When you think of a road warrior you probably think of someone who travels to three cities in one week. Or who is a member of every known loyalty program and has status on every airline. Someone who spends more nights in hotels than at home.
But there are plenty of us who travel frequently but who don’t quite have that Achievement Level: Expert. In my case, I work for tech companies that are based in the Bay Area, while I live in Seattle.
I’m also a mom—and I think business travel as a parent (especially when your partner also works) is another realm of stress. But, I quickly add, well worth it.
Here are some observations I’ve had over my years as a business traveler—knowledge I impart to you to use as you would. Take what you like, leave the rest.
1. Sign up for the loyalty program. Don’t think to hard about it—just do it. I can’t tell you how many points I’ve missed out on because I said to myself, I won’t come back here/stay at this chain/fly this route again—and been extremely wrong. Yes, you’re signing up to be marketed to, but I am sadly never going to achieve Alaska Airlines Million-Miler status largely because I stubbornly refused to give them my email address years ago. (They have it now—I’m a big fan).
2. Black is the new black. When you’re traveling, it’s just. So. Easy. Then it doesn’t matter if you spill something on the pants you were going to wear the day after tomorrow. It’s like Garanimals for grownups. (Google it).
3. You deserve a little bleisure. As a parent, I have a hard time making time for myself that’s exclusively just for myself. There’s a little guilt in every business trip, leaving the family. However, you can’t give to them if you’ve got an empty gas tank yourself. So take advantage of those trips--even an extra evening exploring a new city is a gem of a gift you can give to yourself. Try a new restaurant. Take yourself out for a Philly cheesesteak in Philly or a croissant in Paris.
Enjoy your business travel.... and find out what your bleisure destination is based on your astrological sign: https://tripactions.com/blog/business-travelers-2020-zodiac-forecast