How Entrepreneurs Can Stay Healthy on a Business Trip Business trips offer amazing and unique opportunities for your business. Exciting new deals, interesting partners, and new frontiers that may just open up for your company. However, they can also be stressful. Far away from home, in an unfamiliar area and unfamiliar surroundings…well, let’s just say it can be pretty tough. For this reason you need to take care of your health, both physical and emotional, when you’re on a trip. Luckily for you, we have some advice we want to share. Below are some ways an entrepreneur can come out of a business trip unscathed, healthy and happy. Keep an eye on your food and hydration First of all, take care of your body. You will probably be on the move a lot here, going from meeting to meeting, from place to place. Furthermore, you will be tempted to eat poorly, or not at all. So, here is what we recommend. If you want to have your business dealings go smoothly, we suggest you eat well, and you stay hydrated. By bringing a good snack with you all the time, you will have an easy way to recharge loss energy. The last thing you want is to go to a meeting hangry, or with a dehydration-induced headache. Communicate with friends and family Trips like these can be emotionally draining. It’s completely normal and natural that you are going to miss your friends and family. We suggest you set half an hour every day to just talk to people. Call them, use Skype, text, it doesn’t matter. The point here is that it needs to be done regularly, and that you have a golden 30 minutes that nobody is allowed to disturb. Trust us, this will help you sleep better, it will remind you why you’re sacrificing so much, and above all, it will cement your relationships. Do your homework A big part of staying sane and minimizing the stress levels you feel when on a business trip is by creating backup plans. In case things go south, you know what to do, and you know things will get handled. For example, at home, delegate the work. You can employ your expert workplace lawyer to keep an eye on people, or just anyone you basically trust to run things. Create a detailed plan and instructions, and send them to your employees and managers. Have people know what needs to be done, and how, until you come back. Similar things are relevant to your business trip as well. Create a plan and a strategy on how you’re going to approach your potential future business partners. Having a plan will give you more confidence, and will help you focus more. Indirectly, we suggest you prepare for the city itself. Do some research, see what the area is like. Are there places in town you shouldn’t go after the sun sets? What is public transportation there like? Can you grab a cab, or can you rent a car there? Is it traffic-friendly for non-natives, or is it an absolute nightmare even for locals? Relax and get some sleep We understand that you are here on business that you are at this location to get some work done. However, this doesn’t mean you should at least try and relax. If you spend 14 hours per day on meetings, then by all means, work and sleep, and get the entire trip over with. However, if you have some extra time, don’t spend it watching 3 movies back to back in your hotel room. Instead, go out, explore. Check out the entire city, visit the local attractions, and go to the museum. If you have a day off, and if the weather is nice, visit the beach. Another option is going to a bar with your business partners, mixing work and pleasure, and strengthening the entire deal. However, don’t sacrifice sleep. The importance of sleep for entrepreneurs cannot be overstated. You need to stay sharp and focused at all times if you want to achieve the goals you set for this trip. So, while we understand the urge to go out and party, don’t do it at the expense of your physical rest. If you really do have 14 hour work days during this trip, two hours of extra sleep and a movie will help you much more than going to a bar or sightseeing. Conclusion We hope this article has been useful. Remember, if you want to stay successful, you need to take care of your emotional and physical wellbeing, wherever you are. Get enough sleep, and eat properly. Have some people keep an eye and protect the home front, stay hydrated, and try to relax from time to time. A business trip can take a lot out of you, and it’s up to you to minimize any potential damage, and maximize any positive results.