The life of the business traveler is not easy, days without seeing the family, the rush to arrive, the queues, the waits at the airport, the chase after cabs, the isolated hotel rooms… However, regular business travelers enjoy travel in a positive way. It is one of the main reasons why they enjoy their work. Business travel offers excellent opportunities for professional (and personal) development and definitely breaks the monotony of office life.
Some tips to simplify the daily life of many business travelers?
In this compilation, you will find some travel ideas from the experience of many regular business travelers. Packing is an art. Planning what you’ll need and knowing how to minimize it is a virtue, especially if you’re going to be flying and can save money on checking your suitcase. A small piece of luggage will save you time and a mule ride through the airport terminal or when looking for a cab. Always carry a small first aid kit in your luggage. Ibuprofen for headaches, stomach medicine or bandages for blisters… all are excellent candidates to be in your basic first aid kit. If you’re flying, always check in as early as possible. You’ll have time to get a better deal at a better price. If you wait to do it the old-fashioned way (at the airport), chances are you’ll get the worst location. It is more important than you think if your flight lasts more than 2 hours that is going to make your trip very unpleasant… Be aware that cab rides, especially when you leave your country, are often a source of disputes and you sometimes feel like you are being cheated. To avoid misunderstandings, have an idea of the route you will be taking before you do it. You can look it up on Google Maps and record it.
Buy insurance for business people who are used to business trips
Always buy travel insurance, especially if you’re traveling abroad. You never know what will happen. Many credit cards offer insurance that covers the contents of your wallet, but it’s useful in case you need to renew your documents. Depending on the country you are traveling to, keep in mind that health issues may not be covered and that an assistance service is never a bad idea if you have to drive. You need to know your company’s expense policies, but also use common sense to know when it’s worth spending money. If you have to take a 10-hour flight, it may be worth spending a little more money to get a better seat to travel in. If you have to make three connections by public transportation to get to your hotel, it may be worth it to pay for a cab. You need to know how to manage your money. However, it’s best to prioritize spending in case of health problems or for the comfort of your stay.
Take advantage of offers given to loyal customers
When it comes to storing important information, remember that your smartphone has a camera, take pictures or make any important notes. Snapshots are useful for remembering a parking spot, having a record of the information on a business card, or keeping an image of your tickets to include in your business expense report (although there are much better alternatives for the latter). If you are a regular traveler, it is worthwhile to enroll in all the loyalty programs of airlines, hotels, etc. As you travel over the years, you will accumulate a certain number of points, your level will increase and you will be able to access exclusive offers at better prices. However, many organizations will already reward you simply for being a member of their program. You can’t control every factor in your travel. If your plane is delayed, if you encounter a traffic jam or any other unforeseen event, try to make the best of it. If you can’t do anything about the situation, try not to make it worse by losing your temper.