Seven Ways to Make Traveling for Business Easier
Travelling can be fun, but when you are a frequent traveler for business and spend hours upon hours in the air or waiting in airports across the world, it can be stressful and hard to manage.
July 30, 2018
Here are some ways to make traveling for business as stress-free as possible.
Book the best airline for your purpose
During holidays, prices for business and economy class seats may occasionally drop so it may be best to check during those times. If you don’t mind arriving closer to the time of your appointment or meeting, then this can be one way to save money.
Moreover, consider taking non-stop flights. This is different to direct flights in that direct flights make a stop, but passengers remain while other disembark and board before flying to the final destination. Non-stop flights may be considerably more expensive though, so try to keep that in mind.
Know what to bring
It can be stressful dragging a full suitcase across the airport trying to catch a flight. So it is best to only pack the essentials and save yourself luggage space and back pain along the way.
Some essentials may include a portable battery pack to keep your devices on fullbattery. The more expensive models hold more charge, and others can charge more than one device at the same time and may charge quicker than their cheaper counterparts.
Alternatively, simply charge everything before boarding, soyou are not under unnecessary stress when you find your phone nearing one percent battery when you are rushing from the airport to your meeting’s destination. This will prove handy if ever you need a GPS or a way to contact people in case of emergencies or delays in an unfamiliar country.
Another essential may be a travel adaptor that includes USB ports to make up space in your luggage or lighten your load for convenience.
Invest in some quality headphones to drown out the background buzzing of planes or noisy seat neighbors if you need to concentrate on your work or simply to get a few hours of relaxation before your arrival.
Easier credit transaction and management
You can easily use your credit card abroad or, if you run a business, you can simply keep track of your business’s transactions using a variety of methods. One of the ways is through customized payment processing systems that will help you keep a record of transactions while you are away and help manage them with ease. With this, you won’t have to keep worrying about the business while you are away.
It is easy to become dehydrated during travel, especially long-haul flights and hours spent in airports. Make sure to bring bottledwater with you-youcan always buy bottles once you are past security checks. During the flight, you can ask the flight attendant for drinks.
One way of dealing with jet-lag is with the type of food you eat. Some may suggest you eat carbohydrates as these will make you tired quickerwhile avoiding caffeine and alcohol as they have the opposite effect. Eating protein, on the other hand,such as fish and cheese will help combat sleepiness.
Opt for rented accommodation rather than hotels
Business travels can be a lonely affair and beingstuck in a hotel room for days due to a long project can get tiresome. Choosing rented accommodations and apartments may be one solution to produce a homelier feel, andyou can even invite a family member along to keep you company in your travels and explore the new city on your breaks.
Plan way ahead
Look over your flight plan and give yourself enough time to go through customs, collect luggage, transfer to a different terminal, etc. taking into consideration delays or cancellations whenever possible. Especially with long-haul flights, the last thing you want after a long flight is to stumble through the airport in a rush trying to catch your connecting flight.
Another thing you may take into consideration is booking a taxi once you have arrived at the airport that will take you directly to your hotel or meeting destination. This might save you the uncertainty and stress of public transport.
These are only a handful of things to keep in mind during your travels. From how best to manage your budget during business travels to keeping track of the business while you are away, with advanced planning, this can greatly reduce the stress that frequent travel and business management can bring.