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Business Travel: Where to Feel at Home While Traveling in Dallas

By Shan Zhong

In 2017, business travel accounted for $1.23 trillion U.S. of the global travel industry’s annual revenue. Those who need to travel for business may need to be away from home for a few hours or spend days, weeks, or even months living out of a suitcase. 

Suppose you’re traveling to Dallas on business. In that case, you can make yourself feel at home by choosing a suitable residence, finding venues where you can engage in preferred recreational and social activities, and accessing familiar foods and goods.

Accommodations

Living out of a suitcase in a hotel room can make you feel displaced because you’re unable to create your own home while you’re traveling. Renting a furnished apartment is an excellent way to ensure you feel at home. You’ll have a kitchen, which will enable you to cook your meals. Excellent furnished apartments come in a range of styles and sizes, so you can opt for a two-bedroom apartment if you have family who might visit on weekends while you’re working in Dallas. You can also find furnished apartments that allow pets, which are ideal if you have a pet you don’t want to leave at home for an extended period. Best of all, having your living room, Smart T.V., and kitchen will enable you to host guests at your home away from home.

Going out to eat

Whether you’re looking for New York-style pizza, seafood, food truck fare, or Southern barbecue, Dallas offers a wide range of restaurants and markets. Tourist websites feature some of the most popular dining establishments in the city. Local publications like the Dallas Observer offer breakdowns of the best restaurants in the area. They also feature chain restaurants in the area. If you’re feeling homesick, eating out at a chain restaurant you love at home is a great way to enjoy a familiar dining experience with familiar food.

Shopping

Dallas has several shopping malls and centers where you can acquire anything from clothing to electronics. You’ll be able to access familiar retail stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap, Forever 21, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Gucci. There are several AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon outlets throughout the city, ensuring you can look after your cell phone needs while you’re traveling. You can also choose between Barnes & Noble chain bookstores in the city or shop at independent bookstores like Interbang Books or Logos Bookstore. 

While malls offer access to several chain stores that can be found coast to coast, there are also dozens of locally-owned boutiques where you can enjoy a unique Dallas shopping experience. Try the Bishop Arts District or Deep Ellum neighborhoods for just that. 

Socializing

Dallas boasts several social groups, ensuring you can connect with people who share your interests during your free time. Some social groups are designed for people in their 20s and 30s, while other groups host seniors’ activities. 

There are also social clubs, interest-based groups, and religious groups you can consider joining. You can meet up with people who share your passion for bowling or cult films, or you can socialize with other professionals your age. One of the drawbacks of traveling is that you can feel isolated and lonely, and taking advantage of Dallas’s social clubs is an excellent way to make friends in the area, so you feel more at home.

Recreation

Dallas has over 40 hiking trails, including trails suitable for running or mountain biking. Exploring the city is one way to start to feel at home, and incorporating time to hike, run, or cycle outdoors is good for your physical and mental health.

The Trinity River runs through Dallas, and there are more than a dozen lakes in the city, making it possible to head out for a day on the water. Whether you prefer kayaking, fishing, or sitting by the water, you’ll be able to enjoy these activities in Dallas. The city is also home to several dog parks, so if you brought your dog with you, you could take advantage of the dogs throughout the city, where you can play fetch and socialize with other dogs and their owners.

Health

Business travelers lack access to their regular exercise facilities and may have a different schedule, making it hard to incorporate exercise into their routine. If you’re traveling, you may also find it hard to keep off the pounds if you’re eating out regularly.

While renting an apartment and cooking your meals can help, you can also meet your fitness needs by joining a local gym. There are also local sports leagues for people interested in a range of recreational sports, including bowling, bocce, kickball, soccer, and football.

If you cannot join a league, you can also opt to sign up for a fitness class to take yoga, Zumba, or pilates.

Dallas is a vibrant city that offers a range of custom and chain shopping options you can enjoy. You can make the most of your time here by exploring the city’s recreational trails, parks, lakes, and dog parks. You’ll also feel more at home if you rent an apartment and have your own space while you’re staying in the city and meet local people through Dallas’s social clubs and sports leagues.

Shan Zhong published on November 13, 2020