Every day, millions of people around the world travel for work. Although business travel is certainly a fun and stimulating experience, for both personal and professional growth, the continuous travel, appointments, and business meetings can be quite tiring, especially for those who travel to far away places and face the jet lag upon arrival. It's perfectly normal, therefore, to feel sleepy and tired in the first few days.
How to enjoy your business trip by combining work and relaxation
Although new technologies are able to replace face-to-face meetings on several occasions, business travel is often necessary to meet a customer face-to-face on the other side of the world or to participate in important conferences, trade fairs, and conferences abroad. What then can be done to avoid or at least limit fatigue during the journey?
The following are some suggestions for enjoying your business trip in complete serenity, taking advantage of a few moments of relaxation, to devote yourself profitably to business.
1. Make sure you have the necessary tools
If you're planning to present a project to a client in your diary, we recommend that you make sure you have the necessary tools to ensure that there's no problems and that everything works smoothly. In addition, it's always better to make sure that the management assistant or travel office - when organising the trip - has checked that there's a free WiFi connection in the hotel, so there'll be no problem if they should check emails, finish a job, prepare the presentation, or any other task. Some hotels even have an area or centre dedicated to business travellers, equipped with printers and desktops, where you can work in complete peace of mind. At the airport, however, the lounges are the ideal place to rest or work.
2. Book the transfer in advance
Both on the outward and return journey you need to think about how to get to the airport. On the outward journey, the advice is to book a taxi or driver the night before, so be sure to find them outside the house at the indicated time. This way, you'll avoid having to look for a rental car just before departure, risking not finding one and having to take a crowded bus that's probably late. On the way back, however, you can ask the hotel if they have a shuttle service to the airport and, if not, get a taxi booked.
3. Sleep at least seven hours per night
When you travel, your body has to get used to several changes: new location, different climate, and different time zones. For this reason, you need to prepare yourself to be able to sleep well even away from home.
Some small things that can be very useful in these situations are:
Carry caps with you to avoid being disturbed by annoying noises
Maintain a temperature in the room between 19 and 21 degrees Celsius
Turn off all lights and close awnings or shutters
Use melatonin, chamomile, lemon balm, or other natural relaxants if you are particularly suffering from a change in hours
Not sleeping enough could make it difficult to concentrate and have a negative impact on work performance, not allowing the traveller to enjoy the trip even in their spare time.
The business trip should never be a cause of fatigue for the employee, so it's essential to provide spaces on the agenda to visit a new place, a museum, do some sport, or just relax. Including a few moments for yourself will have positive effects on well-being and therefore also on work performance. It'll also help to make the experience positive and unforgettable. Business travel is a unique opportunity to increase cultural background and live new experiences, combining business travel with moments of pleasure and relaxation - the so-called 'bleisure' - can be a valid solution.
5. Take advantage of the benefits at your disposal
In general, the company provides benefits for the traveller on the road; if they're not communicated, it's advisable to ask the travel manager or the person in charge of organising the trip for information. For example, it's often possible to access airport lounges to spend relaxing waiting hours at the airport, request an upgrade to a higher travel class, take precedence during boarding procedures, or use in-flight WiFi. These are small details, but they can make a difference!