Business travels are often a welcome break, but there are times when you just don’t feel like flying to anywhere, especially that it’s the holidays. Instead of whining and making yourself look unprofessional, here are a few tips on how you can make business trips feel less obligatory and more satisfying:
Pay extra for added comfort.
Long haul flights are not only boring, but they’re also very exhausting. So if you’re going all the way across the planet, consider paying more for extra legroom. That way, you won’t have to complain about cramps and swollen feet when you arrive to your destination.
Steer clear of alcohol.
Alcohol can get you dehydrated. Also, you don’t want to get to an important meeting drunk and too tired when you arrive. If you drink though, be sure to drink lots of water.
Fly early to arrive earlier at your destination.
This is especially important if your first itinerary is to meet a client or attend a conference. You don’t want to look haggard when you get to your destination, right?
Don’t miss out on the fun.
Recreation is very important, even for an official trip. So don’t forget to spare a few hours taking the sights and sounds of the city. You need a stress reliever, don’t you?
But don’t oversleep.
Enjoy a night out in town, but don’t forget about your meeting the following morning. You need to get to your appointment on time to make a good impression on your new clients.
Enjoy good food, but don’t overeat.
Oftentimes, your friends or clients invite you for lunch or dinner at restaurants. Don’t decline the offer, but keep in mind to not overeat. You could get an upset stomach the next morning if you’re not careful.
Don’t forget to enjoy some downtime while you’re in another city or country. At home, you have rest days, so treat yourself to a few hours of distraction to be make your official trip memorable in a good way.
Photos by Phil Price, Lasse Rintakumpu, Andy Rennie and Sam Churchill