As entrepreneurs we spend a lot of time traveling. Whether it be locally to meet with clients, or internationally to conferences — travel happens. And sure, this can be an absolute benefit to our line of work however, it can also eat away at the hours in your day. In this post, we want to offer you 5 travel tips for entrepreneurs that will help maximize your time commuting.
If you’re not careful with the time you spend travelling, you could come back to a longer to-do list or a sea of emails and calls to return. Outside of the travel tips for entrepreneurs we’re going to share here — planning ahead is always good idea. Get ahead where you can, outsource if necessary and be very intentional with your time away.
5 Travel Tips for Entrepreneurs
Just a quick note on being intentional with your time; Spending your time wisely on a business trip is the key to garnering a good ROI. If a trip is meant to last only 1 day, leave on the first flight that morning. Then, stack your meetings where possible and return on the last flight that evening.
Although in and out trips aren’t always desirable … either is coming back home to an overwhelm of tasks that need to be completed.
Determine your Method of Travel
Plane, train, boat or automobile. OK, maybe boat isn’t totally common, but is possible! But seriously, consider the most time effective way for you to travel within your budget. When booking flights, fly direct where possible or, ensure your layover airports are equipped with work-friendly environments so you can work until your next flight.
Trains, are another great method of travel if it’s available from your location of course. They’re almost always equipped with WiFi and can be quite relaxing. More and more business people continue to travel this way and is more cost effective than flying (typically).
If your commute with be driving — see if someone else can drive. Or, maximize your driving time with relevant podcasts or voice record (dictate) things you can transfer to digital later on.
Schedule Times for Communication
Whether you are a one-person show or managing a team, ensure that you schedule times to communicate. This should be a time for checking emails or making phone calls — when you schedule this time in you are far less likely to be interrupted outside of those times. Be clear with others you are working with/for when you’re travelling — set the expectation early.
Give yourself some Downtime
Travel can be stressful, right? So make sure you have time to de-compress and relax when you have the chance. Take rests before meetings and don’t pack your schedule with things to do or you won’t be able to do any of them efficiently.
Don’t just Stop Working
Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you’re on vacation. Develop a backup plan for your day-to-day responsibilities. Business doesn’t stop while you’re on the road, right? Check in with the team when you can on the scheduled times. Stay connected within reason to email and phone messages, so you can respond quickly if necessary.
Another one of our entrepreneur travel tips is this; if you plan to extend your stay somewhere to do a little sightseeing, make sure the schedule, plan and strategy you develop has this built in. We get it, we have travelled to so many beautiful places that taking a mini vacation in some spots was so good for us. However, this does require a bit more planning and making sure our work time was maximized otherwise.
Research and be Picky with your Accommodations
You have a wide choice of hotels, Airbnbs or other accommodations, so be picky. Think carefully about your needs and shop around. We love the work filter when researching Airbnbs because we know we’ll have good wifi and almost always a work station. This can be much more beneficial than working from a bed in a hotel room.
With hotels, checking that they have a business centre can be helpful as well. This will generally give you access to computers, print stations and often mail rooms as well. Take the extra time to make sure your needs are met in these areas, it will save you time and hassle later.
Were these travel tips for entrepreneurs helpful? What have you found beneficial during your travel? Would love to hear more about what works best for you!
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