Great Places to Stay in Ireland

Irish Hospitality.

I must say, I never felt so welcome as I did when I arrived in Ireland.

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Here are some of the places I stayed as I made my way around the Emerald Isle

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Samantha Kelly (the Tweetinggoddess) and Catherine at City North Hotel

 
City North Hotel
Our first three nights we stayed at the City North Hotel. Being accustomed to American hotel rooms, we were delighted to find a queen size bed and a twin bed for our stay. On the table were 3 bottles of water and a fruit basket which was replenished each day. Catherine, the sales director, went out of her way to make me feel at home. Breakfast served in the restaurant offered traditional Irish foods as well as cereals, juices, coffee and tea. What I liked best? The smile of each staff member as they helped me and my family get acclimated during our first few days in Ireland 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Killiane Castle
Our lovely hostess, Kathleen, at Killiane Castle

Our lovely hostess, Kathleen, at Killiane Castle

Probably the most interesting place we stayed during our visit to Ireland, Killiane Castle is located on a farm just outside Wexford. Breakfast at the castle was quite a treat. Freshly squeezed juices assorted bowls of stewed fruits and fruit salad as well as homemade granola and muesli needed us our first morning there as if that were not enough our host Paul brought out menus for a hot breakfast my favorite was the baked eggs but I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the choices. I learned that Kathleen cook everything herself who gets to stay at an Irish Castle we were also told of a Friendly Ghost that haunts the castle but we never saw it. Walking around the ground was like taking a step back in time. Check out the pictures at 

 
 
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Wellington Park Hotel

 
After a long day of travel and a late arrival, we were greeted by friendly front desk staff. To my relief, they arranged our bus tour for the next day. Due to our brief stay, we couldn’t avail ourselves of the attractions within walking distance which included Ulster Museum, Queen’s University, and the Botanic Gardens. We’ll have to return and check them out during our next visit. The Wellington Park Hotel is a warm and inviting place for your stay in Belfast
 
 
 
Quiet retreat in Clontarf, Dublin, just minutes from public transport.

Quiet retreat in Clontarf, Dublin, just minutes from public transport.

 
 
 
Aishling House
 Our friendly host, Bob, will make you glad you chose to stay with them. Away from the beaten path and nestled in a residential area Aishling House offered a quiet respite from busy days of sightseeing and walking around Dublin. Being close to public transportation made it easy to get in and out of Dublin City Centre. Breakfast was a combination of cold entrees available on the buffet, and hot dishes prepared by the Bob and Fran. Victorian style decorations invited us to a step away to a simpler era, adding to the feeling of quiet and peace here .
  
Our trip to Ireland put us on the receiving end of hospitality. Here are some lessons learned:
  1. Make every guest feel particularly welcome. From bottles of water to arranging taxis, we appreciated every gesture that said, “We’re glad you chose to stay with us.”
  2.  Clean fresh accommodations help weary travelers feel comfortable and refreshed. Thirsty towels and crisp sheets invited us to feel at home.
  3. Little details make a difference. Offering to get buses and taxis took a load off my mind when we arrived in each City. What a relief for me as a traveler.

I want to thank Samantha Kelly and Ursula Brierty for helping us find accommodations. It was nice having someone else make arrangements for us. Thank you, Ladies.

If you are traveling for work or relocating to a new location, you can have a friendly face to help. At Capri, we want to make your stay as stress free as possible. Contact us for your next project, and let us show you professionally furnished apartments at exceptional prices! Like our Facebook page at https://www.Facebook.com/capritemporaryhousing

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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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Three Tips to stay safe While You Visit the Mexican Border

Holiday travel can be exciting and fun. The Mexican border is a popular vacation site during any holiday. Use these three tips to stay safe while you spend your holidays here.    Border

#1. Exercise caution:

  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Put your smartphone away. Being distracted on your cellphone makes you an easy target for a watchful thief.
  • Dress nice, but not too nice. Don’t wear expensive looking jewelry. Criminals are looking for targets who appear to have more money to steal. Expensive  jewelry operates like a sign that says to a criminal, “Pick me! Pick me!”
  • Keep your camera in a bag or purse. Looking like a tourist makes you an easy mark for a would be thief.

#2 Ensure you have all your documents when you travel.

  • Documents. Make copies of your travel docs and give the copies to someone for safe keeping. While we all expect to return from our trips, not every trip goes as expected. If you lose your documents or become ill, a quick phone call to a trusted friend or relative can save untold misery if an emergency arises.
  • Money. Exchange money at your bank or a reputable exchange service. Shop around for good exchange services, if you plan to use cash. Even better, use a dummy wallet with a little bit of change that you can throw to a mugger. If you never have to use it, great. If you do, it may save your life!
  • At Customs: Have the docs ready when you cross back into the US. Without documents, you WILL be delayed returning to the US until someone in the US can prove your citizenship. Sitting in a customs waiting area can put a big damper on your holiday plans!

#3 Deny predators anonymity!

  • Travel in a group. Numbers provide safety when you are in an unfamiliar country. Predators look for people who are by themselves. It gives them anonymity. Staying with a group makes you a less attractive target.
  • Stay in well traveled, well-lit locations. Again, this denies a criminal a place to lurk.
  • Get home before dark. Enough said there!

While you stay with us, we want you to have the best holiday yet! If you have plans to be in Del Rio for 4th of July, check out our short term fully furnished apartments for the week you are here. Our locations are in safe neighborhoods and provide your own place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

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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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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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7 Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts for the Traveling Mom

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we thought we’d offer some cool ideas for gifts. Mom will love you for thinking about her like this!

Start out with an unusual Mother’s Day card.

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This card will keep Mom laughing and let her know you care.  See etsy.com

 

 

 

 

Tea from around the WorldTeas for mom to relax with

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Help Mom enjoy a world of flavor without ever leaving the comfort of her favorite chair. This international set of teas is a great way to help her sit down and relax on her special day.

 

 

Coffee Candle

If your mom loves coffee and candles, then this is the perfect gift for her. These candles are made of soy wax, so they are smokeless. Go to http://thescentedbean.com to order.coffee candle

 

Jewelry

Every woman loves jewelry, and this line of jewelry is inexpensive and very stylish. And the good news is… all the jewelry is just $5! Make Mom feel special Order this piece by going to this website.

 

 

 

 

Swiss Army Card

Mom’s not the knife carrying type? No problem! She can have all the tools she needs in case. It’s the size of a credit card. And that means you’ll be able to pack in all the functionality you need for your everyday adventures and carry them in your wallet as you move through life. for the mom on the go. Swiss Army Card for Traveling Mom

 

 

 

 

Flavor Infusing Water Bottle

When Mom is on the go, water is important for her. This cool gift lets her choose her flavorings and create her own flavored water, and keeps her hydrated.23267_meds

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/flavor-infuser-water-bottle

 

 

 

Yoga Mat

Lots of moms are turning to yoga for health and relaxation. And mats from La Vie Boheme will have your mom in her mindful place in no time. Check out the website for other designs.This colorful yoga mat helps mom relax at night.

http://laviebohemeyoga.com/products/avanti-yoga-mat-1

 

 

 

No matter what you choose, make sure Mom knows how special she is.

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5 Ways to Stay Healthy During December

Want to stay healthy this holiday season? We want you to, also! Finishing the year strong includes taking care of yourself during the busy holiday season. Here are a few reminders of little actions that go a long way to wellness this December.

1) Drink plenty of water.Health tip: Drink more water.
A number of factors work against you in the winter to dehydrate you, making you more vulnerable to illness. Travel, caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your body which reduces your mucous membranes’ ability to fight colds and flu. When traveling, drink at least 8 oz of water every hour. For every latte you drink, drink an equal amount of water. Same for alcohol. Then strive to drink at least 8 more glasses of water everyday to stay well hydrated. Drinking water has the added benefit of reducing your appetite, too. It’s just good for you all around!

2) Exercise  5 days a week.
A strong body is a healthy body. Exercise has a couple of wonderful effects! First, you will feel better knowing that the extra holiday eating will get burned off. Exercise also oxygenates your blood, helping you think more clearly and feel happier! Getting out in sunshine gives you a healthy dose of Vitamin D, a key to healthy immunity and elevated mood.

Winter fruits boost immunity.3) Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Winter fruits and vegetables are loaded with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, important nutrients that boost your immunity. Grapefruit and pomegranates pack healthy doses of antioxidants. Seasonal veggies like pumpkin and butternut squash supply powerful doses of Vitamin A, essential for the production of white blood cells. Fruits and veggies also help in another way. They reduce your appetite for all those high calorie desserts that add inches to your waistline. Want to eat less this holiday season? Then eat more fruits and vegetables. (Picture source: foodista.com)

4) Take time to relax.
Much science has shown that elevated stress contributes significantly to illness. That nasty hormone, cortisol, creates all kinds of health problems. Consider getting a massage, or practicing some form of meditation. These practices have been show to lower levels of cortisol and boost the production of white blood cells.

5) Get plenty of sleep.Sleep for health.
If you’re tired, you can skip the office party for a good night’s rest. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who slept at least eight hours nightly were three times less likely to catch a cold than those who snoozed for less than seven. (source: Health.com) Additionally, sleep helps reduce inflammation in your body. Want to stay healthy? Sleep 8 hours every night.

Staying healthy during the holidays, especially if you are traveling can be a challenge. Finishing those important projects requires you stay well.

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Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Comment below, and we’ll include them in a future post!

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3 Easy Actions to Help You Be Safe This Holiday Season

In the wake of the tragedy in Paris, many people are  thinking about personal safety. It’s on all our minds!

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Because we serve travelers year round, we created this audio to share 3 simple actions you can take to stay safe while you are in public. Let’s face it. During the holidays, our to do list and travel plans keep us from focusing on the present moment. These distractions, however, create the perfect cover for crime. As a corporate housing provider, we are invested in the travel safety of our clients and friends, and so we created this audio for you.  This audio is for informational purposes, so you can be better prepared to avoid interpersonal violence.

What about the Police?

That’s a great question. Yes, law enforcement is there to deal with the bad guys that can ruin a perfectly good vacation! Wouldn’t it be nice if they could be everywhere to catch criminals! The fact is that the few tips we share in the audio below can go a long ways in helping them do their job. The simple tips which you can exercise whenever you are in public will lessen the likelihood that you will need the police to come.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

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Disclaimer: None of the information given can be construed as legal or professional advice. We make no guarantees for your personal safety if you act on this information. Rather, consider it as a tool kit that you can use to lessen the chance of falling victim to crime.

Click below to listen to 3 tips to help you stay safe in Public.

 

Here are some resources for you to get more information:

No Nonsense Self Defense

Refuse to be a Victim Seminar

Corporate Travel Safety

We wish you  a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  Corporate apartments offer another level of security for the frequent traveler. Apartments are more private, often located in gated communities. We have apartments across the South Central Texas area. Let us know how we can serve you if you are traveling in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, or Laredo, Texas,  over the holidays. Check out our availability here.

What do you do to prevent crime when you are traveling? Comment below and we may include your suggestions in a future blog!

 

 

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Holiday Survival: 5 Ingredients for Family Harmony

You know that just before that first Thanksgiving dinner there was one wise, old Native American woman saying, “Don’t feed them. If you feed them, they’ll never leave.”Dylan Brodydownload

Great quote to describe the interesting dynamics that can happen during the holidays. Holiday travel means family gatherings. On one hand, we look forward to catching up on the year’s happenings. On the other hand, we dread inevitable friction of everyone being in the same house together!  Family reunions can be downright stressful!

Usually, I share tips for traveling, relocating and all things related to corporate housing. Equally important, however, is how we can weather the other stresses which accompany family dinners. In an interview on my radio show, Black Belt Selling, last year, Patrick Dean, President of Seminar Systems, talked about how to handle those disappointments. I will share the highlights of that show here.

According to Patrick, people want to have a sense of closeness at the holidays. The tendency is to look outside of ourselves for joy and fulfillment.We look to relatives to make us happy.  A lot of stress at family get-togethers springs from seeing other people as  the source of validation. Basically, we are looking to get our needs fulfilled.
A little self examination, please!
What needs do we have that we look to others to fulfill? Could it be that we expect others to get excited for us about some new accomplishment? Or we just want Grandma to stop treating us like children, now that we are adults?  Satisfaction and joy come from serving others. Being truly authentic empowers you to serve others. If you are coming from a place of need, you cannot truly be present with the other person. Authenticity frees you to listen to others and serve them.
5 Ingredients for Greater Joy!
  • Stop looking to others for your happiness. Enough said there!
  • Love other people without needing to change them. Letting Aunt Sally criticize the gravy without pointing out she is wrong reduces your stress, her stress and everyone else’s stress.
  • Walk away from abusive or violent situations. You don’t need to endure mistreatment for the sake of getting along. A direct, quiet no gives the clear message that you respect yourself.
  • Don’t take your opinion too seriously. Lighten up!! Enjoy what others have to say, and everyone will have a better time!
  • Love with all your heart. This, too, is a choice which comes flows from practicing all of the above.Thanksgiving 2013

To hear more, you can go to my radio show on BlogTalkRadio to listen to the entire episode.

When visiting family, having your own place to get away from  the relatives can also be beneficial. Sometimes we just need a quiet place to be ourselves. At Capri, we offer vacation rentals for as little as 3 days in the Del Rio area. Consider having a comfortable apartment to escape the chaos when you visit relatives. Call us or email us to find out how we can help you!

 

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Tips for Traveling with Your Pets–A Live Discussion

All month, we’ve been talking about traveling with your pets. Travel nurses choose corporate housing because most apartments are pet friendly. But the tips in this video are great for anyone who will be traveling this holiday season.

I want to share with you a live discussion with pet experts on traveling with you pets, particularly with the holidays just around the corner. If the discussion is live, you can join! If not, you can listen to the replay.

 

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