When your work means traveling, it can be quite an exhilarating and exhausting experience all at once. You travel to destinations that most people only dream about, but when a conversation strikes up about your next trip, you can’t help but nod along politely. Because life isn’t like the movie ‘Up in the Air’ and you aren’t George Clooney, smoothly making your way from city to city, looking great along the way. As amazing as it is, the combination of work and travel can be quite a challenge, especially for new and young professional on-roaders.
Destinations Unplugged has curated a list of 5 tricks and trips that seasoned business travelers swear by. While we can’t guarantee you the handsome face of George Clooney, we can help you travel like him.
Be an organisation ninja with your luggage
Your carry-on or cabin baggage should be your pal! Especially since it’s big enough to include only what’s necessary. One clothing set for each day of your business trip and one extra pair just incase. If you’re unsure about the great new shirt or blouse you’ve been meaning to wear, skip it. Save it for an occasion where you’ll have enough time to hover over your options.
Even after you’ve packed only what’s necessary, it’s essential that you organize and maximize the space in your suitcase. Keep all your shirts in a dry cleaning bag to keep them intact and wrinkle-free. Always put your blazers and jackets on top, and inside out to keep them from collecting dust particles. Finish your packing by stuffing your socks in the sleeves of your blazers and putting your toiletries in a compact pouch or bag.
Loyalty can take you miles in travel
Collecting miles and loyalty points are every seasoned business travelers favorite trick and with good reason! Sticking to one particular airline not only helps you avail amenities and upgrades in the future but also guarantees better service once the airlines’ staff begins to recognize you as a regular customer. After collecting enough points, you can book tickets on points itself. if you have enough, get surprise upgrades and discounts on your accommodation and travel. Loyalty isn’t great just for your personal life, eh?
Turn the airport into your social playground
The time spent in transit can be taxing, especially with international flights where you need to check in hours before the flight is scheduled to start boarding. However, it’s the perfect time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Most of the world’s airports today have at least one or a couple of restaurants and bars, so instead of shutting the world away by playing games on your phone, indulge in the food and beverages at the airport instead. It’s a great way to socialize with fellow travelers who might be in a similar situation. You can use this time to re-connect with people you haven’t spoken to in a while. Because hey, you’re getting bored at the airport and a little bit of human connection is always better than candy crush!
Technology is a necessity and so is a back-up
When it comes to your laptop and phone during transit it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Even if you think or know of any charging stations at the airport, it’s always a good idea to carry a power bank to make sure you don’t end up stranded, requesting strangers if you can borrow their phones. It may also be wise and thrifty to carry a universal adaptor if you’re traveling internationally. It’s always a stab in the heart to pay double the amount for the same electronics at the airport. Do a final check and make sure you have all your chargers at your disposal for a hassle-free experience.
Shake off the jet lag and stay fit by consciously moving about
If the airport has become your second home, chances are your previously toned arms and legs might be taking a toll. Not that it is anything remotely close to being a couch potato but traveling does require a lot of sitting for several hours. Kill two birds with one stone by stretching your body at the airport and on the plane. Take a stroll to that magazine stand at the furthest end of the airport if you have the time or stroll down the aisle of the airplane. Exercise your neck and arms if you’re all walked out, you can carry a squeeze ball to regulate your blood circulation. Simple exercising will not only keep you fit but will also help you avoid dreadful jet lags.
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Additional quick tips before you jet off:
- Dress like you mean business, yes even on a plane. Dressing smart will guarantee better service.
- Check the booking options before purchasing your tickets. Some options will put you on top of the list for a business upgrade.
- Keep your hand-luggage light, perhaps only include your laptop, charger, money and your travel documents.
- Limit your luggage to a carry-on suitcase and a handbag for shaving off at least 25 minutes each time you travel.
- Save your time by re-booking at a hotel you may have stayed at previously for a quick check-in. You could also inquire if they’d be willing to pick you up from the airport, free of charge.
- When travelling by business class, take late night flights to save time, you’ll actually be saving a whole day!
- Choose to take direct flights instead of connecting or one-stop flights.
- Web-check in so that you can save time at the counters.
- Always keep in touch with your family and friends to assure them of your whereabouts and safety.
- Keep track of time zones between countries, especially when organizing your trip.
- Stay hydrated with water and fluids throughout your travels.
- Avoid eating tasteless heavy meals at 40,000 feet up in the air.
Written by Divya Bagaria