Can we get honest for a minute? I feel I am overdue for an honesty post. I travel a lot for work. I’m gone at least once every month; anywhere from 2 to 7 days. There is this preconceived notion that travelling for business is sooo fun and glamorous; well, yes and no. Being away from the office for a week only to come back to 100+ emails is not fun. Getting to hang out with celebrity chefs at a cooking demo is fun. Driving past all the beautiful scenery, shops, and interesting museums in a city you’ve never been is not fun, because chances are you will only see these places one more time – on the way back to the airport. Enjoying team dinners at unique and interesting restaurants is fun. You see where I am going here!?
One thing you do gain when travelling so much is knowledge; and with that knowledge you form tips and tricks that help you along the way. With well over 30 business trips under my belt, I do have a few tips for those who are just starting out in the “travelling for business” game…
- Carry-on only! It will make breezing through the airport so much faster.
- Street view it! If you are going to multiple places in a city you have never been, it never hurts to check out the building(s) and surrounding area using Google Street View before travelling. That way you are not wandering around all over the place.
- Book it right away! If you know about your trip months in advance, book your flight right away. Chances are very slim the price will do down (more often than not it goes up!), so save yourself the stress and money, book it!
- Travelling takes time. There are lots of line-ups, crowds, and waiting. You never know when you are going to encounter these. Assume at every location there will be a crowd to wade through, and line to stand in, and someone to wait for; book your time accordingly.
- WiFi on the plane. If your flight is over 3 hours, splurge on the in-flight wifi. Better to use that “spare” time in a productive way.
- Carry on must haves. Gum, kleenex, chapstick, advil, hand sanitizer. Have them on you at all times… because you just never know.
Travelling for business is touch and go. Sometimes it can be a really fun experience, other times, not so much. I’ve been lucky enough to have amazing clients, so travelling for business is quite enjoyable.
Speaking of travel, if you are wondering what I got up to last week in Seattle, you can see my guest post over on The Mushroom Channel.
Safe & Happy Travels!