Traveling for Work: Part 1 – Philosophy
Next week I leave for a work trip to Asia. I’ll be posting a number of pieces throughout the process of preparation and life on the ground. Traveling internationally for work can be amazing – new places, new people, new foods, etc. Very cool. It can also be incredibly exhausting. From jet lag to foreign languages, I generally feel like I’m trying to run in sand or operating under water. Everything’s harder. On top of that, you likely have meetings packed in back to back. In order to put your best self forward, it takes some care and planning.
When I was first assigned to Asia as a territory, three of the most well-traveled, high powered executives all gave me the same advice:
1. Flights are your time – don’t work. You need some “you” time (granted, that can’t always be avoided and getting some things done can be a great way to pass the time).
2. Along those same lines, when you are on the ground, they told me to make sure to enjoy something non-work related each day, even if it’s just a 20 minute run around the city or midnight noodles at a local noodleshop.
Business trips are already such a blur, I’ve found this advice to be critical to my well-being, which ultimately makes me more productive as an employee!