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Home comforts for the business traveller

The Ideal Home Show comes to London this month, from the 20th March until the 6th April at London Olympia. This got us thinking about what makes us feel at home and how frequent business travel can mean many have to compromise on that feeling. Whilst an exciting way to see the world, business travel can quickly become tiring especially when you’re seeing more of the inside of airport lounges and offices than the actual country you’re travelling to.

For many, little things like cooking your favourite meal or doing your own laundry become a distant memory and home is somewhere you drop by every month to pick up a spare set of clothes or check in on the cat your neighbour’s practically adopted. If you’re on assignment for long periods of time it can be particularly hard to adjust to your surroundings without being able to establish some sort of routine. So, how can you ensure you keep some of your favourite home comforts when on the move?

Well, we have the perfect solution for you – a serviced apartment. You probably thought we’d say that right? Well, let us explain why.

Home is where the heart is, and the way to a lot of people’s hearts is through their stomachs. The majority of serviced apartments have fully equipped kitchens, so you can make that meal that instantly reminds you of home. For many, cooking is therapeutic while for others it’s a mean to a satisfying end, either way, a kitchen can instantly help you feel more at home.

What do most of us do after having a nice, home cooked dinner after a long day at work? Turn on the TV. Sky have recently launched a serviced apartment package so that property providers can economically provide Sky TV in all their serviced apartments. This means it’s more likely that you’ll find something to watch in your own language. Many apartments also have DVD players and Hi-Fi systems so you can relax and unwind to your favourite box set or music. If you’re travelling with your family then a living room with a sofa and TV separate to the bedrooms can mean that children aren’t cooped up in a single hotel room, staring at the same four walls all evening!

Space is usually something you just don’t have in a hotel. The separate living areas of a serviced apartment mean you can live your life as you would at home, eating in one room, watching TV in another and sleeping in a bedroom – you could even hold a business meeting or host a dinner party. The weekly maid service also means you’re not constantly being interrupted or having to remember to put out a do not disturb sign.

Pets become part of our families, so when we travel frequently or go away on assignment it can be hard, especially if you’re moving with your children who have grown particularly attached to their furry friends. Many operators now allow pets in their properties, so you can bring them along and feel more at home in your apartment.

Although it might seem more of a chore than a luxury, having a washing machine can help you to establish a routine that resembles your life at home. A washing machine is particularly essential if travelling with your family as laundry bills can quickly build up.

So there you have it, our reasons why a serviced apartment can help you to establish routine and provide some home comforts when away on business.

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Josh Ballard

As PR Marketing Manager at SilverDoor, Josh is always on top of what's happening in the business travel industry with a particular focus on the serviced apartment sector. As well as the SilverDoor blog, he's also written articles for a number of industry publications.