Being away from your family for a business trip is hard on you and tough on them, especially if you have a young family. Younger children don’t understand why mummy or daddy suddenly have to be ‘gone’ for a few days here and there, and if you have a partner they will miss you too – not least because you’re that extra pair of hands they’ve come to count on. There are a few things you can do to make your business trip less of a hassle for yourself and your family. Before you book that corporate trip via a site like Corporate Traveller , consider the following 5 ways to make your business trip more bearable.
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Plan to Pack Light
Pre-planning your packing makes a huge difference to the inconvenience you encounter when you travel for work. Check ahead for the weather report, select an appropriate outfit for each day and pack just those items you really are going to use. You’ll be amazed what a mood – and load – lifter packing light can be.
Move in to Your Hotel
Make a point of unpacking your clothes and toiletries when you arrive, and arranging them into your hotel room cupboards and cabinets. It’ll make you feel more organized and relaxed. The phrase ‘home away from home’ may be clichéd but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your living quarters as home-like as possible.
Whats on your Bag?
Throw a pair of sneakers into your suitcase and find time to fit in a walk each day you’re away, even if this isn’t something you usually do. Alternatively, if your hotel has a fitness centre or pool, take full advantage. It’ll improve your overall mood, help you sleep better at night, and it’s just a good thing to do if you’ve been sitting in a plane, train, coach, or car for several hours. It’s also good for your health and if there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to make a business trip worse, it’s getting sick while you’re on that trip.
Book in a time to connect with your family each day you’re away – and block those times out in your diary. Whether it be via phone, Skype or online message chat, make sure these times are in your schedule before you leave home. It will remind you and your loved ones of why you have to go on the trip in the first place, and keep you connected to them. Think of these times as meetings and refuse to allow anything to overshadow them.
Make sure you get a good night’s sleep, no matter the temptation to party with the rest of the sales team. Many people don’t sleep well if they’re not in their own bed; if you think this might be a problem for you, ask for the quietest room possible (one away from the lift would be a good start). If you can, try soothing music via your phone or a white noise app. It’s hard enough being away from your family; you don’t need to be tired all the time as well.
Business trips aren’t always the most welcome event in a family. They can stress relationships, upset children, and make for a depressing time alone in transit lounges and lonely hotel rooms, but this doesn’t have to be the case. You can take a few small steps to ensure that your business trips are as bearable as possible, and you’ll find it makes a big difference.
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