How to Make a Home Away From Home: Liona
If there’s one thing I (and probably you too) love to do, it is to travel. While I enjoy traveling from one place to the next, it also takes quite its toll on your energy levels. For me, it takes a while before I am used to staying and sleeping in one place. Whenever I am feeling more at ease, that’s usually the time we’re already packing up for the next place. Leaving me with sleepless nights again. In September and October, I will be traveling for three weeks with a total of twelve different accommodations. This time, I thought I might pay some more attention to making a little home away from home and here are my tips.
Get comfy with all the smells
If there’s something I am particular about, it’s about smells. I have been annoyed with smelly places while traveling more than I count. One of the worst experiences would have to be in a hostel in Moscow, with cats all over the place (really challenging for someone allergic to cats). At home, I have a little pillow to put in my regular pillow cover with some lavender and herbs in it. Since it’s not the easiest to travel with, I have found a spray with the same scent to sprits around in for example hotel rooms or on my pillow. As smell is one of the strongest impulses for humans to associate with, this scent will hopefully help me to feel more at home.
Comfort drink at arm’s reach
I will never forget the time I stayed at a really nice hotel on Dutch island Texel. Everything was thought of and taken care of, except for a water cooker. Not the biggest deal, but since my favorite way to wind down is with a mug of Dilmah or Kushmi tea, it sure is a big deal. The boyfriend was kind enough to get me a cup of tea from the hotel bar (bless his sweet soul), but that was definitely not enough to cater to my tea craving. To make sure I will not run into this surprise in any one of my future trips, I will take my own travel water cooker and tea with me.
Get your entertainment system in place
Just sitting still in a hotel room or apartment isn’t something I like to do. If I am ever in the situation I will probably end up staring around the room and playing on my phone. Instead of letting time pass by this way, I’d like to entertain myself in a more useful way. To start, I like to listen to some (background) music for which I’ll bring a portable speaker. Great way to create a little ambiance in the room. Furthermore, I will make sure to bring enough books (on my Kobo e-reader), Sudoku puzzles, and (pre-downloaded) Netflix series on my iPad.
Will you be traveling anytime soon? How do you make a home away from home? Let us know in the comments below!