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What Kind of Traveller Are You?

What kind of traveller are you

When you think of travel what comes to mind? It’s a topic with so many facets to it. Many of us revel at the thought of reaching a certain travel destination, while others reminisce on vacations past. What is clear is that our motives behind these trips can vary greatly. So, what type of traveller are you?

Cultural Explorer

The cultural explorer is fascinated with experiencing how people live in other parts of the world. These individuals prefer exploring local foods, hangouts and customs over historical sites.

Thrill-Seeker

Thrill-seekers aren’t afraid to get the adrenaline pumping, in fact they live for it. Always trying to find the craziest and most extreme activities their chosen destination has to offer, safety is left in the rear-view mirror with this bunch.

Business Traveller

Thanks to work, the business traveller has the opportunity to visit beautiful destinations for work. Unfortunately, this traveller has limited control as to what he or she would do while in the country. More time is allocated to business meetings than uncovering a new location’s culture or visiting local attractions. Despite the limited freedom, this type of travel definitely beats working from a cubicle!

Economical Traveller

Is stretching your dollar a main concern on vacation? Do you skip the luxuries for their more basic counterparts? The economical traveller may not indulge in extravagances but finds joy in exploring a country without breaking the bank.

 

No matter whether you fit into one of these categories or none, the key is understanding what part of travel excites you. Hopefully these different types of travellers have opened your eyes as to some of the other approaches that can be taken to travel. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll try one on your next trip and have a blast!

How to Pack Your Suitcase in 30 Minutes

How to pack your suitcase in 30 minutes

Do You Have the Right Suitcase?

Consider the duration of your trip and how much space you will need. For shorter trips, a small carry-on bag is a better alternative to larger, bulkier luggage. If your trip is for a longer period of time, larger suitcases are a better choice. When choosing the right suitcase for you, also consider what type of traveller you are. Do you enjoy collecting souvenirs and memorabilia? If so, larger suitcases leave more space for those items on the return trip.

Have Convenience Items Pre-Prepared

Before beginning the packing process, it pays to have items such as a toiletries bag or travel-friendly containers. An ideal toiletries bag is plastic and waterproof–to contain potential spills. Travel-friendly containers are very useful for packing items such as jewellery. 

Lay Everything Out Prior to Packing

Having all your travel items spread out on your bed enables you to spot potentially missing items. Also, seeing all travel items helps you determine the best means to pack everything. With folded items, like clothes, placing layers of tissue between each clothing item reduces the amount of wrinkles your clothes will get.

Layer Your Suitcase

Layering assists in maximizing suitcase space and makes unpacking at the intended destination much more efficient. Implement this three-layer system to optimize the available space.

Bottom Layer: The bottom layer consists of rolled items. These include shorts, light towels or pants.

Middle Layer: The middle layer is comprised of any fragile items (i.e., perfume bottle) you may have. Putting your delicate items in the middle provides them with a lot of cushioning and minimizes the chances of anything getting damaged.

Top Layer: Folded items make up your top layer. For example, your shirts would be packed on the top layer. Also, when packing, alternate between a shirts neck and hem to keep the layer even and prevent the clothes from bunching.

 

Packing doesn’t have to be a hassle! Implement these tips to efficiently fill your suitcase.

What’s on Your Travel Bucket List?

What's on Your Bucket List?

Do you make it a point to write down your travel aspirations? This is exactly what a travel bucket list is for. They include foreign travel destinations to specific experiences you dream of having. Travel bucket lists aren’t limited to goals currently deemed unrealistic. Yours may include simple goals to be achieved in the near future. So, what does your travel bucket list include for this summer?

Get Inspired

Inspiration can come from numerous sources. Reading travel magazines, watching movies shot in desirable locations or just talking to others with a passion for travel can generate new ideas for your travel bucket list. As you think of ideas that you like, write them out for brainstorming.

Prioritize Your List

Unfortunately, boundless time and disposable income doesn’t describe the majority of our situations. This is where prioritization becomes key. Not all of your aspirations can necessarily be realized over the summer or even in the next year. Two factors to consider when prioritizing your list are excitability and feasibility. For excitability, consider whether the idea of this trip gets the blood pumping and you just can’t wait to go. Feasibility pertains to details such as:

  • How close is the destination?
  • Is it currently in your budget or would it require saving to afford?
  • How much time would this trip require and do you have it available?

After considering these details for each point on your list, you’ll have a good sense of the top priorities and which ones to put off for a later time. In some cases, excitement can overshadow the financial and logistical stresses of a trip; however, it’s always important to have a clear travel budget to prevent going overboard.

Solo or Group Travel?

When planning a trip, you must consider whether you would rather have these experiences alone or share it with others. Your stage in life can be a huge factor in this decision. Will your spouse be interested in the same travel destination as you? Are your children very young for this trip? Maybe you’re travelling with close friends and then there is the option of going on a solo trip.

Make This Summer the Best of Your Life

Make this summer the best of your life

With longer days, outdoor concerts, swimming, street fairs and incredible temperatures, many would agree summer is an awesome season. So, how do you plan on spending yours?

Explore a New Place

With wonderful weather, use this summer as an opportunity to complete the road trip that you’ve always wanted or visit a part of the country you’ve never seen before. Maybe there is a specific hiking or fishing spot you’ve always wanted to visit; this summer could be your chance!

Exploring a new place doesn’t necessarily have to involve travelling. You can be a tourist in your own town. This can involve visiting local attractions you’ve never been to or enjoying the luxuries of a hotel in town instead of one abroad. You don’t have to leave the country to have a good time—just be creative with how you spend your time!

Eat Good Food

Are you adventurous with your diet? Use this summer to visit new restaurants and pubs or try dishes you’ve never even heard of.

Spend Time with Loved Ones

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, maintaining contact with friends and family isn’t always easy. This summer, make it a goal to have experiences with those you care about. For example, if you’re planning to explore a new place, instead of travelling solo you could try group travel. This enables you to visit a new place and enjoy quality time with loved ones all at once.

Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

It’s said that our character grows the most when we engage in activities that take us outside of our comfort zone. Make this summer the season to try something you never thought you could achieve. This could be learning a new language or sport or participating in a new activity such as karaoke.

Quality Inn Is Launching Book to Build

QualityInn Launches Book To Build

Quality Inn & Conference Centre in Sudbury, Ontario is excited to participate in Book To Build, a national charitable program created by Choice Hotels Canada to provide homes for families in need of affordable shelter across Canada.

A portion of every stay at Quality, Sudbury between June 23rd to July 9th will help support Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Habitat for Humanity Canada is a non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Their mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

“Supporting families to achieve home ownership is a cause close to our team’s heart,” says Brian Dodds. “It’s truly an honour to work with Habitat for Humanity Canada and give our guests more than just a comfortable, reliable, and affordable roof over their head while they’re at our property.

For more information about Book To Build, visit http://www.choicehotels.ca/en/booktobuild/.

About Quality

Get Your Money’s Worth. At Quality hotels, you get real value for your hard-earned money. You can depend on us for affordable, comfortable rooms and all the amenities you expect: hot breakfast, free high-speed internet, premium bedding, refreshing showers and genuine service from people who are professional, responsive and friendly. These “Value Qs” ensure that you’ll get your money’s worth, so you can relax and focus on the people and travel memories that really matter.

About Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels Canada® is the nation’s largest hotel franchisor with 340 properties currently open or under development. We are affiliated with Choice Hotels International, Inc., which franchises more than 6,500 hotels in 40 countries and territories worldwide. Our company’s Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria® hotels & suites, Comfort™, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge® and Rodeway Inn® brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet guests’ needs. With more than 30 million members and counting, check out our Choice Privileges® rewards program to see how you can reap the benefits of being a member of the Choice Hotels® family. All hotels are independently owned and operated. Visit us at www.choicehotels.ca for more information.

For more information, please contact:
Contact: Brian Dodds
Tel: 705-675-1273
Email: briandodds@qualityinnsudbury.com

How to Find the Right Hotel for You

How to Find the Right Hotel for You

A single city can provide a plethora of hotel options. So, with so much to choose from, how do you know what’s best for you?

Determine a Price Bracket

This is an important first step to take. Establishing a realistic price bracket helps you to narrow your search to only include financially feasible options.

Desired Amenities

Amenities are a part of what we love about hotels. They enrich our vacation and create an experience we don’t get at home. Available amenities vary from hotel to hotel, so consider what amenities matter most to you when making your decision. Do you plan on using the pool or gym  Or is having access to Wi-Fi and parking essential to you? If you are coordinating a business trip, booking a hotel with access to a boardroom could be a necessity.

Make a List of Important Features

We all have our personal preferences. Some individuals value continental breakfast; however, this may be unimportant if you don’t plan on eating breakfast at the hotel.

If you plan on traveling with your four-legged friend, choosing a hotel that accepts animals will be a deciding feature in your decision.

Last but not least, how much weight do you place on a hotel’s location in a city? Location impacts pricing and how you, as the guest, experience the city you’re staying in. A hotel in the heart of a city’s downtown core can put you closer to local restaurants and pubs. On the other hand, maybe you’re looking for a more family-friendly experience and want accommodations closer to local attractions. When considering a hotel’s location, it’s also important to take into consideration the surrounding streets. Busy nearby streets can potentially mean more noise, which can make getting a good night’s sleep challenging.

Stay True to Your Summer Diet on Vacation

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On vacation, we all enjoy indulging in some of our favourite foods; however, for those maintaining a strict diet, this means breaking calorie restrictions; consuming an improper ratio of fats, proteins and other micro and macro-nutrients; as well as eating at irregular intervals. While some travellers prefer to leave their diets at home, you don’t need to do the same. With a little planning, you can still adhere to a diet on vacation.

 

Eat out Less Often

Just because you’re living out of a hotel room for one week does not mean that you cannot make yourself meals. Visit the local grocery store and see what you can put together for simple meals and snacks. Snacks, particularly, are important because when you’re on-the-go in a new place, you’ll feel the greatest temptations to indulge.

 

Careful What You Eat out

Realistically, you’re going to visit at least one restaurant on your vacation. Even if you eat out once a day, this doesn’t have to be a diet disaster if you’re cautious. Consider the following:

  • Restaurants serve over-sized portions;
  • Restaurant meals are often high in calories and fat;
  • Restaurants do not always post accurate (or specific) nutritional information.

Because of the above, you need to research your restaurants before eating at them and stop yourself from finishing the full meal. There is nothing wrong with requesting a take-home box.

 

Understand the Difference between Thirst and Hunger

Surprisingly, we often eat when we’re not even hungry—just thirsty. When travelling, it’s common not to drink enough water (and sometimes imbue a bit too much pop and alcohol). Consequently, we have greater appetites and stronger cravings. So always pack water whenever you go out for the day.

 

Food for Thought on Healthy Vacations

When all is said and done, food is part of exploring a new location. Through eating, we try new restaurants, experience new cultures and, most importantly, taste new food! So, if you find yourself eating more on vacation, here’s how to combat larger food portions.

  • Take the stairs opposed to the elevator;
  • Avoid eating right before bed;
  • Get a cocktail or dessert to help control your calorie intake and the amount of sugar entering your body;

Incorporate activities into your vacation like hiking, bike riding or swimming to burn any surplus calories consumed throughout the day.

Art of the Staycation

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Are you feeling the itch to getaway for a vacation this summer? Many of our incredible summer aspirations are put to rest when our travel budget doesn’t support our travel plans. So, how do you enjoy time-off and have adventures within your budget? A hotel staycation may be just what you need.

Travelling overseas isn’t required to experience new sights and cultures. In many cases, there is so much offered locally that we have yet to explore. Before planning an overseas trip, consider all that hotel staycations have to offer.

 

Enjoy Indulgences at a Lower Cost

Just because you aren’t halfway across the world doesn’t mean you have to stay home. Book a hotel a short drive from your residence. This drastically lowers travel costs but still allows you to appreciate continental breakfast, room service and all the rest hotels have to offer.

 

Unplug from Daily Stresses

Much like regular vacations, hotel staycations are a great way to unplug from the daily stresses life throws at us. These getaways remove us from our normal surroundings that tempt to pull us into work and chores during our timeout from responsibility.

 

Benefits to Not Leaving the Country

Not leaving the country rules out certain challenges that you may run into travelling abroad. For example, with staycations, you are less likely to run into language barriers and you won’t have to deal with currency exchanges.

 

Creates a New Appreciation for Your Home Country

A very real and often underappreciated benefit of staycations is they can cultivate a greater gratefulness for your country of residence. A country is comprised of the natural beauty, people and unique landmarks that reside in it. Instead of exploring another country, staycations help us realize the beauty that exists in our own backyard!