There are some people who thoroughly enjoy traveling for business, as they find it’s interesting and engaging, and in some rare circumstances they might even get to do a little sightseeing while they’re away. That’s a pretty small minority, however. Most professionals have a strong dislike of business travel, finding it inconvenient and burdensome.
While you may not be able to actively enjoy traveling for work, there are some things you can do to make it a better overall experience.
Keep Up With Your Expenses
If your employer offers software to do it, make sure you keep up with your expenses in real time, rather than spending your entire trip dreading your expense report. Take pictures of all of your receipts right away, and send them to your expense report. Most software options also let you link your credit card and do everything on the go.
This way, you don’t have to try to muddle through it all when you get back.
Join TSA PreCheck
If you haven’t already, take the time to join the TSA PreCheck program. While you may still encounter a few lines, particularly in bigger hubs, overall it’s going to offer the fastest way to get through security. You won’t have to take your shoes off or remove your laptop, and many credit card companies offer special deals on getting this.
Also, if you travel internationally make sure you join Global Entry. When you do this, you can go right to the computer terminals rather than standing in the long immigration lines.
Consider Renting an Apartment
There are so many rental options available to you at this point in technology and time, so why not take advantage? A lot of business travelers are finding that rather than staying in standard hotels, they’re enjoying renting apartments or homes on sites like Airbnb instead. This has quite a few advantages. First, this is often cheaper.
You also get more space, access to a kitchen and usually essentials like a coffee maker, and you can feel more comfortable while you’re away. These rentals also tend to be located outside m ain tourist centers, which can be a better way to enjoy local flavor while you’re traveling, even if you don’t have a lot of leisure time.
Airport Clubs and Lounges
Finally, when people travel for work, they tend to show up at the airport at the last possible minute, which is understandable. Of course, you want to spend as much time with your family and not in the airport as you can, but this can create a lot of trouble.
It’s stressful, and you run the risk of missing your flight.
Try showing up earlier, but join programs that provide you access to airport clubs and lounges (many credit card companies offer this as a perk). These are great places to get some work done and relax before you board your plane, and you can also often get a good meal as well. It’s better than cutting it so close that you’re in a constant rush.