For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. - Leonardo da Vinci
Frequent travelers log mile after mile into there days and weeks via planes, trains, and automobiles. While I can't say I planned to be frequent traveler, the last few years have been heavy travel. I would like to share a few thoughts on the maximization of the travel both from both a reward and time (a precious resource) stand point.
- Packing - Invest in sturdy luggage both carry on and the larger twenty five inch version. For shorter trips you are prepared with an easy to maneuver carry on. For longer trips, I prefer the twenty five inch opposed to twenty nine with expandable capabilities. This should cover for a two week period and the probability of going over the airline 50 pound limit is minimal. Also, recommend that the bags be packed in ready status for your toiletries and electronic charging cords. This eliminates showing up without essentials including power for the phones, computers, etc.
- Reward Points - sign up for rewards for airlines, hotels, and rental cars. As your loyalty grows the perks the business has will increase. I would recommend keeping your list down to two major airline and hotel chains.
- Shop the Rates - don't be blinded by points. Fairs can vary greatly at times. Booking flights on Tuesday can be your best rate as they fairs are being reset by the industry. At times your preferred airline could be twice the price of another option. Sign up for points with the other airline and take the great rate. What I have found when boxing yourself in to one airline it can cost money - and it can also cost time as your favorite airline may not frequently travel to the location you are headed. Additionally, the preferred hotel may not be convenient to the place business. Stay close with another choice - time is precious.
- Upgrades - whether you are a high points member of an airline, hotel, or car rental, always ask for an upgrade. Sometimes the question is perfect timing. You have nothing to lose - it's all upside.
- Jet Lag - develop a strategy for jet lag. It's real. Flying from the U.S. to Europe or Asia I find a quick transition. Coming back is more challenging. Strategies that work are moderate the times you sleep on the flights to the time zone. Stay up, or sleep early to begin the matching process. This will better enable you to hit the ground running as meetings and event are soon after arrival.
There are so many strategies and tips folks have learned. Please share your favorite travel tip.
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – Saint Augustine