From Here to There

When on a trip, know where you are going and how to get there.

You’ve arrived at the hotel room that will be your home for the next few days. You’ve called home and called the office. So how do you kill the time between now and bedtime? You could go to the gym or the bar — or prepare yourself for the morning commute.

If you have a ride in the morning, then there is little to worry about — perhaps simply how to get to the lobby. However, if you are left to your own devices, you might be wise to know where you are going ahead of time.

If you are renting a car for the duration of your stay, figure out where you will pick up that car. Once you have it, you’ll want to know the fastest way to get where you need to go. Ask the employees of the hotel what the traffic is like in the morning. Call those you’re planning to visit — they may have some advice on the best means to travel, how bad the traffic is, and how long you should expect the trip to take.

Sit down with a map, and figure out where you are, where you need to go and all that lies in between. Familiarize yourself with the subways or buses you plan on taking. Know where the stops are, which train is the express, how much it costs to ride.

If you really have a lot of time to kill, then nothing could be better than a dry run. Get in your rental and drive to the office. Or take the subway down to your destination. This way, when the morning rolls around, you know which way you are headed, where to change trains or where they are doing construction.

Remember, the morning will bring with it commuters. Better to learn your way around when you can take your time and read all the signs. Otherwise, you might find yourself running to squeeze into that subway car only to realize that it is going the wrong way.

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