Hotel Safety for Your Next Business Trip or Vacation Get-a-WayWritten by Michelle Annese
From a business trip to next weekend get-a-way, personal safety and security should be on your mind. It can be especially challenging when your flight was delayed, taxi cab line was never ending and all you want to do is park, check-in and get to your room as fast as possible. But wait… take some time now to think about your safety with these easy but life-protecting tips…
Checking in …
-if valet parking is available, use it. If not, park by lobby doors and ask for a hotel escort into parking lot or garage. A small tip to person assisting you is well worth to protect your safety.
-travel lot to park in most safest space possible. Check to make sure no one is loitering and where you park is well-lit. Try to park as close to lobby as possible.
-take out all personal items, laptops, electronic devices, money or any other valuables out before you or valet parks your vehicle. Take items with you or lock them in your trunk.
-when registering, use only your first initial and your last name. Use your business address and phone number.
-request for a room not on a first or second floor (more thefts occur on these two levels especially if there is a sliding glass door, window or balcony) and available with an inside corridor. If hotel has many buildings, get your room within main building of hotel.
-ask front desk attendant to write down your room number, not said out loud to have bystanders overhear what room you are in.
- ask hotel staff about safety of jogging nearby or walking from your hotel to nearby restaurants, movie theaters or parking lot. They are often most reliable source of information about neighborhood. Don't hesitate to ask about transportation shuttle services and escorts to your car or room. If you inquire about or walking areas at front desk, verify employee giving you advice has knowledge of area.
-if your room key is labeled with room number, take care not to let others see that number. Safeguard your key at all times. Especially in public places. Don’t leave it at a restaurant table, by swimming pool, bar or gym. Don’t give it to others. Don’t leave it in room or in hotel room door.
-do not draw attention to yourself by wearing large pieces of jewelry or flash large amounts of cash.
ALASKA EASY CRUISE GUIDEWritten by Travelmake.com
WHAT TO SEE: Legendary beautiful scenery of Alaska- magnificent coastal fjords, rugged glaciers, vast evergreen forests, sky-high mountains, 7 of which are tallest peaks in North America (to see Mt. McKinley, North America's tallest peak, you'll need to take a tour to shore into Denali National Park), abundant land and marine wildlife- moose, kodiak and grizzly bears, caribou, dall sheep, puffin, otters, seals, humpback and killer whales, dolphins, bald-headed eagles and much more. Shore excursions are optional, as well as guided tours in a cruise ship's port of call. They are offered in all Alaska ports and cities and are a great way to enrich your cruise experience with visiting coastal attractions, historical places, challenging yourself in kayaking, helicopter tours, mountain biking,...
CRUISE LENGTH: 7 days on average.There are some 11 and 14 day cruises which include more ports of call and more glacier touring. There are 2 different kinds of cruises available: Inside Passage Cruise: roundtrip departure from Vancouver/ Seattle, usually 7 days long. You cruise inside passage through islands offshore from British Columbia and Alaska. Stops usually include Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway and Juneau. Gulf of Alaska Cruise (or Glacier Route Cruise): You cruise one-way northbound from Vancouver/ Seattle or one-way south from Seward, Alaska. You will see more glaciers on this route and an additional port or two.
WHEN TO GO: The usual Alaska cruise season lasts from early May to late September. Alaskan summers are cool, daytime highs in these months range from 10 to 27 degrees Celsius (50 to 80 Fahrenheit). May and June tend to be drier months, July is warmest one. June and July are best months to watch Humpback and Orca whales, White-Sided dolphins. An additional bonus to an Alaskan cruise vacation is that in summer days are much longer than they are further south. This is land of midnight sun. Your longest days will be in June and July (up to 20-21 hours of daylight) and will offer you many opportunities to enjoy active glaciers. Early and late season cruises (May and September) tend to be slightly cheaper and ports of call are less crowded. You can check next week weather forecast for Anchorage here.