Whether you are a frequent business traveler or a first-timer, extended time away from home can take its toll – which makes sense! You’re leaving your family, your comforts, and your lifestyle, but you’re only in your new location temporarily.
So how to make your home away from home feel a little more like home?
Get proactive, and start surrounding yourself with the things you like, while doing what you enjoy. These four tips will help you get started feeling less lonely during business travel.
- Find Somewhere To Work (Outside Your Apartment)
Corporate apartments are typically furnished to give you the basics of a space to work from. However, if you find yourself at that desk day after day, it may be time to look for a local coffee shop, library, or coworking space to get a change of scenery. You’ll be motivated by other people working around you, and you won’t feel quite so alone.
- Check Out Attractions
Just because you’re on a business trip doesn’t mean you can’t take some time to explore your temporary home. Check out major attractions or go sightseeing in the area to make it feel a little less foreign. Plus you never know what you might stumble upon!
- Get Some Exercise
Business travelers sometimes find it hard to motivate to exercise – you’re away from your favorite gym or yoga class, and it feels like a hassle to find a temporary replacement. Unfortunately, you’re giving up the opportunity to feel better because of exercise, and you’re also reducing your chance of meeting similarly-minded people.
- Get To Know Your Colleagues
Are you working out of a different office location for your company? Get to know your coworkers as you would at any job. It’s important to take breaks away from work during the day, and your coworkers can help you identify new places to explore in your temporary home.
Whether or not you are based in an office, a furnished corporate apartment provides a lovely backdrop for a casual dinner or cocktail to connect with people you meet professionally. If you’re working with other traveling colleagues, invite them over for a potluck or cook dinner so that everyone feels connected to a community.