Stay Sane: Combat Travel Fatigue
The good, the bad and the ugly. This tends to describe business travel to perfection and when traveling to and from sports events or conferences this is no different. There are ways to keep yourself on track and not get run down between heading from your incoming flight to your team dinner before your first game or meeting. Keep these suggestions in mind when you travel to help combat the travel fatigue.
Go to Bed Early
Adjust your sleep schedule a few days before you leave, especially if you’re traveling to a different time zone. This might mean going to bed earlier every day or staying up later for the few days leading up to your trip. Whatever works best for you, make sure you're getting your zzz's to be prepped for that first event.
Keep moving! Even though you're traveling for a sporting event there is no excuse to stop moving. Walk the airport terminal while you’re waiting for your flight. Take the stairs at your hotel instead of the elevator. It's easier to stay loose in preparation for the big day.
Focus on eating healthy. Often travel becomes an excuse to cheat. Plan ahead – bring healthy snacks. Check for grocery stores near your hotel so you can stock up on healthy options. Request a refrigerator in your hotel room.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Similar to healthy eating, (for those over the age of 21) limiting your consumption of alcohol can have a huge impact on how you feel while traveling. Instead of having that extra glass of wine before you fly consider a glass of water. Though not as tasty you’ll want to be hydrated later.
When traveling by myself, I request two queen beds as opposed to one king - simply because I get more pillows that way. Also, request a quiet room away from ice machines and elevators so you’re able to get in those last few minutes of sleep and not be disturbed by fellow travelers walking to the ice machine at all times of the night. This is not always possible so make sure to bring a nice set of headphones or ear plugs to get in those last zzz's.
If you travel frequently, as I do, it’s not unusual to wake up in a semi-alarmed state because you don’t remember where you are. Years ago, a colleague told me she writes herself a note and leaves it on the nightstand that says, “You are in (City). You are here for (Conference or Business Purpose or Sporting Event). You need to be at (Location) at (time).” It may sound silly, but it really does alleviate that momentary panic you feel when you wake up in a strange place.
What is your go-to suggestion for combating travel fatigue?