Top Tips for Traveling with Coworkers,
Do you enjoy traveling alone? Would you rather be accompanied by a few of your coworkers?
This is a matter of preference, but here’s something to remember: you won’t always have a choice.
For example, there are times when you have no choice but to travel alone. Subsequently, your company may assign you to travel out of town with other team members.
If you’re most familiar with traveling alone, it can be a challenge to hit the road with others. Even so, you may have no choice.
Fortunately, with the right approach, you can turn this into an enjoyable experience. Who knows, you may come to find that traveling with others is more rewarding than you first realized.
So, with all this in mind, it’s time to examine some top tips for traveling with coworkers:
1. Alone Time is a Big Deal
There is no denying the fact that you will spend a lot of time side by side. From the car ride (or flight) to your actual business dealings, you’ll have plenty of time to communicate and learn more about each other.
However, you need to have your alone time as well. This is particularly true if you’ll be out of town for an extended period of time.
So, do your best to block out time for yourself. Here are some ideas:
- Eat breakfast alone in the morning
- Workout by yourself before retiring for the evening
- Take a walk during downtime (such as a lunch break)
If you don’t get any alone time, it will soon begin to wear you down — and that’s not something you need when you’re on the road.
2. Get Your Work Done
When traveling alone, there’s a good chance that you spend a lot of your time focused on your work.
However, when you have a few coworkers by your side, it’s much easier to neglect your responsibilities and spend time goofing off.
While there is nothing wrong with having a good time, you need to get your work done first. So, before you hit the bar or nightclub, make sure all your work for the day is complete. This will allow you to have an enjoyable time with a clear mind. It doesn’t get any better than that.
3. Who Pays for What?
In short, you need to know your company’s policy in regards to who pays for what expenses.
For example, each person on the trip may have his or her own company credit card. While this is a good way to keep expenses separate, you can’t stop there. You need to answer this question: what is a personal expense and what is a business expense?
Tip: it’s easy to fall into bad spending habits when you’re on the road with coworkers. For instance, if another person is abusing his or her expense account, you may begin to believe this is a good idea. Don’t let a bad influence lead you down the wrong path. You’ll definitely regret this at a later date.
4. Keep an Open Mind
When traveling alone, you’re in position to make each and every decision on your own. Unfortunately, this is very rarely the case when traveling with coworkers.
There is nothing wrong with making suggestions and sharing your thoughts, but it’s essential to keep an open mind.
For example, don’t shy away from trying a restaurant that a coworker has suggested. Don’t shy away from taking part in an activity because you don’t have any experience. Instead, when you keep an open mind, it’s much easier to get along with your coworkers and to better enjoy your trip.
5. Plan in Advance
Although it can be a challenge to plan every detail in advance, it’s something you need to think about. Focus on things such as:
- What you will talk about in the car or on the plane
- How you can secure alone time
- What you will do if you don’t want to accompany a coworker to a particular destination
- The best way to keep expenses separate
There will be times when you face a situation that you did not plan for. There may also be times when you’re put in a difficult spot, which adds more stress to your trip. Even so, you should do your best to plan for every detail in advance. This will put your mind at ease as you hit the road.
6. Don’t Lose Sight of the Purpose of the Trip
Many people enjoy traveling for business because it gets them out of the office. Unfortunately, this can lead to a situation in which you don’t “keep your eye on the prize.”
It’s essential to always remember the purpose of the trip. This holds true regardless of if you are traveling alone or with a group of coworkers.
When everyone is on the same page in regards to the purpose and goals, it’s easier to stay on track from start to finish.
So, there you have it. These are some of the top tips you can follow when traveling with coworkers.
Even though you may prefer to travel alone, there could come a time when you’re asked to take a coworker along for the ride. When this day comes, make sure you prepare accordingly.
Do you often travel with coworkers? Do you enjoy this? Would you rather travel alone? Share your thoughts and personal guidance in the comment section below. Your ideas may help somebody else better enjoy future business trips.