Fending off a Cold While Traveling

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Ahh, cold and flu season. You are a cruel bastard. You sneak up on us like a wood nymph in a dark forest and infect us with your stuffy gifts of phlegm and congestion.

There is no way to avoid this time of the year. If you have children, it is doubly bad since they are germ magnets and not really the best at sanitizing themselves. If you travel for business, check off another box. Airports, train stations, and most public places are cesspools of airborne disgustingness.

The best that you can do is to be prepared. Here are four tips to help protect against (proactively) and deal with (reactively) the common cold while on the road.

Airborne - we covered this a few months ago. Airborne (can be purchased here) may be nothing more than a placebo, or there may be truth to the claims that it overloads your system with Vitamin C and other key vitamins and minerals, thus supercharging your immune system. One way or another, I haven’t heard of anybody getting MORE SICK from this. I use this before, during, and after every trip.

Alka seltzer cold and flu tablets (found here) are another effervescent tablet that can make a big difference. These would be taken after the symptoms start and they really do help. Make sure you get the ones with a flavor, as the plain version tastes like liquid chalk.

DayQuil and NyQuil (link) are essential when you have a cold or flu. For me, they basically mask the symptoms long enough for my body to recover, but I am perfectly fine with that.

Last but not least, you need to drink lots of water for any of these to truly have the desired effect.

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Sales Travel Guide - Philadelphia

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I’ve spent a ton of time in Philadelphia and for the life of me, I still don’t understand how it earned the moniker, “The City of Brotherly Love.” That’s not to say that Philadelphians aren’t great people, but Brotherly Love is not the first thing that comes to mind. Philly is known for its very straightforward communication style...and for throwing snowballs at Santa Claus.

Airport:

PHL (Philadelphia International Airport) - With six terminals across all major US airlines plus half of A Terminal being reserved for International Flights, PHL is a key airport for the East Coast. Frankly I’d choose to fly from PHL over anywhere in New York, New Jersey, DC, or Baltimore 10 times out of 10. Despite its size and number of flights, the flow of PHL is efficient and effective. There are plenty of dining options and car rentals are quick and easy.

Hotel Recommendation:

The Rittenhouse 1715 Boutique Hotel is located within a half mile of the Philadelphia Convention Center and is also very close to sites such as the Liberty Bell. It provides a more unique and personal experience than most of the chain hotels at a fairly reasonable price.

How to Sell to People in Philadelphia:

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In one word, Philadelphians are direct. No bullshit is the way to go. You might get away with some light sports talk, but if you are a Dallas Cowboys fan, or root for New York or New England teams, stay clear of starting any arguments. You will have to negotiate carefully and make it a point to let your prospect win some of the points. This is true for most situations but Philly is a city of scrappy underdogs and they love a good come from behind win.

Where to Take a Client for Lunch:

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Forget about a restaurant. Every Philadelphian has an opinion on which Cheesesteak is the king and they love to share their opinion. Tell your client that you absolutely have to have the best Cheesesteak in Philly and want them to make the decision for you. Odds are, you will wind up at either Pat’s or Geno’s near Passyunk Avenue. There are arguably better Cheesesteak places in other parts of South Philly but these are the two landmarks.

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Where to Take a Client for Dinner:

The Continental Martini Bar in Old City is a great dinner spot for casual yet upscale dining. You won’t be out of place at all in a suit but it is loud enough where you can let loose a bit and have a more informal business discussion

Where to Take a Client for Drinks:

Monk’s Cafe is known as one of the best places in Philly for a beer. In fact, they call themselves “The Soul of Belgium in the Heart of Philadelphia” and live up to that label. In addition to a great beer selection including some private label selections, Monk’s serves some of the best mussels on the east coast.

Something Touristy:

Philly is home to some of the most important sites and landmarks from America’s Revolutionary War and pre Constitutional period so you can and should go that route. In addition, you are a short distance away from any pro sports event you can imagine with all four major teams playing within a mile of each other. We would actually recommend a slightly longer commute to catch the Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer club in the nearby Chester waterfront.

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Sales Travel Guide - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Airport:

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main airport for Amsterdam. It is incredibly busy (third largest in Europe) and very spacious. It would be even busier if it weren’t for the fact that so many Europeans and other travelers arrive by train in Amsterdam via Amsterdam Centraal Station. The airport is very large, but incredibly easy to navigate since it contains just one large terminal with three departure halls.

Hotel Recommendation:

If in Amsterdam for business (which you probably will be if you are reading this article), head to the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel. Boring, yes, but a great location with nice amenities. As I normally do, I would recommend an Airbnb if your company allows it as a part of your travel policy. My experience in the Marriott was top notch and because I have platinum status with Marriott I chowed down every night in the executive lounge before going out. It was a good option for breakfast and happy hour. If you are looking for something a little different, check out this site which lists a number of unusual hotels.

How to Sell to People in Amsterdam:

The Dutch are incredibly friendly, but also quite matter of fact in their communication. They combine some of the best qualities of their German, Belgian, and French neighbors in that respect. When selling to them, stick to the facts, keep focused on business, but do so in a warm and friendly manner. Mirroring their hospitality will go a long way.

Where to Take a Client for Lunch:

The Little Thai Prince is an absolutely killer Thai restaurant in the heart of the Red Light District. Its location and appearance are deceiving, but if you read the reviews on their Facebook site, you will see a pattern; small place, wasn’t sure what to expect,...best food ever! Seriously, if you like Thai food, or are interested in getting into Thai food, this is a must eat location.

Where to Take a Client for Dinner:

If you need more time to wine and dine your client, you can’t go wrong with Restaurant Blauw, an Indonesian masterpiece. Blauw serves rijsttafel, or a traditional meal of rice/side dishes. I think we had something like 30 different dishes while we were there. You can’t rush through and have to have a few drinks at a minimum. The food was excellent and it left plenty of time to talk business.

Where to Take a Client for Drinks:

Amsterdam isn’t necessarily known for their beer, at least not as much as their German and Belgian neighbors, but there are a good number of spots to grab a few while in the city. I recommend Bierproeflokaal In De Wildeman. They normally have 250 beers on tap and have a pretty great atmosphere. It’s probably the most “Amsterdamy” place in Amsterdam.

Something Touristy:

Obviously Amsterdam is known for its coffee shops and the Red Light District, but you are there for business, not a stag party. There is much more to this amazing city. I recommend the Van Gogh museum or the Anne Frank tour. You can’t go wrong with either and they will make a lasting impact on you.

Sales Travel Guide - San Francisco

If you are in B2B sales and have any dealings with Startups, Software as a Service (SAAS), or anything in the technology field, odds are you will find yourself in San Francisco, California at some point. San Francisco is one of the most creative cities in the world and is at the heart of technological innovation. For a sales traveler, presents some exciting opportunities to turn a work trip into a great extended weekend or mini-vacation.

Airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

SFO is absolutely massive. I have to admit, it is not my favorite airport. If I am spending most of my time in San Francisco proper, I will fly into SFO. Otherwise, if I plan on being in Silicon Valley, I will usually fly to San Jose. It is no bigger than other key airports in the world, but for some reason, things just seem to go a little bit more slowly in SFO. The monorail system usually tacks on 20 or 30 minutes to any final destination.

Hotel Recommendation:

If you insist on staying at a chain and are looking for a decent rate with good amenities and a great location, the Marriott Courtyard in Union Square is a fine hotel to stay at. You can spend a lot more in San Francisco but it really depends on your situation. With that being said, our recommendation is actually to stay at an Airbnb. After all, Airbnb is based in San Francisco and has completely changed how people vacation. It is starting to also take off amongst business travelers.

How to Sell to People in San Francisco:

San Francisco is a laid-back, liberal culture, but also very business forward. Things move at the speed of technology, and you need to be laser-focused on business outcomes. In sharp contrast to the East Coast mentality of long-term return on investment, many companies in San Francisco are looking for solutions that increase their valuation today. Especially when working with startups, you need to be focused on how to help them show the most value to potential investors as one of their key goals is most likely to exit the business with a large payout.

Where to Take a Client for Lunch:

The Wayfare Tavern in the Financial District is a wonderful choice and is known for its Tavern Burger.

Where to Take a Client for Dinner:

Alioto’s is located on Fisherman’s Wharf and has excellent views in addition to its Italian and Seafood. You can make it upscale or casual and enjoy the view in either setting

Where to Take a Client for Drinks:

If you are just looking for drinks, you can’t go wrong with Fog Harbor at Pier 39. This is a go-to for me every time and it serves a dual purpose. Have you ever had a few too many drinks without anything to eat? Not a good situation when entertaining clients, right? Well, Fog Harbor serves Clam Chowder in Sourdough Bread Bowls. Nothing sops up the alcohol quite like a giant piece of Sourdough

Something Touristy:

If it is your first time in San Francisco, you absolutely have to take a trip to Alcatraz. It might seem cliché, but it is an experience that everybody should take in at least once. After all, who wouldn’t want to take a selfie in Al Capone's old cell?

Why the Mobile Passport is the Best App for International Travel

Although the Mobile Passport has been out since 2014, it has not completely caught on as quickly as some of the other line skipping options available. As of press time, it is available in 25 airports and 2 additional ports of entry in the US.

The app was released by the US Customs and Border Patrol. It differs from two of their other programs; Global Entry and TSA Precheck. As indicated by the name, TSA Precheck is for checking in through security prior to boarding your plane. This is highly recommended for anybody who flies more than even a couple of times per year.

Global Entry takes it a step further with a priority entry line when getting back into the States after an international trip. That is where Mobile Passport comes in. Similarly to Global Entry, Mobile Passport gives you the chance to jump into a separate queue from the other passengers.  Due to the fact that it isn't as widely adopted as Global Entry, it will only be useful if available in your airport, but if it is, by all means, use it.

So, does it work? Based on my experience, yes! In the busiest airport in the world (Atlanta), I breezed through! Twice now I have come off of a full flight and completely bypassed the line. If I didn't have to wait an hour for my bags it would have been a major win, but that's another story. I recommended that you start filling out the form prior to taking off and submit once you land. It is basically the same form that you fill out to declare anything you purchased while abroad.

Once you deplane, follow the signs. If you don’t see a sign, ask. It's that simple.

For a complete list of airports that offer Mobile Passport, see below:

  • Atlanta (ATL)

  • Baltimore (BWI)

  • Boston (BOS)

  • Chicago (CHI)

  • Dallas (DFW)

  • Denver (DEN)

  • Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)

  • Houston (HOU and IAH)

  • Los Angeles (LAX)

  • Miami (MIA)

  • Minneapolis (MSP)

  • New York (JFK)

  • Newark (EWR)

  • Orlando (MCO)

  • Phoenix (PHX)

  • Port Everglades (PEV)

  • Raleigh-Durham (RDU)

  • Sacramento (SMF)

  • San Diego (SAN)

  • San Francisco (SFO)

  • San Jose (SJC)

  • Seattle (SEA)

  • Tampa (TPA)

  • Washington, DC (IAD)

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How to Save Space, Time, and Frustration by Using an Underseat Bag

Two things that I absolutely despise when traveling are checking bags and fighting for overhead space on the plane. Unfortunately, it usually comes down to a choice between the two. Luckily, there is a solution. A couple of years ago, I invested in an underseat bag. Essentially, it is a smaller bag with dimensions designed to fit underneath most airplane seats.

There are a number of options, so I’ve kept this pretty brief. Look around and find one that’s right for you.

Samsonite - this is the one that I have been using for over two years. It's very basic and sturdy. The wheels do not rotate 360°, but it is still very functional. It's got a great space for a laptop and other electronics. I find that if I need to travel for more than two days, things get a little bit tight. It also works best if you only have one pair of shoes for the entire trip.

https://amzn.to/2A1Mntn


Tumi - without a doubt, this is the best on the market. Of course, it comes with a very hefty price tag. Unless you primarily take short one to three day trips, you're most likely going to need to have other luggage in your arsenal anyway. It really comes down to whether not you want to spend this kind of money. Tumi also sells numerous organizational system add on products to help maximize space. https://www.tumi.com/c/luggage/carryon-luggage

Travelpro Maxlite 4 - while it is not the same quality as the Samsonite or Tumi, this is a great option as well. It is less expensive, very lightweight, and does have a feature that the Samsonite does not. It has 360° spinning wheels. If you only need underseat bag a couple of times per year, this could be a great option for you. https://amzn.to/2A1Krkt

Of course, there are a few situations where this will not work. Obviously if you need to pack heavy or are planning to travel for more than three days, it's very unlikely this will work for you. Sometimes two days is a stretch depending on the climate. Also, there have been several times where I got on a plane and realized that there was a barrier or a bar underneath the seat that made it impossible for the bag to fit. Nothing is a guarantee.

Once you've picked a bag, you simply have to figure out how to pack efficiently and what to take. I'll leave that one up to you for now

How to Get Stuff Done on a Flight

Sometimes when I fly, I just want to relax. Here is our guide on relaxing and rejuvenating while flying. Other times I want to get stuff done. Here are some pretty basic tips for getting a ton of work done on the plane.

Work - offline

Almost every flight has the option to purchase Internet. I have found that I am so much more productive when I download all of my email prior to the flight, and work off-line. This allows for much less reactive work, and much better task management. You can knock out things that have been sitting on your to do list for months.

Talk to somebody

There is something about being trapped in an airtight container at 30,000 feet elevation which makes it very hard for people to ignore you. In all seriousness, there's nothing wrong with striking up a conversation with somebody on your plane. One thing that has never changed is that people like talking about themselves. At the very least, you can find out who they are, where they're from, where they're going, who they're working for, and what they do. Those pieces of information are usually great rapport builders and help you to see if there's a potential fit at some point

Print out sales collateral or training materials

I've always printed out training materials and sales collateral in anticipation of long flights. This is not for that I might not get a chance or make a chance to read while at home or in the office. There are a lot less excuses and distractions went flying. In addition, I've always found that I think differently from a strategic perspective when flying. Perhaps it is the fact that I am not receiving a ton of inbound communications and I am able to focus more.

Turn That Business Trip Into A Long Weekend

Sales is the best job in the world. I’ve said it many times and I will defend it until I turn blue in the face. But, even the best job in the world is a grind. The only way to be truly successful in sales is to absolutely work your ass off. As it turns out, working your ass off takes a lot of energy. Add business travel to the mix, and you might find yourself in need of a little extended rest and relaxation. Luckily, as mentioned before, sales is the best job in the world. If you are able to get a little bit creative with your schedule, turn most business trips into at least a little time for yourself.

Whenever possible, try to plan meetings so that you can extend your trip through the weekend. You can either plan for a Monday meeting and go the weekend before, or a Friday meeting and stay for the following weekend. Depending on the nature of your job, Tuesday or Thursday might give you enough flexibility to accomplish the same.

Your company is going to have to cover your airfare or transportation one way or another, so unless the rates are much higher based on your adjusted travel days, they probably won’t care. You will, however, be responsible for covering lodging for the extra days. There are a few ways to minimize the impact of this.

Airbnb is a fantastic way to stay in a city, experience it the way the locals do, and spend a fraction of what you might spend at a hotel.

If you have any friends or family living in the city, give them a call. It might cost you a dinner or a round of beers, but it’s going to be a lot cheaper than a hotel room for a couple of nights.

If you really like the hotel that you’re staying at for business, see if they will keep the rate consistent. In many cases, the hotel will be willing to give you a further discount or at least honor your corporate rate. Weekends are a little bit more at most hotels, so keep that in mind.

Those of us who are lucky enough to travel for business have an amazing opportunity to see parts of the world that we might not see otherwise. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this.

Dublin Airport - A Very Productive Layover

There may actually be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow at the Dublin Airport. From the moment you fly into Dublin, you are instantly captivated by the lush green plains leading to the runway. It is the kind of scene that you expect to read about in a children’s story or to see in a cartoon. Seriously, I half expected to see a bunch of tiny Smurfs frolicking and Smurfing all over the place.

My experience at this airport was brief but impactful. I was on a layover on the way to London. I flew in from the states overnight, and landed in Dublin at about 8 AM, smelling of beer. Oh yeah, about that. Literally five minutes after my first flight took off, I managed to spill an entire Heineken on myself. It was one of those spills that really made things uncomfortable. The beer got everywhere. It somehow flowed underneath me to cover my entire seat. Worse yet, I was wearing jeans, and they just absorbed it. Fun fact, jeans don’t really dry fast. So, the moral here is, bring a change of clothes if you don’t want to sleep in beer soaked pants overnight on a tight plane. With that being said, if you are going to wind up in an airport smelling of stale beer, it may as well be in Ireland.

But, I digress. So, the first thing I got to do in Dublin is walk through their beautiful rainbow path. I tactfully avoided making any Lucky Charms jokes. Once I got through security, I realized I had a couple of hours to grab a bite, a pint, and maybe do a little shopping. The duty free shops were pretty much what you’d expect, but there were also some excellent Irish themed gift stores. If you are on a tight layover and only have a little time to spare, I recommend a few stops. Check out House of Ireland for Irish themed jewelry and glassware. Then, head to Wrights of Howth for Irish smoked salmon (so good). Most importantly is The Loop, which is really a collection of stores. My favorite was the various places to grab (and sample) whiskey. I am not a huge whiskey drinker but in addition to being able to sample it at this store, there were a ton of gift packs where you could buy small bottles. I highly recommend. And if you don’t like whiskey, remember, everybody has a friend who does.

There were a decent amount of food options, but I was really looking to do the most cliche thing possible; have a pint of Guinness. For that, I sat down at Alcock and Brown. They had a number of local offerings on tap, but a decent selection of varieties of Guinness that I can’t get at home. In addition to a standard pint (much better than in the US), I had a pint of Guinness West Indies Porter and Hop House 13 Lager. I’d probably give the West Indies Porter a 4 out of 5, while the Hop House Lager was more like a 3.5 out of 5. On the way out I realized that I hadn’t eaten since the chicken curry that I had on the plane many hours ago. I had to catch my next flight so I grabbed a chocolate croissant and headed out. I know I probably missed a chance to have a proper Irish breakfast, but I figured that I would fill up on Guinness.

It wasn’t a long layover, but I think I got to see and do everything I could. I definitely had a headache when I reached my final destination, but I wouldn’t have changed anything. Layovers are a good way to dip your toe into a new location. I look forward to spending some real time in Ireland at some point. It was breathtaking to fly into and I would love the chance to actually eat some of their food

 

How to Relax and Rejuvenate on a Flight

I find myself having to fly a lot. Based on the length of the flight, and of course all of the waiting around before and after, it is very easy to feel unproductive. After all, emails build up, calls get missed, and meetings happen without me. Through a lot of trial and error, I think I have finally gotten to a place where I have found a way to be productive and self improving on flights. In part one of this three part series, I will cover how I have been able to relax and rejuvenate when flying. In part two I will go over some ways to work way more effectively. Finally, in part three I will share a few easy ways to entertain yourself on the flight

Relax and rejuvenate

Flying is inherently stressful. Between the commute to the airport, to getting through security, to never seeming to have enough time to have a good meal (or drink), to the madnss of boarding, there is a lot of anxiety filled buildup…and that doesn’t even cover what happens when you get on the plane. The thought of using this time to relax seems very unlikely, but here are a few tips that I’ve “perfected” over many years and many flights.

Meditation

Everybody should meditate for at least 20 minutes per day. The flight is a perfect time to tackle this.The Chakra Meditation app is very basic. You can pop that on while working or doing whatever else, and let it run in the background. I find it to be very soothing and it doesn’t really involve you having to engage with the app.

Chakra https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chakra-meditation-balancing-healing-meditation-music/id886156937?mt=8

Other good apps for meditation are Meditation Studio and Calm. Meditation Studio consists of guided meditations, but it is very easy to melt away during them. I use this at home and on the road. Calm has a cool feature called Sleep Stories. If you plan on transitioning to sleep on your flight, this is a great feature.

Meditation Studio - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/meditation-studio-guided-meditations-and-courses/id1066018502?mt=8

Calm https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calm/id571800810?mt=8

Sleep

Speaking of sleep, what better way is there to maximize a flight than to catch up on some z’s? Whether you are able to sleep the minute the plane takes off or you need to ease into it, try to get a nap in during your flight. I am one of those people who falls asleep very easily (which pisses off my wife) but if I have trouble, I will use either the Chakra app or Calm, as mentioned above. Even 20 minutes of sleeping on the plan makes me feel extremely good. It might be mental, but I’ll take it.

Stretch

The body is not meant to be crammed into an airplane seat. While it might be annoying to the person sitting next to you, it’s definitely worth getting a good stretch in at least once an hour. You should also get up and walk the aisles as much as you can. I normally sit in the aisle seat for this reason. Here is a link to some exercises that TripIt put together - https://www.tripit.com/blog/2015/10/10-simple-airplane-stretches-to-keep-your-body-ache-free.html

Sales Travel Guide - Chicago

If you travel for sales, chances are you will wind up in Chicago at some point. Whether it’s a layover at O'Hara, one of the largest international airports in the world, or to visit one or the many large corporations housed here, you will find Chicago as a hospitable, yet hectic city. Many of the largest insurance, publishing, and manufacturing companies in the world are either headquartered or have a location in Chicago. In addition, Chicago has a very healthy venture capital and start up environment, which has given birth to some very successful companies over the past 10 years. Here’s our guide to navigating and making the most out of your trip.

Airport

There are two major airports in Chicago; O'Hara and Midway. If you are flying Southwest, odds are you will take Midway. Otherwise, you’ll find your way to O'Hara. I’ll focus on O'Hara. The airport itself has a number of wonderful dining options. If you are flying United you will find yourself in the main terminal. Other airlines such as American are split off. The airport is massive so it isn’t easy to explore dining options in different terminals. Here are some good recommendations by terminal:

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Getting to the city

If taking an uber, head to the Rideshare lot on the upper level above baggage claim. Uber pool is a good option. It costs about half and most of the time nobody else will try to carpool with you.

The subway is a cheaper, but longer option. Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) runs a solid operation.

Food while in town

There are a number of restaurants in the Harry Caray group that capture the spirit of the late-great broadcaster. Many of them have great happy hours and even better food. http://www.harrycarays.com/our-locations/

As covered in our New York edition, Eataly is a great destination for a variety of Italian food, groceries, and beer from all over.

It wouldn’t be Chicago without some Chicago style pizza. Giordano’s, Lou Malnati’s, and the original Pizzeria Uno can fight over the title of best Chicago style pizza. It’s more fun for the rest of us to try them all.

Entertainment while in town

If you are in town visiting clients, a Chicago Cubs game is a great, fairly inexpensive way to break the ice. If you want to spend more or host numerous clients, look into the rooftop apartments across the street from Wrigley Field.

Sightseeing

The Bean - Officially titled “Cloud Gate,” this sculpture in the middle of the Loop Community has to be seen in person.

You can also get a great view of the city in the Chicago Skydeck at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower or the 360 Observatory at the John Hancock Center.

 

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Sales Travel Guide - New York City

New York is a city that most B2B sales reps will find themselves in at some point. Nearly every major company has a presence in Manhattan or one of the other boroughs. With over 8 Million residents and many more travelers, there are nearly unlimited options for food, drink, and entertainment while traveling for business. Here is a brief travel guide. Due to the sheer size and importance of New York, we will have additional guides in the future as well as other key cities.

Here are a few tips to make the most of your trip:

Best place to eat for breakfast

If you are anything like me, your breakfast consists of multiple coffees and whichever sandwich can be quickly heated up. Starbucks is wonderful, but there is so much more to explore in New York. If in the Midtown Manhattan area, consider The Red Flame Diner. It is quick, delicious, and very reasonable by New York standards.

Link - http://www.theredflamediner.com

Best place to eat for lunch

Eataly NY, located in the Flatiron District has a number of options, so you won’t lack variety. While this is technically an Italian Grocery Store, there are a number of options for lunch, including pasta, sandwiches, pizza, meats, cheeses, etc. In addition, if you have time for desert, coffee, or even a drink, they’ve got you covered.

Link: https://www.eataly.com/us_en/stores/nyc-flatiron/

Best place to eat for dinner (especially if entertaining clients)

44&X is a gothic inspired bar in Hell’s Kitchen. Their motto is “Heaven in Hell” and they live up to the hype. This is a great location to take clients to. It is not too loud, but still has some life. The lighting creates a unique ambiance (right down to surprisingly uncreepy candlelit bathrooms). The Chicken and Waffles comes highly recommended by the Sales Couture braintrust.

Link: http://www.44andx.com/

Best place for beer

Whether back in Hell’s Kitchen or a little north on the Upper West Side, beer nerds will find no better sanctuary than Beer Culture

http://beerculture.nyc

Bonus - check out Connolly’s Pub for a great Shepherd’s Pie

http://connollyspubandrestaurant.com/

A surprisingly cool hotel:

Yotel fancies itself “a new breed of hotel” and I can’t say I disagree. I have only stayed there one night but can attest to the fact that it is an extremely unique, albeit refreshing take on a hotel. You stay in Cabins which look like they were furnished by IKEA, but the amenities and value for price are impressive.

http://www.yotel.com/en/hotels/yotel-new-york

At the end of the day there is much more to explore in New York. Consider this first of many travel guides for the city that never sleep

Day Trip Essentials - What to Pack When Traveling For Business in a Single Day

If you are like most salespeople, you wind up either too prepared or not prepared enough for your business trips. Most of us rarely get somewhere without realizing that we forgot something or that we have completely overpacked. I think many of us find this particularly difficult for day trips where you need to strike a balance between being prepared but not having to carry a ton of stuff for the whole day. Through a lot (A LOT) of trial and error, I’ve compiled a short list of essentials for a day trip.

Notebook and Pen

As obvious as this may seem, it is surprising how many times this is forgotten. We live in a digital world where notes are taken via tablets and laptops. There is no substitution for taking notes by paper and pen. Also, It gives off the impression that you are paying attention to your customers (which you should be).

Mobile Charger

MORE JUICE. I can’t speak for everybody but I am slightly obsessive when it comes to having a full charge on my mobile devices. I use low battery mode whenever possible but nothing gives me more anxiety than being below 50%. Never travel without one or two of these. I recommend getting one that has multiple ports to charge more than one device at a time.

Deodorant

One of the worst feelings when traveling, especially when meeting with clients is to worry that you are sweating too much. Between the smell and the stains it is enough to distract you from your primary goal. Pack a spray or small travel stick.

Hand Sanitizer

A must if using mass transit. Germs are everywhere and people are pretty damn disgusting. This is a small step in the right direction.

Ibuprofen

A long day of transit, meetings, stress, coffee, and alcohol usually leads to headaches.

Bottle of water

Hydration, hydration, hydration. One of the best ways to avoid headaches (mentioned above) is to drink a ton of water. Aim for no less than 64 ounces in a day. If you’re at an airport, you can reuse your plastic bottle as there are typically hydration stations (fancy water fountains) at most airports.

Almonds

This superfood doesn’t take up a lot of space but a couple of handfuls are packed with protein to keep you going between meals.

There are many other items to consider, but true road warriors usually get it down to a science. If you are using anything bigger than a backpack, you have over prepared. If you can fit everything in your pockets, you probably forgot something.