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Chapter 10/Around The World

When is the best time of the year to book a hotel room?

The end of the quarter or the end of the year. Hotel sales staffers have quotas, just as car salesmen do, and they’re usually quarterly quotas. So if you know you’re taking a trip to a particular city sometime in the future, call a hotel where you want to stay at the end of March, June, September or December. Sales staffs become more eager to book rooms when the clock is ticking at the end of a quarter, and bonuses are on the line.  If you book a room then, regardless of when you actually stay at the hotel, it will count as a sale for the quarter when it is booked.


If you’re going to a city and you can be flexible about when you go, call hotels there and ask when they will offer discounted rates. Hotels know months in advance when they are likely to be busy and when they are likely to have plenty of vacancies.  It’s at these times that they offer the best rates.

Did you know: 

Have you ever read an Internet review of a hotel you’re interested in and wondered if it’s real? A team from Cornell University has developed software that tries to spot positive fake reviews, and it claims an accuracy rate of nearly 90 percent – a 40-percentage point improvement over discerning adults. The team found that true reviews more often use words that describe the hotel experience, such as bathroom, check-in and price while fake reviews typically use words, such as business, vacation and husband, that explain why the alleged guest picked the hotel.

Which is the best month of the year to drive cross country?

Flip to page 135 to find out.


Chapter 11/Around The Kitchen


When is the best time of day to eat lunch?

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. A growing number of doctors and nutritionists advocate eating four smaller meals a day rather than the traditional three meals. They urge their patients to eat a big breakfast, a small dinner and two, 300-calorie lunches -- an early lunch to raise your blood sugar and fire up your metabolism and a later lunch to boost your energy and combat early-afternoon sleepiness, the result of a dip in body temperature.

When is the best time of the day to eat a doughnut?

The answer is on page 150.


Chapter 12/Around The Yard


When is the best time to buy bushes and trees?

The fall. Prices plummet starting around Labor Day as nurseries try to get rid of their stock before chilly weather sets in and no one wants to spend time in their yards. Fall also is a great time to buy bulbs, some of which can be planted right away while others will store well until the spring.

What you can do: 

Make sure you know how to store bulbs. Some are temperature-sensitive and may die during the winter if they’re stored in garages and tool sheds. 

When is the best time of day to mow the lawn?

Go to page 158 for the answer.


Chapter 13/Around The Kennel


When is the best time of the year to buy a dog or cat?

Summer. This is the time of year when most people have the most free time, and that’s the key – giving your pet as much of your time as you can. Pets, especially puppies and kittens, need guidance, training and attention, and they’re more likely to get it when their owners are not in school or spend less time at work.

When is the best time to get pet insurance?

Turn to page 173 for the answer.


Chapter 14/Around The Playground


When is the best time of day to read to your child if you want them to remember it for a long time?

Starting at 8 p.m. At that time, our nervous system is aroused, and long-term memory improves during this time. The theory is when our nervous systems are aroused, our brains pay closer attention to what it finds important and interesting. For people who usually sleep at night and are awake during the day, fatigue sets in at about midnight, and that’s when the benefits of late-night study end.

When is the best time to test a child to determine if he is gifted?

Go to page 179 to find the answer.