This post was originally published on Shankman.com.
There are two types of people in the world: Those who absolutely hate business travel, and those who absolutely love it. I fall into the second category, and I have a theory why most people fall into the first.
Theory: Most people hate business travel because they don’t know how to make it work for them. They go through the motions without ever stopping to think that there are ways to make your trip not only a ton easier, but downright enjoyable.
I fly about 250,000 miles per year. That translates into being on a plane about twice a week, more or less. I’ve seen it all. I’ve been stranded in an airport so small that they forced us outside because they didn’t have any security after 9 p.m. I’ve seen the sunrise from some of the most beautiful places on Earth, and I’ve written five books, all entirely while on planes. I love to travel for business. Whether it’s speaking, consulting, or even being asked to make an appearance somewhere, it doesn’t take much to get me out the door. How do I handle it? Well, let me bust the chamber of secrets right open for you. Here’s why I love business travel and six super-easy ways to make it much more enjoyable for you.
1) Be the person with whom people want to get along
I don’t get on a plane without a huge bag of candy. The candy isn’t for me, however. It’s for the flight crew. I do this for many reasons, but the main one is this: Candy makes people happy. The flight crew has a super hard job, and they don’t get much love from the traveling public anymore. A simple bag of candy can change everything, resulting in a happier flight for over 300 people.
2) It’s all about the loyalty
The reason I get through airport security in three minutes anywhere in the world, get to pick any car in the rental facility and go without waiting in a single line, and get up to my hotel room in any city a second and a half after parking is simple: I’m loyal.
Example: I’m loyal to one airline, so my constant flying has earned me super high status, and I can avoid most of the regular security lines that can cost you an hour or more.
Same thing with car rental: I’m loyal to National Car Rental, so the second I hit the facility, I pick whichever car I want from the Emerald Aisle thanks to my membership in the Emerald Club, and immediately drive off. On my way, no muss, no fuss, and I can do it all from my cell phone with the National mobile app. Enrolling is free! If you’re a business traveler, why wouldn’t you sign up and be loyal to one company, especially one that makes your business travels easier and faster?
Let me put it another way: The less time I waste means more time to do things I love to do, whether it’s going for a run in a brand new city, finding the nearest drop zone and getting in a skydive, or just chilling out over a relaxing dinner, knowing that I’m not late for anything.