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How to Stay Sane when Travelling (for Work)

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So these are my facts and golden rules of work travel. I travel about 4-5x a month for work, mostly for 2-4 days in a row within Europe and I always fly to my destination. 4 times a year I am in our headquarters in Seattle where I stay a week and then usually combine it with a weekend trip to see my sister in Washington DC or my relatives in Vancouver. Last year I also was invited to 4 weddings, all within 3 months and in 4 different countries. AND one of my favorite hobbies is kitesurfing which it is a liiiiittle hard to do around Munich ;)

So to cut a long story short, I travel A LOT! And I easily get overwhelmed, tired, sick, cranky and homesick! So to stay sane and keep enjoying (my after all) privileged position, I've developed a couple of golden rules & travel quirks! Work travel newbies and especially brainwashed frugal Amazonians might believe these are optional, but let me assure, they are really important to follow if you travel 50% of your time.

So here they are!

(1) Booking & Planning!
One of the most important things you need to figure out is what your ideal travel rhythm is. E.g. do you prefer to be gone 2 weeks in a row and then be at home for 2 weeks OR do you rather travel every week? Do you prefer round trips or do you like to come home even though it is only for 1 night? I did a lot of experimenting last year and for the moment have landed with 1 week traveling - 1 week at home - 1 week traveling etc. and after 6 weeks like that I need a 2 week break at home. If I combine my work trip with a weekend (e.g. to visit friends or discover a near-by city I don't know yet) I make sure not to overdue it, i.e. the next weekend has to be at home again.

Another thing and a really important rule of mine is not to book a flight leaving before 8 am and arriving after 9 pm. On this one, you have to know that it is not very common for an Amazonian to travel and it is part of our company culture to be frugal when we travel. So many of my colleagues (who don't travel as much as I do) tend to believe they are expected to take the cheapest flight option which of course leaves at shitty hours. But flying is working! It makes a hell of difference if you fly at reasonable times, I feel so much better since I started insisting on it! When I started traveling like this last year, I got used to feeling noxious most of the time because I was so sleepdeprived. It's crazy how normal it gets to feel sick, especially if you have a personality who tends to push yourself. So, don't save -- SLEEP!

Ok, I'm going to go ahead and publish this now, because I'm flying to Barcelona tomorrow morning and need to go to bed.

Next chapter: Packing ;) Handluggage-Only, guys!

Happy Sunday from Munich xx

Posted by AndreaLed 13:10 Archived in Germany

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