The Rise Of Capsule Hotels For Airport Passengers

Posted on November 01, 2018 at 01:36 PM / Under Travel

Did you know that capsule hotels can be found in Singapore as well? For those of you who have only heard of traditional hotels, resorts, boutique hotels, Airbnb and backpackers' hostels, you might want to check out capsule hotels if you aren't ready for couch surfing just yet. In general, capsule hotel singapore offer travelers their own sleeping quarters, shared facilities and amenities, as well as the opportunity to interact and socialize with other like-minded travelers.

What started out as a basic, no-frills accommodation for business travelers in Japan decades ago has morphed into a hit for price-conscious and/or experiential travelers looking for quirkier alternatives.

Imagine the scene; your flight has been delayed for several hours and you are stuck in a busy airport with several hours to kill and no access to the business lounge.  In the past choices were limited; book into an expensive airport hotel or find a quiet area and a seat to curl up to try and rest. In the last few years, however, we have seen a rise in “capsule hotels” which are proving to be more cost effective and flexible for passengers looking to relax during a flight delay or whilst in transit.

The concept started back in 2007 with the opening of Yotel at Gatwick and Heath row Airports.  Instead of pre-booking a traditional airport hotel you could arrive and book a “cabin” by the hour with complete flexibility.  Yotel is also located at Europe’s second busiest airport; Amsterdam Schiphol

2012 saw the appearance of the “Napcab” at Munich Airport; looking somewhat like an ATM these are designed as the ultimate hideaway for passengers looking to escape the airport bustle.  Set up over 4sqm with ambient lighting, these self-service cabins have multimedia screens allowing passengers to select mood sounds, flight information and entertainment.

Just last year a capsule hotel singapore called Nine Hours, opened at Narita International Airport in Japan.  Similar to the Yotel model, guests can book by the hour, however instead of a cabin guests will be in sleeping pods that are approximately a metre wide, a metre high and just 2 metres long! There is also the option to book a shower stall which is useful for passengers in transit in need of refreshing.  The hotel opened after a gap in the market was spotted for those catching early flights as train and bus access to the airport is severely limited which resulted in passengers arriving the night before and sleeping in the terminal.

So the next time you are delayed or have a long transit take a look around and see if you can book a cabin or a sleeping pod!

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Cracking Travel Tips Using the Efficient Tips

Posted on May 30, 2018 at 01:48 PM / Under Travel

1. Ensure good insurance

One in the category 'boring but needed': take care of a good travel insurance, so that you do not end up with unpleasant surprises. In this blog you can read my tips for choosing a travel insurance.

2. Locate the locals and support the local economy

Ultimately, it is often the people who make your trip so special. Make regular contact with the locals: make chats on the market, use bus rides to get to know your fellow passengers and sleep occasionally in a homestay. That way you will get to know the country a lot better. Try to make local choices regularly: sleep in hotels run by locals, eat in small restaurants and buy in local shops. A great opportunity to support the local communities.

3. Watch your stuff and read about scams in advance

You do not have to watch over your backpack like a hawk but paying attention cannot hurt in some countries. Do not leave your valuables on the beach when you go swimming. Do not swing a wallet full of money if you want to pay something small but put some cash in your pocket. Do not hang your expensive DSLR camera like a handbag over your shoulder. Another tip: read about common scams before you travel. That prevents your tuk-tuk driver from dragging you to the stores of his many brothers, that you believe your taxi driver when he says that your guesthouse no longer exists and that you have to pay a hundred euros for drinking a cup of tea during a 'traditional Chinese tea ceremony’.

4. Consider local customs

Adapting to your travel destination is always important, because you do not want to bump the locals. This means that you attune your clothes to the local culture, show respect for the customs of the locals and do not pull plugs from the wall if the noise from a religious ceremony becomes too much for you. You really do not have to wrap yourself in a sari when traveling through India (rather not even) but adjusting to the local culture is very important.

5. Take as little luggage as possible

Budget can never be too much, but clothes can. Buy a backpack or suitcase of limited size that helps to pack lighter. In the end you always wear the same two shirts, so you do not need much. Things like mosquito nets and sleeping bags are almost always redundant, although a sheet is useful. Less baggage saves a lot of dragging along the way, at home you have less time and you have enough space to bring along beautiful souvenirs. And one last tip: buy packing cubes! Really: they have changed my entire way of traveling. Never again a mess in my bag, never to re-pack: great invention.

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Posted on May 29, 2018 at 01:36 PM / Under Travel

After two world trips and traveling through more than sixty countries, I have now collected quite a few travel tips. Some are very practical, others are more general in nature. I thought it would be fun to share my ten ultimate travel tips and I hope you have something to do with it!

1. Ensure sufficient budget

How much 'sufficient' is depends entirely on your travel style and your wishes, but in any case: make sure you have enough money to occasionally do a cool activity, once more luxurious to sleep or to have a cocktail somewhere. You always need more money than you think. Making choices is fine, but it would be a shame if you really want to do something, but do not have any money for it. Who knows when you get the chance to go back.

2. Travel as you want

Everyone has their own way of traveling. I am a planner myself and sometimes I find that a shame. But for me plans are great: I know exactly what I want to see, I always have certain hotels on the eye where I want to sleep and I want to be sure that I can do whatever I want. That does not mean that I always book everything in advance, but I often find it relaxed. But for you it can work much better to travel without a plan. Therefore, travel especially well as you want, because there is no right or wrong way.

3. Provide backups

Make sure you have a backup of your important documents, photos and film material and for your money. Mail yourself a copy of your passport and important (account) numbers and make sure you have a paper copy in your backpack. Backing up your photos is also important: put everything on your laptop, make a copy to a separate hard drive and keep it in a different location than your laptop. Lastly, think carefully about your money matters. Hide some cash in your backpack and take a credit card alongside a debit card. On a world tour we even had a second debit card, for when the first one would not work.

4. Look beyond your travel guide

I will not travel without Lonely Planet, but there is more than just travel guides. For example, read travel and lifestyle blogs for the best personal tips. Extra fun if the blogger himself lives at your travel destination, because then you know for sure that you have the best local tips. Sometimes it is also nice to completely forget the guides and tips and just go running. Especially recommended in an atmospheric city such as Stone Town or Fes, where the street scene itself is already a highlight in itself.

5. Dare to step out of your comfort zone

Traveling is the chance to do things that you do not dare but would like to do. You can think of diving or parachuting, but also camping on an uninhabited island, asking locals if you can take a picture of them, staying in a homestay or street food. Let go of your fears and step out of that comfort zone!

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