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Traveling for Work: Staying Sharp on the Road

Travel-ready at SFO.

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?

Time to relax and reset at the St. Regis spa, Singapore.

Time to relax and reset at the St. Regis spa, Singapore.

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.

Breakfast at the St. Regis, Singapore.

Breakfast at the St. Regis, Singapore.

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.

On-the-Road Smoothie

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!

Pre-workout at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong.

Pre-workout at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong.

Exercise

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.

More on traveling for work here and here. City Guide for Hong Kong here and Singapore here