I just finished up an 8-day business trip across New England. There was a bit of family/friend time mixed in, but it was primarily a trip devoted to a wonderful conference in Portland, Maine, speaking at my alma mater, and having meetings with new clients across New England.
I travel quite a bit and, typically, there is always both work and play involved. In short: a lot is packed into a single trip.
In this case, however, there was no stopping. None. Whatsoever.
And while I sit here writing this post on my first day home – sipping my coffee and alone for one of the first times in 8 days – I’m in awe of not only how successful (and exhausting) the trip was, but also how much I learned from it. Here are 3 important business travel lessons I learned from my 8-day trip.
1. Packing light was the best thing I’ve ever done.
If you know me, I’m a compulsive over-packer. I want to be prepared for every possible scenario.
This trip, I took a carry-on bag and backpack and filled it with as much of my life (and my must-haves) as possible. It was the best thing I could have done, because of how many modes of transportation and running around needed to happen.
If you need help packing for your next business trip, I highly recommend getting some much-needed inspiration from Pinterest!
2. Take good care of your body.
We’ve all been on trips where we over-indulge – between hearty meals and delicious drinks, it’s easy to go overboard.
The problem? Over-indulging often leads to not getting enough sleep, becoming dehydrated, and even getting sick. So here are few helpful tips to taking better care of yourself while traveling:
- Be mindful of your eating. We all know what a healthy meal looks like, so be sure to opt for a hearty salad over the chicken fingers!
- Drink plenty of water. Lack of liquids is something I personally have a hard time with while traveling. This trip, I decided to take my Nalgene along with me and fill it up whenever I could. That way, I was able to hydrate on the go!
- Get plenty of sleep. Going from 6am to 12pm every single day left little time to get the work I need to done, but it was most important that I got all the sleep I could…even though I could’ve used a few more hours.
- Exercise every day. We all know that eating a lot and being in meetings during travel doesn’t make you feel your best. I’m a big believer in doing at-home exercises or even going for a 30-minute walk. It’ll truly make all the difference in the world!
3. Even the best laid plans can change.
I planned out every detail of my trip to a T. I wouldn’t have a vehicle, so I had to rely on public transportation and the kindness of friends to get me around.
But, as we all know, things change and you often have to roll with the punches. Even on a business trip, it’s invaluable to be patient and adapt to changes around you. You’ll be all the less stressed for it in the long run!
What are some of the best lessons you’ve learned from travel? For business or personal?