Just two days ago, people everywhere celebrated Valentine’s Day. This year, Americans spent an estimated 18.2 billion dollars to express their love to one another with cards, flowers, candy, dinner and more. Notes of love to significant others, parents, children, employees and even corporate travel agents were sent and received. Okay, so maybe the travel agents were not showered with love notes, but that's fine. What they really want is for business clients to fall madly in love with travel (again).
Falling in love is pretty simple. In the beginning, there is great excitement to see new places, taste foreign cuisine, and meet people from all walks of life. Spending nights away from home was an adventure, room service was a treat, and chatting with strangers on an airplane was exciting.
Unfortunately, after some time, those thrills turn to mundane tasks. What was new becomes same ole, same ole. Travelers begin to miss home and maybe even dread the next trip. In the words of P!nk, travelers are looking for someone to “just give you a reason” to stay. We have good news: we can help you not only stay, but learn to love (business travel) again! Start with these steps:
*Change perspective. The saying, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it,” (Charles Swindoll) is truly wise, whether at work, home, or anywhere in the world. Choose to focus on the good. Begin each trip with great expectations and react with positivity each step of the way. It might not change every circumstance, but it will change your attitude and your mood.
*Stay connected. Missing home is often due to missing out, so stay connected while you’re away. While it isn’t exactly the same as being there, focus on being thankful that technology helps create connection with loved ones.
*Take time to smell the roses. It’s becoming very common to add a day or two of pleasure to the beginning or end of a business trip. What better way to renew your excitement for travel than by planning to thoroughly enjoy the destination? Doing so could just help you to return refreshed, relaxed and reinvigorated.
*Get help. Nothing adds to the drudgery of a long business trip like having to plan all the details, and worse, dealing with any potential problems. That’s why you need a corporate travel management company. The workload is much more manageable with Gwin’s Corporate Travel in your corner, leaving plenty of time to focus on important business (and maybe a little bit of fun as well).
Business traveler, it’s in the stars…you can learn to love business travel again. Then, maybe next Valentine's Day, that special corporate travel agent will receive a box of chocolates. ;)