Nine Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip

If you often find yourself in a new location for work, you might feel like a travel pro. However, it’s all too easy to become bored with business trips and fall into a rut of monotony. We’ve compiled nine tips on how you can break up your routine and have some fun along the way.

 

1    Plan ahead – If you’re driving to your destination, know your general route ahead of time! Look up construction along the way to predict which areas will be backed up. If you’re flying, be sure to get to the airport at least two hours early for international flights or even for domestic flights at large airports like LAX. For smaller airports, arriving one hour early is probably okay, unless you’re traveling during a peak time like during the Christmas holidays.

2   Don’t be rigid It’s okay to be flexible, so long as you get to your destination on time! Especially if you’re driving, there are sure to be side stops along the way. It’s not every day you get to see the world’s largest ball of yarn or the place where Abraham Lincoln is buried. If you have the time, don’t be afraid to make a stop at something interesting along the way, just to shake up your routine, give you a short break from the road, and give you the chance to see something new.

3    Eat Local Don’t eat at chain fast food restaurants for every meal. Not only does your body deserve better, but you might as well experience the local cuisine. Use websites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, or Zomato to find local favorites. If a place looks particularly popular, make a reservation to ensure you have the opportunity to give it a try! Sometimes it can even be fun to ask the waiter for suggestions to try.

4   Take advantage of new places If you’re in a city to which you’ve never been before, go exploring! Even if you often find yourself in the same pattern of towns, there’s sure to be something exciting you haven’t yet discovered. If you’re in a large city, find time to visit local museums, stores, or parks. You’ll be rewarded with a breath of fresh air that is well worth it!

5    Don’t be afraid to relaxMaybe you’ve had a long day of work and want nothing more than to climb into bed. If that’s what your body is telling you to do, listen to it! Of course, exploring new places can be very fun, but it can also be exhausting. Sometimes it’s nice to stay in and order takeout.

6   Take a piece of home with you Especially if you’re traveling for extended periods of time, bring a piece of home with you. Cozy blankets are a good option, as you can always snuggle up in them on your night-in. Pictures are also good options for a smaller suitcase. Being away from home can be hard, so bring a reminder to make it easier.

7   Bring extra cordsIt happens all the time: your phone charger is still plugged into the wall even after you’ve left the building, leaving you hoping that your battery will make it through the day. Pack extra chargers so when you leave them plugged in somewhere, you’re not left without a backup. Try to carry a charger cord on you at all times – because you never know when you’re really going to need it.

8   Be prepared for the weatherDepending on the location, it can be cold, hot, rainy, and snowing all in one day. Look at the forecast beforehand, and wherever you go, always make sure to bring at least one light jacket and an umbrella. It’s always better to be over-prepared than underprepared.

9   Pack a water bottle or travel mugYou never know where your day will take you, or how long you’ll be on the move. Always have a drink with you. Invest in a trusty insulated water bottle or travel mug – preferably for water, but even for coffee – to keep your thirst quenched no matter where you are.

 

Keep these tips in mind, and even the most tedious of trips can turn into an enjoyable experience!

How to Beat the Business Travel Blues

 

How to beat the business travel blues


If you equate work with frequent traveling or being away from home for extended stretches, at some point in your career you’ve probably experienced the Business Travel Blues. You know, the feeling of being stuck in yet another hotel for an indefinite length of time, missing out on the benefits of being in your own home. At PC Housing, we understand the Business Travel Blues, and we know how to fight it.

 

Comfort

The first step to taking down the Business Travel Blues comes with combating genericism. Sure, hotels can be nice, but they often come in the exact same model: generic patterned hallway carpet that is somehow both busy and boring, uninteresting pieces of art haunting the walls, and a sad morning breakfast featuring off-brand cereal that immediately reminds you that you are in a hotel and away from home. We hate that too.

Rather than a generic hotel space, PC Housing acquires premium apartments. We accent every apartment with our own signature touches, including a DVD player for your favorite movies and a kitchen fully stocked with dishes and cookware, ready for you to serve up your own signature dish.

 

Convenience

We understand that arrival can be a whirlwind, which is why you are free to check-in any time, as it is convenient for you. Upon arrival, we provide each apartment with a complimentary welcome package of groceries and any other items you mentioned needing during the reservation process. Our mission is to remove the stress of business travel and make your stay as smooth as possible. If any issues or needs arise, our guest service support team is available 24/7 to assist you. The convenience of our excellent customer service is a quick cure for the frustrations of being away from home.

 

Location

Location is a key factor for how happy you’ll be in your temporary home, and our prime locations provide an excellent way to beat the Business Travel Blues. Instead of existing just off a highway on the edge of town, our apartments feature prime locations: near schools, shopping centers, nightlife, and your work. We at PC Housing don’t push you to commit to one of our open properties simply to fill a vacancy; we find you the best temporary housing solution where you need it, when you need it, and within a budget. To top it off, we will provide you with the best housing options to meet your needs within two hours of contacting us!

With so many benefits, it’s easy to imagine a PC Housing property as your own, unique space. We know how to make you comfortable, and we’ll comfortably help out the company budget, too. Our rates are typically 30-50% less than that of a hotel, and if you’re not happy with your stay, we’ll give you a refund. Not that you’ll need it, because when you stay with PC Housing, the Business Travel Blues don’t stand a chance.

Go ahead, make yourself at home.

The Art of Carrying On: Carry-On Bag Essentials

two carry-on bags at a terminal.

Packing for a flight is an art form, a game of Tetris that requires you to balance being prepared for the unexpected with being efficient. You want to avoid over packing or leaving behind essential items.

When it comes to packing a carry-on bag, things are even more difficult. Mistakes can cause you time, money, and productivity. Plus, you have to keep security checks in mind (we have your back on this front too. Read our post about packing with security in mind).

To help you make the best out of your next trip, we suggest you avoid the hotel experience and opt for the comfort of home by staying in one of our luxury vacation rentals—PC Housing has units across the country and Canada—reach out to us today! And we’ve taken the time to compile a list of essential items you must pack in your carry-on bag.

Read on to make sure your next trip goes smoothly.

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