Wednesday, March 29, 2017

5 tips to getting an upgraded hotel room

I've worked at a hotel front desk for almost a year and half now, which I feel is enough time to share my insiders point of view. The other day I was watching The Today Show and they were talking about ways to get travel discounts, but they didn't really touch on actionable ways to get an upgraded hotel room other than travel during off season. It is possible to get an upgraded hotel room even during the busiest travel times! Part of my job working at the front desk involves selling upgrades, so today for Out West Wednesday I'm excited to share my 5 tips to getting an upgraded hotel room.

1. Ask for it - It never hurts to ask! Some people, myself included, feel awkward trying to sell upgrades to guests. Broaching the subject of an upgrade yourself might be the only way you'll get one  from someone more timid at the front desk.

2. Be nice - This should really be common sense, but if you're nice to me I'm going to be nice to you in return. It doesn't have to be with a tip (but hey an extra $20 in my pocket doesn't hurt!), a simple smile and pleasant conversation goes a long way. If you're rude and unpleasant I'm not going to want you in front of me for longer than necessary which means I won't take the time to make an upgrade happen.

3. Be willing to pay - Unless we're very slow I'm not going to be able to justify comp upgrading you three room levels. Any upgrades we sell at the front desk will be at a discount of what you could have originally purchased that room for, but we are a business. We can usually be flexible, but you also need to be realistic.

4. Know what you want - Do your research and know what you've booked and what you'd ideally like to stay in. Maybe you want a bigger room or one with a view; knowing what you want makes it easier for us to make it happen.

5. Be proactive - This goes along with the previous point, but if you do your research ahead of time and know what you want, give the hotel a call ahead of time and ask. My favorite way to sell an upgrade is when someone calls a day or two before checkin and asks about it. This allows the front desk to do any moving around of inventory needed and lets housekeeping know that upgraded room needs to be ready on checkin day.

What are your tips to getting an upgraded hotel room?

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Pinch of Green

With St. Patrick's Day just a week away I've had all things green on my mind. I've always thought of St. Patrick's Day as the fun little holiday between Mardi Gras and Easter. Plus being the holiday for the guy that rid Ireland of snakes, this is totally a celebration I can get behind. Today I thought it'd be fun to round up a few items to help you get your pinch of green in for the big day!

I think those shorts are my favorite, mostly because I'd have to be somewhere much warmer than here to enjoy them!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Out West Wednesday : Tips for beginning skiers

I am far from a good skier, honestly it's a bit of a stretch to even call me a skier. I still pizza and french fry down the bunny hill. I wish I'd grown up coming out west to ski, but that's just not a vacation my family was ever interested in taking. All of that is to say I feel like I am an expert on being a beginner skier. With about a month left of my second ski season I thought I'd share my tips for beginning skiers.

1. Take a lesson - This is my number one piece of advice for everyone skiing whether it's your first time on skis or just your first time at that resort. A lesson will ensure you're on the appropriate terrain for your level and even the best skiers are bound to come out with at least one pointer.

2. Pay attention to your form - Look up. Don't lean back. Hold your arms like you're hugging a bear. I'm not a good enough skier to explain why this is important, but I just know it's the same thing I hear over and over again.

3. Stay confident - This is the part I struggle with the most because it's intimidating with other people zipping around. I'm a beginner so these people are mostly small children around me. Just remember, and have faith that others remember, the code : always ski in control.

4. Know your limits - Once you stop having fun it's time to call it a day. Ski boots are incredibly uncomfortable and skies are basically weights on your feet. Combine this with the fact that you're doing something incredibly athletic at high altitude and its a recipe for no fun.

5. Reward yourself - I always say the best part of skiing is Apr├ęs. It doesn't have to be the bar afterwards, maybe it's a spa day the next day. Or just a relaxing afternoon by the lodge fire, but if you're a newbie skier on a trip with people looking to shred the pow every day you need to have something fun to reward yourself and look forward to.

What are your best tips for beginning skiers?

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Theme for March : Have Fun

Anyone else totally shocked we're already into the third month of the year? Where did January and February go!? I'm coming out of February feeling relaxed and refreshed. Those few days back home in Mississippi really did me good.

This month I've decided to be selfish once again and just focus on having fun. March can get stressful around here because the spring break crowds are a little unpredictable. While I sadly don't get a spring break in the real adult world, I'm about 60 days out from the end of ski season. I don't think my goal of learning to ski is going to happen this season, but I do really want to enjoy the rest of this snowy time. I want to take a couple more ski lessons and maybe go snow shoe. Maybe I'll even make my first snow man or start my first snowball fight this month!

What are your goals for March?

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Monday, February 27, 2017

5 places I want to visit this year

Maybe it's the cold weather but I'm dying to take a vacation. Even though I just went home last week that doesn't really count as a vacation. I'm craving a hotel stay with fun touristy activities filling the afternoon followed by dinner and finally cocktails in the hotel lobby bar. Plus I could use some more good filler photos for Instagram. Here are 5 places I want to visit this year.

1. Washington DC - Starting the list with the trip I already know is going to happen this year. One of my sorority sisters is getting married in June which gives me the perfect excuse to visit my favorite city. I'm planning to tack a couple of extra days onto the end of the wedding weekend so I can visit the museums.

2. Las Vegas - I loved Vegas when I visited last year! I knew after my first trip that I'd want to go back, so when I saw that George Strait is playing the day before my birthday I thought it'd be the perfect time. I just need to find someone to go with me.

3. Disneyworld - I haven't been since I was 12 and I'm dying to go back and relive the magic. When I was little we went one May during a flower festival and it was beautiful, but I'm really hoping to go at the end of October to see it decorated for both Halloween and Christmas!

4. Disneyland - Can you tell I have the need to escape reality and feel like a kid again? I've never been to California and I think a trip to Disneyland is the perfect excuse to visit. Plus the flight to LAX is pretty easy and relatively inexpensive from Denver.

5. Mexico - Maybe 2017 will be the year I finally get to use my passport? While I'd love to go to Europe I just don't think it's in the cards for this year. A warm, sunny all inclusive resort could be just what the doctor ordered. Plus these vacations are relatively inexpensive!

Where are you hoping to visit this year?

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Friday, February 24, 2017

BaubleBar for Target

I'm sure you've heard by now that BaubleBar has teamed up to make a collection for Target! When I first heard about the collection I was a little hesitant; BaubleBar is already inexpensive so an even less expensive line had to mean the quality was horrible. But while I was home this week I had the chance to make it to Target and check out the collection myself. I'm so excited to report the quality looks as good as the regular BaubleBar products. Most items are in the $12 - $16 price range making this a great buy! A few of the pieces look identical to past pieces BaubleBar has sold at higher prices.

I've rounded up a few of my favorite pieces from the collection to share today.

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What are your favorite pieces from the BaubleBar for Target collection?

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Monday, February 20, 2017

New Playlist

When I say new, I mean new to you. I've been listening to parts of this playlist since the fall (hence its name ) and I'm still not tired of it. I added a few new songs and now I'm sharing it with you. I'm back home in Mississippi for a few days visiting my parents so a lazy post like this seemed perfect.

What songs are you loving right now?

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