Best Travel Tips From Being an Important Business Traveler
I could go on and on and on about this. I am not actually important, I just am particular about my travel and am on the road for weeks at a time in the fall. @sally and I talk about how important I am constantly.
- •Take the earlier flightIf there are cancelations there will be more flights. If there are delays you have some time buffered in.
- •Never connect through SFOAlways fog delays. Always. And you don't get vouchers for weather delays.
- •Land in day lightI prefer getting my bearings in a new city, especially when I'm driving, when it is light out.
- •Avoid valet at hotelsThat probably means you're outside the city but I HATE getting permission to use my car or grab something out of it. I also get embarrassed by what is in there (trash, snacks, etc)
- •Stay by things that make life better for youI choose hotels based on proximity to a Starbucks and a Whole Foods (or regional equivalent). Easy to grab coffee in the morning before work starts and easy to grab dinner on the go to take back to the hotel.
- •Stay near the highwayI do lots of driving on my work trips so being close to a freeway saves lots of time.
- •Get TSA Pre✅$85 but not having to take off my shoes and jacket or remove my laptop is worth it. It's good for 5 years so if you fly a lot it pays for itself. Best at large airports.
- •Avoid families and people who don't travel a lotFamilies have lots of stuff. People who don't travel a lot look low maintenance until you realize they have on belts and rings and half their life is in their pocket. Pre check helps a lot with avoiding this though.
- •Take a car charger and AUX cordUsing maps on your phone drains the battery and not having your own music/podcasts is sad. Rental car companies overcharge for GPS anyway.
- •Get over your fear of eating aloneBeing away from home is exhausting but a nice meal or two out each week gives you something to look forward too. It's also much easier to get into restaurants as a party of one.
- •Get over your fear of doing things aloneExplore where you are. Do you see people wearing a gear from a certain store or place a lot? Check it out. What's the city known for? Go. Get a lay of the land!
- •Go to the grocery storeKeep water and some snacks in your room. Also chocolate.
- •ResearchIs their Eater for that city? A best of list? I always have a few reservations made and weekend points of interest to visit before I get there. Try to live like a local!