In today's fast-paced global economy, traveling for work is more of a norm than an exception. But staying safe, healthy, and happy while on the move can be a significant challenge. From battling jet lag and maintaining a balanced diet to ensuring personal safety in unfamiliar territory, there are several aspects to consider. This article, brought to you by Greatland Laser, will provide you with practical tips and strategies to help navigate the world of business travel with ease and confidence.
It all starts with a plan
As a business traveler, one of the most important things you can do is make your arrangements in advance. While the CWT blog recommends choosing your accommodation based on price and convenience, those are not the only considerations. Look ahead at hotels or private rentals in safe neighborhoods that have the amenities you need to maintain as close to a normal routine as possible.
Consider bringing your dog
If you work for yourself, why not bring your dog with you? Although this is a bit of extra work on your part, your dog can work to keep you safe and will encourage you to be more fit when you’re away from home. Look for products that you can take with you when you travel – look online to find helpful pet care advice before you buy anything so you know you’re getting exactly what you need.
Network on the road
Networking is what makes businesses go around, and you don’t have to limit your professional network to those within just a few miles of your brick-and-mortar location. When you’re traveling, make sure to have plenty of business cards and brochures on hand to give out to those you meet. You can design an interactive material for engagement online, even from your laptop. Use free online tools, and look for templates that you can easily customize. Your brochures can tell your customers a lot about you and your business and serve as a tangible reminder of your time together.
Stay safe, no matter where you are
There are many potential dangers when traveling to unknown areas. Choosing a hotel or condo in a safe zone is not enough. If your job has you out and about in nature – on the water, in the mountains, or in search and rescue – make sure you have a laser signal, a phone, and an emergency supply kit handy at all times.
Pack light, but pack right
Exercising while on the go may be a challenge, especially if your hotel doesn’t have a full-service gym. You can’t pack your dumbbells and punching bags, so you have to get creative with the equipment you carry. Resistance bands, a weighted jump rope, a yoga mat, and a smartwatch/fitness tracker can help you maintain your health and wellness routine on the go.
Invest in technology
There are many different pieces of technology that you can use to keep yourself safe and healthy as you travel. Fitness apps are one example. Something else to consider is investing in a standalone GPS device. According to Garmen, GPS devices have a longer battery life and more coverage than your smartphone. And if you’re worried about privacy, your GPS device doesn’t sell your location or travel history.
Don’t overdo it
Finally, don’t overdo it. Although you may be excited to see new places, you don’t have to accept every assignment that involves travel. If you need a week at home, take it. Forcing yourself to do too much of the things you don’t want can lead to job burnout, which can have a negative effect on your health, sleep habits, and concentration.
As someone who often travels for work, you must prioritize yourself while you are away. This might mean networking to expand your contact list, bringing your canine companion with you, or simply packing the right types of tools and technology to help you stay safe and healthy. Today’s tips can help you do just that while avoiding job burnout and the health effects that go with it.
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