How to Make Traveling for Work Easier

Balancing work and our personal lives is already a challenge – throwing in a work week of travel to client sites, trainings, and meetings doesn’t make it any easier. My career as a consultant has taken me all over the world and has exposed me to so many different cultures, delicious cuisines, and luxury hotels. Waiting for the catch? Complete exhaustion! Whether it’s from being in three different time zones in one week or spending two days traveling halfway across the world for a client meeting, I would do anything to just sleep! Through the years I have picked up a few helpful tips that I would like to share with you that have made my travels a bit easier. However much you travel for work or for leisure, keep in mind these three travel tips.

  1. Ready for your trip? Get organized!

Unless you plan on checking your suitcase, there is no room for “options” when it comes to outfits and a 22 inch x 14 inch carry-on bag. Make a list to help you keep track of what all you need to pack while you are traveling. For those of you who travel frequently, keep a standard list and consider buying toiletries that you use exclusively for travel. Plan ahead by checking the weather of your destination(s) for coordinating outfit(s), and try not to pack last minute. You don’t want to show up with a skirt and blouse while it’s snowing outside. The airport can get quite busy, make sure you check-in early for your flight and know your gate!

  1. Eating healthy charges your mind and body.

When your client and/or company is paying for your meals, you might find yourself or me in particular… eating more frequently or choosing the less healthy food and drink options. Traveling can be a stress on the body, working long hours or a busy schedule could be the culprit. It’s important to make a conscious effort to have healthy meals. If you know it is going to be a crazy week traveling, try switching up the times you eat. For me, snack bars and fruits are my go-to while I am traveling. Packing or buying snacks at your destination is a great way to ensure your body is getting the right food and keeping your energy levels high to tackle your schedule!

  1. There is always time for a quick workout!

Have a busy schedule or long working hours? No excuses, exercise is a must! If your hotel is close to where you need to be then try walking. I keep a pair of heals in my bag and wear shoes that I can walk in so my feet aren’t killing me. Taking a quick 30 minute jog or doing a few workouts in your hotel room in the evening is an easy way to add exercising into your routine while you are away from home. Many hotels have a fitness center, making it easy to roll out of bed in the morning and have a workout before starting your day.

Traveling for work often disrupts our schedules and we tend to feel out of rhythm with the daily “norms”. No matter how busy our schedules become, whether its work or personal obligations, it’s important to make time for yourself. Making sure you get the right amount of sleep and a bit of quite time in the morning or evening can make all the difference.

Next time you book a work trip try out a few of these tips and see how the work-life scale balances in your favor.  

Wherever you go, safe travels!

 

Best,

Sarah Hakky, Director, Business Development  

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