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    How to travel without getting tired

    How to travel without getting tired

    Whether they are on the road for work or for pleasure, the regulars of trips want to fully enjoy their trip, without suffering too much fatigue. Companies have understood this and offer relaxing solutions at long stopovers and light-lanes in major centers. Follow the guide!

    The traveler's rest

    Who has never pestered, exasperated by the uncomfortable seats of the airports during an interminable stopover, in search of a little comfort and calm? Or wander into a big city, tired and homeless, waiting for his hotel room to be ready?

    "Today, consumers are looking for more flexibility, alternatives and comfort. The arrival of new technologies makes it possible to meet the more specific demands of the traveler who no longer wants to spend three hours at Starbucks because his flight arrives too early for him to have access to his hotel room, "says David Lebée at the end of the line.

    The Frenchman is the man behind the DayUse application, which has been growing steadily since its launch in France in 2010. The concept of DayUse is simple, but you had to think about it: create a web platform where hotel rooms are offered for day use, at a lower price - often in the order of 50% - than for one night.

    It was by working in large hotel groups in Paris and finding that many customers were looking to rent a room for a few hours during the day that Mr. Lebée had the idea to create DayUse. Today, the app covers 22 countries, including Canada and the United States, and offers a list of 4000 hotels. Moreover, if Montreal has only about 10 addresses for now, increasing the supply in the city and elsewhere in Canada is part of the company's objectives.

    "We digitized a service already given by hoteliers, but on a case by case basis. It's still a niche market, but we're generating around 50,000 bookings a month."

    "So there was a real market with underestimated potential, but it also reflects the fact that consumption has changed and that the demands of travelers are not the same as five years ago," says the young entrepreneur.

    At Nap York, a "wellness center" opened in the heart of Manhattan this spring, guests are offered the opportunity to take a break while sipping a smoothie at the café on the ground floor to relax. in one of the hammocks on the roof or rent, at the hour, "individual capsules" where one can sleep under a pretty starry sky.

    Inspired by the Japanese capsule hotels, Nap York offers a green and quiet environment, conducive to relaxation. Since its opening, the place has been a hit and has already increased its number of cabins from 7 to 29. At the reception, open 24 hours a day, you'll meet as much a businessman in a suit and a suit that will take a short nap as travelers with drawn features dragging their suitcases, looking for a place to rest before their flight in the evening.

    "With Nap York, we want to encourage people to take a break, to take care of them, be it New Yorkers, who are among the busiest - and tired! - the world, or people passing through. Our very central location, near Times Square and the Empire State Bulding, makes us a very convenient place for tourists who want to rest for a few hours, "says Stacy Veloric, marketing director for Nap York.

    Improve the airport experience

    "The notion of luxury has changed. What we offer to the modern traveler is simple and easy access to the luxuries that are today sought after during the trip: a comfortable and upscale space and easy connection, "says Sahrette Saymaan, public relations manager for YOTEL.

    YOTEL offers different accommodation concepts for travelers, including YOTELAIR, private and luxurious cabins at airports, which travelers can rent (for a minimum of four hours) to work, relax or sleep during a stopover, or before a flight very early in the morning or late at night.

    The concept was born in the head of Simon Woodroffe, an English businessman (who has since sold the company). Sent first class on a long flight aboard a British Airways plane, he was impressed by the upscale and comfortable environment camped in a very small space.

    His experience inspired him with the idea behind YOTELAIR, centered around the notion of "affordable luxury". Launched in 2007, YOTELAIR offers small cabins with limited space, but equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and designed for maximum comfort, including a gel mattress that transforms at the touch of a button. armchair in bed, and showers.

    Today, the company, based at Gatwick and Heathrow airports in London, Amsterdam-Schiphol and Charles-de-Gaulle, in Paris, is growing rapidly and plans to offer, within 10 years , 4000 cabins in 10 facilities, including airports in Singapore and Istanbul, the next on the list.

    "We offer a high-end experience, but in a small space, which allows us to offer affordable prices and democratize luxury," said Sahrette Saymaan.

    "People can sleep wonderfully, take a shower, listen to television, connect easily, recharge their devices ... All this, being a few minutes from the check-in or their gate. That's really the new luxury!" Says Saymaan.

    No doubt, this is a promising market and entrepreneurs have understood it. This is the case of Airpod, a European start-up that intends to introduce its first futuristic capsules next autumn at airports in the Old Continent.

    In addition to offering a "unique and luxurious" experience - with an armchair that turns into a bed - AirPod capsules will of course be fully connected, in addition to providing a controlled and comfortable environment facilitating relaxation and evacuation of stress.

    "Anyone who has already had a flight delayed or been caught in a transit of 16 hours knows that traveling is exhausting. Waiting for your next flight is stressful and you have no privacy, says Grega Mrgole, CEO and co-founder. AirPod's mission is simple: to enhance the travel experience by giving guests access to a unit where they can relax, work, sleep, without having to leave the airport or rent an expensive hotel room."

    What is still a luxury promises to become, over the next few years, almost essential for the travelers of this world.

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