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Tips For Business Travel
by David Rattiner
David Rattiner is a business writer for

Tips For Business Travel
By David Lion Rattiner

When you first started your job, you thought traveling around on a business trip was the greatest thing since sliced bread. It was an adventure back then, a chance to see the United States, or perhaps even another country. A business trip back then was something to look forward to. These days however, you know better, and the thought of going on a business trip makes you sick to your stomach. You know what the airports in America look like, you know what a Marriot feels like and you’d much rather be in your nice place back home then a little hotel room.

But fear not fellow businessman, a business trip doesn’t have to be as bad or as boring as you make it out to be. In fact, business trips can still be fun, even if your meeting isn’t in Las Vegas.

Stay Comfortable
Ditch your tie while on a flight. Without a doubt, one of the most important things you can do while on a business trip is to keep yourself comfortable by bringing your own travel gear that will help you rest on an airplane. Nobody like to sleep sitting up, but using a head support neck pillow that wraps around our neck makes sleeping on an airplane much easier according to traveling ad salesman Jim Smith who makes a business trip at least once a month.

Work On The Plane
If you have computer work that you can take care of on your flight, don’t hesitate to do it. A plane is an excellent place to be focused in on your computer. If you need the Internet to function, don’t let that mean you are going to spend the rest of the flight playing solitaire on your computer, enjoy a movie on your laptop instead and then try to get some much needed rest.

Make A Friend, Catch Up With An Old One
If you are traveling alone on business, with the sole intention of the trip designed around a meeting that will last less then two hours, you are going to feel lonely. It’s a small world out there though, and if you would be surprised how easy it is to catch up an old college buddy by searching for them on a social network such as or If you don’t know anybody in the city that you are traveling to, take advantage of your sales skills and make a friend with somebody. An approach as simple as, “I’m here alone on business, what’s fun to do around here?” works wonders. Let the conversation grow and enjoy where you are with somebody instead of feeling miserable and longing for home. Don’t let yourself eat alone at an airport, look around for somebody to sit and chat with. You’d be surprised by how many people are in your exact same boat and more then happy to sit with you.

Eat Properly
It is so easy to become a fast food junkie while on a business trip. Don’t let this happen to you however. Eating junk food the whole time on your business trip is not only bad for your health, but also for your overall emotional state. Too much junk food can make you uncomfortable in more ways then one.

Published: Sep 9,2008 16:58
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