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When booking a hotel what ratings should you pay attention to?

April 2, 2019

Many of us like to scour around online before committing to booking a hotel for our trips away. According to TripAdvisor’s Path to Purchase report in 2017:

  • 33% of people around the world visit travel sites
  • 74% of hotel purchasers check TripAdvisor

With so many of us reading and checking online reviews, the question must be asked: just how important are star ratings in the modern world of hospitality? Do people still value them, or are they deemed less important than the words of a (purportedly) real guest experience?

In this article, we’ll explore the star standard for the hotel industry to find out if guests can still glean worthwhile information from it.

The AA’s UK hotel star rating system

The basics

The AA’s star system has a basic level of entry requirements that must be fulfilled regardless of star level. These include:

  • Public liability insurance
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Food safety/hygiene compliance
  • Health and safety compliance
  • Planning compliance
  • Licensing compliance
  • Hotel Proprietors Act compliance
  • Data Protection Act/GDPR compliance
  • The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 compliance
  • Equality Act 2010 compliance
  • Safety and security minimum requirements
    • This includes staff to be on site and on call 24-hours a day, printed instructions for emergencies in the night and for evacuation procedures in every bedroom.
    • Symbols, diagrams, and multilingual emergency notices in every bedroom.
    • Registered guests should have access to the hotel at all times, with the hotel entrance illuminated in the dark and identifiable. Lighting in all public areas, stairways, and landings.
    • Telephone access 24-hours a day.
    • A key or card for guests to lock bedroom doors inside and out, and security fittings on windows.

In addition to the above, hotels looking to enter the AA star system need to abide by a minimum level of maintenance, such as fixtures, electrical and gas equipment in the building being clean and fit for purpose. There’s also a minimum requirement for cleanliness, with the AA stating that there must be ‘a high standard of cleanliness maintained throughout the property’ regardless of star level — cleanliness is not expected to vary between star level.

The differences between levels

From here, the differences between star levels becomes more apparent in the AA’s Common Quality Standards. For example, where a one-star hotel is required to offer an iron and ironing board, a five-star hotel is expected to offer 24-hour return laundry service. A one-star hotel can verbally explain the breakfast menu, where a two-star hotel must have a clean, well-presented menu provided for breakfast items. But then for dinner provisions, both one and two-star hotels (as well as three and four) all need to serve dinner at a specific time advertised, communicate if no dinner is provided, and can provide a self-service buffet. The only difference in dinner requirements is for five-star hotels, which need to provide all courses, served to guests at their table.

There’s a huge level of detail for the requirements of each level outlined in the full document, which can be accessed here. But just how relevant is it in this digital age?

The problem with stars

The problem keeps coming back to the fact there’s no global star standard. Other countries run their own systems, with some having multiple different boards with their own star systems. Some hotels might even give themselves their own ‘unofficial’ star rating. Then, there’s the matter of tour operators running their own star rating system, which can make four-star hotels look like five-star hotels to unsuspecting bookers.

Even within the UK, a hotel may have an AA two-star rating, but a tour operator may advertise it as three-stars based on their own rating system.

The rise in trusting reviews

It’s hardly surprising then that more and more people are turning to review websites before booking a room. Plus, it seems there is an increasing level of trust in those online review and ratings.

Back in 2009, C. Cox et al noted that while 95% of internet users at the time relied on online research as part of their travel information search process, few were actively trusting them as a primary means of gauging a hotel’s quality. This was deemed to be because ‘[it] is not always easy to identify and access the profile of people who post information on blogs and other social networking sites, [so] the reader cannot easily gauge the credibility of the information provided’ (pg. 749).

Fast-forward nine years, and we’ve become very trusting of what we see online, with a reported 84% of people placing online reviews on the same level of trust as a recommendation from a friend. As mentioned at the start of this article, one of the main ways potential guests scout out hotels is to look on TripAdvisor, meaning they are placing a lot of value in the ratings there compared to the star-rating of a hotel.

The risk of ratings and reviews

But even that isn’t wholly without flaws. It is as relevant now as it was in 2009; we simply do not know much about the person who rates or reviews a hotel on TripAdvisor and the like. In fact, there’s even a ‘fake review’ market present in the digital world that is said to be able to get around the detection processes in place. So much so that one man managed to get a restaurant that doesn’t exist rated as the top restaurant in London.

A history of stars

It used to be that a hotel’s star rating was the go-to check for travellers looking to book a room. The star system used to be quite simple and, without the digital word of mouth, really the only information guests had to go on.

Now, the star system is as varied and unsettled as they come, with hotels claiming everything from five to ten stars instead of the traditional rating. Plus, many have noted that a four-star hotel in Madrid might not feel the same as a four-star Brighton Hotel.

This is down to the fact that there is no global star rating system.

The star-rating system for the UK was introduced in 1912 by the AA as a means of classifying hotel standards. Back then, the maximum number of stars was three. It wasn’t until 2006 that the AA developed the Common Quality Standards with the help of a number of UK tourist boards, which increased the maximum rating to five stars. Plus, in 1956, the AA introduced an additional Rosette Award scheme to ‘assess the quality of food served in restaurants and hotels’.

Which holds more value?

So long as you know to look out specifically for AA stars, the star rating system is useful for knowing the minimum you will receive from a hotel. By checking the minimum requirements set out by the AA, you can see the standards the hotel had to achieve to be granted not only entry to the star system at all, but the star level they have achieved. For example, the AA has rated The Majestic Hotel as a four-star hotel. You can take this and check their Common Quality Standard to find out that this means the hotel must provide such things as televisions with a screen larger than 24 inches, and a high degree of spaciousness within the rooms.

This forms a good foundation for what to expect of a hotel. From there, a look at guest reviews can help to cement an idea of the experience, but with caution for the above-mentioned flaws for the online review process.

All in all, it seems a certain degree of balance is required when considering ratings, reviews, and stars. Approached the right way, they can provide a keen insight into your potential booking. Just remember to check which stars are being shown!

Sources:

https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/uk-hotel-chains/article/hotel-star-ratings-explained

https://www.theaa.com/hotel-services/ratings-and-awards

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/advice/Confusion-over-hotel-star-ratings/

https://www.abta.com/help-and-complaints/frequently-asked-questions/i-booked-four-star-hotel-arrival-its-official

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Carmen Cox, Stephen Burgess, Carmine Sellitto & Jeremy Buultjens (2009) The Role of User-Generated Content in Tourists’ Travel Planning Behavior, Journey of Hospitality Marketing & Management, 18:8, 743-764

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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/prankster-oobah-butler-cooks-up-top-restaurant-the-shed-at-dulwich-fx6hfwj89

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How Can you Integrate Cycling into your Everyday Life?

April 1, 2019

Cycling isn’t a pursuit that just needs to be undertaken by those with aspirations to one day compete in the Tour de France or as a sole means to get fit — getting on your bike and pedalling from A to B is something that can be brought into your everyday life. Join family-owned cycling retailer Leisure Lakes Bikes as they detail how to go about cycling each day and the benefits of doing so…

Why should you cycle regularly?

We could cover an entire article just detailing the benefits that cycling provides, as there are many reasons to enjoy this pursuit on a regular basis.

Cycling can improve your mental wellbeing for one, with a study by the YMCA finding that individuals with a physically active lifestyle recorded a wellbeing score which was 32 per cent higher than people who were inactive. There are obviously many ways to exercise, but cycling stands out as it allows you to take part in physical exercise, get outdoors and explore fresh surroundings.

What’s more, you can either choose to cycle alone to give you time to reflect on any concerns or worries you have, or cycle in a group in order to enhance your social circle. Graeme Obree, a former hour record holder, expanded on this aspect in particular by telling Cycling Weekly: “Getting out and riding will help [people suffering with depression] … Without cycling, I don’t know where I would be.”

Your body can profit even more from cycling. For instance, the activity promotes weight loss — between 400 and 1,000 calories can be burnt per hour depending on your level of intensity and your weight — and it also builds muscle, especially around the calves, hamstrings, glutes, and quadriceps.

Then there’s the benefits to your overall health. Cycling has been found to reduce the risk of you developing cancer or heart disease, improve your lung health, allow you to enjoy better sleep, and increase your brain power.

It’s not just your health and wellbeing that will see improvements if you cycle more regularly either. Pedalling to and from a destination can actually take a shorter amount of time than completing the commute in a vehicle, depending on the distance and the level of traffic encountered of course.

You could save quite a bit of money as well. Cyclescheme.co.uk imagined a scenario back in 2011 whereby a cyclist travelled for five miles to work every day and then another five miles to get back home. Covering a 48-week year — holidays were taken out of the equation — the organisation found that 2,400 miles will be covered, which would account for around £320 in fuel costs if a vehicle was used to travel the distance. That sum was based on the average cost of fuel during 2011; just imagine the savings today seeing as though fuel prices have continued to skyrocket over the past decade.

How to integrate cycling into your daily commute

Especially with the calculation above, are you looking to begin cycling to and from your workplace? Cycling Weekly has some handy tips about how to commute to work using a bicycle.

According to the UK’s best-selling cycling magazine, you’ll want to get your hands on a road bike that is capable of riding through any weather condition without any fuss and which you can rely on with minimal maintenance. Consider fitting your bike with mudguards too — no one wants to arrive at the office with mud and muck covering their clothes — as well as wide tyres which will work to spread the load, improve comfort levels, and provide enhanced grip during wet weather.

While you’re shopping for your cycling gear, take note that it’s a legal requirement for you to have a white front light and red rear light, both in working order, on your bike after dusk and before dawn. It’s advised that you use these lights throughout the day too though, as they’ll improve your visibility. You may also want to buy a backpack that you can fill with your essential work items and then carry over your shoulders while you cycle, or a pannier rack for your bike if you often carry a lot of stuff during a commute.

Once you have your bike sorted and are beginning your commute on two wheels, it’s important that you cycle with confidence. To help, Cycling Weekly advises: “Hugging the curb often encourages drivers to pass closely, which will only increase any nervousness that caused you to do so in the first place — so avoid this and keep a safe distance that affords you room to swerve around a pot hole should you need to.

“When approaching junctions, check behind you and move into the centre of the lane when it’s safe to do so — this prevents anyone from overtaking or undertaking when it’s not safe to do so.”

With the last point in mind, you’ll want to make sure that you’re comfortable enough to look behind you when cycling too before using a bike for a commute. Cycling one-handed is another essential skill, as there will be times when you need to release one hand from the bike’s handlebars to indicate and tell other road users that you’re about to make a turn.

Once you reach your workplace, ensure you have a high-quality bike lock to hand to securely store your bicycle while you’re at work. It’s recommended that you apply one lock to the frame of the bike and then a cable lock to the wheels if they are attached by quick-release skewers. On the topic of security, try and leave your bike in a location that is monitored by CCTV too.

Remember that you’re heading into your job when you’ve completed a bike ride to work as well. Therefore, keep a pair of appropriate work shoes at work which you can quickly slip into once you’ve arrived, and pack some dry shampoo and wet wipes to look the part if your workplace doesn’t have its own shower.

Hopefully by now you’re inspired to start cycling on a daily basis — enjoy the many benefits it’ll offer you!

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Transform Your Home into an Eco-Paradise

March 19, 2019

It’s no secret that the planet needs us now more than ever. The indulgences of modern life have led us to a critical moment in time when the future of a healthy environment hangs in the balance. This is why so many people are now becoming more environmentally focused by cutting back on their carbon emissions and leading more sustainable lifestyles. It might sound daunting at first, especially to those who haven’t yet started their eco-friendly journey. However, once you realize that environmentally-friendly doesn’t mean compromising on style, it makes decisions much easier. Here are some ways you can create a more sustainable household for yourself and the planet.

Wardrobe

Fashion is a vast industry, and the various stages of production, transportation, and disposal involved in the process are exceedingly harmful to the planet. Many large clothing brands are far from ethical or sustainable. It can be heart-breaking news for someone who loves keeping up with the latest styles, but many solutions are emerging. Since fashion works in cycles, people have become obsessed with thrifting and finding hidden gems among old pieces of clothes. Not only are you helping to save the planet by reducing the carbon emissions produced by fast fashion, but you are also creating for yourself a more eclectic and unique wardrobe. You can also find new designers who create beautiful clothes while keeping their production as environmentally clean as possible.

Garden

Not everyone is lucky enough to have their own outdoor space, but a little goes a long way. Start a miniature indoor garden for decorative or useful plants – maybe grow your own salad ingredients or spices. If you do have an outdoor garden, get creative with décor and avoid using materials and furniture that aren’t compatible with the surrounding environment. Even your current garden fence can be updated to be more stylish, eco-friendly and durable. You can achieve a great look at discount prices by looking for great alternatives. Fill your garden with plants that will help to process the air and opt for furniture that lasts instead of contributing to plastic waste. Solar panels, of course, are always a great idea, as well as water features to encourage local wildlife. It’s hard for an eco-friendly garden not to look absolutely beautiful.

Daily Tasks

It’s not just about setting up the static elements of your life to be environmentally conscious. To maintain the eco-paradise that you’ve created, it’s important to be aware of the little nuisances that build up over time. Take notice whenever you find yourself using single-use packaging or non-recyclable products. Once you’ve started to spot these items, it’s easy to switch over to more sustainable and often more luxurious alternatives. The quality of design that goes into more sustainable products makes them far more aesthetically appealing than cheap plastic equivalents so you’ll be sure to maintain your style and low carbon footprint by keeping your home uncluttered by useless items. If you don’t want to see your old possessions thrown into landfill – as so much is nowadays – then have a dedicated cupboard for objects that your guests can choose from and keep. It makes you feel good to give to a friend, to get rid of unwanted clutter and to help save the planet.

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A Career in Environmental Science: How to Get Started

March 5, 2019

If you love to travel, and you appreciate the environment, a career in environmental science could be the perfect path for you. With the demand for specialists in this field – including environmental consultants and sustainability consultants – experiencing a boom across the globe, there is no better time to make a career shift than today.

A career in environmental science will take you to fantastic destinations and give you the opportunity to work on exciting environmental projects. Making that leap to enter the field of environmental science is also easier than you think. Here are some of the things you need to get started.

A Degree in Biology and Environmental Science

To prepare for a career in this field, one of the best investments you can make is in a biology degree. Whether you are a fulltime mom trying to get back to professional life or someone who is thinking about a career change, it is possible to pursue a biology degree online. Top schools like Excelsior College offer programs that can be completed entirely online; you can even pursue your degree while working a fulltime job or traveling the world if you want to.

The course will help you master the skills you need to become a prominent environmental specialist, and is the perfect way to jumpstart your career in this field. Once you have earned the degree, you can continue by completing certifications such as the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response certification.

Mastering the Soft Skills

Don’t think for a second that you will be working in a lab all of the time as an environmental scientist. As mentioned before, this is one field that lets you travel the world and embark on exciting projects. Before jumping in, however, you also want to sharpen some additional skills.

Communication skills are essential. You will be interacting with researchers, stakeholders, and locals in your work, which means you will need good communication skills to achieve your objectives. At the same time, you also need good problem-solving skills to back you up.

Reading is another must-have skill in this field. Naturally, there are a lot of environmental reports and documents to go through. You have to be meticulous when reviewing those documents, all while maintaining the ability to understand the important points in them.

A Choice of Professions

Being an environmental scientist lets you explore multiple career paths in this field. The most popular one is sustainability consultant. As a consultant, it is your duty to help organizations lower their carbon footprints and increase their sustainability in the long run.

Working as an environmental economist is also very rewarding. Aside from the higher median salary, you also have the opportunity to use math and evaluate the costs and benefits of environmental protection options.

The possibilities are endless. Starting a career as an environmental scientist, an agricultural specialist, or a hydrologist is just as easy, and it all begins with your pursuit for a biology degree online. With the demand for specialists continuing to rise, there is no better time to get started than today.

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5 Must-Have Accessories for This Spring

March 4, 2019

As winter is quickly coming to an end, spring is fast approaching. This means that for all the fashionable people out there, they’re getting ready to put away their coats and boots and bring out lighter clothing. In light of this, whether you’re revamping your wardrobe from last year or sticking up on your spring clothing, it’s possible you’re thinking about how to make it look more interesting. One answer is to accessorize as a way of diversifying and brightening up your looks. Here are 5 must-have accessories that you could invest in and add to your wardrobe this spring.

Sunglasses

When spring comes along, it often brings some sunshine with it as well. With that being said, consider buying yourself a nice new pair of sunglasses. It has been predicted that one of the trends for spring 2019 will be larger than life shades. This could include designs from brands such as Prada and Gucci which have qualities such as being bold, tinted and adorned with bows and crystals.

Wristwatch

Aside from big and bold sunglasses, another accessory that you should find yourself with this spring is a stylish wristwatch. Despite the smartphone craze, watches are still very practical ways of telling the time and make for great arm candy as well. The good thing about watches is that there are several brands out there which make them in a range of styles, shapes, and sizes. You, therefore, have a wide selection to choose from. This spring, you could look through the Rolex collection as they have trendy watches for men and women.

Pumps

Footwear is an everyday necessity and one of the first things that people tend to see when they look at you. Think about getting a good and fashionable pair of pumps this spring to bring your outfits to life. Calvin Klein, as well as Balenciaga, has some interesting pumps such as court shoes with a scuba print or polka dotted heels with a triangular back.

Statement Jewelry

If you want to stand out this spring, you can try statement jewelry. They are a way to take simple looks and make them stand out. For instance, you could wear a bracelet with big charms or a necklace with a pendant. Another trend that you can look out for is crystal drop earrings as bling is said to be in.

Hair Accessories

Your hair could do with some love to this spring, so look for accessories in this department. A good example of something to try is decorated bobby pins, and the key to pulling off this look is wearing as many as possible. Aside from this, you can also rock different headbands which can be worn both elegantly or with a pair of jeans if that’s what you’d prefer.

This spring is a chance for you to add color to your wardrobe and make yourself look more vibrant. As you should when it comes to fashion, focus on creating your personal style and exploring ways to express yourself in and out of season.

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How Innovative Designs Have Improved Traditional Products

March 1, 2019

Technology and innovative design is constantly influencing the customer market — with brands releasing updated versions of the same product that we all feel inclined to buy. However, this isn’t just happening with modern inventions, but with traditional products too.

The end-goal for many businesses and creators is to streamline a product’s use for the end-user. With this, many of the everyday items we all love have been altered in one way or another to keep up with the requirements we now have as a society.

We’ve set our standards high, and no product is untouchable. Here, we take a look at some of the products that have been influenced by technology or design and how they have changed our lives.

Watches

Watches have truly transformed the way we lead our lives. Modern Britain revolves around time — from making sure our little ones arrive at school on time to catching the right bus for work. The history of the watch dates right back to the 16th century, where the devices were originally powered by a mainspring which turned gears to move the hands while keeping in time with a rotating balance wheel.

It wasn’t until the 1960s that the quartz watch was invented, where the product actually used electricity to operate. This type of watch took over the market at the time, which many still refer to as the ‘quartz crisis’ as mechanical watches were pushed aside. Following this, the quartz wristwatch was developed, and we haven’t look back since. Well, until now.

Smartwatches have taken over the world. You can’t walk by someone without one attached to their wrist. What once was an item that would only notify you of the time, can now make phone calls, send messages, track your health and more. What’s next for the watch?

Umbrellas

The umbrella has changed tremendously over the years. Making its debut in Ancient Egypt, they were used for protection against direct sunlight. However, the waterproofed version was created in the 11th century BC using leather, an extremely expensive material to use at the time which was later adopted across the European continent — predominately in Greece and Rome.

The umbrella fell absent for over 1,000 years after the Roman Empire dissolved but became popular again in the 16th century. Traditionally, umbrellas were quite detailed in their design and were more of a ‘prop’ during this period.

That’s not to say that umbrellas today can’t be a fashion statement though. Queen Elizabeth II, for example, uses a birdcage umbrella when making public appearances. This innovative design allows her to stay dry but remain completely visible when venturing outdoors, as the cover is transparent! With her bespoke umbrellas, she always matches her trim with her outfit. As well as this, unlike umbrellas years ago, many are now designed to be more compact and can be stored away in your bag.

Wallpaper

You wouldn’t think that there’d be any sort of progression with wallpaper, but what the future holds sounds quite exciting. Historically, wallpaper would be created using hand-painting, woodblock printing, stenciling and other types of machine printing — which dates back before 1700.

This form of design was so popular that in 1712, Queen Anne introduced a wallpaper tax which wasn’t abolished until 1836. This was likely because Britain was the leading wallpaper manufacturer in Europe at the time.

The future only looks bright for wallpaper though. At one time, we’d just be complacent with a nice design for the interior of our home, but developments have suggested that we should expect high-tech forms sometime soon. This will have the ability to block signals — no more stealing your neighbour’s WiFi!

Bank cards

Although we all know that money is an everyday essential, bank cards never used to be. Before the first bank cards were issued in 1967, people had to actually visit their bank to deposit or withdraw any cash. People could store money in their home, but this wouldn’t be protected!

It wasn’t until 1972 where the first bank card to feature an information-encoding magnetic strip was introduced. This allowed customers to visit an ATM and enter their personal identification number to gain access to the information that was associated with their account.

Today, it’s the introduction of contactless payments that has made the biggest impact on the shopping and banking scene. Recently adopted by banking associations and introduced across the high-street, the cards using radio-frequency identification can now make payments without the need to enter a pin.

These were just some of the advancements, but what does the future hold?

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_watches
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2154370/How-Queen-Kate-Middleton-Camilla-sheltered-rain-style-bespoke-umbrellas.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallpaper#High-tech_wallpaper
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_card

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How to Ensure the Health of Your Family

March 1, 2019

Would you like to know how you can make your family healthier this year? Good health is essential for every family member, from the oldest to the youngest, and including the furry members! Below are ten habits you might want to consider including in your daily routine:

  • Cut Back on Screen Time  

Technology has taken over our lives, but it’s not necessarily a good thing. To help your kids sleep better, remove all electronic devices from the bedroom. Limit TV watching to the living room and make watching movies a family affair. What’s more, make the dinner table a gadget-free zone, and you might actually enjoy talking to each other for a change.

  • Spend More Time Outdoors

Whatever the weather, it’s vital to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. It’s an uplifting experience, and your body actually needs sunlight for Vitamin D.

  • Schedule in Family Time

Everyone is so busy nowadays that we forget to spend time with each other. Make a point of putting away all the distractions and spend time talking, listening, laughing, or playing games together.

  • Eat Healthily  

Eat a healthy balanced diet, and your body will thank you! There are many benefits to a nutritionally balanced diet. Encourage your children to eat healthily, and it’ll stand them in good stead for the future.  

  • Exercise More  

Exercise is essential for everyone because it can help prevent a wide range of illnesses and diseases. Any exercise is better than none, but aim for 30 to 60 minutes at least five times a week.

  • Protect Your Skin  

Exposure to the sun is linked to skin cancer, so make sure everyone stays protected when out in the sun. Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and light, loose-fitting clothes. Also ensure you use sunscreen on any exposed skin.

  • Cut Out the Bad Habits  

Habits such as smoking and drinking are harmful to your health, as well as those around you. Too much alcohol can damage your liver and cause some cancers, while smoking is a leading factor of emphysema and pulmonary disease.

  • Get a Dog

A dog can be fun for all the family. Kids learn responsibility and they can take it turns taking the dog out for a walk. If you haven’t always got the time to make sure the dog gets regular exercise, there may be a dog walking service in the area you can call on when you need it. Visit www.premierdogwalkers.com to find out about this type of service in London.

  • Talk to Each Other More  

Talking to each other is vital for everyone in the family. A great time to chat is over the dinner table. Ask each other how your day has been and listen to what you’ve all got to say. If you’re able to talk to each other, you’ll be able to weather the storms together.

  • Introduce a Bedtime Routine  

Sleep is important for everyone in the family. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it can cause health problems. A bedtime routine is essential for your children because it sets the scene for sleep and makes them calm. Having them in bed at the same time every night means you’ve got time with your partner for talking and bonding.  

Many of these suggestions are aimed at the adults in the family. However, if you lead by example, you’ll be surprised how many others follow.

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The Top Places to Play Laser Tag Near Seattle

February 27, 2019

Don’t want to get trapped with bored kids and nothing to do this weekend? Don’t get stuck in the house while your weekend wastes away. It’s time to come up with a game plan, something fun that the whole family can enjoy. But what can a parent with limited time and some very antsy kids do that will make everyone happy?

Movies can be expensive. Bored Games can get played out. You’ve already watched everything on Netflix. And most likely, your kids could use a break from their phones. We’ve all seen the tell-tale sign that a child has run out of activities to keep them occupied and now they’re B-O-R-E-D. Don’t let boredom ruin your weekend!

Parents, it’s time to get your kids out of the house and do something active where you actually connect with your children. If you want to do something fun, why not face off against your friends and family in a no-holds-barred epic game of laser tag? Everyone will want to get in on the action and trust us, it’s a blast!

Laser tag is a great activity for all ages, from young kids’ birthday parties to adults looking for a way to cut loose. And there are so many ways to play laser tag in Seattle. Even if you think you’ve played laser tag before, many Seattle laser tag venues are changing the way the game is experienced and trying new ways to up the challenge. Some are even taking the action outside or are making the gameplay even more competitive.

If you’re looking to plan a celebration with friends, have a fun day out with the kids, or want a totally unique activity for an epic date night, laser tag can be a fun way to loosen up, get your heart rate up, and bond big-time with your kids.

In the Seattle area, there are many places where you can plan your next game of laser tag, but only some that we can 100 percent guarantee will leave you begging for more. Here four of our favorite laser tag spots that deliver on a unique and superior experience. Some offer a classic laser tag game, while others take things to whole new levels. You might just have the time of your life!

1. Laser Tag Live

We all have an idea of what a laser tag arena looks like. Usually, there are two teams in velcro vests shooting it out in a dark room surrounded by fog and neon lights. Of course, there’s a reason why this version of the game is a classic, but now Laser Tag Live is trying to change the way we used to play the game.

Here, they take the game outside and customize the laser tag experience to each customer.

If you’re looking to play laser tag on the fly or perhaps you’d like your gaming experience to be mobile, Laser Tag Live is a totally unique experience where staff will help you plan and carry out your own laser tag course wherever you want. Whether it’s in a rented warehouse space, a field, a school, or even community centers, Laser Tag Live brings the party to you.

Laser Tag Live has a dedicated staff who will help you divide your group into teams, carries top-of-the-line equipment, and bring the fun with every game. And this innovative company is community-minded too.

Laser Tag Live says that their goal is to give back to communities by engaging them in prosocial behavior and positive team building. So, if you’re looking for a fun way to team build in your corporate office, this might be the best choice for you.

2. High Trek Laser Tag

Anything is possible with High Trek Laser Tag whose outdoor style gameplay is what makes this a fun way to spend a nice night. High Trek specializes in tactical laser tag where players can compete in a range of up to 600 feet.

Laser tag gear is tricked out with variable hit damage, range, sound effects, and reverberation depending on player preferences. The recommended age for participating is seven-years-old and up, though kids of any age are allowed to participate with their parents’ permission.

3. Virtual Sports

Looking for options in your laser tag course? Virtual Sports has multiple different missions meaning that the game can vary every time you play. Versions include Capture the Flag-style missions, classic team-vs-team, and a tug-of-war mission where players must battle to grab “supply boxes” to gain points.

If you’re looking for other ways to play, why not try Virtual Sports Virtual Reality glasses or have a Nerf gun battle on the unique Astro Field. But no matter what, give Virtual Sports a shot and have fun!

4. Bullwinkle’s

Are you ready for some real fun? Bullwinkle’s has so many attractions for the whole family including miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, bumper boats, bumper cars, bowling, virtual reality challenge, the Screamin’ Swing, Frog Hopper, Sling Shot, Kidopolis Playground, traffic school, and one of the most sought-after attractions — Lazer Xtreme.

What makes this laser tag experience so unique is that they combine traditional laser tag gaming with virtual reality. And the course is pretty cool too! The arena is decked out with strobe lights, fog, and music to get your heart pumping. And as soon as you break into teams, the game is on. Up to 16 people can play in one game of laser tag, making this the perfect activity for a birthday party or large group gathering.

Why not try it out or plan your next fun-tastic laser tag experience? They offer party packages for groups of six or more where you can pick three, four, or five attractions to explore. Each package comes with tokens, so you can hit the arcade and rack up enough points to get a prize before battling it out in the Lazer Xtreme arena.

So, what are you ready for a laser tag challenge?