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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Dealing With Road-Weariness

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Dealing With Road-Weariness

It can happen to us all. An aspect of the job that was once exciting or glamorous becomes routine, or even something of a hassle. The tingle of visiting a new city becomes the contempt of familiarity, and where the inconveniences of business travel were once challenging obstacles, they are now merely reminders of how far we are from where we long to be. It can be easy to dismiss the road-weary traveler as a privileged complainer, but when you’re the complainer, you are aware of the eternal tension between understanding the importance of what you do—loving it, even—and tiring of the inconvenience, distance, and sameness. For you who have returned your seat to the upright position seemingly far too many times, we offer a few ideas for alleviating the weariness.

Get all the Conveniences
Very few of us have the freedom to travel exactly the way we want, all the time, but if you’ve been at it long enough, you’ve earned a few niceties to ease the way. If your company hasn’t already got you in the airlines VIP program, that’s a good start. Wait times at gates are reduced, lounges are available for naps or refreshment (especially priceless when there are delays, and there are always delays), and you usually don’t have to worry about hunger or thirst once you’re in the air, since those considerations are taken care of. Similar privileges are available at hotels and with car rentals; get as many of them as you can.

Take the Vexation out of Ground Transportation
Speaking of car rentals, unless you’re the sort who finds life behind the wheel relaxing, have your people arrange a car service. During your stay, few things can remove bigger chunks of stress than not having to worry about when and how you’re going to get wherever you want to get, especially in cities infamous for traffic problems. A car service can mean extra time for planning, thinking, Face-Timing, or grabbing those forty winks you’ll later be glad you took.

Think Outside the Conference Room
Sure, you’re there for business, but consider taking the conference out of the conference room, or have your face-to-face in an unusual space: get to a zoo or park you haven’t yet visited, or take your meetings at the ice skating rink. Anything that gets the old and familiar into a new and stimulating environment can sweep fresh air into stale places, possibly bringing with it new thinking or new ideas. Give this one some extra consideration—it’s very easy to dismiss an idea like this as silly or too much of a pain to arrange, but you might be surprised by how responsive people are to new ideas like this once someone else takes the initiative to put them in motion.

Bring a Friend
Nothing helps you see with novice eyes quite as effectively as the company of someone who’s never done what you’re doing. The work part of the trip might make it impossible for a spouse, child, or friend to come along, but your hours at work will be a good opportunity to let your travel companion explore. Your shared downtime can be for those places you’re both interested in visiting. If you’re traveling with a team, it can be disruptive to bring an outsider, so consider all the dynamics that would make that complicated, but if you’re traveling alone, it shouldn’t be difficult to make arrangements for a plus-one.

Disrupt Your Routine
When you’re new to business travel, you struggle always to establish routine. If the hotel you stayed in last time was satisfactory, you want that to be your lodging when you return, because the suspense is taken out of at least that part of your trip. You try to keep the disruption to your personal life at a minimum, because the unexpected is the enemy. But when you’ve reached the point where you don’t even have to look at the concierge to greet him by name, it might be time to throw a few curveballs at yourself. It doesn’t take long for a groove to become a rut, and if you’re feeling the negative effects of a career spent in other people’s towns, it might be time to give yourself a jolt or two. Some of these suggestions make your travel easier; others make it harder. The point, when you’re dealing with a rut, is not ease or difficulty, but different. Disrupt yourself a little—or a lot—and see if that doesn’t do the trick.

 

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