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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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!

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Diez y Seis–A Day to Celebrate and Remember

The year is 1810 in a small town in Guanjuato, Mexico. People stream into la Parraquia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores  (the Parish Church of Our Lady of Sorrows) to the ringing of the church bell. Miguel Hidalgo, parish priest, is sounding El Grito, the cry that would eventually mobilize tens of thousands of people to rise up and make Mexico an independent nation.

 Miguel Hidalgo was the parish priest in Dolores, small town in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. He was a criollo, a person of Spanish ancestry born in Mexico. Distressed by the New Spain’s treatment of the Mexican natives, Hidalgo worked to improve the lives of his parishioners. He introduced new industries like wool weaving, carpentry and bee keeping to the indigenous people.  In addition to enriching the lives of the poor parishioners, he also started reading societies among the criollos.

do-hid-grito-muesoDuring the Napoleonic years of Spain, the growing turmoil in Spain united the criollos and mestizos leaders of New Spain, who met in the reading societies started by Hidalgo.In these societies, participants studied and discussed nationalism and political liberty. A declaration for revolution was planned for December of 1810. When the plot for revolution was discovered authorities began to move to arrest Hidalgo. Instead of being arrested, the priest-leader rang the bell of his church on 16 December 1810, calling parishioners to mass and to arms. The cry he sounded is known as “El Grito”.  Every year, the president of Mexico addresses the Mexican people with a modern version of El Grito on September 16th.

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How is Mexican Independence celebrated? Diez y seis is celebrated much like our own 4th of July. People dress in traditional Mexican clothing, eat special festive dishes, play games and shoot fireworks. If you are visiting a border town, check out the local celebration for entertainment.

Living along the border offers many unique opportunities to learn about Mexican culture.  Check out our pages about Del Rio and Eagle Pass to learn about local festivities for this important Mexican holiday. Along the Texas-Mexico border, we love to  celebrate our neighbor’s independence!

If you are coming to Del Rio, Eagle Pass or Laredo and you need a place to stay, give us a call. We have furnished apartments that are fully serviced in all three locations. Check out our availability and call us to find out how we can help you during your next stay along our border cities. Call 800-258-3959 or email us.

Viva Mexico!

 

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10 Things to Do While you Stay in Del Rio, TX, Pt. 1

Are you coming to Del Rio, Texas for business travel? Wonder what there is to do here?

We get this question a lot, so this blogpost is dedicated to helping you discover all the wonderful things you can do while you stay in Del Rio. While you are staying with us short term, we want you to know some of the best attractions Del Rio has to offer.

1. Amistad National Recreation Area. Lake Amistad is the reservoir formed behind Amistad Dam along the Rio Grande River. One of the cleanest lakes in Texas, visitors can boat, camp, hike or swim in the National Recreation Area. If you fish, you probably already know that ESPN proclaimed Lake Amistad as the best bass-fishing lake in the world! For more information, go to this link.

Many activities await the visitor to Del Rio in the Amistad National Recreation Area.

Many activities await the visitor to Del Rio in the Amistad National Recreation Area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Amistad Dam. Amistad means friendship in Spanish. Amistad Dam located on the Rio Grande River just 7 or 8 miles due west of Del Rio off US 90 creates the largest reservoir along the international boundary between the United States and Mexico. Just after you leave US 90 to go to the dam, you will find a road that leads to Governor’s Landing, where you can have a picnic, set a canoe in the water or swim in the lake. At night, you can drive to scenic lookouts to view beautiful sunsets over the lake. For more information about the dam, click here.

 

 

3. Devil’s River State Natural Area. This river is definitely for the adventurous! According to Texas Monthly, ” You might be tempted to dismiss it as the Pecos lite, but the Devils packs a bigger punch into less than one hundred miles.” Check out Amistad Expeditions when your ready for some real “wet river rafting”.

North of Del Rio on US 277 you will find access to the Devil's River, considered one of the most pristine rivers in Texas.

North of Del Rio on US 277 you will find access to the Devil’s River, considered one of the most pristine rivers in Texas.

 

4. Seminole Canyon State Park. In addition to the usual outdoor activities in a Texas State Park, Seminole Canyon houses Fate Bell Shelter, one of the oldest prehistoric cave dwellings in North America. On the guided tours to the shelter, you can view Indian rock paintings. Even the non-enthusiast will find these paintings fascinating. For more information, click this link.

 

5.  Val Verde Winery. The oldest continuously running winery in Texas, Italian immigrant Joe Qualia established Val Verde Winery in 1883.

His son and grandson have continued to use Joe’s traditional method to create award winning wines. For hours and to get a tour, click on this link.

Award winning wines

Award winning wines

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