Xenodocheionology… say what?!?!

27 Apr

Hotel in Monacco

Xenodocheionology means you love staying in hotels.

I suppose this means I am an  xenodocheionologist- I love staying in hotels. Well, I love traveling.

I’ve been traveling since before I could roll over. My first trip was to Bermuda, where my mom is from, when I was only a couple of months old. That was back when parents could just toss their babies in the overhead compartments while they smoked cigarettes and rang the flight attendants for booze. Now, it might not fly (pun intended- ha).

The couple of years I worked in Florida before moving back to Boston, I supported the state from a marketing and sales perspective for my company. This meant I traveled- a lot. I might have had pre-scheduled meetings to go to in Jacksonville, but then needed to hop a flight to Miami to work on a proposal that was due the following week. Luckily, every flight was only a short hour or so.

The security attendants in the Tampa airport actually began to recognize me and I always managed to park my car in approximately the same row in the parking garage, otherwise I would have constantly been losing it.

With all this traveling came lots of hotels. And I became a hotel snob. No free bottled water upon my arrival? Shame on you. No chocolate covered strawberries waiting next to the directory. You have got to be kidding me.

I scooped up all the free products and would bring them home. I accumulated a big shopping carrier bag full of shampoos and soaps from The W (oh Bliss products!), Four Seasons, Omni Hotels and so on. When I moved back to Boston, I dropped all these off at a local women’s shelter. I certainly hope they are enjoying the Bliss lotion- it’s my favorite!

All the hotels also came with some interesting experiences. I once was exhausted after a long day and grabbed my key from the turnstile for frequent guests in the hotel lobby. I sleepwalked up to my room and opened the door only to discover someone else was already in the room! Apparently, the hotel had double booked this particular room. It was nothing a quick switcheroo couldn’t fix, but it certainly woke me up. And it definitely made me grateful this person wasn’t in a compromising position.

Luckily, around this time of frequent travel I also had eight weddings to attend in one year- free flights and free hotel rooms helped my cause. Those are all gone now that I only have to run to the 7th floor to get a job done instead of across the state.

Now, staying in hotels is again a special treat instead of a way of life. I can’t say I miss the constant flights, but I do miss having someone make my bed for me every morning.

Today was Day Twenty Four (or Day X) of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

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32 Responses to “Xenodocheionology… say what?!?!”

  1. jesstopper April 27, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Yay, a new word! I too love a good hotel. Working with a band, I tend to hit my fair share. I love going down for breakfast and returning to a made bed and fresh towels! Wish that could happen at home, somehow.
    Jess/Blogging on the Brink

    • Another Clean Slate April 27, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      You must have so many loyalty points from touring with the band- love getting those free nights!

  2. Janine Huldie April 27, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Great word for the letter “X” and would so love to have someone make the bed for me, even one day, lol!! 🙂

  3. Me April 27, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Xenodocheionology!!!!!! What a word??!!

    Great way to tackle X! 🙂

  4. Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice April 27, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Love your “X” word!! I am so excited about eeryone’s “X” …and soon to be “Y” and “Z” words. By the way, I am an xenod— (thingy!) you know what I mean!!!

  5. Coral April 27, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Love it! Still have to catch up with T, U, V, W, but my X is already nearly done. Congrats!!!!

  6. Heather (@mylittlehea) April 27, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Oh yes! I love the fact that someone else makes my bed, a lot! Of all the good hotels I’ve stayed in, I always remember the worst one first, lol. Never again…never again.

  7. Kate Rigby (@mrsdiggerhound) April 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Very clever X post! Well done. A difficult letter but I have learnt some new words! We’re nearly there aren’t we!

    Kate 🙂

  8. Ashlee Haynie (@ashlee_haynie) April 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    My favorite hotel? Any floating hotel…aka, a cruise ship. That’s the best way to vacation.

  9. dmauldin53 April 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    Great post! 🙂
    A to Z April Blogging Challenge

  10. Jean Heff April 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Hotel snobs unite! After having children I am now a proud hospital snob too. Is there a word for that?

    • Another Clean Slate April 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

      Definitely something I hope not to be for several years- unless I’m visiting friends having babies 😉

  11. TheJackB April 27, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    I go and back forth about hotels. I once had to stay in one for 5 weeks and got pretty darn tired of it. But there is something to be said about the nicer ones.

  12. dee April 28, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    I love staying in hotels too! It’s one of the luxuries of life!

    OMG at that experience of seeing someone else in your hotel room. Thank goodness they weren’t in a compromising situation indeed.

  13. Ally Ferguson April 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    I didn’t even know that word exsisted!! Haha! So funny. And I have no idea what I would have done if I walked into a hotel room that already belonged to someone else. I would have felt so awkward!! Even though it wasn’t your fault!! haha

    • Another Clean Slate April 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

      I didn’t know it existed either until I was reaching for a word for the A-Z Challenge!

  14. lemoncoin April 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    That is a million-dollar word.

  15. Bhavya (@Bhav_Zz) April 29, 2013 at 3:31 am #

    OMG!! Wherever did you find that word from 😀

    Just Another Blog

  16. Michael J. Cahill April 29, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    “Say what!?” indeed. Wonderfully entertaining post. Love it. And great word!

  17. Alice in EW{The Owl's Skull} April 30, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Great post. One of my favorite joys when traveling for conferences is a sweet-ass hotel. Thanks for linking up!! J

  18. Maria Smith (@mariaAsmith) April 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    I learnt this word last year during the challenge, prior to that I had never seen it written down anywhere. Such a big word!

    I’m staying overnight in a hotel as I write this post, and totally agree how nice it is that someone else is making my bed, and my breakfast too!

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