~by Emma Lawson~
Business travel is somewhat of a mixed bag. On the one hand, you are not crammed into a stuffy office every day and you get to see the world. Unfortunately, business travel can also be quite stressful and even bad for your health. If you happen to be one of those ladies who are always on the go for business reasons, here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your journeys without experiencing the bad stuff.
Luggage and Clothes
The perfect piece of luggage is the first and the foremost thing to take care of if you wish to travel in style. For some business women, this means going all out on style, while for others it is all about the sturdiness. Some powerful women prefer the lightest suitcase they can find. It all depends on what you need. For example, if you do air travel a lot, maybe you can pack all your belongings in something that goes in the overhead compartment. If you are traveling by car most of the time, then it really doesn’t matter.
When it comes to clothes, minimalism is definitely the way to go. Bring your business clothes and the obligatory backup, perhaps something for the evening and a traveling outfit. That’s it. Do not go packing five pairs of shoes or half a dozen evening gowns. You do not need them. Being stylish in business travel is being efficient.
Your Powerful Style Necessities
Traveling as a businesswoman is definitely more difficult than as a businessman because the pressure is greater when it comes to your looks. This means packing your makeup and, what is perhaps even more important, all the things that make your hair beautiful. You can always replenish your makeup collection on the go, but it is not like you will be spending hundreds on another hair curler or a dryer. And do not be fooled, you will not be getting anything useful in a hotel.
The smart we are talking about here is using technology. These days, you would have to be insane to try and do business travel without taking advantage of the different kinds of technology. For one, you will want to ensure you get the best possible deals on the flights and that you check in online so as to cut the queueing time at the airport.
Also, thanks to different review websites, you can avoid disgusting hotels and restaurants where you will be throwing away your money on subpar service. Nowadays, a savvy businesswoman can wine and dine like a boss thanks to these review websites.
When it comes to your expenses, you might want to install one of the expenses apps which you can use to scan all of your bills instead of keeping them all with you. This way you can also make sure that your superiors are on top of everything.
Stay Safe and Zen
When traveling for business, or any other reason for that matter, it is essential that you stay safe. Learn about the city you are visiting, about the bad parts of town and all the places that you can enjoy without fearing for your safety. When you check in, make sure that no one hears what room you are in and make sure you lock your door in the hotel.
Besides staying safe, you will also want to adopt a Zen state of mind. Things can go wrong on business trips, but make sure not to let them ruin your travels. More importantly, do not allow these travel issues to come in the way of you doing your job when on the road. In the end, that is what it’s all about. Getting the job done.
Emma Lawson is an online editor and a mum to two boys. She is passionate about writing and sharing her inspirational words to the world. Emma is an enthusiastic traveler, enjoying the time given. You can follow her work at High Style Life or at her Twitter account.