For frequent business travelers, the most dreaded part of trips may just be stepping into the company-issued hotel room. Even perfectly functional standard to mid-priced hotel rooms can give off mixed vibes. The biggest problem? You're alone. And that can lead to what's being billed in travel circles as "hotel gloom," a condition largely spurred by loneliness. It can be a suffocating experience, but it doesn't have to be.

Seasoned travelers will often say exercise can immediately help boost endorphins and keep the blues at bay. Also, opening up the curtains and windows or even purchasing a bundle of flowers can help boost the appeal of your surroundings. Then there's just the good old suggestion of getting out of the hotel.

The more time spent in that stuffy and empty hotel room is more time for the hotel gloom to settle in. Here are three pro-tips for how to get out as much as possible while you're away, courtesy of a past New York Times travel column.

1. Find an activity.

Frequent travelers Bill McGowan, founder and CEO of Clarity Media Group, and Carol Margolis, a former consultant, both told the Times that they look for diversions. For McGowan, that means using Open Table, an app that finds restaurants nearby, and eating out. Margolis takes the time to find somewhere she can work or relax: like a courtyard or a fireplace.

2. Explore the area.

To avoid spending all night in your hotel room, take the time to explore the area. Whether that involves eating out or just taking a walk through downtown, staying in action can help prevent that gloom from sneaking in. Apps like Spotted by Locals can help you navigate the area.

3. Stay close to the action.

Taking the time to carefully plan the trip can also keep the gloom at bay. Choosing a hotel that is more central versus one that is out of the way will broaden the activities that you can do to avoid staying in. Sarah Cloninger, who writes the travel blog Road Warriorette, told the Times that she plans her trips to be as short as possible to avoid staying away from home too long.