How to Make a Home Away From Home: Ashley
This Tuesday, Liona shared with you her tips to make a home away from home while traveling. I think I can say that I travel a lot and it, of course, takes a toll on my energy levels as well. However, I think if there is one thing that I can manage on the road it is probably feeling at home no matter where I am. There are few places in the world where I felt uncomfortable and was desperate to go home. I frequently catch myself saying that I am ready to go home while on duty trips or vacation, where I truly refer to the hotel room as "home". Today, I will share with you my tips for feeling at home basically anywhere. Just as a small disclaimer: I might just be a bit less affected by staying in a different place than you, so no promises.
Bring Your Sleeping Gear
At home, I always sleep with a sleeping mask. I also have a very comfortable pillow now. https://hoofdkussenwinkel.nl/product/silvana-support-emerald-reiskussen-molton/When I go on a trip or vacation, there is no way that I am leaving the house without. At this point, I have a travel size version of my pillow that is absolutely amazing. If I cannot bring this one for some reason, I bring my Samsonite travel pillow instead. I blogged about this before. In addition, I bring a blanket like a scarf to use in the car, on the flight, or in the hotel room when the temperature or duvet is not to my satisfaction.
The minute I get home I turn into another person, a slob. There is no way that I will be wearing something remotely fancy unless someone really special is coming over. 9 out of 10 times you will find me wearing sportswear or something as comfy as that. I literally live in my bathrobes. If I go on a trip or holiday, the easiest way to feel comfortable is to take that habit with me. What sounds better than getting to your hotel room after a fabulous day to change into something comfy and/or your robe? You tell me!
Tea and Snacks
If you go on a trip, you need to have all the life essentials within reach obviously. Especially if you want to prefer not to be cranky on a well-deserved trip or holiday. For me, that includes tea and snacks. Depending on the destination, I also bring my tea, travel mug, and snacks. In the case of France, England or Ireland, I am sure I will be taken good care of. I love my French tea and British Cadbury chocolate. However, if I am going somewhere that risks getting my hands on these essentials there will be space allocated in my luggage to drag it with me. Liona got me wanting to order my own travel cooker now, as I have had some desperate moments where a small cooker would have saved me a lot of drama.
Personal Entertainment System
I am also a big fan of bringing my own personal entertainment system everywhere. I shared this with you in an earlier blog. I don’t like to be bored and sure don’t want to be dependent on entertainment provided by others. Nor do I want to be dependent on Wi-Fi, as the places I visit definitely don’t have guaranteed Wi-Fi. For trips I thus tend to bring the following:
- Business or dancing trip: Kindle with books downloaded, series downloaded via Netflix on my iPad, music downloaded via Spotify, Podcasts downloaded, noise-canceling headphones, and smaller earphones.
- Holiday: all of the above plus Sudoku, Yahtzee, and a deck of cards.
Will you be traveling anytime soon? How do you make a home away from home? Let us know in the comments below!