Business travel is one of those things that we all do at some stage or the other and we tend to get on with it. As I sit here on the coast of Saudi Arabia, as we are contracted to give a series of Project Management workshops, in my hotel room overlooking the Red Sea … I think to myself, that is ain’t all that bad. Summer travel usually brings to mind tropical beaches, national parks and family reunions. But for those of us on the other side of the travel spectrum (aka work travel), summer travel simply means you’re hitting the road while everyone else, or so it seems, is on vacation. So how do you get around these blues … well, the answer is now simple, upgrade yourself to a hotel room that looks out over water or better still over the sea.
Due to the sudden influx of people headed for some rest and relaxation, hotel lobbies, airports, train stations, rest areas and roadways are more crowded than usual. As you fight the crowds to connect to your next flight or train, it can make for a weird disconnect seeing everyone else having fun while you’re focused on the business / job ahead. Yup, that is pretty right, isn’t it harder to travel for work during the summer due to the excitement of the summer / holiday traveller? Business’s don’t stop just because summer’s here, so if you’re planning any business trips in the next few months, here are some action items to consider to reduce the impact and minimise those blues.
Here are some of the tip that may prove useful in getting the balance right on those business trips:
- Get a Hotel View that Relaxes You – It may not always be possible but try to get a hotel room with a view that allows you to switch off. When you close the hotel door, you get that instant hit of beauty that distances your mind form the day ahead or behind you.
- Stay in Motion – It may not always be feasible to get a full workout in, but walking around the city you stay in or to and from events is a good way to stay active. Small ways of adding movement can also help, like taking the stairs or parking a few rows farther away from your destination.
- Do Something Fun – If you’re visiting a new city, try and find some time to see a landmark or notable destination. Even if it’s a city you’ve visited before, go and see something new and try to develop a favourite spot if it’s a place you visit often. It could be a bar, an atmosphere and / or a place that you can call your own. It’ll make the trip seem less like all work.
- Stay Rested – Being on the go away from home can wear you out quickly. Make sure you’re staying well rested for a multitude of reasons. Getting enough sleep not only makes you feel better, but it keeps your immune system in good condition. It can be tough to get the best sleep in a place away from home but try to bring something comforting with you. Right now I travel with my favourite pyjamas that may the connection to my home routine very real.
- Limit Your Drinks – Many business trips might be accompanied by happy hours after a day’s work. While a drink or two is a common way to unwind after a long day, remember that excessive alcohol consumption can dehydrate you and weaken your immune system. It can also leave you feeling less than your best the next day.
- Eat Well – Being away from home may put your brain in the vacation mindset, making you more likely to splurge on unhealthy foods. But if you make a few healthy choices along your trip, your body will thank you. Make sure you eat enough and frequently to keep your energy levels up and consistent.
We all owe it to ourselves over these summer months to enjoy our travel as you would if you were in the holiday mode. The only catch it is not holiday mode so we have to be a bit more creative in what we do and how we do it. Don’t take our well-bring for granted, so start the trip with some of the action points above and I’d be interested to know how you get on.