5 Tips for Smarter Business Travel

Business travel can be taxing, wearisome and lonely, but by traveling smarter, you can save time and money while turning it into a more enjoyable experience. Traveling for work is sometimes a necessary evil, but it doesn't have to be something you dread.

Here’s how you can reinvigorate your travel experiences with a few tips.

1. Stick to a Routine

The main reason that most people hate travel is because it throws a wrench into their daily routines, but with some effort, you can easily adapt. You just need to shift your mentality from the negative to the positive.

Most business travel blues can be attributed to poor diet and exercise. You wouldn't eat and drink sloppily while at home, so why do so on a business trip? If you are in the habit of having a cup of green tea every morning, have room service deliver it. Almost every hotel has a gym and if yours doesn't, head out on a walk to explore.

2. Combining Business with Pleasure

It's not a popular saying without reason. If you're traveling on work, there's nothing wrong with indulging yourself once a while. Taking some time off for dinner with an old friend or seeing the sights will make you feel a lot better and balanced. So the next time you are in NY on business, indulge your guilty pleasure of shopping in Soho or a few drinks in that Manhattan Jazz dive.

3. Love Matters

It's all about the little things in life. But when rushing from city to city, this is easy to forget. Nothing makes you feel more connected than a message to or from your partner.

Make it a point to send a message for them to find after you embark. It's a great way of showing how much you appreciate your partner despite your absence. Keep this up throughout your trip and don’t forget to pick up some stuff for them. This ensures your partner's appreciation when you return.

4. Load up those Points!

One way of making sure you gain personally from your business trips is by having a low-interest credit card to deal with your expenses and pay it off later at the end of the month. This will help you load up on reward points, especially for frequent fliers. There are credit cards dedicated to tickets, hotel discounts, upgrades, etc. that can make your travel that much sweeter. Who knows, your business trip to Idaho might just get you that much closer to a well-deserved R&R in Hawaii.

5. Stay Connected

Hate missing out on your favorite shows while away? With modern mobile gadgets and streaming, it's effortless to bring along your content with you wherever you go. Make use of the WI-fi available at airports and complimentary internet at hotels to download and watch your preferred shows later at your convenience.

Adhering to these tips will ensure that you don’t become another one among the sea of suits with giant beer bellies and sullen faces.

Related Post: Some Practical Road-Tips for Solo Travelers

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