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Tips for the Traveling Lawyer

As an attorney, there may be times when you have to pack up your bags and travel for work. This may be for a conference, case, or any other reason for you to go somewhere. However, traveling is not always simple, and many issues can arise. Here are a few travel tips to make things a little more simple for you:

Join a frequent flyer program

Almost all airlines have some kind of frequent flyer program. There are  loyalty programs for cars and hotels as well. Look into the different programs out there, find your favorite and stick to it. Your loyalty to their company will give you access to deals and other benefits for using their program.

Plan your bags.

If it is possible, avoid checking in your luggage. This can slow you down when it comes to departure and arrival, which can be very inconvenient if your flight is delayed. Plus, you can avoid the luggage fee by taking a carry-on bag. However, if the gate attendant asks you to check in your bag before bordering, work with them to avoid any confrontation, and speedy boarding for you and everyone else.

Stay alert!

Airports can be extremely busy and frustrating, especially during rush hour and holidays. Be mindful of your belongings because it can be easy to put down your phone or wallet, and have a pickpocket grab it quickly. In addition, pay attention to anything you would deem suspicious. This can be a suspicious item, behavior or overheard conversation. It’s important to keep yourself safe as well as those around you.

Splurge a little, but stay healthy.

Traveling, whether for business or pleasure, is usually a time when people tend to splurge on their budgets and diets. It’s fine to have an extra drink or dessert, but also try to fit in some healthy options, like grilled chicken or fish without heavy sauces, steamed vegetables, and a light dessert. If your hotel comes with a gym, find time to visit, even if it’s only for 30 minutes.

Stay hydrated.

Traveling for work can be stressful, and it can be easy to forget to drink water throughout the day. Drinking water is an easy way to ward off fatigue and headaches that are prone to happen when you are dehydrated.

Finally, stay connected with loved ones.

Business trips can get overwhelming at times, especially if you are traveling long distances or in a different time zone. It is important to take some time out of your day to stay in contact with those back home. It can bring a great joy to your day with just a quick Skype or Facetime call with your family. Even a simple text can brighten anyone’s day.

These are just few tips attorneys use to make their business travel experience better. Traveling is both stressful and exciting at times, and, in the end, it is always a new experience gained in your legal career. What other traveling tips do you use during your business trips?

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