Not all business travel is conducted by plane—the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported that 74% of business travel destinations are within 250 miles of home, which may incline some to avoid the skies and opt for the tracks. If you’re hopping into a train car for business travel in the future, here are a few tips to make the trip a breeze.
Consider the Cost
Research into the cost of trains versus planes found that trips farther than 300 miles are more efficient by air; however, with the BTS study in mind, three-quarters of trips would hypothetically be more efficient when done by train. While this doesn’t fully account for temporal and economic factors, it’s still an important distinction to note. So, if you’re trip is a bit closer to home than cross-country, a train might be your best bet for cost-efficient travel.
Bring Work on the Go
Although trains are an efficient method of transportation, their routes are not as direct as those of planes. Frequent stops at various stations are par for the course, and they can eat up some of the time that planes would breeze past. To make up for the lengthier trip, utilize free WiFi and upgraded ticket classes to sit back and crank out some work. An hour-long flight plus a half-hour connecting flight don’t offer enough time to fully focus on a task much less complete one. However, a three-hour train ride offers a respite from the traditional office setting and provides ample time to work on projects while on the go.
Utilize the Quiet Car
Many trains have cars specifically designed for quiet, library-like atmospheres. Some of these are business-specific cars for people to complete work, while others are simply there to offer a quieter experience. Whatever the case, these options are a nice change of pace from the one-stop-shop of planes, where your respite may be ruined by loud conversations and rambunctious children. Check ahead of time to see what options your train offers, and get there early in case the car has a first-come, first-served standard.
Stretch Your Legs
Unlike planes, which require passengers to wear seatbelts at several points of the trip, trains allow passengers to move freely within or between cabins. Take advantage of this opportunity by taking a quick walk up and down the aisle. This is especially helpful if you’re riding coach class, or if the train car is a bit too crowded to stretch while sitting. And, if you’re on a particularly long-distance train ride, you might have the pleasure of your train taking a rest stop. Make sure you research your train’s stops ahead of time to plan out when you can stretch.