When I was in college (possibly even younger), I used to see my Dad and other relatives/friends traveling all of the time for work, Jet setting off to different cities and sometimes different countries. They would come back sharing photos of the different places they ate and things they saw. It all seemed so glamorous to me. Getting paid to travel?! Yes please! I aspired to one day have a job that allowed me to travel the world.
Fast forward to 2017 when I landed my current job, I was told that there would be some traveling involved. My inner-self was jumping for joy. Was I able to travel? Heck yes!
After a few trips around the country, I can now tell you why people say traveling for work is not all it’s cracked up to be! While I wouldn’t call myself a business trip connoisseur, I’d like to trip after a handful of trips over the last 2 years that I’ve got it somewhat figured out. Below are some of my top trips for newbies when it comes to business travel.
1. Make Time for Yourself.
Traveling for work is like being at work 24/7. There’s no “set hours” usually and you spend the majority of your free time with your co-workers going to lunch, dinner, drinks, etc. It can become overwhelming faster than you realize. My saving grace has always been making sure I carve out time for myself. Whether that’s waking up early to do some yoga, stopping by my hotel room before dinner for a quick nap or heading back early from dinner to catch up on some reading. It has truly made a difference in my energy levels when traveling!
2. Don’t be Afraid to Eat Alone.
I used to be one of those people who hated eating by themselves. Now, I love it. When I’m traveling for work, it’s usually for some type of tradeshow where there always needs to be someone “working” the booth/showroom. Therefore, not everyone can leave to go get lunch and you’re left fending for yourself. At first, this was terrifying to me and now I find so much joy in taking that time for myself (re: tip #1).
3. Pack Light.
I also used to be one of those people who would ALWAYS check a bag. I insisted on bringing half of my closet and 8 pairs of shoes “just in case”. This latest trip I decided to keep it minimal and get it all in a carry on. What a difference. I didn’t spend each morning deciding what to wear and I was able to walk right off the plane and into the car home without waiting for a bag. The latter alone made it worth it.
Plus, sometimes you might be stuck having to go to an office, show or meeting before being able to check in to your hotel and you don’t want to be the girl with the obnoxiously large rolling bag.
4. Enjoy What you Can!
While yes, business trips are exhausting and most likely you won’t have free time to explore the city like you want to, enjoy what you can! Relish in being able to eat at new restaurants, meet new people and just getting to experience a new city.
I hope these tips help you out for your future business trip!
Do you have to travel for work a lot? If so, what are some tips I missed? Let me know in the comments or on my latest Instagram post.