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What are your best business travel tips?

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Created October 10, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I'm traveling to Tampa Bay in a week and will be living out of a hotel room for a week. What are your recommendations for staying on plan?

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Hoo boy, I have too much experience with this... Best advice I have is forget obsessing over minutiae and do the best you can with what you've got. I mostly travel in the US and Canada so this is a bit North America-centric. I only eat twice a day so I skip either breakfast or lunch once I've sorted out what options are available.

Breakfast: if the hotel serves it, make sure to have them cook your eggs in butter, most places use veg oil. I like the ones where they make you an omelet or whatever right in front of you, so you can see what's going in it. Bacon or sausage, but some places deep-fry these in veg oil to cook large batches more quickly.

Lunch: Chipotle or Qdoba bowl with just meat, cheese, sour cream. Industrially sourced for sure but better than pretty much anything else fast-foody. Sometimes your client orders in and you're pretty much obligated to eat what they provide or risk looking like an asshole. If it's crap, cop to indigestion and enjoy some intermittent fasting!

Dinner: meat-a-palooza. Any steak or rib joint should be fine. Famous Dave's naked St Louis ribs, sauce em yourself, avoid the sugary ones. Outback, Longhorn, etc are all fine. Avoid fried stuff. Just meat, mashed/baked potato (or sweet potato) with lots of butter, maybe veg. Any salads will be dressed with industrial veg oil so I avoid these.

Just remember you have no control over the source of these foods so don't despair about grass-fed beef and pastured hen eggs. Not gonna happen. If you have the budget look for yuppie-chow trendy places that often feature local organic grass/pastured cow/pig/poultry.

Oh and I don't think eating at Whole Foods is going to be any better than eating at Outback; their hot-food stuff is rarely organic and loaded with the same crap oils and flours as any other place's food. Besides who the hell wants to eat dinner at a loud-ass over-bright grocery store crawling with snot-nosed screaming yuppie larvae after a long day at work? Yeesh.

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Business travelling could be very worthwhile but it could be tiring on the long run too, especially when you travel frequently on business tour. Therefore it is important to plan everything ahead, so that you can save your valuable time and get more focused on business concerns. While planning a tour, your first aspect is to choose the good travel companies among a crowd of companies. Go with the many others that make your travel comfortable and enjoyable, by arranging all things at affordable price. Never forget to choose good standard travel insurance policy and pack all required things like medicine, pair of casual and formal clothes in your luggage.

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I bring a large bag of homemade beef jerky and a bag of shredded coconut. I find that there is almost always a paleoesque option, salad with meat, meat and veggies, eggs, etc but also find I need to supplement with extra protein and fat...unless it's on a company account and then I can go ahead and buy steaks, seafood, etc for meals

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Make a lot of homemade natural jerky and bag it in portions. I find the stuff to be an incredibly satisfying snack that I can eat as a meal in a pinch.

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I eat at local coop grocers or whole foods as much as possible.

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on October 10, 2011
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I'm assuming you are referring more to what to do while living in a hotel than the flight, which shouldn't be a biggy if you are within the USA. (I didn't check your profile)

Breakfast is probably the easiest meal of the day, eggs, bacon, avocado and tomato are my morning favorites (I've been living in a hotel now for a month and probably another month yet to go).

If I get a good breakfast I usually am not too hungry for lunch, but dinner I am ready!

Lunch and dinner; just try to stay as close to Paleo as you can, order fish, chicken, beef, pork and hold the sauces, get the potatoes or other veggies.

If lunches are in the office, that could be more problematic because they often tend towards sandwiches for working lunches. Perhaps asking the person who orders what the plan is for the day.

Other than the fact that it gets tiresome to eat in a hotel and/or restaurant several days in a row, you can get a few staples from the local grocery or bring a few snacks along. Some days I just do two meals and really do not want to go out to eat.

enjoy the trip!!

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on October 10, 2011
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This sounds like a duplicate of a recent question. Me, I skip breakfast (aka travel IF), bring my own lunch staples (cans of fish and coconut butter) and then go with the flow with dinner. You'll get more veggie oil than you want/need, but I think it's an okay tradeoff for a short duration.

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