Biggest Complaints when Traveling for Business

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Biggest Complaints when Traveling for Business

Do you travel for business? What are your biggest complaints when working on the road?

Mine is probably hotel rooms without desks. Some Disney rooms have the desk problem and it drives me nuts. I don't need a little round table, I need a desk - preferably next to a window.

I also want some sort of notepad and a pen in the room. Does anyone else remember when hotel rooms used to have stationary in them? I miss this! I used it. Now you're lucky if you get a tiny pad of paper and a pen.

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I don't travel for business but my two biggest complaints with hotels are the lack of easily accessible electrical outlets (I really don't like having to move furniture & bend myself in thirds just to plug my phone charger in) & the lack of a current guide that tells you what channels are available & the channel number (I've noticed that even though the tv guide channel says hgtv is on 56 that in the hotel 56 is TLC) drives me up the wall.

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My biggest problem with business travel is having to travel on business. I hate hate hate hate it.

Fortunately I generally don't have to. I think I've done two overnight business trips in my life.

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I've been fortunate when I do have to travel for work I usually stay in a Marriott so I have nice desk and work area.

My biggest complaint is not having to travel to areas where I can extend the trip for a couple of days for personal time. I've never had the opportunity to travel to Orlando or Anaheim. mickey

I guess I shouldn't complain. The first time I had to go to our facility in northern California (an hour from Sacramento), I went to the Sacramento Zoo the day I arrived and extended the trip a couple of days to visit my cousin a couple of hours away. I drove through Napa and Sonoma on my way. Smile

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I'm with you, Kristen. I travel quite a bit for business and I hate when I cannot get into a room or hotel for that matter that doesn't have some sort of work station in my room. Few and far between now that I have seen. I try to always stay in either Best Westerns or Marriott's. As they both seem to be geared towards business travelers more and more in recent years.

Plus, I try and rack up as many points on my loyalty cards, using the business card as I can wink Makes personal trips even easier in the future. I too have found that fewer and fewer hotels have any sort of good sized stationary in the rooms. Though my travel bag has a few legal pads in it at all times. So not that big of complaint for me.

I know this is a complaint thread. But I like the hotels that have the desk with the lamp that has a few power outlets and an internet cable outlet (if needed) built right into it. Makes it easier than unplugging things in the room or even trying to find an outlet to plug anything in to.

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I also like Marriott properties. Although I don't travel for business beyond a professional conference now and then, I do go about for various charitable events. Before DVC I racked up lots of Marriott points in their rewards program and actually have 5 free nights right now to use. I used a free night this past trip for my arrival day offsite.

I agree with JoAnn - these Marriotts are usually pretty nice. But not Disney nice! silly

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I used to work for Marriott and I have always been happy with many of their products.

revral - I agree about those plugs you mention, they're super nice! The desk at Disney's Grand Californian Villas has them. I have an outlet extender that has 3 plugs and 2 USB ports in it, so I always have my own packed in the electronics bag.

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Ever since this thread came up I have wanted to say, the only complaint I have about traveling for business, is I don't ever get to travel for business. No secret Disney trips for me. yuck

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I have a new business travel complaint! My conference schedule doesn't fit in with Disney's laugh

I'm super excited to attend a conference in Anaheim in February. It's less than a mile from Disneyland and Tori and I will be spending 4 nights ahead of the conference hitting the parks. I have to admit, I nearly cried when I discovered that I'm going to miss Fantasmic! because of conference events. Fantasmic! on the River in Disneyland is my favorite night time show and I was SO excited that I would get to see it again. But no - no my conference schedule will interfere and according to Touring Plans it won't be playing on any of my free nights.

Obviously the company doesn't understand the importance of such things! eek

Tori has informed me that she's not missing it and will go on her own.

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Can't you step out of the conference to take a phone call and just not come back? biggrin

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Magic Mirror wrote:
Can't you step out of the conference to take a phone call and just not come back? biggrin

rolling I wish I could - but I don't thin that's going to be the case.