How I travel: Anthony Svirskis, CEO TRIBE
3 October 2018
We asked seasoned business traveller to share his trip tips, rituals and must-haves that help him arrive refreshed at his destination.
Anthony Svirskis is the CEO of TRIBE, a platform that connects brands with social media influencers. Founded in Australia three years ago, TRIBE now has offices in London and the Philippines, and is planning to launch in America. All of which means that Svirskis, who was named Start-Up Executive of the Year by CEO Magazine in 2017, clocks up a se-rious amount of air miles…
I travel for two reasons: to visit our offices in the UK and the Philippines from my base in Australia, and to look at new market entry and expansion opportunities in Asia and the US. We’re still at the stage where we want to jump on new opportunities and, if there is a high-level conversation or investment opportunity in another part of the world, then you really need to be able to go at the drop of a hat. There have been a lot in the past six months or so, and so this year, around 60-70 per cent of my time has involved travelling, but I’d like to get that down to around 30 per cent in the next few months.
The idea is always to get the most out of the least amount of time, so my trips are crammed with meetings. I try to have weekends free to do my own thing.
I find flying quite relaxing because you are forced to switch off your phone or put it on aeroplane mode. I’m tall, so legroom is a high priority. And I look for accommodation ideally next to a park so I can fit a run into my schedule.
Changi Airport in Singapore is so amazingly efficient. You can get off the plane and be in a taxi within 10 minutes. It’s so quick. The number of people they have checking pass-ports, the speed of baggage claim… It makes a huge difference when you’re travelling all the time.
My travel essentials are noise-cancelling headphones, a neck pillow and a toothbrush. I also tend to take my tablet when I travel so that I can enjoy the media that I want to consume. I also take books, as travelling is a great opportunity to actually do some read-ing.
When I’m in London on business I try to keep to an exercise routine like I would in Aus-tralia, even placing runs or gym time in my diary. It can be very dangerous to come here for a week, working 6am to nightfall and eating takeout. You forget about all the other things that are important to your life. And I’m conscious of creating healthy habits. I’m not obsessed with diet, but it makes sense to eat things that are lighter when you’re at work. So it’s salads instead of carb-heavy lunches.
Business travel is very exciting in the first few months – you get to see so many new places and meet new people. But too much travel can be really exhausting – just remem-ber to pace yourself.
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