The business wheels keep spinning and now that travel is back in its place, it’s time to get out there and do some business. Some like to travel all over the world, others less so. Either way, these tips for business travelers should make working abroad easier.
Interestingly, about 12% of airline passengers are business travellers, yet they account for 75% of profits.
So let’s do that.
Know the commercial policy of your company abroad
Sometimes this is overlooked, but it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with your company’s business policy on foreign travel. You’ll know what expenses you can claim, which travel agency is offering your trips, and who needs to approve it.
Consider private plane travel
That might sound a bit extravagant, but there’s a lot to be said for private business air travel because you arrive more rested. There are many reasons for this, but let’s look at a few:
- You don’t have the usual airport hassle. Imagine arriving at an airport and boarding the plane without having to check in or reserve your luggage. Imagine arriving at your destination and not having to go through customsor wait for your luggage. This is what private air transport offers.
- You are ready to work. Unlike the feeling of fatigue you feel when leaving your destination airport, traveling by private jet gives you the opportunity to work in the air because you are not sardinated like you would be on a conventional flight. You and your team can work from the office and arrive fresh and ready to do the trick.
- You can get closer to where you need to be. Private plane travel has an added advantage in that it does not have to land at an airport, but can land at airstrips. It can save a lot of travel time to the other end.
These are just a few of the benefits of private business travel. You might want to consider it for your next trip.
Try to stick to your luggage
One way to circumvent the 30-minute baggage wait is to take as much carry-on baggage as possible. You bring it on your flight and take it with you. Can save a lot of time, hassle and stress. Given that around 5% of luggage is lost every year, this more than justifies carry-on luggage.
Take business and casual clothes
If you’re a seasoned business travel professional, you probably know to pack business-casual attire on every trip. It’s not impossible for trips to take longer than expected, so you’ll need clothes for when you’re working and when you’re not. It is good practice to plan longer in the event of a business trip.
Business travel can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. A little thought and you’ll arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and eager to get things done. Good luck.