Traveling for work can sound like the dream you have been waiting all your life for, but when you remember you have to work when you get there, you have to plan to survive a business trip! To make the most of your time away, I have put together five tips that no one should be without when traveling for business.
Work Set Hours
When you are away from home and surrounded by work, it can be all too easy to succumb to working all the hours the day allows. The problem with this is that you will still have to get up early the next morning and put on your work face. There won’t be the same opportunities to lie back and relax like you have on a holiday, which means you are going to need to pace your efforts.
If you are the sort of person who likes to dive in feet first, then committing to set hours wherever possible could be exactly what you need to manage your workload. Just remember, if you start to identify traveling for work with fatigue and overwork then it won’t be long before your excitement turns to dread!
Plan Where You Will Stay
If you are heading away for a conference, then chances are that everyone will be staying at the same place. If however you are traveling for something else, then it’s important to put some careful thought into where you are going to be staying.
The right venue is about more than which TV package you will have in your room and how comfy the bed will be. Think about links to public transport, nearby places to eat, and how busy the roads will be. All of these factors will make it easier for you to feel at home and power through your week away.
Have A Go-To Place to Eat
Eating is one of the hardest things to get right when you are away and it’s also one of the things that people put the least thought into. If you are staying at a hotel, then you will soon get bored of eating your three square meals a day there.
What you need are a couple of options within a 10 minute walk that you can pop into night and day. A late night sandwich and an early morning cup of coffee will make all the difference to your mood and can help you survive a business trip. Now all you need to do is find them before you set off.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Your sleep is so important, because it’s the only time when your mind and body get to truly rest. So many of us cut corners when it comes to our sleep and it’s always to our detriment. The problem with traveling for work is that you are instantly knocked out of your routine and it can be nearly impossible to get back into it.
Focus on trying to get into your normal sleeping pattern on the first night and you will find the trip doesn’t start to catch up with you in the last few days.
Stay An Extra Couple of Days
All work and no play certainly makes for a trip that isn’t all that fun. It can be okay from time to time, but if you’re traveling regularly you’ll soon come to miss a little bit of downtime.
I’ve traveled for work half my adult life and I soon learned that adding a couple of days onto the end was the way to go. I once had a press trip in France and added two days walking the Camino de Santiago with Follow the Camino onto the end. This made it so much more memorable and got me excited about my next trip away.
If you do the same thing, then I think you will not only survive a business trip, but you will also be able to make the most of the opportunities it presents you with.
Author Bio: Rebecca Brown is a translator by day, and a traveler mostly at night. She is an expert on living with jet lag and packing in tiny suitcases. You can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.
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