Most of us love the thought of going on a trip with family or friends, but when it comes to business travel, it is surprising how quickly the frisson of packing, planning and flying evaporates. The fact is, that travelling for business can be tiring and stressful; with so many things to think about, gleaning any enjoyment from the trip can be the last thing on your mind.
We take a look at how you can make your business trip less stressful and more enjoyable, without compromising on your efficiency at work!
Packing for a business trip can be a minefield, particularly if you are going to a different climate. You may be heading to somewhere hot and sunny but, where normally you would pack sandals and shorts, for a business trip, you still need to look professional. It is a good idea to check the etiquette for where you are going: some cultures may require men to wear a suit, or women to have legs and arms covered, despite blistering heat; if you are wrong-footed from the start, you will have to work extra hard to regain ground.
If you are popping somewhere for a couple of days, try to take hand luggage only, to save time and to avoid losing your luggage. If, however, you need to check a case into the hold, make sure you have a spare set of clothes appropriate for your meeting in your hand luggage; many a business traveller has been forced to attend a conference or meeting in their travel clothes due to lost luggage or delayed flights! Don’t pack on the assumption that it will be all work and no play; pack a couple of items that will allow you to relax. To make getting through security as quick and low-stress as possible, take a look at our tips on packing hand luggage.
Schedule in some fun
You may not feel as though you have the time (or inclination) to fit in a spot of sightseeing, or a relaxing afternoon by a pool, but the chances are that you will have a few spare hours free at some point in your trip. By scheduling in a sight-seeing trip, a spa visit, or a couple of hours at the gym, you will give yourself something to look forward to on the trip. What’s more, with a bit of R & R you are more likely to be on the top of your game.
Research is key here: wherever you are going, make a list of a couple of great places to eat and a few “must-see” monuments and attractions, as well as the best way to get there from your hotel. By doing your research, you will waste less of your precious free time trying to decide what to do and working out how to get there, and more time ticking fantastic experiences off your list!
If possible, try to arrive at your destination 24 hours before your first meeting. This will give you time to familiarise yourself with your surroundings (if it is your first trip) or just relax. Instead of arriving slightly dishevelled and jetlagged, you will meet your associates fresh-faced, relaxed and raring to go.
If you can’t squeeze in an extra day (or two!), make the jetlag work for you. Instead of lying in bed at 4 am, unable to sleep, get up and take a walk or jog: many cities are at their most beautiful and tranquil at sunrise, and there is usually somewhere to grab a coffee or a snack as you take a walk and prepare yourself for the day ahead.
Bring the family along
If you are a frequent traveller, the thought of bringing spouses or children on a business trip may fill you with dread. However, studies show that frequent travel has a significant impact on familial relationships. If you happen to be taking a business trip somewhere nice, and it happens to fit in with your partner’s schedule, or children’s school, why not add a holiday to the end of the trip? This will alleviate your guilt of flying to Las Vegas for a conference and you will get the added bonus of spending time with the family. What’s more, your extended break will transform a business trip into something infinitely more pleasurable and less tiring.
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