We’ve all been there, travelling on business. It can be draining, tiresome, a downright pain. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Check out our handy hints to making the most of your business trip and keeping you on the ball and having a ball abroad.
1. Invest in decent luggage and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones
Whether from the cobbles of Copenhagen, the handlers in Hanoi or the transport in Tunis, if you’re a frequent traveller, your bags will inevitably take a beating. So, investing in some high-quality gear will be worth it in the long run, oh, and it looks more professional too!
When it comes to improving your journey, it’s also worth acquiring some noise-cancelling headphones. They can make all the difference when drowning out tiresome plane sounds (whether engine or passenger) and you save your ears with lower volumes needed for video.
2. Keep your routine up
One thing many travellers tend to do when away on business is to fall out of their usual home routines. To some extent, this is understandable, we naturally treat being abroad as somehow intrinsically ‘different’.
However, avoiding this deviation from the norm can help you feel at home more quickly.
Whether it’s a certain diet (most hotels and places to stay can accommodate particular diet types) or an exercise routine (gyms are increasingly common in hotels across the globe), try to maintain your standard routine as best you can, it’s good for you and will help you enjoy your travels more.
3. Never take the last flight of the day
‘Why not?’ you may ask, and you’d be right to. Well, the simple answer is because any delays or cancellations will affect these flights the most.
Best case scenario: you’ll be on an even later red-eye flight than you hoped.
Worst case scenario: you’ll be bumped to the next day.
Flight cancelled? You’re now stuck in a foreign airport until the morning – tough situation.
P.S. If you do find yourself in any of the above situations and your organisation works with Diversity Travel, our team are here 24 hours a day to help you out of any such predicament. 😊
4. Schedule in downtime
Working outside of your usual environment, combined with being abroad can make business travel trips stressful, so it’s important to remember to save time for yourself when you’re on your travels. If you’re always on the move, maintaining concentration and even motivation can also be something of an issue.
Finding the right environment for downtime isn’t always a walk in the park, but focus on where you can find time to chill. If you can find some peace and quiet in the refuge of your accommodation, it’s worth considering yoga, which is proven to be a useful pastime when trying to relax and reinvigorate (another time when your noise-cancelling headphones might come in handy!).
If possible, try and do a little exploring of the locale, whether it’s simply taking a walk or going for a run in the local park. Taking some time off from the computer and your room can really help your emotional well-being.
5. Home away from home
Taking home comforts with you when abroad often isn’t easy, it’s not like you can pack your pets or family for the trip!
However, you can bring some items that will help your temporary base-camp seem more like home, whether that’s photos, candles, or your dressing gown, seemingly little things like this can have a major positive impact and make working away less alien.
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