Home Away From Home
Some jobs require one to travel quite frequently to new destinations throughout the country, but not all business travel is that exciting. Many times the employee is sent to the same area repeatedly or for extended lengths of time. This is when the location becomes a home away from home for the traveler. Although nothing compares to the comforts of one’s hometown, there are ways to feel more at ease while away on business.
There are times when a company will simply tell you where to stay, and that’s that. But if you are given a choice, consider what type of lodging will work best for your individual needs. Do you want a resort style hotel where you can enjoy amenities like a swimming pool, fitness center, and onsite restaurant? Maybe you would be more comfortable in an apartment where it feels more like home with a kitchen, living area, and separate bedroom. Having a comfortable place to return to at the end of the day is a must.
Depending on how long you will be kept in one location, you may need to look into the necessities of day to day life. Find out if your hometown bank has a branch in the area. You’ll also need a nearby grocery store and pharmacy. Familiarize yourself with are hospitals, clinics, and doctors before an emergency arise and look for a general dentist. For example, if while in Illinois you are looking for dentistry for all ages Elk Grove Village Dental Center serves much of the surrounding area.
Many employees choose to drive their own car to their work location when staying for an extended period of time. If your destination is too far to allow for this, consider flying in and then renting or leasing a car while there. Look into public transportation options before arriving. Airport shuttle service and city buses may eliminate the need for a vehicle.
Getting a feel for the area your employer is sending you to can help ease any anxiety about being away from home for an extended length of time. Even though it will never compare to one’s hometown, these tips will help until it is finally time to return home once more.