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The Dos And Don’ts Of Traveling For Business

Business in the front. Always. Do #staysmart on your next business trip, but don’t forget to enjoy yourself a little.

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DO: splurge on legroom.

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Business trips can be overwhelming — set aside some extra money to get a little upgrade that'll make a big difference on your flight.

DON’T: splurge on airplane spirits.

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Alcohol can be extra dehydrating on flights. If you do drink, make sure you compensate with tons of water in between cocktails.

DO: take advantage of your free breakfast.

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You'll want to be efficient when you have appointments in an unfamiliar town — free breakfasts can be a quick way to get some food in the morning.

DON’T: stash away extra food.

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The cinnamon rolls are super good, but let's get real: you'll probably only end up with extra crumbs at the bottom of your bag and the discovery of a smushed two-week-old cinnamon roll somewhere down the road.

DO: take some time to relax in your hotel room.

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Relaxation is important. Take the time to sit back after a long day of meetings — you'll come off as more knowledgeable and trustworthy if you're feeling Zen at your big presentation.

DON’T: miss out on seeing the town.

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Recreation is also important. Laughter is a proven stress reliever, so don't forget the fun!

DO: enjoy the entertainment provided.

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Can you say "premium movie channels"?! Everyone needs a good distraction after a big day of work.

DON’T: sleep in the next morning.

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Don't be afraid to take advantage of your wake-up call. Nothing feels worse than arriving late and frazzled to an appointment you traveled hundreds of miles for.

DO: hit your per diem.

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You have it for a reason, and you'll be so glad to have a good meal to keep you energized throughout the day.

DON’T: overeat.

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Don't buy food if you aren't hungry. Use extra funds on an e-book or travel upgrades.

DO: get your work done.

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Treat your trip like a normal business day. Just because you're not home doesn't mean those emails aren't waiting for you in your inbox.

DON’T: exhaust yourself.

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Just because you are traveling for work doesn't mean you need to be working 'round the clock. Don't be afraid to enjoy downtime just like you would at home!