Travel Tip: Save Money on Your Hotel Stay

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Save Money on Hotel Steve Farzam

If you’re like most people, you love to travel, and you would do it more often if there were a way to make it less costly. While there are few ways around the high cost of airfare, you might be able to save on your accommodations. These tips may help you save enough to add an extra vacation or two to your year.

Off-Season Vacations are Significantly Cheaper

You can save quite a bit on your traveling budget by going during the offseason. Some travel agents suggest your hotel costs may be up to two-thirds lower.

Avoid the Weekends

You can increase those off-season savings by also booking your stay for mid-week days. Everyone travels for the weekends, which often leaves hotel rooms vacant Tuesday through Thursday. Hotels will try to fill those days by offering discounted rates.

Search for Online Deals

There are many ways to find online deals for hotel accommodations. You might start by following the social media pages for the major hotel chains. Additionally, third-party travel sites offer promo codes and other deals to help you save.

Stick to Those Third-Party Sites

When you go directly to a hotel chain’s website, you’re only going to get rates for that one hotel. However, using third-party sites, like Expedia or Travelocity, will provide you with multiple listings for the destination and dates you specify. This will let you compare rates and choose the one that appeals to you.

Sign Up for Rewards

If you’re a creature of habit and tend to stay with the same hotel everywhere you go, you might want to look into a rewards program. The hotel may have a smartphone app that helps you track your rewards, so you’ll be notified when you have enough points for a free night or other rewards.

Rent a Room

You can save a great deal of cash by changing your view of accommodations altogether. Aside from sleeping, you probably won’t spend much time in your room anyway, so it may not be necessary to spend the extra money on a four-star hotel. Hostels, Airbnb, and room rentals can cost much less, while they do provide the necessities.

In addition to these tips, you can often save on accommodations through a credit card that also offers rewards. Combining these tips with other rewards programs and hotel deals can add up to significant savings. When you add your savings to your vacation budget, you may find that you have enough to add more trips to your yearly plans.


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Treating an Open Wound

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Open Wound Steve Farzam

Accidental cuts when chopping food, the skinned knees of youth and other everyday mishaps are common. As such, most people find themselves treating an open wound at some point in time. Knowing how to do so correctly ensures the ability to take the right action quickly and assertively should the need arise.

Immediate Steps

Examine the wound as soon as it occurs. If it’s bleeding, raise the affected area above the heart and apply direct pressure until the bleeding stops. When it has, gently wash the area with soap and water to disinfect it. It’s also acceptable to pour hydrogen peroxide over the wound if washing the area causes the bleeding to begin anew. After cleaning, cover the wound with sterile gauze or a sterile bandage. If the area around the wound is swollen or bruised, apply ice.

Ongoing Care

Keep the wound covered and clean for at least five days, changing the bandage as necessary. Treat any pain caused by the wound by taking acetaminophen as directed on the package. Avoid pain relievers that contain aspirin as it thins the blood and may cause the wound to bleed. It’s also important to heed every mother’s advice and stop picking at it. Leave scabs undisturbed – they protect the delicate new skin forming over the wound and help prevent infection. The scab will fall off on its own when it’s ready. For added protection until the wound is fully healed, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to the injured area before going out in the sun.

When to See the Doctor

Many open wounds prove minor, and home treatment is adequate for treating them. More severe injuries, however, require a doctor’s care. Get to the doctor immediately if an open wound is more than 1/2 inch deep. Wounds also require a doctor when they bleed for more than 20 minutes or refuse to stop bleeding even when applying direct pressure. If the wound was caused by a severe event like a car accident or fall, it’s important to see a doctor for an evaluation. These types of accidents can cause serious but unseen problems in the body in addition to the visible open wound. Getting checked out can catch less obvious internal issues that are easy to miss after a mishap.


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What Is The Difference Between Service And Hospitality?

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Service vs. Hospitality Steve Farzam

The original premise of Airbnb was an “air mattress bed & breakfast.” It catered to “couch-surfing” travelers that were looking for the most economical accommodations. Since then, it has grown to be a multi-billion dollar a year global conglomerate that has been used by more than 300 million people in 81,000 cities in 191 countries. Where once, travelers preferred Airbnb merely to cut down on travel costs, they now pay as much or even more than they might for a hotel room.

As the hospitality industry embraces technology that helps it operate more smoothly and seamlessly than ever before, it is essential to not lose the most critical aspect of the industry: hospitality. It turns out that in a world that is more connected than ever before, people are lonelier than ever. Loneliness is poised to be the next public health crisis on par with obesity and drug abuse. In a world where guests can create their reservations online, check in with their smartphones and even be sent a room key via smartphone, the time may quickly arrive where guests have little to no interaction with hotel staff whatsoever.

What good does that interaction do, however, if that interaction itself is cold, businesslike and impersonal? It’s easy to check a guest in and issue them a room key without engaging in any personal interaction. To be sure, not everyone wants to participate in witty banter or even have a long, friendly chat. Some guests may arrive exhausted and just want to check in and get to their room as quickly as possible. An aware staff member, however, can help facilitate that in a way that lets the guest know their specific needs are being seen and attended to.

There is no doubt that the hospitality industry is a booming business, which is not going to decline any time soon. The question is, however, whether traditional hotels will be able to compete with the rise in a hospitable industry offering a much more personalized – or inter-personalized – experience. While hotels may pride themselves on providing exquisite and nearly invisible service, it may be that what guests are looking for is more connection.

I discussed previously that focusing on providing excellent hospitality starts internally with hospitality managers. While service is undoubtedly crucial in the hospitality industry, hospitality may be even more so. It is imperative more, now than ever, that hotels keep this in mind, along with the impact younger generations are having on the hospitality industry as a whole.


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What it Means to be a First Responder

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First Responder Steve Farzam

The phrase “first responder” may mean different things to different people. However, the term was created to describe EMS or emergency medical services. EMS workers in the field cope with high-stress situations that are often emotionally and physically demanding. They must have the appropriate communication skills to work with team members and the people they rescue. Their primary mission involves:

  • Stopping the progression of a health emergency
  • Transporting the patient to the nearest medical facility for treatment

They are either based in a specific location or listen to calls on an emergency band radio. Depending on the community in which EMS members work, they may arrive on the scene with or without an ambulance or another type of emergency health care vehicle. In this case, an emergency transport vehicle soon follows.

EMS workers are qualified to perform many different emergency procedures that include:

  • Providing CPR
  • Controlling bleeding or performing other basic first aid techniques
  • Administering epinephrine or other medications
  • Applying positive pressure ventilation

Basic first aid can be performed by firemen, law enforcement officers, as most are at least CPR certified.

EMS Requirements

The programs needed to train someone to become an EMS spans six months to two years. Upon completing and passing the class, new EMS workers must earn state certification and perhaps register with the National Registry of Emergency Technicians. Some may go on to advance their skills and knowledge by becoming an administer, a paramedic, learning more advanced emergency skills or gain in-depth pharmacology knowledge.

When someone calls for emergency assistance using 911, fast response times are essential for the best patient outcome. The time in which it takes an EMS team to arrive on the scene depends on different variables that include the geographic location, dispatch protocol, and traffic.

Emergency Response Teams

Communities having basic life support, or BLS, have a team of emergency medical technicians who provide basic care. Advanced life support, or ALS, first responders are manned by teams that include paramedics. The level of the care supplied largely depends on the economic resources within the community.

More advanced services require the financial backing to have an ambulance or other rescue vehicle combined with highly skilled and certified first responders. Many prefer having paramedics on call as opposed to EMS workers for the level of care they are capable of providing.


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