(NOTE: It was in October 2012 when I “just returned” from this trip and wrote this post. A worldwide pandemic was the furthest thing from my mind! Most of us have stayed home for over a year, and we’re just now thinking about traveling again as we gradually get our COVID-19 vaccinations. Also new since 2012 is the Org4life Travel Resource Roundup I created for you. Stay safe, and enjoy your travels!)
I just returned home from a short road trip to Durango, Colorado (from Albuquerque, New Mexico). The brisk fall weather and scenery were wonderfully refreshing. And it was good to be out of my routine for a couple of days. Then, as usual, I was just as glad to return home as I was to leave it in the first place. There’s a reason why we have these sayings:
Home Sweet Home. There’s no place like home. A man’s home is his castle. Home is where the heart is.
Aren’t we all more comfortable at home? And if you aren’t, what needs to change so that you are…?
Here are some things to notice when staying in a hotel room:
Thank goodness my hotel room was (and they usually are) very clean. How clean is your home? Do you need to step up your cleaning routine? Or ask for some help? I could stand to dust more often. Or, as someone told me when I first moved to New Mexico, “That’s not dust, that’s enchantment!”
Which is more cluttered: the hotel room, or your home? I find it depends a lot on how big the hotel room is, and how much surface space is available on desk, table, dresser, and counters. The first thing I do in any hotel room is to gather up all the little welcome signs, tent cards, flyers, brochures, menus, guidebooks, TV schedules, and unneeded toiletries and put them in a drawer out of sight. If there wasn’t much surface space to begin with, this can make all the difference. Or, maybe your hotel room is so tidy that it inspires you to declutter when you return home…?
Durango is a historic little town, and my hotel was full of antiques. It was a lovely place to visit, but I am perfectly content with my home décor, which does not involve antiques…unless you count my Mom’s cedar chest from the 1950s.
Did the patterns and colors on the hotel walls, floor, bedspreads, and curtains play together nicely? Or did they make you cringe? What about at home? Is it time to upgrade, repurpose, or delete something altogether?
Did your hotel room have adequate ambient, task, and accent lighting? Does your home? Do you need to add a reading lamp, perhaps, like I do?
If you found your hotel room to be cozy and inviting, what was it that you liked about it? My room had a nice little sitting area with two chairs, a table with a lamp, and a shelf full of old books. I think the books were there mostly for ambiance, but they were also readable.
This is something I always notice. Hotel water pressure (and shower stall/tub configurations and controls) can be hit or miss. I have recently changed to a new shower head at home, after having tried unsuccessfully to clean the old one of hard water deposits.
Was there a nice fluffy bathrobe? Do you have one at home? Why not? How did you like the bedding? I once returned home from a cruise and completely changed my bedding based on what they had on the ship. They used a comforter with a sheet-like, soft (mine is 700 thread count), washable cover instead of a top sheet, blanket, and bedspread. So simple! Also makes it easier to make my bed in the morning.
This particular hotel had no landscaping to speak of, but a nearby park bench reminded me I’d like to replace the old, broken one in my backyard.
What do you enjoy about a good hotel room? Or hate about a bad one?
What do you love (or hate) most about returning home after a trip?
Do you have any trips planned?
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