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Business travel burnout, traveler friction, too much windshield time – call it what you want, but excessive time on the road can wear down even the best workers. Some people are built for the road, making it look effortless, while others balk at one or two overnight trips per quarter or per year even.

Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, business travel burnout can be a very real consequence of spending too much time on the road. That’s true especially if you don’t take care of yourself while you’re out there.

In this article, we’ll cover ways to avoid or ease business travel burnout. We’ll look at common symptoms so you can assess yourself. We’ll discuss preparing for road trips. Lastly, we’ll explore a few ways to overcome traveler burnout while you’re on and off the road.

Recognize Symptoms of Business Travel Burnout

No two business travelers are built alike. What might be adequate preparation and self-care for some may be woefully inadequate for others. Similarly, the signs and symptoms of traveler burnout vary a bit from person to person.

That said, when surveyed, many frequent business travelers report the following key indicators of too much road time:

Trouble at Home

For many, the stress of being away and missing key family events and major life milestones, causes friction in the home. Remember: business travel does not only impact the traveler. Consider your family’s needs and feelings, too.

Poor Sleep Quality

Poor sleep quality can spread from business trips into time spent at home. This is especially true for those traveling for multiple nights away from home, and for those who travel more frequently than once per month.

Weakened Immune System

A warning sign for many business travelers is coming home sick from nearly every trip. The stress of the road, combined with coping mechanisms that are less than healthy, can take a toll on the immune system.

Prepare for Business Travel

The experience you have on the road can, in many ways, be influenced – managed even – by adequately preparing for travel.

After several trips, you might be tempted to wing it, skipping the packing list and laying out your items. You may want to just trust your gut and memory to get the job done. This would be a bad idea.

Instead, always make sure you’re ready for travel by preparing adequately. Even the smallest of overlooked items can lead to additional hassle and extra stress while out on the road.

Consult these guides for preparation advice:

– Packing Checklist for Your Next Extended Stay

– What You Haven’t Thought to Pack for an Extended Stay

– What to Do at Home Before You Leave for Corporate Travel

Take Care of Yourself on the Road

Self-care is essential to long-term success as a road warrior. To ward off business travel burnout:

– Get enough sleep.

– Eat well.

– Exercise.

– Connect with other human beings.

While on the road, look for accommodations that combine the comforts of home with the amenities of a hotel. For example, look for corporate housing with a kitchen so you can cook as if you were at home. Familiar routines can make the road feel more like home. 


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