How I (Business) Travel, Beautifully

Landing at San Francisco International Airport in the morning

In my last post I specifically mentioned how much I traveled in 2016. I continue to travel on a pretty aggressive clip in 2017, relatively. I also know there are many of you that travel frequently for pleasure, or business. I want to share how I currently travel.

I love to travel with purpose and I now believe I have mastered U.S. domestic travel. I want to share how I do it and perhaps it will confirm much of what you believe or do, or will inspire you in some way.

What I do

I love to travel for purpose and I make certain it supports my goal to operate with high levels of energy. This means I do almost everything and anything to reduce to zero any action that will increase lethargy, jetlag, dehydration. Below I outline how how I do it to support high energy so I may continue to execute against my goals as a business professional and a family man.

Hydration: This is the quite possibly the most important aspect of how I travel. I drink about 60–70 oz water per day. On travel days I drink substantially more. Specifically, I drink 8 oz of water each hour while flying. Additionally, I will not consume alcohol or coffee on travel days, especially on flights.

Stretching: I prefer the aisle sat. I’ll get up an stretch once every hour to keep the circulation going. Yes, if I don’t have the aisle seat I still get up an stretch.

Exercise: After landing, and as soon as my schedule allows, I will exercise vigorously for 20 minutes (supports combating jetlag, especially with a quick turnaround) even if I have worked out the morning of travel. My routine is regularly a 30 minute video that my coach has recommended/suggested and I’m happy to use the hotel gym, or my room.

Food (this is a big category): I have incredible support via Arivale and my family around this and love traveling with fresh fruit and vegetables from home on travel days when I can. This is all about me getting the freshest food possible. I’ll often email/call the hotel in advance and have them have extra bottles of water and fresh fruit in the room. Initially I was surprised how much support there was to eat well when you travel. I now will provide a little context and ask! Here are some specifics around what can be found in my travel bag: dried chickpeas, trail mix (homemade, preferred), individual nut butters (to have with fruit), salads in containers that can be throw away, kale chips, cut veggies, humus and cut fruit.

Supplement: I take a number of daily supplements. The most important I find to staying healthy is Vitamin A (in beta carotene form).

Sleep: Although I do not use these, an eye mask and earplugs can help you get a cat nap on the plane. I try and avoid red eyes and I try to NOT sleep on an airplane. I also try to avoid screen time 30 minutes before bed if I can to give my body the best chance to handle the time change.

Get going early: I work to get outside in the morning to help my body adjust and wake up in the morning.

In case I missed it, I want to highlight what I avoid altogether on airplanes and days when I travel: coffee, alcohol, sugar.

What can you do now?

Please remember that all of these activities are very much tactical, but they all support and flow from my drive to maintain and continue to build higher levels of energy. Some of the items I mentioned above may look easier for you to put into practice than others. My recommendation is start with the low hanging fruit! If it feels hard right now (especially with all you have going on) don’t stress over it. Keep it top of mind and after a few weeks, few months, or few years you’ll get there.

I wish you all the best in your journey to travel beautifully! I can tell you as a data point of one, the above actions have worked for me.

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