There are plenty of business people who need to travel extensively. They always seem to be on the road, in the air, in another town, or across the world. For them, they know how to avoid annoyances that make constant travel a chore rather than a joy.
For others, who only travel once-in-a-while, it’s worth knowing these tips rather than having to ‘learn the hard way’ and perhaps waste valuable time and effort.
Dan Pink writes about travel and has collected some of the best business travel tips you might otherwise take years to learn. Here are a few:
Bring down the noise.
Forget the expensive, noise-cancelling, bulky headphones. Get some soft foam disposable earplugs. There are five good reasons why these trump other solutions: they’re far cheaper, far less bulky (thus easier to pack), easy to replace, takeoff- and landing-friendly (non-electronic), and you can actually sleep comfortably wearing them because you don't have to wrangle big earmuffs.
Look for where the airline personnel—pilots, attendants, for example—are eating, Go for protein over carbs, because it takes longer to digest and burn, and therefore lasts longer. Always choose bottled water as your preferred beverage
Sanitise the tray!
Carry some antibacterial wipes with you and wipe that seatback tray before you use it for anything. Then wipe it again.
Zip through security.
First, if you have any reasonable claim to a premier status, get in a premier line, it’s worth a shot. Second, when you show your ID and boarding pass, ask the agent which line they think will move the fastest. Third, get in any line with more male solo business travellers. Men have fewer accessories to discard and are hyper-competitive, which means they tend to view the security line as a race. Finally, avoid any line with married couples travelling alone on leisure...
Avoid the TV.
Unless there’s a show you can't possibly live without seeing, the one thing you should never do upon entering your hotel room is turn on the television. Before you know it you’ve wasted 90 minutes or fallen asleep due to jetlag. Instead, call a loved one, get some exercise, or read a book.
Beat jet lag.
To battle the fatigue of long-range travel through multiple time zones, focus on three key things: time, food and light. Time: trick your body into thinking it’s in the time zone of your destination by resetting your watch to that time as soon as you’re on the plane, and try to only sleep if it’s night at your destination. Food: eat less—if you’re offered food, eat no more than half what’s offered. It’s better to eat an appropriate meal when you arrive at your destination. Light: even if you’re dog-tired when you land, never ever sleep unless it’s dark outside. If it’s light out, stay up. And if it’s dark, go to sleep even if you’re not tired.
Look like a local.
A while back, when newspapers were more common, carrying a newspaper made you look a bit more like a local, which if you’re in a big city can be a good thing by making you less conspicuous and thus less of a target for any unsavoury characters that may be lurking about. These days, most people are buried in their phones, so think about carrying a local shopping bag rather than an obvious travel bag, and try not to look bewildered when using Google Maps by checking the route before you step out onto the street.
Dan has short videos filmed on location for many of this tips if you want to take a look.
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