As a senior manager for an airline, I travel a lot for work to attend meetings, conferences and business development. I got into the airline industry due to my love of travel, so when I’m not travelling for work I am exploring the world in search of wonderful new places and crossing destinations off my bucket list!
After hundreds of hours in flight and surviving numerous airports and security lines unscathed, I’ve picked up a few tips on how to travel like a boss.
- Have a Go bag. I keep my small weekender sized suitcase nearly packed and ready to go with my travel toiletries and other essentials. This helps to avoid the dreaded last minute rush packing job late at night before an early morning flight, which will inevitably lead to forgotten items!
- Pack neutral. My travel wardrobe consists of a lot of black, grey and white. This allows for easy mix and matching for multi-day trips with minimal pieces and no need to worry about coordinating. There is nothing more versatile than a classic black blazer.
- Bring a great scarf. This will keep you warm on chilly walks or in over-air conditioned conference rooms, and can help dress up any item in your suitcase. Plus, that neutral travel wardrobe could use a bright pop of colour!
- Hotel special requests. When booking a hotel room online, use the Special Requests field in the booking process to request preferences to make your stay more comfortable. Light sleeper? Ask for a quiet room away from the elevators or ice machine. I like to ask for a kettle in the room since I’m a tea drinker and those little plastic hotel room coffee machines don’t brew a very good cup of Earl Grey.
- Remember your room number. After days and weeks in analogous hotel rooms, it can be easy to forget your room number. A couple of tricks to save the hassle (and embarrassment) of going back down to the lobby and asking the front desk are to keep the key in that little cardboard holder with your room number written on it. I try to make a note of my room number in my cellphone right away before I forget. Another great tip is to take a picture with your cellphone of the room number on your door.
Flying to Smithers or Seoul, these tips make travelling easier so you can spend more time enjoying the trip.