How to Transform Your Accommodation into a Home Away from Home

Whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, one of the keys to a truly enjoyable experience is turning your accommodation into a cozy retreat. Well, technically, it just depends on the accommodation itself and whether or not you’re allowed to add some tiny changes. For example, a corporate agency like Key Housing Connections may allow for a few photo frames around your accommodation, something that hotels or Airbnb are usually not too fond of their customers doing. 

But sometimes, extended stays are necessary; oftentimes, for work like a long-term project, you’ll be required to stay somewhere for a while. It’s going to get to the point that a space with no personality just feels uncomfortable, almost unwelcoming, right? Plus, you deserve to feel right at home. So, how can you transform this place into a little home away from home? Well, here’s what you need to know!

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Try to Bring a Touch of Home

So, when you’re still at home, you’ll just want to go ahead and start by packing a few items that bring the essence of home with you. This might be your favorite blanket, a beloved scented candle, or a framed photo; these familiar elements can instantly make your accommodation feel more personal and comforting. But they need to be familiar with something ideally used in everyday life.

Consider Bringing Some Textiles

If you’re able to, of course. For the most part, most accommodations will allow their guests to bring textiles from their homes, like a pillow (because everyone has a favorite pillow), maybe a blanket, or something else that can easily fit into a suitcase. These items not only add warmth but also create a tactile and inviting atmosphere.

Focus on Scents

It’s incredible how a certain scent can really transport you into a different time, right? Well, if your home usually has a certain scent, why not bring this into your accommodation? Some accommodations will have rules, others, not so much. Just make sure to look into the policies. But sometimes, all you need is a reed diffuser, a scented candle, an air freshener, or even a spritz of perfume. Plus, scents like lavender, vanilla, or cedar can evoke a sense of calm and relaxation, turning your accommodation into a sensory haven.

Do Indoor Activities from Home

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Are there activities that you usually do at home? Why not do them here in your temporary home? You may want to just go ahead and create a cozy ambiance by dimming the lights, enjoying a hot drink, and simply savoring the present moment. In general, embracing simplicity and relaxation is key to making any accommodation feel like a cozy haven. You don’t even have to unplug; if making you feel right at home is calling loved ones and watching your favorite show, then have at it!

Just Indulge

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Chances are super high that you allow yourself to indulge from home from time to time, right? Well, why not do it at your temporary home, too?  Really, it’s whatever you like that you enjoy from home, like a selection of herbal teas, a cozy mug for hot cocoa, or some snacks that you munch on at home. But in general, having familiar treats can contribute to a sense of comfort and well-being. You owe it to yourself. 

Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.