I’ve been travelling for my work for a long time and I still find some of the lessons I learnt from my parents come in very handy: “Be calm, be on time, always be polite, be prepared, and don’t give up.”
One habit I have developed over the years, especially at airports, is to take ample time and expect the unexpected. I hate that feeling of being rushed, stressed, and having to run. I can finish an email or report anywhere when I need to — in an airport lounge, a coffee shop, or even with a laptop balanced on my knee at the departures gate. Making sure there is time makes things so much easier!
A final lesson, and one I learnt the hard way, is to always have a change of clothes in my hand luggage. During a trip to Beijing in the 1990s, my bag was delayed. It’s no fun when you are larger than the average population — buying tight-fitting shirts, trousers ((before they were fashionable), and especially undergarments was a painful lesson to learn.