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3 Travel Tips to Make Traveling for Work More Enjoyable

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A third-generation seedsman, Jim Schweigert grew up in the family seed business and was exposed to industry issues at an early age. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from the University of Minnesota and worked for corporate public relations firms in Minneapolis, Chicago and Atlanta before joining the family business full time in 2003. He has since been active in the American Seed Trade Association, the Independent Professional Seed Association and earned his master’s in seed technology and business from Iowa State University. As president, Schweigert manages client contracts and crop planning, as well as business development and new market opportunities. His unique background and experience make him one of the seed industry’s leaders in innovation. As such, he was honored as Seed World’s 2009 Future Giant and currently serves as chair of the board of directors for Seed Programs International.

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Traveling a lot for work can be tough. Your routine is disrupted and even the simplest activities can be challenging when you’re in an unfamiliar place and working an odd schedule. Now that 2021 is back to normal and more people are on the road for work, I wanted to share three travel tips to help make the experience more enjoyable.


I love starting the day with a good cup of coffee. But hotel coffee is…inconsistent! In 2020, a lot of hotels also removed the in-room coffee machines. No worries. I started bringing my own machine! Both Keurig and Nespresso make compact brewers that use the same pods as the full-sized models. It’s easy to pack them in your suitcase and you’ll get a great cup at a fraction of a coffee house price in the comfort of your hotel room.


Staying fit while traveling is hard. There isn’t always a lot of time to get a run or walk in and researching safe and enjoyable places to exercise can be challenging. I recommend the following free apps to help find the perfect place to get some fresh air.

Strava: This app crowdsources common running and cycling routes and users can even create segments of routes to compete for the fastest time. You can see which routes are the most popular and have a high level of confidence that those routes are safe. You can compete against others or even your own past segment performances. 

AllTrails or TrailLink: Both will provide information on thousands of trails for hiking, walking, running or biking. There are photos of the paths, users offer comments and upload photos so can you choose the right trail for your workout.


Flight upgrades are getting harder to come by as travelers flock back to the skies. Most airlines use total flight cost as a key component for upgrade priority when there are a lot of frequent fliers on the same flight. One easy way to increase the total flight cost is to book multicity flights, even when you will be returning home. For example, if you have trips close together, just book both trips under one itinerary. If I’m flying from Madison, WI to Washington, DC one week and then to Fargo, ND the next week, I’ll book a multicity flight as follows: MSN to DCA to MSN to FAR to MSN. Even though I’m going home between the two trips, booking them both as one multicity trip increases the total fare and improves my chances of getting a complimentary upgrade.  

I hope these three tips make your next travel experience a little more enjoyable and be safe on the road!