jasonkester 278 days ago [-]
Never, ever, recline your airplane seat.

Sit up straight, with your weight on your spine like a human being. Even when sleeping.

When you lean back and try to get "comfortable", you force all of your weight sideways onto your butt, which now has to act as a scootch-guard to keep you on the seat at all. That works for a couple hours max, after which you're in agony for the rest of your 12 hour flight.

Learning to sit on chairs is a good skill in general. Getting an office chair that doesn't recline will do wonders for your health as well.

et-al 277 days ago [-]
This is a broad question. What type of traveling? Consultant travel when you're M-F at a client's repeatedly? RTW digital nomading? Domestic/international?

- obvious is don't check your bags if you don't need to

- noise-canceling headphones for the airplane are worth the $2-300. be sure to pack spare battery (the Bose case has a slot for one)

- bring a lacrosse ball in case you get a tight back, sore muscles. maybe a Theracane if you have more serious issues

- be sure to tag your luggage and throw a business card in there just in case the checked bag happens to get lost

- do a morning bodyweight routine instead of relying on a gym and equipment since you don't know how facilities are at every hotel. check out the 7-minute workout for ideas: https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/the-scientific-7-m...

- if you're a traveling consultant, pay someone else to do your laundry instead of trying doing it yourself on your shrinking weekends

- splurge for Global Entry (gives you TSA-Pre). ideally you've already applied for a travel rewards credit card that will credit you for it

- make it a point to hang out with your friends on the weekends when you're back home. schedule things in advance, check out concerts, museums, etc.

siegler 276 days ago [-]
Got this one from Bill Burr's podcast: Never order scrambled eggs. They usually get made ahead of time in large quantities and sit underneath a heat lamp.
anon1m0us 279 days ago [-]
If you stay at the same hotel for a month or more at a time, get a monthly rate and get two of everything so you can leave supplies and clothes in the hotel over the weekend. Not having to pack up once a week is very nice. Pay the hotel to clean and press your clothes if that applies to you.

Most hotels have gyms and pools. Use them.

Don't eat all 3 meals a day. I gained 40 lbs doing that. It feels like a luxury with per diem, but it's glutinous.

Meet locals to hang out with.

DrScump 278 days ago [-]

Gluttonous, I think you mean. Gluten not required.
fairpx 277 days ago [-]
Audiobooks. For me there's no better way to take my mind off the journey than that. Mostly on the topic of business or what ever specific thing I'm working on at that moment. Audiobooks and a notebook to scribble down ideas and learning is such a brain booster.
matt_the_bass 278 days ago [-]
For long layovers pay to use the business class lounge. They generally have good, healthy food, decent bar, quiet areas. Some have showers and even nap rooms.
palidanx 278 days ago [-]
Bring a portable sinus rinse bottle (like a neti pot) and rinse after flying. It usually helps with the air from being in a plane for a while.
humbleMouse 279 days ago [-]
Get TSA pre-check and Global entry.

Eat at local Co-ops.

Find hotels that have saunas.

rajacombinator 278 days ago [-]
+1 to pre/global. Sad that this scam exists and is needed, but it makes a big difference even though minor.

Travel light, do local wash n fold or laundromat when needed.

Try to stay in convenient locations with great walkability.

dazc 277 days ago [-]
Many hotels rent bikes now, you don't need to bring one with you.