Many larger organizations arrange business travel on your behalf so all you have to do is arrive at the airport, print your ticket and board your flight. Smaller enterprises often get you to pay for and book your own flight and claim it back on expenses. If you work for one of these companies, finding good deals on business flights is essential.

A cheap flight can either mean a better seat for the same price as cattle class or less money sitting on your credit card for a month while your expenses are put through. Either way, you benefit. Add our fantastic corporate rentals at genuinely competitive prices and you can travel for business for less. We have the furnished apartment rentals side of the equation nailed down, so how about finding cheap flights?

Here are some top tips for finding genuine deals on flights.

Check the airline first

Air travel is a cutthroat business and airlines are under constant pressure to keep fares low. The first place you should look when looking for a flight is the airline website that flies that route. You are most likely to get a good deal when the airline runs sales which differs by airline. Otherwise, booking direct with the airline is not always the cheapest way to travel. If you can time it right and get a sale ticket or discount great, otherwise move on.

Check for error fares

You have to be fast, but error fares are a fantastic way to save money on flights. Websites such as Secret Flying list error fares that are caused by the airline or operator publishing the incorrect price for a fare. Monitor these websites closely, sign up to email alerts or Twitter feeds and snap up the fare as soon as it appears. Often then are only around for an hour or so until the airline spots the error. Occasionally, the airline will not honor the price, so don’t book your corporate rental until it has been confirmed!

Use loyalty

Sticking with a specific airline wherever possible allows you to build loyalty points with them. Airlines will often reward loyalty with upgrades, discounts or first option on sales tickets. You can also leverage loyalty for cancellations, changes and anything else that might impact your flight. Gather your loyalty points, call the airline rather than ask at the airport desk, be nice and see what you get in return!

Be flexible

Unless you have to be in a specific place at a given time, being flexible with your flight can get you discounts. Flying a day or two early or offering to give up your seat on a canceled or overbooked flight can see you upgraded on your next flight or get you a stopover somewhere nice for a day or two paid for by the airline. This won’t always work if you’re traveling on business but if you can build flexibility into your travel plans you might make a saving.

Fly on holidays

It may sound counterintuitive but you can make great savings by flying over Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Easter or other holiday. While economy class tickets will be expensive, business class and above will not. Not many business people fly over the holidays which means the airlines can discount heavily to fill the seats. It is possible to make savings over 60% by choosing your time carefully.

You’re already getting a great deal by choosing us to supply your furnished rental. Follow these tips and you could save even more by getting a cheaper flight. You’re welcome!

Nothing identifies a business traveler faster than that half zombie look after a redeye flight across the country. The shambling walk through the airport with phone in hand checking emails and listening to voicemail. The rush to get the luggage and get a taxi so they are not late for their meeting. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you get some sleep on the plane you can arrive fresh and ready to go.

We’re not going to pretend it is easy to sleep on a flight because it isn’t. However, with a few tricks, we can increase the chances of getting some quality sleep and arrive at the destination fresher than you have any right to be after a long flight. Not only to we deliver first rate corporate apartments for you to use while working away, we also provide essential tips for your entire business travel experience!

Here are some of our top tips for sleeping on a plane.

Choose a side

Unless your company is unusually generous and is willing to pay for first class, you are going to have to learn to sleep somewhat upright. But what side do you sleep on when you’re at home? Do you sleep on the right side of the bed? On your right side or left? Think for a moment about how you sleep at home and then choose the corresponding side on the plane.

If you sleep on your right side at home, choose a seat on the right of the plane. That way, you can (sort of) get a familiar position on the flight which can seriously help you sleep. Windows seats also give you more scope to find a comfortable position. Select your seat carefully and it could make all the difference.

Careful with the blanket

It may be tempting to snuggle up under the airplane blanket to keep warm but we would suggest not doing that. Those blankets are used hundreds of times by hundreds of different people and are a haven for bacteria. You are much better off using the blanket as lumbar support or rolled up and placed under your knees to help circulation than you are using it to keep warm.

Accessorize

Two essential accessories are suggested by almost everyone that travels a lot on business. A baseball cap and earbuds. A baseball cap not only looks cool but is also very effective at blocking out light. It also provides an element of privacy when you pull the cap down so the bill covers your eyes. Pop in a pair of clean earbuds, set that blanket under your knees or lower back and you’re ready to sleep.

Avoid alcohol and sleep meds

Some people swear by a couple of drinks or a pill to help them sleep but we avoid that wherever possible. Your body is going through enough as it is without making it work harder by processing alcohol or medication. Some medication and certainly all alcohol will make you groggy rather than sleepy up to and including arrival. You’re going to be tired anyway but it is better to arrive with nothing in your system. Plus, we all know the quality of sleep you get after a couple of drinks is never good!

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If you find yourself traveling a lot for business, you typically have two options. Take your partner with you when you travel or learn to maintain long distance relationships. If you use our sumptuous corporate rentals, bringing someone with you is simple. Our properties are spacious, fully equipped and offer top class accommodation in hundreds of cities across the country.

If you cannot bring your significant other with you, things become more difficult. Fortunately, our team has decades of experience traveling on business at various stages of their careers. We have all maintained long distance relationships at one point or another and have some essential tips for making the most of working away from home.

Be open

Communication is key in any relationship but is even more important when spending long periods apart. Being open and honest about feelings, thoughts, attitude towards travel and the impending time apart is a key part of making the most of it. Being realistic and talking frankly about how it will affect both of you, how you will spend your time and various coping mechanisms will help create trust and a firm base to build on.

Use your calendar

Your calendar is a very important resource. Not just for work but for home life too. Knowing and communicating the start and end date is vital in maintaining relations. Setting specific times and days to call or video call and setting them in the calendar is another important step. It demonstrates to both parties that keeping in touch is a priority and that you will both make sure it happens. Sharing that calendar is a small step too.

Do the same thing separately

Depending on time zones and practicality, doing the same thing at the same time is a useful way to maintain parity. For example, if you usually run together before work, do the same thing. If you both like to curl up on the sofa and binge watch Netflix, do the same thing. Not only will it help you feel closer to your significant other, it also provides more things to talk about when you call.

The power of surprise

Not everyone likes surprises, but if your partner is okay with them, use that to your advantage. Send a postcard from the city you’re working in. Send surprise flowers or chocolates with a ‘thinking of you’ message. Buy and send a local delicacy or small gift that the city is known for. All help to remind your partner that just because you are apart, you are still thinking of them.

Make the effort

All relationships of all types require effort and investment and none more so than long distance relationships. Business travel can takes its toll in a number of ways so requires significant time and effort to overcome that toll. Efforts can range from calling when you say you will call, spending more time sending messages of love or reassurance, showing the other that you care and communicating clearly that distance means nothing.

Be in the moment

Our final piece of advice for maintaining relationships during business travel is to be in the moment while at home. It is tempting to go back to a routine and do your own thing but it will benefit both of you if you make sure you are present in the moment, focus on your partner and make them feel valued and loved while you are with them. The bonds you strengthen while at home will sustain you while apart so is an essential part of preparing for your business trip.

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Bourbon Street is an amazing place to spend time but only comes alive at night. There is also so much more to see and experience in New Orleans that just staying there doesn’t do the city justice. If you’re staying in one of our corporate rentals in the city, you are not going to be short of things to do.

New Orleans is a city of history, cultural significance and attractions. If you want to explore the city outside of work or are looking for things to see and do, this post is for you. We asked our local representatives what they thought were the must-see spots in New Orleans that aren’t Bourbon Street.

The French Quarter

The French Quarter is probably the most famous New Orleans landmark aside from the Mississippi River. While Bourbon Street runs through it, the French Quarter is so much more than that. Some areas date back to the city’s founding in 1718 and the style and atmosphere of the entire quarter is fascinating. The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France in Jackson Square is one highlight but there are dozens of others.

The Garden District

The Garden District is almost as famous as the French Quarter but for different reasons. Tree-lined streets, huge colonial style houses, parks, shops and more are all within this small neighborhood. Walking tours are the best way to see everything but not the only way. A walk down Magazine Street and around the smaller side streets could easily use up hours of a day without seeing everything.

Cities of the Dead

Cities of the Dead is another must-see attraction in New Orleans. While walking around cemeteries may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, these are different. Sited above ground because of the high water table, these cemeteries are full of amazing crypts and mausoleums. A guided tour will allow you to make the best of these places and will talk you through the history and the cultural differences in burial here versus almost anywhere else in the country. Well worth visiting!

New Orleans City Park

Have a couple of hours to spare after work? New Orleans City Park is well worth a visit. With over 1,500 acres of green park to explore and enjoy, this is definitely one to visit. The park was destroyed after Katrina but the community and the city came together to rebuild. The result is a new park that retains as much character of the old park as possible while bringing in new walking and biking trails, a lovely lawn that hosts concerts and a historical carousel. If New Orleans City Park is too far, Audubon Park is in Uptown and is equally worth a visit.

Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World is not huge and not educational but it does sum up the city’s character nicely. If you don’t get to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, then this is the next best thing. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the costumes, the floats and the effort that goes into creating the color and vibrancy of Mardi Gras. The attraction also provides a sample of the famous king cake, the staple food of Mardi Gras.

It is all too easy to think only of Bourbon Street and the bars when thinking of New Orleans. The city has so much more going on than that and offers a lot of distractions and entertainments if you’re working away from home. These are just five of the dozens of attractions worth visiting while you’re here! If you need furnished housing while in New Orleans, click here.

 

Staying in one of our corporate rentals in Boston? Looking for things to do when you’re not working? Want to explore a little of this fascinating city and don’t know what to do? Help is at hand! Our expert travel team have explored this city many times and have come up with these five places you should see.

Fenway Park

If you’re at all interested in baseball, you must see Fenway Park. The home to the Boston Red Sox for over a hundred years, the stadium is as much a step back in time as it is a celebration of one of the most notable baseball teams around. Opened in 1912, Fenway Park has played host to baseball for the longest time. A real highlight is the guided tour where you will learn everything there is to know about the team and the stadium.

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile trail from Boston Common to Bunker Hill. Take a guided tour complete with costumed guide or walk it yourself by following the red bricks. The trail takes you around the city, past a lot of history and lots of places to stop to eat and drink. The entire trail takes a minimum of 3 hours but if you plan on looking at everything, can take a couple of days!

USS Constitution

USS Constitution is a big part of our history and is berthed in Boston. You can take a tour led by serving navy personnel and can access most areas of the ship. The tour includes a lot of information about the ship, the people, the battles and the part she played in our struggle for freedom. For the historical significance alone, USS Constitution is well worth visiting but the information imparted by the guide makes it ten times better.

Boston Tea Party Site

Even if you’re not into politics, the Boston Tea Party Site is worth a visit. Another site of cultural significance where our country took the first steps in its independence. The site is where local people dumped crates of tea into the harbor to protest at the taxes levied by the British in 1773. The Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum marks the site where it happened and actors can be seen reenacting the event regularly.

Cambridge

Cambridge is not only home to Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), it is also full of lovely architecture, tree-lined streets, restaurants, cafes, bars, stores and lots more besides. Longfellow House in Cambridge was the headquarters for General George Washington during the Siege of Boston and is open to the public. Harvard Yard, Massachusetts Avenue, John F. Kennedy Street and Brattle Street are all worth strolling along and enjoying too.

It was actually incredibly difficult to choose only five places to visit while working in Boston. The city may be compact but it has played such a significant part in our history and has remained a strong city in its own right that it was honestly difficult to select only five attractions. If you are working here for a while, you’re certainly not going to be short of things to do!

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The Windy City is the the most populous city in the Midwestern United States, and arguably the most popular city in the state of Illinois. The city is dynamic, vibrant, and charming. But what is it that makes Chicago such an amazing city?

Chicago is a city of firsts. The United States’ first blood bank was opened in Chicago in 1937. The first televised U.S. Presidential debate was held there in 1960. The first Ferris Wheel was raised in Chicago for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The first drive-through bank opened in 1946, the first steel rail road in the nation. was made in 1865, and the first mail-order business (Montgomery Ward & Co.) was established in 1872. Not only that but both the Twinkie and the TV remote were invented in Chicago!

The Architecture. Chicago is a center of architecture, innovation, and imagination. Chicago is home to The Willis Tower (the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 110 stories) and the John Hancock Center (the sixth-tallest building in the untied states). The architecture of Chicago has influenced and reflected the history of American architecture.

There’s always something great to do! The city is home to around forty museums, over 200 theatersmore then 300 independent art galleries, and over 7000 restaurants! In Chicago you will also find more then fifteen swimming beaches along 26 miles of shoreline within the city limits.

Chicago is unique! In this city you will find the only river in the world that flows backwards, sixteen historic lagoons, the world’s largest outdoor food festival, and what the locals consider to be “the best deep dish pizza in the world.” Not only that but Chicago has been named the World’s Best Sports City by multiple sports magazines.

Chicago is really big! How big? Chicago is home to the world’s largest library with a collection of more then two million books, the world’s largest ice cream and cookie factory, the famous McCormick Place at 2.2 million square feet, and the longest street in the world at 23.5 miles.

While often called the Second City, Chicago will always be number one in the eyes of both locals and visitors!

Blu Corporate Housing offers the perfect solution for travelers to Atlanta, Georgia seeking a home away from home with high quality amenities. Unlike a small extended stay hotel suite, the v2corporate apartments offered through Atlanta are in top-quality buildings near the business district and feature fully-stocked kitchens, comfortable and stylish furnishings, and plush bedding. You will find that many of the housing options we offer are not only less expensive than the standard hotel suites, but much more comfortable and spacious. Enjoy a productive and relaxing trip in Atlanta, Georgia while avoiding the hassle of hotels with Atlanta Corporate Housing.

Blu allows you to relax in knowing that everything is taken care of. Your Atlanta furnished rentals will include upgraded furniture, a comprehensive housewares collection, local and long distance telephone services, cable television, internet access and all utilities. We make sure that your stay is as comfortable and hassle free as possible.

Not only does Blu understand the needs of today’s business traveler, we specialize in it. Each one of our fully furnished corporate rentals are meticulously maintained and provide all the conveniences, comforts, and amenities of home. Our staff at Blu is very knowledgeable and strives to ensure that both the business and vacation traveler receive the best possible accommodation available.

You need only bring your toothbrush, and relax in knowing that you will be very well taken care of in your new home away from home.

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Knowing where to take the kids to keep them occupied during vacation is a challenge in itself, which is why we put together this guide on great family days out for all the family. While many of these venues are definitely oriented towards children, adults can have a great time too.

So without much further ado, we present the best family days out in Denver.

Lakeside Amusement Park

Lakeside Amusement Park is an old fashioned theme park that still provides a great day out for the family. It is privately owned and is a glimpse back to the glory days of traditional parks. Enjoy an old roller coaster, Ferris wheel and a number of other attractions for a relatively low cost.

Downtown Aquarium

Being miles from the nearest ocean doesn’t stop you being able to experience sea life at its best. The Downtown Aquarium provides an opportunity to view sea life in its almost natural environment and get closer than ever to sea creatures of all kinds. There are themed exhibits, regular shows and a coffee shop to recharge the batteries.

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Dinosaur Ridge is part of a chain of fossil trails that stretches from New Mexico all the way up to Canada. This part of the ridge is 1¼ miles of trail that shows fossils and bones still buried in the rocks, with helpful explanatory signs along the way. There is also a visitor center that provides more information as well as mementoes of the trip.

Water World

Denver’s Water World is one of the largest parks of its kind anywhere in the country. It is 64 acres of watery fun with 20 large rides and plenty of smaller ones. There are also areas to relax, cabanas to rent and plenty of refreshment opportunities. A great day out for all the family.

Denver Zoo

No family vacation would be complete without a visit to Denver Zoo. The zoo began in 1896 and has grown from there. It now houses over 4000 species of animal and is the best of its kind in the region. There are regular attractions, traveling shows and more to see than you could possibly need.

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Elitch Gardens is one of the oldest theme parks around, having opened its doors in 1890. The modern park has roller coasters and other rides as well as a water park. The park gets busy, but is well worth a day out.

The Children’s Museum of Denver

Not every city has a museum dedicated to its little ones. The Children’s Museum of Denver will appeal to the under 13’s but is open to all. Everything is designed with children in mind and most things can be touched, watched or handled. It’s a great way to combine entertainment with education, making this an ideal day out for the kids.

Those are just a few highlights from the hundreds of venues and activities for families in and around Denver. There is something here for everyone, regardless of budget or interest. We hope you try at least some of them for yourself!

If you’re a new landlord, or are considering renting out your home, it may seem like a nightmare of details and decisions before you can begin making money from your property. While that may be the case, there are fundamentals that you need to decide before going into any detail. Like whether to rent an unfurnished or furnished apartment.Corporate Apartments (27)

The majority of metropolitan apartments are rentals and good money can be made from them. A young, itinerant workforce may not want to buy in a city, or want to settle down just yet. That makes renting a must-have for a number of years. Those wanting to tap into that market need to decide early on whether to rent unfurnished or furnished. Both have pros and cons, which we are going to cover here.

Benefits of Renting an Unfurnished Apartment

An is almost a blank canvas. For longer term lets, unfurnished is a perfectly viable alternative. It’s cheaper for you as a landlord, as you don’t have to buy and maintain furniture, bed linen and kitchenware. This makes running an unfurnished apartment much simpler.

The other advantage of letting an unfurnished apartment is that the rental terms are often longer. If a tenant moves all their own furniture into your building, they are more likely to stay for a longer period of time. The investment of time and effort moving an apartment full of furniture around can be off-putting to some.

Benefits of Renting a Furnished Apartment

Furnished apartments are much easier to rent out and cover a wider market. Not only can you cater for individuals or vacation rentals, you can also appeal to the corporate renter. Having a wider market reach makes letting the furnished apartment easier than the unfurnished one.

The convenience of a furnished apartment in the eyes of renter should not be underestimated either. Having somewhere in a convenient location that they can move straight into is a significant benefit. Being able to move a couple of suitcases and have a ready-made home is more attractive than having to move furniture too.

You can also charge more for a furnished apartment. While the setup and maintenance cost is slightly higher, the long-term returns are also more. Just make sure you include everything in the security deposit and you should be fine.

The relative costs and benefits between renting out an unfurnished and a furnished apartment are straightforward. The decision as to which is more suitable in your particular situation can only be answered by you.

If you have the money, and have an apartment in a good area, going makes financial sense. It takes a little more management, but the returns are there if you want them. If you would prefer slightly lower gains but much less administration, the unfurnished may be the way to go.

Whatever you choose, go into renting with your eyes open and expectations in neutral and you’ll do okay. Expect too much too soon and you’re destined for a fall. Being a landlord is a lucrative business in the longer term that offers not a lot in the short.

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San Jose, California is the tenth largest city in the country and is a major city in the state of California. It’s also a bay city, offering many of the benefits of a near-coastal location with few of the downsides. Immortalized by Dionne Warwick, we now live in the capital of silicon valley and are the envy of many.

History of San Jose

Like most Californian cities, San Jose began as a Spanish settlement in 1769. They pushed the Native Americans out and settled the region with a series of Franciscan Missions. Our first full name was “Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe” which was shortened later to the much more manageable San Jose.

The early settlement did well under Spanish rule, moving once to what is now downtown from where Guadeloupe Parkway. In 1797, the region came under Mexican control and was the second city to be officially recognized after Sacramento. It wasn’t until 1846 that California became American and the region was accepted into the union.

San Jose has long been an agricultural city, with the Del Monte plant providing much of the early employment in the 20th century. The coming of war saw more prosperity and troubles as the Food Machinery Corporation was involved in producing landing craft for the Second World War.

Some of these defense contractors remained after the ending of hostilities, bringing more defense contractors with them. Through the late 20th century, the area known as Silicon Valley grew thanks to schools such as the University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Santa Cruz, San Jose State University and San Francisco State University churning out thousands of highly qualified students.

While we did suffer during the dot com collapse, the city retained many tech employers and is still regarded as the front line of technology in the United States.

The Climate

We have a lovely Subtropical Mediterranean climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year and average temperatures of around 73F. We do get some rain, from November through April, but it turns the gardens green and ensures our beautiful city remains that way so we don’t mind a bit.

Getting Around San Jose

Getting to San Jose by plane is easy if you use the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. The airport is relatively close to Downtown and several shuttles run to and from the center. You can also get here by using  San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport as it doesn’t take long to transfer.

Caltrain runs train services from San Jose to San Francisco while Amtrak runs to Sacramento, Auburn, Seattle and Los Angeles. There is also the Altamont Commuter Express, a local commuter train that runs for the benefit of the suburbanites to get to work in the morning.

We are quite well served by buses too, with CA Shuttle Bus, Greyhound, Hoang Express, InterCalifornias, TUFESA and Megabus running services in and out of the city. We also have local buses, the VTA.

The car is our main mode of transport. Use the US-101 and Interstate 280 to get to and from San Francisco. Use the I-5 North to CA-152 West to US-101 North for LA and from the East Bay, use either I-880 or I-680 South. Inner city routes get busy at rush hour but no more so than other metro areas.

Los Angeles is a huge, sprawling city, one of the most famous in the world. It’s also in California and that makes it a very cool place to be. Anyone living, working or vacationing here will have more entertainment options than you know what to do with. With that in mind, we have put together a brief guide on what we think are the entertainment highlights of our city. As always, if you’re looking for corporate housing while in Los Angeles, check out our inventory.

J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum is huge and impressive and the exhibits are only part of the allure. Sure there is plenty to see, as you would expect from one of the most wealthy dynasties in the country. There is also space, gardens and the Getty Center to enjoy. It makes for a lovely, peaceful day out.16valley_600

Sushi in San Fernando Valley

Unless you’re from Japan, this is the best place in the world to get sushi outside of that country. The Valley has a range of sushi joints that deliver exceptional quality fish that are as attractive to look at as they are to eat. If you’re into trying something different, this is the place for you.

Robertson Boulevard

Forget Rodeo Drive, forget Melrose Avenue, try something a little bit cooler and visit this less beautiful, but no less interesting shopping destination. Robertson BLVD great for celebrity spotting and for lunch if you can get a table at the Ivy.

Olvera Street

Visiting Olvera Street is something every visitor should do while you’re here. It’s the old center of Los Angeles and a tourist district of town. Despite that, it’s a nice place to visit, with lots of tourist stuff, but also lots of genuine things to see and so. It’s also the place to go for great Mexican food. There is also the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, to see too.

Malibu Beach

If you like the sun and why would you visit LA if you didn’t, a day or two at Malibu Beach is a no-brainer. Zuma is typical LA, with all the beautiful people hanging out being seen, playing volleyball and even getting into the water, but apart from that, it really is a beautiful part of the city.

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Taking a Warner Brothers Studio Tour is to LA what seeing the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco, it is a must-do. This tour is the best in our opinion and offers the most for your money. It’s also a working studio where there is always something going on.

Third Street Promenade

The Third Street Promenade is shopping heaven. It’s an outdoor mall that is typical LA and only a few blocks from the beach. There are the usual suspects as well as individual shops, boutiques, an excellent farmers market and some great places to eat. Well worth a visit!

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The History of Seattle

The areas that is now Seattle has been inhabited for over 4000 years according to archaeological evidence. Before the Europeans arrived, it was the home of the Duwamish tribe of Native Americans who had a number of villages around the area.

George Vancouver arrived in 1792 during his expedition to chart the Pacific Northwest which was followed some 60 years later by settler parties led by Collins and Denny. Each settled different areas and made their settlements. For one reason or another, the Denny party ended up mobbing over to where Pioneer Square is today and called it Duwamps.

The name Seattle came a couple of years later once the settlement had been established. The name was taken from the leader of the Duwamish at the time, Chief Sealth. The name first appears on the official paperwork for the village in 1853.

The early success of Seattle was due to the prevalence of good quality timber. Cutting and sawing was the main employer for the early town and saw much wealth come with it. Later, the gold rush would arrive and provide the boom and bust as it did elsewhere in the country. With it came more settlers and supporting industries. Some survived the rush, others did not.

What made Seattle different is that when times were good, it used money wisely. When times were bad it used that money to diversify the economy and improve the city. It was this approach that allowed Seattle to survive and thrive.

The Climate

The climate in Seattle is classed as oceanic, meaning it’s wet some of the time but winters are mild. Summers are generally warm and sunny, but it can rain at any time at any place. Despite being so far north, it doesn’t get all that cold here. We have our four seasons and summers are a great time to visit.

Getting Around Seattle

If you arrive by plane, it will most likely be at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It is our air hub and handled most of our national and international air traffic. It’s only around 25 minutes from the city and is easy to get to and from.

Amtrak run services into King Street Station to and from Canada and the southern US cities. There are also local rail operators and commuter lines serving the city, making getting around by rail a viable method. Buses are run by Greyhound, Bolt Bus, Northwestern Trailways, Olympic, and Wheatland Express and run local and long distance routes.

Cars are of course our primary method of transport and we are fortunate enough to be quite car friendly. With the exception of rush hour, it’s very easy to get around the city by car. The public transportation is Seattle is also a vary viable option.

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History of Austin

Austin, Texas is a lovely city in the heart of the state. It’s large, vibrant and always has something going on. It’s a great place to live and work and just about everything for just about every one.

History of Austin

The true history of Austin stretches back over 9000 years. Archeological digs around the county have found artifacts dating back all that time. When the Europeans landed, the Tonkawa tribe of native Americans called it home.
Explorers had traveled through here plenty before stopping for any length of time. It wasn’t until 1730 that people actually began to put down roots. A mission from East Texas stayed here for a few months before moving on, then in 1839, the site was chosen to be the capital for the independent state of Texas to be named after Stephen F. Austin.

Once the Comanche people had been pushed out of the area and relations between the settlers and the natives settled down, people began coming to Austin to live. As the state capital, many of the earliest settlers were government employees.
A battle between Sam Houston and Lamar, the second President of Texas saw the town temporarily lose its place as the capital and almost half of its population, but it soon recovered both its position and it’s populace. From that time one, Austin grew steadily and its economy stronger.

In 1880, when the state capitol building was complete, it was the 7th largest building in the world. This brought a lot of attention to the area. It, along with the railroad, cattle and cotton trading saw the city grow slowly but steadily through to the 20th century. From then, our economy has moved into technology, defense and pharmaceuticals.

The Climate

Austin has a semi-arid climate, meaning long hot summer and cool winters. We don’t get much rain here, maybe 2 to 4 inches a month during winter at most. You have to be able to cope with heat to survive here, but most places, including malls and public areas have A/C.

Getting Around Austin

Our main airport is Austin Bergstrom International Airport about 6 miles outside the center of the city. It’s a busy airport with services running all over the country. Most major carriers have at least one or two services in and out of AUS, so we are well served for air travel.
Trains are run by Amtrak into the 
Austin Amtrak Station. The Texas Eagle runs through here from Chicago to San Antonio and connects us to the rest of the country from there. Buses are provided by Greyhound, Megabus, Autobus Americanos, Turimex Internacional and Omnibus Mexicanos.

As with most American cities, the car is our main form of transport. The IH-35 runs north-south and we have a range of regional highways and tollways around the city. Suburban roads are okay, but it gets busy during rush hour.

Given the fantastic surroundings, lovely weather and desire to live life, there is always something going on in Colorado Springs. If you’re about to move into corporate housing in Colorado Springs, these events are a great way to integrate into local life and enjoy yourself at the same time!

Bikes & Brews – September

Bikes & Brews has to be one of the coolest events in the country. Cycle for 50k while stopping regularly to try artisan beers. Colorado has more breweries than anywhere else, so it’s a perfect excuse to indulge. Run by Fremont Adventure Recreation and Red Canyon Cycles.

Elk Fest – October

Elk Fest is held annually to celebrate the Elk rut (yes really) in Estes Park. It’s a celebration of everything outdoors and Colorado as well as elk and is well worth a visit if only to see what “elk bugling” is all about!

Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo – July

The Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is held every year at the Norris-Penrose Event Center and is one of the country’s best rodeos. It’s fast, furious and an exhibition of amazing animal handling, both horse and bull.

Colorado Balloon Classic – MayBalloon-Classic-small-300x225

The Colorado Balloon Classic is a real spectacle that is help each Labor Day. Hundreds of hot air balloons take off and fly in the air while on the ground there are activities, exhibits and traders to view.

Colorado Springs Science Festival – October

Given the high tech nature of industry around Colorado Springs, it’s no wonder there’s a science festival or two around. Held each year, the Colorado Springs Science Festival is one of the best. With shows, exhibits and displays, it’s definitely one to see.

Festival of Lights Celebration – December

The Festival of Lights held every December in downtown Colorado Springs. It’s a holiday event with a carnival theme as floats parade through town, bands play and Santa Claus spends valuable time in his hectic schedule to greet the kids.

Greek Festival – August

Greek Festival is the ideal opportunity to enjoy a piece of Greece for a weekend. There’s lots of Greek food, music and dancing as well as a celebration of everything Hellenic. It makes a nice change from the usual and gives a real insight into another way of life.

Hummingbird Festival – May

The charmingly named Hummingbird Festival is help in North Cheyenne and is a general festival celebrating life, love, children and art. There are magicians, arts, crafts, stores, displays, exhibitions and much more.

Those are just some of the many festivals and events held in and around Colorado Springs each year. If you do find yourself moving here, you’re never going to be short of things to do!

One of the first things that pops in your head during relocation for work is where you will live. Entrepreneurs, who need to relocate for their job for a week or so only, have a tough decision to make namely whether they should go for a serviced apartment or private rental accommodation for the duration of their stay.

Difference between Service Apartments and Private Rental Accommodations

Both of these accommodation choices have pros and cons that you need to be aware of before picking one that suits your requirements. One of the key benefits of serviced apartments is that it has a support network that private rental accommodations do not have. These include Minot Temporary Housing - Blu (5)welcome hampers for the guests as they arrive. The items gifted are basic amenities that a new resident might need like eggs, milk, butter, bread, tea, coffee etc. These play a great role in ensuring you settle in as soon as you arrive thus saving time.

Apartment staff in serviced apartments can offer tips on where you can get the best shopping done and which diners have the best food. This will make you feel right at home immediately. Relocation for work can be disorienting if it’s the first time you were required to do it after all. Private rental accommodations on the other hand, do not possess staff at all. You will be completely on your own there.

If you do not know your way round town then the support service apartment staff can give you will prove to be invaluable. This will help you find your way in a new environment that much quicker. You will be even more grateful for their support if you aren’t familiar with the local language. You may know a few words or phrases, but it won’t beat their flawless tongue. The daily maid service is also something to look forward to. Private accommodations will require you to look for a local maid yourself. This will be dangerous, especially if your apartment is in a seedy part of town.

Even if you do manage to find a trustworthy maid, what will you do for general maintenance? Service apartments offer in-house maintenance though. If your television breaks down or your electricity gets cut off due to a faulty fire, the in-house handy man will come knocking at your door as soon as you call him. Besides this, a private rental apartment will also prove to be more expensive than its service counterpart. Not only will you be required to pay a utility tax, but a council tax will also liable to payment. That’s besides your rent money!

Relocation for work can be tricky and expensive especially when it comes to finding the best place to live. Stick to service apartments for a hassle free and comfortable stay and your work will not suffer. Private rental apartments may look sophisticated, but you will be the one suffering when those bills come in at the end of the month.