5 tips to reduce jet lag

Being a global nomad allows you to travel the world. You're constantly on the move. Switching from one place to another and switching from one time-zone to another. It can be really exhausting to adapt our biological clocks of our bodies every time we're on the move. Especially after long hours of flight, we become restless, and it's more difficult to fall asleep. We all know the inconveniences of jet lag. We've gathered 5 tips to make your life a little easier and jet lag a little more bearable.

Limit caffeine intake
Caffeine is stimulant that can give you an energy boost to go through the day. This substance is highly addictive and can be found in coffee, tea and energy drinks. As a business traveller, you’re always on the go, attending different meetings and you are more prone to be exposed to beverages containing caffeine. Sebastian Beaton from Barista Del Caffe explains in his article, "The Health Benefits of Coffee: Is coffee good or bad for you?", that caffeine works by blocking the neurotransmitter adenosine, which is responsible for inducing sleep. Too much caffeine can cause sleeplessness, especially if taken later in the day. The caffeine effects can take up to 6 hours to wear off. That's why it is advised to not consume caffeine 6 hours before going to sleepThe Mayo Clinic states that 400 mg of caffeine a day should be enough for healthy adults. That is roughly 4 cups of coffee,10 cans of cola or 2 energy shot drinks.

Avoid alcohol
One of the most common mistakes we make while travelling is drinking alcohol to relax during the long hours of flight. A survey revealed that 42% of Singaporeans avoid alcohol completely to try to adapt to a new time zone. Drinking also causes dehydration to the body and if we drink too much it may also lead to a hangover. The combination of a hangover with jet lag can be extremely bad especially when you need to be fully functional for meetings the next day. So, avoiding alcohol is the best option to prevent dehydration and hangover on top of jet lag.

Be active
Doing some light bodyweight exercise can help to stretch our muscles to reduce cramp and relaxes your body. The most recommended exercise for better sleep is yoga, where you can practice prior to bedtime or in the morning. Yoga doesn’t require any equipment -just a yoga mat- and you can easily find a video for a yoga tutorial online. The same survey mentioned previously also revealed that 45% of Singaporeans do exercise or take in fresh air before a flight to try to avoid jet lag.

 

Sleep better
Waking up in a different time zone can be really challenging if you didn’t sleep properly. Adjust your sleep schedule to shift your bedtime or awakening time to help your body's internal clock move closer to your destination's time zone. Do this ahead of time, at least 3 to 5 days before your trip. If you arrive in the daylight, expose your self to natural sunlight for 15-30 minutes right after you wake up. This helps our body to feel more awake. It is best to avoid taking naps during the day, this will slow down the adaptation of the biological clock. If you really need to take a nap, don’t nap more than 20 minutes. If you arrive in the nighttime, set the stage for a good night's sleep: dm your lights, eat lightly and do an activity that relaxes you.

Stay hydrated
Spending long hours on a flight can cause serious dehydration, the oxygen and humidity are way lower in the cabin. For example, men can lose up to 2 litres of water on a 10-hour flight and women can lose up to 1.6 litres of water. Our body consists of 70% of water, we need to consume plenty of liquid to stay hydrated. Therefore, it's highly recommended to drink a glass of water every hour to prevent dehydration. When someone is dehydrated it has a significant impact on the overall health and mood. Which consequently reduces the cognitive functions of the brain and increase tiredness and fatigue.

It's impossible to completely eliminate jet lag, but this can be reduced following these simple tips. Don’t forget these useful tips for your next trip: Limit caffeine intake, avoid alcohol, be active, sleep better and stay hydrated!

By Yan Yue

 


Relocating with family

Are you one of those people that need to relocate because of Brexit? Or have you simply gotten an opportunity to work abroad or elsewhere? How exciting! But now the headache starts. It’s one thing to relocate on your own, but it’s another thing to relocate with your family. Here are some FREE tips that you need to make your relocation smoother.


1. Break it down gently to your kids about the relocation
You and your partner have known for a while about the relocation, it is time to share the news with your children. Relocating to another city or country might not be perceived as a positive opportunity, especially by children in the age between 10 up to 15 who have their friends and roots in their hometown. On the other hand, this adventure could sound exciting for them - going to a new place and exploring a new environment. It is important to let your children know it is not a holiday because this time they will not come back after a few weeks. Try to put a positive spin on this new adventure and explain the benefits they will gain with this relocation.

Your kids will learn way more about a new culture and language and make (more) new friends. Remind them that they will be still able to contact their friends via Skype, Facetime, email via a phone call or other social networking sites. Show the kids the location where they will be living on Google Maps, or any other location map, and try to create the feeling that the family is going on an adventure together. Lastly, involve your kids in all the stages of moving away, especially if they’re grown enough. They’ll appreciate it.

2. Resolve important issues before leaving
So, the bomb has dropped and now it is time to solve issues that are still left. Are you and your partner on the same page about the relocation? What can you do both to make it comfortable for all to relocate? Does your partner have to give up his or her job? A suggestion for your working partner is that he or she tries to arrange an agreement with the employer to work remotely.
What about the kids who are halfway through their school year? Will I take them out during the school year, or should they relocate once school is over? Also, searching for information about different (international) schools with similarities in your kids’ current school curriculum will prevent your kids from falling behind in their studies.

3. Checklist for the move

Now that the kids are up to speed and important issues are resolved, it’s time to get things rolling by making a checklist! Ask yourself what are the things that need to be resolved for the move itself? Which organisations need to have your new address? What do I need to move? Speed up your packing and save time by setting up different boxes with each their own purpose: throw away, give to charity, sell, or to keep will help. Furthermore, is the accommodation already provided? Or do I need to get a temporary serviced apartment? See if your new employer could pay your stay in a curated and professional serviced apartment, for the time being - a nice thing of this all it is fully furnished with the needed amenities! Once you have THE family house, make everything revolving around the colour of the wall up to the furniture, a family affair! To make all of you feel home in the new house, having key items from your previous home will help to adjust to this new place.

4. Cross-cultural awareness
Don’t end up standing in a windstorm! Coming from sunny California for example and moving to Sweden could be a big shock for all of us. So be aware, online information will only get you that far. Try to connect with locals or expats in that neighbourhood through forums or Facebook groups before leaving. This could help you to settle in faster and help you get acquainted with locals and the surroundings. Also, if you’re moving to a country with another language, get a book or an app to learn the basics of the language. It’s a fun exercise for you and your family!

5. Plan your goodbyes

Don’t you just hate goodbyes? Especially doing it repeatedly? Here’s an idea! Throw a house cooling party! Invite all your friends and family and say your goodbyes all at once! Also, house cooling parties are an excellent way of getting rid of some stuff that you don’t want to take to your new place. For the kids, arranging other activities with their own friends is a positive idea and on top of that, buy a notebook for the younger kids so they have a place with all the contact information and pictures of their friends. For the older ones, they can still easily connect with their friends through social media and different chat apps.

 

 

 

Last but not least, as a wise person once said:

 

By Santa Alcantara


References

- https://www.fidi.org/blog/parents%E2%80%99-guide-moving-abroad-kids

- https://www.fidi.org/blog/global-assignments-and-expat-children-advice-parents

- https://www.fidi.org/blog/preparing-kids-relocation

- https://www.fidi.org/blog/6-tips-expat-office-cultures

- https://www.fidi.org/blog/cross-cultural-awareness

- https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/teen-angst/201512/moving-the-family

- https://www.nesgt.com/blog/2017/05/how-to-deal-with-relocating-your-family

- http://premierevanlines.com/blog/5-tips-family-relocation

- https://squarecowmovers.com/moving-and-packing-101/7-things-to-consider-before-relocating-your-family/

- https://www.grace.com.au/relocating-family-work/

- https://www.furnishandfinish.com/tips-relocating-family/

- https://traveltips.usatoday.com/useful-tips-family-moving-relocating-25892.html

- https://www.allied.com/moving-resources/moving-preparation/family-relocation-timeline

- https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2012/06/21/is-relocating-for-a-job-the-right-decision-for-you/#21b4a3136e7f

- https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/job.4030110507


Planning a perfect workcation

 

Deciding to go on a work holiday, in other words, working from another location than the office can be difficult when you have other parties involved such as colleagues or clients. At this point, they are required to be considerate with your schedule and the other way around. However, where there is a will, there is a way! If you plan your schedule correctly, you can still enjoy a holiday, meet your deadlines and work “closely” with your colleagues, thanks to this little thing called the internet. Have a read and take some notes before you start with your workcation!


Workcation permission

As the topdog, you won’t need permission to go on a workcation. As an employee, your supervisor needs to agree with your request. How to get your manager to agree with this, you ask? Keep reading, employees and even topdogs need a little advice. Is the Wi-Fi connection good at the place you’re staying? If not, this could become a deal breaker as you won't be that reachable for your colleagues for prompt work-related requests. Call and see if the place you are interested in has a stable and fast Wi-Fi connection. Or better yet, check their reviews online. If you find out the Wi-Fi isn’t that good, continue searching for a better accommodation. You might want to look into serviced apartments, these usually have great internet connection as the concept of serviced apartments started specifically for corporate travellers.

Planning on working while sipping on your coffee or beer at a café? Remember to check these for W-Fi as well. Additionally, keep the option of mobile internet in mind – perhaps there is a good deal available at your network provider for international calls and data plan.

Are there particular tasks for which physical presence is required? See if there is someone in the office to whom you could delegate task(s) to. This could be a trainee or/and a colleague who can switch a task between one another until you get back. For each task, mention to whom they can go for any questions and information that is needed for that specific task. Are there presentations involved? Provide your colleague with a template of a previous presentation. You need to ask and get a confirmation from these co-workers before pitching your workcation In return for helping you out treat your colleagues with a drink or dinner when you come back.

Furthermore, communication is key! Make clear what communication channel (e.g. FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, Slack) is the best way to reach you and find the right “golden hour” (Every Time Zone) where you and your team members could come online to have meetings, whether this is through video or phone chat. Ps. Do a little research for which software has minimum glitches when you are in a particular continent.  Another thing that might be important, to stay on track while on workcation, is to incorporate an hour or more a ‘do not disturb’ mode to work on your tasks and not create a delay in your prioritized assignments.

Other questions you should bear in mind: are there certain software required for me to meet my deadlines? How do I make sure that I am working via a secured network? C

Once you have sorted out the above points and your working hours, pitch your request to your supervisor and adapt when necessary to receive a green light. Green light means it is time to book your workcation!

 

During your workcation

So, you have booked your workcation, congratulations!

How do I stay productive and motivated during my workcation? Once you arrive at your location, try to use one day to explore where you would like to work from. It could be at a café, the beach, swimming pool area, a room in your booked serviced apartment or at your family’s house. Check the network connectivity and the surroundings of your workplace. Is there a lot of sounds? Can you have your meetings there with minimum noise? Remember to change the scenery now and then to not end up in a slump and become less motivated to work.

Another way to enjoy your work holiday is to check what activities you could attend before, during, or after work hours. Can you swap a working day with a day on the weekend to do some activity that is not related to your work? By involving yourself in an activity you are interested in you might get more relaxed and productive to work on your assignments before or afterwards.

A workcation is handy when you’re in need of a change of scenery or a recharge. A balanced personal and work life can be more joyful (it is possible!).

 

 

By Santa Alcantara


References

- https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/06/workcations-new-office-trend

- https://www.wsj.com/articles/this-summer-how-about-taking-a-workcation-1435072989 

https://www.themuse.com/advice/wtf-is-a-workcation-hint-something-you-need-now

- https://www.themuse.com/advice/want-to-work-from-home-heres-how-to-ask-your-boss

- https://www.themuse.com/advice/vacation-checklist-4-steps-to-prepare-for-your-time-off

- https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2017/06/16/working-remotely

- https://remoteyear.com/blog/what-is-remote-work

- https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-facts-about-working-remotely-that-arent-too-good-to-be-true

- https://www.process.st/working-remotely/

- http://time.com/5333239/is-working-remotely-bad-for-you/

- https://www.toptal.com/freelance/how-to-work-remotely-and-still-be-the-best

- https://blog.weekdone.com/working-remotely-or-remotely-working/

- https://medium.com/swlh/effective-tips-for-working-remotely-23cc290a8c08

- https://skillcrush.com/2016/10/10/working-remotely-tips/

- https://auth0.com/blog/21-tips-for-remote-working/


When you're in Geneva for business

Geneva is a central hub for a lot of business activity and trade fairs. In this blog, we want to talk about what you need to keep in mind when doing business here, especially if you want to become more successful in achieving your business goals while developing strong relationships at the same time. So if you are working for one of the multinationals looking to do business in Geneva or maybe a part of a smaller organisation looking to do international business at one of the events, you are in the right place!


 

First of all, why is Geneva so famous for its business activity and trade fairs? Geneva is a home to a lot of international organisations, and many other multinational companies hold one of their main headquarters in the city. These include the World Health Organization, World Trade Organization and the United Nations. Plus Facebook, HSBC Private Bank, Microsoft, and others. There are also many business events held in Geneva - you can always find one relevant to your industry and find out more information about statistics and trends or meet potential clients/suppliers. These events include the Geneva Motor Show, blockchain conferences, conferences about energy and the future of the Internet and many more. The main venue for such events is the PalExpo (Geneva Exhibition and Congress Centre) which can seat up to 2,500 people and is located next to the airport. All of these events make Geneva a busy business hub with plenty of activity happening in the area. Famously, Geneva (and Switzerland in general) is also known for its Swiss watches with some top businesses in the industry holding headquarters in the city, including Patek Philippe, Piaget, and Vacheron Constantin. The world’s largest physics research centre CERN, investigating the structure of the universe, is also located in Geneva.

 

What should you know when you have just arrived in the city for business? Geneva is the most important city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, though French is not essential here - there is a huge variety of nationalities and languages in the city. Switzerland has four national languages - varying based on the city. In addition, each city has different cultural norms. Therefore, make sure that the person you are doing business with speaks your language or hire an interpreter. In Geneva, everything is easily accessible on foot, however, there is an effective public transport system as well if you’re looking for convenience or need to get somewhere faster. Geneva is an expensive place to stay (rated as the second or third most expensive place in the world for business travel), but some of the most luxurious hotels in the world are also located here, so the higher prices come with high quality. There are a dozen five-star hotels, even though it is a relatively small city. You could say they are “highfordable”! 

If you are arriving by plane and wish to take the public transport, you can make use of a special offer at a  ‘Unireso’ machine and travel by trains and buses for free for 80 minutes. The airport is located 4 minutes away from the city centre. The short journey can also be made by a taxi - they can be found just outside the airport.

Moreover, we have a few tips for you regarding the Swiss culture. Punctuality is important in Switzerland. Well, it is a little less important in French parts, like Geneva, but it is still highly recommended. In the French-speaking parts of Switzerland (including Geneva). small talk can be expected and sometimes a round of (non-alcoholic) drinks can be expected before getting down to business. The locals of the French part are also known as conceptual, analytical thinkers who try to use universal rules to solve problems. The Swiss culture values privacy, so it is better to avoid topics that are too personal. Try to avoid jokes on Swiss culture and humour when possible to avoid offending someone accidentally (works for most cultures, right?). Besides, business cards and gifts are appreciated at the end of negotiations.

 

If you do want to explore the city for a bit of sightseeing and turn your business trip into a bleisure trip, here are some of the top things to do. Geneva’s Old Town has plenty to see and is one of the most scenic areas of Geneva. There are a lot of independent boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and the unique architecture will definitely keep your eyes wandering. Geneva’s Jet d’eau is an enormous water fountain, spouting water 140 meters up into the air - definitely worth a picture. Other good places for this are the Pont du Mont-Blanc and the Promenade du Lac. If you are into humanitarian work, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum displays all the work done by the organisation over the last 150 years. Moreover, Plaine de Plainpalais has one of Switzerland's biggest and best flea markets involving hundreds of stalls and all kinds of vintage (and not) things.

 

 

 

By Haris Wahid


References

https://www.timeout.com/switzerland/things-to-do/best-things-to-do-in-geneva

https://www.ausbt.com.au/the-basics-of-doing-business-in-zurich-geneva-switzerland

https://www.expatica.com/ch/employment/Doing-business-in-Switzerland-Swiss-business-culture_101552.html

https://www.heathrowexpress.com/news/travel-guides/2014/03/17/the-business-traveller-a-business-travel-guide-to-geneva

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140520-the-art-of-the-swiss-deal


Useful apps for every business traveller

As carrying a laptop or documents around become more of a hassle for every business traveller, app developers are stepping up their game and eliminating the need for these as much as possible. We’ve rounded up some much-needed apps for you because we want to make your life just a bit easier. While there might be some apps mentioned that you might already know, you’re bound to find a new app that you haven’t tried yet. The following apps assist you in planning, organising and networking. We’ve also included some honourable mentions that are simply just handy and worth having them on your smartphone.


Staying organised:

Concur

Most stressful chore during business trips are the expenses. According to The Global Mobility Survey 2018, 17% of business leaders do not keep up with expenses made on business trips. Concur automates this process and benefits not only employees but also the organisations. These apps help make expense reporting simple, fast and accurate. E-receipts capture data directly from airlines, restaurants, hotels and other suppliers. Employees can also take photos of the receipts, saving time and hassle. You can also reconcile expenses with card integration. Organisations can directly approve or reject expense reports through manager access. Furthermore, you can even add car mileage to an expense report!

 

 

Tripit

Another app that keeps your business trip in order is Tripit from Concur. Tripit has the free version and pro version which is $49 per year. With the pro version, you can directly connect your Concur account with the app. Which, if you’re a frequent business traveller, is highly commendable. Don’t get us wrong, the free version is also up to the mark, but the pro version has much more features than the free version. With the free version, you can organise, selectively share, store travel documents, and add or edit your travel plans. With the pro version you get all of that and receive real-time flight alerts, locate alternate flights, find out when a better seat is available, get fare refund notifications, track reward-program points, share plans with your inner circle automatically and save money with VIP travel benefits which provide special offers on CLEAR and Loungebuddy. CLEAR is a biometric screening tool that scans your fingerprint to confirm your identification, allowing you to skip the long lines for ID check. Although, right now it only operates in the US. The Loungebuddy app is a revolutionary app that allows all travellers to access any of the lounges, for as low as $23, in the network without any membership fees, elite statuses or first class tickets required.

 

Asana

Asana is a project-based management app and the teams are organised around these projects. You can create a project with tasks and subtasks and add the team that is with you on the project. Furthermore, you can tag colleagues, add comments, attach files, descriptions and many more.  While you’re on your business trip you can create this as a project, keep track of your trip and meetings and what you’ve already done and still need to do. If your company uses this app, your manager can also keep track of your accomplishments and you can also follow your team’s progress. Asana is a great tool to manage projects and tasks.  

 


Vehicle Apps:

Google Maps

Although Apple Maps and Waze are two worthy contenders, Google Maps stands out with its features that the other two don’t have. Waze has too many ads and Apple Maps doesn’t have the feature for offline use like Google Maps does have, which could come quite handy if you’re data bundle isn’t up to par. It’s easy to use, gives you clear directions and a map view all at once, the background colour will adjust based on the ambient light in your car, and the offline feature allows you to download entire cities or neighbourhood on your device. Furthermore, its pins function is great for sharing your location or even saving your favourite places to visit on your next business trip. You can also add two stops to your route in case you have to do a pit stop on your way to your meeting. Moreover, the app can detect traffic jams and provide you with an alternative route. Lastly, whether you’re travelling by car or not and you need the closest gas station, restaurant or ATM, Google Maps will provide you with that information. The app allows you to search for the nearest banks, hotels, movie theatres, gas station, or even what type of restaurant you’re in the mood for.  

 

ParkWhiz

If you’re in the U.S. or travel there frequently for business, then ParkWhiz is the app for you. It can track down the perfect parking spot in 315 cities across the country and provides users with discounted parking in exclusive areas. The app allows you to choose from a parking lot, private garages and private venues. The app calculates the walking distance from potential parking spots to your final destination, provides you directions and parking instructions. This app is best for people who like to plan and book well ahead of time.

 

Parkopedia

Now, if you’re more of a worldly business traveller, then Parkopedia is the parking app you need. Parkopedia is used by millions of drivers and organisations. It allows you to find the closest parking spot to your destination, gives you the costs and whether there’s space available or not. Parkopedia claims to have over 60 million parking spots (including street parking, car parks and private driveways) in 75 countries.  The app features pre-booking service, real-time parking availability and the ability to pay online.

Uber

If you don’t have a car service booked or a taxi, then Uber can be quite useful to you. The app will use your current location to calculate the fastest route to your final destination and provide you with the costs before you choose the service. You don’t have to have cash on you because the charges go straight to your card. Additionally, you can track your driver in real time while they're on their way and while you are in transit.

 


Keep in touch apps:

Skype, Whatsapp and WeChat

Use these apps for keeping in touch with your loved ones while you’re abroad without the high charges. You can call, message and video call for free. You can host a conference meeting with video call for up to 10 people with Skype, video call, phone call and create group conversations with WeChat and Whatsapp.  WeChat is best for travellers who are in constant contact with people in China. WeChat is more popular there and is more stable than other social networks.

 

LinkedIn

Which professional doesn’t know about LinkedIn today? If you haven’t downloaded it on your smartphone yet, do it. LinkedIn is for anyone looking to grow their careers even further and it’s a great way to stay in contact with professionals such as yourself. You add connections to your network, private message them through LinkedIn or through the company’s contact information, and you have your resumé laid out for others to see.  You can also follow other companies as “interests” to stay up-to-date with them. LinkedIn has similar features as other social networks, but this one is specifically catered for professionals.

 

CamCard

CamCard is an app that helps you stay on top of your business cards that you most likely receive during conferences and networking. It digitilizes the information on the business card and adds the relevant information on your virtual Rolodex (your contact list). Therefore you’ll never lose another business card again! It digitalises a business card by using its optical character reader by taking a snapshot photo of the card and can digest the information in 17 different languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Swedish. It can also translate phone numbers, decipher social media handles and has a web interface where you can manage the contacts efficiently. It has two versions: the free version and the $3 premium version. The free version has full functionality but has a limited amount of scanning 200 cards.

 


Honourable mentions:

ClassPass

This app is the most flexible fitness membership there is! This app allows you to search for nearby gym classes, book classes, watch workout videos and build a community. You can choose from thousands of workouts such as boxing, yoga, spinning and much more. This app has 3 types of subscriptions, one of £35/month which is 27 credits or 2 or 3 classes, £55/month which is 45 credits or 3-5 classes and £105/month which is 90 credits or 7-11 classes. The amount of credits per classes depends on each studio. But not to worry, if you’ve used up your credits you can always buy more. This is a very worthwhile app if you’re an avid “workoutaholic” or like to stay fit and you’re constantly travelling. Especially since many gyms do not offer one day passes.

 

Google Translate

Not everyone you meet while abroad will know English, your language, or vice versa. That’s why, do us all a favour, and download this app. It will help you in cafe’s when you’re in dire need of coffee or beer, or with cab drivers. You can point your device’s camera on the text you want to translate and the app will provide you with a real-time translation on your screen. What’s even better is that you can download translation packages onto your smartphone meaning it will still allow you to translate without internet. It’s a practical tool and will save you and the barista a few minutes of trying to understand each other.   

 

These apps replace many other apps because they save you space on your smartphone and spares you the hassle of always switching to and from multiple other apps, therefore also saving you time. If you’re not convinced yet, download them and try it out for yourself. You can thank us later!

 

By Ronaly van der Biest


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Tips for keeping your healthy lifestyle routine during business trips

While on business travels, you don’t only have to deal with the hours of commute, flight, and tiredness, but also deal with the fact that all your hard work and dedication for a healthier lifestyle routine can spiral out of control in just a few days travelling, and lets not even think about if you’re working abroad for a few weeks or even months!

Dietary temptations are all around you, whether you're staying in a hotel or serviced apartment. The convenience of fast food is either available on your phone or just a few minutes walking from your accommodation, especially if you're staying central.

People can be creatures of habit, and routines promote health and wellness through the structure. Having a routine can improve your health tremendously. Many people who don’t follow a routine suffer from stress, poor sleep, poor eating, poor physical condition, and ineffective use of time.

By now, you’ll most likely already have your daily routine at home and constantly travelling while trying to keep your routine can disrupt your healthy lifestyle.

Here are a few tips to keep your healthy lifestyle routine while your travelling.

Preparation is key

Being prepared before a business trip is of utmost importance! Think about the accommodation and the location. If you're not booking the accommodation yourself, then let the one who is booking know what your preferences are.

Since you're probably a busy executive, you don’t have the luxury of time to do extensive research on your accommodation or location, so a quick scan will do just fine. As long as you have enough information to keep your healthy lifestyle on track. Or better yet, let your P.A. do it!

Accommodation and location, location, location!

A selection of healthy restaurants in London

If you're staying in a hotel, check if they have a restaurant and if they do, make sure they have a variety of healthy options. If the hotel doesn’t offer this or if you're staying in a serviced apartment, take a look at the surroundings. Are there any restaurants in the neighbourhood? If so, do they serve healthy food? Most of the restaurants do have healthy options nowadays, but if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you’d want to be sure! A quick search for healthy restaurants in Google in your vicinity, London city centre, for example, will give you a result of something like the picture on the left suggests.

 

If you have access to a fully equipped kitchen, like most serviced apartments offer, and you're keen on cooking your own food, then check if there are supermarkets in the neighbourhood. And if you are one of those that are trying to keep up with the new and healthy trend of eating organic foods, then make sure that there is an organic supermarket near you.

 

And don't forget to bring your healthy recipes with you. Preferably quick and easy since you’ll be tired of all those meetings and don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Want to be even more prepared? Pack food containers to eat between meetings. Having a lunch meeting? Don’t hesitate to let your colleagues know your restaurant preferences, or order something healthy. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Your health comes first.

Spacious serviced apartment in Kensington, London offered by Short Stay Citizens

Do you combine your healthy eating with exercises? Then make sure there is a fitness centre in the building or in the neighbourhood. While you're at it, check if the fitness centres have flexible or daily subscriptions.

No gym around? Not to worry! Nowadays you can find many home exercises online. However, the typical double-bed hotel room won't quite gives you the space that you’ll probably need. Therefore, a suggestion would be to book something bigger, a suite or a spacious serviced apartment.

Plan

After you’ve done your research and gathered all the information, make a plan that is convenient for you. Like Benjamin Franklin once said: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Adapt your routine accordingly to the data you’ve gathered. Don’t forget, to have a backup plan in mind, in case your initial plan didn’t go as planned, which will mostly be the case. An example would be to carry snacks with you if a meeting is running late.

Challenge but doable

Is it a challenge to try to keep a healthy routine when you’re travelling? Yes, of course, it is! However, according to Lisa Drayer, a dietician and author, she suggests that by planning out your trip it will help you stick to your routine as much as possible.

Therefore, try to remember these tips for your next trip:

  • Prepare: Research your accommodation and surroundings for healthy restaurants, supermarkets and fitness centres at your location or in the vicinity.
  • If you do home exercises, book a spacious serviced apartment or hotel suite.
  • Plan: Adapt your routine to your information that you gathered and make a plan for your upcoming trip.

Your health is worth the challenge!


By Ronaly van der Biest, Short Stay Citizens

Based on:

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/healthy-eating-business-traveller/index.html

http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2010/global-trends-in-healthy-eating.html

http://www.nmbreakthroughs.org/daily-health/health-benefits-of-having-a-routine