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The How-To Lounge: Avoid Homesickness While Traveling

Even if you love to travel, chances are you miss the comfort of your own home every once in a while. Whether it's the smell of your laundry detergent on your sheets or your dog waking you up in the morning when he's ready to go outside, it's easy to get homesick even if you're a grown adult, so here are some tips to help you feel at home even when you're thousands of miles away.

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  • If you travel a lot for work, chances are you spend quite a bit of time in a hotel and on an airplane. If this is the case for you, hopefully you have racked up enough frequent flyer miles so you can upgrade when you fly and get the best room in the house when you check into your hotel. Traveling first class makes all the difference in the world
  • Unpacking as soon as you arrive will make you feel more settled. Even if you're only staying a day or two, seeing your clothes in the closet and your toiletries in the bathroom will make you feel more at home
  • Most hotels are tech savvy so don't forget your iPod. The familiar sounds of your favorite music while getting ready or falling asleep will help take away that stiff hotel feeling
  • If you're staying long and plan on relaxing in the room, bring some DVD's from your home collection. Hotel movies can be pretty pricey so come prepared
  • I love taking baths, especially in a hotel, so I always bring my favorite bubble bath with me when I travel. Soaking in the tub will help you relax and fall asleep easier
  • Traveling with a scented candle, small photos of loved ones, your own alarm clock, even your favorite pillow will help you feel more at home

I hope these tips help you settle in easier next time you check into a hotel and if any of you jetsetters out there have some additional tips, please share them below.


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