Jason Browning is the roadie wrangler

  @FortuneMagazine May 23, 2013: 6:53 AM ET
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Beginning in the early 1990s, Jason Browning got used to traveling with very large, often rowdy groups. He started out working security for Ozzy Osbourne. Then, and for the past 14 years, Browning's tour-management company, the Browning Group, has handled logistics for Matchbox 20, Rob Thomas, Linkin Park, and the Stone Temple Pilots. It is the 41-yearold Ohio native's job to efficiently shuttle famous musicians and their crews from one concert venue to the next, without causing too much discomfort. The meticulous logistics work leaves him little free time to explore, but he makes it a point to find a good steak in every city he's in. A few of his tips for travel without trashed hotel rooms.

Do homework

I use apps to find out as much as I can beforehand -- and during travel. I use Quid for currency conversion, SayHi Translate for voice translation, and AroundMe for entertainment in the area.

Talk to people

Sure, you can book everything online, but a group salesperson at a hotel is hungry for your business, will take good care of you, and is more likely to throw in extra stuff like free Internet.

Hire a greeter

They'll meet you curbside, get you checked in, and expedite you through security. For most cities in the U.S., it will cost you about $200, up to $500 internationally. Totally worth the money.

Have a pack habit

I always put the same items in the same pockets. It helps me create a mental checklist. I also always bring myCharge, a power bank that works on different devices.

Second opinions

Your concierge is a good source of recommendations, but you can also just call up the concierges of other hotels in the area to get different tips. They don't know you're not staying with them.

Time your sleep

The best way to combat jet lag is to book morning flights, schedule your arrivals for late in the evening, and make sure you don't fall asleep on the plane. I use, sparingly, energy pills like HydroxyStim to stay awake.

This story is from the June 10, 2013 issue of Fortune. To top of page



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