Traveling to an unfamiliar place can be stressful enough. Finding yourself in an anonymous hotel room, with its neutral colors and generic furniture, can lead to some travelers suffering from homesickness and sleepless nights.
Hotel rooms often feel a little sterile or empty; with their neutral colors and generic furniture they are designed to please everybody – because of this they often don’t please anybody. If you are away from home for whatever reason, by carrying out the following actions you can help make your hotel feel more like a home.
Firstly, when booking, you should try to get the largest room you can afford. This will give you plenty of space to stretch out or walk around in. You won’t have the benefits of several rooms like you do at home, so the more space you have available the better.
The room you request should be as far away from elevators as possible. The last thing you want to hear is the constant opening and shutting of doors, the elevator bell, or people walking by your hotel room door.
Once you are in the room, you should always fully unpack your clothes and belongings into the relevant spaces, regardless of the length of your stay. This will help you establish a grounding for yourself within the space, and will also help you establish your routines. Maintaining your everyday routine is the key to transforming your hotel space into a home.
You should never rely on free toiletries and bath gowns supplied by the hotel. Make an effort to bring the same brand of toiletries that you use at home. Using your own bath towel to dry yourself and then climbing into your own bath gown can make all the difference when you are away from home.
Finally, you should bring objects that remind you of home – these could be something as simple as a family photograph, a favorite candle, small ornament or a favourite book. Place these somewhere you will see them, you will be amazed at the affect one small item can have. You could even change the light bulbs in your room for the type you use at home, as lighting can play an important roll in how you feel about a space.
Putting little changes such as these in place can have a big difference to your hotel room experience, and alleviate the stress of being away from home.