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Say No to Stress on Your Next Business Trip

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A business trip gives you a chance for a bit of change, which is great when you want to escape the patterns of your usual work life. However, it can also be difficult to deal with, whether you travel alone or with a group of colleagues. Travel can be stressful at the best of times, and it’s even more so when you have to deal with work on top of it. There are things you can do to make your next trip easier, though. With a little preparation, you can make your business trip much more pleasant and less stressful.

Avoid Hotels

Often when you go on a business trip, you end up staying in a hotel. This might make a lot of sense for a night or two, but any longer and they’re not always the best choice. While a good hotel can be comfortable and convenient, sometimes serviced apartments are a better bet. Unlike a hotel, they give you more of your own space. You’re not in such close quarters with other guests, and you often have space to cook your own meals. This is helpful if you’re in a city where it’s expensive to eat out. Apartments are also better when you’re travelling as a group.

Find the Best Way to Get Around

How to get around is another important point to address when you’re travelling for business. Whether you’re in the UK or travelling abroad, you need to get to your appointments on time and without too much hassle. The best way to get around will often depend on where you are, as well as your preferences. In London, the public transport makes it easy to get where you need to be. However, you might prefer not to have your suit rumpled on the tube, so perhaps you’re willing to put up with the traffic to get a taxi or private car.

Create Itineraries and Schedules

Business travel can give you a chance to explore somewhere new, but you also need to focus on the main reason you’re there. Apart from choosing the right transport method, you need other ways to keep yourself on schedule. Just creating an itinerary or schedule for each day will help you stay on track and be punctual, especially if you’re travelling in a group. If you plan ahead, you can make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to be.

Use the Time to Explore

Business trips don’t have to be all work and no play. You usually have time to try out some places for dinner and perhaps explore the local area. If you want to make sure you don’t spend your free time bored in a hotel room, make plans to get out and find things to do. Even if you’re on your own, you can still find ways to enjoy yourself. It can take a while to feel comfortable doing things alone if you’re not used to it, but it’s better than doing nothing.

Business trips can be tough, especially if you spend a lot of time on your own. If you prepare yourself for them, they can be easier to manage.

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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