Let me start by saying that I love to travel. Even if my seat has never looked like the image on the right.
For most of my life I've traveled for vacations, to visit family, or any other reason that revolved around something fun. Now, as I have advanced through my career with Legrand, I have had a number of opportunities to travel for work. I’ve been all over the place, from Atlanta, GA, to Las Vegas, NV, to Paris, France, and many points in-between. I’ve had some really great experiences, like attending a trade show in New Orleans on my 30th birthday, and some not-so-great experiences, like having to sprint through an airport to make my flight or sitting through hours of mind-numbing delays. Through my travels for work I’ve developed some rules for myself that allow me to find peace and enjoy my time on the road.
Eat Local: It’s easy to find the same restaurants that we have at home and order food that we already know we will enjoy, but where’s the fun in that? Get out! Live a little! Find the place where the locals eat and try it out. We have so many tools at our disposal when we’re on the road. I tend to rely on Yelp, Google Maps, or, even better, the concierge at the hotel. Some of best meals I’ve ever had were at restaurants I found on the road. Check out K-Paul’s Kitchen in New Orleans if you ever get the chance
Sleep: This is a biggie. It’s hard to sleep on the road, and as much as I like to adventure with food is as much as I want things to be like they are at home when I’m trying to get to sleep. From noisy air conditioners and loud neighbors, to an uncomfortable pillow and a lumpy mattress, it can be hard to stay relaxed and rested on the road. I don’t have this one solved, but I do try to stick to a schedule and take into account that it’s probably going to take me a little bit longer to get to sleep than it does at home. That being said, try to get as much sleep as you can so you’re ready to tackle the day ahead.
Be Nice: It’s easy to get frustrated when traveling, but I’ve found that being nice will get you much further than losing your cool. Try to understand that there are many things in travel that are out of your control and out of the control of others. Just take a deep breath, especially if you just sprinted between planes, and know that, eventually, everything will get worked out and you’ll get to where you need to be.
In my role with Legrand, I travel about once a month and I have enjoyed the opportunity. I have learned a lot, met some really great people, and had some great experiences. I’ve found that following these rules for travel have helped me to make the most out of my experiences, and I hope that they help you too! Namaste.
By Brad Shinkle
Editor's Note: Drinking in excess while travelling nullifies all of the above.