Guest Post: The Hook offers up some travel advice

Please welcome Niagara bellman: The Hook.  You know him, you love him, you’ve laughed with him and at him, and you know there is nobody else you could possibly trust with travel advice, because he literally has seen it all. 


We all know why I’m here: our host is out and about, so he has sent out the “Bloggers, Assemble!” call for guest posts.

And here is my response.



Of whatever it is that’s weighing you down at home. Such as:

  • Crazy in-laws that make the couple from Everybody Loves Raymond look sane.
  • Kids that sometimes act as though they’ve pledged their little souls to Beelzebub.
  • A boss that is Beelzebub.
  • An ever-growing pile of bills that threatens to overtake the national deficit.
  • A schedule that prevents you from actually enjoying life; never mind finding time for a little “quality time” with your spouse, you can barely squeeze out some quality time with yourself! Pun intended.

So after you’ve melted your credit card booking the trip, you have an even bigger hurdle to conquer. And don’t kid yourself, certain problems won’t disappear during your trip: they’ll intensify!

If your kids are out-of-control (and whose aren’t at times?), you’re going to have to lay down the law long before you let them accompany you.  Most of us remember being in the back of the car and cowering in fear of our folks; you knew you were going to have trouble sitting back down for days if you pushed Dad too far. Nowadays, kids don’t have the fear of God instilled in them prior to embarking on the road.

Fear is a great motivator, folks.

Somewhere along the way we forgot just why our parents were such taskmasters in the first place.

Besides the kids, there may be trouble with the person sitting beside you that can drive you batty. If you bicker at home, you may kill each other when you’re away together! Seriously, I’ve seen couples hauled away in handcuffs – and not the type of cuffs they had planned on using during their trip….

So do whatever you have to do, but get your house in order before you leave your house. I know it won’t be easy, but let the family know the stakes are high. Let them know you’ll be impossible to live with if things go awry. Let them know you’ll murder them if they decide to get in the way of your fun.

Violence is also a great motivator.

Moving on, remember to leave the office when you leave the office. A few years ago, it would have been unusual to see a laptop on a bell cart. Now it’s strange to see someone who doesn’t have an electronic tether of some sort attached to them. I see it all the time; Dad sends the family on their way while he stays in the room or lobby to take an “important” phone call or set up a Skype session on a tablet.

Or worse yet, I’ve seen more than one family sell their collective soul to the demi-gods of Silicon Valley and allow them selves to be drawn in by their devices. I recently rode down to the lobby from the top floor with a family of  five – every one of whom was glued to their phones.

So much for creating precious family memories that stand the test of time. Checking in with perfect strangers on Facebook is much more important anyway.

Trust me guys, push your family away too often and you’ll wind up living in a bachelor apartment watching a crappy TV while a package of hot dogs thaws in the sink. If you absolutely have to call the office, do it first thing in the morning and then turn the Smartphone off. You may not like letting go of the Rat Race, but it sure beats the alternative.

To sum up, before you leave the house you need to pack your luggage, but leave your baggage at home.


Baggage?  Luggage?  Wait… The bellman is making a joke about what?  Did anyone else catch that?

And now that you’ve been hooked, go and check out his site for more travel advice, hotel madness, comic book call outs and pretty much anything else you could possibly be looking for:


35 thoughts on “Guest Post: The Hook offers up some travel advice

  1. Reblogged this on You've Been Hooked! and commented:
    Once again, the call for guest bloggers has gone out. And once again, I have answered. No, no, no, don’t direct any praise my way. This is what I do. I’m the lucky one in this equation.

    Click. Enjoy. Discover a new blog to explore for years to come. Everyone wins…

  2. The ironic thing is, I always travel light. Hand luggage. And I always get raised eyebrows from people, as to where all my crap is, haha. But I dont need crap, so i leave it at home. Together with in-laws and bad mood.
    But i always stock up on small bills – im a terrible tipper sometimes as i hate parting with big notes!

    • Instagram is for sharing them, Katie! The manufacturing process is still in the hands of the family – assuming they can tear themselves away from their precious devices long enough to interact with each other , that is.

  3. Look out the windows! Look out the windows. A real world: bugs, dirt, scrapes and all that stuff of legends. Walk away from the screens. CIvilization depends on it.
    Great job, Hook. Observations from the expert – we should all listen…but just one more check at that FB page….

  4. This is quite the “Golden Rule” to follow. I fear it may be a lot harder to do than it sounds. That being said, The Hook is the master when it comes to travel advice and I would do everything in my power to heed his advise on this one.

    • I completely agree, and was a bit shocked that he agreed to do the guest post considering how insanely busy he is. He has another gem with this one! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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