As a DAXKO Trainer, I spend a lot of time traveling. You want to know what the road is like? Here’s a story to give you an idea…
As I drove up to the historic Renaissance hotel in downtown Providence, RI, I noticed a line of perfectly dressed valet men waiting to open my door. Having help with four weeks-worth of luggage was a true luxury, even if I was accustomed to lugging 30 plus pound bags across America every month.
Valet tip? Man, I didn’t think about that. I am a credit card kinda gal and often forget to carry $1 bills for “courtesy” expenses. Now that I think about it, how am I going to tip the valet team twice a day for 26 consecutive days? Now that I REALLY think about it, how much will it cost just for the base valet parking in downtown New England?
$30 per day. For parking. That comes to $780 for our customer. Justice had to be served, so I made my way to the manager and asked for a break. He was willing to work with me, giving me a flat rate of $360 plus a case of beer. Sold!
My next compromise was with a husky bellhop, who retrieved 18 extra hangers for my closet. It took me 30 minutes to unpack a month’s worth of business suits, training outfits, and oversized coats to combat the 10 degree snowy weather. Hmmm, should I have packed three sets of gloves?
The view outside my hotel window was breath taking: each morning I drank one mug of room-brewed coffee and watched the snowfall – a real phenomenon to anyone born and raised in the deep South. I talked to Mark each morning to retrieve my frozen Kia rental car and prayed he remembered to turn on the heat.
After 26 days, I said my good-byes to the familiar staff. I gave three pleasure books I completed to the concierge (over 1300 pages of bought-at-the-airport literature) and even offered up a full bag of leftover candy. I had gained 10,000 hotel points, $10,000 in onsite expenses, and 3 ½ pounds from New England clam chowder. I also still had an additional $10 in my pocket, because I forgot to get the valet manager his beer….
Life on the road… always interesting.