Lessons on “travelling for work”


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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