You may be too young to remember the Barbara Mandrell song that was the inspiration for my catchy title. Okay so the hotel life isn’t quite THAT bad. We don’t have a single bed but if you are used to a king sized bed, you may find that a measly ol’ queen bed feels like a single bed.
When you are making your arrangements to have a lengthy stay on the road, accommodations can be quite tricky. You may be a novice at it like we were or you may be boxed into what hotel your company has booked for you. If you have any control over the situation you will want to weigh the pros and cons of what is important to you. Keeping in mind cost, proximity to work location, smoking v. nonsmoking, full kitchen or just regular hotel fridge and microwave etc. Being aware of your priorities is vital. If you simply must have a king sized bed then you want to find an extended stay hotel to accommodate that.
One of my favorite quotes is “Knowledge is power”. (Francis Bacon) If you know what lies ahead, you’d be surprised at what amenities from home you can take with you that will make your stay more comfortable. So sleeping single OR double, getting those zzzzzs makes for a happy worker.
But I DO feel smarter anyway. I always thought those commercials were great. I haven’t seen any lately but the idea is that if you are smart enough to stay in one of their hotels, you feel smart enough to be a brain surgeon or lion tamer.
We have learned many things while doing this traveling and working routine. How to choose the hotel for a long term stay is one of them. Extended Stay hotels offer a full kitchen and that is a real benefit so that you can prepare your own food if you desire. Even if you like eating out, it gets tiresome and expensive. If you like quiet, as in, no kids or dogs jumping on your ceiling at all hours of the day and night, you will want to be on the top floor of the hotel. There is less traffic on the top floor because some people have fire phobias and don’t want to think about jumping out the window and some people want to be close to the ground floor for the convenience of access and less stairs. We have found this to be to our advantage because we LIKE taking the several flights of stairs for extra exercise. The elevator is always an option but if you have a room near the stairwell, you can park near that door and just plan on using the stairs and eliminate waiting for an elevator.
If you don’t like dogs or don’t want to hear them barking, choose a hotel that does not allow pets and that problem is solved. We have not found this to be an issue unless the owner leaves the dog. They are usually happy as long as the owner is with them. If you are not a smoker, keep in mind that many hotels now are completely non smoking so if YOUR hotel permits some smoking, that draws extra smokers to your particular location.
The obvious point of proximity to the workplace and shopping is a must. It’s important to balance out the two needs. If you get a hotel very close to the office to keep driving to a minimum but your bizspouse must drive 10 miles to buy groceries, then that is not a wise choice for your hotel. Often the recruiting company has negotiated better pricing for the accommodations for their hires. If that has not been mentioned, be sure to ask. Since hotels typically have to add the “tourist tax” onto your bill, if you stay for 30 consecutive days or more then the tax is removed from your bill. You are considered to be a permanent resident and not required to pay the Hotel Occupancy Tax. This really adds up at 12-18% depending on the state.
So you may not be a brain surgeon or a lion tamer but you too, can be smart about your hotel choice even if it isn’t a Holiday Inn Express. A little research can go a long way toward providing a comfortable stay while on the road. Happy Traveling!
No one is looking right? You have an expense account or per diem money burning a hole in your dress pants pocket. You wife (boyfriend, mother, significant other, know it all sister-in-law, fill in blank________) isn’t around to “remind” you how you should be eating healthier and ‘don’t forget that New Year’s Resolution’ and “‘how’s your cholesterol numbers lining up with that fried butter appetizer huh?”
You’ve been enjoying that anonymity for a while now. But let’s face it. Eventually you are going to have to face the music and your doctor and go home. So maybe it’s time that you took stock of your daily food choices while you are on the road. ‘Knowledge is power’ is one of my favorite sayings. If we know how un-nutritious something is for us and we choose to eat it anyway, well at least we have made a choice.
Here are a few tips for keeping your weight and health in check while traveling.http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=78151&sc=4350%20%20&cid=sm_tw#sf3445423
It is no small task to maintain your healthy self while traveling. For the spouse of the business person, or as I like to say, “Biz Spouse” it’s almost like being on vacation. We all know what vacations do to our “eat healthy” resolve. With a new restaurant on every corner and regional tastes galore, you can easily fall into bad habits that last months instead of a week.
So the best defense is offense and that is how to form a plan. Before you leave your actual home, bring some of your favorite simple recipes with you. Bring the pan or utensil that allows that to happen. Do you have a Magic Bullet or Ninja blender that you think will be too much trouble to take along? Do you like to drink a smoothie for breakfast at home? Then you will on the road also. You will be glad that you brought it with you. Also be strategic about eating out. Set some parameters. Make salad, soup and veggies the main event during the week and leave the restaurant exploring for weekends. Here is a link to an interesting article that provides some knowledge for that power. Keep it real but have some fun!