Extended stay trips are becoming more popular than ever due to the increase in travel jobs and the ability to reconnect with loved ones after the pandemic.
Although traveling for work or visiting relatives can be exciting, home-sickness usually kicks in at some point.
Below, we discuss nine ways to make your extended stay feel like home, so keep reading for helpful tips.
If you want your extended stay to feel like home, you must choose a hotel you find comfortable.
A comfortable hotel may be spacious, quiet, and well decorated or have amenities like a pool, a gym, or free wi-fi.
To find a good hotel, you can use a booking search engine to compare prices, filter by amenities, and read reviews.
Hotels tend to have a cold, unfamiliar vibe that makes getting cozy difficult.
You can remedy this issue by bringing some decorations from home.
Some items to consider bringing are:
- Throw blankets
- Family Photos
Having just a few personal items around your hotel room can help you feel connected to your home.
Getting a good night’s rest is an essential part of your well-being.
If you have difficulty sleeping in a foreign place, it may be exceedingly hard to feel at home.
You can bring your favorite pillow to the hotel with you so that when you lay down for bed, the atmosphere feels more familiar.
Many individuals go on a trip and never unpack their suitcases. When we do this, we mentally reject the idea of settling in, making feeling at home close to impossible.
Put your clothes in the dresser, decorations on the counters, soaps in the bathroom, and snacks in the fridge. When you utilize the space and storage available, you feel less like a guest.
Luckily, pets can’t miss school or work, so you can bring them with you to feel more comfortable during your stay.
Extended stays could be a few weeks up to a few months long, and leaving your pet behind would be heartbreaking for most.
Many hotels welcome your pets with open arms, so ask for a pet-friendly room if you don’t want to leave your furry family member behind.
You can make your extended stay feel more like home by visiting restaurants, stores, and shops familiar to you.
When in a foreign area, the businesses are often much different, but certain places like Target, Starbucks, and Applebees are usually nearby.
When you are out exploring, make a note of any familiar places and spend some time at them when you start to feel homesick.
Travelers tend to eat out frequently and snack on unhealthy foods because it is most convenient.
Changing your eating habits so dramatically can make you feel uneasy and lower your mood.
Most hotels have a few room options that include a kitchen setup and if the upgraded room is significantly more expensive, opt for an Airbnb instead.
Food is commonly associated with home because mealtime is where you spend time with loved ones, get creative and get a nice boost of endorphins from tasty dishes. Therefore, preparing your meals can help you feel connected to home.
What better way to feel at home than acting like you are at home?
If you have daily routines or activities you usually do at home, stay consistent with them.
A few examples would be:
- Apply a face mask at night if that’s what you did at home.
- Drink your coffee with the newspaper if that’s how you spend your mornings.
- Tune into your evening shows if you normally wouldn’t miss an episode.
The most important part of feeling at home is doing what feels natural. However, it can be challenging to get comfortable during an extended stay if you completely change your daily routine.
Having less than desirable toiletries, coffee, and other items can make it hard to forget that you are simply a guest at another person’s property.
Feel more at home by bringing your favorite items with you, like:
- Your preferred coffee
- High-quality soaps
- Soft towels
- Laundry detergent
Using the cheap soap and scratchy towels that a hotel provides is generally ok for a day or two, but your comfort level will drop dramatically after a week or so.
There is no way around the fact that extended stays require you to leave your friends, comfy bed, and daily habits behind. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can feel comfortable in your hotel and avoid the urge to pack up and head home.
Consider decorating your room, using your own toiletries, sticking to your daily routine, shopping at familiar places, and more that way, you feel less like a guest in your temporary home.