Summer Survival

June 4 2009 by Chris McGinnis
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Busy-Beach.jpgAs I've said before, don't think for a minute that this summer is going to be much different from others when peak vacation kicks in later this month. Despite the struggling economy, millions of Americans will still be hitting the roads and skies this summer.

During the next three months, business travelers will be sharing their quarters with vacationers eager to have fun. While the latter is focused on the beach, the pool and the family, your focus will likely be on the deal you've got to clinch tomorrow, your important conference call or the speech you're about to give.

Some suggestions on ways business travelers can live in harmony with their leisure traveler counterparts:

  • If possible, avoid business trips during the weeks just before and just after Saturday, July 4 and Labor Day (Monday, Sept 7).
  • Don't book a hotel at the last minute. Call ahead of time and ask for a quiet room away from the pool area, vending machines or the workout room. Also, upper floors tend to be more peaceful since fewer folks are walking by on their way to take a dip or go out into the courtyard to release some pent-up energy.
  • Get to the hotel breakfast buffet as early as possible. Vacationers tend to sleep late, unless they have really young children.
  • If you're stuck at the airport due to a delay or cancellation, check out a helpful social media site,, where travelers swap advice on the best places to find peace at some of the most hectic airports in the US. (Disclosure: Yours truly helped develop this site.)
  • Use your upgrades. Peak summer vacation season is the smartest time to upgrade hotel rooms, airplane seats or rental cars. More often than not, what you end up spending in loyalty points or cash is worth it.

How do you manage your summer travel plans? Got any tips for making the most of summer business trips? Please chime in below with your comments and suggestions!

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    By Nile on June 5, 2009 6:48 PM

    Unlike most business travelers I do not know where I am going to end up staying the night. On the other hand I travel the same 1800 miles a week, so I know my areas really well. What I would suggest is if you are going to go to an area you do not know, go online and find the local hotels and call them. Ask questions like, how early they fill up at night, parking lot space, number of floors, local eating establishments, as well as security. I have found that traveling a few extra miles, is worth it, to have the peace from a quiet hotel room.

    By Alan Hay on June 11, 2009 9:08 PM

    Summer travel is so much fun! Even though load factors are down, all the flights I have been on in past 2 months have been full or almost full so not so much fun! I travel to UK and France mostly and April / May has many regional holidays which makes things even crazier. My tip is to make sure you have a fully charged i-Pod, earplugs and eyes shades for the plane, are a member of or have enough status to get into the premium lounges and try to sleep through it all! The weather should be good so look forward to eating outside at night after a long day working. Don't take it personally, lots of other people are suffering alos, the fall will come soon!!!

    By Denver Dan Mayfield on June 12, 2009 7:22 AM

    Howdy, and thanks to you and Best Western, my first choice anywhere in the U.S. or the world, and I wish everyone knew about the great rooms and service you offer...I certainly do! Thanks again. Daniel (Denver Dan) Mayfield.

    By ruth hatton on June 13, 2009 11:20 PM

    we loved our stay last year and the kids loved it more then we did we had agreat time ,it was perfect! we went on the 4th we seen fireworks from our room. we wear at piogen fourge TN.

    By Daniel (Denver Dan) Mayfield on September 30, 2009 11:08 AM

    Howdy, and I hope everyone had a very nice summer, especially those very nice folks at Best Western, who always make my stays at their hotels pleasant. How about Hawaii next!!! Daniel (Denver Dan) Mayfield.

    By Bertie on June 23, 2011 3:03 AM

    Superior thinking doemnstrated above. Thanks!

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