Forget that weekend family trip to the beach because you just got called in for a business meeting on the other side of the country. Business travel is no trip to the beach, especially when hopping on a plane was not what you had on the books. We have compiled a list of 10 business travel tips that will hopefully make your next corporate trip less stressful, whether it is planned or unplanned, across state lines or country lines.
- Pack Lightly: It's amazing how much stress and money this tip can save you. Check what the airline's dimensions for carry-on bags are and if you can, fit everything into a carry-on. This saves you time at baggage check, so you don't have to worry about being late. Find a bag with shoulder straps and a handle for easy transport. Checked baggage fees can add up fast, save time and your travel budget by using carry on only whenever possible!
- Double the Wallet Size: Invest in a purse or wallet that is big enough to hold your cash, cards, passport, and boarding pass. This ensures organization and efficiency!
- Go Archaic: This may seem ancient, but put a notepad and pencil in your laptop case. You will be thankful when your battery runs out at the most inconvenient time.
- Have a Back-Up Plan: You don't always know what kind of technology will be available to you before you take off. Bring a few USB hard disk drives with backups of your presentation, your laptop will not always successfully hook up to the projector. Your idea of a tech-friendly conference room may differ from that of your hosts!
- Don't be Afraid to Ask: Ask for a specific seat on the plane when checking in. Being closer to the bathroom or farther away from that family of seven going on vacation might make or break your travel enjoyment. Some Check-In Kiosks let you specify your preferred seat as well!
- Be Smart About Time: Especially if you are traveling to a different country, be aware of the time change. Beat the jet lag on the plane by falling asleep or forcing your eyelids to stay open, so you are not as tired when you need to be productive on the ground.
- Be Loyal: In the long run, it might save you or your company money if you stick to one airline. Explore the perks of loyalty with frequent flier miles or discounts. Also, explore various options for booking hotels at cheaper prices.
- Maintain your Temper: If the check-in agent says you've missed the 30-minute cut off, don't lose your temper. Instead, they will probably be willing to provide a gate pass if you ask politely, and a gate person should be able to get you on board. Kindness and patience will pay off!
- Pack for the Beach: It might not be a bad idea to pack a swimsuit and flip flops, if you have room in your bag. Unwinding with a dip in the pool or hot tub can make business trips a little more pleasant.
- Represent: Most importantly, represent your country, state, or business well. Even if you've had a rough, tiring flight, be polite and courteous. Someone is always paying attention.
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