Millions of business trips are taken in the US each year, and at first, they can seem quite exciting. However, the novelty will soon wear off, and the idea of another red-eye flight or lost piece of luggage can seem intolerable. Thankfully, Santa Cruz, California is a pretty beautiful place to visit, no matter what you have to do there. For more specifics on making your next business trip to Santa Cruz easier and more comfortable, we’ve assembled a few tips.
Take the Direct Route
With connecting flights, you’re more likely to end up stranded at the airport, which isn’t good for your mental or physical well-being. According to an article in The Economist, business travelers are 300% more likely to file insurance claims for psychological reasons. Taking a direct flight may cost a bit more, but it’s worthwhile in terms of relaxation time and peace of mind. The Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is the most popular one for Santa Cruz.
Don’t Check Your Bags
By bringing only a carry-on bag, you’ll save yourself the hassle and inconvenience of lost luggage. With a carry-on, you (and your bag) will end up at your hotel at the same time. Rather than being held up upon arrival, you’ll simply walk off the plane, hail a taxi or request an Uber, and be on the way.
Select a Hotel With Great Relaxation Options
When searching for a business traveler-friendly hotel, it’s important to choose one that offers the right amenities. Perks like a fully-equipped gym, reliable Wi-Fi, and a 24/7 business center should be high on your list. A popular destination for business travelers, the Hyatt Place Santa Cruz has all of those and more. Its central location is both scenic and convenient for travelers.
Keep Your Body Clock Ticking
As soon as you’re on the plane and in your seat, be sure to ‘reset’ your internal clock. Whether you’re coming from across the country or around the world, this is the most effective way to stay healthy and fight jet lag. Set your phone and your watch to your destination’s time and your mind will adapt as well. It’s generally quite sunny in Santa Cruz, so if you have sleep sensitivities to light, make sure to pack a comfortable eye mask.
Use Expense Apps
The calculation of business expenses leaves a nearly endless trail of paperwork—from ordering dinners for clients to paying for cab fare. With everything else you’re doing on a business trip, the last thing you’ll want to deal with is a pile of crumpled receipts. With expense apps, it’s easier to track your spending and submit reports to your employer.
Pack a Portable Battery
Nothing affects a business traveler’s productivity like a dead smartphone or laptop battery. Save time and frustration by including a portable battery pack in your gear bag. Not only will it help you stay charged on the go, but it will also be a lifesaver during those times you’re not near an electrical outlet.
Look for Great Local Restaurants
According to a CNBC report, 37% of millennials spend corporate funds on room service dining. However, doctors often point out that poor dietary habits are a big problem for business travelers. Eating well will change your trip (and possibly your life!) for the better. Local restaurants like the Walnut Café, Linda’s Seabreeze Café, and Las Palmas Taco Bar offer tasty California cuisine made with healthy ingredients. Even the best room service often pales in comparison to local eats in terms of flavor and health.
With time, business travel will definitely take a toll. Long flights, time changes, insufficient downtime, and less-than-stellar eating habits will all cause burnout. Though technology has replaced some face-to-face meetings, business trips are still an important part of the corporate world. When traveling for business, a bit of planning will help you minimize the effects on your mind and your body.