Short Stay Citizens bij Business Nieuws Radio (BNR) - Video


Opgericht in 2017 zijn de oprichters, onder andere Oscar van Wel, klaar om de volgende stap te zetten, scaling-up. Gedurende een radio-uitzending bij Business Nieuws Radio (BNR) heeft Oscar van Wel het platform,, gepitched tegenover een angel investor en de radio luisteraars. “Wij denken dat wonen de volgende bedrijfskolom is die als een service kan worden aangeboden, zoals wij zeggen ‘Living as a Service’”, aldus Oscar van Wel, waar hij de visie van het bedrijf beschrijft wat in bovenstaande video te beluisteren en zien is.


The founders of Short Stay Citizens, founded in 2017, are ready to take the next step, scaling-up. During a radio broadcast on Business News Radio (BNR), the managing director Oscar van Wel has pitched the platform,, in front of an angel investor and radio listeners. “We think living is the next business column that can be offered as a service, as we say – ‘Living as a Service'”, says Oscar van Wel, where he describes the company’s vision which can be listened and watched in the video above (only in Dutch).

Understanding the business side of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, the young metropolis and populous modern city located on the continent of Asia, has the highest population and employment density in the world, with approximately 7.1 million and 6.788 people per square kilometres. Known to be one of the world’s leading financial centres, Hong Kong’s service-oriented economy is characterized by its low taxation, practically free port trade and a well-established international financial market.


On Hong Kong’s economic freedom. Hong Kong’s economic freedom is among the highest in the world, topping the economic freedom index by the Heritage Foundation for 20 years. As a competitive financial hub and business centre, Hong Kong continues to be one of the world’s resilient economies. The high-quality legal framework provides effective security of property rights and unequivocally bolsters the rule of law. There is little to no tolerance for corruption, and a high level of transparency enhances government integrity. The efficient practice of regulations and openness to global commerce uphold a dynamic entrepreneurial climate in Hong Kong. The linkage with mainland China is most visible with the finance and trading sectors.

The financial market. Positioning number one in the World Economic Forum’s Financial Development Index, Hong Kong carries a substantial and well developed financial system, composed of an integrated network of institutions and markets which provide an extensive range of products and services to local and international clients and investors. Hong Kong’s financial markets are portrayed as having a high degree of liquidity and operate under compelling and transparent regulations by the four financial regulators namely the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA), the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). The regulators oversee the banking, the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF), insurance as well as securities and prospect enterprises individually, and help to maintain the financial stability of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has a well-developed and dynamic exchange market, the development of which has been stimulated by the absence of exchange controls in Hong Kong and its favoured time zone area. The currency market in Hong Kong consists primarily of the sizeable and dynamic interbank market where wholesale Hong Kong dollar reserves are transacted among banking establishments.

Hong Kong’s stock market was the 6th largest in the world and the third largest in Asia in terms of market capitalization recognized at the end of the year 2016. Hong Kong is known for raising IPO (“Initial Public Offering”) funds. The insurance sector in Hong Kong is large and diverse. Hong Kong’s insurance sector was ranked 4th for market penetration and 7th for insurance density ($4,719 per capita). The insurance sector includes 160 licensed insurers as of March 2018 and is mostly owned by organisations overseas.


So why do business in Hong Kong? Advocating free press, freedom of speech and abolishing economic barriers, such as tariffs, quotas and limitations on ethnic groups, Hong Kong maintains a list of non-restrictive rules and regulations and is accessible to the wide public. Some other significant advantages include the free flow of information, a skilled workforce, the infrastructure, taxes, geographical location, and a vibrant international lifestyle. The policy of minimum intervention towards the business industry makes Hong Kong a favourable region for doing business.



By Ismail el Kadiri



When you're in Geneva for business

Geneva is a central hub for a lot of business activity and trade fairs. In this blog, we want to talk about what you need to keep in mind when doing business here, especially if you want to become more successful in achieving your business goals while developing strong relationships at the same time. So if you are working for one of the multinationals looking to do business in Geneva or maybe a part of a smaller organisation looking to do international business at one of the events, you are in the right place!


First of all, why is Geneva so famous for its business activity and trade fairs? Geneva is a home to a lot of international organisations, and many other multinational companies hold one of their main headquarters in the city. These include the World Health Organization, World Trade Organization and the United Nations. Plus Facebook, HSBC Private Bank, Microsoft, and others. There are also many business events held in Geneva – you can always find one relevant to your industry and find out more information about statistics and trends or meet potential clients/suppliers. These events include the Geneva Motor Show, blockchain conferences, conferences about energy and the future of the Internet and many more. The main venue for such events is the PalExpo (Geneva Exhibition and Congress Centre) which can seat up to 2,500 people and is located next to the airport. All of these events make Geneva a busy business hub with plenty of activity happening in the area. Famously, Geneva (and Switzerland in general) is also known for its Swiss watches with some top businesses in the industry holding headquarters in the city, including Patek Philippe, Piaget, and Vacheron Constantin. The world’s largest physics research centre CERN, investigating the structure of the universe, is also located in Geneva.


What should you know when you have just arrived in the city for business? Geneva is the most important city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, though French is not essential here – there is a huge variety of nationalities and languages in the city. Switzerland has four national languages – varying based on the city. In addition, each city has different cultural norms. Therefore, make sure that the person you are doing business with speaks your language or hire an interpreter. In Geneva, everything is easily accessible on foot, however, there is an effective public transport system as well if you’re looking for convenience or need to get somewhere faster. Geneva is an expensive place to stay (rated as the second or third most expensive place in the world for business travel), but some of the most luxurious hotels in the world are also located here, so the higher prices come with high quality. There are a dozen five-star hotels, even though it is a relatively small city. You could say they are “highfordable”! 

If you are arriving by plane and wish to take the public transport, you can make use of a special offer at a  ‘Unireso’ machine and travel by trains and buses for free for 80 minutes. The airport is located 4 minutes away from the city centre. The short journey can also be made by a taxi – they can be found just outside the airport.

Moreover, we have a few tips for you regarding the Swiss culture. Punctuality is important in Switzerland. Well, it is a little less important in French parts, like Geneva, but it is still highly recommended. In the French-speaking parts of Switzerland (including Geneva). small talk can be expected and sometimes a round of (non-alcoholic) drinks can be expected before getting down to business. The locals of the French part are also known as conceptual, analytical thinkers who try to use universal rules to solve problems. The Swiss culture values privacy, so it is better to avoid topics that are too personal. Try to avoid jokes on Swiss culture and humour when possible to avoid offending someone accidentally (works for most cultures, right?). Besides, business cards and gifts are appreciated at the end of negotiations.


If you do want to explore the city for a bit of sightseeing and turn your business trip into a bleisure trip, here are some of the top things to do. Geneva’s Old Town has plenty to see and is one of the most scenic areas of Geneva. There are a lot of independent boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and the unique architecture will definitely keep your eyes wandering. Geneva’s Jet d’eau is an enormous water fountain, spouting water 140 meters up into the air – definitely worth a picture. Other good places for this are the Pont du Mont-Blanc and the Promenade du Lac. If you are into humanitarian work, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum displays all the work done by the organisation over the last 150 years. Moreover, Plaine de Plainpalais has one of Switzerland’s biggest and best flea markets involving hundreds of stalls and all kinds of vintage (and not) things.




By Haris Wahid


Useful apps for every business traveller

As carrying a laptop or documents around become more of a hassle for every business traveller, app developers are stepping up their game and eliminating the need for these as much as possible. We’ve rounded up some much-needed apps for you because we want to make your life just a bit easier. While there might be some apps mentioned that you might already know, you’re bound to find a new app that you haven’t tried yet. The following apps assist you in planning, organising and networking. We’ve also included some honourable mentions that are simply just handy and worth having them on your smartphone.

Staying organised:


Most stressful chore during business trips are the expenses. According to The Global Mobility Survey 2018, 17% of business leaders do not keep up with expenses made on business trips. Concur automates this process and benefits not only employees but also the organisations. These apps help make expense reporting simple, fast and accurate. E-receipts capture data directly from airlines, restaurants, hotels and other suppliers. Employees can also take photos of the receipts, saving time and hassle. You can also reconcile expenses with card integration. Organisations can directly approve or reject expense reports through manager access. Furthermore, you can even add car mileage to an expense report!




Another app that keeps your business trip in order is Tripit from Concur. Tripit has the free version and pro version which is $49 per year. With the pro version, you can directly connect your Concur account with the app. Which, if you’re a frequent business traveller, is highly commendable. Don’t get us wrong, the free version is also up to the mark, but the pro version has much more features than the free version. With the free version, you can organise, selectively share, store travel documents, and add or edit your travel plans. With the pro version you get all of that and receive real-time flight alerts, locate alternate flights, find out when a better seat is available, get fare refund notifications, track reward-program points, share plans with your inner circle automatically and save money with VIP travel benefits which provide special offers on CLEAR and Loungebuddy. CLEAR is a biometric screening tool that scans your fingerprint to confirm your identification, allowing you to skip the long lines for ID check. Although, right now it only operates in the US. The Loungebuddy app is a revolutionary app that allows all travellers to access any of the lounges, for as low as $23, in the network without any membership fees, elite statuses or first class tickets required.



Asana is a project-based management app and the teams are organised around these projects. You can create a project with tasks and subtasks and add the team that is with you on the project. Furthermore, you can tag colleagues, add comments, attach files, descriptions and many more.  While you’re on your business trip you can create this as a project, keep track of your trip and meetings and what you’ve already done and still need to do. If your company uses this app, your manager can also keep track of your accomplishments and you can also follow your team’s progress. Asana is a great tool to manage projects and tasks.  


Vehicle Apps:

Google Maps

Although Apple Maps and Waze are two worthy contenders, Google Maps stands out with its features that the other two don’t have. Waze has too many ads and Apple Maps doesn’t have the feature for offline use like Google Maps does have, which could come quite handy if you’re data bundle isn’t up to par. It’s easy to use, gives you clear directions and a map view all at once, the background colour will adjust based on the ambient light in your car, and the offline feature allows you to download entire cities or neighbourhood on your device. Furthermore, its pins function is great for sharing your location or even saving your favourite places to visit on your next business trip. You can also add two stops to your route in case you have to do a pit stop on your way to your meeting. Moreover, the app can detect traffic jams and provide you with an alternative route. Lastly, whether you’re travelling by car or not and you need the closest gas station, restaurant or ATM, Google Maps will provide you with that information. The app allows you to search for the nearest banks, hotels, movie theatres, gas station, or even what type of restaurant you’re in the mood for.  



If you’re in the U.S. or travel there frequently for business, then ParkWhiz is the app for you. It can track down the perfect parking spot in 315 cities across the country and provides users with discounted parking in exclusive areas. The app allows you to choose from a parking lot, private garages and private venues. The app calculates the walking distance from potential parking spots to your final destination, provides you directions and parking instructions. This app is best for people who like to plan and book well ahead of time.



Now, if you’re more of a worldly business traveller, then Parkopedia is the parking app you need. Parkopedia is used by millions of drivers and organisations. It allows you to find the closest parking spot to your destination, gives you the costs and whether there’s space available or not. Parkopedia claims to have over 60 million parking spots (including street parking, car parks and private driveways) in 75 countries.  The app features pre-booking service, real-time parking availability and the ability to pay online.


If you don’t have a car service booked or a taxi, then Uber can be quite useful to you. The app will use your current location to calculate the fastest route to your final destination and provide you with the costs before you choose the service. You don’t have to have cash on you because the charges go straight to your card. Additionally, you can track your driver in real time while they’re on their way and while you are in transit.


Keep in touch apps:

Skype, Whatsapp and WeChat

Use these apps for keeping in touch with your loved ones while you’re abroad without the high charges. You can call, message and video call for free. You can host a conference meeting with video call for up to 10 people with Skype, video call, phone call and create group conversations with WeChat and Whatsapp.  WeChat is best for travellers who are in constant contact with people in China. WeChat is more popular there and is more stable than other social networks.



Which professional doesn’t know about LinkedIn today? If you haven’t downloaded it on your smartphone yet, do it. LinkedIn is for anyone looking to grow their careers even further and it’s a great way to stay in contact with professionals such as yourself. You add connections to your network, private message them through LinkedIn or through the company’s contact information, and you have your resumé laid out for others to see.  You can also follow other companies as “interests” to stay up-to-date with them. LinkedIn has similar features as other social networks, but this one is specifically catered for professionals.



CamCard is an app that helps you stay on top of your business cards that you most likely receive during conferences and networking. It digitilizes the information on the business card and adds the relevant information on your virtual Rolodex (your contact list). Therefore you’ll never lose another business card again! It digitalises a business card by using its optical character reader by taking a snapshot photo of the card and can digest the information in 17 different languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Swedish. It can also translate phone numbers, decipher social media handles and has a web interface where you can manage the contacts efficiently. It has two versions: the free version and the $3 premium version. The free version has full functionality but has a limited amount of scanning 200 cards.


Honourable mentions:


This app is the most flexible fitness membership there is! This app allows you to search for nearby gym classes, book classes, watch workout videos and build a community. You can choose from thousands of workouts such as boxing, yoga, spinning and much more. This app has 3 types of subscriptions, one of £35/month which is 27 credits or 2 or 3 classes, £55/month which is 45 credits or 3-5 classes and £105/month which is 90 credits or 7-11 classes. The amount of credits per classes depends on each studio. But not to worry, if you’ve used up your credits you can always buy more. This is a very worthwhile app if you’re an avid “workoutaholic” or like to stay fit and you’re constantly travelling. Especially since many gyms do not offer one day passes.


Google Translate

Not everyone you meet while abroad will know English, your language, or vice versa. That’s why, do us all a favour, and download this app. It will help you in cafe’s when you’re in dire need of coffee or beer, or with cab drivers. You can point your device’s camera on the text you want to translate and the app will provide you with a real-time translation on your screen. What’s even better is that you can download translation packages onto your smartphone meaning it will still allow you to translate without internet. It’s a practical tool and will save you and the barista a few minutes of trying to understand each other.   


These apps replace many other apps because they save you space on your smartphone and spares you the hassle of always switching to and from multiple other apps, therefore also saving you time. If you’re not convinced yet, download them and try it out for yourself. You can thank us later!


By Ronaly van der Biest


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London Insight: A look at England’s business capital and its serviced apartment industry

We often look at London and ask ourselves how does United Kingdom’s capital standout economically, in comparison to other major cities such as New York, when it comes to conducting business and maintaining a healthy environment for all type of enterprises.

In this week’s blog, we want to delve into London’s successful financial sector, its place in the world for global businesses but also its current housing situation for both short and long-term stays.

Understanding London’s economy

Unlike other metropolises such as Washington and Moscow, which are known to be the political capital of their respective countries but not their economic centres, London manages to achieve both statuses performing the leading role in government and financially paving the way for the country’s growth in all sectors. According to CEBR (UK’s leading economics consultancies), in 2018 London’s output will face an increase of 16% since the financial crash of 2008.

In the past two decades, London saw a substantial increase in the financial sector due to a number of essential factors.

Developments in emerging markets have changed the global financial system making it no longer transatlantically fixated. Under these circumstances, London has a larger global reach as due to the time zone its working hours overlap with those of centres all around the world.

London saw a massive increase in investment during the millennium transition because of its light touch regulation and while New York was seeing a decrease in the stable business environment because of its bureaucracy and restrictive regulatory reforms, foreign companies simply decided to transit their businesses and list their stocks in London to avoid further hassle and loss. As a result, over 40% of world foreign equities are traded in London according to GASME (Global Alliance of SMEs).


The serviced apartment industry in London

Recognised as a global economic capital, housing in London can be relatively easy to find and to afford, given the average salary in the capital. Even though prices are rising, it has been proven over time that people seem to pay less attention to this factor due to the opportunities and high level of lifestyle the capital offers. Surprisingly the United Kingdom capital saw the lowest rate of growth in private rents among English regions (according to London Datastore) and its annual private rent increase has been below the annual wage increases (Office of National Statistics). In 2016/17, London saw an increase in new housing supply with nearly 40.000 new homes built or converted from commercial buildings into residential properties.

Looking at the serviced apartments industry, we can observe a prolific market for its providers as the metropolis is host to multiple businesses, cultural and sports events annually, thus, attracting a high number of tourists as well as temporary stay working individuals. According to a report from accountancy firm BDO, the average hotel room across the country exceeded £100 for the first time turning people to turn towards curated apartments. With the market already being present, London has managed to establish a strong presence within the industry with various companies offering apartments for all social categories. In 2017, The UK serviced apartment sector attained 81.7% occupancy with London and Edinburgh being at the top of the chart. Industry reports mention that business travellers value the independence, flexibility and variety as the decision turn point when deciding what type of accommodation they want for the duration of their trip.

Short Stay Citizens is a clear example of an SME company that wishes to deliver a fine service by offering handpicked serviced apartments all around Europe. With a strong focus on London, our aim is to offer the most suitable properties located in the best neighbourhoods of the city, for the client to feel just like home. The company focuses on its product which in essence is a service and puts the needs of the client on the top of their business model in order for the client to experience a wonderful stay wherever he decides to travel.


Looking back to London’s ascension as a global business capital, this major city has managed to stay relevant in multiple industries, with its financial sector being on top of the list. The constant investment shows that the city displays an open view on globalization recognizing the importance of foreign investment in the global economy.  

Industry reports mention that business travellers value the independence, flexibility and variety as the decision turn-point when choosing what type of accommodation they want for the duration of their trip. As a result, the serviced apartments industry is continuously investing in means to improve their service. Companies aim to attract a wider audience with numerous businesses from relevant markets joining forces and adapting to the consumer trends and global economic changes.



By Catalin Neamtu, Short Stay Citizens 

Based on:

What Makes London a Global City? by Global Alliance of SME

How did London become the financial centre of the world? by Benjamin Attley for

Why London is the Business Capital of Europe, by Jason O’conaill for

UK Serviced Apartment Sector Achieves 81.7% Occupancy, by Emma Lake for The Caterer

London Housing Market Report by London Datastore

Where is the Serviced Apartment Sector Heading? By Fiona Murchie for Relocate Magazine

Business Travel: EyeforTravel Europe 2018

What is EyeforTravel Europe Summit?

As we steadily progress through 2018, Europe’s largest conference for hospitality and data-powered travel is at our doorstep bringing together the entire European travel industry under one roof. The event attracts a high attendance from various companies throughout the hospitality sector such as travel suppliers (hoteliers, airlines, car hire services, rail companies), intermediaries (specialised OTAs, tour operators, full-service OTAs, white label inventory, travel agents, metasearch and corporate travel), technology or service suppliers (marketing solutions, data solutions, consultants, as well as press associations and investors). Last year’s edition of the summit saw a high number of attendee seniority with speakers such as CEO’S, CMO’S, and managing directors from various enterprises associated with hospitality and travel (Hilton, Uber, Ryanair and Emirates). The 2018 edition will be held in June for a span of 3 days from 4th-6th at the Park Plaza Victoria, London.


Why should you attend this event?

A 450+ person event, EyeforTravel is setting the tone for promoting digital innovation as well as enabling partnerships that generate pure profit. The conference programme will be split into 3 days, each covering important aspects and trends regarding practices in marketing, distribution, technology, data and revenue management.


What topics will the conference cover?

EyeforTravel summit will kick on the 4th of June with the opening evening keynote set on how companies need to react to trend changes, means of creating brand loyalty as well as understanding and acknowledging the importance of digital takeover of the everyday business.  Brands such as Hilton, and Airbnb are set to speak on its first day to share their knowledge of how travel is sold.

The second day is scheduled to cover the economic success of travel giants and how start-up enterprises can flourish.  Topics such as how companies are preparing for the future growth, influencing the traveller’s perception and also how companies can effectively make use of OTA’s to get maximum control of its data and profits.  In addition, the second day will host various speakers in 3 key sectors (distribution & partnerships; marketing and technology) to discuss the importance of these aspects that are behind every successful hospitality organization.

The event’s final day will target specific affairs that companies need to perfect in order to assure a steady and healthy growth. The data and analytics section will discuss in depth about the fusion between data and AI for a customer first approach, overcoming the implementation of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) such as how to maintain the right processes in order to stay compliant as well as setting up the right visualisation of your brand in order to convert insight into profit.


Overall, EyeforTravel 2018 promises an intriguing event revolving around digital innovation and networking to further enhance the European market of the travel industry. With over 20 years of experience, the EyeforTravel organization understands the importance of business development and aim to share ideas for the relevant companies on various fields (technology, marketing, pricing and retail trends) as well as educating the future generations on the importance of the travel business present in today’s everyday life. For more information about the event or regarding the full summit schedule you can visit their official website.


By Catalin Neamtu, Short Stay Citizens 

Based on:

EyeforTravel 2018 official schedule brochure

The difference between professionally managed serviced apartments, privately owned apartments and hotel rooms

As many of you might already know, the serviced apartment industry has boomed in the past years and has almost reached its maturity. Yet, many people still struggle to understand the difference between a professionally managed serviced apartment, a hotel room and a privately owned apartment.

Short Stay Citizens, a serviced apartment platform, has developed in the past years with the sole purpose to supply serviced apartments, studios and suites to corporate travellers.  In order to help you in understanding the distinction between these types of properties, we want to share our expertise about the industry.


Professionally managed apartments

Generally speaking, these apartments are privately owned and available for both short and long stays. Its convenience becomes even greater when the apartment is booked for a longer period of time. Usually, they provide the same basic services as hotel rooms but additionally, they offer amenities such as fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms or living and working spaces. These extra amenities combined with a more personal touch and service, provide the perfect solution to corporate travels issues. Contrary to privately owned apartments, serviced apartments guarantee and provide full safety during the reservation process to allow the final user to arrive in a safe, organized and fully functional apartment. The companies providing such service enjoy a partnership with the owners of the apartments and this constitutes a fundamental reason why serviced apartments have become the number one choice for corporate travels.

In conclusion, the professionally managed apartments are those accommodations which make you feel at home even when you are far away.

Privately owned apartments

Privately owned apartments are essentially apartments owned by private individuals who decide to rent out those apartments to people. The main difference, in this case, is that these apartments could be rented out for a period much longer than you would expect from a serviced apartments. Therefore, the difference is in the way the apartment is managed by the owner. These accommodations will still include the basic amenities of an apartment in the majority of the cases, but they will not provide all the amenities and the same level of service as the professionally managed apartments.

Hotel rooms

Perhaps, it is the most common type of accommodation existing so far. Most of the people have stayed in a hotel room at least once and know what kind of services are offered by hotels. Although most of the basic services are similar to the ones offered in serviced apartments, they often lack the sufficient space needed by corporate travellers during their trips. It becomes even more important if the trips are extended to several months. For this reason, hotels are losing their grips and their attractiveness towards corporate travellers and their needs.

Are you planning on visiting London for your next business travel or anywhere else in the world? Contact Short Stay Citizens and reserve your next accommodation with us! We are happy to help you!


By Valerio Marinone, Short Stay Citizens

Based on: 


Global Citizens b.v. internship opportunity in International VAT Structure and Regulations

Global Citizens b.v. is offering an internship opportunity in international tax, International VAT Structure and Regulations position, working for an investment firm that supports and invests in ideas, concepts and businesses, with the objective to fully facilitate the global citizens’ lifestyle. Global Citizens b.v. targets individuals or companies seeking support with matters concerning international migration for work or as a lifestyle. We offer our services to all global citizens, as well as their families, and companies, involved in businesses globally.

As an International VAT Structure and Rules intern, you will primarily focus on supporting our international tax team. The job functions generally include working with international VAT regulations and structures, making sure the procedures involving company matters are coherent and compliant. The position is a great opportunity for someone looking to work in a current and global tax business environment and deepen their knowledge of international tax regulations.

Key requirements

  • Fluent or native English language speaker
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills
  • Preferably, an HBO or university student of tax law
  • Ability to work independently
  • Hands-on mentality
  • Understanding of international tax regulations
  • Passion for international travel and global citizens’ lifestyle

Additional information

  • Level: Internship
  • Job functions: International VAT Structure and Regulations
  • Duration: 3 to 6 months
  • 20-40 hours per week
  • Our office is based in central Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Please email your applications including a CV and a short cover letter to


Tips for keeping your healthy lifestyle routine during business trips

While on business travels, you don’t only have to deal with the hours of commute, flight, and tiredness, but also deal with the fact that all your hard work and dedication for a healthier lifestyle routine can spiral out of control in just a few days travelling, and lets not even think about if you’re working abroad for a few weeks or even months!

Dietary temptations are all around you, whether you’re staying in a hotel or serviced apartment. The convenience of fast food is either available on your phone or just a few minutes walking from your accommodation, especially if you’re staying central.

People can be creatures of habit, and routines promote health and wellness through the structure. Having a routine can improve your health tremendously. Many people who don’t follow a routine suffer from stress, poor sleep, poor eating, poor physical condition, and ineffective use of time.

By now, you’ll most likely already have your daily routine at home and constantly travelling while trying to keep your routine can disrupt your healthy lifestyle.

Here are a few tips to keep your healthy lifestyle routine while your travelling.

Preparation is key

Being prepared before a business trip is of utmost importance! Think about the accommodation and the location. If you’re not booking the accommodation yourself, then let the one who is booking know what your preferences are.

Since you’re probably a busy executive, you don’t have the luxury of time to do extensive research on your accommodation or location, so a quick scan will do just fine. As long as you have enough information to keep your healthy lifestyle on track. Or better yet, let your P.A. do it!

Accommodation and location, location, location!

A selection of healthy restaurants in London

If you’re staying in a hotel, check if they have a restaurant and if they do, make sure they have a variety of healthy options. If the hotel doesn’t offer this or if you’re staying in a serviced apartment, take a look at the surroundings. Are there any restaurants in the neighbourhood? If so, do they serve healthy food? Most of the restaurants do have healthy options nowadays, but if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you’d want to be sure! A quick search for healthy restaurants in Google in your vicinity, London city centre, for example, will give you a result of something like the picture on the left suggests.


If you have access to a fully equipped kitchen, like most serviced apartments offer, and you’re keen on cooking your own food, then check if there are supermarkets in the neighbourhood. And if you are one of those that are trying to keep up with the new and healthy trend of eating organic foods, then make sure that there is an organic supermarket near you.


And don’t forget to bring your healthy recipes with you. Preferably quick and easy since you’ll be tired of all those meetings and don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Want to be even more prepared? Pack food containers to eat between meetings. Having a lunch meeting? Don’t hesitate to let your colleagues know your restaurant preferences, or order something healthy. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Your health comes first.

Spacious serviced apartment in Kensington, London offered by Short Stay Citizens

Do you combine your healthy eating with exercises? Then make sure there is a fitness centre in the building or in the neighbourhood. While you’re at it, check if the fitness centres have flexible or daily subscriptions.

No gym around? Not to worry! Nowadays you can find many home exercises online. However, the typical double-bed hotel room won’t quite gives you the space that you’ll probably need. Therefore, a suggestion would be to book something bigger, a suite or a spacious serviced apartment.


After you’ve done your research and gathered all the information, make a plan that is convenient for you. Like Benjamin Franklin once said: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Adapt your routine accordingly to the data you’ve gathered. Don’t forget, to have a backup plan in mind, in case your initial plan didn’t go as planned, which will mostly be the case. An example would be to carry snacks with you if a meeting is running late.

Challenge but doable

Is it a challenge to try to keep a healthy routine when you’re travelling? Yes, of course, it is! However, according to Lisa Drayer, a dietician and author, she suggests that by planning out your trip it will help you stick to your routine as much as possible.

Therefore, try to remember these tips for your next trip:

  • Prepare: Research your accommodation and surroundings for healthy restaurants, supermarkets and fitness centres at your location or in the vicinity.
  • If you do home exercises, book a spacious serviced apartment or hotel suite.
  • Plan: Adapt your routine to your information that you gathered and make a plan for your upcoming trip.

Your health is worth the challenge!

By Ronaly van der Biest, Short Stay Citizens

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The latest news in travel and serviced apartment industry


The serviced apartments market is already performing well, with expectations of more than 10,000 serviced apartments to be developed between 2017 and 2019. The UK alone is expected to open 2,000 serviced apartments this year. Not only are providers looking to expand across the land, but they now want to venture into space!

The US Hotelier Robert Bigelow, the owner of Budget Suites of America extended stay brand, will launch an ‘inflatable space hotel’ into orbit around the Earth by 2021. It will consist of two 17-meter models that will be linked and provide a capacity double that of the International Space Station. It is estimated that the cost will go into eight figures per passenger. The company mainly focuses on hotel suites in America.


The Serviced Apartment Summit Europe 2018, which is the only one of its kind in Europe, will take place at the Park Plaza Victoria, London on July 10th – 11th this year. It includes serviced apartments, extended stay hotels/aparthotels and short-term accommodation sectors. It has been hosted since 2013 and grows rapidly each year. It is stated that more than 350 CEOs and senior level delegates and speakers from all around the world will be present.


Looking at trends, in the future smart technologies will be used more and more frequently in homes for easier automation, regulation, comfort and being controlled remotely. There is also a risk that some consumers will prefer face-to-face interaction which could become a trend again if the world becomes too digitalized and people miss a personal touch. People are looking for modular and smaller apartments while maintaining the same facilities. It is possible to include a normal home (full kitchen, living and sleeping space) in under 20 sqm.

With global warming and environmental conditions becoming more extreme all around the world, serviced apartment providers must think about ‘green living’ due to stakeholder pressures. The stakeholder that is influencing the most change is legislation, as breaking the rules results in fines and penalties. And consumer demand for them, as consumers will drive their profits.

By 2020, people will more and more frequently suffer from insomnia. Solutions to this problem are projected to be an 80-billion-dollar industry by 2020. This includes facilities such as smart beds for regulating body temperature, as well as dream machines for monitoring and enhancing sleep. Hotels could take advantage of this by coming up with their own solutions to incorporate into hotels to help visitors with trouble sleeping. Short Stay Citizens accommodations are not equipped yet with the tech for this, but there are some ideal locations for getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. These can be in less crowded areas or at high locations to give visitors a sense of awe and looking at the big picture from above everyone else.

Virtual reality can be used for educational, facilitating research and entertainment purposes. Room prototypes can be tested with consumer groups in 3D, and virtual spaces could replace the residents’ lounge.


Looking at travel news, something to keep in mind (especially with global warming) are that different airports are equipped differently for dealing with snow. Sweden’s largest airport may have delays or restrict flights to only arrivals, but they have never fully shut down the airport. British airports can shut down for less severe problems, due to problems associated with the weather and not being able to deal with them. These can include clearing snow and ice, low visibility and needing to slow traffic levels to manage airport capacity while maintaining safety. Heathrow regularly runs at its full capacity, so small deviations have large ripples of effects due to little room for flexibility.


By Haris Wahid, Short Stay Citizens

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