The numbers tell the tale. The first hovers around a million, mile after mile accumulated over 25 years. The second is exactly 100, achieved last week after touching down at SDF (a.k.a., Louisville, Kentucky). But the third is what’s led us here: zero.
I’ve never avoided business travel, although I find it equally as important to be at home with family and friends. In many cases, I relish it as a chance to spend time with clients and co-workers and feed an appetite to see the world.
But keeping your sanity on the road is an ever-changing game, with new variables cropping up with every step onto a jetway: unexpected detours, fickle wireless connections, over-tired and under-trained security staff, and inevitable delays. That’s one reason I pounce on any article that comes up in a feed breathlessly promising new travel hacks, hoping to find a new idea.
But I haven’t. Most are recycled listicles proffering “insider” tips from airline attendants and hoteliers, such as avoiding in-flight coffee and investing in a good neck pillow (the existence of which I still believe is a myth). Maybe there’s little left to learn. Or maybe not.
So while hustling through MSP (Minneapolis-St. Paul) several weeks ago, I took a few minutes to jot down a few tricks of my own to make the most of your time on the road:
That’s not to say you shouldn’t roll your clothes, use packing cubes, bring along a portable charger, favor carry-on over checked, self-select rooms through the app, and all the other so-called hacks out there. Just do me a favor now and then: raise your head, say hi, and try to finish that last episode of Veep. I’ll be smiling back, ready to buy you a drink and hear about your own secrets for staying sane on the road.
When not in a plane or in a car, Mike McDougall can be found running 5Ks, keeping track of his teenagers, and—yes—actually working out of the firm’s Rochester, NY offices.
By Mike McDougall
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