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Cruise Travel Solutions

We know one married couple where both are traveling consultants. They often joke that they have to write a book called “Marriage Three Days a Week” because they only see each other from Thursday night to Sunday night almost every week. Of course, they take an extraordinary vacation with all the frequent flier points and hotel points, and no one is left at home to manage the household while others eat at the restaurant every night and go home hoping all the tasks must be done.

Like many others, they have learned how to be comfortable on the road so that their travel schedules are a source of new experiences and great stories instead of a hardship. If you learn how to be comfortable in your environment, you’ll do better work and last longer in this demanding field.

There are two types of consulting roles, from a travel schedule perspective. One type of consultant is the real Road Warrior who is in a different city each week, often visiting two or three different clients and staying only a couple of days each place. The other type travels to the same destination every week to work on a long-term engagement over several months. Which type of travel schedule you end up with depends as much on your personality as on your skill set.

No matter which type of travel schedule you have, there are some seemingly small things you can do to make yourself significantly more comfortable on the road.

Enroll in every frequent flier and hotel points program you can. The biggest perks in business travel come when you get a free family vacation later. All those trips to Pittsburgh might buy you a trip to Honolulu or Prague or wherever your heart leads you.

Whenever possible, use the same airline and hotel chain for every city. This helps you rack up the points faster, and it also establishes a level of comfort and familiarity for you from the moment you arrive in the city. Not every Marriott is exactly like every other Marriott, but there are enough similarities between them that you will begin to feel at home quickly.

Packing for Travel

Develop a routine for packing. Make a checklist that includes everything that you know you’ll need for any trip, including items like toothbrush and cell-phone charger. Go over the checklist every single time you pack a suitcase.

If you don’t follow this advice, you will eventually end up spending $200 on a “charge everything” device and using a hotel toothbrush that will rip your gums out.

  1. Always assume you will have to carry your luggage yourself. If you aren’t sure you will need it, don’t take it. You can always buy one there. (Don’t accept engagements in locations that don’t have stores.)
  2. Pack something comfortable to wear in your hotel room and clothes you can wear to work out.
  3. Plan to sleep in something you don’t mind being seen wearing in public. In the event of a fire, hotels will evacuate two floors above and two floors below, even if it’s just a small fire in a trash basket. That’s what that loudspeaker above the bed is for.
  4. All luggage looks alike. Make your bag easy to spot on the carousel and less likely to be stolen with a few strategically placed strips of duct tape or a big pink bow.
  5. The military knows that rolled clothing does not wrinkle. Don’t fold it, roll it. Turn jackets inside out, fold the collar up and press one shoulder inside the other.
  6. Think about what you pack from the perspective of Customs and Airport Security. For example, many airlines will not allow you to carry steel-tipped darts in your carry-on luggage. (Yes, one of us learned this the hard way. Not the one you think.) Carry all medication in the original packages, particularly prescription medication.
  7. Purchase two of everything you use daily, like cosmetics, razors, toothbrush, etc. Leave one set at home. Pack toiletries once and leave them packed. This way, you don’t have to worry that you forgot something essential and will not notice until the middle of the night in a strange hotel room. When you run out of something on the road, replace it. (This is easier if you use common brands that are sold nationally.)

After only a few weeks of travel, you’ll know exactly what you need to pack and what you don’t.

Hotel Living

If you are traveling to the same city every week, pick a hotel that you are comfortable in and make friends with the people at the front desk and in Housekeeping. If you can commit to a certain number of weeks, they might even give you a break on the room rate, which is also good for your customer.

Once you’ve tried two or three different rooms in different parts of the hotel, you’ll begin to identify specific things you like or dislike. Within a few weeks, you’ll probably have a favorite room. Don’t be afraid to ask for it every week. Staying in the same room every week can increase your sense of comfort and it’s easier to remember what room you are in. Every one of us has been frustrated at least once by trying to open a hotel room door, only to realize that the key doesn’t work because this is the room we were in last week, and we have no idea what room we have been assigned this week.

If you followed our instructions for packing and bought duplicates of all your toiletries and travel needs, you can check a suitcase with the bellman over the weekend instead of carrying it home with you. Leave your laundry with a dry cleaner over the weekend and come back on Monday to a fresh wardrobe without carrying a bag with you to the airport. That’s freedom!

Befriend people who have control over food. If you eat all your food from the Room Service menu, you will soon get bored with the choice. Encourage the person who answers the Room Service channel to give you advice.

Travel Business Tips

Building your travel business is an important part of keeping your business alive. Actually, there are many ways to build a travel business. First, let’s look at a few of the following discussions.

Most people like to travel and explore the world. Many also save and get offers while traveling, therefore, thinking of ways that can help them get the most out of their trip and save money is the key to this business.

Offering Discount Travel – Offering discount travel clubs as part of your travel business is certainly a way to attract more tourists and travelers to your travel business. When you can give someone a discount on the vacation they are planning to take, it is a great way to build your travel business. Especially for anyone who travels a lot and really can benefit from being a club that can save money in the long run.

Lifetime Travel Membership – Do you offer lifetime travel membership to your customers? Offering such a membership to someone who travels yearly or even more than once a year to exotic places can really be an offer they cannot refuse. You will find your business growing in a spark that you can be proud of and help others to get more out of their holidays and trips too. Saving money on travel and vacations is what people often look for. Help them get an agreement with this membership and you can watch your business grow.

Wholesale Travel Costs – Another great tip for building your vacation business is to offer wholesale travel clubs. Many businesses are interested in travel clubs at wholesale prices to offer their employees. You will also find that several groups and organizations too. Because many of these groups and organizations will often travel together to distant places, take vacations, or tour around the world. This can be a very profitable addition to your business and you will reap the rewards.

The explanation above are three great tips for building your travel business. Using and implementing them into your business is a great way to build your business, and help others get more profit with less money.