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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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!

Capri Cares!

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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