Traveling and living in hotels is an art in a way.
With almost 10 months on the road a year I’ve developed a few techniques for my comfort, safety and ease of travel.
First of all I stay at the same brand of hotel if I possibly can. This hotel was in Mexico last week. The Hilton.
Why do I stay in the same brand. First of all I do have wonderful privileges, having reached diamond status makes a huge difference, I generally have breakfast and supper in the club and free high standard internet. Other than that I know what the beds will be like, I know that all of the things in the bathroom are consistent and it might sound strange, but that’s very comforting when you travel.
I’m a light fanatic… I don’t have curtains at home, just pure light… so if I’m on a higher floor, I can do the same.
I need good internet and a desk to work at. I sure get crabby in this day and age if there is no desk and I have to work with computer on my lap. This is my communication with family and home. It’s so important for my personal wellbeing.
If I stay in a less than salubrious place, I use a ‘silk traveler’ it’s a silk cocoon with a stretch insert in both sides. you just slip into it and you’re safe from ‘Stuff’ (bed memories) You can generally buy them at out door stores.
I’ve tried many and these are my current choices, I’ve used hem for about 3 years. They are expensive, but I do buy on sale. The wheel beautifully, I can manage 4 on my own.
I made covers for the cases. Originally I bought some, they were made of lycra, but it was thin and only lasted for one or two trips… So I figured, thicker fabric, and after a few attempts, I managed it. These covers have lasted 3 years now and trust me they are easily identifiable.
I don’t think any one would run away with them.
Packing cubes made of woven fabric rather than plastic with an open breathable top and a secure zip. Each cube is labeled for a specific type of garment. I can just lift them from the case and put the in the drawers.
Slippers given to me by friends…I know that sounds strange, but lots of times in the morning its cold and when I sit working….. they keep the tootsies warm.
Flask, plate, cup, spoon and coffee maker go with me as does my vegemite and a light quilt. It sounds like a lot, but the weight is minimal and makes my lot comfortable.
Travel is a state of mind, I’m saying that I know everything, but these things make it easier and more comfortable for me while I’m working and that’s just what I need. If I’m uncomfortable in a difficult situation the homesickness overwhelms me.