For many professionals, business travel is a necessary evil, but seasoned business travellers have a few tricks up their sleeves to help make the most of their time on the road. Here are some top tips you can use when travelling for business, all of which will hopefully make your journey far less stressful.
Packing light allows you to avoid baggage fees and save time at the airport. It also saves your back from the weight of heavy luggage and gives you more mobility, meaning you can better deal with public transport, unexpected delays and crowds.
Invest in an easy to transport, lightweight suitcase that is small enough to pass as hand luggage. When packing, be smart and pack clothes and shoes that can be worn more than once. Choose footwear that is suitable in the office, at client meetings and after work.
Another packing tip for regular business travellers is to always stay semi-packed. Have a second set of essentials purely for travel and keep them all together in your suitcase. This includes travel toiletries, travel mobile charger, back up travel documents, business cards, reward cards and even a travel pen. Also, don’t forget the essential earplugs and eye mask!
There are some great smart phone travel applications that can be incredibly handy for business travellers. There are apps that can help you keep track of your expenses, track flights, track traffic conditions, find maps and directions, help locate Wi-Fi zones and much more. It’s worth spending some time investigating top apps for business travellers.
Take advantage of reward programs
If you use a regular hotel chain often, sign up to their reward card program. Earning points can lead to a free overnight stay, as well as perks such as late check outs, free upgrades, access to executive lounges, newspaper delivery and more.
The same rule applies to regular flight carriers, rail networks, restaurants, business services etc. It’s also worth speaking to the managers at each establishment to see if they can offer you some sort of discount as you use their services often.
Stay near the airport
Most business travel means making the most of a full working day at a particular destination, which means either a very early departure or a very late arrival. Ensure you get a good night sleep by staying overnight at an airport hotel. Most hotels near Heathrow airport and other major airport hotels are catered towards business travellers. They provide perks such as business centres, speedy laundry, on-the-go breakfasts and flight check in services, all to ensure you arrive at the airport or your business meeting refreshed, relaxed and ready for the day ahead.
Make the most of spare time
While in transit or in lounging your hotel, use your spare time to work. You can get plenty of work done in situations where you have no office or home distractions. Travelling can be exhausting and the last thing you want to do is return to the office with a backlog of work. Make sure your hotel room has wireless Internet access and business facilities should you need them.