In this day and age where companies are becoming increasingly global, it is not uncommon for work to incorporate interstate and international travel. Here are some do’s and don’ts to make sure you make the most of your travels.
1. Consider Staying Loyal
If your work requires you to travel on the regular, it’s probably worthwhile checking out what loyalty programs are up for offer. While there is the appeal to shop around, loyalty can get you a few perks like a room upgrade or a complimentary bottle of wine. Having access to your airlines lounge also helps with catching up on those work phone calls or emails. It’s a lot easier to make a conference call in a quiet lounge, than in the waiting area of economy, surrounded by screaming children and loud overhead announcements.
2. Try to Overcome Jet Lag
There’s nothing worse than getting off your flight and having to head straight to a meeting. You’re hungry, your hair’s a mess, and you’re fatigued from travelling through a number of different time zones. Lucky for us, in this era of technology there are countless of portable solutions. These quick fixes help you manage your sleep, and adjust to time zones. If you don’t have access to these technological aids do try to remember that napping through the day can make it ten times harder to sleep through the night later on. Also, if you overdo it on the coffee and energy drinks you will experience a caffeine crash. So instead of powering down eight cups of coffee to make it through your first day abroad, try to look for other solutions.
3. Check Out the Sharing Economy
The world of travel is rapidly changing, with companies such as Uber and Airbnb making things a whole lot easier, and, cheaper. Although Airbnb may not offer the luxuries typical of a hotel or resort they do offer more spacious accommodations, and are perfect for those wanting the comforts of home. Uber is another good option for those travelling for work. They offer priority service to business travellers, helping you beat the taxi queue and make that meeting on time. Do keep your wits about you though. There are times when a taxi or hotel may better suit your needs, or save your company some extra cash.
4. Bring Hand Sanitiser
I know it sounds a little bit over the top, but airplanes are breeding grounds for all sorts of bacteria, and who wants to turn up to their first meeting with the global team with a blocked nose and scratchy voice. A little bottle of hand sanitiser is a must, if you want to keep those germs away and stay healthy.
1. Check in Luggage
Save yourself some time and opt out of check-in luggage. You’ll likely only need mix-and-match work clothes and an outfit or two for corporate dinners or networking drinks. Do yourself a favour and travel light. You don’t want to get held up at baggage claim for an extra half an hour just because you couldn’t decide what to wear.
2. Miss Out on Seeing the Town
Yes you’re travelling for work but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little downtime. It would be absolutely ridiculous to travel all the way to Paris for a work conference and not check out the Eiffel Tower.
In saying this, if you don’t have time for a little bit of sightseeing, don’t try too hard to squeeze it in. Work trips do have a purpose, and trying to fit in a few tourist activities between your meetings, when you know it’s probably not realistic, might impact your work.
3. Be Late
This sounds like a no brainer, and of course punctuality is a must for every kind of work matter, but when you’re travelling it can be a lot harder to stay on time. Make sure you give yourself enough time to navigate a new city. Once you are late to one meeting, everyone’s schedules get pushed back, which does wonderfully for first impressions… NOT!
4. Lose Touch with the Office
Staying in contact is a must when you’re travelling for work. The office may have updated your schedule, or swapped your return flight, but without any way to contact you, you aren’t kept in the loop. You need to make sure you are contactable, no matter what it takes. Staying in touch can create a hefty phone bill though. So make sure you bear that in mind if you want to avoid bill shock later down the track.
Business trips aren’t always as glamorous they sound. But there couldn’t be a better opportunity to see a new part of the world. With a little bit of pre-planning and thinking you can manage the balance between work and play, and end up a professional jetsetter in no time.