When you're on the go, you need to ensure you're maximizing the output of your business or personal trip. By making some small adjustments to your travel plans ahead of time, you'll find the journey to your destination doesn't have to become such a time-consuming, cumbersome experience.
Nine entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share their best advice for traveling smart.
1. Fly private.
Traveling takes up a lot of time, mostly because of the long waits at the airport, checking baggage, connections, renting cars, and the list goes on. There are many new services that allow executives to fly private without breaking the bank, especially to and from major cities. Consider the value and cost of time, and consider the possibility that private might actually be cheaper.--Anthony Johnson, American Injury Attorney Group
2. Know your connecting airports.
Layovers are the best time to get work done, so know where and when to be productive. Having a membership to Priority Pass or American Express Platinum allows you to get reliable WiFi, charging stations, and an office away from home. Land in a connecting city like Atlanta with a plan and take a phone call on your walk between gates. Maximize your time while in transit to increase productivity.--Matt Wilson,Under30Experiences
3. Identify the places with the best WiFi connections.
Identify the places that have the most reliable WiFi hotspots so your Internet connection is fast and secure. Check in advance for hotels, coffee shops, shopping centers and other places that will be convenient for you to access during your time away from the office.--Andrew Schrage,Money Crashers Personal Finance
4. Buy an eReader.
With an eReader, you can build your digital library cheaply and carry hundreds or thousands of titles with you everywhere you go. eReaders also tend to have a long battery life, which means you can read for hours in cabs or on planes without interruption. You can keep yourself sharp, learn about the trends in your industry, and educate yourself on topics you are less familiar with.--Ismael Wrixen, FE International
5. Hire a driver.
Valuable time is often lost driving to meetings or events. Especially in major metropolitan areas, hiring a driver gives executives more work time to respond to emails, take conference calls or communicate with clients. If this isn't possible for you, consider taking the train or public transit to your next conference instead of driving.--Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking Now
6. Plan ahead.
Before leaving for a trip, I do a comprehensive review of my task list. If I know I'll be offline or out of the office for a while, I schedule tasks accordingly. Often these are big-picture strategizing tasks that tend to be pushed aside by day-to-day operational concerns when I'm in the office. Some of my best business ideas come to me when I'm in a completely unfamiliar environment.--Vik Patel, Future Hosting
7. Take exercise breaks.
Nearly every business productivity book says exercise is critical. Yet on the road, it's hard to find time. Spending a few minutes on the treadmill or bike not only gives your body a boost of energy, but also provides you some dedicated time where your subconscious brain can make creative breakthroughs.--Trevor Sumner, LocalVox
8. Find time for creativity.
I've found that traveling outside of the office (even if it's just to a local park) allows me to become more creative by finding inspiration from the new setting, and numerous studies back me up. That's why I always use travel time to come up with new, innovative ideas for my firm. It's also a perfect time to be creative because you have a free mind that's not tied up with daily office tasks.--Elle Kaplan, LexION Capital
9. Listen to podcasts.
There are so many great educational podcasts out there for everything to do with business. If you just want to learn something while you pass the time, you can find TED talks, but there's also no shortage of good professional interview podcasts, deep niche discussions and plenty of how-to explanations for everything under the sun.--Matt Doyle, Excel Builders