Business trips are exhilarating adventures because they reflect the confidence your company has in your skills. Whether you travel once a year or several times a month, the physical act of traveling and working takes its toll on your body. Try to incorporate these easy strategies that will make the next business trip a more enjoyable experience.
Avoid Discount Flights and Hotels
You may want to save your company some money as you travel, but don’t compromise your comfort either. Take a morning flight instead of a red-eye seat. Arrive at your meetings with a clear mind because sleep wasn’t lost on a nightlong flight. Pick a hotel that’s reasonably priced and located near you meeting address. Hotels with poor ratings will only create frustration and cost you dearly in sleep quality.
Use Available Apps
Today’s technology can make any trip more enjoyable by using downloaded applications or apps. These apps might be connected to your flight or hotel. Access the latest flight information before you head out to the terminal. Virtually check in to your hotel so that you can walk right into your room and relax. It’s possible to order food online and have it delivered to the room too. The rest of your trip can be dedicated to work and some relaxation.
Take Comfort Along
Some business trips require several flights around a centralized area. To make this part of your trip more enjoyable, bring along a sleeping mask and pillow. Shut out the light and lean back on your pillow for a few minutes or hours of sleep, depending on the flight’s length. Some companies, like GoSleep, know how beneficial it is to turn off the world around you so you can relax between meetings. Return to work revived and full of ideas as a result.
Create "Off" Time
You may be on a weeklong business trip, but that fact doesn’t mean that you’re required to work 24 hours a day. After a day’s worth of meetings, take off to a local attraction and unwind. Enjoy local music, museums or other distractions. You’ll feel better about the trip while regaining the energy to carry on with tomorrow’s meetings.
Try to accumulate or use rewards from your credit card or other program on each business trip too. These miles or points add up significantly over the course of several traveling weeks. You might dine at a quality restaurant or update yourself to first class. Treat yourself to some reasonable perks as business continues to move forward.