Bill Rancic teams up with Hyatt House and Hyatt Place to reveal game-changing travel hacks for life on the road

There might be no place like home. but there certainly is no better teacher than the road.

Whether traveling for business or for fun, immersing yourself in different cultures and unfamiliar settings can lay the foundation for immense growth in so many different facets of your life and personhood — be it interpersonal skills, patience, planning or so much more.

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Bill Rancic during 'The Apprentice' Finale Party at Trump Tower in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 16: 'The Apprentice' winner Bill Rancic appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on April 16, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Bill Rancic, Carolyn Kepcher, George Ross, Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Bill Rancic during Z100's Zootopia 2004 - Press Room at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage for Clear Channel Entertainment)
Bill Rancic (right) and guest during 2nd Annual Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)
Bill Rancic from 'The Apprentice' (center) with Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Bill Rancic during 3rd Annual ' An Enduring Vision ' Fundraiser - Arrivals at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage for Rogers & Cowan)
Bill Rancic at the ESPN Zone in Chicago, Illinois (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)
Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic arrives at Tabu Ultra Lounge In MGM Grand on August 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 19: Television personalities Bill Rancic (L) and Giuliana Rancic arrive at the world premiere of Cirque du Soleil's 'Viva ELVIS' production at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter February 19, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil)
NEW YORK - MAY 23: Television personality Bill Rancic attends 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Season 3 finale after party at the Trump SoHo on May 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic, co-hosts of the NIVEA Kiss Platform in Times Square, help others 'Prepare to be Kissed' on New Year's Eve 2011. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for NIVEA)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: TV personality Bill Rancic attends the world premiere of 'The Dilemma' at AMC River East Theater on January 6, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 28: Giuliana (R) and Bill Rancic meet fans at Santa Monica Place on December 28, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic attend The 2012 MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 19: TV personalities Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic arrive at the 2012 Do Something Awards at Barker Hangar on August 19, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 24: TV Personalities and Co-Hosts Bill Rancic (L) and Giuliana Rancic speak onstage at the 'Ready For Love' panel during day 4 of the NBCUniversal portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Bill Rancic, Duke Rancic and Giuliana Rancic appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 07: Bill Rancic hosts Unilever Canada's Be Groomed Be Gorgeous Media Launch Event at Andrew Richard Designs on November 7, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 04: TV Personalities Bill Rancic (L) and Giuliana Rancic (R) attend The Make-A-Wish Foundation of greater Los Angeles 2013 Wishing Well Winter Gala at The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 13: Television personality Bill Rancic arrives at The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) 25th anniversary celebration at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on July 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 18: Entrepreneur Bill Rancic (L) and Television Personality Giuliana Rancic attend Elyse Walker presents the 10th anniversary Pink Party hosted by Jennifer Garner and Rachel Zoe at HANGAR:8 on October 18, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for InStyle Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Bill Rancic attends the 2015 The Pink Agenda Gala at Three Sixty on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Bill Rancic, son Duke Rancic and Giuliana Rancic pose for a photograph duirng a Kohl's Holiday Gifting Truck event at Gansevoort Plaza on December 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: (L-R) Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic arrive to NBCUniversal's 73rd Annual Golden Globes After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD - 'The Band Perry vs Giuliana Rancic and Melissa Joan Hart vs Paul Sorvino'- The celebrity families competing to win cash for their charities feature the families from famed country music and multi-award winning The Band Perry, and host and author Giuliana Rancic. In a separate game, family members from actress, director and producer Melissa Joan Hart will compete against the family of legendary actor Paul Sorvino ('Goodfellas'). This episode of 'Celebrity Family Feud' airs SUNDAY, JULY 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) STEVE HARVEY, GIULIANA RANCIC, BILL RANCIC
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Bill Rancic and his wife event host and TV presonality Giuliana Rancic pose during The Pink Agenda 2016 Gala arrivals at Three Sixty on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 22: Co-Hosts Bill and Giuliana Rancic and Co-Chairs Jessica and Sam Slater attend the UnMask Cancer annual fundraiser to support patient care and cancer research at the the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on October 22, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute )
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 22: Co-Hosts Bill and Giuliana Rancic attend the UnMask Cancer annual fundraiser to support patient care and cancer research at the the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on October 22, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute )
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Bill Rancic attends The Pink Agenda's 2016 Gala held at Three Sixty on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 22: Co-Hosts Bill and Giuliana Rancic attend the UnMask Cancer annual fundraiser to support patient care and cancer research at the the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on October 22, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute )
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In order to really tackle and analyze which of these key areas of development are impacted most profoundly by traveling for business, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House commissioned the Business Traveler Survey in partnership with entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author Bill Rancic.

The survey, which was conducted online by The Harris Poll, pooled over 1, 300 adults across the United States, China and India who have traveled for business in the last 12 months to find out how business travel can help individuals grow both professionally and personally.

Rancic, a seasoned business traveler, opened up about his on-the-go lifestyle:

“I’m traveling at least once a week — I’m on an airplane and staying at a hotel at least once a week. 

I love it — I think you either love it or you hate it, it gets in your blood. And you get smarter when you’re on the road, you have to learn the trips and ticks and how to navigate — like picking out the right airplane when you’re going on a trip. Every airplane is different, and when you [have] three million miles under your belt like I have, you learn the most comfortable airplanes and nicest hotels and restaurants you want to eat at — it makes life on the road a lot more enjoyable.”

For Rancic, the right accommodations are just as crucial as the method of travel itself, which made partnering with Hyatt House and Hyatt Place a no-brainer for the restauranteur:

“I’m a customer of [Hyatt’s] and I love staying in their places … for me it’s just a good fit because when I’m on the road, I want to have an in-town apartment and with Hyatt House and Hyatt Place the rooms are really roomy … it’s got everything I need — if I want to work out in the room I can, it’s usually in a great location so it was really just a very organic partnership because I was already a customer.

I want a hotel that is roomy that has everything I need, work stations a little kitchenette — essentially like an in-town place, which is lovely.”

Rancic isn’t alone in his desire to keep the routine comforts and options of home with him while traveling — the survey found that nearly 52 percent of U.S. business travelers workout about the same or more when on the road than they do at home and that 27 percent admit they binge watch shows that they haven’t been able to watch at home while traveling.

But for Rancic, it’s not all fun, games and leisure when on the road — it’s a balanced method of efficiency, enjoyment and getting back home as soon as possible:

"Every trip is different and now that I have a five-year-old, I do my very best to try to get back home as son as I can. Back in the old days, I would bumper business trips with pleasure — if I had a meeting in Denver, I would go ski for a day or two or whatever the case may be. But those days are over, now I want to get home as quickly as I can. I don’t mix business and leisure like I used to anymore — some days it’s three or four days on the road, some days it’s just a quick night. 

I’m the king of the road and I can get back quickly. I once went to Cambodia for a night! I flew from LA to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Bangkok and Bangkok to Siam Reap, gave my speech that night and woke up the next morning and flew back — I was in the air longer than I was on the ground in Cambodia!"

Nearly 48 percent of survey respondents said that they were driven by creating a better life for their families, something that is clearly important for Rancic as well — it becomes gleamingly apparent each time he begins talking about his own family and how he keeps in touch with them while traveling for work, recalling a recent trip to New York:

“It was my first time at the Hyatt in Chelsea and it was great because outside my window was the Empire State Building and I was face-timing with my son, Duke, and you got to see all the buildings and it was in a great location … I really loved it.”

And when it comes to forging new relationships and communicating effectively with those outside of one’s immediate circle, nearly 77 percent of U.S. business travelers said that business travel has helped them to communicate more successfully with different types of people (with a whopping 88 percent of respondents in China and 95 percent in India were on the same page.)

Furthermore, an equally astounding 68 percent of U.S. business travelers said that business travel has inclined them to be more empathic towards others (with 88 percent of those in China and 90 percent of those in India in agreement.)

It’s not rocket science — less unnecessary stress equates to a stronger ability to put your best foot forward when it comes to communicating with potential business partners and the countless others we encounter while traveling.

For Rancic, he relies on his trusted travel hacks to ensure that getting from point A to point B (and everything in between) goes as seamlessly as possible:

“I try never to check a bag. You have to learn how to become a very efficient packer and only carry-on because so much can go wrong, especially if you’re connecting … I want to take control of my own destiny and I learned to become a very efficient packer. I’ve learned to roll my clothes, believe it or not— I know it sounds crazy! But I roll the clothes up and they stay wrinkle-free (again, it’s very counterintuitive) but I’m able to go six or seven (even 10) days with a carry-on bag, so that makes life a lot easier.

It’s also about being able to eat healthy on the road — I always pack a snack (almonds and healthy things) when I’m traveling and I find that I’m less likely to indulge on some of the food you can really dig into on the road. You tend to make bad decisions when you’re not sleeping right or in different timezones, so I always try to have some options in my carry-on bag.”

 

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