CONTENT MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP

Short Stay Citizens is offering a Content Management internship opportunity working on an independent booking platform. This internship is open for an intern that may work on two brands: Short Stay Citizens and/or Young Global Living.

Who is Short Stay Citizens?

Short Stay Citizens (SSC) is a scale-up and continuously growing, currently, there are 13 people (remote) working and soon to expand even more. SSC was founded by a group of four friends and is a response to the burgeoning demand for short-stay solutions. SSC is an independent booking platform for serviced apartments with a target audience of medium to high-level executives or affluent travellers.

SSC recently launched a new label called Young Global Living (YGL). YGL is a new platform for community-based co-living spaces. While YGL has a similar business model to SSC, YGL's target audience are millennials, gen z's, affluent students, or digital nomads. Besides coliving spaces, YGL's platform has other added values, for example, providing jobs (via an API), a community-based platform with messaging and more soon to come. A part of YGL's concept was developed by students from the communication study at HRO during the iLabs project.

SSC and YGL provide accommodation solutions for corporate businesses as well as individual travellers. We offer our services for all global travellers, global/digital nomads, travelling for a lifestyle or work, as well as their families, and companies, involved in businesses globally. SSC and YGL are in the serviced apartment industry and co-living sector with a business model of OTA's (online travel agents).

Requirements

  • Fluent or native English language speaker
  • Excellent English writing and grammar skills (vital)
  • Creative writing skills/copy-writing skills
  • Preferably, Student looking to do a graduation assignment/HBO student
  • Ability to work independently
  • Pro-active and Hands-on mentality
  • Understanding of social media and quality content
  • Passion for the hospitality industry, marketing, and technology
  • Willingness to learn
  • Have your own laptop
  • Please note: That not all are requirements, if you have some or all, is that an advantage, but if you are willing to learn, communicate and have a hands-on mentality, then feel free to apply. 

Tasks

  • Contacting providers
  • adding provider contact details in our CRM (Zoho CRM) and back-end
  • adding providers in our back-end and front-end website (adding information and property description in the brand's voice)
  • Copy-writing of the provider's properties
  • Copy-writing for landing pages
  • Testing for bugs
  • Additionally, creating relevant content for blogs
  • Ad hoc tasks

Thesis

Thesis objective is up to discussion during the interview and the first weeks of internships*

Thesis objectives may be about: Social media, marketing, content marketing, sales, SEO or analytics.

What do we offer?

  • Unpaid internship duration: 5-6 months or 1 semester
  • Flexible hours
  • 4-5 days per week, giving you time off to work on school and thesis assignments
  • Informal work environment

Do you fit some or all these requirements? Please feel free to apply! Send your resume and Cover Letter in English to Ms. Ronaly van der Biest at ronaly@shortstaycitizens.com


SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP

Short Stay Citizens is offering a Content Management internship opportunity working on an independent booking platform. This internship is open for an intern that may work on two brands: Short Stay Citizens and/or Young Global Living.  

Who is Short Stay Citizens?

Short Stay Citizens (SSC) is a scale-up and continuously growing, currently, there are 13 people (remote) working and soon to expand even more. SSC was founded by a group of four friends and is a response to the burgeoning demand for short-stay solutions. SSC is an independent booking platform for serviced apartments with a target audience of medium to high-level executives or affluent travellers.

SSC recently launched a new label called Young Global Living (YGL). YGL is a new platform for community-based co-living spaces. While YGL has a similar business model to SSC, YGL's target audience are millennials, gen z's, affluent students, or digital nomads. Besides coliving spaces, YGL's platform has other added values, for example, providing jobs (via an API), a community-based platform with messaging and more soon to come. A part of YGL's concept was developed by students from the communication study at HRO during the iLabs project.

SSC and YGL provide accommodation solutions for corporate businesses as well as individual travellers. We offer our services for all global travellers, global/digital nomads, travelling for a lifestyle or work, as well as their families, and companies, involved in businesses globally. SSC and YGL are in the serviced apartment industry and co-living sector with a business model of OTA's (online travel agents).

Requirements

  • Excellent English writing and grammar skills (vital)
  • Creative writing skills/copy-writing skills (vital) for social media posts (captions) and blogs
  • Understanding of social media and quality content
  • Affinity for social media and analytics
  • Preferably, experience with Canva, or Photoshop, Lightroom, or other content designing tools.
  • Ability to work independently and teams
  • Pro-active and Hands-on mentality
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Have own laptop

Please note: That not all are requirements, if you have some or all, is that an advantage, but if you are willing to learn, communicate and have a hands-on mentality, then feel free to apply.

Tasks

As a Social Media intern, you will primarily focus on supporting our media and sales teams for Short Stay Citizens and/or YGL. You will also work closely with others who are strategising on our social media campaigns.

The job functions generally include:

  • Executing our Social Media strategies
  • Assisting in the management of our Social Media strategies
  • Working on consistency throughout the social media platforms
  • Creating, posting and updating our Social media posts
  • Writing and Creating relevant Blog entries minimum once a month
  • Additionally, assisting in different administrative duties (if needed)
  • Ad hoc tasks

Thesis

Thesis objective is up to discussion during the interview and the first weeks of internships*

Thesis objectives may be about: Social media, marketing, content marketing, sales, SEO or analytics.

What do we offer?

  • Unpaid internship duration: 5-6 months or 1 semester
  • Flexible hours
  • 4-5 days per week, giving you time off to work on school and thesis assignments
  • Informal work environment

Do you fit some or all these requirements? Please feel free to apply! Send your resume and Cover Letter in English to Ms. Ronaly van der Biest at ronaly@shortstaycitizens.com


SEO GRADUATION INTERNSHIP

Short Stay Citizens is offering an SEO internship opportunity working on two independent booking platforms. This internship is open for one intern who will work on researching, advising and implementing SEO to both of our labels along with guidance from the team: the two booking platforms in question are: Short Stay Citizens and Young Global Living (our recently launched label).  

Who is Short Stay Citizens?  

Short Stay Citizens (SSC) is a scale-up and continuously growing, currently, there are 13 people (remote) working and soon to expand even more. SSC was founded by a group of four friends and is a response to the burgeoning demand for short-stay solutions. SSC is an independent booking platform for serviced apartments with a target audience of medium to high-level executives or affluent travellers.  

SSC recently launched a new label called Young Global Living (YGL). YGL is a new platform for community-based co-living spaces. While YGL has a similar business model to SSC, YGL's target audience are millennials, gen z's, affluent students, or digital nomads. Besides coliving spaces, YGL's platform has other added values, for example, providing jobs (via an API), a community-based platform with messaging and more soon to come. A part of YGL's concept was developed by students from the communication study at HRO during the iLabs project.  

SSC and YGL provide accommodation solutions for corporate businesses as well as individual travellers. We offer our services for all global travellers, global/digital nomads, travelling for a lifestyle or work, as well as their families, and companies, involved in businesses globally. SSC and YGL are in the serviced apartment industry and co-living sector with a business model of OTA's (online travel agents).  

Requirements  

  • Fluent English language speaker
  • Dutch is prefered but not required
  • Excellent English writing and grammar skills (vital)
  • Creative writing skills/copy-writing skills (vital)
  • Preferably, Student looking to do a graduation assignment/HBO student
  • Ability to work independently and teams
  • Pro-active and Hands-on mentality
  • Understanding of social media
  • Experience with SEO
  • Experience with Google Analytics
  • Passion for the hospitality industry, marketing, SEO, analytics and technology
  • Have your own laptop
  • Please note: That not all are requirements, if you have some or all, is that an advantage, but if you are willing to learn, communicate and have a hands-on mentality, then feel free to apply. 

 Tasks  

As an SEO intern, you will primarily focus on supporting our media and sales teams for Short Stay Citizens and YGL. You will also work closely with others who are strategising on our social media campaigns of which we will need to work SEO simultaneously.  

The job functions generally include:

  • Researching, advising and implementing SEO
  • Assisting in the management of our Social Media strategies
  • Working on SEO consistency throughout the platforms
  • Writing and Creating relevant Blog entries
  • Additionally, assisting in different administrative duties (if needed)
  • Ad hoc tasks

Thesis

Thesis objective is up to discussion during the interview and the first weeks of internships*

Thesis objectives may be about: Social media, marketing, content marketing, sales, SEO or analytics.  

What do we offer?

  • Unpaid internship duration: 5-6 months or 1 semester
  • Flexible hours
  • 4-5 days per week, giving you time off to work on school and thesis assignments
  • Informal work environment

Do you fit some or all these requirements? Please feel free to apply! Send your resume and Cover Letter in English to Ms. Ronaly van der Biest at ronaly@shortstaycitizens.com


How to set up a workable home office (in your serviced apartment)

While staying in a serviced apartment, there are plenty of things to do. The great thing about serviced apartments is that you have the freedom to turn the apartment into your perfect workspace. Use these tips to maximize your productivity while staying in the serviced apartments. 

Privacy

Ideally, your office should be in a quiet area with some privacy. This is especially important if you share the house with your partner or roommates. You may find that a spare room with a door can reduce noise from the rest of the house if you'll be on the phone frequently.

Rules

To boost your productivity, you should always try to make some basic rules with other people in the apartment (if you don’t live alone). For example, set up specific working hours, so that you can work undisturbed.

However, since you are staying in a serviced apartment, the first two tips won’t be applicable to you if you’re staying by yourself. Because you already have your privacy and you won’t need to lay ground rules for others. 

But what if you’re stuck in your serviced apartment during a pandemic? What if you’re required to work from you’re serviced apartment? Or what if you just have an agreement that you work a few days from your temporary home? How do you set up a workable home office from your serviced apartment? 

Well, obviously your serviced apartment is not your permanent home, so you don’t have the usual home comforts and space. Serviced apartments are bigger than your average hotel room, but usually not as big as your own house. So we have to work with what we got. So what are the things that you need to take into account when setting up your (temporary) home office?

Natural lighting

When entering your new serviced apartment and you want to know where to set up your office, it is best to choose a place near the windows. Even though windows can distract you because of the view, it is best to work in natural lighting, especially when you work many hours straight. 

Tools

There are many things that will optimize your productivity while being on a business trip. Always make sure to pack your essentials that will increase your productivity and efficiency. For instance, always pack your mouse, mouse pad and laptop stand. And make sure to always your necessities, that you brought with you, at hand in your temporary home office, such as your pens, notebooks, tablets, etc. Have them within reach to avoid distractions. 

Ergonomics

The most important thing about working from home is the ergonomic balance of the chair-desk combination. If you know you’re going to be staying at a serviced apartment beforehand, we suggest you check with the agency or provider for what type of chair they have or if it is possible to have an office chair. If they have regular dining chairs, a pillow for back support should go a long way.  Three other tips and tricks to avoid fatigue and discomfort are: 

  1. Keep the correct distance between the screen and your face

Depending on the size of the monitor, you should be approximately 50 to 60 centimetres away from your monitor. The larger the screen, the further away you need to be.

  1. Set the correct viewing height to the screen

The screen should be directly in front of you at an angle of up to 45 degrees from the bottom. Do you work on a laptop without a laptop stand, your head is probably turned down to view the screen. The idea is to look straight ahead and see the screen. Therefore, use a laptop stand! Here’s a list of some portable laptop stands perfect for travelling. Also, since you’ll be using a laptop stand, take into account that you’ll also need a keyboard. 

  1. Maintain a 90-degree angle for arms and legs

When working behind a laptop, this means that the chair must be at a height so that your legs are at 90 degrees angle and the desk must ensure that the arms can operate the keyboard from this same angle.

 

And last but not least, all the serviced apartments have an optimal wifi-signal, so that your work will not suffer from a slow connection. It is important to always work as efficiently as possible and Short Stay Citizens are happy to help you with choosing the optimal serviced apartment for you to be able to work from your temporary home. Give us a call or click here.

 

By Marc Bakker


The golden rules to effectively organise online meetings

The world is getting smaller and smaller. And because of the current pandemic, organisations most likely have all or most of employees working remote. And thankfully, technology has made remote communication very easy. However, effective communication is not only based on technology, you still need to apply a few golden rules to communicate effectively. This blog will highlight some preparation and execution tips that will help when organising effective online meetings. 

Preparation phase:

Essential people: The one who is in charge of the meeting, should only invite people who have a responsibility within. If the findings of the conference are important for the entire organisation, you need to point someone out who will take minutes and will send a document out. This document will include the main findings which are useful for the entire organisation. 

Scheduling: Make sure that the meeting is scheduled at a time that suits everyone. To view when everyone is available, we recommend using  wheniwork.com.This software assists in Appointment scheduling, automated scheduling, class scheduling, employee scheduling, facility scheduling, and resource scheduling. 

Also, take time zones into account. Your colleague in China has a different timezone than you in England. Try using timezone.io. This software facilitates the scheduling of a meeting. It will tell you where they are located so as to plan in a meeting. No need to Google “What time is it in Jakarta”. 

Notification: Before the meeting, make sure to send out an email with a reminder of the meeting. A useful tool to use is Google Calendar; this tool will allow the participants of the meeting to add the session into their schedule. This tool can also notify the participant before the meeting to remind them. A second app which you can use is Outlook calendar. This app will allow you to send text message notifications when items about the meeting are updated, for example, if there is a change in time. You can change the time of the meeting and notify the participant of the meeting without sending an extra e-mail.  

 

Execution phase:

System: Test the tools you’ll be using beforehand. Some tools do not work on phones without downloading an app. Make sure you check that out. Skype is one of the most commonly utilised tools for online meetings. Another app is Google Hangouts, which is free to use up to 25 users. Within Google Hangouts you can video call and audio call. Everyone has the ability to mute their microphone and camera and also to share their screen with others. Another popular tool is Zoom, which allows you to have meetings with 50 users for a subscription fee of 14,99 dollars a month. Zoom has the same features as Google Hangouts. You can video call, audio call and share screens.  A final useful tool is Microsoft Teams. This app allows you to work in teams via a common space. You can use features like document collaboration, one-on-one chat, team chat, and more. 

Connection: Drop in the meeting a couple of minutes before to make sure your internet, video, mic and audio are working fine. Also, do the meeting in a serene environment and with a clear and quiet background because background noises can distract the call participants. 

Minutes: Make sure someone take minutes and makes a summary of the meeting. These notes should be clear and should highlight the main elements of the sessions; however, it should entail enough details that someone who could not attend the meeting can understand the gist of it all. 

 

Now we have highlighted the golden rules to organise an effective online meeting. These measures should help you out immensely, but if it doesn’t go as planned on the first try, not to worry! Practice makes perfect. What other tips would you recommend?

 

‘Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practised every day’ Jim Rohn. 

 

By Karishma Koellin

 

Sources: 

Droidoo.com

Zapier.com

Business.com

Inloox.com 


Serviced apartments: The safest accommodation during a pandemic

As the COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe and countries continue to tighten their travel restrictions, the question of whether and how to travel has become more and more complicated.

The State Department raised its global advisory to a level 4, recommending United States citizens not to travel to any other country, because of the global effects of the outbreak. Flying in or out America is not possible anymore. Also, many countries in Europe and all over the world have been closing its borders as well. Travel in Europe itself is still possible in some countries.

Short Stay Citizens encourages all travellers to stay safe and follow guidelines from the CDC website. However, if you have to travel for work or family reasons, we have listed a number of important points on why professionally managed serviced apartments are the most appropriate accommodations to stay during this pandemic, instead of staying at other accommodations like Airbnb, hotels or friends.

Secured quality

Unlike your average Airbnb or other privately owned short term rentals, professionally managed serviced apartments always have higher standards. Airbnb properties are usually rooms in someone else’s apartments or even villa’s, which means it’s difficult to know what to expect. Privately owned short term rentals are usually rented by individual persons and not companies.

Airbnb is a review based system, so you are counting on the honesty of previous guests to help you make your choice. Neither Airbnb properties nor hosts are checked or regulated by staff, this is the same for privately owned apartments. Both of these choices are basically a stab in the dark. We can imagine that is the last thing you would want during these circumstances.

Privacy

Serviced apartments provide privacy. Shared accommodations don’t. Staying in shared accommodations means that there are other people, hosts,  strangers, around you. Your hygienic routine may not be the same as someone else’s. Due to the pandemic, now is not the best time to be sharing accommodations.

While you have your privacy in privately owned short term rentals, you cannot be sure in what state you will find the apartment nor if it has been thoroughly cleaned or what type of neighbourhood the accommodation is.

With professionally managed serviced apartments you can rest assured of your privacy and safe surroundings.

Accountability

Professionally managed serviced apartments and travel agencies are represented by not for profit trade associations. In the UK, for example, most, if not all, professionally managed serviced apartments are represented by the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers, also known as ASAP in this industry. In Short Stay Citizens’ case, we are represented by IATA.org and all of our professionally managed serviced apartment providers are represented by other not for profit trade associations. These trade associations are aware of COVID-19’s effect on the industry and have taken the appropriate measures to make sure that all stakeholders comply with the new regulations.  Because of these not for profit trade associations, professionally managed serviced apartments are held accountable and are expected to comply with the measures to keep travellers safe during this pandemic. 

Space

Everywhere you go now, you hear and see the words “social distancing”. Most serviced apartments are big enough for you and your partner. If you must travel with family, there are 2+ bedroom apartments available. Therefore, there is space for you to be together but still keeping a social distance. This is hard to do in hotels or Airbnb and shared accommodations.

Besides social distance, you should refrain from leaving your accommodations as much as you can. The fully equipped kitchens provided by serviced apartments enable you to do your shopping weekly, instead of going to crowded spaces and supermarkets daily. The spacious serviced apartments also have work desks or space for you to work remotely if needed.

  

Short Stay Citizens encourages everyone to stay safe and follow the guidelines provided by your local government. However, if you still must travel for work, family or other pressing matters, we encourage all travellers to make use of professionally managed serviced apartments since these are more appropriate during this pandemic. Contact us to find out why.

 

By Marc Bakker

 

Sources:

Nu.nl, March 2020

Travel.state.gov, March 2020

PSNothingham.com, 2018

Business Insider, March 2020


Living as a Service

Living As a Service or LaaS is part of what is called the “sharing economy”, a concept that dates back to a long time ago but has gained momentum in the past couple of years with the result of various new ways of offering products to customers. Everything can be put on a sharing platform nowadays to optimally use a product or generate income from it, think about car ride-sharing.

The rising demand for housing and increasing housing prices due to a growing population and a growing amount of skilled workers from the emerging economies play an important role in the way people will live in the (near) future. Instead of conventional housing where everything has to be bought and decorated from scratch with the aim of living there for years or a lifetime, a substantial amount of current and future workers are expected to opt-in for temporary housing at their work location or from a remote place by living in a co-living space or serviced apartment. The millennial generation also seems to care less for owning assets and tends to focus more on having a good quality of life consequently creating an ideal environment for “living as a service” to thrive.

What is the difference exactly?

So, what is the difference between conventional housing and LAAS? Depending on what type of LaaS accommodation you prefer, the prices and quality will range according to your budget and preferences. In almost all LaaS accommodations, there are some things that are included, such as high-speed internet, furniture, fully equipped kitchen, gym facilities, laundry facilities and cleaning services. It depends on the type of accommodation you need and the extras you can afford.

LaaS can be divided into various sub-categories such as co-living, which is meant for (remote) workers also known as digital nomads, typically millennials, who work abroad and want to socialize with other people as well, being in communities. The socializing aspect involves events organized by the co-living space provider or other organizations the provider may work with.

Another significant part the LaaS market is comprised of demand for serviced apartments. In contrast to co-living spaces or hotels, serviced apartments are more focused on providing privacy for their target group and generally do not have “shared spaces”, and also differ in price and quality depending on the location.  That is why serviced apartments are usually marketed for business travellers.

The number of people living in cities will increase with 1.2 billion people between the years 2015 and 2030. This is a significant increase that conventional houses may not be able to absorb. This is another crucial case for LaaS to become a viable/better option in the coming years as opposed to conventional housing.

So, who prefers “living as a service”?

Digital nomads and other business travellers that go on long term assignments abroad probably make up the largest amount of the total population that prefers it. The convenience that temporary accommodations have on them is tremendous, especially if one thinks about the amenities that come with it, leaving more time for leisure activities and less worry on the time-consuming activities that would accompany moving elsewhere.

In essence, the key features of LaaS are that in contrast to ownership it involves renting an accommodation temporarily with the essentials you would need in a conventional house as well as extra cleaning services and depending on the provider, a common space to meet other likeminded people as well as a part of the arrangement.

 

By Selcuk Salman

 

Sources:

The FCTRE, 2019

HVS, 2019


Why is it important for employers to make business travel for employees more enjoyable?

We live in an era where we have various means of communication thanks to technology. There are video conferences, Skype, facetime and many more ways where one can communicate. You might question the need for travelling for business purposes when there are so many other options.  Even though technology has given us great ways to stay connected with people all over the world, nothing can compare to face-to-face interaction.

Business travels are beneficial for companies but they have their challenges: travelling can be quite stressful sometimes, from delayed flights to delayed or lost luggage, overbooked flights, losing belongings, long transits, jet lag and the list goes on and on.

Besides the challenges, there are a number of reasons why business travels are beneficial to companies: Business travels are a way to boost the success of the company because you can build relationships, give a good impression and network. Because of its benefits, it is important for employers to make business travel more enjoyable for employees.

It is important to make business trips more enjoyable for employees because it is proven that the stress of going on business trips internationally reduces work productivity by 38%. It is hard for employees that go to a foreign country where they are unfamiliar with the language and culture. It adds more pressure than they already have. Employers can help reduce stress and thus help them be more productive by making the trips more pleasurable.

Now that it’s agreed that work trips are essential for the success of businesses, how can employers make the trips more enjoyable for the employees?

There are different things an employer can do. Creating an easy and quick planning process for the trips and providing a comfortable budget will reduce the stress levels. Also offering a range of options of flights and accommodations will give more control to the employees but the company can, at the same time, control the costs. Booking a serviced apartment will also increase comfort. It provides extra space and it can make someone feel at home and relaxed which changes one's experience. There are also ways how employees can make their stay feel more like home click here to find out how.

Enjoyable business trips are important because it leads to happier employees. Having happy employees is vital to companies due to its many benefits. According to research conducted by the University of Warwick, happy employees are more productive. Alexander Kjerulf is the founder of Woohoo and an expert about happiness at work. He claims that happy employees complain less, fix more problems, are more creative, learn faster, are more motivated. Happy employees mean more creative employees and according to a professor at Harvard Business School, creativity is crucial for business successes.

Work trips are inevitable, putting effort as a company in making the trips more pleasant will pay off. Killing two birds with one stone: a booming business and happy employees!

To start you and your employees with less stress during business trips, Short Stay Citizens provides serviced apartments worldwide. Just make an inquiry, whether it is for you or your colleagues and employees. Send the number of employees, the country and city where the accommodation is needed, and Short Stay Citizens will send you a few offers, where you and your colleagues or employees can choose from!

 

By Sahar Tahib

 

Sources:

Warwick

Inc.com, 2014

Forbes, 2017

Menshealth

Bonus.ly, 2019

Sabre.com

 


Travel Insurance for Global Nomads

We know, the last thing you want to think about while preparing your worldwide-trip is insurance.. However, it is very important to have one for unforeseen costs one might encounter during your travels and stays. There is only one thing worse than bad travel insurance, not having one at all. In the world we live in and the climate showing it’s extreme, you most definitely need travel insurance. In this blog we will discuss why you need it, the types of insurances and tips to make your life easier for choosing one.

Reasons why you need travel insurance:

  • If your luggage gets lost or stolen
  • Flight delays
  • Last-minute cancellation of a trip
  • If you need medical treatment

These are things that happen during travel, not to everyone, but still, you should not have to worry about the costs during your travel, because worldwide travel insurance covers them.

When searching for travel insurance it is important to keep in mind the length you are travelling. Are you away for a couple of months, or are you going to take many short trips in a year? Most standard travel insurances will have 30-day coverage. If, for example, you are travelling 3 times a year, you are in most cases better off with separate travel insurances per trip because it will cost you less than an annual plan. However, if you are travelling longer than 30 days per trip or let’s say doing a world trip, an annual travel insurance plan will be your saviour. Make sure you check with the annual travel plan if the coverage costs are per year or per trip. 

Outside the European Union, most people have private health insurance. These are insurances run by the private health insurance industry as opposed to government-run insurance programs. In The Netherlands, for example, all residents are required to insure themselves with a ‘basic insurance’ at a minimum, which in the coverage and premium are determined by the government. A worldwide travel insurance policy includes a higher cost of medical treatment into account. Always make sure that the destinations you are going to are included in your worldwide travel cover because worldwide, unfortunately, does not mean the whole world at some insurance companies. 

If you are bringing your expensive equipment with you during your travels or even the basics: phone, laptop and camera. These costs can add up if your properties are stolen, keep that in mind and always check how much you can claim. 

Travelling with your family? Most insurances cover your kid(s), but they are bound by age. Some cover them until 10 years old. Others cover them up to 18 years old. Choose wisely depending on the age of your kid(s).

Travel insurance does not cover everything, many travellers combine it with good health insurance that will evacuate you during medical emergencies. Some travel insurance covers your medical bills for example, but not medical transportation. So it is vital that you are fully covered. 

You take care of your travel insurance and let Short Stay Citizens take care of your accommodations!

 

By Leticia Gisela

Sources: 

Forbes, 2018

World Nomads

Compare the Market, 2019

MoneyCheck, 2019


Booking a serviced apartment

You are looking for a place to stay for work or an extended holiday and online there are a lot of options! That can be overwhelming! We understand. Since you're looking for an extended-stay accommodation, the comfort of a home is of utmost importance and hotel rooms can’t provide that. 

Therefore, you decide to stay in a serviced accommodation, because why would you not? Serviced apartments are fully furnished, and most have a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer available in the apartment or in a laundry room. And depending on the accommodation, weekly housekeeping, private parking, and gyms are also provided. Naturally, it’s obvious you would want to stay in a serviced apartment. 

After this decision, you start looking for serviced apartment providers or serviced apartments OTA’s (online travel agents) specialised in offering multiple serviced apartments from all over the world. And you realise that booking a serviced accommodation is not the same as booking a hotel room, especially if you’re looking for an extended-stay accommodation. Sounds familiar? Not to worry! In this blog, we explain the process of booking a serviced apartment.

Choosing a platform

You’re on Google, you know in which city you are going to stay and are looking for a provider and overwhelmed by all the options. The first advice we give you is to look at the platforms, check out their services and choose the one that suits you and/or your company best. Some are willing to go the extra mile for you, some are not. Choose wisely!

Then, you’re on your chosen online platform that provides many serviced apartments, you know in which city you need a serviced accommodation and you see that there are different types of serviced apartments on the website. Don’t know the difference? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check this blog out to see the different types of serviced apartments.

Pricing

One of the first things you will realise is that, depending on the platform, not all realtime prices are listed as opposed to hotel rooms. One of the reasons for this is that prices vary depending on the duration of stay. The longer you stay the more the nightly rate may reduce. These prices are determined mostly by the accommodation providers/owners and not by the platform. 

Inquiring

If you’re looking for an extended-stay accommodation or the nightly rate isn’t listed, you will have to make an inquiry with the dates and your wishes. Some platforms even have extra services or go the extra mile for you, for example arranging to park or getting picked up from the airport, at additional costs of course. 

Availability

What will happen next is a bit of back-and-forth emailing discussing the budget and any extra wishes you may need. The OTA will check for availability with the provider and send you the offer. 

And if there isn’t availability, there are some platforms that go the extra mile and look for some alternatives for you and send you some offers. Awesome, right? However, this is only with OTA’s and other relocation services. Serviced apartment suppliers or owners only have access to there own properties, while OTA’s have an array of options from multiple suppliers. 

 

Offer

These platforms are able to provide you with a list of a few properties that you could choose from based on your wishes as not all properties available are always online. Also booking properties via OTA’s is often less expensive than via other booking platforms that already have listed a price on the website or directly from the property owner. And if you don’t know in which accommodation you would like to stay, but you do know near which address you need to be, you can inquiry to a serviced apartment OTA, and they will search for you and send you some offers, even though they don’t have them listed. That’s the extra mile you need!

Payment

After selecting the offer you want, payment is usually done in advanced and goes via bank transfers. The reason for this is because companies and clients are not comfortable paying thousands of money just online. 

 

If you’re having trouble finding the right platform for you, then look no further!

 

Short Stay Citizens is a booking platform for serviced apartments that go the extra mile for you. Short Stay Citizens has a portfolio with over 50.000 serviced apartments available worldwide from professionally managed providers. However, you won’t be able to find all of them online. One of the reasons is that we encourage people to send an enquiry with their specific needs and wishes. Because we like to be able to provide that personal touch, that we like to think that is what distinguishes us from the rest. 

In order to book an apartment, you could send a request for an apartment that is on the website. You will get the availability, price and more details back within a working day. 

The other option is requesting an apartment that is not on the website but could be in the portfolio. If you don’t know what and where you would like to stay you can send a request stating the city and country, date, your wishes and extra services that you might need. Or ask for any serviced apartment in the vicinity of your work address. Short Stay Citizens will go on the hunt for you and get back to you within a maximum of two working days with at least 2 to 5 options that are catered to your needs. You can choose one of those options or request more options. You could also ask for help finding a rental car, taxi, restaurants etcetera.

For more information on Short Stay Citizens and booking a serviced apartment check out the website and other blogs

By Naziha Bentouhami