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2020 will go down as the year that changed everything. COVID-19 changed how we do business, go to school, travel, dine-out, and just about everything else. Thanks to the promise of vaccinations, we can expect to resume life outside our homes sometime in the coming months. What we need to realize is that this virus altered the paradigm for hospitality businesses permanently. The new-normal for Airbnb travelers will remain at pandemic level cleanliness long after the coronavirus is under control.

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An essential element to your guest's satisfaction is their level of sleep. When travelers stay in a hotel or Airbnb, they expect a better night's sleep than they get at home. It's no secret that a well-rested guest is a happy guest. According to a survey of people who booked a stay for leisure during the past 12 months (2017), 78% responded that the beds' comfort was very important when choosing accommodations. An additional 20% said comfortable beds are somewhat important. That's 98% of guests

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As the entire hospitality industry continues to suffer through the COVID-19 pandemic, a bright spot is emerging in the markets for short-term rentals like Airbnb over traditional hotels. With stay-at-home orders and social distancing suffocating travel, a shift to accommodations requiring less public contact and added kitchen amenities is underway. According to a recent white paper from STR and AirDNA, we see a recovery in the hotel-comparable (HC) rentals at almost twice that of hotels. Also,

Is it Possible to Slow the Aging Process or Reverse it Completely?

Since the days of Ponce de Leon’s search for the Fountain of Youth, humankind has had an unending fascination with looking and feeling younger. Beauty is a $532 billion per year industry helping us maintain a youthful glow. A cream for this and an elixir for that. A nip here and a tuck there. Everyone wants to look and feel like they’re twenty-five again. Ironically, Ponce looked for his fountain in Florida, America’s favorite place to grow old and die. Today’s version of longevity explorer doe

The Interesting Path to Hearts, Chocolate, and Roses

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The 5 Building Blocks for Improved Self-Confidence

Do you know what it takes to build self-confidence? We’re talking real confidence, not the fake bravado that’s so prevalent in the world today. Everywhere you look these days, somebody is screaming an opinion or touting their brilliance. That’s not confidence. It’s the brashness of self-doubt. No, what you want is Kung Fu Master self-confidence. Remaining calm, cool, and collected in the face of a challenge is a superpower. Confidence is knowing that you may not always win, but you’re damn sure

The Magic Word That Will Transform Your Life

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What Are Kegels and Why They Should be Part of Your Daily Routine

Sure, you may go to the gym every day to strengthen your biceps, pectorals, and glutes, but have you ever given your pelvic floor muscles a workout? Don’t know the what, where, and how of your pelvic muscles? Here’s all you need to know. Your partner will thank you later! Kegels are pelvic muscle exercises that maintain and improve the functioning of your bowel and bladder. Right now, you’re probably thinking, “Great! I’m reading about how to upgrade my toilet skills. I’m good in that departmen

A Guide to Changing Habits and Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year!!! We made it to 2021. Hopefully, you’ve already given some thought to a few things you would like to change in the upcoming year. Whether it’s eating better, working out, getting a new job, or anything else to live your best life, today is the day we get started. The thing about New Year’s resolutions is that they’re easy to state but challenging to keep. According to discoverhappyhabits.com, only 7% of people stuck to all their resolutions, while 19% kept at least one. A whoppi

5 Secrets to a Healthy Holiday Season

We’ve almost made it! If we can just get through the holiday season, this crazy year will be in the rearview mirror. It doesn’t matter if 2020 brought you a little extra around your midsection or the best shape of your life; let’s finish strong! The “most wonderful time of the year” should come with a warning sign. You are about to unwrap a gift packed with anxiety, eat plates full of discomfort, and raise a glass to a hangover. As they say on The Price Is Right, “All this can be yours!” Inste

5 Awesome Ted Talks on Brain Plasticity

Neuroscientists are continuing to discover more about how the human brain changes with age. As these discoveries are shared, the concept of brain plasticity has become a mainstream topic. There’s no better place to learn about the latest and greatest discoveries and ideas other than Ted.com. “Ted Talks” found on the website are a fantastic resource for learning about curious and cutting-edge topics. Ted is an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design. There are plenty of Ted Talks on br

How COVID-19 Affects You "Down There"

Just when you thought this pandemic couldn’t get any worse, we find out that COVID-19 survivors are experiencing sexual health repercussions. So, not only are we getting crushed socially and financially, but our greatest asset is under attack. According to the conclusion of one study, there is quite enough reason to suspect that sexual and reproductive health could be affected in the survivors of COVID-19, both in the short and long terms. The research outlines three factors contributing to a p

Is it Better to Practice or Play a Round of Golf?

The debate of practicing vs. playing golf has been an ongoing one in the golf world for just about as long as golf itself. Both sides have valid arguments, and both playing and practicing have their pros. But which one is better? Playing a round of golf is the best if your overall goal is to improve your golf game. If you want to play golf with a chance of success, practice is essential. But, there are elements of playing golf that you can only practice during an actual game. Therefore, playing

Can Fish See Fishing Line at Night?

A fishing line might seem like it’s just there to connect the hook at the rod, but to the fish, it’s an indicator that somethings amiss and signals to them that they should keep moving to find their next meal. Night fishing is a favorite for some anglers because fish have a more challenging time seeing the line, making them easier to catch. Whether a fish can see the fishing line at night depends primarily on the type and color of the line you use. Monofilament and braided lines disappear in da

How Much Caffeine is In My Tea?

With all of the different kinds of tea and the various ways it can be prepared, it’s hard to know just how much caffeine you’re consuming. If you’re trying to avoid caffeine, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy tea. Or, if you’re looking for a boost of caffeine, there’s a tea that can give you the extra pep, too. The caffeine content in tea boils down to two factors: The kind of tea are you brewing and how long are you steeping it. Caffeine levels range between 10 mg (white tea) to as much

Tips when Planning A Trip To Lake Powell

Lake Powell is a beautiful spot near the Grand Canyon. Part of what makes it so unique is that the lake itself is in Utah and Arizona. Only 115 miles from the North Rim, Lake Powell is a world-famous recreation area and a boater’s paradise known for spectacular red cliffs and unforgettable sunsets. When planning a trip to Lake Powell, careful planning is a must. That way, you can make sure to see Lake Powell at it’s best and take advantage of everything it has to offer. When mapping out your tr

Winning Your Battle Against Time at the Cellular Level

Nobody wants to look or feel old! In our efforts to fight against Father Time, we apply creams to our faces, moisturize our skin, and dye our hair. Some of us resort to Botox injections or a little nip and tuck for that youthful glow. The thing most of our anti-aging products have in common is that they address our appearance with the idea of “looking good means feeling good.” Aging is more than wrinkly skin, thinning hair, and forgetting where you left the car keys. The process of aging happen

How to Maintain Your Game in an Unhealthy World

Why does it take an ailment or condition to motivate us to improve our health? If this COVID pandemic taught us anything, it’s the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Even those of us who consider ourselves somewhat healthy began second-guessing a few of our habits. COVID is the drill sergeant smashing a trash can at our bedside, yelling “wakeup.” Ignore it at your peril! Prevention is The Best Medicine It’s common practice to look down at the scale and think that you need to improve your diet.

How to Reduce Your Risk to the Top 5 Men's Health Issues

Remember when you thought you were invincible? I’m talking about your 20’s, not the last time you had sex after using your bottle of Revactin. We all tend to get a bit delusional after a quality bedroom rodeo but think back to when you believed you would live forever. As we grow older, the realization hits that we can no longer ignore the issues we thought only happened to old guys. These are the five most preventable health issues killing men every year. • Cardiovascular disease – heart attack

Keto Suntella Stuffed Cookie Bars

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