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Best Travel Hacks of Highly Productive People

As an entrepreneur, digital nomad, or any other profession that requires work + travel, you know that one of the most difficult things about traveling is having the skills to stay productive while on the road.

However, with our daily life being filled with distractions and your calendar having more to say on how you spend your time than you do, traveling for business has become quite the luxury.  Traveling for business can potentially offer hours of uninterrupted time to be productive — a rarity this day and age- while you somehow still get the possibility to be relaxed, more or less. 

All things considered, it’s tricky to balance the time you need to get things done and to stay on a deadline while enjoying yourself and having a good time. Simply wanting to be productive when your everyday routine is disrupted won’t be enough.

Our 7 tips below will help you maximize productivity while traveling!

1. Plan ahead

Create a solid plan ahead of your trip so you can keep track of the gaps in your agenda that can be used productively for important phone calls, additional meetings, or creating content. 

Keep your schedule updated by tracking your activities (flights, meetings, events, etc.) along with the additional info (flight numbers, contacts, phone numbers, hotel reservations, etc.) Once you have a clear idea of the schedule that awaits you, decide how you will spend your free time: Get to know the city? Attend an event? Work on a personal project? Devise a new product?

Collect all the information about the things you would like to do. This will also reduce stress levels so you can spend more time calmly focusing on the work at hand.

2. Packing

If you travel a lot for work, or if your lifestyle involves moving a lot and working from different locations, you need an office on the go for when you’re away from home or work.

Invest in a travel bag that suits your needs and allows you to keep everything organized and easy to carry on to make routine travel effortless.  With a bit of planning and simple storage techniques, a 3-5 day trip can easily be packed into a standard carry-on.

For more tips on packing techniques: 7 Pro Packing Tips to Avoid Travel Anxiety

3. Technology is your friend

One key to productivity is letting technology empower you. Use apps like Calendar, Google Docs, Wanderlist, etc. to better organize and manage all of your upcoming trip meetings and events.

Another thing to keep in mind is to synchronize the data you will need amongst all your devices so that everything is available on a tablet, smartphone, laptop.

Finally, consider investing in some travel-friendly electronics like a Wi-Fi hotspot, noise-canceling headphones, power-bank, extension cords, and so on. These definitely help for keeping efficiency and could be lifesavers in some circumstances.

4. Spontaneous Networking Opportunities

It’s a networking scene at 35,000 feet: One in five people surveyed has done business with someone they met on a plane and being on the road is an opportune time to meet new people.  Networking on a business trip can be a rewarding way to meet potential clients, partners, or investors.

You never know where or when your next collaboration may appear, so be ready to talk about the work you do and the opportunities you are looking for may result in options that did not exist before.

 

5. Inspiration in the Clouds

Use the down-time on your flight to your advantage and get plenty of work done. You can get those follow-up emails you’ve been needing to write, edit pictures, read or even listen to that business podcast or TED Talk you’ve been wanting to hear for a while.

Somehow, we get the best ideas when traveling, so don’t waste your time on a flight if you really need to get things done!

 

6. Finding Your Own Style

Not everyone is going to travel the same way. For example, some people may not be able to read while in a vehicle, and some may have trouble sleeping on airplanes. The goal isn’t to fall in line with a series of productive habits, but rather to craft your own habits to maximize your personal productivity. Learn which strategies and actions suit you best, and customize your own set of approaches.

 

7. Allow yourself downtime

Make time to explore the destination you’re in and blur the lines between business and pleasure. As well as providing you with new experiences, it will stimulate creativity and may even spark new ideas that you can apply to something you’re working on. Not to mention that it will give your brain a break and let you relax so you’re ready to go when it’s time to start working again.

Shipping Policy

We ship to customers in over 50 Countries with our trusted partners at FedEx.  Orders are processed Monday through Friday and we ship them out on the same day or within one business day of confirmation should the order be placed after 4 p.m EST.

FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING

Orders within the United States will ship free of charge with FedEx and will arrive within 2-3 business days, depending on where you are located.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

We ship to over 50 Countries with FedEx Worldwide.

We have a fixed rate for shipping Worldwide that is 15$. This will automatically be displayed at checkout when Countries beside the USA will be selected.

FedEx Worldwide is generally the fastest available option, arriving within 3-5 business days, pending no issues with customs clearance.

IMPORT DUTIES

Harp & Hill is not responsible for any customs and taxes applied to your order. All fees imposed during or after shipping are the responsibility of the customer (tariffs, taxes, etc.). Harp & Hill does not assist with duty payment or coordinating with the custom’s department in the Country.

Wherein a customer chooses not to pay duties or rejects their package, resulting in the package being abandoned by the carrier, please kindly note that Harp & Hill will not refund the order. Similarly, if the package is returned to us because a customer refused to pay duties, we will deduct our shipping costs from any refund issued.

TRACKING

We offer reliable and timely tracking services. You will be able to follow your shipment throughout its journey with the link provided in your confirmation email. In the event you need assistance with your delivery, please directly contact the FedEx customer service.

It is the customer’s responsibility to provide an accurate and secure address where the shipment can be delivered without complications. Moreover, it is also the customer’s responsibility to track their order, make arrangements for its delivery, and be present to accept the package, if needed. When an order is “Returned to Sender”, we deduct the return shipping costs from the order and refund the balance. If you still wish to buy the item, we ask that you place a new order.

Returns and Exchanges

We accept returns for eligible items within 30 days of when the order is marked as delivered. Please notice that the returned goods must be in their original packaging and unused conditions.

Please note that the customer is responsible for shipping the item back to Harp & Hill. For Exchanges, we will cover the cost of shipping the new item back to you.

RETURNS

Your order must be sent back in the original box. All original tags and packaging must be still attached and in their original condition. Upon arrival at our warehouse, these items will be inspected under the guidelines mentioned above and then a full refund will be issued. If these conditions are not met, then a 45$ fee per item will be applied to the refund amount to cover warehouse return fee inspection and damaged goods. 

INTERNATIONAL RETURNS

We do not accept any international return orders.

EXCHANGES

Your order must be shipped back in the original box. All original tags and packaging must be still attached and in their original condition and suitable for resale. Upon arrival at our warehouse, these items will be inspected under these guidelines and then an exchange will be issued. If these conditions are not met then the exchange will be treated as a return and follow the guidelines mentioned above. Please note that the customer is responsible for shipping the item back to Harp & Hill.

HOW TO INITIATE A RETURN

To submit a return, simply email admin@harpandhill.com with your order number and the details of your request.  Our team will respond to you as soon as possible. We typically respond within one business day. Our offices are closed for major Holidays and weekends.

We may refund your money by issuing a refund in the original form of payment.

Shipping fees are not eligible for refunds.

If any promotional discount was applied at the time of purchase, you will be refunded for the actual amount paid at time of purchase.

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions concerning our return policy, please contact us at: [email protected]

Lifetime Warranty

At Harp & Hill we only design and build high quality products. That’s why all our products are covered with a lifetime warranty from manufacturing defects.  All bags purchased through our website are guaranteed against manufacturer’s defects over the lifetime of the product. We design these products to serve you for as long as you intend to use them, and it’s our pledge that they will.

Cosmetic wear and tear resulting directly or indirectly from wrongful use, poor maintenance or other unnatural usage is not covered under this warranty.

Complaints regarding defects or faults must be communicated to the following email: admin@harpandhill.com within 30 days from the day of purchase