Traveling for Work: Staying Sharp on the Road
You know what they say about common sense not being common…well, the same applies to most advice for travel. Yet somehow I need constant refreshers. The basics for staying sharp while you are on the road revolve around eating, sleeping and exercising properly – all simple concepts but they can become increasingly tricky depending on where you are going and how long your trip has you away. Here are a few of my key practices for each of these categories. How do you approach traveling for work? How do you recover from jet lag and stay business-ready?
Sleep is key for adjusting to new time zones and recovering from flights. To help me unwind, I always either take a bath, hit the pool or visit the spa my first night. At most upscale hotels, you can visit the parts of the spa that are free – the steam room, sauna, hot tub, showers, etc. It feels like heaven and resets everything for no extra cost.
Eating a balanced meal can be harder than expected on the road – I often feel like I am both constantly eating and starving. I love to eat like the locals – pastries and coffee in Europe, dumplings and noodles in Asia, etc. But after a few trips following the cultural norms, I realized I needed to bring at least a semblance of my normal breakfast (a smoothie) with me on the road. I often have this mini-smoothie version before heading out to a breakfast meeting even – that way I’m pre-fueled.
2 scoops Total Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder (hands-down the best protein powder and mixes easily in a cup. wow!)
1 TBS Green SuperFood Powder
1 tsp Acai Powder
1 tsp Camu Camu Powder (fantastic source of vit. C)
Combine in a small zip-lock baggie and mix with water as desired in a cup. Great for long or short trips!
This is the piece that I have the hardest time with. At home, I’m up like clockwork. But on the road…it is so hard! But time and time again, self-studies have shown that I feel exponentially better if i do something. Walk fast for 10 minutes not in heels. Swim a few laps. Or, if I am really on it, complete my favorite workout with Tracy Anderson in my hotel room. The key for me is that the pressure has to be off – work trips are filled with so many deadlines and stress, working out should help take that away, not become another thing to feel stressed about.