is Head of Sales Sports & Nutrition at Elb-Milch, Germany. Traveling across the globe more than 50 times a year Lars Reichling is a true business travel expert and knows how to feel at home anywhere in the world. In 2015 he was elected HRS Business Hero and has since shared his travel secrets with a large audience of travel enthusiasts. Today Lars Reichling talked to us about his travel experience as a frequent business traveler.
Thank you so much for talking to us today! You were elected “HRS Business Hero” in 2015. Please tell us a bit about this experience and what it meant for you personally.
It was a great experience and I had the chance to meet a lot of interesting people during this year. When I heard that I was elected to be the winner life changed suddenly for a certain time. I was in the Stern magazine which was sampled on all Lufthansa business flights for a month. All over Germany there was a poster campaign at the airports, train stations and in big cities. Lots of people on the streets asked me questions and I breezed a little VIP feeling on a low level. In summary it was a nice and winning situation and campaign for me and I felt honored for being elected.
Have your travel habits changed since 2015?
No, I am still travelling a lot but it is a healthy mixture of flights, car driving and train experiences.
Which one’s your favorite airport and why?
My favourite airport for European flights is Salzburg. This one is small, clean and all distances are quite short. My favourite airport for international flights is Munich. I love this airport as it is still „comfortable“ although it is really huge.
Can you give us some tips on how to battle the dreaded jet lag?
For flights longer than 6 hours I try to fly business class to have a nap on the plane. Also, it is important to „survive“ the whole next day in the other country and accept the time difference. So don‘t go to bed at 3pm even if you are tired but wait until the evening comes – it doesn‘t matter how tired you are.
What are three things you can’t travel without?
1) My Bose headphones
2) My iPhone
3) My little orange Titan trolley
You obviously travel a lot for your job. How do you travel as a private person?
I try to choose destinations only very far away from Europe. Either places with low touristic frequency (Fiji, Samoa, Borneo…) or intersting places in the world I have not been to yet (Latin America, Alaska, Mongolia etc.).
What do you enjoy doing on the plane?
As I can‘t sleep quite well on planes I like a good entertainment offer like blockbuster movies or good music. I also enjoy a good service on board with good food and drinks.
Which place in the world would you like to see that you haven’t been to yet?
I like to see the Kongo but I am aware that this is too dangerous at the moment. Also I like to see Tasmania, Alaska and the Arctis. But I am proud to say that I have seen so many places in the world already that there are not many places missing.
What’s your craziest travel story?
There are so many crazy travel stories (good and bad ones) that I cannot decide which one to elect being the best. Sorry!
Thank you so much for sharing your insights with us today! We wish you pleasant travels in the future!