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How to stay sane when you travel for work

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From the outset I have to confess: I do not travel inter-state for work. Or internationally for that matter.

But there have been several times I wish I did.

Being a psychologist means that I pretty much travel within Sydney to work. So basically, instead of airports and fancy flights in business class, I drive to work fighting Sydney traffic all the way. I have heard of friends in the corporate world who travel inter-state or internationally for projects and other business-y stuff {Yeah, that’s about as far as my corporate knowledge goes}. They don’t seem to think it’s all hunky-dory when you move from hotel to hotel. But hey, in my opinion, that would be uber-cool! Except maybe for having to find a cat-sitter all the time in my case.

This is what I imagine it would be like

This is what I imagine it would be like

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Anyway, in my fantasy world, I would be this cool psychologist apparently travelling inter-state or internationally for work. Being the organised planner that I am aim to be around work, these would be my tips to stay sane while travelling for business:

  • Have a super cool suitcase. One that’s compact enough to hold your clothes, your hair straightener, your make up and your work stuff. And of course, that will fit in the cabin baggage.
  • Make sure the aforementioned super cool suitcase is always packed well in advance. You never know when you will need it.
  • Have a spare set of chargers for your phone or tablets. Or else, like me, you will realise when you are away, your smart phone will run out of battery at the worst time. Like when you are looking for directions in a completely new place!
  • Choose the window seat on the plane. It’s always great to view the place you are flying in to. Not the best when you have to squeeze past a couple of people on your way to the toilet though.
  • Once in the hotel, take photos of everything. Yes, it will keep you sane. Unless of course, you start comparing hotels. But assuming you work for some swanky company, chances are you are always going to be placed in some three to five star hotel.
  • BYO alcohol. You are likely to need a glass of wine {or two or three} before you wind down for the night. Rather than dig into the hotel mini bar that costs you a bomb, you are better off getting your own. This would be a top priority of mine if I had to travel for work. Maybe just one behind the phone and laptop chargers.
  • Message your cat-sitter for updates on how the babies are doing. Or well, if you have real babies, you could check on them too. The cat stories will certainly make you laugh.
  • Remember to breathe. Let’s face it…in all likelihood, if I were travelling for work, I’d be a stress head. Not having my own familiar space would drive me nuts. Sure, I could take things with me. But at the end of the day, I’d have to take time out of all the paperwork to just breathe.
What might really be the case

What might really be the case

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Do you have to travel for work?

What tips have you got to keep yourself sane?

Do share!

***Disclaimer: This post was written tongue-in-cheek. Use the ‘tips’ at your own discretion***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

 

 

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  • R's Mom
    4 December 2013 at 3:30 pm

    hahahah good tips :):)

    I am the one who always forgets chargers ALL the time…I run out of battery and then go around searching for a charging station 🙂

    I actually dont travel much for work…but the times I do, I have enough and more stories to entertain people
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  • R's Mom
    4 December 2013 at 3:30 pm

    hahahah good tips :):)

    I am the one who always forgets chargers ALL the time…I run out of battery and then go around searching for a charging station 🙂

    I actually dont travel much for work…but the times I do, I have enough and more stories to entertain people
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    • Psych Babbler
      9 December 2013 at 9:54 am

      I don’t know if I’ll survive without my charger…in other words, without my phone/laptop! 😛 I have read some of your stories…very entertaining. 🙂

  • Avada Kedavra
    5 December 2013 at 8:36 am

    I don’t travel for work, not even within my city. But it would be cool to travel internationally 🙂 Wish I was in such a job. Those were some valid tips some of which I use even when I travel for vacation.
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  • Avada Kedavra
    5 December 2013 at 8:36 am

    I don’t travel for work, not even within my city. But it would be cool to travel internationally 🙂 Wish I was in such a job. Those were some valid tips some of which I use even when I travel for vacation.
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    • Psych Babbler
      9 December 2013 at 1:18 pm

      I have a friend working in the corporate world and she gets to travel a bit…sometimes I am envious! 😀

  • Nish
    6 December 2013 at 1:20 am

    I am currently on work travel so this post was super-relevant to me 🙂

    some things I hate about traveling on work:

    * sitting jet lagged trying not to sleep during important meetings
    * shopping for friends and family (huge expectation and pressure)
    * going to the same place each and every time
    * organizing things at home before traveling and missing family during travel

    Traveling on work can be sometimes cool though if you get to go to some exotic places which you wouldn’t go otherwise.
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    • Psych Babbler
      9 December 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Ooh jet lag would suck!
      Seriously…shopping expectations? When you’re on work? Sigh…
      I guess missing family would be something too….not for me because technically, I’m away from them anyway!

  • Nish
    6 December 2013 at 1:20 am

    I am currently on work travel so this post was super-relevant to me 🙂

    some things I hate about traveling on work:

    * sitting jet lagged trying not to sleep during important meetings
    * shopping for friends and family (huge expectation and pressure)
    * going to the same place each and every time
    * organizing things at home before traveling and missing family during travel

    Traveling on work can be sometimes cool though if you get to go to some exotic places which you wouldn’t go otherwise.
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  • LiFi
    6 December 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I do travel for work I pretty much follow most of the items you have listed except alcohol. I don’t drink when I travel, because I get severe hangover. Once i hotel I take pictures, this is irrespective I travel for work or personal. Also usually I get alot of time for myself when I travel. I call home to check on my babies and her talks always make me smile. I love to sit in the window seat, I am crazy about Ariel view of the cities I visit. Looks like we have a lot in common.
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    • Psych Babbler
      9 December 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Lots in common there! 🙂 When I say drink, I mean a glass 😉 I can do a glass without getting a hangover…

  • LiFi
    6 December 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I do travel for work I pretty much follow most of the items you have listed except alcohol. I don’t drink when I travel, because I get severe hangover. Once i hotel I take pictures, this is irrespective I travel for work or personal. Also usually I get alot of time for myself when I travel. I call home to check on my babies and her talks always make me smile. I love to sit in the window seat, I am crazy about Ariel view of the cities I visit. Looks like we have a lot in common.
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