5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Frequent Traveler

With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to consider what resolutions will best serve you in the year ahead. Resolutions, after all, do have some merit – who wouldn’t benefit from being a little healthier, a little more organized, or finally take up that new hobby?

When it comes to new year’s resolutions, most of us are thinking along the same lines. One of the top resolutions made year after year is to travel more. And we’re here to help you do just that.

Discover new year’s resolutions for the frequent traveler, bound to help you make the most of your travels in 2016.

1. Travel more.

Reaching this all-important goal is simple when you plan accordingly. Look for opportunities to take a road trip instead of air travel, as well as affordable extended stay accommodation options.

With over 130 locations in 21 states, InTown Suites is an excellent, high-value lodging choice to help make sure you reach your travel goals in 2016. Starting at just $159.99 a week, choose from various room options that include a full-size refrigerator, two-burner stove, and microwave – giving you the freedom to prepare meals on the road.

2. Make safety a priority.

When you’re on the open road, anything can happen. Usually, this is a good thing – where new experiences, adventures, and friendships await. But the other reality we road warriors face is that something might go wrong. Whether it’s a flat tire, a dead car battery, cuts, bumps, or bruises, there are a few essentials we should all keep in our cars to ensure health and safety at all times.

Before your next road trip, take a few minutes to assemble your very own car kit. You’ll feel better knowing it’s there, and hopefully you’ll never even have to use it!

3. Stay healthy.

When you’re on the road for days or even weeks at a time, it can be hard to stay fit and healthy. The calories can add up when you’re eating at restaurants all the time, and it can be hard to find a local gym or place to go for a run without committing to memberships.

Browse through these key resources to keep you in tip-top shape while you travel:

4. Master light packing.

Packing for a trip is always a bit of a daunting task. On the one hand, you’re trying to make sure you’ve covered all of the essentials, and on the other, trying to avoid lugging around more than you really need.

Needless to say, when it comes to packing, space is always of the essence.

Next time you’re packing for a trip, packing for your next visit to InTown Suites, or maybe even packing up your place to move, keep some of these handy tips in mind.

5. Travel smarter.

Road trips are great for family travel, giving everyone the opportunity to bond, learn, and experience new people and places along the way. There’s just something about a road trip that says “quality time.”

But just because you’re kicking it “old school” by hitting the road, doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a little bit of modern technology to enhance the experience (in fact, we think you should!).

To help along the way – with everything from getting directions to finding the best places to fill up the gas tank – we’ve rounded up the 10 best travel apps for your next road trip.

From all of us at InTown Suites, we wish you a safe and happy new year full of travel!

Tips for a Great Christmas Away from Home

Just because you won’t be home for the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t have an enjoyable and memorable Christmas.

Keep yourself occupied with a few of the things that make the season bright. We’ve rounded up a couple tips for how to have the best Christmas when you’re away.

1. Connect with family.

Voice or Video.

With unlimited technology at our fingertips, staying in touch has never been so simple. Schedule in time when you know family or friends will be gathering to join them virtually – either by phone, or perhaps via video on FaceTime or Skype. It’s the perfect opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and to enjoy a little quality time with them over the holidays.

Reunite with friends & family.

Christmas is the perfect time to reunite with past friends or distance family members. If there is someone you know living close by, send them an email or give them a call to wish them well over the holidays. Any connection – even a distant one – can help make you feel more at home if you’re traveling over Christmas.

2. Prepare a nice meal.

Enjoy a little indulgence over the holidays with a delicious, festive meal. (After all, you’re only a Google search away from finding plenty of hotel or restaurant holiday meals nearby). But if you’re looking to prepare something yourself, we have just the thing.

Try these recipes for a no-fuss, delicious festive meal, featuring turkey legs with roasted root vegetables, sour cream mashed potatoes with chives, and lemony green beans with fried onions. Sub out the pumpkin pie for something a little more traditional at Christmas, like a fruitcake, pecan pie, or some squares.

3. Give.

Giving is part of what makes the holiday season so special. Doing something nice for those around you is what it’s all about – it gets you in the festive spirit and will make you feel good on Christmas day. So no matter where you are – if you’re in a hostel, an extended stay property, hotel, or elsewhere – find a way to make giving part of your Christmas tradition.

Try organizing a secret santa with other travelers, leaving a few small gifts for others you’ve met along the way, or giving back to the community you’re visiting by volunteering at a food bank, church service, and so on.

4. Wait until Christmas day.

If you receive gifts or cards from loved ones, you may be tempted to open them right away. Resist the urge! Save anything given to you to open on Christmas morning, giving you something to look forward to and making the day extra special.

5. Embrace local festivities.

There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by getting out to the local celebrations in the community you’re visiting, whether it be a parade, nativity scene, caroling group, or christmas lights drive.

6. Watch a Christmas movie.

Snuggle up to enjoy a holiday flick! Whip up some delicious hot chocolate and settle in to enjoy  one of your favorite Christmas movies of all time. Looking to change things up? Explore Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the 25 Best Christmas Movies.

From all of us at InTown Suites, we wish you a safe and Merry Christmas!