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These Simple Hotel Life Hacks Will Change Traveling Forever!

Leslie Tander

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Traveling is a natural part of life, especially if you want to get out and see the world! Whether you are staying at a hotel for work or for vacation, making the most of your experience is definitely important. Unfortunately, it isn’t hard to find countless horror stories about hotels around the world. Today, we are going to make your life easier. So, whether you are on a business trip or your Honeymoon, make sure to keep these simple hotel life hacks in mind!

Keep The Curtains Closed With a Hanger

You don’t have to be a light sleeper to hate having light seep into your room. No matter where you are staying, your hotel might have to deal with lights from nearby buildings and vehicles. Due to the fact that most hotel blinds don’t close correctly, you might need some help keeping them shut. Simply take a large hanger from your hotel closet and repeat what you see above. With a single hanger in place, you can keep your curtains closed nice and tight.

Quick and Easy Dining Room Table

If you are going to be traveling for work, you might want to save money by eating in your room. Unfortunately, most hotel rooms aren’t going to be outfitted with a comfortable place to eat. Thankfully with the addition of a simple ironing board, you can eat with comfort from your own bed! Not a bad little hack, is it? Throw down a clean towel to prevent food from staining the board if you want to be extra careful.

Improve the Smell of Your Room With a Car Freshener

We aren’t saying that every hotel smells bad, but there are plenty of offputting odors that can find their way into your room. If you want to make your room smell a little better, simply attach a car freshener to your air conditioning or heating unit before turning the air on. In the blink of an eye, you’ll have a room that smells fresh and clean.

Restock Your Mini Bar By Yourself

If you find yourself dipping into the mini bar, don’t worry about a blossoming bill. We all know that hotel minibars are overpriced, so head to the pharmacy down the street to restock it yourself. This is a great way to avoid a large bill if you find yourself with the time to restock the room.

Don’t Hesitate to Ask For Help

If you are at a reasonable hotel, the front desk will be committed to making your stay a pleasant one. With that being said, most people don’t take advantage of the concierge services available to them. Hotel clerks are always ready to lend a hand, so if you are facing an obstacle don’t hesitate to ask for help! On one recent trip, a hotel clerk helped to connect me with a late dinner due to my arrival time. I wouldn’t have had access to that food had I not asked!

Add Extra Humidity To Your Room

You don’t have to want to sleep in a sauna to require a little extra humidity in your room. Traveling during the winter can mean dealing with tons of dry and damaging air. Add a little extra humidity to your room by draping a wet towel on top of your suitcase rack beside your heating unit. As the air heats up the towel, steam will manifest! Simply dampen the towel again when you feel it start to dry out.

Save Your Shower Cap For Clean Traveling

If you travel with any regularity, you are going to grow accustomed to carrying extra pairs of shoes. Unfortunately, it can be hit-and-miss when it comes to cleaning your shoes while abroad. In order to package your shoes in a safe and clean manner, simply put them inside of a fresh shower cap. The shower cap will keep dirt from getting on your things while the shower cap can be replaced as needed.

Recover Phone Chargers From the Front Desk

Losing your phone charger can be a terrifying prospect, especially when you aren’t near a store. Fortunately, most hotels offer support services at their front desk to replace lost or stolen items. If your cable went missing during your stay, make sure to ask the front desk about it. Even if they can’t help, the front desk might be able to offer a free loan item to get you through your trip.

Childproof Your Room With Duct Tape

You don’t have to be the best parent on the planet to know that children are creative when it comes to troublemaking. If you want to make your room as safe as possible for your children, consider taping down exposed cables with duct tape. Your duct tape should be easy to remove without leaving any marks behind.

Cover Your Remote For Germ-Free Relaxation

For individuals who like to keep germs at bay, pay careful attention to what you touch during your hotel stay. One of the biggest hotspots for germs in a hotel room, outside of the bathroom, is the television remote. Simply put your remote control into a clear bag during use so that you can avoid problematic germs. Simple, right? That sounds a lot easier than dealing with a cold!

Tip For Extra Services

Tipping is a pretty American custom, so if you are traveling through the United States you might want to adopt the practice. With that being said, tipping at a hotel may feel a little odd but there are benefits! Simply put down a little tip on the pillow after your first night in order to reward the room cleaners. A little kindness can lead to extra attention during your stay.

Prop the Door Open With a Hanger

Unpacking your things can be a pain in the neck, literally. If your hotel doesn’t have a handy cart to unload your property with, consider using a closet hanger to keep your door propped open. While not exactly pretty to look at, this is a great way to get in and out of your room without having to whip your key card out of your pocket.

Ready to Use Toothbrush Holder For Free

There isn’t anything less appealing than putting your toothbrush on the counter of a hotel bathroom. While we are sure that most hotels do their best to keep their property clean, we are still bothered by the idea. If you don’t want to pack a spare cup to hold your toothbrush in, consider sticking it through the bottom of a paper cup from the bathroom. It’s not pretty, but this cheap toothbrush holder can keep the germs away!

Quickly Get Rid of Fog In Your Bathroom

Getting in and out of your hotel in the morning can be difficult when the bathroom mirror won’t defog. If you are like us, you wait until the last moment to get out of the door. Shaving in a hurry or doing your makeup with a foggy mirror can be hard to handle. Simply use a little bit of soap to quickly get rid of the troublesome fog. Now you don’t have to shave in a hurry!

Pack an HDMI Cable For Free Entertainment

To say that hotel rooms lack entertainment options would be putting it lightly. Most hotels charge exorbitant fees to use their television and film services. If you want to have enjoyable entertainment while traveling, pack a spare HDMI cable with your work laptop. Use an HDMI cable and the free Wi-Fi that your hotel provides to stream whatever entertainment you want to the television screen.

Convenient Hot Noodles When You Need Them

We don’t ever want to look down our noses at a hot cup of noodles, so we won’t. If you are craving a brick of delicious noodles and some hot soupy water, consider using your in-room coffee maker to boil hot water. After prepping your hot water, pour it straight into the Cup of Noodles. Now you have a hot meal that doesn’t cost more than a quarter. That’s a quick way to save money!

Keep Your Stuff Dry With an Ice Bucket Bag

Using the swimming pool can be fun until you have to pack a soaking wet swimsuit. If you don’t have time to dry your swimming apparel, use an ice bucket bag to keep your swimsuit separated. If you don’t want to haul around a swimsuit in a plastic bag, you can also ask your front desk for access to a drying machine. You might need a bag of quarters to use the hotel drying machine, just a forewarning!

Avoid Shampoo Leaks Forever

Is there anything more instantly aggravating than finding a broken shampoo bottle in your luggage? Even a small shampoo leak can cause a giant mess within your baggage. In order to keep your toiletries from leaking, simply use a piece of plastic from one of the cups in your room to end the leak forever. Put the plastic underneath the cap of your shampoo before screwing the cap on.

Mention Your Special Circumstances

Hotels will typically endeavor to make your experience as rewarding as they possibly can. For that reason, consider letting your hotel know of any special circumstances that brought you to them. Perhaps you are traveling for a honeymoon or maybe you are in town for a wedding. In either situation, you’ll be surprised by the little kind flourishes that some hotels will showcase to provide improved service.

Makeshift Air Conditioning Unit

While the majority of modern hotels have working air conditioning, you won’t find that same convenience while traveling abroad. If you are in a room without an air conditioning unit, consider putting a wet towel on your windowsill after soaking it with cold water. Crack your window open and allow a cool breeze to blow across the towel. While this obviously isn’t as effective as air conditioning, you’ll be shocked by what a little cool air can do on a hot night.

Take Your Mini Bottles With You

Experienced travelers know to keep their own shampoo and conditioning supplies on hand. Even if you don’t plan to use the toiletries provided by the hotel staff, don’t simply leave them behind. Many times, hotels will use high-quality brands in smaller containers to add a little bit of luxury to the room. Bring home the little bottles for an emergency stash!

This Is Why You Should Put Coins In Sink

If You are in a pinch and really need to do laundry then this sink hack will come in hand. Take a piece of plastic and a coin or two and put them into the sink like the picture below. After you do that you are all set to wash your clothes in the sink or bathtub.

Get a Loan From the Front Desk

Has your phone charger suddenly broken? Are you missing an important cable for hooking up your laptop to the television? No matter what you are missing, your hotel might be able to offer you support. You might be able to find resources at the front desk, otherwise, you might be referred to somewhere that you can find local help.

Lock Away Your Valuables

You can stay at the best hotel in the world while still worrying about getting robbed. Nobody wants to think about people rifling through their stuff when they are traveling, so make sure to request a room safe. Lock away your valuables before you leave to make sure that you aren’t worried throughout the day.

Skip Room Service and Save Big

One of the easiest ways to blow through your budget while on the road is ordering room service. While room service is quick and convenient, it is also incredibly expensive. Instead of spending big at your hotel’s room service, consider calling a nearby restaurant to deliver. All you have to do is head down to the entrance when your driver arrives. That $25 burger from room service just became a whole lot more affordable!

Mute External Noise With a Towel

There are life hacks and then there are obvious tips like this. If you are dealing with a lot of external noise, from the hall or your neighboring rooms, simply put a towel underneath your door. The towel will serve as a dampening device thus blocking one of the most problematic areas of sound leakage. If you really want to take your peace and quiet serious, consider bringing a sleeping mask as well!

Feel Free To Ask For Another Room

Most people who book a hotel will take the first room offered to them. When was the last time that you personally asked to look at a separate room? While not exactly routine, most hotel clerks are happy to showcase additional rooms. If you are located near a loud neighbor or want to face away from city lights, this can be the easiest way to fix the issue. Most hotels try to offload their worst rooms first, so don’t feel bad about asking for a better spot.

Add Some Volume to Your Phone With a Mug

A little bit of music never hurt anyone, but you can’t really just blast a stereo in your hotel. In order to add a little volume to your room without blowing the neighbors window off, consider putting your phone inside of a clean coffee mug with the speaker facing down. The speaker will use the walls of the mug to produce an amplified sound for you to enjoy. Or you could just get a Bluetooth speaker, but that’s a little pricier.

Request a Spare Room Key

Even when you are traveling alone, it can help to have a backup key on hand. Simply request a spare key from the front desk when you first go through the check-in process. Keep one key with you at all times while leaving the other key in an easily accessible place in your room. Now, you can rest easy knowing that you will always have a key handy.

Steam Away Wrinkles For Free

When you unpack your luggage at the hotel, the last thing that you’ll want to see is a pile of wrinkles. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find quick and affordable steam cleaning services when you are away from home. If your hotel doesn’t offer the services, simply hang your wrinkled shirt as close to the shower spout as you can without getting wet. Let the shower run on high heat while allowing the steam to press your clothing.

Instant Mini Fridge In Your Bathroom

While mini-refrigerators have become the norm with most modern hotels, that still isn’t the case everywhere. If your hotel room lacks a refrigerator, simply buy a bag of ice and unload it in your sink. While you won’t be able to use your sink right away, you’ll have plenty of cold beverages at the ready! The best aspect of this life hack is that there is no cleanup! Just let the ice melt and you are all done.

How About a Mobile Mini Fridge

Throwing your own little party will require a place to keep your drinks. Whether you are inviting a friend to your hotel room or simply having fun with your significant other, consider filling an empty trash bin with a bag of ice. Rip the bag open and put your drinks inside to create a mobile mini-fridge! Who said having fun at a hotel was impossible?

File Complaints For Poor Service

Nobody wants to be the ‘problematic’ guest at a hotel, but sometimes you have to speak up for what is right. If you feel that you are receiving subpar service, make sure to mention your complaint to the front desk. If you walk away from the hotel without airing your grievances, you might miss out on their attempt to remedy the problem. That remedy could come by way of gift vouchers or reduced rates.

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You’re Never Alone, You’re Always Loved

Mackenzie Freeman

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When you look around, what do you see? You probably see people living care-free, going about their day to day lives with ease. That’s only because you only see the surface. If you were to peak underneath, though, you can see the truth. Everyone has struggles. Everyone has demons they are battling.

We all want to put our best self out for the world to see, so we put on a mask and show what we want them to see. With everyone carefully calculating the exact image the world sees them as, it seems like you might be the only one confused, or struggling, or feeling overwhelmed.

You might push yourself away, feeling like nobody understands the way you feel, like nobody has been through your experiences. Maybe you have even opened up to someone, but the response you got showed they didn’t truly understand you. This feeling of isolation, of being alone, can cause you to lock yourself up. 

But you’re not alone. You’re not the only one going through it. They’re out there, thinking those same thoughts, putting on the same mask for everyone to see, so they don’t seem hurt. So they don’t seem fragile. 

When we all wear masks to hide the pain, the turmoil of emotions that is what makes us human, we emotionally isolate ourselves from each other. If we don’t show the world our pain and struggles, we lose essential opportunities to help others with our shared experiences. We are all more alike than we might care to admit.

Nobody is ever alone. Whether it’s friends, family, caretakers, coworkers, neighbors, teachers, or lovers, we all have someone who can relate to our experiences. We all have loved ones looking out for us. They know you. They care for you. They are there for you.

Just because you might not get a text, call, or knock on the door every day from them doesn’t mean they don’t see you as special. You are important to them.

We all show love in different ways. Not everyone is vocal about their feelings, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. They might show it in different ways: a warm meal, a gift during the holidays, or even a hug when they see you. They love you and they want the best for you.

We all get lonely. We all feel like the only one who has gone through something or has felt a certain way. Even if you don’t feel like someone would care about your experience, you have support– someone to encourage you and help you throughout whatever it is you may be going through. They are always there.

It is corny and a cliche, but you will get through this rough time in your life. You will be stronger and you will have a new perspective. You are much stronger than you may think, and you’re even stronger when you’re not alone.

If you haven’t been told recently, you are loved.

If you haven’t been showed it recently, you are loved.

If you haven’t felt it recently, you are loved

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Dog Goes to College in Michigan, to Study!

Mackenzie Freeman

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Golden Retrievers have long been one of the most friendly, affectionate dog breeds available, and one particular Retriever in Michigan lived up to her breed’s reputation. They are fun dogs, easy to train, constantly social with their human masters and others, and extremely loyal. No surprise, Golden Retrievers are often owned in pairs and referred to as one of the best companion dogs to have. They are also regularly chosen for guide dog roles for the same reasons as well. In the case of JJ McGrath, his dog Tahoe was more than just a home companion.

Going to college at Grand Valley State University, JJ wanted to stay connected with his furry friend as much as possible. So, the fellow decided to ask his sociology professor if Tahoe could join JJ in class. Sent by email, the request was titled simply “Dog” in the header, and at first there was no response. JJ wasn’t one to take silence as an answer, so she kept asking until there was a clear response one way or the other.

Now most teachers, whether in college or high school or some other training institution, probably would not allow a dog in a classroom for a variety of reasons unless the dog was there for a bona fide disability support, such as guide dog. Part of the reason is clearly liability and the fear an uncontrolled or nervous dog might harm someone. Dog bites are one of the most common forms of serious injury across the country every year, and they typically come with legal ramifications as well. No surprise, most schools don’t allow animals in classrooms at all unless under controlled lab conditions or as a certified personal aid. The other reason was the possibility of distraction. Small dogs are noisy enough but a large dog that starts making a rack can be heard around an entire neighborhood block. That clearly wouldn’t be conducive in a classroom setting either.

However, nature of dogs in social settings has changed quite a bit. Dogs are now regularly used in health and community setting such as schools and malls to provide companionship and stress-reduction. Even workplaces are allowing pets to be present. Of course, the dogs have to be trained and extremely calm in busy environments to be eligible, but the world has loosened up quite regarding dog presence versus just 10 years ago.

So JJ kept up the campaign and kept sending additional email messages, most including photographs of him and the dog and stressing how friendly the Golden Retriever would be, including not being a threat to anyone and probably making the classroom more interesting to be in. Finally, JJ was successful. His professor relented and agreed to allow it, probably on a trial basis the first day. Tahoe was so excited, she kept looking out the car window on the way school, dog bandana around her neck and all. But JJ and Tahoe weren’t the only ones wanting to know how things turned out the first day. 4,000 followers on social media were tracking the story, the email posts and the final response allowing the dog to attend class with her owner. The story was so interesting, it started to international.

As it turned out, Tahoe did just fine, and even got to participate in class presentations at the front of the class. There were no disruptions, lots of learning and one very happy, social Golden Retriever who probably became one of the few dogs in history to go to college.

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Surprise! 13-Foot Burmese Python Found in Unusual Spot in Florida

Leslie Tander

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What’s the most surprising thing you’ve come across on the road? Maybe you found a spare tire on the road before or perhaps even some clothes.

You can find all sorts of things over the course of your many travels along America’s roads, although it will be pretty hard to top what one man stumbled upon.

Nick Bishop, a native of Los Angeles, was traveling through Florida together with a friend when they spotted something peculiar. What they saw was a large shadow that looked like it was being cast by a big log.

According to this article from Story Trender, Bishop knew right away that it was not just a log that they were looking at however. Bishop, who goes by the nickname “Nick The Wrangler” and was actually in Florida at the time to look for diamondback rattlesnakes, said that he knew right away that there was a python nearby.

Still, Bishop did admit that he did not expect to find the python when he did. He noted that he did not expect pythons to move that far away from where they usually reside. At the time Bishop saw the python, he said that he was about 30 miles away from where those animals are typically found.

Bishop could not afford to stand in awe of the snake for too long though. He knew that there was a vehicle closing in and that he would have to act quickly if he wanted to save the python from a potentially gruesome fate.

A Dance with the Python

Bishop knew he had to act quickly if he was going to move the python to a safe location. That’s why he decided to take matters into his own hands.

This article from The Daily Mail features a video showing Bishop as he attempts to wrangle the enormous Burmese python.

In the video, you can see that Bishop immediately goes for the python’s tail. The python then responds with hostility to Bishop’s actions by hissing in his direction.

Undeterred, Bishop keeps trying to lift the python off the ground in order to get it to safety. The python is not very cooperative though and even lunges at Bishop with its fangs.

Bishop continues with his efforts to wrangle the python and he eventually wears the animal out. With the snake visibly exhausted, he grabs the head and finally places the python under his control. He celebrates his triumph over the python by giving it a kiss on the head.

The snake wrangler goes on to describe his encounter with the wayward Burmese python as one of the most exciting moments of his life. He also regards it as a gift from Mother Nature.

Following his encounter with the python, Bishop handed the animal over to the authorities so that it could be cared for properly.

Learning More about the Python

Surprisingly enough, the 13-foot serpent Bishop saw that day may actually be on the smaller side. Per National Geographic, some Burmese pythons can grow to over 23 feet in terms of length and weigh over 200 pounds.

When they are younger, Burmese pythons like to spend their time high up in the trees. That becomes more difficult for them as they mature however.

Burmese pythons usually eat birds and small mammals. They prey upon those animals by first suffocating them. Thanks to their stretchable jaws, a Burmese python can fit its suffocated prey entirely into its mouth.

Sadly, Burmese pythons are still being hunted down for their skin and flesh. They are also having a harder time finding places to live. Because of that, Burmese pythons have ended up on the threatened species list.

Hopefully, more people like Nick Bishop will show care for Burmese pythons so that they can thrive once more.

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