If you’ve ever forgotten a travel essential when traveling for business or pleasure, you’re definitely not alone! According to a survey that Hyatt Place hotel recently conducted for their “There’s A Place For You” campaign, “60% of travelers have quirky habits” like forgetting an essential. Renowned lifestyle expert and frequent traveler, Jenn Falik joined me for an interview recently to dish on some of the top quirky things travelers do, the top 2015 spring travel trends, and the secret to making the most of these trends so you have the best trip ever!
Candace Rose: What is the surprising percentage of people who forget to pack an essential before starting a trip and what’s the easy solution?
Jenn Falik: “Hyatt Place did a survey as part of their There’s A Place For You campaign, and they found out that 60% of travelers have quirky habits that come to life when they’re in a hotel. There’s lots of things that people do when they travel that they wouldn’t normally do at home, and conveniences that are available to them that they really enjoy.
Two out of three travelers actually forget an essential item every time they travel. The most commonly forgotten items include razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Hyatt Place has an odds and ends program where they’ve stock piled items that they know we’re going to forget and you can just call downstairs and get it within seconds. I realized I forgot my toothpaste, went down to the host stand and picked up a tube – it saves you a frantic runout to the store which is key if it’s late at night or if you’re in a city that you’re not too familiar with.
A way to prevent this which works most of the time (as I’m proof on this trip) I keep a toiletry bag packed and ready to go with all of the products that I need with me when I travel, so I have a mini toothbrush in there, I’ve got contact lens solution, and all of those things that I know I’m going to need – so that’s one thing that’s packed and ready to go and I don’t have to worry about every time I’m heading out on a trip.”
Candace Rose: What are some of the most important amenities that travelers say that they look for in a hotel and what is the best way to enjoy each of them?
Jenn Falik: “Well, three out of five travelers say that a free breakfast is the top amenity they look for when booking a hotel, and I have to agree. I think having a great breakfast is a perfect way whether it’s a work trip and you have a full day of meetings or it’s a family trip and you’re going to go sightseeing – you really want to get your energy first thing in the morning.
I was down at the a.m. Kitchen Skillet here this morning filling up on – they have scrambled eggs, egg sandwiches, fruits and all these things that I know I should be eating more of and I know should be incorporating into my diet. At home I don’t always have the time or the supplies on hand to create a breakfast like that for myself, so a free breakfast is key and I think it’s a great way for people to start their day on the right foot when they’re traveling, enjoy the fact that someone else is doing the cooking for them and get fueled up for all the things ahead.
Another amenity that’s really important to people is a cozy bed. I think that having a great pair of pajamas when you’re traveling is key to enjoying that comfy bed, so I recommend to people what I do is I have a travel pair of PJs – I’ve had them forever, they’re super cozy, they’re that perfect combo between lightweight and warm. I keep them packed in my suitcase, so that when I’m traveling I know I’ve got them on me and I can fully enjoy that comfy cozy bed and get a great night of sleep.
People also really like to pamper themselves a little bit when they’re on the road. No matter how busy they are, one in five travelers really believe you’ve got to make time for some ‘Me’ time, whether it’s working out or pampering. I loved being in this roomy room last night because I was able to put down a yoga mat and get a great workout in. There’s a 24/7 gym also, so that’s a great amenity, but I think efficiency is key when you’re traveling if your schedule is packed and to be able to stay in your room, even if you didn’t pack your best pair of gym clothes and to not have an excuse to skip a workout is great.
Also, pampering. I love to rehydrate my skin, and after travel I always bring these paper masks with me. It’s a big Asian beauty secret that’s now very popular in the U.S. and affordable. They’re single serving little masks that you can put right on your face. I stretched out in that cozy corner behind me and for 10 minutes nobody bothered me, I closed my eyes and I gave my skin a nice hydrating treatment, and definitely woke up this morning looking all the better for it.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Jenn Falik: “For more info you can check out HyattPlace.com – that also has all the locations. I’ll leave you with one quirky finding: One in five travelers has confessed to doing a work call while on the road in either their birthday suit or underwear!”