Are you someone that has to travel for business sometimes? If you are, you might have heard your friends saying things like “oh my gosh you’re so lucky to be able to travel and get paid for it”, or “that must be such an exciting part of your job!” While these friends are partly right, sometimes it’s not all fun and excitement, as you may well know. Sure, it’s exciting to take your first business trip and stay in luxurious serviced apartments all around the world, but once you get down to your fifteenth or even twentieth business trip, things can lose some of their sheen.
Traveling for business sounds exotic but here are some of the biggest challenges that you can face:
- Jet lag (and the subsequent recovery time) can take a few days off your routine when you come home or arrive. If you live in a place like Australia, it’s not so easy to just do a short flight from the United States or Europe.
- When you travel a lot you can miss hanging out with friends and family. While some time away from family can be a great chance to get some alone time and to reset, the alone time doesn’t always happen if you’re heading to a busy conference.
- Keeping your work flow going can often be difficult. While people travel with the best of intentions to keep working, the travel bug or jet lag can kick in. You want to spend your time overseas or in your new destination doing as much as you can while you’re there. This can be tricky to manage and requires discipline.
- Making sure that you are eating well and getting enough exercise when you’re away can be difficult in some locations depending on where you stay, and what is around.
So with these in mind let’s look at the top seven ways to make corporate travel fun again.
Plan your trip like an adventure
While you might be traveling for business, your free time is always going to be your own. With that in mind make sure you plan your free time accordingly to make the most of it. There are plenty of guides and other websites like travel blogs available which can tell you the best things to do in pretty much every place in the world. As a result, it won’t be too difficult for you to pre-plan the activities that you’re going to spend your time on. This can be a great thing to do ahead of time, especially if you’re going to be pressed for minutes otherwise. Create an agenda and go for it.
Get some sunshine to reset your body
Part of getting over your jet lag is ensuring that you get some vitamin D from the sun once you’re on the ground in the new place. Well it might seem appealing to go and sleep for as long as you can, one of the best and most natural things that you can do for your body is to get outside and get some rays. Even if it’s only for 15 minutes, you’ll be sure to see the benefits of having some natural light on your body.
Use apps for planning
A wonderful part of traveling for business in this modern day and age is that there’s a huge range of apps available which can tell you what to do and how to plan your trip in a new city. Be sure to download a translation app (if that’s something you’ll need to use for where you’re going), and maximize the apps available, as they leave you free to enjoy your city with your device at your fingertips. Plus some might not even chew through your data – a fact which is often a bugbear of travelers.
Manage your flying like a champ
Do you have a squishy neck pillow? If you don’t, you need to get one. When you’re traveling on planes, there’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable. A quick way to get around this is to ensure that you have a bit of a travel kit packed up and ready to go which will ensure your comfort. Make sure you have a good moisturizer, that you drink plenty of water, you pack your squishy neck pillow, and possibly invest in some noise cancelling headphones or earplugs if noise is something that’s a problem for you. A good night’s sleep is a great way to enjoy a new city
Be kind to your jet lag
If you are jet lagged and are really feeling it then perhaps take it very easy. The only thing that you’re going to do is exhaust yourself, which may lead to you getting sick. This is not a great way to enjoy your trip. Plan little, rest often and eat well.
Meet your mates in the middle
If you’re looking to take a trip with friends, why not get them to meet you halfway to your destination. That way you all get to take a trip that’s exciting!