Business travel can be seen as a chore or as a bonus to your role. Whichever way you view it, here are 5 tips that will help you next time you travel.
1. Work hard, play hard!
Industry leading research by Bridgestreet has unveiled that including a few leisure days to a business trip can add value to work assignments because employees feel rejuvenated. The rise in combining business and leisure travel has been propelled by Millennials due to their interest to explore new cities and experience the cultures on offer. A change in the formality of the business trip has begun, some companies are now creating policies which include leisure days for their employees whilst they are away on business. Some are saying to have witnessed the positive effects on their bottom line too.
2. Switch off
In this day and age, it’s almost impossible to find an enclave without Wi-Fi access. Use the airlines’ safety protocols to your advantage and go ‘offline’ to plan strategies without distraction. It’s called ‘Airplane Mode’ for a reason, so use it!
3. Business district, again?
With the rise in affordable transport options from services such as Uber, staying closer to the hustle and bustle of the city is achievable. The dull business districts where you usually stayed can be swapped for the lively, culture soaked neighbourhoods. During the day you can attend the business meetings and conferences whilst evenings can be reserved for exploring the city. Creating two distinct spaces this will add structure and routine to your business trip altogether making it more enjoyable.
4. There’s an app for that!
The smartphone has simplified travelling for all, paperless boarding tickets have become the normality. There are a plethora of apps to organise your travel arrangements which prevent you from having to reach the phone for your PA. Apps such as TripCase collate boarding tickets and itineraries as well as send check-in alerts, weather updates and offer travel suggestions. The Yelp app can find the perfect restaurant to ‘woo’ clients, with its user reviews and menus, this is especially useful if you are in unknown territory.
5. Jet lag remedies
Once the business trip is over and that feeling of grogginess stirs, many reach for their beloved coffee cup or head to the local pub. The stimulation of the caffeine or alcohol will eventually dehydrate and demotivate you quicker, surprisingly even more so if you mix the two together! Instead, drink plenty of water, seek sunlight (Vitamin B-12 keeps you energised), exercise and eat healthily. You’ll soon feel your circadian rhythm realign.
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