Taking the loneliness out of business travel
Business travel can be fun, exciting and rewarding.
It can also be lonely. Business travel usually means spending a fair amount of time alone, which doesn’t agree with some people. There’s also time away from loved ones. Add the stress of an upcoming business meeting or seminar and things can get melancholy.
Not to despair. There are steps you can take to mitigate lonesome roads, especially in this technological age. Here are some modified suggestions from the Road Warriorette, an unnamed twenty-something professional woman who travels for work and writes for the website BoardingArea.
- Set Skype dates. Phone calls from the road have long been used to keep business travelers connected to friends and family. Then along comes Skype, a service that let’s you get face-to-face with the ones you miss. Video calling on your laptop, tablet or smart phone brings the visual and auditory together and takes the interaction to a whole new level. It’s the perfect opportunity to share a moment with a significant other, read your children bedtime stories, or catch up with a college roommate.
- Keep to your routine. Just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you should leave your daily regimen at home. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time you normally do. If you typically read for 20 minutes before bed, or write in your journal, or watch Letterman, stick with the routine while on the road.
- Pamper yourself. Take a long, relaxing bubble bath. Get a massage. Take advantage of the amenities in the hotel lobby. Anything that makes you feel special will do.
- Bring books and magazines – especially inspirational or entertaining ones. A Kindle, Nook or other e-reader can hold hundreds of books and magazines, giving you all the reading variety you would like without the extra suitcase.
- Watch a movie. A feel-good comedy or romantic comedy can be especially good for one’s mood. With Netflix you can stream movies on demand to your laptop, tablet or smart phone in many different venues.
- Exercise. It stimulates the mind and body and elevates the mood. Remember that exercise doesn’t have to be particularly rigorous to have a positive effect. A brisk walk, a leisurely swim, some gentle yoga or light weight-training all focus the mind, quicken the pulse and flood the bloodstream with endorphins.
- Get out of the hotel room. Mingle with the locals. Take advantage of regional attractions and specialties.
And don’t let the hotel’s resources go to waste. Use them to explore your options. The front desk or concierge is there to help, and to make sure your stay is pleasing and memorable.