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7
Apr

Join us May 7th – CHPA Regional Networking Event in Phoenix AZ

Sponsored by AvenueWest Phoenix.

Network Connection

Connect with CHPA in your market to discuss local trends and issues while networking with other corporate housing professionals in the area.Join us for industry insights, partnership opportunities and more…brought to you by CHPA.

Topic: Networking
Host: CHPA
Facilitator: AvenueWest Phoenix
Sponsor: AvenueWest Phoenix, National Corporate Housing, CORT Furniture Rental
Food: Beer/Wine and Appetizers
Cost: Free for both members and guests

Location:

The Simple Farm
9080 E. Cactus Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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http://www.chpaonline.org/events/2014/05/07/network-connection/chpa-network-connection-phoenix/

7
Mar

Executive Rental in Phoenix

This time of year as most of us are combatting the “Polar Vortex” of winter snow those who are smart enough to live, work and play in Phoenix are enjoying their favorite time of year.  In the past year Phoenix has experienced one of the nations strongest real estate rebounds and in connection to it’s terrific lifestyle, many businesses are choosing to move to, or add offices in, the Phoenix metro area.  AvenueWest Phoenix combines both great real estate and great service to offer some terrific corporate housing monthly rentals.

We thought you might be interested in knowing about these two properties and remember you can always call our local office and ask for a property tour.  800.928.1592

Spacious 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath In Ahwatukee

Ahwatukee 2bedroom

Ahwatukee 2bedroom

Enjoy South Mountain views at this beautiful community in Ahwatukee.  Apartment is fully furnished with all of the amenities you need to call home.  Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath, includes a separate living and dining room, fully equipped kitchen, pantry, full size washer and dryer, walk-in closets and a private balcony.  The gated community features a fitness center, heated outdoor pools, spa, tennis court, clubhouse, and covered reserved parking.  This is a perfect location that is close to everything you need – dining, shopping, hiking, biking, and easy freeway access.

Resort Style Living 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath At Pointe Tapatio

Enjoy South Mountain views at this beautiful community in Ah

Pointe Tapatio 2 Bedroom

Pointe Tapatio 2 Bedroom

watukee.  Apartment is fully furnished with all of the amenities you need to call home.  Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath, includes a separate living and dining room, fully equipped kitchen, pantry, full size washer and dryer, walk-in closets and a private balcony.  The gated community features a fitness center, heated outdoor pools, spa, tennis court, clubhouse, and covered reserved parking.  This is a perfect location that is close to everything you need – dining, shopping, hiking, biking, and easy freeway access.

Call us for your corporate housing needs in Atlanta, Boston, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Fort Collins, Phoenix and San Francisco 800.928.1592  or view more properties at www.AvenueWest.com

4
Mar

Corporate Housing ROI

Last week American Express Business Travel gave me a call because their client wanted to know the positive ROI / Return on Investment they would get by having their travelers stay in corporate housing vs staying in a hotel.

Great question!  Of course there is never a simple answer.  A year ago I served on the US Advisory Council for ERC / Employee Relocation Council the association for workforce mobility and a current study was presented that stated employees who had bad corporate relocations we 50% more likely to get divorced.  As we know, corporate housing is an essential element of a successful corporate relocation.  When a company invests in transferring a valuable and talented employee from one market to another the transferee must get to the new city as quickly as possible and become productive.  This is accomplished through immediately having them comfortable in their new local living arrangements and corporate housing provides this.  So the question is how do you calculate ROI on this?

So if you would rather look at the pennies – let’s choose Downtown Denver as an option.

According to the 2013 Corporate Housing Annual Report

1 Bedroom Corporate Housing property = $99.78 per night

2 Bedroom Corporate Housing property = $117.52 per night

3 Bedroom Corporate Housing property = $135.40 per night

I just ran a Google Search for Downtown Denver Hotels and this is what I got:

$113 per night = 3 Star, Embassy Suites

$160 per night = 4 Star, Oxford Hotel

$325 pre night = 5 Star, Four Seasons

In the corporate housing industry we spend a lot of time talking about the “soft” benefits of staying in a corporate housing property but the reality is the “hard cash” benefits are even greater.  Next time you need a place to stay call you local corporate housing provider to better understand the huge ROI of staying in a corporate housing rental.

2
Jan

2014 Resolutions that Can Help Your Career Path and Your Overall Well-Being

With the start of each new year comes resolutions that each of us would like to accomplish in the coming year. Many goals include weight loss, being healthier, happier, or maybe wanting an overall life change which could include a new career entirely.

Creating a list and putting our New Year’s resolutions down on paper is the best way to start. According to a study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews with the Dominican University of California emphasizes how important it is to not only write down your goals, but to also share your goals with a friend and send them weekly progress reports. Five groups were created out of the 149 participants: Group 1 was supposed to think about their business related goals they wished to accomplish within a 4-week period and rate each goal by difficulty, importance, the skills and resources they had to accomplish said goal, their level of commitment/motivation, and whether or not they had pursued this goal before. Group 2-5 were asked to write down their goals and rate them based on the same criteria as Group 1. Group 3 was also asked to write down action commitments for each goal. Group 4 was asked to share their goals and commitments with a friend in addition to writing them down. Group 5 was asked to do everything above and was also asked to send out a weekly progress report to their friend. Out of the 5 groups, group 5 accomplished 76% of their goals and group 1 only accomplished 43%. So the best way to achieve your New Year’s Resolutions is not only to get them down in writing, but to also share them with a friend to best hold yourself accountable.

Some ideas for 2014 resolutions to better yourself in your career and overall life have been laid out in a recent Forbes Magazine article titled “11 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Jump Start Your Career.” The following items were highlighted:

  1. Is one of your resolutions in 2014 to get a raise or promotion? Be sure to jot down reasons why you deserve it and make it quantifiable.

    Is one of your resolutions in 2014 to get a raise or promotion? Be sure to jot down reasons why you deserve it and make it quantifiable.

     Get a Raise or Promotion. Before going to your boss, compile a list of your daily responsibilities, major projects you have accomplished, projects that you did that you weren’t asked to do, specific examples of what you have brought to the table in the past and what you plan to bring in the future, and be sure to quantify all of these to further emphasis why you deserve the raise/promotion.

  2. Resolve to be less stressed in 2014 - it will be better for you in the long run!

    Resolve to be less stressed in 2014 – it will be better for you in the long run!

     Be Less Stressed.  It’s easy these days to get over-stressed in our careers and personal life. It is imperative that you take care of yourself and use stress-reducing techniques that work for you which could be exercising, playing games, watching sports, etc. To maintain the best attitude at work and at home, it is important that you are taking daily means to keep your stress levels down.

  3. Make one of your resolutions to be more organized at work this year. Your boss and co-workers do notice when your desk and office is cluttered and disorganized.

    Make one of your resolutions to be more organized at work this year. Your boss and co-workers do notice when your desk and office is cluttered and disorganized.

     Be More Organized. In the workplace, it is easy to get unorganized with increasing work loads; however, it is very important to best manage your time at work by keeping your calendar and your desk well organized and up to date everyday. Your superiors and co-workers do notice when your desk is in disarray so be sure to maintain an organized impression.

  4. Maybe 2014 is time for a bigger life change and a new job - go for it!

    Maybe 2014 is time for a bigger life change and a new job – go for it!

     Get a New Job. According to the most recent Gallup State of the American Workplace Poll, “70% of American’s are not engaged or are actively disengaged at work.” If you feel this way, then perhaps 2014 is the year to find a new job where you will be engaged and will enjoy what you are doing since many Americans spend 40 hours a week or more at work. Life is really too short to not be doing what you love so follow your passion!

  5. Maintaining a good work-life balance in 2014 is essential in your overall quality of life.

    Maintaining a good work-life balance in 2014 is essential in your overall quality of life.

     Improve Your Work/Life Balance. Many Americans have difficulty with this. Many of us stay late at work everyday which starts to cut into our personal time to relax and regroup after work which isn’t a good pattern to be in. A couple ways to help create a better balance in your life is to prioritize your tasks better and know that not everything can be accomplished in one day – it’s okay to get things done the next day if there isn’t a set deadline. Finish the projects that have a set due date first and then fill in the rest of your days with your other tasks. If you know you have a long day ahead of you, then try getting to the office early in the morning so you can leave work at a reasonable hour. Delegate out tasks that can be done by your co-workers or subordinates to make your life easier. You don’t have to do everything you know!

  6. Being a better networker will not only make you a better professional, but will make you better with relationships. This year, strive to network more.

    Being a better networker will not only make you a better professional, but will make you better with relationships. This year, strive to network more.

     Become a Better Networker. Networking yourself and your company is one of the best ways to spread the word and in the process, you will create more meaningful, professional relationships. People are more apt to do business with you if they like you as a person and if you go into each event thinking about creating partnerships rather than how it will only help you. LinkedIn is a fabulous networking site for those of us that can’t get out of the office to attend networking events in person. Set aside time each week to work on developing new partnerships – it will pay off!

  7. Create and maintain good, strong professional relationships in the workplace this year.

    Create and maintain good, strong professional relationships in the workplace this year.

     Improve Your Work Relationships. Your boss controls a huge aspect of your life if you think about it so it is important that you have a strong professional relationship with him/her. Be sure you are effectively communicating with your boss and your co-workers each day. Ask your boss and fellow coworkers how you can help, and keep them abreast of your progress on certain tasks. Effective communication will keep the office running smoothly.

  8. Striving to improve your overall communication skills in 2014 will pay off not only in your professional life, but in your personal life as well.

    Striving to improve your overall communication skills in 2014 will pay off not only in your professional life, but in your personal life as well.

     Develop Better Communication Skills. As mentioned above, effective communication is a must in the office. If you need improvement, then reading a book about communication or enrolling in some adult classes to help strengthen your skills would be a good idea.

  9. 2014 would be a great year to finish a degree or to earn one! Challenge yourself if that is what you want to do.

    2014 would be a great year to finish a degree or to earn one! Challenge yourself if that is what you want to do.

     Go Back to School.  It’s never too late to finish a degree or to even get your first one. There are tons of different programs out there so go ahead and take the plunge this year!

  10.  Respond Faster to Emails and Voicemails. Many of us struggle to get back to our clients and colleagues in a timely fashion so this year, make this a priority to keep everyone happy.
  11. Make it a goal to have a better attitude this year in the workplace and at home - it can only improve your life!

    Make it a goal to have a better attitude this year in the workplace and at home – it can only improve your life!

     Have a Better Attitude. People generally like positive people and positive people tend to have better opportunities and experiences happen to them. Remember to spend plenty of time with your friends and family this year and also remember to smile and laugh. Your New Year’s Resolutions will be more attainable if you stay positive.

2014 will be a great year as long as we set some goals (in writing) and follow through with them. Our work lives and personal lives are up to us so let’s all go out there and seize them and make 2014 the best year yet! :)

19
Dec

Holiday Festivities Around Denver

There are so many magical holiday events around the Denver metro area perfect to celebrate the season and even bring in the new year! Here are a few fun events filled with holiday cheer to partake in this year:

  • Take your kids to meet Santa and ride the train at the Colorado Railroad Museum this Holiday season.

    Take your kids to meet Santa and ride the train at the Colorado Railroad Museum this Holiday season.

    Take the kiddos over to the Colorado Railroad Museum downtown this Saturday, December 21st for a train ride with Santa free with the price of admission. They will also be able to tell Santa what they want for Christmas this year.

  • Head on over to Cherry Creek Mall to have your kids, pets, or yourself photoed with Santa. Sign Language Santa is also available for the hearing-impaired.
  • Want to see some amazing holiday lights this year? Head on downtown where you can walk (or ride the free mall ride) up and down the 16th street mall which has been lit up by thousands of twinkling lights. The City and County building is also decorated to the hilt and plays carols as well after 6pm every night. The annual LoDo Aglow contest is in full force through 12/31, view holiday themed window art in lower downtown Denver.
  • Come see thousands of colored lights while you walk around the garden grounds and sip hot cocoa at the Denver Botanical Gardens.

    Come see thousands of colored lights while you walk around the garden grounds and sip hot cocoa at the Denver Botanical Gardens.

    The Denver Botanical Gardens in both locations (York Street and Chatfield) are abloom with bright lights to walk underneath and around. Warm beverages are available to make the chilly nights more bearable while looking at the beautiful lights. The Denver Zoo is also a great spot to walk around and look at thousands of lights. They also have warm beverages for purchase. The Butterfly Pavilion has their annual Living Lights celebration going on this upcoming weekend, December 20-22, December 27-29, and January 3-5 where you can experience the wonders of the butterflys and other insects while wandering beneath holiday lights both inside and outside.

  • Also while downtown, you can enjoy FREE ice skating on an outdoor ice rink at Skyline Park. Bring your own skates, or you can rent a pair for only $2. What a deal!
  • Saturday is the last day to shop and experience German culture right here in the heart of downtown Denver.

    Saturday is the last day to shop and experience German culture right here in the heart of downtown Denver.

    This Saturday is also the last day to enjoy the Denver Christkindl Market located in downtown Denver along the 16th street mall and Skyline park. Experience the holidays with a German flair and find your loved ones unique, hand-crafted gifts.

  • There are lots of holiday themed dances, theater performances, and concerts this year as well. Some of the featured shows taking place at the Denver Performing Arts Complex are: The Nutcracker Ballet, A Christmas Carol, The SantaLand Diaries, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Colorado Christmas performed by the Colorado Symphony, and enjoy this year’s TubaChristmas this Saturday, December 21st at Skyline Park downtown.

    The SantaLand Diaries is just one of the many holiday shows going on this year at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

    The SantaLand Diaries is just one of the many holiday shows going on this year at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

There are so many free and inexpensive things to do around the Denver metro area this Holiday season for everyone! We hope that your Holidays are bright and filled with joy! :)

22
Nov

Welcome AvenueWest Atlanta!

Our newest location officially opened November 21, 2013: AvenueWest Atlanta located at 5905 Atlanta Highway, Suite 101. AvenueWest Atlanta connects private landlords with business travelers, or relocated families in need of full service corporate housing.

AvenueWest Global Franchise welcomes their newest franchise: AvenueWest Atlanta! We are so excited to help grow this newest market, and for our recent expansion into Phoenix and Fort Collins as well!

AvenueWest Global Franchise welcomes their newest franchise: AvenueWest Atlanta! We are so excited to help grow this newest market, and for our recent expansion into Phoenix and Fort Collins as well!

AvenueWest Global Franchise has been tapping into the emerging trend of business executives who are finding both financial freedom and life balance through franchise ownership. Jennifer Haigler, the owner of the AvenueWest Atlanta office, along with her husband Rory, came to the realization she needed the flexibility, provided by AvenueWest, when one day she realized she didn’t even know what her young son was wearing to school that day. Jennifer, a veteran of the corporate relocation industry and a licensed Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) says: “It was a profound moment in time for me as I decided I needed to do something to bring some work/life balance back to my existence.”

AvenueWest’s approach to Managed Corporate Housing is an exciting opportunity that taps into both Jennifer’s previous relocation and corporate housing experience and Rory’s real estate experience as they look to build a long term sustainable business. The Haigler’s say Atlanta is the perfect place to set up a corporate housing shop.

Jennifer continues: “Many relocated families and professionals as well as business executives would prefer to stay in our AvenueWest properties since they provide all the amenities of home. Our properties are in real residential settings instead of the more transient environments found when staying in hotels. The cost to stay in an AvenueWest property is also typically less expensive per night than staying in a hotel.”

Rory adds: Atlanta’s real estate market is currently booming, but there is a shortage of homes available for sale in the metro area.

“There seems to be demand from every corner. As the economy continues to strengthen, more and more people are relocating to Georgia and Atlanta in particular. As of August, Atlanta’s employment grew by 57,100 (a 2.4% increase)! Atlanta’s diverse economy generates a constant flow of people moving into the area to find a new home, and short term housing presents the best solution during that time of transition for relocating families, individuals, and executives alike, especially since the homes on the market are being snagged so quickly,” stated Rory.

“Individual homeowners and investors alike who want to offer their furnished homes or condos as corporate rental properties will have the opportunity to make additional revenue in today’s economy. By partnering with us and using our proven Managed Corporate Housing system, we can both benefit from the growing need for temporary housing solutions in the area. It’s exciting to be able to help owners develop their investment properties and turn them into major profit centers,” added Jennifer.

"Individual homeowners and investors alike who want to offer their furnished homes or condos as corporate rentals properties will have the opportunity to make additional revenue in today's economy..." like at the Sterling of Dunwoody community.

“Individual homeowners and investors alike who want to offer their furnished homes or condos as corporate rentals properties will have the opportunity to make additional revenue in today’s economy…” like at the Sterling of Dunwoody community in Dunwoody, GA.

Kimberly Smith, the CEO of AvenueWest Global Franchise, says that opening an office in Atlanta is the latest step in an aggressive expansion plan that the company initiated in July of this year.

“AvenueWest’s privately owned properties offer more choices to today’s executives or relocated individuals who want a fully furnished property with all the comforts of home, high-end furnishings, and many times, amazing amenities over standard corporate housing rentals or extended stays,” says Smith. “With the Haigler’s knowledge of the area and the local real estate, relocation, and corporate housing industries, AvenueWest Atlanta is uniquely positioned to offer the kind of rental properties required by discerning executives and individuals and families who are being relocated to the area. It also offers the opportunity for private landlords to earn greatly increased rental income on their properties.”

If you or someone you know is being relocated to the Atlanta area, you can contact AvenueWest Atlanta directly by calling 678-901-9171 or by emailing Jennifer at JHaigler@AvenueWest.com. If you are a property owner or investor who wishes to put their fully furnished home, condo, town home, or loft into AvenueWest Atlanta’s inventory, contact Rory at RHaigler@AvenueWest.com.

About AvenueWest Global Franchise

Established in 2010, AvenueWest Global Franchise grew from the desire to expand the business opportunity and corporate housing excellence achieved through the AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing program that was founded in 1999.

Currently, AvenueWest Global Franchise has offices in Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Colorado Springs, CO, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Fort Collins, CO, Phoenix, AZ, and San Francisco, CA.

21
Nov

Fort Collins/Loveland, CO Ranked 5th on the New Gallup-Healthways Index of Happiest and Healthiest

According to a new Gallup Poll, Fort Collins/Loveland, CO ranked 5th in the top ten most healthiest and happiest areas in the United States with a score of 71.6 on the Well-Being index!

Downtown Fort Collins, CO

Downtown Fort Collins, CO

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score factors in six different categories: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. The scores are based off of a total of 100. The number 1 ranked city in America for 2013 is Lincoln, NE with an overall score of 72.8.

According to a recent article on Coloradoan.com, Gallup-Healthways had this to say about the recent top 5 winners: “High well-being cities such as Lincoln, Boulder, Burlington-South Burlington, Provo-Orem, and Fort Collins-Loveland provide models to emulate and goals for others to aspire to, including the many U.S. metro areas that lag far behind in health and well-being.”

Oldtown Fort Collins, CO

Oldtown Fort Collins, CO

This is not the only recognition that Fort Collins has received:

If you are planning on relocating to one of America’s healthiest and happiest cities, AvenueWest Northern Colorado would be happy to find you the perfect fully furnished rental and can even help you find a more permanent residence in the area as well. :)

1
Nov

Welcome AvenueWest Northern Colorado!

AvenueWest Northern Colorado, a franchise of Denver-based AvenueWest Global Franchise, opened its doors on November 1, 2013 and is owned and managed by Deb Salek.

Deb Salek, owner of AvenueWest Northern Colorado

Deb Salek, owner of AvenueWest Northern Colorado

AvenueWest Northern Colorado connects private landlords with business travelers in need of full service corporate housing.

AvenueWest Global Franchise has been tapping into the emerging trend of departing business executives who are finding both financial freedom and life balance through franchise ownership. Deb Salek was a former senior level analyst with Qwest Communications and now owns her own AvenueWest franchise. Deb’s exit from corporate America is a developing national trend. Her first step was to decide to leave her office job. She built a successful residential real estate business as a broker associate with RE/MAX, which provided the flexibility she needed with her two young children. Then Deb and her husband, Todd, chose to relocate to Fort Collins, CO, a city they found as the best compliment to their quality of life vision. When looking to target the relocation market more specifically, Deb found AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing to be an exciting opportunity which taps into both her corporate and real estate experience as she looks to build a long term sustainable business.

“Fort Collins offers this amazing quality of life and energy that is fueling growth and causing a positive relocation trend for the city. With a diverse blend of corporations, Colorado State University, state of the art hospitals, government entities and a burgeoning craft beer industry, Fort Collins economy continues to strengthen. Fort Collins is also in the midst of a hot housing market with property inventory at a premium so it may take people several months to find a new home, and short-term housing presents the best solution during that transition.”

Salek continues: “The people that stay in our AvenueWest properties prefer to have the amenities of home and appreciate that it is a less transient environment than what they would find in a hotel. The cost to stay in an AvenueWest property is also typically less expensive per night than staying in a hotel. There seems to be a demand from every corner: corporations, visiting professors, medical personnel, the oil and gas industry, tourists, and so forth. I see the real opportunity as being with the individual homeowners who want to offer their furnished homes as corporate rental properties. They will have the ability to work with us to capitalize on and profit from the growing need for temporary housing solutions in the area. It’s exciting to be able to help owners develop their investment properties.”

"I see the real opportunity as being with the individual homeowners who want to offer their furnished homes as corporate rental properties." Like at the Mason Street Flats in Old Town, for example.

“I see the real opportunity as being with the individual homeowners who want to offer their furnished homes as corporate rental properties.” Like at the Mason Street Flats in Old Town, for example.

Kimberly Smith, the CEO of AvenueWest Global Franchise, says that opening an office in Fort Collins has been on her wish list since the day she started her managed corporate housing business in the LODO area of Denver some 14 years ago and a priority since launching AvenueWest Global Franchise in 2010. “An executive who wants a furnished property with all the creature comforts of home and high-end furnishings will have a strong preference for AvenueWest’s corporate rental properties over a transient hotel setting or other generic apartment rentals. With Deb’s knowledge of the area and industry, AvenueWest Northern Colorado now offers the kinds of rental properties required by discerning executives. It also offers the opportunity for private landlords to earn greatly increased rental income on their properties.”

To offer your property for rent through AvenueWest Northern Colorado, or to find a property during your temporary stay in the area, contact Deb Salek at 970-797-3099 or via email at: DSalek@AvenueWest.com. AvenueWest Northern Colorado connects private landlords with those in need of corporate housing. Corporate housing is defined as fully furnished rental apartments, homes or condominiums offered for rent on a short-term basis, usually for one month or more.

About AvenueWest Global Franchise

Established in 2010, AvenueWest Global Franchise grew from the desire to expand the business opportunity and corporate housing excellence achieved through the AvenueWest Corporate Housing Managed Corporate Housing program that was founded in 1999.

Currently AvenueWest Global Franchise has offices in Boston MA, Colorado Springs CO, Dallas TX, Denver COFort Collins CO, Phoenix AZ and San Francisco CA, and has recently embarked on an aggressive expansion plan with expectations to open an office before year’s end in Atlanta GA.

8
Oct

10 Smartphone Travel Applications to Help Plan Your Next Trip

Whether you are planning to take a trip for business or pleasure, these ten applications are sure to make your life easier.

  1. Kayak.
    The Kayak app can be used to search through hundreds of travel sites for hotels, flights, rental cars, etc. in one easy to use place.

    The Kayak app can be used to search through hundreds of travel sites for hotels, flights, rental cars, etc. in one easy to use place.

    Search for everything travel related (flights, rental cars, hotels, etc.) all in one place! This application is available for the iPhone, Android, Windows, and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

  2. Lonely Planet Travel Guides.
    Download your next travel guide from Lonely Planet's Travel Guide app.

    Download your next travel guide from Lonely Planet’s Travel Guide app.

    Download this free app to have access to hundreds of Guide Books right at your fingertips. You can download the app from the Apple Store and can also download ebooks as well.

  3. UNESCO World Heritage App.
    The UNESCO World Heritage app is a neat way to plan your next trip since all major world travel destinations are categorized here and there are over 650 images to check out too.

    The UNESCO World Heritage app is a neat way to plan your next trip since all major world travel destinations are categorized here and there are over 650 images to check out too.

    This app is $2.99 and available from the Apple Store for iPhone and iPad. The cost is worthwhile since you get access to location maps for all sites; over 650 photos; the ability to search by country, classification, or name; create your favorites and plot them onto Google Maps; links back to the UNESCO site for more information.

  4. mTrip.
    The mTrip app is like your very own personal, mobile tour guide while you are exploring your destination(s).

    The mTrip app is like your very own personal, mobile tour guide while you are exploring your destination(s).

    Another travel guide app that acts as your personal, mobile tour guide around most world cities. You can download this app on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Create a unique travel itinerary with the sites that you want to see. mTrip has a nice offline map feature that allows you to view maps and navigate around the city when you don’t have an internet connection. You can even send your friends and family members virtual postcards via email or Facebook.

  5. TripAdvisor.
    Check out reviews from other travelers about tourist sites and local destinations before you go.

    Check out reviews from other travelers about tourist sites and local destinations before you go using the TripAdvisor app.

    This app is available for the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android phones and tablets and provides you with travel guides, reviews from other users, and you can even download offline city guides which you do not need an internet connection for and they won’t charge your phone for roaming.

  6. Hotels.com.
    The Hotels.com app allows you to search and book thousands of hotels worldwide.

    The Hotels.com app allows you to search and book thousands of hotels worldwide.

    Is a free app that allows you to view and book hotels worldwide, access your reservations even when you are offline, and track and redeem points. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows.

  7. Hipmunk.
    Try a new way to search for flights and hotels using the Hipmunk app.

    Try a new way to search for flights and hotels using the Hipmunk app.

    A new way to search for flights and hotels is by using the cute app Hipmunk (which appropriately features a chipmunk as it’s mascot). The search results are easy to see and easy to book. You can filter the flight searchs by “agony” which will show you flights by the least amount of fly time, layovers, and price. The hotel search results shows at a glance if the hotel provides parking, wifi, fees, etc.

  8. Skyscanner.
    The Skyscanner app is another great way to search for flights. Filter your search results to show you the cheapest dates/times to fly if your travel is flexible.

    The Skyscanner app is another great way to search for flights. Filter your search results to show you the cheapest dates/times to fly if your travel is flexible.

    This is another free app that allows you to search for flights. It is available for iPod, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. You can filter it by showing the cheapest days to fly (if your dates are flexible), it also shows you the cheapest times to fly. Filter searches by take off/landing times, prices, and airlines. It is available in over 28 languages and 68 currencies too!

  9. uPackingList.
    Keep yourself organized and on track with the uPackingList app.

    Keep yourself organized and on track with the uPackingList app.

    The name says it all – use this free app to keep yourself organized and on track when you are getting ready to pack for your next upcoming trip. Features include: unlimited list building and you can reuse past lists; a catalog of over 300 items to choose from; add any item to any category; you can enter quantities and notes for each item; and email the list to anyone when you are done, etc. Available for Apple and Android.

  10. JetLag Genie.
    Use the JetLag Genie app to help thwart JetLag before, during, and at your final destination.

    Use the JetLag Genie app to help thwart JetLag before, during, and at your final destination.

    The perfect companion for a long trip oversees to help you beat jetlag. Available for iPhone or iPod touch, this app prepares you for your upcoming trip by allowing you to create customized daily plans before, during, and after you arrive at your final destination. Input your normal sleep patterns and flight information to get customized results. There is a melatonin guide too.

Planning any vacation or business trip can be a headache but with these top travel applications at your fingertips, your next trip is just a click away. If you are traveling with in the United States and prefer to stay in a fully furnished residential property rather than a hotel, then check out AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing now in Boston, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Fort Collins, Phoenix, and San Francisco.

3
Oct

Fun, Inexpensive Activities to do in the Denver Metro Area This Weekend (10/04-10/06)

Denver offers an array of fun-filled activities for all ages, interests and price ranges and this weekend is no exception! Check out some of the free or inexpensive things going on this weekend, October 4th-6th:

  • Enjoy a full night of Improv comedy at The Voodoo Comedy Playhouse this Friday, October 4th from 7pm-12pm.

    Enjoy a full night of Improv comedy at The Voodoo Comedy Playhouse this Friday, October 4th from 7pm-12pm.

    Comedy at The Voodoo Comedy Playhouse in LODO (Downtown Denver). Come enjoy an evening of varied improv comedy. Purchasing one ticket gets you in for the whole night ($5-$10)! This Friday’s line up includes: 7pm-8pm The YES! Lab – a showcase for the current performers and students to practice what they have learned. A fun-filled experience for both the audience and the performers. 8pm-9pm Makeshift Shakespeare – improv styles inspired by the Bard himself! 9pm-10pm Hit and Run: Musical Improv – if you enjoy musicals then you will love a completely improvised musical based off of suggestions from you! 10pm-11pm Authors – enjoy three 15 minute plays completely made up on the spot based off of an author of the audience’s choosing. 11pm-12pm Karaoke Friday – the name says it all.

  • FREE First Friday Art Walks. Enjoy strolling through various art galleries in several of Denver’s art districts. Some even have live music, food trucks, and drinks available as well: Sante Fe Art District 5:30pm-9:30pm, Tennyson Street Arts District 6:00pm-10:00pm, and the RiNo Art District 6:00pm-9:00pm.
  • FREE admission on Friday, October 4th, 2013 between 12pm-4pm at the Four Mile Historic Park where you can see Denver’s oldest building (tour times are 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 to see the inside); pan for gold, and see the many farm animals. On Saturday, October 5th from 10:00am-4:00pm, join them for the Pumpkin Harvest Festival where you can enter a pie eating contest; wear old costumes and pose for a photo in front of the Four Mile House; find the perfect pumpkin; win a prize in an old fashioned cake walk, and so much more! Admission is FREE but the pumpkins and some activities are not.
  • Denver's Oktoberfest is going on this weekend October 4th-6th, 2013 where you can enjoy food, fun, music, entertainment, and of course beer!

    Denver’s Oktoberfest is going on this weekend October 4th-6th, 2013 where you can enjoy food, fun, music, entertainment, and of course beer!

    This weekend you can head over to Oktoberfest going on Friday, October 4th from 5:00pm-2:00am, Saturday, October 5th from 11:00am-2:00am, and Sunday, October 6th from 12:00pm-6:00pm in the Ballpark Neighborhood (between 20th and 22nd Streets on Larimer Street). Admission is FREE and there are food and drinks available for purchase along with a variety of fun-filled activities for all ages.

  • Head on over to the Western Slope and enjoy Golden’s FREE First Friday Street Fair filled with music, entertainment, and food provided by the local restaurants. They also have FREE carriage rides. This Friday, October 4th from 5:00pm-8:00pm. On Saturday, come back to Golden for the Farmer’s Market from 8:00am-1:00pm where there will be more entertainment, FREE carriage rides, puppet show, master garden presentations, and so much more!
  • Saturday, October 5th, enjoy FREE admission to the Denver Art Museum from 10:00am-5:00pm! Then, if you want to view even more artwork for next to nothing, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Denver has admission for only one penny from 10:00am-5:00pm!
  • Round up the family to partake in this year's 38th Annual Lakewood Cider Days where pie eating contests are just the beginning!

    Round up the family to partake in this year’s 38th Annual Lakewood Cider Days where pie eating contests are just the beginning!

    It’s time for Lakewood’s 38th Annual Cider Days this Saturday and Sunday (10/05-10/06) from 10:00am-5:00pm! Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for kids between the ages of 3 and 12 and the cost of admission covers all entertainment and activities inside.

  • Enjoy dancing? Learn how to swing for only $10 at the Mercury Cafe this Sunday, October 6th from 5:30-10:30. The cost includes all lessons and dance.
  • This Sunday, October 6th, admission to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is FREE from 9:00am-5:00pm.
  • Enjoy classic films followed by discussion? Then you do not want to miss the FREE screening this Sunday, October 6th at 2:00pm for the movie La Ronde at the SIE Film Center 2510 East Colfax, Denver, CO 80206. This event is presented by the Tattered Cover Bookstore and Colorado Public Radio, hosted by Howie Movshovitz. The FREE tickets are available 1 hour before the screening.

There are tons of great events going on in Denver this weekend for all ages and interests so hopefully you can find the perfect one(s) to pass the time. :)

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