Business travel shouldn’t inherently stink. You’re getting to travel to a new place, meeting and working with new people, and (hopefully) learning new things. So why does it seem like business travel tends to leave workers feeling tired and unengaged? In short, when did business travel start being such a drain?
After a rigorous and scientific exploration into this topic that included talking to the biggest road warriors I know, I’ve come to the following conclusion - we’re not doing it right.
So this year, let’s resolve to not do the things that make business travel a total drain.
Let’s make New Year’s un-resolutions for better business travel in 2019.
Say it with us, “I un-resolve…”
1. Living out of our suitcase
Crumpled, rolled up clothes shoved together got you feeling down? That’s likely because humans weren’t made to live out of the confines of a 25 X 14 inch Samsonite suitcase. So let’s resolve to actually unpack and make things feel like home. Next time you roll into your hotel or travel apartment, take thirty seconds to properly unfurl your clothes and make the place feel like home. The best part? Many of our Stay Alfred travel apartments feature walk-in closets where you can easily hang your business-best.
2. Staying in hotels stuck out by the airport unless absolutely necessary
Riddle us this: if a business professional visits a city but doesn’t go outside their hotel room and a conference room, did they ever really visit at all? We’re going to go with…. not really. One of the best perks of business travel is the chance to experience new things. Make a resolution to try and expand beyond the generic hotel when possible and really explore the city you’re in. Check out different self-guided walking tours like the Atlanta Street Art Map.
3. Eating dinner out of a vending machine or from a restaurant whose tagline is “Eating good in the neighborhood”… no offense
Business travel presents the perfect opportunity to try out local cuisine (especially when you’ve got a per diem). And don’t tell me “Well, I only travel to (insert generic city here), what’s good to eat there?” It’s not just New York and San Fran that have exciting and interesting cuisine. With sites like Yelp, Zomato and Open Table, it’s easy to find tasty eats close by when you travel. Do some research and find the most unique dish in the city you’re in. Get started with this list.
4. Not having any recharge time and returning home absolutely exhausted
We know that feeling. You finally get back to your cozy travel apartment after a day of meetings and see your inbox is overflowing. All the emails you didn’t get to during your busy day are eagerly awaiting, and it can be tempting to order in and get right back to work. But remember, the art of business travel is a marathon, not a sprint. Feel free to give yourself time off to recharge after a long day. We promise those emails will still be there tomorrow. Whip up a meal in your kitchen (or perhaps just uncork a bottle of pinot), find your favorite junk TV show, put your feet up and take the night off.
5. Ditching our healthy eating and workout habits while on the road
One of the biggest gripes I hear about business travel is how hard it is to eat healthily while on the road. And I get it...when you’re in a standard hotel room, there’s hardly space to move around, let alone whip up an omelette. Stay Alfred travel apartments have a full kitchen, ready for your culinary needs. Put it to work with services like InstaCart or Shipt which deliver your groceries to you. And, as for the missing workout: pack your sneakers. Our properties almost always have gyms. Looking for something more adventurous? Check out this article by Blake Dickson on the “urban workout.” Then lace up your sneakers and head outside. There’s an entire city waiting to become your gym.
While you may be able to power through one hectic business trip here or there, you’ll find the entire experience much more enjoyable if you slow down and take some small self-care steps to bring enjoyment and discovery to your trip. Like hot yoga and sous-vide-ing a steak, business travel is an art that must be done well. We invite you to make these five un-resolutions with us for better business travel in 2019.