You’re feeling like a boss—managing meetings, customer requests, and traveling away from home. Then you get to your hotel room and realize you’re alone, without your family, friends, pets, or any of your stuff. Sometimes it’s great to have some time away! Other times the loneliness can really take a toll. Here are my top three tips for dealing with loneliness during business travel.
- Stay connected. It sounds like a no-brainer, but when you’re dashing from airport to meeting and back again, it can be hard to keep in touch with your loved ones! I have found that even when I’m super busy, the loneliness sneaks up on me during the quiet moments. The things that help: a quick text, photos or videos from home, FaceTime or a phone call when time allows. These things seem simple but can make you feel connected to your family’s life even when you’re thousands of miles away.
- Get out of your hotel room. I feel the loneliest when I’m…..alone. Shocker, right? Eating room service while toiling away in my room can feel efficient, but it’s also boring and not fun. Go somewhere for dinner, even if it’s just the hotel restaurant. Chances are you can still get some work done, and you’ll be able to talk to someone (even if it’s just to order another glass of Pinot!).
- Pamper yourself a bit. If you’ve got the time, take advantage of any amenities that your hotel provides. A few months ago I got snowed in and had to stay an extra night in New York—on my birthday! I was pretty sad, but snagging a massage from the awesome hotel spa did a lot to help ease me through the time away. Get your nails done, enjoy a wine tasting (pictured), or go shopping. Don’t feel guilty for enjoying some pampering (or extra sleep. Or being able to eat with both hands, for that matter!).
Readers, how do you beat the loneliness during business travel?
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