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the good and the bad of business travel

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The Good and the Bad of Business Travel

When people hear about my business travel habits, their reactions usually fall into 2 categories : jealousy or pity.
These may seem like extreme reactions, but let me explain.

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Those in group 1 (jealousy) can’t believe that I regularly go to so many different places – all over Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, and sometimes even further afield. They are right: I am lucky. I love the fact that my job affords me the opportunity to see so much of the world and meet so many amazing people. However, admittedly it can sometimes be too much.

This is something that the people in group 2 (pity) understand very well. These are the seasoned travellers who have jobs with similar travel needs to mine. We all hop between cities, between time zones, on and off planes, in and out of trains and cars, and often live out of our suitcases. Therefore most of the time we don’t have time to see the places we go to, or we can even spend more time travelling to our place of business than we actually spend there.

If you don’t believe me, check out my last blog on my recent trip from the Isle of Man to London to Antigua to Saint Martin and all the way back – in 4 days!

👉 Read ‘There and Back again: A Caribbean Tale by Nigel Watson’

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My Tips for Busines Travel

Over the years, we pick up our various tricks to make the travel easier – anybody who identifies with group 2 will have some of these. A few of mine are:

  • my TUMI suitcase – 👉 tumi.com
  • spare battery banks to charge up my devices
  • a Priority Pass membership – 👉 prioritypass.com
  • proper tea bags 🇬🇧
  • my noise cancelling BOSE headset – 👉 bose.co.uk
  • a good book from the 5-star table at Waterstones. – 👉 waterstones.com

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The People make the Journey

Another key element to successful business travel is your relationships with the people along the way – be it with the members of your team, with your clients, and even with the staff at your regular hotels, restaurants and airlines.

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But I think the true trick to our nomadic business lifestyle is quite simple: you have to love what you do.

And I consider myself lucky that I do.

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If you want to find out more about what it is that I do, please visit my 👉 about page.

Or you can always get in touch directly – details are on my 👉 contact page.

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