2 suggestions for making your business trip more productive

April 25, 2014

Whether you're traveling within the U.S. or going overseas, it's important to make the most of your business travels. It can be overwhelming to balance meetings, paperwork and the hassle of navigating unfamiliar territory, but it's essential to stay focused. Try these two tips for making your trip as productive as possible:

Stay healthy
When you're on the road, it can be all too easy to neglect your own well-being. Make sure to eat healthy foods while out of town - opt for a trip to the produce section of the grocery store over a late-night snack at the hot dog stand. It's also important to get ample rest every night so you wake up feeling refreshed and sharp. Eating well and getting enough sleep will translate to a more efficient and enjoyable workday. You should also try to avoid alcohol, which can leave you with a nasty hangover and groggy head.

Take advantage of apps and travel sites
Technology has made business travel infinitely more manageable. While you're away, utilize your phone's GPS and maps for help getting around in more easily. Some programs such as Waze give you destination-specific directions that help you avoid traffic. Those who go abroad may want to use translation apps, while sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon can help you find the best places to eat or drop off your dry cleaning.