Turning Business Travel Into Pleasure

Always travel with business cards so you have an easy way to stay in touch.

Oh come on – you’ve noticed those cute guys on the airplane. (Although why does it seem they never get seated next to you – and you get stuck with the grandma from Iowa City?) But when you do have the opportunity to chat up a cutie, don’t waste it! The ladies at It’s Just Lunch Chicago shared these tips with us for breaking the ice in the sky. But you don’t just have to be traveling on business, right? What’s more pleasurable than a little mile-high flirtation?

How To Date When You Travel For Business
Unique Ways To Break The Ice In The Sky

Think you can’t date if you travel often for business? Think again! Although shuffling between busy schedules, flights and living out of a suitcase can be challenging, dating during business travel is easier than one might think. Dating expert and Director of It’s Just Lunch, PJ Osgood says that your life doesn’t have to stop when you board a plane. “Think of traveling for business as an adventure and a great way to have a couple hours of complete and undivided attention from a person you sit next to. There are a couple of simple tactics that I use when I fly, and they work almost every single time. I’ve met some great people when traveling for work,” notes Osgood.  So what are PJ’s business traveling tips for singles?

  • Always be prepared.  No one wants to sit next to coffee breath that smells terrible, so bring gum! If you are going to strike up a conversation with the cute stranger sitting next to you, then you need to make sure you have your bases covered. Pop a piece of chewing gum in your mouth – trust me the cute stranger next to you will thank me!
  • Un-assigned seating is the best! “I love flying on Southwest for the very reason that I have the freedom to sit where I please. Take the middle seat next time you fly and keep your eyes peeled for the cuties. I’ve met so many wonderful people when sitting in the middle seat on a flight. You just never know who might choose the aisle,” notes Osgood.
  • Bring your business cards. You want to be prepared. Just like you wouldn’t step into an interview or business meeting without some way for them to contact you, the same rules apply when you fly. Always, always, always bring your business cards. That way if you hit it off then you both have ways to remain in contact with one another.
  • Be generous. Some companies offer incentives like free drink tickets when you are frequent flyer. Next time you fly bring two and share. It’s a great way to break the ice and start up a conversation. Your new friend will be appreciative and more prone to strike up a conversation.
  • Share a ride and save some cash. Most major cities offer a ride sharing program from the airport. If you hit it off in the plane or while waiting in line, then it might not be a bad idea to ask.

The bottom line is that you can meet people regardless of where you are. If the time is right, strike while the iron is hot!

This entry was published on October 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm and is filed under Travel Tips. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Turning Business Travel Into Pleasure

  1. Suzanne O on said:

    Interesting POV — makes the merger between AirTran and Southwest sound good…. finally a positive side to unassigned seating. Thanks for sharing, travelgirl… I’d love to see more business travel tips.

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