Traveling for business may seem fun on the surface, but at the end of the day, it’s still work. Use these six travel tips to make your time on the road easier.
1. Try And Limit Your Luggage To Carry On
Travelling is always easier when you don’t have a lot of luggage. Limiting your luggage to just carry-on helps you stay flexible and mobile. After traveling all day, you won’t have the energy to stand around waiting for your checked luggage when you have other things to do once you land. Invest a quality travel bag that can fit a few outfits, your laptop, and other essential items. You’ll never go back to lugging suitcases once you travel with just a carry-on.
2. Use A Travel Agent To Help You Plan Ahead
Travel agents can help you make the most out of your time on business trips. Researching for the best ticket deals, hotel rates, and car rentals is a waste of your time. With a travel agent, you just have to tell them the budget you have to work with, and they do the rest. Travel agents can also help you get discounts through their connections.
If you travel a lot, it’s worth using a travel agent since they often have access to perks for regular travelers. Travel agents can get you room upgrades or reservations to places that are usually booked solid. Sometimes your agent may even be able to help you waive certain fees. Working with a travel agent on a business trips eliminates all the thinking for you which allows you to focus your work.
3. Research Some Restaurants You Want To Try
Chances are you’re not going to have a lot of time for exploring while on a business trip. However, you have to eat so you might as well explore the type of cuisine the city has to offer. If you don’t have time to sightsee, you can always get to know a place through its cuisine. Select a few places you want to visit ahead of time and schedule your meetings and meals at these places.
4. Add Essential Customer Service Numbers To Your Phone
Programming a few essential numbers in your phone makes life significantly easier for yourself. Before you leave, put the hotel number, car rental service number and the airport number in your phone. If you’re using a travel agent, they make it easy for you to get in contact with them in case anything happens. It’s always good to have these numbers in case you miss a flight, get lost or need some help in a strange city.
5. Make Copies Of Your Important Documents
Another way to limit risk on a business trip is to make copies of your essential travel documents. Having extra copies of your passport, drivers license, travel insurance, and other documents almost always come in handy. Try and use the copies where possible to limit the exposure of the originals.
6. Upgrade To The Better Hotel
Staying in the better hotel is almost always worth the upgrade. Once the novelty of traveling for business wears off, you’ll quickly realize that not all hotels are equal. The last thing you want is noisy neighbors the night before a big meeting. Staying in a well-serviced hotel allows you to focus on the task at hand.
Another reason to upgrade is for the Wi-FI. If you’re on a business trip chances are you’ll have work to do on your laptop. Motels and low-quality hotels have questionable Wi-Fi connections that you don’t want to transfer sensitive data over. Staying in a quality hotel also helps you avoid moving around the building looking for a signal.