For those of you who follow our Twitter or Tumblr pages closely, you’ll notice the recent tweets and photos from San Francisco. I took my first trip to California for what was supposed to be 2 days, 1 night and even though the weather didn’t ease up at all (rain, all day every day) I still got to experience a little bit of the city and accomplished everything I needed to. Each business trip is a learning experience and the below are a few things I took away from this trip.
Cover All Bases Before Leaving: Remember to alert all of your teams of your travels. Make sure you’ve followed up with everyone and everyone is on the same page. The last thing you want to do is be out of commission the entire day with people not knowing where you are and business unattended to. Also, double-check if your flight has internet (FYI, JetBlue does NOT).
Take Advantage of Down Time: Even though you’re extremely exhausted from traveling the entire day, try to ramp up energy to walk around the city a bit. I took a short trip to Bloomingdales (makes me feel home in a different city) and got to see a part of the city I wouldn’t have seen had I stayed in my hotel room.
Be Prepared for Wrenches: Before heading to the airport to catch the redeye, I got a call from the airline saying my flight had been cancelled. What?! Instead of panicking, evaluate all your options and think of the most cost-effective way to solve the issue. Switching to another flight that’s near $1,000 doesn’t make as much sense as spending $200 on a hotel room and catching an early flight that’s covered by the airline. Use your best judgement. Also, pack an extra set of clothes just in case something like this happens. Luckily, I did.
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