Travel destinations are exciting. They are full of thrilling itineraries and wonderful things to see. One essential aspect of such travel is your accommodation. It is not enough that your destination is breathtaking and memorable. You must include in planning an accommodation where you can be most comfortable.
At the end of each day of your tour, you would want a place where you can rest and enjoy. It is not about an expensive hotel room or a more affordable Airbnb. There are practical strategies you can apply to make you feel more at home in your accommodation. Here are some of them.
Bring Comfort Items
Even in the most luxurious settings, a person may find it hard to acclimate. This is most evident during the first night in a new place. Even without a difference in time zone, sleep may become elusive. Bringing some comfort items may help in this situation.
The idea is to surround yourself with the familiar. It could be the scent of fragrant candles. You may have a favorite pillow and set of pajamas you like to snuggle in. Do you have that trusty mug you use to sip tea before you sleep? Pack these things in your suitcase and use them to help you get a proper shut-eye. Your brain will recognize such stimuli and signal your body to relax even when you are in a strange place.
Pack Away Your Suitcase
Nothing spells the world traveler like a pack of suitcases. If you want to feel at home in your chosen accommodation, the first thing to do is unpack. It does not matter if you will only stay for a day or two. Open those suitcases and make good use of the closets in your room. Then, tuck away your suitcase in a space where you could not see it.
Having an unpacked suitcase may also be stressful. You may want an article of clothing for the day, but it is further down in your bags. Unpacking saves time and makes your preparations for the day effortless. Plus, it helps you feel like you are in your home.
Whip out Something in the Kitchen
Part of one’s travel is to try the local cuisine of the place. This experience is one of the highlights of any vacation. But, if you are in an extended stay in one place, always eating out may hurt your expenses. Also, you may enjoy it the first few times, but doing it regularly may tire you out.
Most accommodations at present understand this predicament. They have functional kitchens where a guest can prepare something. It may not be as elaborate as the ones you do at home. But, making a meal in a kitchen gives the feeling of being at home. You may also head out to local grocery stores. You can challenge yourself to try out simple recipes that are part of the local culture.
Stick to Your Routine
Nothing throws off one’s balance than to have their routine disrupted. Not because you are on vacation means you have to let go of your routine. It might be tempting to let go of your morning exercise and snuggle some more in the soft comfort of the bed. Being away from home does not mean that you have to forego a favorite series on Netflix on weekends. Sticking to some routine will make you feel at home.
There would be changes to accommodate things that you want to experience. Doing the same things you do at home will make you feel like you are not on vacation at all. But do keep some of your favorites. This would help your mind grasp something comfortable and familiar.
Know the Names of the Staff
If you are staying in a place where there is some staff, it is best to get acquainted with them. One of the thrusts of excellent customer service is for the staff to know your name. Return the favor by knowing theirs, too. It is comforting to have familiar people greet you even as you step in and out of your place of accommodation. It is like building a small community away from home. An exchange of smiles and small conversations will help you feel more at home.
Also, being friendly to the staff will help you to request some things. They will go the extra mile to grant your request if it is within their capabilities to do so.
Being away from home for a leisure trip may be exciting yet also daunting. One of the things you can do to make it an enjoyable experience is to get a homey feel in your accommodation.