Traveling consultants have traditionally relied on hotel room stays for the bulk of their business travel. For one or two nights, the option makes sense.
That said, when consultants stay for extended periods, temporary housing brings a better experience to the table than a run-of-the-mill hotel.
No matter a consultant’s specialty, if they’re traveling domestically or abroad for a month or longer, they’re going to want to live their life just like they would back home. They also want to enjoy many of the conveniences that temporary housing offers, like reduced long-term costs and amenities more suited for longer stays (i.e. an easily accessible washer and dryer).
Hotels, while convenient for the short term, can restrict a consultant’s day-to-day lifestyle. Over an extended time, the difference between hotel life and home life really starts to show and can potentially cause fatigue that affects work performance.
For starters, here are few ways temporary housing makes a difference for consultants who seek a home away from home on their travels.
Dedicated Bedroom, Living and Dining Areas
Not having a dedicated living room, dining room or kitchen might not seem like a big deal for a few nights, maybe even a week or two (depending on tolerance). But it doesn’t take long for someone to appreciate what having those spaces means to their lifestyle.
A dedicated bedroom, for instance, offers added privacy and a separation of activities from the rest of the living space. Living rooms and dining rooms offer ample room for work and pleasure.
One of the crown jewels of temporary housing, a full-size kitchen is a welcome sight for anyone that needs a dedicated home for an extended stay.
In kitchen-less hotel rooms, costs for food can rise quickly. Unless room service and eating out every day is the gameplan for weeks at a time, a kitchen is an absolute requirement. A full-size kitchen allows for the benefits of cooking one’s own meals, meal-prep for work, and savings over the costs of eating out regularly.
There’s definitely no substitute for that.
Most kitchen amenities will also be provided in a temporary housing stay. Glassware, silverware, pots, pans and cooking utensils can be expected.
Washer and Dryer in Room or On-Site
The name of the game here will always be convenience, and having a dedicated washer/dryer to a unit or several washer/dryers on site is really — like the kitchen — a necessity for extended stays. While hotels might (read might) have a washer/dryer in the building, with temporary housing, consultants don’t have to worry about leaving the house to do laundry or waiting for an open machine.
Plus, it’s hard to beat the feeling of putting on clothes fresh out of the dryer.
Lower Costs and Comparable Amenities
Hotels are expensive, which is no secret. Not only can they get costly in a hurry, but all those costs are dedicated to providing amenities for 400-500 square feet. Temporary housing, especially for an extended time, saves both consultants and the parent company considerable cash.
Note that in a temporary housing stay, traveling consultants can also expect most of the amenities they would find in a typical hotel, if not more. No, there won’t be a dedicated concierge at the ready, but they can expect provided amenities more accommodating for long-term stays.
As importantly, consultants can expect another advantage not exclusive to hotels — a location close to work to make for a painless commute. Combined with lowered costs and the fixings for a home away from home, a temporary housing option is more than worth investigating.