I was sitting in the airport this week – home bound after a quick business trip to the East Coast. The guy to my right was heading home to Milwaukee for a friend’s wedding. The woman on my left was on her way to Chicago for a two-day work trip. The dad and teen in front of me were flying to a tournament.
Friends…this is what is called Real Travel. These represent the obligations we have to see friends and family, to travel for kids and sports and the work that takes us away from home.
No, this isn’t a vacation to the beach or mountains, but rather travel we must do. And yet, while we aren’t expecting glamour, it is worth it to allow yourself to enjoy the experience. How do you do that?
- Make Practical Trips Fun and Fun Trips Practical – Whether you are obligated to visit a family member or simply travel for business, seek out a few opportunities to enjoy the time away. If you have the opportunity to steal away for vacation, take the time to do a college tour with your kids – even if they aren’t looking yet. You never know what doors you may open.
- Seek the Perks – For any type of travel, always seek out hotels that offer the amenities that will make your travel both more comfortable and more affordable. Find a hotel that offers free wi-fi, complimentary breakfasts and an exercise facility.
- Plan for Disruption– We all know real travel involves real life moments – lost luggage, delayed flights, rainstorms when you were planning on an 80 degree day. Take the time to monitor the weather before you head to your destination (you’ll know to pack an umbrella), and keep a few extras in your carry-on or purse. Clean underwear and a toothbrush can save the day…and packing a bathing suit in that same travel bag when heading to a warm weather destination can allow you to be pool ready even if your luggage is yet to arrive.
- Act like a Local – when visiting a new city, try to carve out a little time to see a museum, visit a restaurant or try a food the city is known for celebrating.
- Go for the Honey – There is a reason we say, “you attract more bees with honey”. If you have ever been in a situation where you needed help changing a flight or hotel reservation, had plans unexpected cancelled, or were hoping for an upgrade – you certainly know you’ll be put far ahead of the customer next to you throwing a tantrum. People in the travel and service industries deserve our respect and typically respond accordingly.
What are your top tips for your #RealTravel experiences? I’d love to add a few to my list.
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