(3) Utilise travel time
Where possible opt to travel by train as opposed to driving, not only does this provide you with time to relax if needed, you can also catch up on work emails and prepare for your stay. It’s also often quicker reducing dead time and provides you with headspace to nourish your productivity and creativity.
(4) Do it digital
“Internet everything” has become popular for a reason, so make sure you take advantage of time saving apps, offerings and deals to really maximise your productivity.
From businesses like Deliveroo that can deliver your favourite restaurant food to your door, to taking advantage of apps such as Uber to save time waiting to hail a taxi and dashing to the ATM for petty cash.
Whatever it is, use your smartphone as your guide it’s a simple and effective solution to feeling dazed and confused when arriving in a new city on business travel.
(5) Live like a local
If you’re staying on location for a couple of weeks or even months, it’s important to try and integrate yourself into the community in some capacity be it striking a conversation with the local chamber, or attending networking events.
Not only will you get the inside scoop on where to take top clients for impressive meals, you will help to strengthen your network within the city meaning you can draw on your contacts to support your business development.
In short, try to ensure that business travel doesn’t mean you’re stuck in a business world rut. You can be productive and proactive whilst away on business, if you focus on being healthy, happy and structured.
Gavin Bailey is operations director at?CitySuites