Eyes have rolled, harsh words have been spoken, ultimatums made, there has been packing and unpacking and frankly you feel that you are done …
Crowded planes, jammed seats, delays or worse cancellations, rushing around, and traffic jams can fray the nerves and create fatigue – it may seem as if the odds are stacked against salvaging this relationship.
Not so quick! Thompsons Travel brings you some expert advice to rekindle the magic when travelling for business.
While not all problems can be as easily solved as others, do consider the following to help eliminate some of the annoyances of business travel:
Remove the annoyances
Lose some weight:
Less is more. When packing for your business trip, try to pack only the essentials and even some clothes items that will can work well in a mix and match strategy.
Another idea is to always keep your travel bag half-packed. Keep a separate stock of travel necessities such as toiletries in your travel bag, which will cut down on the stress of trying to remember everything for every single trip.
While it is not always possible, try to be nice. Take your frustration and double it, now you may begin to understand what it must be like to serve hundreds of other travellers like yourself on a daily basis.
Who knows, your efforts may even lead to extra special service or some reward in the form of an upgrade …
While you may not be greeted with a friendly smile at airport check-in or at the hotel’s front desk, try to turn the situation around. So, if you want to just make your day and someone else’s day a tad more bearable and efficient – be nice! Who knows, your efforts may even lead to extra special service or some reward in the form of an upgrade …
Have your appointments scheduled and confirmed before you leave, this will allow you to have the confidence in preparing for your meetings. Know beforehand with whom you are meeting and read up on the latest trends and statistics in your line of business.
By having a watertight schedule you can even research the best ways to get around within the destination you are travelling to and then decide which mode of transport will be most time and cost effective.
Take some time out to get your mind in the right space. When in the airport lounge or while in flight or transit, try not to focus your energy on work matters unless you really have to. Watch a movie, read a good book, or level up in Candy Crush (if that is still a thing).
Plan for adventure!
Business may come first, but try to fit in some additional adventure while you’re travelling. Regardless of whether you are familiar with the destination you are travelling to or not, do some research on what is available.
Some suggestions are:
If you are one for keeping fit and active on your business travels and if it happens to be in Viva Las Vegas then go on a hiking excursion to Red Rock Canyon. Escape the neon lights and casino bells and explore the Nevada desert area. The unique geologic features, plants and animals of Red Rock represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. Several hiking trails are available – catered to individual needs and preferences.
Forget rolling through country lanes and leisurely pedalling the beachfront – cycling fanatics have plenty of more interesting ways to get their kicks. And nowhere gets your blood pumping more than the streets of a major city.
Discover centuries-old secret passages on a Rome City Bike Tour. Finish up a Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour with a quick dip in the Mediterranean. Channel your inner Amélie on a Paris Bike Tour. Explore the urban jungle with a NYC Central Park Bike Rental. And cover all the ground of the expansive gardens in no time flat by taking a Versailles by Bike Day Tour.
Race car driving:
Whether you fancy making like James Bond in a vintage Aston Martin or tearing up the tarmac in a made-for-speed race-car, why not live out your motoring fantasies in style on your next trip?
In Abu Dhabi make your way to Ferrari World for some fast cars and great experiences all round. You can also get behind the wheel of a sports car in Europe with a Ferrari Sports Car Experience from Nice, Rome, or Monaco.
If you are stuck on time, or just not in the mood. Do some regular sightseeing. Sightseeing is a great way to actually feel like you explored the area. Since so many iconic sites are easy to get to, it is the perfect opportunity to step outside, get in your adventure and still handle your business duties.
Fall in love with the food
Sometimes simply trying new food is enough of an adventure. A business trip is the perfect opportunity to test out local cuisine as these trips often require eating out with clients or partners.
Here are some alternative choices other than the hotel’s steakhouse:
Ice Restaurant, United Arab Emirates
This bone-chilling restaurant in Dubai is made completely of ice. From the benches to the bar, everything is below freezing – so don’t forget your coat!
Devil Island Prison Restaurant, China
This restaurant surrounded by rusting prison bars gives you a taste of jail time. The owner of Devil Island Prison wanted to scare people away from a life of crime by showing them what jail is like. Whether or not the lesson is learned, eating in a makeshift prison restaurant is still a one-of-a-kind experience.
Dinner in the Sky, Belgium
Sitting at 150 feet (46 metres) above the ground, patrons get a dining experience out of this world at Dinner in the Sky. Diners are strapped into chairs and served meals while enjoying breath-taking views of the Brussels skyline.
Fill up on the vitamin D
Besides the obvious that you will actually get some sun and fresh air while on your business trip, there is now the belief that catching a few rays will help you combat jet lag. Apparently this works best in the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky.
A more scientific approach explains that this is because daylight helps your body to produce melatonin, the hormone that regulates your awake/sleep cycles. Fact or fiction? Just don’t forget the sunscreen …