Pets in Hotels

I know some hotels allow pets. I have yet to take a hotel up on their pet policy because I am uncertain what to do with an 80 pound dog at the hotel. I can’t bring a crate because it is so big and awkward. The only option is to let the dog run loose, but that is against some hotel policies. This leaves a dilemma: What do you do with your dog when he or she can’t come with you on an adventure? Not knowing what to do with the dog during a no-dog outing is my biggest concern.

The pet cost does not seem unreasonable. The fee alone makes up for the pee and poop in the grass. I am sure if enough dogs pee in the same location, they hotel chain will be looking for the best grass for dog urine spots come spring because I know what my yard looks like!

There is also the problem of having dogs coming and going through the hallways when other guests may have an allergy to them.

I plan on giving this a try in the fall. Another big concern for me is my dog gets excited when we take a ride. The ride could be to the grocery store or the dog park. He still goes a little berserk and needs to learn how to be calm.

Tourist spotting made easy

Memorial Day is the start of summer. It is upon us soon. I have some money now after switching jobs and am taking a little trip. But I always hate traveling for 1 reasons: Tourists.

Sure, you could argue I am tourist if I am out traveling but I don’t do touristy things. For fun, here’s an article about how to spot a tourist.

We’ll look at a few ways to stay alert and keep an eagle eye to avoid those crafty tourist invading the beaches and roadways. It is important to note that tourism does form a strong economic background in many local economies. How else are we going to sell those goofy shirts that say, “My parents went to Florida and only brought me back this stupid shirt.”

On the road

Let’s say you are cruising down highway 49. You notice an SUV speeding past you. It has kids and dogs hanging out the window, basking in the deafening sound of road noise.

You can see the beach balls and lawnchairs strapped to the roof. You also see them pass an exit and see the SUV’s brake lights, hear the noise of screeching tires, and see the vehicle cut across traffic to the shoulder. The driver starts backing up.

Yep, you just spotted a tourist.

On the boardwalk

Locals don’t wear the cartoon character clothing that tourists wear. Consider this man and woman walking down the boardwalk.

The man has a a pot-belly that peeks out of his “I’m in Florida” tee-shirt and has on neon Bermuda shorts.

He asks in a loud, obnoxious tone, ‘scuse me, I’m visiting here with my wife. What’s good eating around here?’

Yep, you just encountered a tourist.

The camera

Let’s say you are still walking down the boardwalk. You know there are a lot of characters, doing tricks and showing off. Like muscle guys. Like Kassem G and his interviews. Those are places you’ll find people with their camera and taking photos.

And that’s the nature of tourism, along with dealing with people who are outside most folks’ norms. But what separates the goofy tourist is the camera poised and taking pictures of pigeon poop.

You’ve seen them. Their zooming in and taking a macro shot of sea gull doo-doo. God knows what for. Actually, I think I know, and I can just see a conversation with a tourist who left his parents at home: “Look Ma, those pigeons poo everywhere. See how dirty it is in California! I’m so glad you did not go with us and be subjected to it!”

More scenarios

I’m sure you’ve encountered these situations before. It’s important that you laugh at them and find beauty in them. Tourists will always be a part of the economy, dumping money (and garbage) into it. It’s the nature of the beast.

Also, if you are going to Florida, the first example is not good. Florida natives drive like this anyway. I think their motto is signal right and turn left.

UPDATED 7/22/2019: I just got back from vacation and tried not be a tourist. I got some good photos like the ones on — just not quality. I tried not to look stupid taking them though. Well, who am I kidding? Ha ha.

7 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Staying in Hotels or Hostels … or why I am Hostile

Making your reservation for a hotel looks fairly simple, right? And many times it’s: Opt for a location, choose your schedules, and enter transaction information and bam! Happy trips!

Having said that, there are a few big mistakes you may be creating when it comes to hotel bookings. From making your reservations on the drastically wrong websites to forgetting to evaluate some important information and facts, these blunders could simply screw up your holiday. Keep reading to learn exactly what you must steer clear of when reserving that hotel.

1. Getting the best bedroom

I used to be not too long ago communicating with a front-desk adviser on how her hotel company sells rooms at check-in. Interested; I questioned what approach her employees uses to find out who takes the best-located rooms. She exposed this astonishing bit: People who book over the hotel web-site or are hotel trustworthiness members generally get very first dibs on room jobs, with the significantly better sights and less noisy locations.

2. Expecting all requests to be honored

Queen bed or a couple of doubles? Top floor or lower? Mountain landscapes? 3 single red MandMs? Check. Want it all. But not everything will be there. Trust me. But most places will try to accommodate as best as they can.

3. Planned arrival and departure schedules

On a vacation back many years ago, I spotted that my trip ended on May 14, and so I reserved my location hotel starting the evening of May 14. Novice blunder.

I entirely forgot to make sure that my airline flight arrived at the outset of the morning of the 15th. What this means is I had a high-priced (as well as nonrefundable) room that I didn’t need. If owning the absolute best room is important to joyful travel, then reserve specifically through the hotel’s site. When those cheap, affordable OTA rates can’t beat-we understand the feeling-you can invariably make a demand for a specific form of room or spot.

4. Use credit

While reserving your hotel room, use a credit card. Credit cards provide incentives like air miles, free night visits or cash-back bonus deals. They also provide particular warranties that an atm card and hard cash don’t (for example fraudulence safety or instant reimbursements for mischarges).

5. Bookings the wrong hotel

Vacationers, be warned: A deceptive hotel brand or place explanation may lead you to reserve an airport terminal hotel once you believe you are having proudly located lodging.

You’d be shocked how frequently vacationers view the brand of the hotel and book it swiftly without verifying to ascertain if it’s based in the correct place.

In the end, a number of hotels may get in touch with themselves “located close to the heart of down-town,” although a simple map check will tell you how far it really is.

6. Goofy, outrageous charges

Back into April, conducive publisher Edward Perkins documented just about the most crazy hotel charges we’d noticed yet.

In a resort in Denver Colorado, the first rate $170 room was unnaturally blown up with a $35 washing fee, a $40 vacation resort fee, a new $10 pool-and-spa charge, plus a $5.12 handling fee. That hurts.

You might be in a position to battle some fees, for example house cleaning or magazine arrival, if you do not need to get yourself of this kind of services. Some others, such as holiday resort charges, are obligatory, which means you have to bill for the extra cost once you book that resort.

Accommodations are hoped for to show vacation resort fees certainly, yet OTAs won’t and rather include hazy expressions like “additional rates may use.” Speak to the hotel and inquire point-blank about extra vacation resort rates before you decide to book.

7. Reserving at a bad time

Since many procrastinators will easily confess, holding out until the last second for making a departure date, can cost you a fortune. Hotel room prices can skyrocket in the nights before a certain day, and you can end up with no room if almost everything books up.