Work can be stressful at times; deadlines, meetings, and clients are just a few.
But when you are required to travel for long periods of time, staying in different cities or even different countries, it is the uncertainty that can be too much. Of course, it is likely you enjoy working away from home – it was probably one of the reasons you wanted the job – but it can be daunting the first couple of times.
So, if you are asked to travel to Toronto for work for the very first time, you will want to familiarize yourself with the area and plan for your stay.
One of the most important things to do when you are working away from home is to make it feel like home. This is almost impossible to do, given the fact that you do not know anyone in the city and you will not be living in your own home. Still, there are some things you can do to make your stay in Toronto easier and more comfortable:
1. Find accommodation that suits your needs
Firstly, and most importantly, you need to find suitable accommodation for your stay. This will depend on the length of your stay; if you are in Toronto for a week or so, a hotel will be the preferred place to stay.
More often than not, people who travel for work can find themselves in the city for a month or longer. If this is the case, you should look into rental accommodation. The easiest way to do this is searching “short term rentals Toronto” online; this will bring up a range of options. You should look for short term rental companies which offer discounts the longer you stay, satisfaction guarantees, and who have good reviews.
Plus, if you go the route of rental accommodation, you’ll likely find other people in the building are working away from home, too.
2. Do your research
As with any city, you want to do your research before your trip. The last thing you want is to arrive in Toronto and realize that there is nowhere to eat that you like or that there are no shops you want to visit. The best way to do this is by looking online.
You should visit Google Maps and find out the best areas in Toronto; you can narrow it down to a specific area if you know where you’ll be staying. The website has information on accommodation, shops, restaurants, bars, etc. This will give you a good picture of what the area is like.
When doing research online, as previously mentioned, you should read reviews on hotels and short-term rental companies. You can find reviews on travel websites.
3. Be prepared for the commute
The one thing that is guaranteed when you are working away from home is that there will be a commute. Depending on where you are staying and where you are working, the commute could be long. Even if you are staying in the city you are working in, you may have a long commute.
Make sure you have a good pair of work shoes that are comfortable, as you will be on your feet a lot.
Always have a bottle of water with you, as you will be dehydrated after a long day.
Try to have a snack with you, as you may not have time to have a proper meal if you have a busy day.
4. Make it home
As already stated, there is no way you can make your stay in Toronto feel like home, but there are a couple of things you can do to make it a little more comfortable.
One of the best things you can do is to bring a few things that you associate with your home; pictures, your favourite blanket, your favourite mug, etc. This will make it feel like home for you.
Another thing you can do is to make sure you have some things to do. This will help you to stay occupied when you are not working. You can bring books or e-books to read; you can bring your laptop to watch your favourite TV shows; or you can bring a game console with you.
To Sum Up
If you are working away from home for the first time, you may feel a little bit daunted by the prospect of the first few days.
The best way to make your stay in Toronto as comfortable as possible is to plan everything beforehand. Make sure you book your accommodation in advance; you do not want to turn up in the city with nowhere to stay. Try to place your commute and your free time. Meet new people and try to make yourself feel at home.
Working away from home can be difficult at times, but it can be a lot easier if you plan for it in advance.