Archive for the ‘Travel Tips’ Category

Why It’s Good to Splurge on Business Travel

Monday, April 14th, 2014


Those who are used to traveling for business know the mundane and sometimes inhibiting tradition of expense budgets and receipt keeping. On the one hand, it’s awesome to have a (sometimes generous) budget from your company so you don’t have to fret about where to eat or how to get around when you’re off representing your company, but on the other hand you’re in a new place (or at least a place that is not your home), and the temptation to have a little fun is always there. Getting your company to reimburse you for a completely not-work-related brewery tour or spa day might be a tough sell. However, no matter where you are you’ll find the opportunity to stretch that expense budget on a few splurge items, especially if you can supplement your budget with your own money. After all, you might never know when you’ll return to the area and, let’s be honest, being somewhere new is always a great excuse to spend money.

Plus, this is the best time to splurge on business travel because that tax refund is just sitting in your checking account waiting to be used – and if you can convince your boss that a little splurging on the company card is an investment in employee relations then you’re all in!

How to splurge on business travel

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Top Ski Locations Near PC Housing Properties

Monday, March 3rd, 2014


When you’re staying in an unfamiliar city for an extended period of time, it’s always a good idea to check out what the surrounding area has to offer in terms of entertainment. Luckily, spring is the perfect season for all sorts of outdoor activities to get your mind away from the office. Whether you think it’s lucky or not, the majority of the US has an abundance of snow, which means skiing and snowboarding is off the wall this year! Plus, because of all of the winter storms chances are there’s a slope near you that’s just begging for a visit.

If you’re a ski or snowboard enthusiast, or just want to enjoy a cup of cocoa in the lodge and have a weekend getaway in a cabin in your temporary city, there are plenty of nearby mountains to several PC Housing properties for you to choose from. Here are the top 5 winter resorts for you to check out.

Top Ski Locations in the US

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How to Feel at Home While on Business Travel

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014


Traveling for business has its perks. You get to see new parts of the country on your employer’s dime, everything always feels fresh, and your network expands and includes professionals in a variety of locations. But, like anything, it has its downsides – the chief one being that it’s hard to make a temporary home feel, well, homey. But with PC Housing’s wide array of rental options, it can be easier to personalize your space. Follow these tips to make the most out of a long-term stay and help yourself feel adjusted in no time.

Stay comfortable even during business travel with these top tips from travel professionals PC Housing!

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Just Do It: Physical Fitness and Business Travel

Monday, February 17th, 2014


Let’s be honest, the prospect of working out is usually not something that gets you pumped. Getting through it, however, most certainly does have that effect. That’s the ultimate paradox of physical fitness – in order to stay energized and in-shape, we must be willing to exhaust ourselves on a regular basis. But travel, as you know, could be a drag, which only makes the idea of a work out more daunting. Here are 5 absolutely incredible workouts to get you over the hump and through your day job while traveling. You might even look forward to these exercises!

Practice yoga when traveling to stay healthy and feeling great!

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The 6 Items Every Corporate Traveler Should Pack

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014


6 items every corporate traveler should pack

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Packing for Corporate Travel

Are you an “early bird” packer, who starts packing for trips a week or more in advance?  Or are you a procrastinator packer, preferring to wait until the last minute, sometimes as late as a few hours prior to take off? Regardless of when you choose to get all of your items in place for your trip, you are bound to forget something. It seems to happen every time, doesn’t it? Creating a list of suggestions and necessities ahead of time will help ease your mind during travel, and the following list is a great starting point.

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Tips on How to Prevent and Recover From Jet Lag

Monday, January 6th, 2014


Nothing puts a damper on a fabulous vacation or busy out of town work week like jet lag. Being tired when you’d rather be alert and productive, or even just awake, can make even the simplest tasks that much more difficult. Here are some tips to help facilitate that adjustment period.

Prevent and Recover from Jet Lag

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1. Plan Ahead

You already know you’ll be going out of town and messing with your schedule, so adjust your current schedule accordingly. Instead of having a crazy, stressful week, try to pack a light itinerary so that you can run all the errands you need to run and pack your bags with plenty of time to spare. Also, make sure you know where your travel needs and carry on pillow and sleep mask are so that you can pack them in a place you can easily access on the plane. Try to get some rest that week so that you’re able to show up at the airport and start your trip on the right foot.

2. Cut Yourself Some Slack
On the plane, take advantage of the alone and unplugged time to catch up on some sleep and read all the books and magazines you’ve been too busy to get to. Work will always be there, and will certainly wait until you land. However, if you’re too stressed and tired to function once you’re back on land, you won’t be able to fully relax, have fun, or work, so the best thing to do is to take it easy and rest during your flight. Be sure to stretch and hydrate regularly too!

3. Push Through
Once you land, try to jump in head first into the local time zone. If you can stay awake until the locals are going to bed, that would be the best thing to do to help you acclimate to the time change. Also, frequent travelers swear that getting a solid dose of local sunshine helps to reset that circadian clock to local time.

4. Make Yourself at Home
Whenever you’re on an extended vacation or work trip, make your surroundings as home-like as possible. PC Housing is a great resource for the regular traveler, and with plenty of locations available across North America,  it’s easy to feel at home wherever you are. This will allow you to fully relax and recover from even a global flight.

Airport Tips for Holiday Traveling

Saturday, December 28th, 2013


Traveling around the holidays usually isn’t the highlight of the season – packed airports, stressed out families, inclement weather, and overbook flights are just the beginning. This time of year can be even more stressful for seasoned business travelers who are impeded by the rush of holiday traveling and those who might have lost the Christmas spirit and just want to get home. But whether you’re an air travel pro or you’re headed back home on your yearly flight with a new baby in tow, here are a few airport tips for holiday traveling that will make your saga a little more merry!

Airport Tips for Holiday Traveling

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  1. Ditch baggage claim. Keep your valuables and belongings close at all times by making sure to pack light and streamlining into a carry-on. Especially during the mad rush of the holidays, and really any short trip, it’s important to minimize the possibilities of any mishaps that might occur by releasing custody of your luggage.
  2. Pre-ship. Stick to your carry-on only policy by pre-shipping your presents back. Next year, ask a dear friend or relative to wrap your online purchases that you had shipped to your holiday destination. Instead of worrying about more things in transit, save yourself the grief and check that item off of your list before you show up at the airport.
  3. Snack. Hunger and dehydration are dangerous ingredients for any holiday travel cocktail. With so many variables and unexpected mishaps requiring last minute decisions and quick problem solving, it’s crucial to make sure you create the most favorable circumstances you can. Since you can’t control any outside surprises, the only thing you can realistically manage are your own basic needs and self care.
  4. Just in case goodies. Be prepared for the worst case scenario by stashing a few just in case items in your purse or carry-on bag. From gum and hand lotion to a neck pillow and a sleeping mask, these high priority items are different for everybody, but the one thing they have in common is that they have the power to make the best of any less than ideal situation. Since the weather might leave you stranded at the airport, or your plane might be delayed, it’s always a good idea to bring a few comfort items to make your stressful holiday travel a little more merry.
  5. Bring the cheer. With so many exhausted and frustrated holiday travelers arguing with so many overworked, understaffed and harried airline employees, a gracious and warm smile has the power to turn the tides in your favor. If there is anything an airline ticket agent can do, a positive outlook and genuine interaction can be the difference between a bathroom seat and an aisle seat, or at the very least, could turn into an extra bag of peanuts.

What are your holiday travel tips? Share with us!

How to Maintain Normalcy on Business Travel

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013


How to Maintain Normalcy on Business Travel - PC Housing

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Especially during the holiday season, traveling professionals are made more aware of the lack of normalcy with their lifestyles. While everyone else is gathering around a turkey or around a Christmas tree, you’re trying to make your corporate housing feel more like home, thousands of miles away. With such a lifestyle, it’s important to carve out some sense of routine and normalcy among the chaos. Whether it’s a quick business trip or an extended stay at PC Housing, knowing which activities to stick to and which ones to be more flexible about is key to maintaining sanity and health on the road.

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How to Pack Like a Pro

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013


Make this holiday season as stress-free and fun as it’s supposed to be by streamlining your packing routine once and for all! There are so many pros to packing like a pro. Picture this.

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Black Friday Shopping Tips for Travelers

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013


Black Friday Shopping Tips for Travelers

With Thanksgiving plowing towards us at breakneck speed, it can only mean that Black Friday’s official kickoff to the Christmas shopping season is barreling just behind it. If you’re traveling over an extended period of time for work or pleasure, you might have some trouble plugging in and getting your shopping done on time, especially if it needs to be shipped cross country. Here are some tips to help you dive headfirst into checking off your gift list without breaking the bank or breaking your back.

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