Hotel Tips and Tricks

A part of traveling is checking into a hotel. Whether you’re checking in for a night or two weeks, we try to get the best room. Below I have listed tips and tricks to getting the best room possible!

Check-In Early

The saying, the early bird gets the worm doesn’t just apply to birds and worms. Checking in early can benefit you as a traveler. Every hotel has a check-in time of 4 or 5. Arriving early allows you to get the first available rooms. But let me clarify how early you should arrive. An hour or an hour and a half before is plenty of time to get a good room. Arriving five hours early is just annoying. There’s no way a hotel will have a room available at 12 when check-out was at 11.

Ask and You Shall Receive

There’s no harm in asking for a complimentary upgrade. That is if it’s reasonable to ask for an upgrade. It’s unreasonable to ask for an upgrade when checking in on  New Years weekend. It’s also about the way you ask for an upgrade. Saying things like ‘the last time I was here I got a great room,’ can put the front desk agent off. First of all you’re not entitled to a room. You’re entitled to what you pay for.


Book Directly

Sites like Expedia, and Booking are great for last minute deals. But if you truly want a great room go on the hotel website or call in and book. Hotel often match pricing or have their own packaged deals available.

Book Correctly

Guest look for the best deal and don’t realized what they have booked. Be careful and book what you need. If it is you and you’re frat mate, you don’t want to stay in a room with one queen sized bed! Know your room type before you arrive, have a confirmation number and print out showing what you booked.

What’s your craziest checkin story? What is your best hotel experience? Leave a comment below.


Hotel Vs Hostel

The second biggest expense when traveling is the hotel. After you book the flight, pick up the rental car, you’re more than ready to relax. The problem is whether to stay at a hotel or hostel. I’m going to give you a quick comparison that will help you in your decision.


As a young girl one of my favorite books to read was Eloise at the Plaza. The story is of a young girl that lives in a hotel. A hotel is glamorous. Expensive fixtures, artwork and furniture decorate the hotel. Important meetings and people pass through hotels every month. It is what makes a hotel such a great choice.



Beautiful decor, artwork, chandeliers etc..

Private Room and Bath (in most cases)

Convenient Location (if not knowledgeable staff)

Breakfast Included (in most cases)



Isolated from the locals

Breakfast not always included

B Historic Hotel


Hostels or Airbnb are a second great option. Hostels often have multiple beds in a room or even bunk beds. This helps bring down the cost per night. Many Airbnb, bed and breakfast, hostels, pods are popping up for the budget traveler. This is putting pressure on many hotels to become more accommodating.



App Savvy

Novel Experience

Interaction with Locals


Somewhat Risky

Requires a lot of Independence

Wild Card

There are pros and cons with both options, it is ultimately up to you.

Push Outside of Your Comfort Zone

The problem we often face in life is we get stuck. We get stuck in our comfort zones and forget to live life. Too often I see people blankly stare at their computer screens or walk mindlessly through a grocery store. If you’re reading this you’re probably like me. You’re different.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will list the steps I am taking to push past my comfort zone. The first step is to:

Create a Major Goal 

A major goal can be to complete a marathon, travel to foreign country, or act in a play. The goal must resonate with you. The influence of others will not help you complete your goal. It must be your own goal. Let’s breakdown the goal into Specific, Measurable, Action-Orientated, Rewarding and Trackable.  I will use my own goal as an example.

 I want to display 10 pieces in an art gallery.

Specific: 10 acrylic paintings displayed in an art gallery.

Measurable:It takes me two weeks to finish one painting.

I have two paintings so far.  I can complete my goal by August.

Action-Orientated: I would needs to discipline myself to paint everyday until August.

Rewarding: In the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People they say to visualize the end goal.

To me imagining people gathering around my work makes it rewarding.

Trackable: Every two weeks I’ll have one work completed. By August all 10 pieces will be done.

When you set a goal make it S.M.A.R.T.  Leave a comment below and tell me what you hope to accomplish in the next 7 months!bulletin-board-3127287_960_720

Sagittarius,You Know You Love Us

A Sagittarius is a special person. The outspoken coworker or the crazy athletic friend. Sagittarius are the philosophical sign of the zodiac.We seek to understand.We also have a restless side that hates to be contained.


Chances are if a Sagittarius runs past you, we are chasing after our goals,or we’re running late. Sagittarius are represented by centaurs. A half man, half horse mythological creature. A centaur possess human speech and thought but also the


animalistic tendencies.

If you forgive our blunt attitude and wanderlust lifestyle you’ll come to love us. We are supportive, funny, and caring. If you come across a person born November 21 to December 21 get ready to make amazing memories.

Modern Day Dating | don’t be immature

no-988481_960_720The most annoying thing a person can do is be immature. I am not the refined, high society princess myself but please don’t be immature. Let me explain. There’s a phase were you realize a guy (or girl) is kind of cute. You investigate and see who this person is. This phase can be Facebook stalking, asking around,observing them.

When I see you act immaturely it turns me off. There’s something unattractive about a manchild. A person can be imperfect that’s fine like playing video games or an obsession with Star Trek. A manchild is a man that doesn’t know how to function in society. The way you talk to people, even people beneath you, is a reflection of your character. The ambitions you have makes

the man.

The work he does to chase those dreams is what makes him attractive. To all the people out there here’s some advice;

Speak Kindly and Truthfully

Act Ambitiously

Make me laugh

Short and sweet.What do you guys think? Leave a comment below.

the man.

The work he does to chase those dreams is what makes him attractive. To all the people out there here’s some advice;

Speak Kindly and Truthfully

Act Ambitiously

Make me laugh

Short and sweet.What do you guys think? Leave a comment below.

Things I Hope for in 2018

Tonight will end a long stressful year for me. 2017 was a harsh lesson that I wasn’t prepared for. The lessons I’ve learned have made me a stronger person. I hope that 2018 brings peace and relaxation to my life.

Things I Hope for in 2018:


Much of the year was spent catching up and fixing previous mistakes. I hope for peace and relaxation in my life. I want to enjoy my friends and family.


I have always had the love, support of my family and friends. I am very thankful for that. I hope in 2018 to continue to receive the unconditional love they have given me.


I hope to become financially and emotionally success. I do want to be successful at my job, I also want to be successful in my relationships.

When the clock strikes 12, I’ll close my eyes and hope for new opportunities…

Art Fair

So it has been two weeks since I’ve posted. Sorry!

I refuse to make excuses. In my absence, I am preparing for the Fair.

The Fair allowed us to sell homemade goods to our local community.

I am selling small canvases with quirky sayings.



This is my first time selling my own work.  I tried to think about

what people would buy. What is something they would love to

gift to their family? I had a couple of stock painting ideas like

quotes, bright vibrate colors etc.

What I enjoyed most about the Fair was preparing my

merchandise. I never painted before and I really enjoyed

it. I would watch YouTube for a few minutes and then I

jump up and start painting. I was like “Someone would love this!”

The outcome of the Fair wasn’t great. I sold 3 of the 6 paintings I made.

I’ll post them on my Etsy, and get a little painting business

started. What do you guys think? If you have experience with

Etsy, give me some tips!

Describe Days of the Week as if They Were Teachers

Monday: I imagine Monday as
a Catholic School Teacher. She wears
thick-rimmed glasses and has a pinched face.
She comes behind me and smacks me on
my hand as a daze off.

Tuesday: Is the nice-ish Teacher. You like her
but she’s still has a no nonsense attitude.
At the end of the year, she lets you watch
a G-rated movie.

Wednesday: Is the PE teacher some
people like him, some don’t.

Thursday: Is the art teacher. My favorite
class. She’s calm cool and collected because
there’s only one day until Friday.

Friday: Is the Teacher that doesn’t show up
or alert the school. The class is just there
without supervision. So the principal puts on a movie
until dismissal.

If There’s One Recurring Lesson in My Life it’s Definitely …


If there’s one recurring lesson in my life, it’s to take the time to do the work. My personality, my attitude, heck, my sign is to jump from project to project. I’m a Sagittarius by the way. I find it difficult to see things through. The projects I start are great. They just need a little time and care.  Time is one thing I feel like I don’t have. My mission is to live life to the fullest and sometimes things get done half-heartedly.

It’s difficult for me to hash out the details and nothing makes me feel more trapped then planning. I want to go, go, go when it’s really time to plan. From 2014-2017 Saturn has been in Sagittarius and it has been hell. I don’t know how many of my plans just didn’t work out or totally self-destructed. I read my horoscope and it says, ‘life may feel like you’re driving with the handbrake on.’ It SURE does.

There’s nothing I hate more than planning. Over these last few years I have become so paranoid I’m afraid to do anything because I don’t know if it’ll work. But the lesson for me in my life is to take time and do the work. See it through to the end. Practice until you can’t get it wrong. This year and next year I’ll see it through to the end.