, insurance co. numbers, etc.

2. GROUP YOUR VALUABLES

–  Try to be very simple yet organized as possible. You can do this by first categorizing your things. Determine the best place/bag to store your valuables.

– You can make use of plastics like zip clock in segregating your stuff.

 3. CHOOSE THE RIGHT BAG.

– You can use a backpack or any bag that would fit your things but be sure that it is sturdy and secured enough.

4. Carry On

This is most especially important for long travels. If you have stop-overs, see to it that you have ample number of clean clothes. One thing that should also always be in your carry-on is your medication.

5. ROLL TECHNIQUE

Some clothes are better rolled than folded. It clears more space in your luggage and even makes it lighter!

6. TRAVELLING TO WARM DESTINATIONS?  COLD   DESTINATIONS?

It is a “must” to know what kind of weather your destination has so you can pack the appropriate clothing and other stuff which might be needed.

7. ASSESS THE WEIGHT OF YOUR LUGGAGE.

Another “must do” especially for long trips is to pre-determine the weight of your luggage ( which would vary per carrier). No one wants to bring a luggage that’s heavier than yourself but you just couldn’t help it right? so know your luggage limit if your not willing to pay extra charge.

8. PACKING CHECKLIST

A checklist is always a helpful tool and it does apply when you are packing the things you need for travelling! You can also keep a different list for the things you still need to buy. Once you see that everything on your list has been checked, it will surely give a sense of fulfillment!

9. TRAVEL PLANNING

A travel itinerary is not at all times necessary but could be “something nice to have”. If you are going on a business trip, an itinerary is most likely prepare for you but if you are out on a vacation, you should be able to do some research and list on your own.

10. SPREAD THE WORD!

Spreading the word does not literally meaning telling your random neighbors about your trip.  The last tip simply because it is the most important of all the tips. You must inform your family, relatives, friends or officemates about your trip and itinerary. Although you want to feel independent, it is still important to be safe when you’re travelling to a different place. You should also take note of the numbers of the local tourism office. If you have any relatives or friends on that place then paying them a visit or meeting up could be a good thing.

If you’re planning to go on a vacation or a business trip then we highly recommend that you check this list!  There could be so many other tips you could share to us so feel free to send us an email at customercare@capritemporaryhousing.com.

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Why choose corporate housing!

Are you a road warrior? Would you like to stay in a place that has all the comforts of your own home? Would you like to be more than another occupant?

DO YOU WANT A HOME AWAY FROM HOME?House it helps you

If your answer is YES, then look no further!

Admit it, business transactions do not always happen overnight. Most times, a manager or a representative from a company has to stay for a few days or weeks and even reaching up to several months to get things done. You don’t have to settle for cramped quarters anymore. There is an alternative!!

Capri Temporary Housing provides fully serviced apartments for such temporary stays.The units are fully-furnished with the other amenities needed for a comfortable stay. Cost varies on many factors like the size and location of the place. However, corporate housing is often more affordable than hotel stay.

At Capri, we take the pain out of moving so that when you arrive athow housing helps you

your destination, you can enjoy all the comforts of home, hassle free.

Here’s a list of the benefits when choose to stay with us:

  1.  Affordability (less expensive than hotel rates)
  2.  Accessibility (near your workplace)
  3. Personalized (can tailor your package with additional services as you desire and as your budget allows)
  4. Pet friendly (you can bring your pets – depending on certain units)
  5. Home-like environment

If you are travelling or doing a business in Texas or anywhere in the US, give us a call at 800-258-3959. You can also send us an email at customercare@capritemporaryhousing.com  and like us on Facebook.

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An Unusual Pet Travel Story–You’ll Never Believe this!

Did you hear about the fattest dog that rode in first class?? fatdogtweet1

This month we have been sharing tips for traveling with pets, and in all my looking, I could not resist sharing this with you!

Read here about the fattest dog that rode in first class on an airplane.  This story started as a tweet from a business traveler. Imagine standing in line behind this passenger!

Interested in more travel advice? Our newsletter has interesting stories, tips and availability for your next extended stay! Sign up here to stay in touch with us weekly!

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5 Facts for Travel Nurses (and Other Travelers) with Pets

One of the first things people ask us when they call about an apartment is, “Do you accept pets?” Travelers of all kinds enjoy benefits from their furry companions, but this is especially important for travel nurses and therapists. In this roundup, I’ll lay out some fun facts and considerations for pet lovers who stay in corporate housing.

  1. Traveling with pets is BENEFICIAL.

Pet owners experience wonderful benefits from their furry companions. They cope with difficult situations better when they travel. They tend to be less stressed, have lower blood pressure, and stay  more active. All these factors contribute to greater enjoyment of life and the new job. 

Source and picture: travelnursingblogs.com

2. More Companies WORK with pets.

The benefit of pets for travel nurses have more and more travel staffing agencies working with pet owners. While this is directed to travel nurses, all travelers need to let their company know they have a pet. Knowledgeable professionals can assist you in finding housing when you want to keep your companion with you.

Picture courtesy of blog.medicalsolutions.com

Source: allnurses.com

 

3.  Find Pet Friendly HOUSING.

If you are arranging your own housing, ask if the property accepts pets. Many communities do work with pet owners, but they often have breed restrictions. Offer a “pet reference”, especially if you have a large dog. This document can assure the property that your pet is as well behaved as you know it is. 

 

4. Know the COST.

Your pet is important! Like anything, pets also carry a cost when it comes to housing. Pet friendly propertyowners and apartment communities often require additional fees and deposits to cover the additional wear and tear caused by a pet.  Be sure that you know the costs associated with having a pet in your apartment so there are no unpleasant surprises at the end of your stay.

Picture: www.nurse.tv

5. Bring important PAPERS.

Just like you want to bring your own health records when you travel, remember to bring your pet’s records, too. If your pet needs to see a vet during your extended stay, these papers can be a life saver. Literally! At a glance the doctor will know what meds your dog is allergic to, what meds he is on and what is safe to administer. Keep these safe with other valuable papers for your trip.

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Source: www.coremedicalgroup.com Picture: rvdirectcovers.com

At Capri, we handle all the aspects of your stay, including your pets. If you are a travel nurse, a travel staffing agency, or you need temporary housing, click here to email us.  We ease your transition in unfamiliar surroundings with professionally furnished apartments at exceptional prices.

Next week, we’ll talk about the actual trip and ways to help you acclimate your pet to your new surroundings. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on our blog!

What experiences have you had traveling with your pets? Comment below so others can benefit from your experience!!

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The Most Popular Apartment Community in Eagle Pass, Texas.

Last week, I was visiting Eagle Pass and stopped by The Residence at Eagle Pass. So this week, I’d like to highlight this community and share with you our broadcast from the leasing office.

Interview with Monica Acevedo, property manager for The Residence at Eagle Pass apartment community.

The Residence has been serving the Eagle Pass with luxury apartments since 2011.  Community amenities include

  • Sparkling Resort style pool.The Residence at Eagle Pass
  • Fitness Center.
  • Business Center
  • Limited Access Gates
  • Basketball Courts

If you want to know what to do when you need some down time, Click this link to read some a few highlights of this growing town.

Since shortly after The Residence opened its doors, we began furnishing apartments for our guests who wanted to stay at this community. The leasing staff have always been attentive to the needs of our clients, and we have enjoyed a long relationship with the property managers.

When people have to work in remote locations, like Eagle Pass, there are alternatives to extended stay hotels. As a regional corporate housing company, we provide the same services as nationally know companies like Oakwood and National Corporate Housing, with a more personal touch.

If you are visiting or working in Eagle Pass, contact us today for a free consultation about your temporary housing options in Eagle Pass. Email us by clicking here.

 

 

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10 things to do in Del Rio, pt. 2

If you missed the first part, click here.

Curious what else there is to do here? Read on!

6. Whitehead Museum.

The Whitehead Museum offers a unique look into Del Rio’s past. Founded by the Whitehead family, the museum boasts of a small pioneer village in the middle of the exhibits. Children love towhitehead museum explore the Perry store, and a replica of Judge Roy Bean’s famous Jersey Lilly. A town favorite is the Archaeology Fair, hosted by the National Parks Service every October. Relive history by grinding corn into meal on a grindstone or making an adobe brick. Visiting the Whitehead Museum is considered one of the top 7 things to do in Del Rio, whether you are visiting, or you live here.

7. Del Rio Council for the Arts.del-rio-council-for-the

The Del Rio Council for the Arts is housed in the historic Firehouse located downtown on Garfield St. First Friday Art walks, held every 1st Friday of the month, allow local artists to display their creations for visitors to view and purchase. Through the fall and spring, classes are available for children and adults of all ages who want to try their hand at some new craft. If you love to cook, then check out the Philip Mahl memorial Kitchen, where something good is always cooking up. Click on delrioarts.com for more information.

8. Laughlin Heritage Foundation Museum.Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX

How important is airpower for national security? Few understand the incredible role the Air Force plays in protecting our freedom. A visit to the Laughlin Heritage Foundation Museum will help you appreciate the proud history that Laughlin Air Base has here in Del Rio as a pilot training base. Click this link for more information.

9. Fort Clark Springs.

ft-clark-springs-golfHistoric Fort Clark Springs is located along US Hwy 90 in Brackettville, TX. A popular toursit atrraction, the fort offers recreational and historic pleasure to visitors. Visit the Guardhouse Museum to learn about the indigenous military history of the fort. If swimming is your thing, then you’ll want to take a dip in the cool waters of the 300 foot walled swimming pool fed by the Las Moras Springs. Golfers enjoy hitting a few balls on this 18 hole golf course. The short drive to the Springs is worth it! For more information, click on this website for Fort Clark Springs.

10. Shopping in Mexico.

Violence along the border in recent years has affected tourism in the sister city of Ciudad Acuna, but smart precautions can make for a pleasurable experience to pick up souvenirs across the Rio Grande. The city is built around the main plaza and its cathedral. You can taste authentic Mexican food at one of the vendor carts parked along the plaza, as well as pick up souvenirs of your visit. Visit the famous Corona Club, featured by Robert Rodriguez in two of his films, one including Antonio Banderas as “Desperado”. For smart travel in Mexico, see our blog post on Three Tips to Stay Safe While You Visit the Mexican Border.Mexican hats

Whether you are here for a week, a month, or longer, be sure to enjoy the attractions we have to offer in our border town, Del Rio, Texas. “The Best of the Border”

 

 

At Capri, we would like to be your #1 place for short term furnished housing.  Click this link and we will contact you to see how we can help you the next time you come to Del Rio, TX.

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