Over the past month or so, we’ve run a series of blogs offering personal business travel tips from our team to help others who work globally. In some ways this blog post is the single most important.
(With apologies for the technical hitch on the version originally published!)
We ended up with a vast number of fairly random tips, but the most important learning was summed up by Janet Davis:
Understand your own travel personality and act accordingly to ensure your trip goes well, because there is no ‘right’ answer.
John Bland furthered this beautifully in a single tip:
De-stress it — understand what stresses you and do whatever it takes to get to the opposite.
For him, that means check in on-line, hand luggage only, board last, get a window seat, use IRIS, get a taxi to the airport. For others it’s a different mix.
As another example, several of our team use iPads and Kindles, but Janet’s experience is that she prefers books:
I want a real paperback, not just to bury my nose in, but because the very time I want to read (during take-off and landing) you can’t use anything electronic. Plus, I’ve now had three Kobos stolen in hotel rooms and I never yet had a paperback disappear!
We’ve had some frivolous debate over which seat is best, and some serious debate over the use of things to help with jet lag. It’s important to find out what works for you.
What’s fun is to see how different things help different people. We are each the sum of our experiences. What’s your travel style?
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