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Do you travel often for business? Many people see the positive side of business travel, which creates an opportunity to meet new people and visit exciting new cities. However, if frequent travel is part of your career, chances are that you find it to be exhausting, inconvenient and sometimes uncomfortable.
More professionals are exploring alternatives that better suit their temporary business travel needs. While staying in a luxury home or apartment is an aesthetic and convenience upgrade, there are also ways to make your furnished apartment feel a even more like a home away from home.
Unpack and Unwind
Most business travelers grow tired of the “life out of a suitcase” experience. The transient feeling of business travel catches up with even the most seasoned of professionals, and from a practical perspective, arranging outfits out of your suitcase or garment bag is disorganized and inconvenient.
Avoid the extra work and frustration of managing your professional wardrobe out of a suit case. When you arrive at your apartment, take a few minutes to unpack your bags and organize your belongings in a way that helps you feel more at home. You can expect plenty of hangers in your space (instead of the four hanger limit normally provided by hotels) to help you keep everything wrinkle free and ready to wear. There are better things to do on a business trip than worry about ironing or incurring the expense of dry cleaning.
Cooking Your Own Meals Can Reduce Stress
One of the benefits of choosing a furnished apartment in lieu of hotel room for business travel is the kitchen amenities provided. If you travel frequently for business, not only do hotel rooms get tiresome but so does take out food and eating out. After a long day of work, the regular business traveler may crave home cooked meals in the quiet comfort of their own kitchen.
If your business stay is extended, ask for references on the best places to shop. You may find that the city or town offers a farmers market or local grocer to purchase fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and other grocery items. You can enjoy the ambiance of the city while buying fresh farm-to-table groceries to create your own healthy favorites, and stock your kitchen with snacks that you would enjoy at home. This will also help you eat more nutritional meals.
While cooking every evening may not be possible, offsetting your restaurant meals by staying in can be refreshing at the end of a busy day. You can relax, unwind and exercise some culinary creativity. For extended visits, cooking some or all of your own meals can provide a sense of normalcy of routine, helping you reduce stress and stay rested during your trip. Love a cup of coffee or tea? Forget the small two-cup pot provided in hotel rooms and enjoy brewing a full pot in a fully equipped kitchen.
Music to Your Ears
Virtually all business travelers carry music with them, either on their smart phone through apps like Pandora or private .mp3 collections. If your regular routine includes relaxing to some of your favorite music, consider investing in a portable Bluetooth surround sound speaker. The cost of Bluetooth enabled speakers has dramatically dropped, and they are a low cost viable alternative and provide high quality digital sound for only a few dollars.
Queue up your favorite playlists or artists (like you would at home) and enjoy an after workday routine that helps you rest and relax. A tablet with a plug-in supplemental speaker can provide good quality sound, and also allow you to send or receive video calls (through Facebook, Skype or similar video conferencing software).
There is no better cure for business professionals who are feeling homesick, than a call from home, and if you miss family members or friends, you can also set your screensaver on your tablet or laptop to share a gallery of your photography, so that you feel a little less far from home. You can even take videos of your after-hour tours and travel to share with family and friends when you get home. Make it a point to get out for a least an hour a day and explore the city.
Bed, Bath and Beyond?
When it comes to a sleeping soundly, did you know that corporate housing offers superior quality beds and mattresses? Corporate housing locations offer superior quality mattresses with attention to detail with every furnished space, designed to make traveling business professionals feel at home. Not only are corporate housing properties conveniently located, they are also luxuriously appointed for comfort and relaxation.
Now more than ever are flexible options to accommodate business travels with short or long-term furnished apartments. These units are frequently located closer than many hotels to some major centers, and provide value and amenities appreciated by those who travel for a living. Business professionals experience less disruption and better performance when they can escape the fatigue of frequent hotel stays with a more comfortable option.
Guest post by Francesca Holmes, content editor at Essentia.