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The Business Traveler's Life


BURBANK, Calif. - March 21, 2018 ( Newswire) At some point or another, most of us will be required to travel for our job. Our bosses could send us to a conference in Las Vegas to network with other professionals in our industry, or they could send us to company headquarters in Boston for an important meeting with the people who run the company. It's a fact of life for the modern worker. There are advantages and disadvantages to it, just like there are with other aspects of your working life. The more you do it, the more comfortable you'll probably feel with life on the road.

Recharge your batteries

When we say batteries, we don't just mean the ones in your company-issued smartphone. We all need rest during a normal workday. Sitting in a cubicle and working can be mentally draining, especially if we're working on a particularly intense project. Now think about all the extra mental and physical energy required by business travel. You have to get up early, go through security, and sit in a small seat on a crowded metal tube. Once you land, you'll probably have to adjust to being in a different time zone, and jet lag comes with its own set of issues. We're less comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings, even if we're staying at a nice hotel in a perfectly respectable city. So in between the video conferencing and the meetings with the higher-ups, make time for yourself. That could mean searching for a good Italian restaurant near your hotel, since Italian food has always been comforting to you. If you're sick of eating at restaurants and drive-thrus, then go to a grocery store and see what you can make with whatever's in your hotel room, even if that's just a microwave and a mini-fridge. Do you like fine cheeses? Then look up where to buy goat cheese in town, then spend some time off the clock indulging.

Remember, just because you're on a business trip doesn't mean you're expected to spend every waking minute thinking about work. Do you think the people you're meeting with in town are obsessing about work-related matters 24 hours a day? Because they're not. If they're not, neither should you.

Keep a routine

Carve out time for yourself, but also try your best to stick to a routine that's something like the one you have when you're working out of your office back home. If it's at all possible, wake up and go to bed at similar times as well. That's going to be trickier depending on which time zone you're in, but it's by no means impossible. If you're traveling from the Central to Eastern Time Zone, it's going to be easier than if you're going from Eastern Time to Pacific Time.

The more you can stay on schedule now, the easier it will be to get back in the swing of things once your return flight lands in your hometown. If possible, see if you can come in late the day after you get home. A little flexibility would be a fitting reward for working hard and representing the company well.

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