When you say you are traveling for work, people often believe that it is all fun and games and glamorous. Only people who do travel for work usually know that this is not the case. When you work at home, you know you are going to go back to your house at the end of the day and spend time with your family or in a generally much more peaceful place.
When you are traveling, it is like the workday doesn’t end. You work in the same place, and you go back to sleep in a place that is not your home. It can end up being stressful especially for people who are not fans of traveling.
If things stay this way, then you eventually begin to dread the thought of going to a distant area for work purposes. But you can get over this stress if you work on it! You need to stop dealing the trip as work and think of it as an experience. It is rare that you are required to work all hours of the day, you probably do get some time to yourself.
Utilize this time well, and we can assure you that you will find yourself in a much better position soon enough:
1. Look Around Town and Have Fun
People often spend their work trips going from their place of work to their hotel room and vice versa. This routine becomes monotonous since you are essentially just repeating a set of movements which can quickly become tiring. People fear to have to leave their hotel room because the land is foreign and they believe they will lose their way or end up in unnecessary trouble.
Eventually, this routine makes you miss your family and friends back home. You also lose your television, and your fridge stocked full of food. You start dreading the next day instead of looking forward to it, and the whole idea of working at all becomes very stressful.
What you need to realize is that there is another entirely new land outside your place of work and a hotel room. This place needs exploration. You can meet the locals there and talk to them. Sure, you might encounter a rude person or two, but for the most part, these adventures work out well if you are careful to be sure to carry your passport and any other form of identity with you. Know the place of the hotel you are staying in and the place of your work so you can be led to safety even if something goes wrong (the chances of which are minimal).
There are many things to experience in a place that you don’t visit often. They have their festivals and events that you can attend. Other than that there are parks, gardens, and other recreational areas that you can hit up. If you are in a place where weed is legal, you can even take some medical marijuana for stress.
One of the most exciting things about new lands is their food and cuisine. You can go out and try local foods and specialties. It might not always suit your taste, but the experience is still worth discussing!
Remember that we live in a rapidly developing world and all the places in this world are constantly changing. So if you visited an area two or three years ago, know that it has probably changed quite a bit by now and you have more to explore over there. So don’t think that you have seen the best of every place and go out and explore that town!
2. Don’t Sit and Work in One Place
People often choose to coop up in their hotel rooms and work for the whole day. Sitting in one place and working can be very stressful and even counter-productive. It could make your routine very monotonous and tedious because your trip mainly consists of work more than anything else. If you add a little bit of zing to your style of working, you can be more productive.
Try to go out of your room for work. The most accessible place to be is in the lobby of your hotel room. Hotel lobbies are comfy, and service is always available. There are often people around as well. If you find yourself around people all the time, then you will stop feeling as lonely and stressed out.
Other than that, you can also make your way to nearby coffee shops. Coffee shops are also full of the hustle and bustle, and they are great places to be around people and work without any monotony.
You can even go to a park for your work. Parks are also full of life. They also have a lot of scenic beauty to offer so you can work under the open sky and breathe the fresh air which will prevent you from getting stressed out. If you change your place of work, you can make your work more interesting.
3. Make New Friends
One of the most daunting things about going to work trips is being alone. Loneliness can stress you out a lot, and you eventually begin to crave human contact.
For this reason, you can try to befriend the people around you. For example, if you are on a trip with a couple of workmates, you can get to know them better even if you don’t talk to them often. You might find that you both have common interests. If you are traveling with a group of people, you can spend time with them as a group, and you’ll feel less lonely. You can even explore the place with them, and you can watch movies and all too in your free time.
Other than that, there are a lot of natives you can befriend as well. If you go and work in a hotel lobby or a coffee shop, it is inevitable that you will meet new people. You can share a table with someone and spark up a conversation. You can then keep in touch with them when you leave and even meet up with them if you ever get a chance to revisit the place
4. Talk to People Back Home
You are going to miss the people back home as well. A wave of emotion hits you especially if you have children back home. Mothers are exceptionally anxious about the well-being of their children when they are away on work trips.
This is where social media and technology can work in your favor. You can hit up your spouse or parent any time of the day when you are free and talk to them. Discuss your day with them and ask them how theirs was. When you are away from your loved ones talking to them on call seems like the best part of the day. You sometimes extend the conversation on purpose because you miss them so much.
Some people like to keep their loved ones on Skype or Facetime while they work so that they get a feel for the home as well. You don’t have to talk to each other you can stay on call till one of you has to leave. Sometimes working in the presence of the people you love even helps in increasing your work productivity.
5. Learn to Enjoy Your Solitude
Alone-time is nearly impossible to come by for people with work and family. You are among so many people at work, and then you come back home to people who want to spend every minute of their day with you. Even though you get used to this lifestyle, almost no room is left for personal development this way.
When you finally get some time to yourself, it is often a weird feeling. You don’t know what to do with your time especially if you have run out of work to tackle. So take your time adjusting to your own company. You can do some sightseeing all by yourself and go on a journey of self-development.
Maybe you will even cherish this time when you go back home to all the people waiting for you. It can serve as a form of meditation as well because your mind will be clear of all thoughts of work and responsibilities.
6. Talk About Your Family
Missing your family when you are away from work is very natural. It makes you realize how compassionate you are as a person as well. In times like these, it might even help you to talk about your family with the people around you.
Do the old-fashioned deed of keeping your children’s photos in your wallet and your phone and discuss them with the people around you. Perhaps they will also begin talking about their loved ones because after all, we are all human!
You can even explore your relationship with them this way. Your work-related trip might end up a necessary journey of personal growth!