Anyone who has to travel for work knows that to begin with, the process can seem like a novelty. Of course, that’s not to say many employees would turn their nose up at expenses-paid travel and the ability to get out of the office, but once you’ve been through two dozen corporate hotels, it’s easy to feel a little tired or as if you wish to switch things up a little.
It can be nice, then, to focus on making things feel a little like home. This means not being afraid to indulge in some of the comforts, like soaking in the hotel’s jacuzzi after a long day, but it also means trying to be active in the locations you visit too, even if you have little time for them.
When we do this, then each stop on our journey becomes something a little more promising and interesting in the long run, an approach we can focus on with care and merit going forward. The more you can approximate this kind of intent, the more rewarding your trips will feel. Without further ado, let’s consider how to achieve this:
Stay In Comforting Accommodation
When we think of our accommodation, what is it that we’re really looking for? Somewhere comfortable to sleep, yes, but also somewhere we can integrate ourselves in the local community without feeling detached from it. Taking an overnight stay in Country Durham may be a wonderful place to start this, with inn-adjacent accommodation that has been designed to match the cultural comforts of the area, while also providing relaxation areas that even the locals use.
Relaxing Dining & Care
It can be nice to opt for the small, family-owned businesses when patronizing cafes or restaurants, as this gives you the chance to speak to the owners, to strike up friendly conversations with the locals, and to enjoy a less artificial ‘way of life’ than you may get in a corporate environment. Taking a souvenir with you, like a spread of jams from the local farm shop, can also help remind you of home and the small littel conveniences and comforts you find there. Ultimately, if you treat a place with respect like this, it will open its worth to you.
Keep Up Your Routines
It can be nice to bring our routines with us from time to time, be that bringing along our pyjamas, bringing a little incense with us to help focus us as we work in our rooms, or simply in taking a stroll on the beach in the morning. It’s little things like this that inspire us to get out of our comfort zone while simultaneously not straying too far from it, which is the perfect balance between apathy and overexcitement, instead this way you retain a calm focus that helps you remain alert and yet relaxedi n each palace you head to.
With this advice, you’re certain to make travelling for work feel more like home, and in the long run, those long-form travel experiences will be much less tiresome to deal with.