If you travel often for work, you may find yourself celebrating Thanksgiving away from home. It is a difficult holiday to travel home for. With only a three-day weekend, especially at the beginning of the fourth quarter, it may be difficult to squeeze in the extra travel time.

So, it looks like you will be spending this Thanksgiving away from your loved ones. This may be disappointing, but that does not mean that you won’t be able to enjoy this fun fall holiday. Let us lend you some of our top tips for celebrating Thanksgiving away from home.

Celebrating Thanksgiving away from home: Make it feel like you’re not away


Thanks to many advances in technology, staying in touch with loved ones is easier than ever before. Even if you’re spending Thanksgiving away from home, different applications, like FaceTime and Skype can allow you to see your friends and family. You may not be able to smell your aunt’s famous pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies through your screen, but you will definitely be able to feel the love.

In some cases, an old school touch can make the holiday really special. Sending a physical card to wish loved ones a happy holiday reminds your favourite people that they are in your thoughts. This is an especially practical idea if you will travelling through the day, or if the timezone differences make a real-time discussion difficult.

Celebrating Thanksgiving away from home: Enjoy the day!

If nothing else, you have a day to catch up on your work. But if you’re looking to get away from your computer, there are a host of options available.

Fall is officially underway, with many fun activities to enjoy. With others spending time at home, enjoy the smaller crowds while you visit an apple orchard or enjoy a trip to a nearby pumpkin patch. In cities like Ottawa and Montreal, now is the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful changing of the leaves. Take a walk through a local park and enjoy the season’s read, oranges, and yellows.

Looking for something with a little more meaning? Take the day to give back. It could be as simple of an experience as buying someone in need a coffee, or perhaps raking someone’s lawn. You can also consult online, with organizations like the Volunteer Bureau of Montreal, who match willing volunteers with organizations in need. Similar organizations exist in major cities across the world. Giving back is a great way of giving thanks for what you have.

Celebrating Thanksgiving away from home: Make your own Thanksgiving

Maybe you’re not the only one you know who will be spending their Thanksgiving away from home. Use this occasion as an opportunity to bring friends together and create new memories. If you are travelling for work with colleagues, have a fun Thanksgiving meal at a local restaurant.

If you’re staying with a corporate housing provider like Corporate Stays, you will have the benefit of having a full kitchen in your apartment, so hosting is a breeze! You can have a potluck-style Thanksgiving meal with friends, or, if you’re feeling ambitious, try cooking a full turkey meal for a full Thanksgiving experience!

While it may not be an ideal circumstance to spend Thanksgiving away from home, there are still plenty of options to enjoy a fun holiday. With American Thanksgiving to follow shortly in November, we would love to hear from you, if you have any tips for celebrating Thanksgiving away from home! Please let us know in the comments!

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