by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen TipsheetTagged as: Planning, Travel
Are you one of those people who despise air travel? Or wish that you could somehow tolerate it, just a little bit more?
It is true, in the 1950s travel was a grand affair: it was special. By the 1980s not as much, but there was still an aura of dignity. Today, air travel is filled with delays, crowds, infection risk, and groping in the name of security. The in-flight experience is not much better than that of canned sardines. And cost cutting means that airlines are in the nickel-and-dime business, charging for everything from checked bags to seat selections. And with the challenges imposed by COVID, it is unlikely to improve.
Air travel may be a necessary evil for certain meetings and building relationships, so if you have to do it, here are 12 air travel hacks that can help:
Instead of making travel more comfortable and convenient, why not skip the trip altogether? It’s cheaper and far more time efficient to meet virtually, using tools such as Zoom, Gotomeeting, Teams, and Skype.
Counterpoint: Some meetings really should take place face-to-face: key business presentations, interactive training, employee orientation meetings, project kick-offs, sales kick-offs, and longer-form planning meetings. The benefits of face-to-face meetings go well beyond the meeting itself, to the informal hallway conversations, meals, and personal connections. The relationships built in the real-world are what make virtual meetings far more effective.
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