Many people in the business world envy the corporate traveler, imagining a life of first-class travel, luxurious hotels, high-end meals, and fancy drinks. However, those who are seasoned business travelers know that this career is no walk in the park.
With being on the road for sometimes 100+ days per year, the corporate traveler knows the difficulty of being away from family, managing limited time to keep up with ongoing work at the office, and staying both mentally and physically healthy.
Hotel Engine understands the corporate traveler can struggle to stay energized, motivated, and prepared to go back on the road week-after-week. These four tips should help keep you, the ‘road warrior’, a little more organized and a little less stressed.
1. Think ‘efficient’
When on the road, your day can be spent between airplanes, taxis, rideshares, and hotels at the least. A business traveler must pack light and compact; being able to take your whole life on a small carry-on is vital. It will help you speed through security checkpoints, get you on and off your flights quicker, and ensure you are packing responsibly and efficiently. We recommend The Carry-On from Away, which is TSA compliant and fits in the overhead bin making your boarding and de-planing experience a breeze.
Being efficient and organized doesn’t just apply to your physical luggage. In fact, organizing your travel itinerary can be a pain if you are flying to multiple cities within the workweek. That’s where Hotel Engine’s ‘Trips’ feature can be a lifesaver. Manage current, past, and future hotel itineraries on your personalized dashboard and have your hotel bills sent directly to your employer. By staying organized both mentally and physically, you can focus on the task at hand and make your business travel as successful as possible.
2. Stay charged up
This does not only include exercise and good rest, but the actual charging of your electronics. Throughout your travels, you will be switching between your laptop, smartphone, and even your tablet. You can quickly run out of battery throughout the day so it’s vital to carry portable power options with you to make sure you never miss a valuable call or email. Mophie’s powerstation AC is the perfect portable battery that allows you to charge all of your electronics while on the road. Only have enough juice to charge one device? Don’t worry, your Hotel Engine account can be accessed through your computer or our app which is available for both Apple and Android devices.
3. Health is key
Between all the handshakes, the different hotels you stay in, and the sleep deprivation you experience while traveling, it’s no wonder that so many corporate travelers are fighting off sickness on a regular basis. The true ‘road warrior understands the value of balancing a hard day’s work while eating healthy and getting an appropriate amount of exercise on a daily basis. It’s easy to consume burgers and beers while on a corporate travel trip, but make sure you’re still getting the right amount of fruits and vegetables each day while drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
When booking through the Hotel Engine platform, you have the ability to sort by popular filters like Fitness Center, Pool, and Free Breakfast, to book the hotel that fits your particular health needs. By staying physically and mentally organized like we recommend above, you should have some additional time each day to hit the gym or go for a walk to help de-stress what we know can be a very stressful business trip.
4. Reward yourself
With constantly being on the road throughout the year, definitely try to take advantage of perks that come with constant travel. Make sure you’re signed up for a travel rewards credit card. Depending on the card you get, you can receive perks like cash-back, points towards your own personal travel, free hotel upgrades, free flights, waived fees for TSA Global, free admissions to exclusive airport lounges, and more.
Hotel Engine has it’s own free rewards program as well, allowing you to earn points that can be redeemed for free hotel stays at any of our 200,000 locations worldwide. Just because you’re constantly on-the-move doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the amenities that come with frequent travel.
It’s not easy to be constantly moving between different cities while sleeping in hotel rooms and airplanes and living out of a small suitcase. But, if you’re properly prepared, you can balance the rigors that come with business travel while keeping your mental and physical health in check. Hopefully, Hotel Engine can help make your journey even easier.
Click here to learn more about how Hotel Engine can make booking and managing business travel lodging simpler.
This article was written by Brad Brochocki, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Hotel Engine.