WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- From indulging in a good novel to taking an extra few minutes for a close shave, extended-stay travelers balance the demands of work on the road with time for good-natured selfishness, according to the recent "Time Out for Travel" survey of 1,250 business men and women conducted by Residence Inn by Marriott and www.thetrip.com. Many travelers -- especially those married with children -- enjoy paying attention to themselves, but feel guilty about being unable to share in home activities and responsibilities. Residence Inn has partnered with Dr. Stephen R. Covey, best-selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and the new The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families to provide Ten "Time Out for Travel" Tips to help travelers make the most of extended business trips. "When away from the normal home and office world for more than just a few days, make the most of your unplanned 'escape' time -- it's a rare opportunity to regain perspective and be more effective," says Covey. Residence Inn, the nation's leading extended-stay hotel chain, is specifically designed for extended-stay travelers. Residence Inn suites are 50 percent larger than traditional hotel rooms, allowing guests extra space to enjoy personal time on the road. Dr. Stephen R. Covey's Ten "Time Out for Travel" Tips 1. Make a list of books to read before 2000 and tackle at least one during the trip. 2. Write an "I Love You," "I'm Proud of You" or "Have a Great Day" postcard to a loved one. 3. Remember birthdays and anniversaries when traveling. Call or send a card. 4. Brainstorm for special occasions in the upcoming year: organize a surprise party or intimate anniversary retreat, suggest a family reunion or plan how to celebrate the millennium. 5. Do more than sightsee -- be a tourist. Take a carriage tour of old downtown or sample "signature" foods. 6. Grab a disposable camera and take pictures. 7. Collect local souvenirs from each trip to display on a desk -- a great conversation opener with colleagues or customers upon return. 8. Carry a picture of family or friends in a wallet or purse and share it with others. 9. Start a personal journal. 10. Exercise to release any travel or work stress.
SOURCE Residence Inn by Marriott