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It Turns Out That Budget Accommodations Have Better Hygiene Than Expensive Hotels

It Turns Out That Budget Accommodations Have Better Hygiene Than Expensive Hotels

So you finally get to take a break and have enough to opt for a fancy five-star hotel, a luxurious escapade in a better location with a bigger space together with a broad spectrum of amenities and think you have all in your control for your a trip of a lifetime.

Hold on. There is an issue out of your control! A survey by Travelmath that gathered sample evidence from 36 hotels revealed that colony-forming units (CFUs), (viable bacteria cells ratios) of samples found that 3-star hotels displayed fewer germs than 4 and 5-star hotels.

The tested surfaces revealed hotel rooms are more germ-contaminated than typical homes, schools or airplanes.  Remote controls and bathroom counters have the biggest invasion.

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Bathroom Counters

Bathroom counters[1] are the most contaminated. Countertops and faucets are far more soiled with germs as this is where washing up is done and the easiest ways bacteria can gain entry with bruises and cuts. Touch surfaces like handles, light switches, and door knobs are where bacteria congregates. Rubbing our eyes, touching our mouths or scratching our noses ease pathways for the entrance of germs.

  • 3 Star hotels – 320,007 CPU per square inch
  • 4-star hotels have an average of 2,534,773 CFU per square inch
  • 5-star hotels have an average of 1,011,670 CFU per square inch

Travelmath research revealed found 3-star hotels were cleaner than the higher ranking hotels. It is speculated that designer sinks with artistic sculptures may be harder to clean than average three-star hotel bathroom counters  Bathrooms need to be cleaned regularly to eliminate the propagation of germs.

Desks

Desks[2] in 4-star and 5-star hotels get really germ infested according to the travel math study.

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  • 3-star hotels –  4,687 CFU per square inch
  • 4-star hotels an average of 1,800,003 CFU per square inch
  • 5-star hotels an average of 40,030 CFU per square inch

Once again 3-star hotels made it rank the best in cleanliness.  4-star hotels were the dirtiest.  The issue of business travelers may be the contributing factor here  The desks may remain unused in 3-star hotels.  This may be due to the fact 4-star hotels usually host business travelers eating and drinking accompanies working at the desk.

Remote Controls

  • 3-star hotels have an average of 232,733 CFU per square inch
  • 4-star hotels an average of 1,400,027 CFU per square inch
  • 5-star hotels an average of 2,002,300 CFU per square inch

The more luxury the hotels are, the dirtier the remote controls are. People decide to spend more time changing channels in the lap of luxurious 5-star settings.

Phones

Travelmath found that phones in hotels:

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  • 3-star hotels have 11,403 CFU per square inch
  • 4-star hotels an average of 137 CFU per square inch
  • 5-star hotels an average of 1,217 CFU per square inch

The smallest germ colonies were found on hotel phones, probably because people use mobiles except for room service. This is where three-star hotels rated the highest in germ collection. Many bacteria types do not really pose health risks, but it is best to stay prepared. Hand washing reduces respiratory infections. When you stay at any hotel, wash your hands all the time and disinfect surfaces before you touch them.

Humans and Their Connection to Germs

The human body is like a breeding ground for bacteria. These living things are so minute that the naked eye cannot see them. They are everywhere and can only be seen with a microscope on books, clothing, food, dust particles in the air.

The ranges of germs found were linked to various kind of infections. By keeping a healthier focus, your body can fight off contaminated bacteria. This harmful bacteria can also be halted from affecting your body with disinfectants applied on doorknobs, faucets, counters, light switches, telephones, and remotes.

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Minimize risks of illnesses by washing hands on a frequent basis. Take along disinfectant sprays, and wipes to frequently disinfect touched surfaces, such as desks, counters, phones and bathroom counters.

The Popularity of Luxury Hotels

The spokesperson for Travelmath, Chelsea Freeburn, stated that

we were surprised the findings revealed that five-star hotels had more germs than others because you pay higher rates and you expect higher quality levels in cleanliness.

Luxury hotels are extremely popular. Even the masses of various germ creeds prefer to check in at four and five-star hotels. Maybe think twice before you decide to check in at a luxury hotel and hang out with the unseen miniature inhabitants. Details of the findings can be found here: Hotel Hygiene Exposed.

Featured photo credit: TravelMath via travelmath.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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