Do you keep traveling on work? It may seem adventurous and luxurious with all expenses paid, but there are a few things that you’ll want to keep in mind if you’re on a business trip.
To make travel stress free, the first step is to have a positive attitude. Smile when speaking to ticketing agents, waiters, flight attendants and others. If you have helpful staff, acknowledge them. You’ll have better chances of getting upgrades and extraordinary service if you ask politely and maintain a happy relationship with the staff. Kindness and a few polite words take you a long way while you travel. It also helps minimise your inconveniences.
You must keep in mind that business travel can involve the unexpected. Your flight might be delayed, your hotel reservation may get cancelled, your baggage may get misplaced and so on. You should be ready to deal with all these situations and the problems you may face while you’re on the go.
These handy tips will help you travel safely.
1) Limit your luggage
If you’ve packed a lot of stuff for your trip, you might want to repack. Travel is stressful, and you surely don’t want to be worried about missing baggage when you land. If you have only a carry-on, you can check-in online and go through straight to the security check at the airport, skipping the long queue. You’ll save precious time while boarding and after landing at your destination.
2) Stay connected always
If you’re travelling with your laptop, make sure you also carry a functional wireless broadband USB modem (Wi-Fi dongles) always. Wi-Fi connections are not always easy to find. This way you can stay connected at all times (unless you’re on the flight). No more worrying about sending an urgent email.
3) Beat that jet lag
Jet lag and adjusting to different time zones take a toll on your body. Trick your body into thinking that it’s in the time zone of your destination by resetting your watch to that time as soon as you get on the plane. Eat less on your flight and have a healthy meal when you reach your destination. Even if you feel tired, don’t sleep unless it’s dark outside. Fall asleep only when it’s night time (at your destination). Drinking plenty of water when travelling also helps beat jet lag.
4) Get access to local news
You can change the settings on your phone to get local updates about the place you’re in or grab a local newspaper. Make the time out to go through the local news. If there’s any emergency in the city, you should be equipped to deal with it. Even otherwise, it’s always good to know about the current events of the place you’re visiting.
5) Eat wisely
Choose protein over carbs when you’re travelling. Protein takes longer to digest and burn, and it lasts longer. Avoid eating junk food and try to pick healthy eating joints when you’re not eating at your hotel.
6) Drink plenty of water
Choose water over your preferred beverage. Don’t drink soda when you’re travelling. It messes with your stomach. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water through the day and keep yourself hydrated.
7) Keep customer service numbers handy
It helps you get quicker access to the right people if your flight is cancelled or there’s an unforeseen change in your hotel or car reservation. Instead of stressing over what to do next, call the customer service executives you have handy to make your life easier.
8) Dress well
A well-dressed person gets better service at airports, hotels and restaurants. When you dress well, you exude confidence, and even if you think that’s pretentious, you’ll realise that people help a well-dressed person more readily than a shabby looking one.
9) Join a rewards program
Members of rewards and loyalty programs often receive upgrades, early boarding on flights, better hotel rooms and much more. Therefore, it might be a good idea to enrol in one before you take a business trip.
10) Use technology to get going
The internet has a solution for almost everything. Check your airplane seating plan online and block your seat ahead of time. You’ll be able to see the legroom seats and in-seat power ports, galleries, lavatories and exit rows. If you don’t think your seat will be comfortable enough, request for an immediate change. Use GPS with pre-loaded maps to your destination. That way you can easily drive your rental car around the new place or guide the taxi driver accordingly.
So, are you ready to go? Follow these simple hacks, and you’ll have the best business trip every time!