Lessons on “travelling for work”

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Over the past two years, I’ve been one of those people who’s “travelled for work”. Here’s what I’ve learned, through my own experience and from others’:

When flying:

  • Choose vegan meal options.
  • If time zones mean that you’re offered an extra meal than you’d normally eat in a day – skip it.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Don’t eat too much before getting on the plane.

When staying at hotels:

  • Never pay for “breakfast included” – it’s too expensive and too crowded – go to a local café instead.
  • Use the hotel gym rather than the mini bar.
  • Make friends with the room service people.
  • Always take your own shampoo/conditioner.

When staying in foreign cities:

  • Try to become well acquainted with the public transport system instead of using taxis (conquering this makes you much more flexible).
  • Learn hello, please and thank you in the local language.
  • Don’t expect to be able to always go for city walks. There are often no pavements.

What I haven’t learned.:

  • What to do when you see a homeless man sitting in the middle of a pedestrianisedshopping street, crying.
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