Traveling for business may start out exciting, but that excitement can quickly turn to frustration if you’re not working to make those trips more enjoyable. Whether you’re a seasoned business traveler or you’re about to embark on your first trip, it’s important to keep a few tips in mind that will help you make every future business trip a lot more pleasant.
Don’t Work at the Airport
Believe it or not, the airport can be one of the few places you get to relax on a business trip. When you’re expected to be in and out of airports all day, don’t establish connections with the office while you’re on a layover unless it’s necessary. Once you arrive at your destination, you’re probably going to be busy working until you leave (aside from sleeping and eating), so take this airport time to eat a nice meal, read a book, or Skype with your family.
Get Out of the Office
If you get a long lunch break from your meeting in San Diego, sit oceanside and order some fish tacos. Wherever you are, try to take in small moments of the culture or see a famous sight. If you’re in an unfamiliar place for your company, understanding the culture a little bit better could benefit the business.
Reserve Luxuries Just for Business Trips
Create a few business-trip traditions that you look forward to every time you travel for work. If you absolutely love cheeseburgers, seek out the best burger in each city you visit. If you’re on a tighter schedule, buy a luxury travel kit from The Art of Shaving and use it only when you’re on business trips. Small luxuries, like the best shave you’ve had in weeks, can give you that little bit of joy you needed after a seemingly endless day.
Avoid Excessive Caffeine
Business travel is almost synonymous with Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and miniature pots of cheap hotel coffee. While coffee consumption is inevitable, and a pumpkin latte can bring you some joy, it’s important not to go overboard. Too much caffeine throughout the day can keep you from sleeping when you finally get to return to your room for the night.
And if you’re into the large, sugary energy drinks, try drinking the small energy shots instead. You don’t want to experience a sugar high from a 12-ounce energy drink only to crash an hour later in the middle of a presentation.
Stay positive about business trips and look at them as a chance to experience new places and indulge in the new business-trip luxuries you’ve created. Finding enjoyment in your business trips will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the work you were sent away to complete.