This was the day we woke up early and got excited because the night before we had decided that because we were making such good time on this trip, we could afford to get off the interstates and explore some 2-lane highways. This let us reacquaint ourselves with rural, middle America – where both of us spent most of our teen years – and avoid the traffic jammed cities of Indianapolis and Columbus. These two cities, in my personal experience, are ALWAYS busy with loads of construction. I very much liked the idea of avoiding them while having a chance to see a slower version of the Midwest.
Slideshow from MSN with travel tips. I personally can attest to the convenience of shipping bags ahead of time. In 2012 my husband and I made 3 cross country trips. Pre-shipping excess baggage was a life saver. Especially while travelling in a small-ish Jeep with an 85 pound dog and a cat.
I’ve been a fan of the “Rough Guides” for a while now. This one is a short summary of advice for travelling through South America. It includes recommendations on the following: Destinations, Getting around, Where to stay, eat & drink.
Not only does the No. 2 Best Hotel in Napa Valley place guests close to the area’s vineyards and top-notch restaurants, it’s also home to its own highly praised “field-to-fork” eatery, Lucy. Travelers also rave about Bardessono’s rooftop pool, accommodations and spacious bathrooms
Planning a trip to the Caribbean anytime soon?
All-inclusive properties, which typically bundle all meals, alcohol and nonalcoholic beverages and a variety of activities in their rates, are as synonymous with the region as umbrella-laden drinks and turquoise-tinted waters. To help you narrow down your choices, U.S. News took into account each property
Some extraordinary photographs in this article. This is a destination I would love to travel to, especially with my camera.
Please visit the link to see more photo’s and read the article.
I really love the idea of the “Curated Experience” and the various “Digital Apps” that allow a guest keyless entry into a room as well as a host of requests able to be made digitally. But I don’t ever want to see these apps take the place of the human touch that is essential to delivering a great customer experience.
Example: If you a request a roll-away with your room but one is not available, do they apps talk to you about your other options? What if the Front Desk or GM is able to change your room type, often with no charge above the roll-away fee, to meet your needs? A human being can evaluate the situation and offer advice, guidance & upgrades to find a creative way to meet your needs. Most apps would simply follow an inventory database as to what is or is not available.
Besides, it’s so much nicer to have a smiling representative of the property greet you with a warm “Welcome” and “May I help you” then a cold (no matter the digital voice quality) computer to try to do the same.
Fine for simple requests, but I would never want to rely on technology to replace human interaction, it’s only worthwhile if it enhances that human experience.
An enviable location, superlative amenities and genuine hospitality have long been the hallmark traits of time-tested customer loyalty. While some leading hotel brands are luring guests with customized, tech-savvy apps, others are reinventing the guest experience with flexible, multipurpose spaces,