Falling in love with business travel isn’t quite a natural affair. In the beginning, many first-timers will like to travel to new places, meet new people, and taste exotic foreign cuisine. No doubt, there is always that excitement of spending nights away from home and chatting with strangers and fellow passengers on board a plane or cruise ship. Unfortunately, after few days of travel, those thrills turn to chills when it’s a fairly long business travel, when you become homesick or when your travel turns out to be unexpectedly dreadful. And perhaps you may even think of a reason to stay course. The following steps will help you get started to love your business travel, every time:
Change your perspective:
Charles Swindoll, the famous evangelist, once remarked “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” True words these whether at home, professional environment or in any situation. Choose to focus on the positives that a business travel can offer. Start every trip in a positive manner, react positively and never get struck with the negatives. It may not change the situation around per se, but definitely your mood and attitude that can make or break things.
Are you missing your home sweet home? Missed a loved one’s birthday or anniversary while you’re away on your business trip? Certainly couldn’t get worse if you fail to connect with your family or friends at the right time possible. Thanks to the connected world, all you need to do is tap your mobile screen and you are done.
Take time to smell the roses:
It pays to extend your business trip by a day or two just to enjoy the destination. Remember planning is the key. If you are looking to make your business trip a memorable one, then plan it well in advance so as to get a glimpse of the local attractions around.
As with everything else, seek help when required in planning and executing your business case or dealing with any negotiation or any other potential business issues. “A business travel management tool like Tripeur can make light work of your travel and make your workload much more manageable, giving your more time to focus on core business issues and, may be, stop and smell the roses,” says Thiagarajan Rajagopalan, Chief Executive Officer of the platform. This is where a travel manager can chip in, adopt travel technology and ensure every business trip an executive undertakes is a “bleasurable” one.
All said and done, when you love your job, love what you do, by all intents and purposes, you may enjoy your business travel as well. It is as simple as that! All you’ve got to do is stay positive, plan ahead, prepare for the changes ahead, and stay the course.