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Tips to make business travel more enjoyable

Jason Duncan
Hunter Business Review
As technology improves, so does the ability to conduct business all over the world. This means a lot of time can be spent traveling to meetings in another town, city or country. Sometimes all this travel can become tiring.
Here are a few tips to make traveling for business less of a chore and more of a break.
Learn to only pack the essentials
If you are able to learn to pack light you can save on time, money and packing pain by only taking carry-on luggage.
Depending on what airline you fly with (if you are flying) there could be extra costs involved with added check in luggage.
When you only take carry-on luggage there is no waiting around for your check-in luggage to come of the plane which means you can get to your meeting or hotel faster.
Pack dark & versatile clothing
When it comes to packing for business or holiday travel it’s good to pack darker coloured clothes as they hide accidental stains that can occur and save washing. Also packing clothes that go with everything and can be layered also helps to cut down on baggage and make your time more enjoyable as you are not worried about if an item of clothing goes with something else.
Carry a digital set of luggage scales
Even while traveling on business you are bound to now and then pick up a souvenir. It is good to carry a digital luggage scale as they are light and can make the difference when it comes to weighing your bag at the airport. You don’t want to get over weight baggage fees.
Podcasts are a commuter’s best friend
Podcasts are the perfect way to ease the pain of long travel.
They are a great source of information, laughs and insights at a click of a button.
They can make travel seem to take a lot less time and I get excited about traveling as I know it gives me a chance to catch up on my podcasts. Noise cancelling headphones are also a great investment.
Know the difference between non-stop & direct flights
So what is the difference between a nonstop and a direct flight? A nonstop flight flies from one airport to another without stopping. A direct flight, on the other hand, makes stops along the way. Often, passengers traveling on direct flights make a stop at a midpoint airport and remain seated on the plane while some passengers exit and others board.
If you can it’s always best to catch a non-stop flight as you don’t really want to take a day to and from a meeting because of layovers.
Try to eat healthy
If traveling a lot for work it’s easy to get in the habit of buying easy unhealthy food. When possible, skip the unhealthy fast food and find fresh, healthy meals. You will feel better for it and enjoy the day more as you aren’t bogged down by fats. Grocery stores are a great place to pick up fresh, healthy food on the go
Another tip to staying healthy while traveling is to order a special vegetarian inflight meal. This way you know it will be healthy and when you order a special meal you are usually served before everyone else.
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Jason Duncan is the Content Manager at the Hunter Business Review and an avid traveller.