We’ve written in the past to be aware of these when you’re looking for a way to power up your phone at an airport. Looks like we should all be wary about something else too – and this one is potentially much more malicious.
The electronic age is amazing. I mean, go back just a couple of decades and who woulda thunk that you could have your phone, camera, alarm clock, photo album, books, A/V entertainment, money, calculator, maps, GPS, plane/hotel/restaurant reservations and whatever else, all in the same place? Or that you could bring your computer with you anywhere because it’s not like the ones in the 1960s when you needed a piece of equipment that filled up a whole room just to do simple math equations?
The only thing about having all these electronics is that you need to make sure you have an energy source for them (you don’t have to plug in a book, right?). And the only thing about THAT is making sure that you bring all of your wires and chargers and stuff with you when you go from place to place. Sometimes they’re hard to keep track of, as evidenced by the huge drawer of iPhone, Kindle etc. wires they can “loan” you if you can’t find yours – when they just are everything that other hotel guests have left behind.
So how can you keep track of everything? There are a couple of ways:
You’re finally going to do it! You’ve saved enough money, vacation time, frequent flyer miles and/or hotel points to take that once-on-a-lifetime trip to London, Tokyo Disneyland, New York City, South Africa, Niagara Falls, Paris or some other place you’ve always dreamed about. Your stuff is all packed and your itinerary is all ready. But here’s a question – are you prepared to charge your electronics there? Your phone, tablet, laptop, curling iron, electric toothbrush? Because not all electrical plugs around the world are the same.
Hotels spend time and money to figure out what their guests want the most. To find this information, they send surveys asking how was the stay and asking their guests to rate everything from the front desk, to the room cleanliness, and even the fitness room. Hotels also have their employees watch over sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp! to spot bad reviews so they can try to resolve the problems (in public, so everyone can see they care).
I’m going to save the hotels a bunch of money in market research. In no specific order, here are the FIVE things I want from my hotel room.
Hello, friends! In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of our posts this week:
Joe wrote about:
- why airline prices drive him crazy. They go up, they go down, and how do you figure out when to finally buy?!?!?!
- the different rules that each bank has when you apply for their reward credit cards.
- some important things to consider before signing up for reward credit cards.
- the summer hotel promotions that are going on this season. If you’re planning to be out of town this summer, take a look!
- what you can do if you think you may miss your connecting flight. Joe totally saved the day for us a couple of weeks ago when we were delayed because of weather.
Sharon wrote about:
- the different ways to recognize a travel-related hoax on Facebook (because really, Delta is not giving away free flights and the Disney Cruise Line is not giving away free cruises any time soon).
- the sales both Southwest and JetBlue were offering (these expired on 6/1, So if you still wanted to try to get them, sorry, too late. Better luck next time!).
- a link that she thought would make most Disney and travel fans giggle.
- her #TBT series of their trip to Japan in April 2005, this week with memories of watching Kyoto’s cherry blossoms in the rain (again) and their not uneventful travel to Nagoya.
- post for newbies explained the difference in plugs, outlets and voltage around the world, so if you travel internationally, you can be prepared before you go. Cuz fried electronics are not good.
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