I had to travel to give birth to DS1 because I lived in a village in bush Alaska without adequate medical care (not a single doctor, nurse, paramedic, or even EMT in the village, and no road to the nearest place with any of those things). I didn't choose a homebirth, or even look into it, because I am very much a homebody... I wouldn't feel comfortable "homebirthing" away from home. I can't explain why a hospital birth was different, but... I'm odd
I had to leave home at 36 weeks to "wait" in Anchorage. It's a very common birthing situation in rural Alaska; if you say, "I'm in *city* waiting," people don't ask you what you're waiting for
. A coworker had a house in Anchorage and let me rent it for the month.
So... I'm no help on the home-away-from-homebirth aspect, but know all about the traveling to give birth thing. "Nesting" was hard because I wasn't so much feeling it before I left, and then my second week in Anchorage, I wanted to organize and clean and... there I was in my coworker's house that sat vacant most of the time, so it was pretty organized and clean and not mine to clean anyway