For some, traveling for business is new and exciting. For others, it’s a tiring ordeal where you’re juggling people, deadlines, pressure, time zones and everything else you do during the day. If you’re one of the people who fall into the later group, today’s blog is for you.
Traveling for business can be draining, but there are plenty of ways for you to take the edge off. Here are some tips as to how you can make your next business trip a little bit more bearable. Let’s jump right in!
Always bring a pre-charged phone/device charger
Calls, emails and especially maps and GPS can drain your battery quickly. Make sure you have a portable USB charger on hand. There are plenty of gadgets you can choose from – all of which vary from size to the amount of charge in them. Nothing stinks worse than being on the road with no way of communicating.
Use hotel and car rental rewards
Most Hotel and rental car companies feature some sort of rewards program for their repeat customers. Take advantage of those! You can build up points that get you a lot of free stuff – including rentals, cost savings, discounts and even some cool perks (free drinks, etc). Most businesses are happy to let you book under their credit card with your own personal rewards account – so it’s something that can benefit your personal life as well.
Bring your family
A lot of the stress associated with business travel simply comes from being away from home and not with your family. So when you have the chance – considering bringing them and stay an extra day or two in your destination. It’s a great educational and recreational opportunity for the kids, but it’s also a great way to mix a little business and pleasure while always giving you an added sense of peace of mind.
Take your own excursions
If you’re going to be in town for a few days, then you’re crazy to sit in your hotel room the whole time and sleep. Get out, see the local sights and sounds – take in the scenery, participate in an activity, attend a game – do something to keep your mind off the negativity and stress of travel and enjoy it instead.
If you’re noticing a common trend, that’s because there is one – that’s it’s all about self-care and blending it with business. Half the anxiety and stress associated with business travel is a lack of familiarity and not enough willingness to take the edge off. Get out, enjoy the place you’re traveling, kill it in your meeting and take a deep breath. This should be fun!