(1) De-stressBusiness travel can often leave people feeling a little flat – not only are you in an unfamiliar environment, you’re not settled, you’re out of the loop with family and friends and the food on offer is often rushed or unhealthy. It’s time to get your ducks in a row. Get a clear schedule in place, and ensure this includes some downtime to unwind and de-stress – be it popping to the gym or just chilling out and watching a film. When the work clock stops, make sure you do too – just because you’re away with business doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some “me time”.
(2) Don’t compromiseWhether you’re away for a couple of nights, a few weeks or even months, your accommodation is key. If you’re not relaxed and providing yourself with time to switch off, you’ll become frazzled and far less effective. The bleisure trend of late has become popular for a reason – more often than not, employers now recognise that inspired, valued and well-rested teams perform most effectively. Make sure you practice what you preach to your team and opt for accommodation that allows you to enjoy your downtime, whether that’s kicking back on the couch with Netflix, or catching up with a friend over a drink while you’re in town. On the next page, find out how you can live like a local during business travel and more.
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