When you travel for work, it is often up to you to find out what you want to do with your free time. Here at ShortTermHousing.com, we not only deliver leading corporate housing at competitive rates, we’re also experts on how to make the most of your stay from works hours to nights out.
Here are our top tips on how to get acquainted with any new city, even before you arrive.
Start with some armchair exploration
Begin your research with StreetAdvisor, where you can find out what neighborhoods to explore and which to avoid. From there, Foursquare and Yelp are great resources. They can help you find the top-rated restaurants, bars, cultural hotspots and other attractions in the area.
If you are going to be away long-term or are bringing along your family, you may have additional considerations during your housing research. CrimeReports is a good place for a breakdown of city and neighborhood safety rates across the country. On a more positive note, GreatSchools or SchoolDigger are also worth a look if you are relocating your kids during the school year.
Google Maps and Street View can give you advanced visuals and rough estimates on commuter times and rates. Finally, City-Data.com provides important information on many aspects of city life, from crime rates to how many hours of sunshine to expect. The user forum can be useful, too, depending on what specific information you’re looking for.
Explore the city itself
Before you’re off, check out the city’s own visitor or tourism organization’s website. Get in touch with the local city hall and ask questions about the area, public transport availability and so on. There is a limit to what information they can provide, but they can often be very helpful, especially to business travelers.
Once you’re in your corporate housing, nothing beats getting out and seeing it for yourself right away. Walking is the best way to explore the area around your property. Public transport can give you the ability to see more in less time and take notes. For further afield, getting into the car and taking a drive is the way to go.
ShortTermHousing.com can help you find the best corporate housing at the best price, but the rest is up to you. If you have any concerns involving a particular property or area, contact our short-term housing team. We are happy to help!