Four Ways to Motivate and Inspire Your Employees

Companies are continually looking for innovative ways to motivate employees, and gone are the days where financial compensation alone is enough to satisfy your workforce. There are an infinite amount of ways to create a passionate, hard-working atmosphere in your office and encourage your employees to perform their best. Depending on how much time you are willing to put into it, there are plenty of free or low-cost ways you can inspire your staff even more so than simply signing a bonus check at the end of the year.

Offer Flexibility

The traditional nine-to-five schedule may work great for some employees, but not everyone will thrive under it. If possible, offer employees flexibility in the hours that they work, and focus more on what is accomplished than the hours clocked in. Assigning a daily to-do list and letting employees work on their own schedule can give a sense of accomplishment and boost morale. This can also mean providing time off for employees to do something they love. Whether it be a creative passion or giving back to the community, your staff will appreciate the ability to pursue their other interests and come back to the office recharged and ready to give you their all.

Give Recognition

Recognizing employees’ accomplishments doesn’t have to be a time-consuming or elaborate process. Simply giving praise on a regular basis will show employees that you notice their hard work and appreciate it. Incorporating recognition into your company’s culture will increase everyone’s satisfaction with their job. You can also offer small rewards to your hardworking staff, whether it be a monthly staff happy hour or casual Friday. These rewards don’t need to break the bank; they just need to show your employees that you appreciate them.

Make the Workplace Enjoyable

Your employees spend a large portion of their life at work, so why not make it somewhere they want to be? Staring at an ugly gray wall for eight hours a day is certainly not going to motivate anybody to work their best, so try to create an attractive, well-lit, and fun space that is also functional. People work better when they are happy, so providing perks to employees is also a great way to motivate them. If you are able, this could mean offering gym or yoga memberships or stocking the kitchen with snacks. Small comforts can go a long way in increasing the overall productivity of your organization.  

Ask Your Staff

What is the absolute easiest way to find out what your staff wants? Ask them. They are the only people who can tell you what would actually motivate them best. Even with the best intentions, it is easy to give people something they don’t want, because, at the end of the day, everyone is different. Some people may love free food in the office while another employee may not care because they bring snacks from home. You won’t really know until you ask, so take a poll in your office, see what people say they want, and determine if it is possible for you to provide it.

Motivating your employees may be easier than you think. You don’t need flashy, over-the-top displays of recognition; oftentimes, something simple that shows you truly care about all they do for the company is enough. Even so, it can have serious effects on your business. Employees are more likely to stay with a company where they feel motivated and appreciated, so it is essential to inspire your employees.

What to Consider When Hiring Someone With a Conviction

We sat down with Lee, an HR Director at one of the nation’s leading homeless services providers, to talk about his work in the nonprofit sector. He specifically works with hiring employees who have convictions on their records. While this is a group that typically struggles to find employment, Lee doesn’t shy away from investing in these employees and shared with us some of his experience and advice.

Lee has a passion for second chances and has changed lives due to his heart and drive. While a lot of organizations don’t even consider applicants with a felony conviction, Lee looks at each situation individually and uses many different qualifiers to determine if someone will be a good fit, regardless of their past.

“We’ll take a look at the conviction, we’ll use the [individualized assessment of criminal history] on how long it has been and consider what the felony was, what the conviction was, how long since they served time, and what their behavior has been since they came out. You can get a very passionate employee when you give somebody a chance that nobody else is willing to give them.”

He also offers advice for HR representatives looking to follow in his footsteps:

“The very first thing you have to do is take a critical assessment of the job and the job description. Once you’ve made a critical assessment of what the job looks like, what the exposures that they’re going to have are, what crimes probably do not fit with the job, you do your background investigation and take a look at the individual.”

Lee employs a very holistic approach; in addition to looking at if the crime will be a conflict with the potential job, he looks at the time that has elapsed since the conviction and whether several crimes have been committed in the past several years.

“You can get a very passionate employee when you give somebody a chance that nobody else is willing to give them.”

It is important to distinguish if past criminal activity is indicative of a pattern or if it was a one-time thing. He also makes sure to differentiate between a conviction and an arrest:

“What is the conviction? Was it truly a conviction? Or was it just an arrest? If it’s an arrest, you know, lots of people have had false accusations made against them. Look for the conviction. If it was one to three years ago, I probably would say that’s a red flag. If it’s three to seven years ago, then you might want to take a very serious look at it. Ask them to take a look at their environment since the fulfillment of whatever obligation they had. If it’s more than seven to ten years ago, why are we even talking about it? Unless it’s a directly related crime, what you are you being exposed to?”

Lee puts his belief that change is possible for an individual into action, and he has seen firsthand how much of an impact these second chances can have on one’s life. We asked him to leave us with one piece of advice, the best advice he has heard throughout his career, and it seemed to encompass his perspective nicely.

“Just don’t make any rash decisions. Consider all the possible ramifications of whatever decision you’re going to make, and make the best choice. But you can’t do that if you’re going to do it in haste.”

If you know what to look for, giving someone a second chance doesn’t have to be a huge risk. You might even get to change a life.

How To Strike the Perfect Balance Between Work and Life

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 Sometimes it feels like technology has extended the 9-5 workday to a 24-hour workday. With a smartphone, you have the office in your pocket at all times. Because of this, it can be very tempting to answer emails at midnight or phone calls on the weekend, but these habits will drain you very quickly. The Corporate Executive Board found that employees that maintained a healthy work-life balance were 21% more productive than those who didn’t. While it may feel like you must be on-call 24/7 because everyone else is doing it, letting work take over your life can actually hurt your performance in the long run.

Establish Boundaries Early On
Nobody is going to be able to maintain your work-life balance but you. This is the most important thing to realize and accept when you set off to strike a healthy balance between your work and your personal life. Once you understand that, you will be able to establish boundaries that work for you. Talk to your boss or manager and set expectations with them early on. This should be done as soon as possible because once you start staying at the office late into the night or answering emails on the weekend, people will come to expect that from you. Setting these boundaries will help manage expectations and allow you to avoid uncomfortable conversations later on.

Take a Break When Needed
Everyone needs a break at one point or another. It’s easy to fall into the mindset that your work is too important to take a break from, but no job is more important than your own well-being. Whether it’s leaving your desk to take a short walk or planning a relaxing vacation, a break from your work can be exactly what you need to improve your performance. Employers understand that their workers are not machines and sometimes need to rest. In fact, 91% of senior business leaders believe workers return from vacations ready to work more efficiently. If you feel yourself burning out, talk to your boss about stepping away for a bit.

Make Deliberate Choices
Unfortunately, work-life balance won’t just happen. You need to make it happen, and that can be done by being deliberate in everything you do. Nobody chooses to let their work take over their life; it is usually the result of letting things slowly slide until it has become unmanageable. This can be avoided by making conscious choices and talking to the important people in your life to see what is or isn’t working. This may not be easy; it is something that you must be constantly monitoring. Come up with a plan of what is important to you, what you want to accomplish, and how you will do it. By making sure every choice you makes aligns with this plan, you will be able to strike a healthy work-life balance.

Without a doubt, it is important to work hard and be successful in your professional life. But it is also important to prioritize your personal life sometimes, and that is equally important to your happiness. A healthy work-life balance is also imperative to your professional success because you’ll find yourself overwhelmed and burned out if you focus on work 24/7. Ultimately, you’ll benefit much more by establishing a good balance.

4 Red Flags When Choosing a Place To Stay

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Searching for a new corporate housing partner can be an intimidating process. There are so many options, and you don’t want to choose the wrong one. When it comes time to decide who you’ll trust to handle your corporate housing, here are four red flags you’ll want to watch out for.

Difficult or Unresponsive Staff
A staff that is difficult to communicate with during the search or booking process is probably one of the most obvious red flags. If they can’t be bothered to respond to your emails or phone calls at the beginning of the process, there is very little hope that they would be responsive if an issue arose during your employee’s stay. A corporate housing company should be a partner to you and work to make your job easier, not more difficult. If you start having trouble interacting with a company representative immediately, you should probably find a new corporate housing partner. You should always expect outstanding communication, but especially at the onset; this is when a company should be trying to impress you and convince you to work with them. If someone isn’t actively trying to win your business, then why would you award it to them?

Significantly Less Expensive Than Comparable Apartments
At first, this may seem counterintuitive; who can pass up a great deal? But as the saying goes, ‘If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.’ Look beyond the attractively low price tag and consider why someone would be offering an apartment at a price much lower than comparable apartments in the area. More likely than not, there is a problem that the landlord or company is not telling you about, and they may be trying to offload the unit as quickly as possible.

Lack Of Ability To Accommodate You
If your corporate housing partner is unable to provide housing in the places that you need, you should find a company that can. You want to find someone that can grow with your company; this means a company that can provide housing options in cities across the country, not just in your area.

Unwilling or Unable to Provide References
One of the biggest indicators of how a company will perform is how they have done in the past. Before deciding on a corporate housing partner, you’ll want to read reviews or testimonials from companies that have worked with them in the past. Many companies have a section on their website dedicated to testimonials; if these are not readily available on their website, you should ask a representative. If they cannot give you any reviews, references, or documents of recommendation, this is cause for concern and you should ask yourself why they do not have any happy customers willing to share their experience.

By avoiding companies with any of these red flags, you can feel confident that your corporate housing partner will make your job easier while also ensuring your employees have a satisfactory stay.

Here’s Where To Find The Best Breakfast In Las Vegas

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When visiting Las Vegas, it doesn’t matter if you spend your time hitting the casinos or traveling off the beaten path. Your trip will be an adventure to remember, regardless of how you spend your days.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with good reason. Starting a new day — or wrapping up a late night — is the perfect excuse for a hearty breakfast. Luckily for you, there’s no shortage of places to grab bacon and eggs, or something more creative like French toast coated in Fruity Pebbles.

Check out our five picks for the best breakfast in Las Vegas, and start your next adventure.

Breakfast On The Wild Side

 

At Black Bear Diner, you’ll get to Instagram more than just your meal. This diner offers breakfast all day, and has a rustic ambiance with plenty of sculptures of its namesake animal. You’ll also find plenty of bear puns to help you create a witty caption.

You’ll find more than just fantastic food and wordplay, however. The company gives back to local charities, along with the National Parks Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • What you’ll find: Traditional diner fare, including benedicts, pancakes, and bacon, eggs, and toast.
  • Price range: A meal with 2 eggs, hashbrowns, toast, and bacon costs $9.69.
  • Hours: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., 7 days a week
  • Address: There are three locations across Las Vegas, along with one in Henderson. Find the closest location here.

Hash Out Your Plans For The Day

 

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Hash House A Go-Go serves a wide variety of its namesake hash, all of which are topped with two eggs, and served with fresh fruit and a biscuit. Offerings range from salmon, cream cheese, red onions, and potatoes, to a vegetarian version with mushrooms, potatoes, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomato and fresh spinach. You’ll also find Benedicts, scrambles, and even breakfast quesadillas.

  • What you’ll find: Hash, scrambles, Benedicts, and more
  • Hours: Exact times vary slightly between locations, with brunch typically starting by 7:30 a.m. and lasting until 11 a.m. during the week, and 5 p.m. on weekends.
  • Address: Three locations across Vegas, including ones inside Plaza Hotel & Casino, and The LINQ. See them all here.

Homegrown Breakfast With A Modern Twist

 

At the trendy Born and Raised, you’ll find a mix of traditional and creative breakfast options. Check out the breakfast burritos, or try some of their more creative fare. These unique options include French toast coated in Fruity Pebbles, breakfast sliders made with Spam, egg, and Sriracha aioli, and a fried chicken and donut sandwich.

  • What you’ll find: A bit of everything, from breakfast burritos to French toast
  • Price range: A breakfast burrito and side of fruit will set you back about $10
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Address: 7260 S Cimarron Road, Las Vegas and 10050 S Eastern, Henderson
  • Phone number: Las Vegas location is (702) 685-0258, Henderson location is (702) 685-0258

Breakfast That’s Just Like Mom Made

 

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Check out Egg and I for traditional American breakfast fare that’s just like the diner you love at home. This family restaurant serves all classics for breakfast, like omelettes, pancakes, and skillet meals. If you’d rather have lunch options, don’t miss the homemade soups, sandwiches, and burgers.

  • What you’ll find: Traditional diner fare, including omelets, skillet breakfasts, and waffles.
  • Price range: A meal with two eggs, potatoes, and toast costs about $7.50
  • Hours: 6 a.m. – 3 p.m., 7 days a week
  • Address: 4533 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas
  • Phone number: (702) 364- 9686

Passport To Paris Over Breakfast

 

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That mini Eiffel Tower isn’t the only place to pretend you’re in Paris during your Vegas trip. For a more authentic experience, check out Bouchon. This upscale restaurant, hidden inside the Venezia Tower of the Venetian, is the perfect place to grab a French breakfast.

For a quick bite, try something from their wide variety of pastries, including croissants, pain au chocolat, and blueberry muffins. If you’re feeling fancy, enjoy the Escargots à la Bourguignon, featuring Burgundy snails in parsley-garlic butter with a puff pastry made in Bouchon’s bakery. You’ll also find beignets, crepes, Benedicts, and more.

  • What you’ll find: Upscale French breakfast fare
  • Price range: Eggs Benedict meal will cost around $21
  • Hours: Breakfast hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the week, and 2 p.m. on weekends.
  • Address: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 10th Floor, Las Vegas
  • Phone number: (702) 414-6200

Don’t let your Vegas culinary adventures stop with breakfast. For more restaurant suggestions, check out a few of our other favorite restaurants, and stay nearby in one of our furnished Las Vegas apartments.

We’re PC Housing, and we offer short- and long-term housing in furnished homes for travelers across the United States and Canada. Get in touch with us today to learn how to live like a local on your next trip.

5 Reasons To Choose Vacation Home Rentals For Your Next Trip

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With the rise of vacation rental homes, it’s easier than ever to enjoy all the comforts of home on your next getaway. From a fully-stocked kitchen to enough room for everyone in the family (including the four-legged members), renting a home is both economical and convenient.

Check out these five reasons why you should rent an apartment instead of a hotel for your next vacation.

1. Vacation Home Rentals Are All-Inclusive

 

When you stay in a vacation home rental, everything is included in one clear price. You won’t pay extra for necessities like WiFi, on-site parking, or pool access when you book your getaway with PC Housing.

Vacation rental homes from PC Housing are fully furnished and include all of the comforts of home. Each property includes linens, dishes, electronics, cable, Internet, and phone service.

A few optional services, like housekeeping or a pet-friendly rental, do cost a little extra. However, everything is added together when you book your room, not when you arrive. No hidden surcharges means you are free to enjoy your vacation without worrying about the budget.

2. Hit The Road With Your Family

 

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If you’re traveling with your family or a group of friends, booking a vacation rental can be more cost-effective and convenient than staying in a hotel.

Renting a vacation home with multiple bedrooms is cheaper than booking many hotel rooms, and with fewer people to a room, everyone gets a bit more privacy. Common areas of an apartment make socializing easier than in hotels where two rooms could easily be on opposite sides of the property.

A fully-stocked kitchen also means you can cook meals at your home away from home. Save money on restaurant tabs by making a run to the local grocery store.

Many apartments, including those offered by PC Housing, also include a private patio or balcony so you can enjoy the great outdoors.

3. Celebrate Your Independence

 

When you stay in vacation home rentals, you can enjoy your getaway on your terms. Don’t worry about getting dressed and making it to the lobby between 7 and 9 a.m. to get breakfast. If you love to start the day cooking bacon and eggs in your pajamas at 10, go for it!

Housekeeping won’t interrupt your morning, and laundry facilities are inside your home away from home for your convenience. PC Housing also offers anytime check-in, so you can settle in as soon as you arrive.

4. Bring Your Furry Friends

 

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If you’re traveling with pets, hotels can be a burden. Even if you stay in a pet-friendly place, the design of hotels can make it hard to take care of Fido’s needs.

A vacation rental offers all the comforts of home for you and your pets. If you leave your dog behind for a few hours while you explore, you don’t have to worry about whether his barks are disturbing the neighbors.

Walking your dog is also easier when you stay in a home rental. Because the properties are located in neighborhoods instead of next to busy freeways, there’s plenty of room for both of you to get some exercise.

5. Experience The City Like A Local

 

Many hotels are located next to busy freeways, or in bustling commercial areas. Vacation rental homes are often located in neighborhoods where people live, work, and play.

You’ll be able to experience your getaway from the same perspective of someone who lives there. Explore the neighborhood and experience all of the unique charms that make the city so alluring. Grab a cup of coffee at the corner cafe and shop at a local boutique before catching dinner at the mom-and-pop joint down the street.

You won’t feel like a tourist when you stay in a PC Housing vacation rental home. We offer fully furnished apartments with all the comforts of home in major cities across the United States and Canada. Take a look at our locations, and contact us today to book your next vacation.

5 Mouthwatering Parker, Colorado Restaurants

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Located just 25 miles outside Denver, Parker is a fantastic place to experience all of the gorgeous scenery and rich culture Colorado has to offer.

This suburb offers hundreds of acres of gorgeous open space, miles upon miles of trails, and a large variety of world-class restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for hearty bowl of Tom Yum soup, or a slice of pizza, you won’t have to drive to Denver to find it. Check out five of our favorite Parker, Colorado, restaurants.

Indochine Cuisine

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Indochine Cuisine owners Jeff and Yume weren’t avid cooks when they decided to open a restaurant in 2003. In fact, they didn’t cook their own meals for the first three years of their marriage, according to the restaurant’s website.

Flash-forward nearly 15 years, and Indochine Cuisine routinely tops local best-of lists. The eatery serves a variety of classic Thai and Vietnamese dishes. You’ll even find a few handmade sushi rolls on the menu.

The best part of visiting this restaurant as a tourist? You can take your favorites home with you. The restaurant bottles 14 of the sauces they use in their dishes so you can recreate that amazing curry at home.

  • Cuisine: Thai and Vietnamese
  • Address: 19751 E. Mainstreet, R2
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-9 p.m. for dinner, Sundays dinner-only 4:30-8:30
  • Price range: Dinner entrees start at $12

Jozi’s Kitchen & Shebeen

 

Though Jozi’s Kitchen & Shebeen is considered a South African restaurant, Chef Angus Hicks draws inspiration from all over the world.
Jozi’s started in a popular booth at The Big Wonderful festival in Denver and gained a passionate following once it became a food truck. Today, you can visit a brick-and-mortar restaurant and savor the global flavor.
On the menu, you’ll find a variety of curries, burgers, grilled chicken, kebabs and more, all made from fresh, local ingredients.
If you’re craving something spicy, you won’t want to miss the Peri-Peri sauce. But beware — this sauce isn’t for the faint of heart, according to Yelp reviewers.

  • Cuisine: South African
  • Address: 10971 South Parker Road
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Price range: Entrees start at $9.95

Colonna’s Pizza

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Colonna’s Pizza has been slinging New York-style pies since 1977. In addition, the restaurant serves a taste of the East Coast with an array of cheesesteaks, pasta, and calzones.

If you’re seeking gluten-free fare, you won’t be disappointed. Colonna’s offers a full range of options, including a pizza crust made from buckwheat and tapioca.

  • Cuisine: Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, calzones
  • Address: 11215 S. Parker Rd
  • Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. every day
  • Price range: Slice starts at $2.75, Small pizza (14”) starts at $13.50

The Chicken Shack

 

The Chicken Shack offers classic American fare. From sandwiches to wings, this eatery lives up to its namesake. You’ll also find burgers, fries, and homemade chili. We especially love the buffalo chicken fries.

  • Cuisine: American
  • Address: 11211 S. Dransfeldt Rd., Suite 134
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Price range: Chicken sandwich combo is $8.29

Casa Mariachi

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Locally famous for their margaritas, Casa Mariachi serves up all of your Mexican favorites. Here, you’ll find classic dishes like tacos and burritos, healthy options, and gluten-free dishes. Casa Mariachi also serves a south-of-the-border twist on the surf and turf, with a charbroiled skirt steak and fish fillet grilled with a creamy Portuguese sauce paired with rice, beans, and avocado.

  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Address: 9771 S. Parker
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11-9, Friday-Saturday 11-10
  • Price range: Combo plates start at $9.29

Is your mouth watering yet? Check out our list of places to stay in Parker, and plan your trip today.
At PC Housing, we provide short-term housing needs for business travelers and vacationers in major cities across the United States and Canada. The next time you’re traveling, get in touch with us. We’ll help you find your perfect home away from home.

 

Everything You Need To Know About Pet Travel

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When you’re planning a vacation, making arrangements for a pet can be stressful. Finding a caretaker, finalizing plans, and leaving your beloved animal behind can be stressful for you and your pet.

Pet travel is easier than you might think. Whether you drive or fly, there’s a way for your dog or cat to come along. Many hotels and short-term rentals are also pet-friendly.

Here’s what you need to know to make your next vacation pet-friendly.

Pet Travel Tip #1: Visit The Vet

No matter where you’re going or how you’re getting there, it’s important to ensure your pet is in good health. Making sure your animal is caught up on its vaccines and has enough medication is a crucial first-step before your trip.

If you’re flying to your destination, many airlines also require your vet to sign a health certificate. This document certifies your animal is healthy and includes general information about your pet, along with comprehensive vaccination records. Airlines typically require this certificate to be issued close to your departure date. Delta Airlines, for instance, says the document should be issued within 10 days of your travel date.

Even if you’re traveling by car, or don’t need a health certificate, it’s still a good idea to see your veterinarian. If Fluffy or Fido gets anxious, you can get medication to make the trip a little easier. It’s also a good idea to get extra flea and tick medication, especially if you’re going somewhere wooded.

Pet Travel Tip # 2: Know Before You Go

Once your cat or dog is cleared for takeoff, it’s time to prepare for the trip.

If you’re taking your animal on a plane, contact the airline or visit their website to learn what airline-specific rules you’ll need to follow. Also be sure to check your destination for any requirements.

Common airline restrictions include:

  • Animal breed restrictions: Make sure your dog’s physical characteristics don’t place it on the no-fly list.
  • Plane restrictions: Certain aircrafts have restrictions on which seats are available for pet owners, due to space limitations. For instance, United doesn’t allow animals in the premium cabin on many planes.
  • Kennel size regulations: Many airlines have requirements on the size and material of animal carriers.
  • Extreme temperatures: To keep your pet safe, many airlines won’t transport them to certain destinations when temperatures aren’t within an acceptable range.

If you’re taking your pet on a road trip, take the time to gather your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Carrier or harness to keep your pet safe in the car
  • Leash
  • Food, water, and dishes
  • Toys
  • Medicine
  • Your pet’s favorite blankets or bedding
  • Plastic bags, litter, or other waste removal supplies

When you’re traveling with your pet, think about positioning them so they have room to look out the window. You might also want to seat them where you can reach back to pet and reassure your animal.

Pet Travel Tip #3: Arrive In Style

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It should go without saying, but don’t try to sneak your pet into a room. Many of the short-term rentals PC Housing offers welcome pets, as do many hotel chains.

When you get to your vacation getaway and unpack your pet’s food, water, bedding, and other supplies, take a minute to show them around. It will help your animal feel at home and relax.

Once you and your pet are settled, it’s time to enjoy your vacation! PC Housing offers short-term housing for vacation and business travelers in most major American and Canadian cities. Contact us today to find the perfect home away from home for you and your pet.

Vacation Somewhere Unexpected With These 3 Destinations

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Summer is almost here, so you’re probably wondering, “Where should I go on vacation?”

Before you book your flight and pack your bags for New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, check out these three underrated destinations.

Milwaukee, Boise, and Kansas City may not be the first places that come to mind for a summer vacation, but they’re definitely worth a second look. Each of these cities boasts vibrant culture, a plethora of gorgeous scenery, and a robust food and drink scene.

Learn more about each of these cities and head somewhere unexpected this year.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Where should I go on vacation? Milwaukee

There’s more to Milwaukee than brats, beer, and Brewers baseball. Known as the City of Festivals, this Midwestern city offers a diverse mixture of reasons to celebrate.

Milwaukee is home to Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. With more than 800 bands playing in 11 days, there’s something for everyone. Artists on the bill for 2017 include Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Zac Brown Band, The Shins, and a host of other musicians spanning every imaginable genre.

Don’t fret if you can’t make it for Summerfest, or if music isn’t your scene. There’s something going on nearly every weekend along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Check out Bastille Days, Festa Italiana, Mexican Fiesta, or festivities celebrating nearly every culture imaginable.

Boise, Idaho

 

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A hidden gem of the mountain West, Boise is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Take a walk along the banks of the Boise River, or hit the trails in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Art aficionados won’t want to miss the Idaho Botanical Gardens. Known as a “living museum,” the grounds are filled with a variety of plants that bloom year-round. The gardens also host a variety of cultural events, including a summer concert series.

The Idaho capital is also home to one of the largest Basque communities in the United States. Located in the center of the city, the Basque Block is jam-packed with cultural offerings, food and drink, and art.

Kansas City, Missouri

 

Where should I go on vacation? How about Kansas City?

Kansas City is synonymous with jazz music and BBQ, and for good reason. The Missouri city is chock-full of live music venues and renowned restaurants.

Enjoy a taste of the city with heaping plates of smoked meat smothered in the signature spicy-sweet sauce. Arthur Bryant’s, Joe’s Kansas City BBQ, and Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue are all local favorites.

The historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, located just east of downtown, is an internationally known hub of jazz music. Visit the American Jazz Museum to see Charlie Parker’s saxophone, one of Louis Armstrong’s trumpets, and many more musical artifacts. While you’re there, be sure to take in the sounds of the city at the Blue Room, located inside the museum.

No matter where you travel this summer, you won’t have to leave the comforts of home behind. PC Housing offers fully furnished apartments for all of your short-term housing needs across the United States and Canada. Get in touch with us today and let us find you your home on your next trip.

Check Out These Great San Diego Museums in Balboa Park

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One of San Diego’s most-visited spots is Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre park that ranks as one of the country’s oldest. Much of its beautiful Spanish architecture was built for the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition. Nowadays, most of these buildings house museums — in fact, there are a whopping 16 museums in the park. Here are the San Diego museums to put on your list.

Natural History Museum

Two words: dinosaur skeletons. One of the oldest museums on the West Coast, the Natural History Museum allows you to get the closest you’ll ever get to standing beside a dinosaur. That’s just one of the many reasons you should have the Natural History Museum at the top of your list if you’re visiting Balboa Park.

Interactive exhibits allow visitors to trace the fossil history of Southern California back to prehistoric times. Other exhibits focus on the region’s great biodiversity. Thanks to the museum’s most-recent expansion, there’s also a state-of-the-art 3-D theater. Unlike some of the smaller museums in Balboa Park, you can easily make a full day out of this one.

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Museum of Man

The Museum of Man is the first museum you encounter when you enter the park via the arched bridge along El Prado. The museum is in the building that boasts the famous California Tower, a well-known San Diego landmark. The Museum of Man revolves around human history, or anthropology. During the Panama-California Exhibition, it housed an exhibit called “The Story of Man Through the Ages.” Its exhibits today tell the same story, occasionally with a specific focus on the San Diego area.

The Museum of Man includes a second building across the street which houses a separate rotating exhibit with an additional admission fee. For the foreseeable future, this exhibit revolves around the interesting and disturbing subject of cannibalism. As part of the exhibit, there’s even a web-based game based on the infamous, ill-fated Donner Party. Check it out, unless you don’t have the stomach for the topic.

Air & Space Museum

The Air & Space Museum, along with the adjacent Automotive Museum, isn’t along El Prado and was actually built much later. But while the building itself may not be much of a beauty to look at, it’s what’s inside that counts. Real-life airplanes and space vessels are here for you to explore, and kids and adults alike will enjoy the flight simulators. They cost a few dollars extra, but it’s definitely worth it. After all, exploring new frontiers is what this museum is all about.

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San Diego Museum of Art

Art fans should put the San Diego Museum of Art on their must-visit list. The museum’s collection highlights art from all corners of the world, spanning many different eras. From paintings to sculptures, from German expressionism to 1700s Venetian art scene, you’ll find it all at San Diego’s best traditional art museum.

Those who are fans of more modern, mixed-media arts should check out the San Diego Art Institute, which is also located in Balboa Park. The exhibits here often combine aspects of photography, video and sound to form cohesive pieces of installation art. Balboa Park is also home to the Timken Museum of Art. which is free to enter.

Get In For Free

This might not help you if you’re visiting San Diego on business, but we should mention that every Tuesday, a handful of Balboa Park museums are free to San Diego County residents and active military personnel. You can see which museums are free on which Tuesdays here. (Also, in early December each year, the museums are free as part of the December Nights festivities).

 

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