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Traveling immediately prior or after Christmas Day itself always seems to involve intricate travel plans wrapped around tight seasonal deadlines. While it’s stressful getting all the demands of the season done efficiently, sometimes you just need a little bit of a time out. That’s especially true if you have guests coming to spend some of the holidays with you. Everyone wants to have fun, and there’s no reason why you can’t ensure that happens for visitors as well as yourself.
Hampton Hotels have partnered with entertaining expert, Jenny Steffens Hobick, to develop “Hamptonality” – a set of tips that will make you and your guests create happy memories this holiday season. I really love the way the tips focus on relaxation rather than racing around like a Tasmanian Devil – it’s so hard not to get caught up in all the frenetic activity and instead focus on taking time to appreciate the season, and each other. Here are some of the great tips that will set you up for a magical season:
Post the Plan: Don’t overbook your guests, but do let everyone know what to expect. Schedule plenty of free time for them to do their own exploring or relaxing. If they’re staying with Hampton, the front desk concierge has plenty of ideas for activities. You could also act as your own home town concierge and come up with options they might like to take on.
Make time for Exercise and Fresh Air: Even if it’s freezing, it’s great to get outside. Invite your guests on a walk with hot coffee or cocoa. An evening stroll to look at the lights and decorations is so seasonally appropriate, and the brisk air in their lungs will be refreshing and make a huge change. If you’re staying with Hampton, most locations also have fitness centers and swimming pools – perfect for those who don’t ‘do’ less than zero outdoor temperatures!
Have a Daily Ritual: Invite all your guests to get together for an “at home happy hour” at the end of each day. Play holiday music, have games for the kids, and let the adults relax together to share stories from their day. I had the best coffee on our last trip to Lake Tahoe at Over The Edge Tahoe Coffee House so I sit everyday and have my coffee and remember that trip. It always brings a smile to my face.
Make Your Home “Help Yourself” Friendly: Ensure that your guests are empowered to feel at home by letting them know how to operate and access the easy-to-use things in your home. Make the coffee and tea supplies readily available, have lots of portable snacks that are easy to grab and go whether they are indoors or out and about.
Make Your Guests do some Work: Guests like to feel useful, and you can prepare some tasks you know they’ll enjoy. Asking a guest to create their signature dish for all to share, and having younger guests create place cards and set the table includes everyone in creating memories together.
Finally, be flexible with your plans – sometimes the best memories come from unexpected adventures. The saying “roll with the punches” applies well in good times and bad. It’s something most parents learn when their children are born, but it’s also something we need to remember if you’re hosting guests this holiday season, or even if you’re the guest yourself.
At the end of it all, if you need a break to recuperate or if your plans seem to be too big for your home to accommodate, remember that Hampton hotels offer reasonably priced accommodations and amenities like free Wi-Fi and free hot breakfast daily, in 14 countries and territories. You’ll find a blend of “Hamptonality” at all their 1,900 locations. I love the reliable, consistently high standards, welcome environment and smiling faces at Hampton – it makes staying with them, no matter which hotel you go to, a relaxing experience. Have a look, I bet there’s a Hampton location near your place!