#TravelTuesday this week comes from @SarahActiance – and she looks at a few tips if you’re on the road a lot, or even a little..
Before I moved to the USA (just over three years ago now), I worked for Actiance in the UK – living 90 miles from our UK office, I worked from home. I’d cut my commute to a mere 10 seconds – I could do email to zzzmail in about 10 seconds. Less if I hurried. I swore to never again commute.
Roll the clock forward and I now not only commute from my home in Pacifica, CA to our HQ in Belmont, CA, but I also travel quite extensively. I’ve learned to pack for a two week international trip in 15 minutes flat, to keep a bag packed at all times and that if my passport isn’t with me, then that’s the day that I’ll be heading to the airport. I’ve also learned great tips on being a regular traveler and thought I’d share them this #TravelTuesday. Here’s just a few from me.
- Always travel with spare power. No matter where you find yourself there are never enough power sockets – airport, hotel room, conference – and they’re always strategically located just out of stretch for your laptop/ipad/phone. Check out @VictorGaxiola showing his #roadwarrior status at the 2013 SIFMA Social Media Compliance seminar.
- Always have an emergency shirt/blouse/spare undies. Seriously. You never know when you’ll be delayed or stuck in transit. And when that happens, its usually the middle of the night and there’s no laundry service going to turn around your requirements in the short time frame that you have. And while I applaud anyone who’s prepared to wash out their blouse/shirt in the sink in the room, drying it with the hairdryer and then ironing is surely some kind of endurance sport that doesn’t burn enough calories to be interesting.
- Plan time into your schedule to eat properly. Living off fruit and cheese plates on @united or pizza on @Amtrak might save you time short term, but it’ll cost you in nutrition and indigestion afterwards.
- Get local social knowledge. If your network is like mine, it will be varied and you’ll always have someone in that city that you’re traveling to who knows more than you do. Take advantage of that social knowledge. Whether it’s dinner companions, or simply advice on transit (subway or taxi?, which hotel? how long to the airport?) use your network to help you out. Whether its publicly or privately. I’ve never had someone say no, when I’ve asked for local advice on how, what, when.
- If you’re a social being – then share on social – I’ve tagged my check in clerk at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas (and got an upgrade as a result), I’ve met folks in person that I’ve only known through social networks by letting them know I’m in town, I’ve got foursquare offers, check in deals, new followers, friends and connections all by sharing reviews, comments and content.
So there you go, that’s my five tips on being a road warrior – what are yours on surviving the miles, keeping your sanity and avoiding jet lag? – I ask this question as I sit at home with no travel planned for the next four weeks… but you never know….