Even if you’re the most efficient, organized person, you can find yourself wanting to kill time when you’re in-transit. While it may be tempting to sit back and gaze out of the window en route to the airport, there are ways that you can use that time more wisely. Here are a few suggestions for helping you to constructively while away those minutes in the back of the taxi, and save you from another one of those ‘Are we there yet?’ moments before you and your vacation take off.
Check You’ve Got All Your Belongings
Basic, but all too often overlooked. Make sure you have everything you need: Passport and I.D.? Portable charger? Favourite pair of Manolos? If you find you have left something, but have gone too far to turn back, you can still prepare a plan of action for when you touchdown. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to pick up another of whatever it is you left behind in the airport.
Hold a Business Meeting
Although this might not seem like the time to talk business, it’s not a bad idea to hold, or at least schedule, a meeting during your ride. It’s much easier to have a productive conversation in the private backseat of a car - much more so than in a crowded and communal terminal - and as long as the topic isn’t one better left for a face-to-face discussion, then you should be able to conduct a meeting without interruption or too much noise. Just make sure to let the driver know! Politely asking them to turn down any music and roll up the windows will go a long way in ensuring you have the most conversation-friendly environment.
Call Friends and Family
Like a business meeting, but more enjoyable. Especially if you are someone who travel frequently or for work, keeping in touch with friends and family can get pushed to the bottom of the priorities list, if you’re not careful. The time during the ride is a great opportunity to make sure this doesn’t happen. Between getting in the car and unloading your bags, you’ve got a decent amount of time to have a meaningful conversation and let your friends and family know that they aren’t getting lost in your busy schedule.
Plan Healthy Meals
This might seem a little less obvious, but I often find myself using my travel time to plan out the week’s menu. Especially for those who travel a great deal, eating healthy on the go is not always an easy task. In order to stay on top of it and look and feel your best, you can plan what you’ll have, where you might eat, and ways in which you can incorporate healthy foods into a busy life. You can even look up new and healthy recipe options if you have internet connection.
Listen to an Audiobook
For those who are looking for a little bit of productive relaxation, podcasts or audiobooks are a great way to get informed about anything that might be relevant to your work or interests. Audio books are also space-efficient, allowing you to minimise luggage and stay sleek. Travelle’s favorite? Beth Whitman’s Wanderlust and Lipstick.
Manage Your Schedule
Check if you have any pockets of time during your holiday – you might be able to squeeze in unexpected meetings, deal with any surprises or even schedule a little you time during your trip.