#series: 5 tips for the business traveler

5 Tips for the Business Traveler: Always remember your parking spot - take a picture on your phone of the wayfinding - the latest pic will lead you back to your car. - upupandaways.com

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I have some go-to things I do for business travel. I have a system for packing that maybe crazy but I am a speedster through security. I have every pocket organized so I know where I stashed my favorite pen or the gum when my ears start popping at 5000 feet. But these are things everyone does (well at least I hope I am not the only crazy out there). Here are the tips I try to follow as I travel about the country…

1. Remember where you parked.
Seriously – you don’t want to be wandering the parking deck at midnight pressing the panic button (been there). I now have a system – I take a picture of the location I parked with my phone and then grab my phone as I head out to the parking deck, look up the last dated photo and it leads me to my car (without having to reach for the panic button) every time.

2. Stop and Enjoy.
I purposely fill my travel days with non-stop work. Some of this is due to necessity and some of it is so I won’t miss my family. But even when I am traveling solo, it is important to realize that I am blessed. Not everyone has the opportunity to travel and see the world.  So take a moment – write an email while overlooking the Bellagio Fountain, walk down to the beach in the morning before work while in Santa Monica or grab coffee in bustling downtown Cincinnati at Coffee Emporium with the locals. 

3. Wifi is your bff on flights
I think I am most productive on my flights from DTW to LAX. I work furiously until the battery dies. I feel like I get almost 2 work days out of 5 hours. I am ninja focused and the wifi is so slow, I can’t do anything but email. (pinterest is just painful to load at 10k feet). Spring for the wifi – it’s worth the peace of mind.

4. Yelp and eat like a local
If you are not fortunate enough to have a local guide (client or co-worker), hit up yelp to find the best new restaurants, hidden happy hours or killer views. Sit at the bar, make friends and feel like a local. I make my selection based on a place that has over 50 reviews with a rating of 4 or higher. When you find the negative reviews are things like: they only have microbrews on tap… or the food is too snobby – well I know I have found my place.

5. Remember the family and always bring something home. 
It is easy to forget when I am tired of traveling that my husband would have loved to have seen this restaurant or liked this shop. While I can’t bring along Doug and Mags on every trip, I can bring something back to let them know that I thought of them. I always try to find something unique to the city – no lame postcards allowed. This picture is courtesty of Bottega Louie – a place I ate at and then brought back some of these wonderful cookies to Doug.

And yep, I am typing this at 4 in the morning LA time because I am on another business trip and the time change gets me everytime! Happy Travels.


comfy shoes = comfy travel

Airport security can be a breeze if you are wearing the right shoes. Here are a few of my favorite pics – from comfy to chic – the ballet flats are on my wish list!

1. Aquatalia by Marvin K. – a splurge but these would fit in great on an urban getaway.
2. Sanuk Vagabond Chill – it’s a sandal that looks like a shoe. I love how comfortable this brand is – I bought a pair in Hawaii and I am hooked.
3. Crocband Flat – I am not a huge fan of crocs normally – but these cute flats have broken outside of the “croc” stereotype. I bought a pair for a trip to Europe and loved how light, comfy and easy to clean they were. These are great for the beach or outdoors.
4. Me Too Kaden Flat – If I have a long business day ahead (flight- meeting – return flight – drive home) – I will opt for the comfy classy flats.
5. Yosi Samra Samara Fold Up Ballet Flat – These cute flats are compact enough to fold up in your purse. These are on my wishlist – so I can wear my heals to the meeting but make it through the airport in a flash thanks to fold up flats. I have also heard rave reviews about how comfy these are.

Do you have a go-to shoe for travel?