Have mask, will travel!
Tip #1 - get the travel insurance. Especially right now, when a negative covid test is required to re-enter the US. And especially especially if you'll be around a lot of people at a group event like a conference or convention. I had to get a negative test on Friday to be able to fly home on Saturday. If I'd been stuck at a hotel for the additional ten days a positive test requires, that would likely cost me another $1000-$3000 just for accommodation. Travel insurance will normally reimburse that cost. Check your policy to be sure.
Tip #3 - arrive early. Travel is draining even if all you're doing is sitting on a plane for seven hours.
Getting onto a "normal" sleep and food schedule as soon as possible will help you recover faster. We both took the days after the signing as a vacation - she and her family stayed in Scotland to tour while I flew to Sweden to spend a few days with a friend.
Tip #5 - find the fun. The first half of this trip was legitimately work for both Pippa and me. She's not a huge extrovert, so signings like this - even though she loves meeting readers - can be really draining for her. I brought skin care face masks that we put on before popping into her reader group on Facebook for a live chat with members on Wednesday night. We looked absolutely ridiculous and had a blast chatting with her Pipsquad.
The hotel we stayed at had a "thermal suite" that we booked for Thursday evening before we even really knew what it was - we just figured it would be a big hot tub and that sounded relaxing. It turned out to be a three-hour experience that I'd recommend to anyone staying at the hotel! There were half a dozen wet and dry saunas, two programmable showers that cycled through hot and cold water while running a light and sound show to imitate a thunderstorm, a giant indoor pool, and a heated, jetted pool outside on the rooftop.
We booked tea on a yacht with author pal Lucy Score and Mr. Lucy, I made my own gin blend, and Pippa got to meet up with friends she hadn't seen in years.
Work travel doesn't have to be all work, even if you're going to Omaha for a sales conference rather than Scotland for a book signing. Ask the hotel staff for a trendy restaurant recommendation, choose a convertible rental car instead of the sedan, check out a local museum, browse an independent bookstore. Find the fun no matter where you are and you'll bring home great memories as well as some souvenirs.
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