Business travelers often get to work the moment they land at their destination. Some business trips involve long days, back-to-back meetings, and a seemingly endless stream of emails. By evening, you’re in dire need of some home comforts. But which type of accommodation is better suited for this: short-term housing or a vacation rental?
I have used both accommodation types in my career. Sometimes a vacation rental was the only option available in a given area. Sometimes it was simply the right place at the right time. More often, though, it fell a little short. Here is why I would take short-term housing over a vacation rental any day of the week.
The vacation rentals I have used were predominantly in vacation areas: close to the beach, cultural hotspots, or theme parks. That’s fine if you’re with family and trying to relax. If you’re trying to work, it isn’t so good.
I prefer my short-term housing to be in downtown areas or at least only a short trip away from the office. Tourist areas will also be surrounded by lots of bars and restaurants, but they often are tourist traps that sell mediocre food and drinks at higher prices.
I’m not saying I need Michelin stars at where I eat, but after a long day of work, I want a nice dinner and glass of wine or craft beer in a relaxing environment. I have yet to come across a vacation rental that lets me do that.
Typically, vacation rentals are geared toward vacationers, as you might expect. That means Wi-Fi isn’t a priority, towels are predominantly beach towels, and bed linens aren’t the best. When I was traveling on business, I needed to stay on top of emails and keep in touch with loved ones, both of which demanded reliable internet access.
I once read somewhere that having to wear a shirt and tie to work not only affects how you look but also puts you in a work-mode frame of mind. The same works for short-term housing. If I’m downtown amongst thousands of other worker bees, I feel like a worker bee. I go to work, get the job done, relax afterward, and feel like a cog in a well-oiled machine.
When I stayed in a vacation rental, I was the only one in a suit going to work each morning while others around me were sleeping off their hangovers or getting ready for another day at the beach. It sounds like such a small thing, but when your career depends on making the most of every edge you can get, small things quickly add up.
More often than not, Short Term Housing is the right choice for the job. It sets the scene, keeps you in a productive mindset, and provides everything you need to get the job done. After all, the sooner you get done, the sooner you can go home!