Relocating: Establishing New Holiday Traditions

Holiday TraditionsWhen you and your family relocate to a city that is far from the people with whom you’ve spent many happy holidays, it can be difficult to keep a cheery spirit. If this holiday season will be the first for you away from “home”, you’ll need to keep a bright spirit and look at this as an opportunity to have some new, fun and meaningful family holiday traditions. The following are some tips to consider to keep alive traditions you’re used to and can be kept, and some tips on establishing new family traditions after relocating, whether you’ve moved into a single-family home in New York City or furnished apartments in San Diego.

The Importance of New Traditions after Relocating

Establishing new traditions, especially after relocating, can be an important way to connect with loved ones, make time for family and friends, and affirm a sense of well-being. It’s important to keep in mind that even when family circumstances (and locations) change, you and your family can adapt and alter traditions – even those that you’ve taken part in since childhood. If you are relocating across the country and you have children, you need to make sure you consider them in your efforts to establish new traditions to ease any uncertainty they may be feeling about holidays in a new place. Your kids can help you sort out new rules and ideas.

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Family-Friendly Places to Visit in Portland

Rose Test Garden, Washington Park

Portland may have a reputation as a haven for the progressive adults among us, but there are plenty of places for family fun. Whether you and your family are staying for a while in corporate housing in Portland, or you’re visiting the City of Roses for a day trip, these spots will keep the kids happy – and the adults looking to extend their stay.

Parks and Gardens

The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park should be one of your first stops for a relaxing and beautiful day out with the kids. Since 1919, the garden has been a “testing ground” of new rose varieties. Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket, then walk along the garden paths amid hundreds of types of flowers. It’s hard to take a bad photograph anywhere in the garden, so it’s a great place to go when you want to add to the family photo album.

Portland also has many beautiful parks and playgrounds. One of those parks is on Mount Tabor – an extinct volcano. During construction of the Mt. Tabor Park in 1912, workers discovered volcanic cinders which were later used in making the park’s roads. Are you living in Portland due to a long-term business project? Mount Tabor is a great place to explore. The park features picnic areas, play areas, a basketball court, dog park, horseshoe pit, walking paths – paved and unpaved – a picnic shelter, a performance stage, tennis courts, volleyball court, and wedding site.

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How to Help Your Child Adjust Through Comfortable Corporate Housing

kidsYou’ve got a major project at work, but it requires travel time. Lots of travel time. It might be time to think about relocating, even if it’s just for several months.

But that can be difficult on the entire family, especially children. Moving makes it challenging for kids to build relationships, according to a study from the Journal of Social and Personality Psychology found in Psychology Today. That’s why you have to pay just as much attention to how your kids are handling the transition as you do the work project itself. One potential solution? Corporate housing. Finding furnished apartments in Portland, especially with full amenities, can help make that difficult transition a little easier on your children.

Relation of Quality Furnishing and Stress with Kids

One of the best ways to make the transition go a little more smoothly is to try to mimic your permanent home environment as much as possible. That means don’t overlook the furnishings. Bad housing can have negative effects on a child, according to a study by Boston College and reported by Good Therapy. The study shows that children are more stressed when the quality of their living quarters isn’t up to the task.

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Why So Many Families Choose to Live in San Diego

The fantastic weather. Great schools. Shopping and entertainment options galore. San Diego is a great place to live and raise a family. Unfortunately, the housing market has been bumpy, with sales dropping to their lowest level in three years in January 2014, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

With demand seemingly at a low, families looking to relocate may have better prospects hunting for San Diego furnished apartments rather than buying. Savvy renters will take advantage of the downturn. With fewer people buying, you’ll have a better chance of finding that perfect furnished rental – and sellers are eager to close deals.La Jolla Coast

Look Into Your Financial Options First

However, that means you’ll have to act soon, because rental rates are predicted to continue to rise over the next five years, C.B. Richard Ellis says. For example, rental prices from 2004 to 2014 increased 24 percent. The longer you wait, the harder it’s going to be to find that perfect, inexpensive rental that fits perfectly within your budget. However, San Diego apartment hunters shouldn’t be discouraged. Start by checking your current company’s policies regarding transfers, as many businesses will pay at least part of the moving expenses. Also, military families can seek help from the government with regards to relocating, and various organizations offer assistance to people in need of housing, making affordable corporate housing in San Diego well within reach.

Why San Diego?

There are many reasons why so many people choose “America’s Finest City” to live every year. Some of the highlights include:

  • Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo houses more than 3,700 animals and more than 650 species. San Diego championed (and pioneered) open-air, cageless exhibits, re-creating natural habitats for animals. It even houses a giant panda within the premises. An Australian experience feature debuted in 2013, called Koalafornia Adventure.
  • Owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, SeaWorld overlooks San Diego’s oceanfront. It is a world-famous animal theme park, outside aquarium, oceanarium, and marine mammal park. Continue reading

Moving: How to Make a Smooth Transition with Children and Pets

dog movingMoving is both stressful and exciting, and comes with many rewards, adventures and stressors. Whether you’re moving to furnished apartments in San Diego or a single-family home in Boston, planning is the key for a move that is as good as possible for everyone. For pets and children, it can be more difficult than for

adults, and it’s important that you keep a few excellent tips in mind in order to make the transition of moving with children and pets as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

 Tips for Moving with Children

One tip that many parents have found helpful is to promise a gift or treat to children upon arriving at your new home. That way, they will build excitement as the journey continues, replacing some of the nervousness with anticipation. Be sure to highlight the benefits of making new friends and meeting new people, and remind them that everyone they’ve met at their current home was a stranger at one time too. Remind them that their friends are only a phone call or an email away, and don’t forget to talk up the fun of setting up, decorating and living in a new room. It also often helps to show children photos of the new house in Boston, or the new Chicago neighborhood, or the new furnished apartments in San Diego they’ll be living at, along with the new school they’ll be going to, which will help them visualize their new life at a new place.

Be sure to engage your children in the process of moving so they don’t feel left out; take them with you to visit a new area, and let them look at homes with you. Ask for their opinions on projects, and have them help with the packing and cleaning if they are old enough. Make sure to support them, and don’t forget to exchange mailing and email addresses, along with phone numbers with the parents of your child’s friends.

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Relocation to Portland

Portland is a beautiful and vibrant city that has grown immensely in popularity over the years. Despite its reputation as a friendly city however, the decision to relocate to Portland is a daunting one that will require adapting to a completely new location. To help with this transition, here are some tips on how to make your move to Portland, Oregon an enjoyable one.

Pick Your Apartment’s Location Carefully

The location of your apartment is perhaps the most important factor in how you will enjoy your time in Portland. Whether you have an executive rental or a furnished apartment, your apartment’s location can determine where you play, meet new friends, and more. Once you have decided on a neighborhood that is when you can decide on the right house for you.

Embrace Alternative Forms of Transportation

Instead of driving, many Portland residents prefer to bike or take public transportation. Portland’s public transportation system has been consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation, and the growing biking community is going stronger than ever. If you must use your car, be sure to be patient out on the roads, prepare to drive in rainy conditions, and keep an eye out for bikers.

The best way to start making Portland feel like home is to start engaging in some of the many different scenes Portland has to offer. Just about everything has its home in Portland: music, local beer, barista-approved coffee spots, a burgeoning culinary community, food trucks, art festivals, devoted soccer fans, and plenty of outdoor activities.

What Is The Difference Between A Semi-Furnished And Furnished Apartment?

23If you have ever looked for furnished apartments in San Diego before, you’ve probably seen the terms “unfurnished,” “semi-furnished” and “fully furnished” thrown around a lot. While what “unfurnished” entails is relatively straightforward, the difference between semi-furnished and furnished can be confusing—this fact is made even worse by the fact that every landlord seems to have a different opinion about these terms as well. Nevertheless, there are several guidelines that most apartments abide by that you can use to better understand what to expect out of your apartment rental.

Furnishing is roughly comprised of two different categories: furniture and appliances. Furniture includes things like sofas, beds, desks, coffee and dining tables, dressers, and so on. Appliances on the other hand include things like stoves, dish washers, ovens, washing machines, dryers, and more.

Fully Furnished Apartments

Fully furnished apartments will tend to have nearly all items for both furniture and appliances. Although it will depend on each case, in general someone renting a fully furnished apartment can expect:

  • Sofas
  • Beds
  • Desks
  • Chairs
  • Coffee Tables
  • Dining Tables
  • Artwork
  • Shelves
  • Dressers
  • Bedding
  • Kitchenware
  • Towels
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Stoves
  • Ovens
  • Washing Machines
  • Dish Washers

 

Semi-Furnished/Partially Furnished Apartments

Semi-furnished apartments on the other hand, contain fewer amenities than fully furnished. Semi-furnished apartments can typically fall into 3 different types:

  • Furniture provided, with no appliances
  • No furniture provided, with appliances provided
  • A mix of both furniture and appliances provided

Most semi-furnished apartments will offer a mix of both provided furniture and appliances, but ultimately you will have to ask for the specific details of a semi-furnished for the most accurate description.

How to Personalize Furnished Apartments in Portland

Home Sweeet HomeOne of the biggest questions people have about living in a furnished apartment is how to make it feel like home. Although furnished apartments are unrivalled in terms of their convenience and comfort, a lot of individuals need a personal touch in their home, no matter how long they will be staying there. Below are some easy ways to update your corporate rental, and to elevate it to a place you look forward to returning.

Bring familiar items from home: A lamp, a pillow, or your sporting gear—all of these little things from home can make a big difference in how quickly you transition from an old space to the new. Besides being able to use them around the house, the sight of them alone will make you feel more at home. Anything that does not violate the terms of your stay should be safe to bring in.

Invite friends over: Part of what defines your home is the memories that are made there. When people first move into a new space, the lack of accompanying memories only further drills home the point that someone is in a completely new place. By inviting people over, you are creating new memories you associate with the space.

Add new artistic touches: Portland has a bustling art scene, and the addition of some new pieces can really transform a standard rental into a new home. The Alberta Arts District is a great place to both find inspiration and some new pieces to take home.

4 Handy Tips for Business Travelers

Being someone who travels regularly for business, you probably have a few tricks down to make the experience more efficient. We bet you know how to beautifully pack a suitcase! There are many tips that can make your traveling experience a bit more pleasant, and it can’t hurt to have them up your sleeve if you’re a frequent business traveler.  Here are 4 tips for improving your work trip. smiling business people

  1. Ask for an upgrade. It’s like moms always say, “you never know unless you try!” That old adage very much rings true when it comes to travel. Arrive early to your gate and ask the gate attendant if it’s possible for you to get an upgrade. There’s usually an additional cost, but if you’re on a long flight the added cost might mean a more comfortable flight. Many times, a small upgrade fee can get you’re a first class seat! Continue reading

Keeping Pets Safe During The Holidays

Are you traveling or relocating with pets this holiday season?

Here at US Suites, we care just as much about your four-legged family member during relocation just as you do. Every year we have thousands of pets that make the journey and relocate with us. Whether you’re bringing along a cat, dog or even a turtle, there are several things you can do to ensure their safety while traveling especially during the holidays.Below are a few tips to ensure your pet is safe and happy during the holidays and in their new home.

Tip #1 Keep pets away from poisonous holiday plants

Although you may love the look of that poinsettia or the holly or mistletoe hung in your doorway, these plants can be extremely harmful to your pet. Make sure to keep them out of reach from your pets or better yet go for the imitation poinsettia (Shh… we won’t tell anyone!)

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