My friend Sara Rosenberg of Power Match put a request on Facebook for one of her clients today. They are traveling to Florida for business and looking to find people they can connect and network with during the time they are in Florida. Within minutes there were responses with some options for her client. I thought this was a great idea and it got me thinking about how else you can build or maintain your network while traveling. This is timely for me right now as I am taking a trip myself soon (dates being kept to myself). Here are some suggestions:

  1. To the extent you are able, reach out to people via social media/online networking and email people just as you would if you were not traveling.
  2. Send a handwritten postcard from your destination. This is becoming a lost art. People will really appreciate it and it will keep you in the forefront of their mind even though you are away.
  3. Take your company logo with you and take pictures of yourself at different sites along your travels with the logo in your hand and post the pictures to share with your network.
  4. If your company has offices in the city you are visiting (even if you are traveling for pleasure), go meet some folks at the office in your travel area. It is never a bad idea to get to know others in your company even if they work in a different geographical region.
  5. Create a blog of your travel experiences so your network can follow you and see what you are up to.
  6. Finally, let people know you are leaving so you don’t seem flaky for not responding to them in a timely manner

Happy Travels! (above pic taken in Chicago at “The Bean”)