As multiple research has shown, we do not like to lose control over our situation, especially in stressful environments. Traveling however, is linked to situations where we do not have full control.
There is however one thing that you actually do control. Especially during a business trip, you make constant decisions that directly affect your health, both mentally and physically. You decide what to eat, when to relax, how much you drink and how to cope with jet lag. All these decisions are yours alone and with a little help you can actually make better choices, making your next trip the best ever. You cannot totally remove all the stress in your trip but with these simple tricks, you will feel better, more focused and ready for that ever important business meeting. After all the trip is your step to more (business) success. So you better do it right.
This may sound silly but packing light is the single tip that takes away much of the traveling stress. Keeping everything in one carry-on means less time spent in airports and less hassle moving around cities. If you’re still using a suitcase you bought several years ago, it may be time to invest in some new, lightweight luggage. Be sure to check the luggage allowance and restrictions of the airlines with which you will be flying. Different airlines have different allowances and restrictions. Check this handy table
for the latest information.
Walk the airport
Traveling is waiting. Especially when you don’t have a direct flight, you end up spending hours on end sitting and waiting. In many airports it is great fun to plan a hike! Take the stairs, run to the last available gate (and sometimes enjoy the view), look for the meditation room and give yourself time to breath. I have challenged myself by making pictures from different gate numbers in different airports from 1 to 100.
Make an activity plan
The best way to create time for exercise during your trip, is to have a written plan. Decide on the best time for exercise in your trip-schedule and actually enter it into your cell-phone calendar. When you check your schedule in the morning, you’ll see it there and form a mental picture of when and how you’ll be exercising that day, which helps you stay motivated. Be realistic though. Don’t schedule exercise after dinner if you know you will be drinking and entertaining your guests.
Find a local personal trainer
We can all use a little help with exercise sometimes, whether we’re just starting out or we’ve been at it for a long time. Especially when you are traveling, you can use an extra motivation to keep moving and find the right exercises. Search for a personal trainer online and make a “calendar date” in your destination city. You will find that the motivation of another and being accountable to that date and time will open up the time slot needed for exercise and socialization as well. Wherever you are, a personal trainer may be just what you need to leave that hotel and create a healthy and rewarding hour.
Do risky business
Are you traveling for business? Than do something wild and invite your business partners for a fit interaction. Chances are, many of your business partners are in the same boat as you: They want to exercise, but have trouble finding the time. So, what if you move the update meeting or brainstorm session to the sidewalk, or stand during meetings? Rent a bike and plan a trip to the park before your next sales pitch. Can your group hike to the coffee shop rather than order in? Can you impress a new client over a tennis match instead of dinner? The fresh air and endorphins will spark more creative ideas.
Wear a pedometer
This is part of the ‘challenge yourself routine’. Your goal should be to maintain 10,000 steps a day The best way to do so, is to buy yourself a pedometer, or download an app that converts your cell phone to a pedometer like Stepz and Pacer for iPhone and Moves or Noom Walk for Android. People wearing pedometers tend to walk more because they’re more conscious of their steps. Looking for extra credit? Climbing a flight of stairs in your hotel is the equivalent of walking 100 steps. So unless you are on the 42 floor, try using the stairs more often!
Book a hotel with a quality gym
Nothing can be more disappointing than arriving in your hotel, only to find out that the pictures of the ‘fitness studio’ were not very accurate. Make a smart choice and find yourself a hotel with a quality gym. Of course Roundstay can be a great help for this, but there are also other sources for better fitness hotels. It may take some time to find out but the reward will be a great gym, just down the stairs. Help yourself with the best environment for a healthy stay.
This may seem sentimental, and we all know how easy we forget this, but generally kindness is repaid with kindness. How busy we are, we should always find time to help a fellow traveler, to ask some genuine questions to our taxi driver and to give a smile to one of the many airport employees we’ll come across. It’s just as easy to become angry and rude, but staying kind and respectful to the people around you will keep yourself less stressed and might even give you a slightly better service as well. Try it!